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7 Home Remedies For Your Dog

TIP #5

An itchy dog can be quite an annoyance, especially as it goes around scratching itself on any piece of furniture it can reach. Forget the backscratcher. Finely ground oatmeal is a time-honored remedy for irritated skin. You can use baby oatmeal cereal or grind it yourself in a food processor. Stir the oatmeal into a bath of warm water and let your dog soak in the healing goodness. Your dog will thank you, trust us. Dogs with skin allergies, infections, and other diseases which cause itchiness have been shown to gain immediate relief with this approach, too.

TIP #6

Dogs can be like kids at times, and as such they are bound to suffer from wounds and the occasional unexplained swelling. Try treating these ailments with Epsom salt soaks and heat packs next time. A bath consisting of Epsom salt and warm water can help reduce the swelling and the healing time, especially when combined with prescribed antibiotics and veterinary supervision.

If soaking your dog in an Epsom salt bath twice a day for five minutes isn’t convenient or practical, a homemade heat pack using a clean towel drenched in the same warm-water solution can be applied to wounds for the same effect.

TIP #7

Does your dog have fleas? Never fear. Before turning to the big guns, try some borax powder. The standard stuff at the store will work wonders on fleas by poking holes in their crunchy insect exoskeletons. A good way to make sure those parasitic suckers get annihilated is to sprinkle the borax on your floor, and then sweep or vacuum up the excess. The invisible borax crystals left behind will kill the fleas and you won’t even have to lift a finger. It’s inexpensive and practically non-toxic compared to an appointment with the exterminator.

For the dog, try a simple solution of lemon water. Fleas are repelled by citrus, so this can work both as a flea preventive, and for making your dog smell clean and refreshing. A useful solution can be made by pouring boiled water over lemons and allowing them to steep over night. This solution can then be applied all over your dog’s skin using a fresh spray bottle. And, the tried and true Brewer’s yeast method cannot be left out. Brewer’s yeast can be given as part of a regular diet in powdered form, sprinkled over the dog food, or in tablet form, perhaps wrapped in a small slice of bacon or cheese.

Home (or holistic) remedies aren’t just for tree huggers anymore. It’s important to take care of your dog from  day to day, not just when it’s feeling a little under the weather, and the best way to maintain the best health is often the most natural way. But most of all, it’ll help keeping your “baby” from crying like a hound dog.

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10:32PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Thank you ,I did know about Lemon water,my sister told my about Lavendar oil also,repels fleas too ! Going to try the borax also,my dogs just got fleas,I have wild rabbits in my yard,never had them before,or fleas ! Talked to my vet,he said probably got the fleas from the rabbits,UGH !

4:39AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing these useful tips.

9:08PM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

thanks

6:19AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

thank you for sharing 8/7

2:15PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Good to know that!! Thanks!!

2:54AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

This is how we should care about our loyal friends

10:23PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Thanks you for the great info...

6:58AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Thanks for the info, I have tried several natural treatments for my pooch who has been fighting ringworm ( it's a fungus for those of you who haven't dealt with it). He has been given baths with treated shampoo, special sprays, pills from the vet and nothing is curing him permanantly. Any other helpful tips for fighting ringworm ?

8:07PM PDT on May 10, 2012

For conjuctivitis (pinkeye) the green tea solution worked brilliantly for my dog.

7:16PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Wow! what wonderful tips to try and it is all natural. I need to try the oatmeal bath on my dog as she has itchy skin and balding herself by scratching so much. Thanks.

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