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DIY Home Cures for Pets

DIY Home Cures for Pets

Our pets are loved as much as any other member in our family. When they become sick or injured, the cost of taking them to the veterinarian can be too much to take on. However, there are several harmless and economical home remedies that will have a positive effect on your pet's ailment. This kind of information can be highly beneficial to pet owners everywhere. Please keep in mind that prior to any kind of homemade or over-the-counter medications you would like to administer to your pets, you should get the approval from your local veterinarian.

1) Poison Control
In an unfortunate case where your pet has ingested a poisonous or toxic substance, you can use hydrogen peroxide, which will cause vomiting to occur. Administer one teaspoon for every five pounds of the weight of your pet. If the situation calls for it, you are able to repeat this process one time.

2) Bee Stings
If your pet is stung by a bee, you can take out the stinger by scraping the area on the skin with a credit card or the like. Afterward, coat the area with a paste of baking soda and water mixed together. In a case where there is an allergic reaction to the bee sting, you can give your pet a dose of Benadryl. Give an amount of 1mg/lb approximately every six hours to help ease the pain from the reaction.

3) Lightning
In some cases, pets can have severe anxiety related reactions to thunderstorms and lightning. However, the cause of their anxiety isn't necessarily from the sound of thunder or the bright lightning. It may be an accumulation of static electricity in your pet's coat. To prevent this from happening, you can simply take a dryer sheet and rub it on their coat. This will remove any static electricity that is present and make them more at ease during the storms.

4) Upset Stomach
When your pet is suffering from an upset stomach and/or vomiting, you can give them some Pepto Bismol. Do not give this to cats under any circumstances, though. It contains an ingredient that is similar to aspirin, which is harmful to cats. So make sure to only use this for dogs. In the liquid or tablet form, you can give your dog the same dose that you would a child, for every 40 lbs of the body weight.

5) Constipation
If your pet is having trouble moving food through the bowels, canned pumpkin without any added spices will aid in constipation. Dogs especially love canned pumpkin and it is also very healthy for their digestive system in general. However, keep in mind that you should not overdo it and give them too much, as it can lead to diarrhea.

6) Minor Wounds
Just as it works with humans, you can use salt to heal your pet's minor wounds and skin irritations. Create a bath of Epsom salts for your pet. This will help ease any pain that comes with dry, inflamed and itchy skin conditions as well.

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