09 Mar 6 Natural Home Remedies for Dog Health Problems
Much like their human owners, pets can have several minor health problems. Instead of taking them to the vet every time you notice them scratching or off their food, try a natural remedy. Most natural remedies are quite effective and will cost you a lot less than going to the vet. Making your pets comfortable without using a lot of harsh medications will give them the relief they need without any worrisome side effects. Natural remedies are often safer for pets, especially dogs who like to lick their wounds.
Here are six natural home remedies for common dog health conditions:
- Turmeric and Yucca
Turmeric and yucca both are well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Yucca also helps reduce pain, while turmeric helps minimize the number of antioxidants often found in the joints. When used together, they can help manage arthritis pain in your pets. This is an ideal remedy for older pets who may have mobility problems.
- Lavender and Calendula
Lavender and calendula are known to control the itching and scaling that often accompanies dry skin, rashes, and other skin irritations. Lavender can be placed on wounds, cuts, and abrasions to help hasten the healing process. Lavender has strong antibacterial properties that help fight infection. You can dab small amounts of the lavender oil on the affected area or mix a few drops in water and spray it on your pet’s fur and their bedding. The scent will calm them and keep anxiety to a minimum.
- Natural Oils
Coconut, jojoba oil, and Vitamin E are excellent for keeping your pet’s paws from becoming dry and cracked. Blend the oils together and massage the mixture into the pads of your pet’s paws. The oils will soak into their skin and keep their paws soft and resilient. This treatment works in both the summer and winter and will keep your pet from having sore paws in extreme weather conditions.
- Baking Soda
Blend baking soda, a small amount of vinegar, and water. If your pet has been stung by a bee, you will want to make every possible attempt to get the stinger out. Once it’s gone, apply the paste and try to get your pet to lay as still as possible so that it stays in place. This should help to soothe the sting. After 10 minutes or so, rinse the paste away.
- Plain Yogurt
Plain yogurt is full of probiotics. These enzymes work within the digestive tract to keep things moving smoothly. Plain yogurt will soothe their digestive system and help to eliminate an upset stomach. It may also help your pet if they are prone to yeast infections. A small amount of plain yogurt mixed into their food every day will improve their digestive tract’s overall function.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix apple cider vinegar with water (50/50) and use a cotton ball to dab the mixture inside and outside your pet’s ears. This works quite well to get rid of dirt and debris and prevent itching. If you are concerned that your pet has an ear infection, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.