SANTA BARBARA, California (PRNewswire) — Apple cider vinegar seems to be seeing a resurgence in popularity when it comes to uses for pets.
Recent studies published by the U.S. National Institutes of Health show that apple cider vinegar is an antioxidant and helps fight infection, and can reduce dangerous plaque in blood vessels and increase HDL (‘good cholesterol’) levels in animals.
Equine Wellness Magazine has reported that horse owners regularly use apple cider vinegar as a natural insect repellent, for skin infections, as a digestive aid, and to battle thrush and other hoof problems.
Pet owners widely report online and elsewhere that apple cider vinegar is effective as a topical flea treatment, and in fighting ear and skin infections.*
“Apple cider vinegar, which was used by Hippocrates in about 400 B.C. to treat his patients, has long been a trusted health product,” said Dr. Patricia Bragg, CEO of Bragg Live Food Products, an international organic health company. “It’s now becoming clear that it has an amazing array of benefits for animals, as well. We’ve talked to hundreds of pet owners who say that it also helps with their pet’s digestion, arthritis, mange, teeth and nails, urinary tract infections and conjunctivitis.”
Bragg added that, with the increasing dangers of ‘superbugs’ or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, people are looking for alternative methods of protecting their pet’s health.
The search for alternative health products for humans and animals has intensified as deadly bacteria strains quickly evolve and become resistant to antibiotics.
“If no action is taken today, by 2050, almost all current antibiotics will be ineffective in preventing and treating diseases,” according to the World Health Organization. The majority of antibiotics in the U.S. and elsewhere is given to cattle and poultry.
“Studies have long shown that caring for pets reduces stress hormones and heart disease in their owners, and now, in a wonderful turnaround, pet owners are discovering new ways of returning the favor to the pets they love,” Bragg said.
*APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO ANIMALS ONLY AS DIRECTED BY VETERINARIANS OR OTHER HEALTH EXPERTS.