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Stop puppies from chewing by applying some Vicks VapoRub on items (like furniture legs). They stay away because of the smell.

Natural Apple Cider Vinegar (not the pasteurized version from the grocery store) is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, and deodorant; helps digestion and to remove tooth tartar; prevents tooth decay and hair loss (even mange), prevents and heals gum disease and skin problems; and will discourage fleas. (Read about how natural apple cider vinegar helps humans at The Wonder Drug of Yesterday and Today).

Feeding one teaspoon to one tablespoon (depending on the size of the dog) of Natural Apple Cider Vinegar along with regular food can ease the pains of arthritis, help prevent skin allergies, and help clear up hot spots.

Does your dog really have doggy odor? That is, even after a bath? What is causing the strong odor just might be an infection in his ears. Clean the ears with a mixture of one part alcohol, one part Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, and one part water. Pour the mixture into a bottle with a skinny tip, or apply with an eyedropper. Put 8 to 10 drops in each ear while the dog is lying on its side. Keep him down for a minute, turn him over, and do the other ear. Move the ear around some to allow the mixture to get in deep. While on this second side, the first ear has been able to drain. Turn him over again to let the other ear drain. Wipe each ear out with tissue. Then add a few drops of natural apple cider vinegar once a week to prevent future problems.

For a dog with skin problems or pests, use Natural Apple Cider Vinegar. After a bath, rinse him with a mixture of half warm water and half natural apple cider vinegar. Let him air dry. The vinegar mixture helps the skin, makes the coat shiny, and repels fleas and flies.

Before taking your dog to the park or to see a friend's dog, spray him with a mixture of half warm water and half Natural Apple Cider Vinegar. The vinegar will keep the fleas away.

To keep fleas out of the doghouse, wash it with salty water. Spread cedar shavings under the dog's bed. Rubbing cornstarch into your dog's coat prior to brushing or combing, will allow tangles or mats to be removed easier. See "Brushing Your Dog" on our Dog site.

Dogs can leave yellow spots in the lawn. A dose of one teaspoon to one tablespoon of Natural Apple Cider Vinegar (depending on the size of the dog) per day will correct the pH imbalance and should solve the problem. The apple cider vinegar can be added to the dog's water or put directly on his food. Adding apple cider vinegar to your dog's diet has many other health benefits.

natural cure for tear stains

Tear Stains

A dog's excess tears can be caused by many things, including blocked tear ducts, abnormal eyelashes, corneal ulcers, a tumor or cyst on the lids or eyes, a foreign object lodged behind the eyelids, dyes in dog food, or dyes in dog bowls.

A wet area on the face, no matter what the underlying cause of the wetness, can be a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast.

And, bacterial infections commonly occur at the tear ducts, causing excess tears. Ptirsporum, a red yeast bacteria, is at the root of most yeast infections, and a yeast infection is the most common cause of tear stains. Tear stains also often occur at the same time as a gum infection or ear infection. Staining can also occur on a dog's paws from licking and around his mouth from infected saliva.

You could continually wash away your dog's tear stains, but that affects only the result not the cause. Putting a teaspoon of Natural Apple Cider Vinegar per quart of water in your dog's water bowl can clear up most active yeast infections and prevent future infections. Apple cider vinegar tablets can be used if your dog refuses to drink the treated water. A dog's (and human's) system should be PH balanced (between acid and alkaline), and apple cider vinegar adds the acid that many of us are lacking.

Xllitol gum is dangerous for dogs

Sugarless Gum is Dangerous for Dogs

There is no reason to give your dog gum. But, you should also be careful to not leave your gum out for him to get into. And be sure that the gum you spit out makes it into a covered trashcan.

Sugarless gum containing Xylitol is especially dangerous to dogs. It is found in Biotene Dry Mouth Gum, and Orbit Sugar Free Gum. Enough Xylitol is seldom eaten by a dog for it to be fatal. But, it can cause still cause coma, seizures, and/or weakness.

Puppies and small dogs are at higher risk because of their size.

Read about other things that can be harmful or even fatal to dogs on our Dog site.

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