Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Raw Coconut Sap Vinegar for Dogs and Cats

Raw coconut sap vinegar for dogs and cats
Organic, raw coconut sap vinegar has many health benefits for dogs and cats.

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Coconut sap vinegar contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Coconut sap vinegar has a milder taste than apple cider vinegar (ACV). If your dog or cat isn't fond of ACV she may like coconut sap vinegar instead.

Raw coconut sap vinegar (CSV) can be used as a dietary supplement and a topical treatment.

The only ingredient in naturally fermented, unpasteurized, organic CSV is fresh coconut sap.

How It's Made - Fermented Simply, Naturally
To harvest coconut sap, bamboo containers are secured to the coconut palm. Then coconut blossom stems are tapped. The sap from the blossom stem drips into the bamboo containers. The fresh sap is left to naturally ferment. The fermentation process takes 8 to 10 weeks. The fermentation process is pure, no starters or additives used.

CSV contains ‘mother of vinegar’. Mother of vinegar is a naturally-formed nutrient rich sediment you’ll see at the bottom of the raw organic coconut sap vinegar bottle.

Raw Coconut Sap Vinegar's Nutritional Value
Raw coconut sap vinegar has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. CSV can help:
  • Prevent food borne pathogens. 
Organic raw coconut sap vinegar contains all nine (9) essential amino acids in plant-based form. Coconut sap vinegar also contains eight (8) non-essential amino acids…
  • Alanine 
  • Arginine 
  • Aspartic acid 
  • Glycine 
  • Glutamic acid 
  • Histidine 
  • Isoleucine 
  • Leucine 
  • Lysine 
  • Methioine 
  • Phenylalanine
  • Proline 
  • Serine 
  • Threonine 
  • Tyrosine 
  • Trytophan 
  • Valine
Raw coconut blossom sap has a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than fresh raw apples. Raw, organic coconut sap vinegar is a nutrient-rich alternative to organic ACV.  

Raw coconut sap vinegar is a rich source of vitamins: 
  • Vitamin B1 
  • Vitamin B2 
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) 
  • Vitamin B6 
  • Vitamin B7 
  • Vitamin B8 (inositol) 
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid) 
  • Vitamin B12 
  • Vitamin C
  • and Choline, an essential nutrient for overall health.
Mineral Rich
CSV is a rich source of bioavailable: 
  • Magnesium 
  • Sulfur 
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus 
  • Plus boron, calcium, iron and zinc.
Raw Coconut Sap Vinegar For Health

pH Balancing, Anti-inflammatory, Natural Anti-parasitic Aid
The acetic acid content in coconut sap vinegar is body pH balancing. A balanced body pH is important to help protect your dog and cat from:
  • Inflammatory disease.
  • Insects and parasites.
Use coconut sap vinegar with other pH balancing species appropriate fresh foods and herbs.

Gallic and Vanillic Acids
Raw coconut sap vinegar contains gallic and vanillic acids. These acids provide many health benefits, including:
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic activity.
  • Antioxidant, oxidative stress-reducing activity.
  • Gastrointestinal support.
  • Cardiovascular support.
  • Metabolic health promoting.
  • Oral, skin and urinary tract health support.
Liver and Kidney Health Support
Raw coconut sap vinegar is a detox aid and may help reduce oxidative stress on your dog’s and cat’s liver and kidneys.

Digestive Health
CSV helps support the gut biome by providing: 
  • Digestive enzymes 
  • Prebiotics 
  • Probiotics 
CSV also helps prevent and treat acid reflux (GERD).

Heart Health
Raw organic coconut vinegar may help prevent oxidative stress and reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Metabolic Health
Raw organic coconut vinegar is very low on the glycemic index. If your companion animal is overweight: 
  • Feed your dog and cat a biologically appropriate diet. 
  • Consider including raw coconut vinegar with meals 1x per day.
  • Raw coconut vinegar may aid insulin sensitivity and improve digestion of fats.
Served with a meal, CSV may help gently speed-up your dog and cat's metabolism and promote loss of excess body weight.

How To Include Coconut Sap Vinegar In Your Dog and Cat's Diet
If your dog or cat self-selects to take CSV it can be included in the daily diet, or included a few times per week.

Coconut sap vinegar can be added to food, kefir or goat’s milk, or bone broth, let your dog or cat choose.

Allow your dog or cat to self-select raw coconut sap vinegar. Some dogs and cats will select to have CSV on a daily basis, several times a week or not at all.

Recommended Dosage

🐈 πŸ• X-Small Dogs and Cats
2 lbs to 14 lbs – ¼ to ½ tsp, 1x per day.

πŸ• Small Dogs
15 lbs to 34 lbs – ½ to 1 tsp per day.
🐩 Medium Dogs
35 lbs to 55 lbs – 1 tsp to 2 tsps per day.

🐩 Large Dogs
56 lbs to 84 lbs – 2 tsps to 1 tbsp per day

🐩 X-Large Dogs
85 lbs to 134 lbs – 1.5 tbsp per day

🐩 Dogs over 135 lbs – 1.5 tbsp to 2 tbsp per day.

  • If your dog or cat has a health issue, medical condition and/or is on conventional drugs
    • Before offering coconut sap vinegar, check for drug interactions and health-issue contradictions
  • Fermented products aren't appropriate for some health issues and conditions
  • CSV should not be given to a dog or cat that is experiencing candidia (fungal) overgrowth
  • If your dog or cat is suffering from an irritated intestinal tract, don't give her CSV
  • Some individuals can be hypersensitive or intolerant to coconut products
Coconut Sap Vinegar Topical Use
CSV is an excellent skin and fur cleansing, nourishing rinse

Body Rinse, Paw Wash or Spray-on
Prepare a solution of 1-part CSV to 1-part water (50:50 solution). Use as a partial or full-body rinse, paw wash or spray. This 50:50 solution may help skin and paw discomfort caused by candida overgrowth.

Ear Cleaning
Prepare a 50:50 solution of CSV to water. Apply the CSV solution to a clean soft pad or cloth. Squeeze out excess liquid. Use the pad or soft cloth to gently wipe around the inner ear flap.

If you dog or cat has an ear infection make sure you address the root cause.

Skunk Spray Treatment
Sponge undiluted coconut sap vinegar onto fur and skin.
Allow the vinegar to air dry on fur and skin.
Then shampoo and rinse with a non-toxic shampoo.
This article provides a comprehensive natural protocol for treating skunk spray incidents.

Broken Skin
Don’t use undiluted vinegar on broken skin as the vinegar may cause a stinging sensation. Make sure you dilute the raw coconut sap vinegar. If treating broken skin use 1-part CSV to 4 parts filtered tap water.

Avoid getting CSV in your companion animal’s eyes. CSV may cause a stinging sensation.

Test First
When first using a new topical substance always do an initial test-spot. Wait at least several hours before proceeding to a full application. Don’t proceed if an adverse reaction occurs during test application. Some individuals are hypersensitive to coconut.

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