Dog Home Remedies
A homemade, healthy dog food recipe
Though there are many options for making your own dog food naturally, here’s one recipe that will give you an idea of just how simple homemade dog foods can be:
- 1/2 cup each carrots, green peas, and pumpkin
- 1/4 cup each squash, unsweetened berry juice and sweet potato
- 1 tablespoon barley juice powder
- 1 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
Mix all of the ingredients together until well blended and almost creamy. Serve in a bowl or with cooked rice or pasta.
- 4 cups low-salt chicken broth
- 2 cups rice
- 1 (15 ounce) can cut green beans, drained
In a saucepan bring chicken broth to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Once rice has cooked, stir in drained green beans.
Cool to room temperature before serving; refrigerate leftovers.
"Dog Safe" Essential Oils
According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, some safe oils for your dog are:
- Lavender-to help condition your new dog to a safe space. It may help allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, car ride anxiety, and car sickness (just to name a few).
- Helichrysum is anti-bacterial, reduces bleeding in accidents, is a skin regenerator, and helps repair nerves. It is also useful in cardiac disease.
- Frankincense has helped in some cases of cancer and has reduced tumors and external ulcers. It works to strengthen the immune system and increases blood supply to the brain, however, it can worsen hypertension so use with caution.
Dog digestive issues
It can be very distressing to see your dog in pain or experiencing discomfort. If you’re looking for ways to deal with common, dog ailments like digestive issues, dry skin, or anxiety, then we’ve got natural dog home remedies that are safe and inexpensive.
Unpleasant to say the least, doggie digestive issues can also be a signal of something worse, so it’s always wise to consult your vet if you’re concerned about something more serious than lack of fiber.
But for minor upset stomachs or constipation, there are many things you can do to improve your dog’s digestive system.
Dog constipation and gas:
Having a stopped-up digestive system can be incredibly dangerous for your dog. You should first determine whether an obstruction (a non-digestible) item has been consumed, and if so, have it removed by your vet. Prostate disease can also be the cause of constipation and should be considered at your next vet visit. If that’s not the problem, try these solutions:
- Exercise: Be sure your pup is getting enough activity as this will stimulate normal digestion. You’ll want at least one hour of exercise every day.
- Time: Don’t rush your dog as this can cause anxiety and cause him to hold in his stools. Be patient and give him sufficient bathroom time to relieve himself.
- Quality foods: If you’re still buying grocery store brand foods, seriously consider investing in higher quality kibble and canned foods as these will help promote healthy digestion. Such as Diamond Naturals, Taste of Wild, Blue Diamond.
- Worms: Sometimes a worm infestation will cause constipation in a dog. You’ll want to consult a vet if you suspect this to be the case.
- Pesticides: Some conventional pest treatments for fleas and ticks can lead to constipation. If you’ve recently treated your pet, give it some time, and then resolve to use natural flea treatments and tick treatments in the future.
- Bulking agents: To remedy constipation, add a half teaspoon of bran or a 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed or psyllium husks do your dog’s regular diet to retain moisture and keep stools moving.
- Oils: Sometimes a diet deficient in natural oils can cause constipation. Adding olive, flax, or fish oil to your dog’s food can help manage the problem.
- Water: If your dog isn’t drinking enough, this can pose constipation hazards. Add some water to your dog’s kibble and canned food to ensure they get enough every day.
- Fruits and veggies: Just like humans, dogs benefit from the fiber found in fruits and veggies. Try feeding some to your pet as snacks, such as carrots or apples.
- Probiotics or Yogurts: There is a new product by Iams called Probiotic which are chewable tablets to give them. Or give them a yogurt with live cultures. Beef and Rice is another good food to give them.
Dog diarrhea and vomiting:
Dealing with doggie diarrhea can be incredibly messy, and it’s certainly no picnic for Fido either. Here are some healthy solutions to get your pet back on all four paws in no time:
- Yogurt: Just like humans, dogs need healthy digestive bacteria, and yogurt is full of such organisms. Feed your dog some plain acidophilus-infused yogurt to return their intestines to their proper balance.
- Chamomile tea: This has a settling effect on doggy tummies that are upset and is completely safe to feed your dog. It can also alleviate gas and anxiety as well as minimize skin irritations when used as a wash). Feed chilled, brewed tea instead of water for maximum impact.
- Electrolyte replacing liquids: Make sure your pet gets enough fluids by using infant or sports waters that are infused with electrolytes. This is important if your dog has excessive diarrhea or vomiting. Ask your vet how much to feed your canine friend. Chicken broth is also a good thing to give them.
- Pepcid: Since Pepcid is able to control the secretion of gastric acid, it can also be used for treating the acid reflux disease. If left untreated, this condition may lead to an esophageal ulcer. More than that, Pepcid can also be used in the treatment of canine mast cell tumors, as these tumors are able to secrete great quantities of histamine. Famotidine also proved to be effective in the treatment of gastritis and esophagitis.
