Dog Care 101 Tip #177 - Natural Dog Care: Home Remedies
If you are anything like the dog owners at Best Bully Sticks, your dog is a part of the family. In most cases, your dog might even be your “baby.” So, when your furry child gets a bump, scrape, upset tummy or other minor “boo-boo” you immediately want to comfort your pup. Before you rush off to the vet, just know that in most minor around the house slip-ups and sicknesses, you can treat your dog at home.
Today we’ll take you through some simple remedies for your dog’s ailments with treatments that come from your cupboards. We’ll even cover how to curb some unwanted behaviors in the home.
Rehydrate An Upset Stomach with Electrolyte Drinks
A troubled tummy is no good for you or your dog. The first thing to do when your pup has an upset stomach is make sure they’re getting enough fluids. Simply giving flavorless, pediatric electrolyte drinks to your dog will ensure he’s rehydrating.
A Dry or Itchy Dog:
If your dog is itchy all over, try an oatmeal bath. Use baby oatmeal cereal or use a food processor to finely grind oats and mix into a lukewarm bath. Let your dog soak in this mixture and it will give them immediate relief. For another take on a beneficial bath, use Vitamin E oil in a warm bath. You can also massage Vitamin E directly into your dog’s fur or give them capsules. Be sure to talk to your vet about the weight and breed specific dosages for your dog.
Itchy Paws might be another problem for your dog. This is simply solved by drawing 1-2 inches of warm water in a bath and dissolving Epsom salts into the water. Let your dog stand in the water for 5 to 10 minutes. Don’t let your dog drink the water! After soaking, pat dry your dog’s feet. An Epsom salt bath can also reduce healing time of swelling and scrapes.
If dandruff is your dog’s problem, make an easy dandruff shampoo with aspirin and baby shampoo. Crush 6 Aspirin into a fine powder then add to a bottle of baby shampoo. When washing your dog with this mixture, lather your dog with the shampoo and let sit for 5 minutes. This waiting period helps the aspirin’s salicylic acid to exfoliate the dead skins cells away. Rinse and you’ll have a dandruff-free dog! Read more