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5 Natural Pet Care Tips

5 Natural Pet Care Tips

We pet owners love our pets and do our best to care for them. And while many of us use natural remedies for our own aches and pains, we might not be aware that natural remedies are suitable for a wide array of pet ailments, too!

Here are a few of my favorite recommendations for natural pet care.

1) De-stress pets with herbs. Pets feel stress just like we humans do. When times get overly busy, pets are left alone, we move or change our schedules, pets can feel their anxiety rise. Luckily, a few natural calming herbs that work on humans work on pets, too. Valerian is a calming herb many pets find pleasant. Simply sprinkle a pinch of fresh-ground valerian root on pets’ food to help calm them down. Soothing chamomile tea also works on pets. Brew a cup and let them drink a bit or soak a treat in it. Read more natural pet de-stressers.

2) Avoid additives in pet food. Many pet foods are made with low-quality grain fillers, byproducts and artificial sweeteners. Read pet food labels and make sure the first two or three ingredients are good-quality animal protein: chicken, beef, fish, lamb or turkey. Also avoid foods that contain unidentified meat or bone meal, wheat gluten or chemical preservatives such as BHT, ethozyquine (a carcinogen), BHA and propylene glycol. Read more about healthy pet diets here. Get a homemade dog food recipe and a homemade cat food recipe.

3) Treat minor ailments naturally. Simple herbal remedies can allow you to treat your pet’s minor ailments without waiting for an appointment at the vet. Of course if your pet is having a severe medical problem, you should always consult a professional, but for both minor ailments or preventive care, herbal medicines are often effective. Try a yellow dock treatment to kill ear mites or an echinacea tea to treat a minor cut on pet paws. Read about 10 herbal pet remedies here.

4) Prevent urinary tract problems with herbs. Urinary tract problems are common for both cats and dogs. Holistic veterinarian Randy Kidd recommends warding off problems with dandelion root, sprinkling several drops of tincture or a teaspoon of ground root on pet’s food a few days a week. Read Dr. Kidd’s remedies for a variety of other urinary problems.

5) Boost antioxidant levels. Pets benefit from the overall health enhancement of antioxidants just like humans do. But pets eat a much less varied diet than we humans, so it may be more difficult for them to obtain a wide range of antioxidants. Boost your pets’ health by supplementing their food with some antioxidant-rich, inexpensive and tasty herbs. Simply sprinkle  fresh or dried culinary herbs onto pets’ food. Experiment to see which flavors your pets like most! A few good, antioxidant-rich options include oregano (Mexican is the highest in antioxidants, followed by Italian), dill, thyme, rosemary, peppermint, sage, lemon balm and cinnamon. Read much more about pets and antioxidants here.

Read more: Everyday Pet Care, Natural Remedies, Pet Health, Pets, Remedies & Treatments

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Jessica Kellner

Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, a national sustainable home and lifestyle magazine. She is dedicated to helping readers create more sustainable, delightful homes that are in tune with the natural world. She is also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing, published by New Society Publishers in autumn of 2011. Email her at jkellner@naturalhomeandgarden.com.

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5:03AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

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8:46AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

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8:46AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

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8:31AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

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2:46AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Thank you :)

5:41PM PST on Nov 8, 2013

Such a great article! My two babies are my whole life! I've always got our animal hospital in Chicago on speed dial just in case! They really are like our little children. Thanks for the great advice!

7:13AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Thanks for sharing...our pets say thanks too :)

8:55AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thank you Jessica, for Sharing this!

10:25AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

my dog and i were violently attacked last thursday on a walk. although i had to take him to the vet as his face and around the eye was shredded, we avoided stitches and he was on painkillers and antibiotics as he had sustained damage to the eye. he was not enjoying the salt water baths, so i have been using special eye wipes with aloe vera in it, as well as a 99.9% aloe vera gel i use myself for minor cuts or after a few days of having a new tattoo. needless to say, his face is healing very well through it

3:26PM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Good info...thank you

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