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    We never used to treat for heartworm because there just wasnt any in the area we used to live in. We have now moved out into the country a little more and our neighbour has this huge lake. We moved in to our new house in July and celebrated with a bonfire that night .... wow you should have seen my daughter and my husband. Their legs were totally covered in mosquito bites ... so this has now become a huge problem with them. They are on heartworm pills now but I am VERY interested in this ACV theory. How much would you dilute it by for their water???

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    They are on heartworm pills now but I am VERY interested in this ACV theory. How much would you dilute it by for their water???
    Dosage is usually 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds of dog (Abby gets 2 half a teaspoon doses a day). You can put it in their water or mix it into their food.
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    I think I just have the common or garden variety ... I need to go hunting for the organic stuff!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    I think I just have the common or garden variety ... I need to go hunting for the organic stuff!!
    Raw, unfiltered organic cider vinegar. I think the most common brand is Bragg, you can pick it up at most grocery stores, Vitamin Shoppes and of course (my favorite place on the planet) Amazon.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twice View Post
    Raw, unfiltered organic cider vinegar. I think the most common brand is Bragg, you can pick it up at most grocery stores, Vitamin Shoppes and of course (my favorite place on the planet) Amazon.com
    Agree! Love Amazon for all those things you can't find easily! I have been using just the cider vinegar that I can find here and I am pretty sure it isn't the beneficial kind. So I need to get on top of that. Is there any negative effects to using more ACV? Like if you gave 2 Tb a day?
    Living in CA we didn't have to worry about heartworm but now in Iowa, especially this year, I am worried. Haven't given him anything yet but am still mulling it over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biogirl71 View Post
    Agree! Love Amazon for all those things you can't find easily! I have been using just the cider vinegar that I can find here and I am pretty sure it isn't the beneficial kind. So I need to get on top of that. Is there any negative effects to using more ACV? Like if you gave 2 Tb a day?
    Living in CA we didn't have to worry about heartworm but now in Iowa, especially this year, I am worried. Haven't given him anything yet but am still mulling it over.
    You don't want to give too much of anything, ACV included. Too much can make the urine to become too acidic which could cause calcium stones. 1 tsp twice a day is enough for most of our guys. Over 50 pounds use a tsp and a half twice a day but I don't think any of us here have babies over 50 pounds do we?. At 24 pounds, Abby gets half a tsp twice a day.

    To use it to prevent fleas & ticks you want to dilute it 50/50 with water and sponge it on. Let it dry naturally, don't towel dry.

    BUT!! (and this is important) don't use it he/she has a yeast infection because ACV can make it worse.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Twice View Post
    BUT!! (and this is important) don't use it he/she has a yeast infection because ACV can make it worse.
    I didn't know that. So odd because I dilute white vinegar in water and rinse the boys with the solution after the final rinse during baths. The vet advised us to do this. Desertskybulldogs said that it was to prevent yeast. Who knew vinegars would be so different!

    And thanks for the tip about adding acv to their food instead of their water. Sometimes they drink so little that it feels like we're just wasting the acv. Going to put it in their food from now on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by savemejeebus View Post
    I didn't know that. So odd because I dilute white vinegar in water and rinse the boys with the solution after the final rinse during baths. The vet advised us to do this. Desertskybulldogs said that it was to prevent yeast. Who knew vinegars would be so different!
    White vinegar is grapes right? Cider vinegar is apples. I guess it makes sense they'd act differently? Besides, using it topically is one thing. Ingesting it is something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twice View Post
    You don't want to give too much of anything, ACV included. Too much can make the urine to become too acidic which could cause calcium stones. 1 tsp twice a day is enough for most of our guys. Over 50 pounds use a tsp and a half twice a day but I don't think any of us here have babies over 50 pounds do we?. At 24 pounds, Abby gets half a tsp twice a day.

    To use it to prevent fleas & ticks you want to dilute it 50/50 with water and sponge it on. Let it dry naturally, don't towel dry.

    BUT!! (and this is important) don't use it he/she has a yeast infection because ACV can make it worse.



    Bo is 75 lbs and even heavier soaking wet.

    I'm going to give this Organic ACV a try too. Fred Meyer stores here have a huge tree hugger section (meant lovingly - I am one, after all) and I'm certain I can find it there.

    Bea is SO WEIRD about up-sets to the "norm"..... I wonder if she'll be able to detect it in her food? Then again, maybe she'll like it.......

    Edited to add: I found this on a Golden Retriever forum. (NO, I'm not slumming LOL)

    "Question #4: Is my dog at risk for heartworms here in Washington State?
    No.
    To date, there is no established heartworm disease here. The reason is not due, as might be supposed, to the absence of mosquitos, or of the right species of mosquito. There are at least 11 species of mosquito in the state of Washington which are reported to have transmitted heartworms in other areas.
    The reason is, rather, that the average temperature in this area is too low to allow the microfilaria to properly develop after being ingested by the mosquito."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000 View Post
    The reason is, rather, that the average temperature in this area is too low to allow the microfilaria to properly develop after being ingested by the mosquito."

    All this heartworm talk had me up all night worrying about it. Until I found this...

    to carry through the entire cycle of host to end host(mosquito to dog), the temperature must remain above 57 degrees for 4 weeks. If it goes below that, even at night, the microfilaria die and cycle must begin again.

    We get some chilly nights in NJ so at least that's one less thing I have to worry about

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twice View Post
    All this heartworm talk had me up all night worrying about it. Until I found this...

    to carry through the entire cycle of host to end host(mosquito to dog), the temperature must remain above 57 degrees for 4 weeks. If it goes below that, even at night, the microfilaria die and cycle must begin again.

    We get some chilly nights in NJ so at least that's one less thing I have to worry about
    OMG! That will NEVER happen here! Ever, ever, ever (sadly so, actually, as I am a terminal tanner). Thanks for finding that.

    @cowsmom - tagging you sister sledge. See? It's gonna be OK!
    (Sandra almost shamed me into marching right down to the vets office and getting heartworm stuff...LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000 View Post
    OMG! That will NEVER happen here! Ever, ever, ever (sadly so, actually, as I am a terminal tanner). Thanks for finding that.

    @cowsmom - tagging you sister sledge. See? It's gonna be OK!
    (Sandra almost shamed me into marching right down to the vets office and getting heartworm stuff...LOL)

    Hope you don't take any children in the booth with you lol

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