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When your dog is not feeling well, you as a dog owner can usually spot the signs and symptoms early on, because you know your dog better than anyone else. Dogs cannot tell us in words when they are feeling sick, but they can display both physical and behavioral changes. When your dog is feeling ill, you should consult your vet, because even the smallest symptoms can sometimes be indicative of something more serious. Catching any underlying medical condition early on can save you money and save your beloved dog a lot of pain.
If your dog has a minor ailment such as dry itchy skin, or upset stomach, than treating your dog at home with some simple home remedies that are natural can save yourself an expensive trip to the vet.
- If your dog has a mild upset stomach, try eliminating all food for a period of 12-24hrs or so. Fasting, will give the stomach time to get back to normal.
- Feed a bland diet of cooked white rice, and boiled chicken for a couple of days, or until you see your dog return to normal.
- Keep fresh water available at all times.
- Add probiotics to your dogs diet, such as plain unsweetened yogurt (without additives), it can help soothe the stomach and replace healthy bacteria in the gut.
- Try pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix), oatmeal (unsweetened, plain), sweet potatoes and bananas, these foods can also be added to help settle the stomach.
Itchy Irritated Skin
- Coconut Oil is a great moisturizer when applied topically, it will relieve your dog’s itching and soothe your dog’s skin. You can apply coconut oil directly to your dog’s skin and coat.
- Chamomile tea can be used to calm your dog’s itchy skin. Brew the tea, then chill it in the fridge and pour it in a spray bottle and spray over your dog’s coat to help relieve the itching.
- Oatmeal that is finely ground can be added to a warm bath, for your dog to soak in, or you can grind the oatmeal into a fine paste and apply to your dogs skin and leave on for a few minutes and rinse off.
- Rose Geranium Oil is an essential oil that has been effective at repelling ticks. To make your own tick repellent, combine 20 drops of Rose Geranium Oil with 2 tablespoons of Almond Oil. Almond oil contains sulphur which is also a tick repellent. Mix the two together and place a few drops on your dog’s collar.
Wounds and Scrapes Healing
- Epsom salt can be used to gently cleanse and soothe wounds. Try soaking a wash cloth in warm water and Epsom salt and apply directly to your dog’s wound or scrape.
- If the wound is on your dog’s paw, you can soak the paw in a cup or plastic bag filled with warm water and Epsom salt for 5-10 minutes.
- Be careful to not allow your dog to drink any solution of Epsom salt, as it can cause diarrhea.
Dog’s Itchy Ears
- Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to relieve itchy ears, as well as prevent ear infections.
- Mix equal parts of organic apple cider vinegar and water and soak a cotton ball in the solution and swab the inside of your dog’s ear.
I hope you have enjoyed the above article and have gathered some great tips on how to treat your dog’s common problems naturally. I would love to hear from you if you have tried any of the above natural remedies, or perhaps you have some remedies of your own that have worked on your dog. Please feel free to comment.