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If you are the caretaker of a canine companion, you know that sometimes, things just happen. Perhaps your pooch has gotten into a whole or been stung in the backyard by a bothersome bee, ravaged a garbage can full of human goodies that are , is upset by an unexpected rainstorm and lightning, can’t go (constipation) or is going to much (diarrhea), or a plethora of other scenarios have come up and require you to come to the rescue.
Sometimes, a situation warrants immediate medical attention and a visit to the vet, but there could be situations where you have to act fast and cannot get to your trusted vet immediately, or other times the situation could possibly be managed with an .
“Sometimes, you just can’t get to a doctor right away, or you can avoid it altogether for minor situations,” says Dr. Gerald Buchoff, DVM, BVScAH, owner of in Little Falls, New Jersey. “Think of home remedies as a ‘first aid kit’—but for your dog, or things that you can reach for until you can see a vet, or try before you reach a vet to see if they work,” offers Dr. Buchoff. “I like people to be empowered and know how to take care of their pets as much as they can,” he adds.
In some instances, a little at-home treatment is all it takes to get your four-legged friend feeling their best once again, but that does not mean proceed without caution, points out Randy Klein, Holistic Advisor and Owner of (located in New York City and Astoria, Queens).
Whereas Klein agrees that, “There are many ailments or events that happen quickly in our homes to our domesticated dogs which don’t always have the luxury of time—time to make an appointment, time to get him or her to the vet, or time to wait for call backs,” he says.
“The best advise I give to people who call us or come in during one of these events is always the same—if you feel your pet is in dire or severe danger, . If you have the luxury of time, and when nothing special is happening, this is the best time to do your homework and investigate what will work best for your individual pet. If you do this when everything is calm and peaceful, you can test which home remedies work best and which ones might actually be more harmful than the ailment you are trying to fix.”
With at-home pet remedies, Klein says it’s best to start slowly and with small amounts without overdoing any one treatment no matter how simple or small the remedy may appear. Note that you should always first regarding your pet’s situation and then he or she can suggest a home remedy for you to try. Depending on your , your vet will determine what dosage you should give, then consult back with him or her in a couple days if the situation worsens or doesn’t improve.
The following remedies are a start for taking pet treatments into your own hands – with natural ingredients and must less cost to incur – all the while, keeping your carbon foot/paw print in check.
1. Gross out fleas with citrus
Fleas don’t like citrus, make your pet’s fur unsavory by rubbing it with a small amount of fresh lemon or orange juice. Bonus points for putting mostly-juiced citrus rinds to use.
2. Repel biters with brewer’s yeast
A dose of brewer’s yeast mixed with a small amount of garlic in dry food daily will help to repel fleas for dogs. For cats, add brewer’s yeast to food, but don’t use garlic with cats (it can lead to anemia for felines).
3. Drown fleas with…wait for it…water!
Fleas aren’t so grabby when deluged with the miracle solution known as water. Dip your pet in a tub of water and rinse as well as you can. A gentle shampoo (or natural liquid dish detergent) can help as well.
4. Clean the house to make fleas flee
Tidy housekeeping can do a lot to keep the flea community down. Frequently vacuum your pet’s favorite hang-out spot, launder pet blankets, towels and beds, and keep the floor clean with a natural disinfectant.
5. Feed flea babies to the worms
Morbid as it may sound, beneficial nematode worms, available at garden shops and pet stores, like to eat flea larva.2 Keeping them in the garden can help keep outdoor flea populations controlled.
6. Make a rose geranium tick collar
Rose geranium essential oil is successful for repelling ticks from dogs.3 Apply a few dabs to your dog’s collar. This technique is not recommended for cats.4
7. Dress your pup in pants to deter ticks
When romping in the woods or fields of tall grass, fashion some trousers for your pooch out of old socks, a child’s sweater, a shirt…whatever will impede the ticks from latching on. DIY doggy leg warmers won’t completely eliminate the chance for ticks to hitch a ride, but it can help.
8. Protect the pooch’s toots with booties
Dog paws and ice/snow/salt are an ouchy mix for dogs. Invest in a double pair of dog booties to protect tender feet from the winter elements or for hiking in rugged terrain. Proud dogs may feel shame, but their paws will thank them.
9. Treat the feet
If your dog’s dogs seem sore from rough terrain, hot or cold pavement, or any other reason, check the paws and toes. Remove anything that doesn’t belong there, wash gently, and apply a gentle moisturizer. If bleeding, apply antibiotic ointment and gently bandage them.
10. Spray chamomile
Chamomile tea is great for alleviating skin irritations.6 Make tea, put it in a spray bottle in the refrigerator, and apply it to your pets raw skin.