Going to the vet for any serious health problem your dog has is a responsible thing to do and should always be your first option. However, for minor health issues, like a mild stomach upset or dry skin, it is completely fine to use natural remedies to provide some relief to your dog without subjecting him to consuming chemicals and their potential side effects.
Here are some natural remedies that have been proven to work for many illnesses in canines:
Chamomile has many benefits for pets and several preparation ways. Chamomile tea is a great remedy for minor stomach upset and skin irritation. Chamomile can soothe the stomach by decreasing cramps and muscle spasms. You can simply add chamomile tea to your dog’s meal or water, or you can give it with a syringe directly into your dog’s mouth.
Dogs with minor rashes or skin irritation can benefit from chamomile tea as well. The trick is to brew a strong cup of chamomile tea and to pour it into a spray bottle that you will leave in the refrigerator to cool off. Then you can just spray it onto your dog’s skin where the rash or irritation is to provide relief from the symptoms.
Chamomile is often used by humans for anxiety relief, and dogs might benefit the same way from it. Chamomile has chemicals that relax muscles, which can help in reducing anxiety. Try combining it with valerian to increase its anti-anxiety effects.
Epsom salts are rich in magnesium and they can be a great anti-inflammatory remedy for sore muscles. ES can also be used for cleaning certain types of wounds and soaking them because they make abscesses open up and get them drained. To soak your dog’s wound, you should mix Epsom salts with warm water and then apply this soak on your dog’s wound for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.
Don’t let your pooch drink Epsom salts solution because it can upset his stomach and cause diarrhea.
A small serving of plain yogurt can be a part of your dog’s daily diet, regardless whether he is having some minor ailment or not. It contains probiotics that can help your dog with his intestinal flora and microbiota. Probiotic dog supplements are a good alternative because they are still natural and will have a much larger concentration of good bacteria. However, giving your dog yogurt may be easier than pills since most canines find it taste delicious. It is one of the best remedies for an upset stomach.
Humans have been using honey to treat ailments for years, but did you realize that it’s also a great natural remedy for our canine companions? I like to refer to honey as liquid gold because we use it to treat a number of ailments for our human and furry family members. It has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which makes it a great salve to use on topical wounds are minor burns.
If you add honey to your dog’s food or use it as a healthy treat, Fido will benefit from its high level of antioxidants and natural enzymes. K9 Honey is also rich in natural nutrients that can have amazing effects on your dog’s health, including anti-inflammatory properties and even neurological benefits.
Honey may also help with:
- relieving the symptoms of allergies
- treating coughs and other respiratory issues
- improving digestion
- preventing infections caused by bacteria or viruses
Most see oatmeal just as a food item, but it’s one of the most efficient natural remedies for itchy skin. Those who had chicken pox might already know how an oatmeal bath can soothe the itchy skin in humans, but similar effects can be achieved for dogs too. Oatmeal contains chemicals with anti-inflammatory properties which provides relief for superficial infections and skin allergies.
To make your own remedy out of oatmeal, you should grind them until they become a fine powder and then mix them with water. You can then apply it on inflamed areas or itchy spots. Another option is making an oatmeal bath for your pooch. Just add the oatmeal formula in his bath and let him soak in it for 5 to 10 minutes.
Alfalfa is a member of the pea family and an inexpensive natural remedy for many ailments. It is extremely rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which means that it has anti-inflammatory properties. Alfalfa can help in cancer prevention and relieve arthritis pain, but it is also great in treating kidney disorders and digestive tract problems. It’s safe for dogs to consume in moderation, and your pooch can take advantage of some of the known benefits. You can purchase dried alfalfa and just sprinkle it on your dog’s food every day.
Certain doses of garlic are toxic to dogs, so you need to be very careful when using it as a home remedy for your pet. For humans, garlic is basically a miracle vegetable; it’s antimicrobial properties act like detox agents. It can also lower cholesterol among many other benefits. Some of these can also be applied to canines as long as you remember to keep the doses extremely low.
Garlic can also help your dog get rid of ticks and even worms. You just have to feed him to it for five days, in the amount based on his weight:
- 10 to 19 pounds: 1/2 clove
- 20 to 44 pounds: 1 clove
- 45 to 74 pounds: 2 cloves
- 75 to 99 pounds: 2 1/2 cloves
- 100 pounds and over: 3 cloves
Don’t feed garlic to dogs who show signs of anemia. Also, don’t give garlic to your dog if he has a surgery lined up since it can cause oxidative damage in his bloodstream. Puppies should also never eat garlic since their body doesn’t reproduce blood cells until they are at least 6 weeks of age.
Uva ursi is an herb that can help your dog fight urinary tract infections. It is a natural diuretic best known for the ability to effectively cleanse the kidneys and encourages your pooch to drink more water. However, you need to dosage this herb carefully and never use it for longer than a week at a time. You should also know that dogs with previously diagnosed kidney or liver disease should never be given uva ursi.
Ginger is famous for its benefits to the digestive system, so the best use of this natural remedy is for mild stomach upset, nausea and flatulence. Ginger is good for dogs, and it’s even been shown to help with arthritis. Ginger stops the production of leukotrienes in your dog’s immune system and since they cause inflammation, ginger can ease arthritis pain. It can also improve circulation for older dogs that have mobility issues.