Natural Remedies for Dogs:
In recent times many have been using natural ways of healing ailments/ disorders/ diseases. Although one may pop in an aspirin for a headache, the 1st option is to use a balm. When it comes to your pet, it is best to use natural therapies for animals. First reason is that animals have a tremendous self healing capacity, and do not need as much medication. I once nursed a bob-cat with a big hole in his head. Probably he had got into a cat fight. It was the first time that I had ever seen a cat in such a horrible condition. While I tried to find the right medication for him, his wound had healed, in a matter of 3 days. The second reason to not put animals on medication is that medicines for animals are fairly new. They may have side effects which one maybe unaware of, which may lead to making it pet feel miserable. Moreover, with such an excellent healing system, there is no requirement to bring in external ammo for healing. Moreover, large quantities of medication reduces the natural immunity in animals (and also in humans). Lastly, human and animal drugs are experimented on animals. Animal experimentation is cruel. Every animal has a right to survive equally, carefree, and happy. New methods of drug analysis like the petri-dish etc have been invented however not used as scientists “pefer” animals to dishes (although results are equally accurate in both).
Here is a list of some common ailments that I have used on my pet dog. They work wonderfully- no side effects, no tedious vet visits, and all natural and safe! Take a look-
1.Allergies: Pets are allergic to dust, smoke, and also soot. The first step is to ensure clean fresh bed to sleep on, ensure that the fur is properly cleaned. Groom you dog as many times a day as you can. Vacuum the area around your pets favorite spot. If they start to grow allergies, put your dog on a natural diet. Also introduce vitamins C & E and essential fatty acids from natural sources like fish/ cod liver oil in the diet. If the allergy persists for a long time, take him/her to the vet or, use Antihistamines to alleviate the problem. Use the medication only when symptoms flare and give the medication daily during the allergy season if needed.
2. Bad Breath – Raw Carrots as midday treat will keep plaque away and help scrape the teeth to prevent bad breath.” Also whole grains such as cooked brown rice will move food along the digestive tract giving the mouth a clean rinse.
3.Bandage – These do not promote healing in pets. Their own cleaning of their wounds will heal the wound faster. Saliva is the best healer of wounds.
4.Bladder Problems and Dehydration – Pets that don’t drink enough water and are fed only dry food are more susceptible to urinary blockage/bladder problems (especially neutered males). Some cat & dog owners switch their pets to a more moist pet food. Just like people, our pets require more drinking water than we think. They cannot drink in large gulps and thus, they have to drink frequently. Less intake of water also causes dehydration.
Dehydration can cause your pets to lose crucial electrolytes, minerals such as potassium and sodium that are needed to transmit electrical impulses throughout the body. While giving plain water will replace most electrolytes, you can help your pet recover from lack of water even more quickly by giving her and electrolyte-enriched drink such as Electrolyte. You can try the popular sports drink Gatorade, as its sweet fruity flavors might be enjoyable for your pet. If your pet has trouble in keeping fluid, which happens when they have gone a long time without water, you can give then an ice cube to lick on. Licking the ice cube slowly will hydrate her system gradually.
5.Car Sickness– Distinguished for its ability to alleviate nausea, ginger is often administered to people suffering from vomiting tendencies as well as motion sickness. In case your dog happens to suffer from carsickness, it is advisable to give him a capsule enclosing powdered ginger root at least half an hour before the journey. Ginger is also effective in healing indigestion as the herb is known to be an excellent stomach comforter. The most natural form of ginger is the best to use.
6.Coughing – to help a dog’s cough at home, use a humidifier, make sure there isn’t any tobacco smoke around and use a chest harness instead of a neck collar on the dog. If the dog needs quick relief, bring the dog into the bathroom, run a hot shower and shut the bathroom door. Sit with your dog in the bathroom to comfort the dog and to monitor progress.Raw honey can ease the pain of coughing. It can be added to a warm cup of water. If your dog doesn’t like its taste, use a medicine dropper and administer the solution straight into your dog’s mouth. Peppermint leaves can be made into a tea and administered to your dog in medicine dropper. Make a very strong peppermint tea
Test for allergies and consider possible psychological causes. Tobacco smoke, pollen, deodorant aerosols, floor or carpet cleaners, or lawn chemicals should be considered some of the culprits. Board the dog for a week in a clean air-conditioned indoor kennel to see if this will clear up your dog’s symptoms. You must also consider the possibility that your dog may be reacting to any verbal or physical altercations between family members.
