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HOME REMEDIES FOR DOGS : To go Natural or Not

HOME REMEDIES FOR DOGS : To go Natural or Not

We all know that trips to the vet can be very expensive. Thankfully there are some home remedies available for those occasions when your pet is unwell rather than seriously ill. If you do opt for treating your animal yourself and it does not become substantially better within twenty-four hours, then it is necessary to seek professional advice.

When it comes to home remedies fortunately there are common household items that may be used to treat a pet or at worst, you may need to take a trip to your grocery store to add to your supply or borrow an ingredient from a neighbor. Here are a few treatments for common ailments that may save you some money.

Common Ailments and DIY Treatments from your Kitchen

Because the diets of some animals are so commercialized they often suffer from constipation or diarrhea. In this case you can simply add some blended pumpkin to your dog’s food. If your pet suffers from excessive gas then add a teaspoon or two of plain yoghurt to his meals dependent on his size. In the case of common yeast infections a weak mixture of water and vinegar may alleviate suffering whilst fresh aloe rubbed directly on small wounds or cuts can be healing.

A mixture of alcohol and chamomile may be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator to treat insect bites. Simply apply with some cotton wool. Nausea can be treated with a mixture of blended ginger and peanuts and is suitable for use in any type of motion sickness. Ginger is also good for inflammation.

A mix of fresh mint, lime or lemon juice and blended carrots can get rid of bad breath. Of course you might just want to change your dog’s diet or regularly add a spoonful of natural yoghurt to support his digestion.

Using Nutraceuticals for DIY Home Treatment


Nutraceuticals are natural plant based products that are often considered to be supplements rather than holistic healing remedies. These should also be used with great caution when treating ailments. Just because a product is natural and humans use it does not necessarily mean that they are safe for pets. You may however consider these products for a variety of minor health problems for your pets. 

Echinacea will boost your pet’s immune system to fight infections.  Vitamin C can be added to your dog’s diet in natural or pill form to assist in the treatment of skeletal diseases such as arthritis and urinary tract issues. Milk Thistle may be given to animals with liver problems while St John’s Wort may prove useful for treating viruses. 

These are just a few of the natural remedies you can use at home to treat your dog. Be extra careful in the treatment of cats as they are generally far more sensitive. As with any home remedy if there is no visible improvement in your pet’s health within twenty-four hours seek professional help. 

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