Being green, I definitely look for natural remedies / alternatives for my ailments. I also try and use the same kind of alternatives for my pets. In fact, sometimes, I can share my natural remedies! Dogs are also prone to stiff joints, colds, ear infections, dry skin, constipation, diarrhea as well as cuts and scrapes.
I find it very tough when one of my dogs gets hurt or feels sick but I also know that it is very stressful taking them to the vet. Well, they do like the attention..and the cookies.. but once we get past the welcomes, and reality strikes, stress hits very quickly… stress for my furry patients and I would say, even worse, for me, the owner and Mom! It is also very expensive to go to the vet..so natural alternatives can be a good way to prevent sickness and even help to heal in some cases. I also love that I can share!
When it comes to stiff or sore joints, I first look at nutrition. It may be a bit more expensive but buying organic and natural with as few preservatives as possible is the best option for your pets and mine. I read labels, check ingredients, count calories and above all focus on balanced nutrition; free of preservatives & wheat which can tend to increase inflammation. For treats, I buy veggies like celery and carrots that are excellent for skin, coat and joints. It takes 21 days to form a habit and longer to break one but sooner or later they will enjoy the crunch! I also use a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement to maintain lubrication and help inhibit the deterioration of cartilage. Taking care of joints early will prevent or delay the onset of arthritis.
In the case of colds, you can put warm green tea bags in a cloth and hold it to your dogs’ nostrils. This opens up the passage way making it a lot easier for them to breath. Garlic and elderberry can also be used. If you put eucalptus oil in their water; a few drops helps with respiratory relief and can be used as a preventive measure.
To prevent your dog from having ear infections, you can take some preventive measures-by using a soft cloth and white vinegar and wiping your dog’s ears regularly. You can also use baby-oil.
For your dog’s dry skin, you can rub with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar to 1 quart water. Talk about a shine! If you have a pug or bulldog, rub their cute faces with some pure cocout oil (or olive oil)…this helps to keep their skin soft and clean. Get into the creases! And don’t forget to give your dog a dose of fish oil-Omega 3 fatty acids helps to foster a healthy coat. 1 tbsp of Olive Oil will also help as well as some daily sun input..we all need our vitamin D! Also, wash your dogs in moderation and do not use soap products. I use a mixture of water, tea tree oil and glycerine and for a great smell, a bit of lavender or vanilla oil..my favorite scents:)
Halloween is right around the corner. Keep some of that pumpkin around..did you know it is a great poop releaser with a bit of time. And if, on the other hand, diarrhea is the problem, then plain yogurt is great and effective!
Finally, if your dog gets a scrape or cut, get out the aloe vera. Aloe vera is a powerful and natural antiseptic and cleaning agent. You can also use cucumber! If your dog eats it-don’t worry-it’s not bad.. but after 2-3 slices, prepare for some gas! whew!
The thing about using natural remedies that is so appealing to me, beyond the cost and the convenience, is the fact that there are no harsh chemicals and yet amazing results!