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7 Home Remedies For Your Dog

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7 Home Remedies For Your Dog

When you’re feeling under the weather, you might find that the perfect thing for treating what ails you is something you already have in the kitchen. Did you know that you can treat your ailing dog with some simple home remedies too? Below you will find seven great natural remedies for making your dog happy and healthy again.

TIP #1

Vitamin E is good for preventing those pesky age lines on your face, and it’s also great for your dog’s dry skin. You can give your pup a doggy massage by applying vitamin E oil directly to the skin, a soaking bath with vitamin E added to the water, or you can go all “Hollywood” and pop your dog a pill (of vitamin E, that is).

If you give the vitamin orally, check with your vet on the recommended dosage for your specific dog breed.

TIP #2

Flavorless electrolyte-replacing liquids, such as sports waters or pediatric drinks, not only help athletes to replenish fluids, and babies to rehydrate after an illness, they can also supply your sick pooch’s body with much needed fluids after a bout of diarrhea or vomiting.

Consult your veterinarian as to the appropriate dosage amounts when giving these types of liquids to your dog.

TIP #3

Deliciously plain yogurt is a healthy treat for your dog. Just as with humans, the live acidophilus in the yogurt keeps the good bacteria in your dog’s intestines in balance, so that bad bacteria is swiftly knocked out. If your dog is on antibiotics, a little yogurt will also help keep yeast infections at bay (a common side-effect of antibiotic treatment). You can also give your dog acidophilus pills — wrapping the pills in bacon is strictly optional.

Puppies are especially prone to yeast infections, so a little plain yogurt as a snack (or even dessert) can help keep things in balance; especially useful while the intestinal system is building immunities.

TIP #4

Chamomile tea uses the natural disinfecting effects of the chamomile plant to settle upset doggy tummies. It is recommended for colic, gas, and anxiety. It can also alleviate minor skin irritations. Just chill in the fridge and spray onto the affected area on the dog’s raw skin. Your dog should feel an immediate soothing effect as the chilled tea kills the yeast and/or bacteria on the skin. A warm (not hot) tea bag can also be used for soothing infected or irritated eyes.

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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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