This week I’ve been holding out great hope for Flo’s dodgy leg/shoulder. Yes, it’s still a problem, and no, it’s not getting any better. The last time I had her out for a walk she leapt over a fallen tree and now she’s limping worse than ever. Grrr. Shouldn’t have let her off the lead. I battle constantly with whether to take her for a walk at all but she gets so naughty when she has to hang out in the garden. Three times in the last fortnight she’s run away down the road and ’round the corner when I’ve opened the gate to drive up the driveway. And will she come back when she’s called? Of course not. “Flo? Who’s that?” Hmmm.
So, I’ve been back to my old mate Google, looking for things that I might be able to do to ease it. Apparently I’ve been hiding under a rock since I got Flo. I have spent hours surfing the net looking for things that might assist relieve her stiff shoulder. A few days ago, while trolling around various sites I came across one which mentioned apple cider vinegar. Now, having looked further into this, it does smack of some of the remedies that I used to see for sale in the herbalist and chemist’s in Hong Kong when I lived there; one small brown bottle of strange, often foul-smelling liquid would claim to cure everything from a boil on the bum to pneumonia, and everything in between. Anyway, as I say, I’ve just discovered this cure-all, but I’m taking the vinegar with a pinch of salt. Apparently it can be used as an anti-flea wash (which is applied and rinsed out before a normal shampoo session). It can be used to soak a compress to relieve bruising and swelling. It can be used as an antiseptic on the skin. Never mind all that… it can also be used to help joint issues such as arthritis. The only side effect that I’ve found people noting is that it can make your dog vomit, and you’ve got to be careful if your dog has an over acidic stomach. So, I thought I’d give it a whirl. I started off by putting a teaspoonful in her water bowl, but given that she’s not a big drinker (she’s not that kind of girl) I added a teaspoonful to some lactose free milk in the morning, which she lapped up. I also mixed another teaspoon in with some lactose free yoghurt which I put on her food the first evening. She’s not drinking the water with the vinegar in it preferring to drink from her bowl upstairs, so that’s not a hit. However, since she’s enjoying milk each morning, and she doesn’t seem to be suffering any ill effects, I’ve upped the dose to a tablespoon which is delivered via the milk route. We’ll see how she goes and I’ll keep you all posted if there is any miraculous improvement. I’m reluctant to take her back to the v-e-t because they’ve pretty much done all that they can and their only options seem to be to give her an anti-inflammatory injection, which, as we know, leads to messed up plumbing which then leads to the appearance of pee-pads. Given that we have a baby crawling around the house at the moment, I’m not sure I want to go down that road. So, we’re trying the vinegar – I’m willing to give anything a shot at this point. Having said that, I’ve got her booked in at the v-e-t on Monday morning! I figured he’d be missing us; it’s been at least 3 weeks since our last visit, possibly longer.
Just one more thing about the ACV; it is supposed to put an end to tear staining and pee-burnt lawns. Is there nothing that this stuff can’t cure??
If you’ve used ACV before either on yourself or your animals, I’d love to hear how you got on and whether or not you found it a success. I’m interested to know other people’s experiences.
OH! And I nearly forgot (am adding this after I published…) it’s our first year blogging anniversary today. I can’t believe a whole year has gone by already. We’ve found so many great blogging pals out there, many of whom make us roar with laughter, which, as you know, is good for the soul. So thank you, thank you, thank you bloggy friends for feeding our souls. You really lighten our day!
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