Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) & Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) for Goats

As the humans in our house increasingly move toward using natural and homeopathic remedies, we’ve been doing the same with our animals as well. Two things keep coming up in my research as kind of cure-alls and/or preventive measures for just about everything from respiratory problems to parasites to rumen issues: apple cider vinegar (ACV) and grapefruit seed extract (GSE).

Apple cider vinegar and grapefruit seed extract

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) and grapefruit seed extract (GSE) (Italian versions)

Everything I’ve read says to just add drops to the goat’s (or chicken’s or dog’s) water; some give ratios though most don’t. Both can also be applied topically (diluted with water) if you’re aiming to get rid of lice and such.

So I’m wondering whether fellow goat people have used either or both of these, and if so, if you have measurements to share. Also, have you found them to be effective as either treatment or preventative or both? In goats, humans, chickens, dogs, other animals?

And have you ever had trouble getting your animals to actually drink the water once it has the ACV or GSE added?

Any and all opinions and experiences with ACV and GSE welcome!

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12 Responses to “Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) & Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) for Goats”
  1. 01.19.2012

    Haven’t tried it yet, but I know it’s good stuff. It’s also recommended for turkeys to help prevent blackhead disease.

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    michelle Reply:

    Thx June!

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  2. Kat
    01.19.2012

    I don’t have a goat story, but I use ACV in my 10 yr old dogs water. He was lame last year with arthritis. I read up on it and gave it a try. Within three days he was able to run about 15 feet. This year he is running around like a puppy. I also added glucosamine and chondriontin and hope this doesn’t hurt anyones feelings … but he gets a large dollop of plain goat yogurt every morning to help his digestion. I love your web site!

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    Kat Reply:

    I use about 1 teaspoon for about 1/2-3/4 of a gallon of water. I change his water every morning and on the weekends I don’t give him ACV because the site recommended a break such as I said.

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    michelle Reply:

    Thx for the measurement, Kat; seems like it would always be good to give the animals “a break” :)

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    michelle Reply:

    How great for your doggie, Kat!

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    Kat Reply:

    He is a healthy guy. I think the severe climate change ran him over. When we moved from the beach to 5k elevation with snow it hit him hard. He’s a big dog, 72 lbs and loves snow, but I think several combinations knocked him for a loop last year. He is doing very well this year. I’m glad I didn’t put him down, which sadly I was considering. I hate to see an animal suffer.

    Have a good one!
    Kat and Henry the wonder dog!

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    michelle Reply:

    So good to hear, Kat! Hugs to you and Henry!

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  3. Samantha
    01.26.2012

    ACV is usefull for about anything. We live a very green lifestly and have no chemicals to speak of in the house. I use distilled vinegar mostly for cleaning. (1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water, a couple oz lemon juice and usually lavender EO). For bathing our dogs (and washing our own hair) we scrub the scalp/skin with a baking soda paste, rinse, then use a vinegar rinse that’s 10 parts water to 2 parts ACV.
    I haven’t done it yet on the goats but I suspect I will when the weather gets nicer around here.
    Boiling orange peels, then pouring that water over dogs after a bath (not cats!) For some reason really repells fleas. (And makes them smell good) I wonder if doing the same would work for the goats?

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  4. 02.02.2012

    A few weeks behind on this post, but wanted to chime in on ACV. I use it any time I’m feeling even remotely sick. I used to be prone to sinus infections, but now I just drop a spoonful of ACV into tea and feel better within hours. I hate the taste of it, but it always works! Oddly enough I also use it to clean around the house.

    @Kat never thought to use it for my dog, but I think it’s a great idea!

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    michelle Reply:

    I’ve heard it’s great for cleaning too; kind of expensive here for me to use it that way, but definitely is keeping the goats’ water bucket cleaner since I’ve been dropping some in!

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  5. karen swan
    05.04.2012

    I have used gse for myself,my childern,husband,dogs, and birds for the last 11 years. Here is where I get it allhealthtrends.com red and white bottle 11.99&4.95 ( 4oz.) for shipping no matter how big, up to 100.00 then free shipping. It kills the bad and not the good. I have put this in open wounds but YOU MUST CUT THE GSE WITH OIL….ANY KIND OF OIL THAT YOU COULD PUT IN A OPEN WOUND….I USE EMU OIL comes from a bird that is butchered for meat. Emu oil goes down three layers of the skin as soon as you put on great for burns, diaper rash. GSE is also good for diaper rash IF CUT WITH OIL. If not cut with oil it can BURN OR BLISTER THE SKIN….I have a friend that had a sore that came on her lower back where her pants rubbed up against and it was painful it was also related to the herpes virus and I told her to use gse on it but to mix it with oil and put it on the spot. She did but she did not cut it with oil and also bought a stronger gse and put a band aide over it burned and scared the spot in the shape of a square but the virus has not been back in years..gse and emu oil are things I keep on hand at all times..Don’t take my word read for yourself I read about it every year because they keep testing it … like for aids. Its good for the heart, arthritis, colds, flu,to much to count and I have just started using it on our baby goat.EMU oil I get at lb processors.com enjoy good life. Karen

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