Even though the drug can be purchased without a prescription, it is highly recommended to consult a veterinarian, as the dog needs to be supervised throughout the entire period when the treatment is followed.
Pepcid is available either as tablets or as oral powder for suspension. The tablets come in the following concentrations:
The oral powder for suspension, on the other hand, has a concentration of 50mg and needs to be mixed with 5ml of dispersion medium. The recommended dose ranges between 0.25 and 0.5mg per pound of body weight, once or twice a day, in concordance with the severity of the symptoms. This factor also determines the duration of the treatment. It is highly recommended to complete the whole treatment plan, to make sure that the ulcer does not reappear. The treatment should be terminated without consulting the veterinarian, even if the dog seems to feel better.
A dog in distress because of transition, trauma, grief is heart-breaking, but there are things you can do to alleviate the symptoms. Note that stress and anxiety can also lead to digestive problems, including constipation, diarrhea, and other symptoms. Here are some natural remedies for your dog’s anxiety:
- Remove stressful stimuli: If your dog is frightened by storms or other dogs or yelling, limit or eliminate this type of stimulation so that your dog may be calmer without any treatments.
- Chamomile: Make your dog some chilled tea as a refreshing drink to calm them with this nerve-soothing beverage.
- Astragalus: This Chinese herb can be used to boost your dog’s immune system during stressful periods.
- Valarian root: This is an herb that is used to help with sleep and anxiety in humans and is safe for dogs as well. It will reduce over excitability, anxiety, and tension.
- Skullcap: Great for nervous tension, this herb can be added to your dog’s food for a calming effect on nervous tension.
- Bach Flower Remedies: Using a variety of herbs, Bach Flower Essences - their Rescue Remedy in particular - these remedies can safely be used with pets to minimize the symptoms of anxiety in your dog.
Calming Mist For Overactive Dogs
- 30 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 20 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
- 4 oz. of purified water or distilled
Measure essential oils into an empty and clean 4-oz spray mist bottle.
Add the water until it is filled.
Put on cap and shake well before each use.
Spray around the dog and even on its coat since Lavender is a good essential oil to repel mosquitoes and fleas.
This is great for use in a car with a nervous dog or at any time your dog is over-energized.
Lavender Oil helps them feel more relaxed.
The animals feel more at ease and it also helps keep the bugs away. A spray can be made with:
- 1 cup water
- 10 drops of Pure Lavender Essential Oil
Mix in spray bottle.
Coat and Skin Care
- Rub Skin so Soft on pads of animals feet to remove tar or asphalt and then wipe off.
- Rub into pets skin to keep moisturized and keep from cracking.
Dog’s dry skin and dandruff
If your dog is scratching and itching incessantly, it could be a simple matter of dog dry skin or dandruff. These home remedies for dog’s dry skin are simple to use and will be safer than using conventional products for these problems.
- Vitamin E oil: Apply some of this oil to your dog’s skin and massage in to give your pooch a total relaxation treatment. You can also use this oil in your dog’s bath or shampoo. You may also give vitamin E oil supplements to your dog with his food.
- Oatmeal: Use baby oatmeal cereal or grind your own quick oats and then add to a warm bath. Let your pooch soak in the warm water as long as possible to sooth their itchiness.
- Phosphorus: Adding phosphorus supplements to your dog’s diet can help alleviate dandruff or patchy hair loss. Your vet can recommend quantities.
- Urtica urens: This can be used to treat small, red blotching on your dog’s skin as a topical treatment.
- Sulphur: Red, hot, eczema like spots on your dog’s skin can often be remedied with supplements of sulphur. Consult your vet for dose suggestions.
- Avon Skin so Soft:
- mix 1 tablespoon of Skin so Soft per gallon of water and use as an after bath rinse.
- Spray on your pet's coat once per week for softness and shine.
- Rub into pets skin to help with "pet smell"
Dog Dandruff Shampoo
Although one of the easiest ways to reduce dry skin in your pet is to add olive or fish oil to their diet (it can take up to 12 weeks to notice a difference, and your pet may have loose stools in the meantime), making your own dry skin shampoo is another great way to help soothe dry, itchy skin. Here’s a natural dry skin shampoo recipe that will have your pet itching less and feeling more comfortable:
- 1/3 cup glycerin1 cup of natural, organic liquid dish soap
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 quart water
Mix all of these ingredients together in a large squeeze bottle and apply as you would a normal dog shampoo. It will likely need to be shaken before each use to ensure the glycerin has fully incorporated.
Skunk Wash Recipe
- 1 quart hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 T Dawn dishsoap
Mix in bigger container than you think! Soap up your pooches and let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse!
- Rub SSS on your hands before and after working with your pets and farm animals.
- It will remove the strong smell and pet odor.