Home Remedies to Help Ease Your Pet’s Ailments

For pet lovers, our four-legged friends are just like members of the family. They bring lots of joy to our lives, and we want to make sure all their needs are taken care of in return. When our pets are ailing, it’s almost like having a sick child.

Trips to the vet are sometimes necessary, but they can be expensive. Luckily, we can treat many minor ailments without professional help. Here are some home helpful home remedies for your pets.

Fleas

* Add garlic to your pet’s food each day, or add sulphur once a week. Both of these will keep the fleas away.

* Give your pet black walnut hulls. You can find these in capsule form at most health food stores. This also repels ticks and mosquitoes.

* Make a home-made flea collar for dogs. Make a mixture of the following:

o 2 tbsp. peppermint oil
o 1/2 cup rosemary oil
o 2 tbsp. white cedar oil
o 1/4 cup citronella oil
o 2 tbsp. eucalyptus oil

Soak a piece of rope long enough to tie around your dog’s neck in the mixture, remove it, and let dry before using.

Gastrointestinal Problems

* If your dog or cat is constipated, give him some canned pumpkin. Add a small amount to his food each day until he is regular again.

* If you don’t have any pumpkin or your pet refuses to eat it, give him some milk. Use 1/8 to 1/2 cup per day depending on your pet’s size, and stop giving it to him as soon as the constipation resolves.

* For diarrhea, replace regular pet food food with bland foods such as boiled or baked potatoes without the skin, boiled or scrambled eggs with no butter or oil, and boiled poultry with no skin. Continue until diarrhea subsides.

* You may give a dog 1 ml of liquid Pepto Bismol per pound of body weight every 6 hours for vomiting and diarrhea. Both dogs and cats may have 1 ml of liquid Kaopectate every 2 hours for diarrhea.

* If your pet ingests a poison, give him 10 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide by mouth every 15 minutes to induce vomiting and call a poison control center.

Skin Problems

* For skin infections, cleanse the affected area and apply a mixture of one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water.

* For bee stings and insect bites, make a paste out of meat tenderizer and water. Apply liberally around the sting or bite and let dry.

Hairballs

* Give your cat a teaspoon of butter each day for up to a week to help move the hairball through his system.

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