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hi i use cider vinegar on bryn it helps him with his skin as its still healing it is suppose to be good for dry skin any more suggestions on this? :) ive diluted it with water and use it between once and twice a week i just poor it over him he doesnt seem to mind it and it seems to be doing him some good 8)
 

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I read a post that vinegar is good for counter acting the yeast that can build up and cause mange. So it is good to give him a vinegar rinse. But, I can tell you, as a person who has studied hair and skin - vinegar is used to remove excess oil from the skin and hair, therefore if used exceedingly it could dry out his skin over time.
 

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Is his skin really itchy or just damaged from the mange? My dog Chico is extremely itchy and I've been making a paste out of baking soda and water. I put this on him and let it sit for about 5 minutes and then wipe it off good with a warm wash clothe. It really seems to help. After that I apply aloe vera gel to the area. If you get aloe gel, try to get one that doesn't have alot of extra fragrance and dyes, that could irritate the skin. I read about this in a hollistic book that I bought. I'm trying to get away from the harsh chemicals. The book did mention that cider vinegar is very good for dogs. You can add a little to his drinking water or food as well.

If yor looking for an easy, quick product that you don't need to mix yourself, try some microtek spray or gel. It's pricey but lasts a long time. The gel is for horses but I think it works pretty good because it's a little thicker and you can rub it on the skin like lotion. My dogs love this stuff, when they see me comming with it they roll over on their backs. It's safe to use on sensitive areas as well as irritated skin. http://www.eqyss.com/pet_microtek_spray4.asp

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hi bryns skin is just damaged from the mange no its not itchy any more he looks alot better will post some new pictures shortly to show you all his good progress shirley and bryn xx
 

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You should try some Apple cider vinegar & that does exactly what you just mentioned & also helps clear there gut...

Its a really old wifes tale used in conditioning olden day pitbulls for the ring.

The Encyclopaedia of Natural Pet Care describes Apple Cider Vinegar as: 'Long a folk remedy, cider vinegar has been shown to improve the health of dairy cows, horses, dogs and other animals. It reduces common infections, aids whelping, improves stamina, prevents muscle fatigue after exercise, increases resistance to disease and protects against food poisoning. Cider vinegar is rich in the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium; it normalizes acid levels [pH] in the stomach, improves digestion and the assimilation of nutrients, reduces intestinal and faecal odours, helps cure constipation, alleviates some of the symptoms of arthritis and helps prevent bladder stones and urinary tract infections.' Birds are no exception in the animal world. ACV, and we point it out that it is made of the whole red sweet apple, provides enzymes and important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, chlorine, phosphorous, iron, silicon and other trace elements. The vitamins contained in ACV are bioflavonoids (vitamin P), beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, E, B1, B2 and B6. Tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples as well as malic acid and pectin and other powerful nutrients
 
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