7. Drooling – Perhaps the most common cause of dog drooling is that something is stuck in the dog’s gums, embedded in his tongue, or caught between his teeth. If you find a foreign object in the dog’s mouth but are unable to remove it, seek veterinary help immediately. Dogs with gum disease such as tartar and gingivitis, as well as dogs with dental problems such as a bad or fractured tooth will also drool excessively. Dogs drool when they have pain. There are many reasons why a dog is in pain; for example, bloating, poisoning, infections such as ear infections or urinary tract infections, just to name a few. If you suspect that your dog is drooling because of pain, check for other telltale signs that may confirm your dog is in fact in pain. Lastly, perhaps the most serious and scariest cause of sudden excessive drooling is rabies. Luckily, this is very rare. Take your dog to the local vet immediately.
8.Dental Problems – All dogs need preventive dental hygiene, especially poodles, who are by nature prone to dental problems. Hard doggy biscuits and rawhide chews to help keep the dog’s gums healthy and his teeth free from tartar buildup, Get your dog used to your cleaning his teeth with a doggy toothpaste available at your local pet store. If your pet does not seem to like any of the pet toothpaste flavors, try adding a bit of garlic powder to lukewarm water and use that to moisten the brush. If garlic water does not tickle his taste buds, try dipping the brush in chicken or beef broth. Nothing beats the effectiveness of good toothpaste though, but at least these may help your pet accept the brushing.
9. Diarrhea –Fiber diet can cure most of diarrhea in dogs. It sounds strange to fight diarrhea with fiber, but it sometimes works very well. Bananas, apples and papayas are a high source of fiber that can help diarrhea in dogs. Diarrhea can rapidly deplete the body of essential fluids, be sure to keep her water bowl full. It’s also a good idea to fill a separate bowl with Gatorade which will replenish minerals the body needs such as potassium and sodium.
When your pet suffers from Diarrhea – Don’t feed your pet for 24 hours after the onset of diarrhea. If s/he still isn’t better after a day of no food, call your vet. There could be something seriously wrong OR Mix two parts cooked white rice to one part boiled hamburger or skinless white meat chicken. (A cat may prefer pasta or mashed potatoes instead of rice). Feed your pet small amounts of this bland blend every 4 hours for 2 days. After two days, switch her back to her regular diet – still keeping the bland diet as about a fourth of her regular food once a day for four days.
Additionally, garlic is a valuable herb that helps in inducing the functioning of the liver. The numerous benefits of using garlic includes getting the body rid of toxins, lessening free radicals or reactive atoms or molecules in the body that may lead to cancer, improve the immune system and also function as a germ eliminator. It has been found that garlic is also effective in reducing high blood pressure and enhancing the digestive system. This is in addition to the herb’s ability to help the body to stay away from tumors as well as micro-organisms like parasites, viruses and fungus.
10. Fever – It is important to keep your pet as cool as possible when they have fever. Warm paws, warm belly, and hot ears are clear signs that your pet is suffering from fever. Some home remedies to reduce fever are-
– Press away the heat. One soothing way to lower your pet’s temperature is with cool water compresses. Soak a washcloth in cold water, wring it out and gently pat it on your pet’s belly. You can also pat his belly with a washcloth moistened with isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol evaporates quickly from the skin, helping him to bring the temperature down.
– Give him the wraparound. To lower a fever in a cat or small dog, just place a towel soaked in cool water around him. Most pets will enjoy the coolness, particularly if you periodically wet the towel with fresh water to keep it cool and comfortable.
– Ask about aspirin. While vets are cautious when it comes to giving human medication to pets, aspirin can sometimes be used to help bring a fever down. For dogs, a safe dose would be about one quarter of a 325 – milligram tablet of buffered aspirin for every 10 pounds of weight. Aspirin can be dangerous for cats, however, so DON’T give it without checking with your veterinarian. Also, don’t give your pet ibuprofen or acetaminophen instead of aspirin. These and other aspirin substitutes can be dangerous when given to dogs or cats. Of course, you should always get your vet’s okay before giving aspirin or any other human medication to your pet.
11. Flatulence – Curds/ yogurts are best to improve flatulence in dogs. Many yogurts contain digestion-friendly bacteria that can help decrease flatulence (farting). Most pets like the taste, so you won’t need to hide it in their food. Even pets that can’t handle lactose can usually enjoy yogurt without any problems.
12. Fleas –Macroscopically, fleas cause a great menace in the household activities. They also cause health hazards by acting as the vector of diseases. A smart pet owner who utilizes home remedies for fleas on pets will not expose their beloved pets to harsh chemicals. The best of natural remedies is that the pet will remain flea free without any exposure to cancer-causing chemicals found in modern flea treatments.
A great home remedy for fleas on pets is to include a very small amount of garlic in your pet’s diet on a regular basis, such as two or three times weekly. Fleas cannot tolerate the garlic smell, which will emanate from every pore of your pet’s body. If done properly, the garlic smell should be undetected by humans but fleas will not stay on your pet for long.
