THE CAVALIER CHRONICLE
INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
The regular meeting for August will be held on SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018 at the Atlanta Expo Center South, 3850 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta GA (site of the Cherokee Rose Cluster Dog Shows). Cavaliers are being judged at 9am at Ring 9. We will meet 15 minutes after the Cavalier Best of Breed. Meet ringside and we will try to grab tables by the Greek Restaurant.
There are 22 cavaliers entered and a very small breed entry prior to them.
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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS A GOOD THING
Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is Good For Your Dog
Apple cider vinegar, in it’s raw, organic and unpasteurised form has many health benefits for dogs.
What's in it?
Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV, is acidic, helps balance out pH levels and has antibacterial properties. ACV contains iron, potassium and magnesium and other essential vitamins and minerals. For us humans add it to food as a salad dressing or take it straight from the spoon. It can also be taken in a drink by mixing with honey and hot water.
Why is it good for my dog?
It’s beneficial in so many ways - it’s a flea repellent, antibacterial ear cleaner, a tear stain remover, constipation botherer and all round super-food. Make sure it’s the right kind of apple cider vinegar though.
Why does it need to be organic, raw, unpasteurised and contain the ‘mother’?
Commercially produced apple cider vinegar is highly refined and processed and is not a truly traditional ACV. Most apple cider vinegars you find on the shelves are clear, like apple juice. This shows that the vinegar has been filtered and pasteurised. Unprocessed vinegar should be cloudy, with floating almost stringy matter swirling around in it. This is the all important Mother.
The 'Mother of Vinegar' is a natural substance composed of mostly living enzymes created during fermentation of the vinegar. It also contains friendly bacteria as well as other healthy nutrients. The Mother contains most of the important minerals, vitamins and amino acids that are released or created during the fermentation process.
- Arthritis - Added to food twice a week - in water or directly into food it will help break down calcium deposits found around the joints as dogs get older which cause stiffness and discomfort. Continued use will make joints noticeably more flexible and less painful.
- Flea repellant - ACV keeps the pH levels in the blood slightly acidic which fleas dislike intensely so it helps keep the little blighters away.
- Skin and coat - if your dog has dry skin and a dull coat ACV will soften the skin and bring the fur back to it’s former glory.
- Itchy skin - my personal favourite thing obviously. Because it brings skin back to health itchiness is significantly reduced.
- Upset tummies - add once a day to water if your dog has diarrhoea and repeat every day for a week to relieve constipation.
- Tooth decay - there is evidence that the acidity levels in ACV helps to breakdown plaque and tartar on teeth.
Use a 1:1 ACV to water mix in a spray bottle- add the same ratio mix to shampoo as well - to use ACV on all the conditions listed below.
- Itchy skin - use only on unbroken skin as it will sting otherwise - spray or wipe your dog down with the 1:1 mix as and when required, and after a bath or being in the water.
- Parasite control - spray or wipe down your dog a couple of times a week. Fleas can’t stand the acidity of ACV and will jump straight off.
- Ear cleaning - the antibacterial properties of ACV make it a good ear cleaner. Add the mix to cotton wool and carefully clean down inside the ears, only as far as you can see mind!
- Tear staining - wipe away tear stains, and use daily on tear stained fur or brown saliva stained fur (especially on paws) to bring the fur back to normal. Use daily.
- Deodorising - add to shampoo to help with flea control then comb through damp fur afterwards to deodorise and keeps fleas at bay.
- Coat condition - comb through and give your dog’s coat a sleek and shiny look.
How much should I feed?
In water or food
Small to medium dogs - 5ml or 1 teaspoon in water
Medium to large dogs - 10ml or 1 dessert spoon in water
Bragg's Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar can be purchased at most grocery stores.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Basic dog biscuits
These basic biscuits can be customized to cater to your canine’s palette
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
- 1 tsp. salt (or less)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
- ½ cup hot water
- Optional: Add bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits, to (your dog's) taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Dissolve bouillon in hot water
- Add remaining ingredients
- Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
- Roll dough until ½ inch thick
- Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with)
- Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
- Cook for 30 minutes www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/nutrition/recipes-for-quick-and-healthy-dog-treats