Posted by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/21/2015
*WHY* are your dog's arms raw and gnawed on? If you are pouring undilutedACV on raw, open sores then your dog is shivering in pain and licking the ACV off because he is trying to stop the ACV from stinging the open sores.
You need to figure out why your dog is chewing himself raw. Does he live outside in the grass? He might be allergic to the grass or pollens or it could be flea bites. What kind of food are you feeding him? Food that contains grains and corn can cause all kinds of skin problems. You need to start with the food first - make sure you are feeding a quality food and not the cheapest stuff on the shelf.
Next, you might try alkalizing the water by adding baking soda. Try 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1/2 liter of water; if he won't drink it because it tastes strange, start with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into 1 liter of water and increase the dose every 4 days until you are at 2 teaspoons per liter - or as close to that as he will tolerate. Have him drink that for 3 weeks and then drop it down to 1/2 teaspoon per liter of water as a maintenance dose.
Also try a bath. Bathe the entire dog and not just the sore parts. Use Ted's Mange Remedy and follow the directions, especially where you keep him saturated with the solution by wetting him with it again and again for 10 full minutes.
Your dog very well may have a staph infection on his skin; you can try Ted's remedy for staph, along with adding borax to the water. But first try the above - changing the diet, alkalizing the water for several weeks and bathing regularly in Ted's remedy - and then report back.