The best home remedy is to wash the pets and its beddings regularly by eucalyptus oil that emanates a sweet smell. Eucalyptus is a good insecticide and also drives away 99 percent of house dust mites. Citrus could be cut into quarters and plunged overnight in water, this solution could sprayed especially on the ears and head parts of the pets to stop the flea infestation.
Lastly,Lay a trap. Wherever fleas are a problem, plug in a nigh-light and put a wide pan partially filled with water under it. Since fleas are attracted to warmth, some will leap toward the light and make a splashdown in the water, where they’ll drown. This won’t solve your problem, but in the war against fleas, every body counts.
14. Fungus – During the rainy season, it is common for dogs to walk in the muck and get fungal infections between the pads of the paws. The first sign of this infection is constant licking of the paw. If you do notice that your dog is licking his paw frequently and ardently, ensure that he stops licking it first. Keeping the paws dry during fungal infections is necessary, or the fungus may spread. Fungal infections make the skin between the paws red and scaly. The hard pads become velvet like and begin to turn to white. Pet Derm is commonly used product to treat fungal and bacterial infections. Try to treat your dog with this for a week’s time. However, if this does not work, try an alternative dry medicine powder- Frecia. It is important to ensure that the pads or the infected areas are dry and muck free before using any of these products.
15. Hot Spots –They are inflamed spots where your pets scratch, bite, chew or lick until that spot gets bald and these circles can get painful for your pet. Vets recommend washing that spot with strong brewed tea (yes, black or green tea!). The tannic acid in the tea will help heal the inflammation. Ensure that the tea must be cooled. Another way to help the inflammation would be a thin layer of hydrocortisone cream (1% concentration) which is available over the counter as well.
16. Insect Bites and Stings –Applying a paste of baking soda and water to the bite or sting several times a day can help ease discomfort. The alkalinity helps relieve the itch. A dab of calamine can also helps. Aloe Vera is good for skin irritations. Applying a thin layer of gel from an aloe Vera plant will help ease discomfort and possibly speed healing. If you don’t have an aloe Vera plant, you can buy the gel in the health food stores. For areas that are sore and irritated, try applying a thin layer of hydrocortisone cream (0.5 percent hydrocortisone. Applying a cold compress to stings helps take the swelling down and dulls the pain. A handful of ice cubes in a washcloth or small towel and hold it on the area for at least 5 minutes – longer if your pet will hold still.
17. Skin Problems/ Itching – Skin problems may be due to dry skin, lack of right vitamins and minerals, oil or sometimes hay fever. A change in diet can improve your pet’s health and thus their skin problems. Some vets advise to cut down on cheese and chicken and give your pet more potatoes and vegetables. Substituting rice or pasta for potato, sweet potato, or yam, which are all excellent food and rich in beta carotenoids works wonders. A teaspoon of flaxseed oil or oil mixed into the food to help skin problems as well as immune system and kidneys. However, not all foods are safe for all species – onions, for instance can cause a kind of anemia in cats. It’s best to get your vet’s advice. Bathing your dog with an oatmeal shampoo is best.
Sometimes, itchy skin may be dry skin. Using a moisturizer can help relieve the problem. “Avon-skin-so Soft or Alpha-Keri Oil is good for the itchy pet with dry skin. Dilute 1 tablespoon per gallon of water and use it as an after bath rinse. Giving your pet supplements containing essential fatty acids may help calm itchy skin while adding sheen to his coat. Fatty acids don’t work quickly, but you should see results within two months.Also, itching may be caused by hay fever. Giving an antihistamine such as Benadryl can help.Many vets recommend giving 1 to 3 milligrams for every pound of pet; ask your vet for precise dosing instructions.
18. Paw Problems – Like people, pets occasionally suffer from dry, cracked, callused skin on the bottoms of their feet. To keep the pads protected, try applying a moisturizer. The same stuff you use on your hands will work for your pet. Vitamin E oil works well. Once you have applied a moisturizer, “the big trick is to keep them from licking it off.” Put the oil on at mealtime so that they’ll eat first and the oil will have some time to soak in.Indian cream Kailash Jeevan is safest for pets. The cream is edible and safe.
19. Sleeping – If your pets have trouble sleeping, they may have some sort of anxiety (just like us). Buy a night light for your pet. Older animals are more prone to anxiety. The night light will comfort them (I use one for my pet and it works beautifully).
20. Upset Stomach/ Vomiting –Don’t give your pet food for 24 hours. Fill the water bowl to promote drinking thus avoiding dehydration. Some pet owners give their pets ice cubes that they can lick slowly. Some pets even play with the ice cubes affording them some entertainment. If your pet is still vomiting after 24 hours, call your vet.