Common Home Remedies Herbal Treatments for Pets
When it comes to caring for our pets, more and more pet owners are looking toward pet alternative and home remedies rather than chemical treatments and expensive vet visits. If your goal is keeping things holistic, animals, like people, can be treated with herbal solutions. There are several basic treatments you can use at home, but of course, if your pet is really sick, it may be best to visit a veterinarian to make sure he or she gets the care that is needed.
Two of the most common ailments for the family pet are fleas and stomach problems.
When it comes to fleas, there are readily available products on the market. But since these products are not chemical-free and contain certain levels of poisonous substances, more pet owners are opting to create their own “flea repellant” to naturally treat their pet.
An easy flea prevention is to add a little garlic or brewer’s yeast to their food. Both are natural products and won’t be harmful. You will want to go light, however, as garlic dog breath can be infinitely worse than regular dog breath and too much garlic could be harmful to your pet. Fleas don’t like the taste of garlic, and as blood suckers, they’ll stay away from a dog with a little garlic in his blood.
You can create your own pet alternative flea powder by combining one tablespoon each of eucalyptus, fennel, rosemary, wormwood, rue, and yellow dock. These herbs all act to keep the fleas away. Combine the herb powders into a mixture and then work a small amount through your dog’s coat. As a pet owner, you can also try using the oils from eucalyptus or rosemary to coat your dogs collar, creating an all-natural flea collar.
Make sure you watch for signs of any allergic reaction to the herbs or a lack of interest in the food from the garlic or yeast. Pet alternative home remedies can get rid of the fleas, but they could also cause your dog to itchiness. If your dog begins avoiding his daily meals when you add these pet alternative solutions, you may need to see your vet for a more traditional flea treatment.
Stomach ailments in dogs can be caused by drinking from puddles, ditches or streams, from rich foods fed under the table whether on purpose or by accident. Diarrhea, one of the most common signs of stomach problems, can be caused by parasites or food allergies. Diarrhea can become a huge problem if not taken care of.
The best pet alternative to help a dog get over diarrhea is to stop food intake for 12 to 24 hours. Keep water available for the animal to avoid dehydration, but give your pet a chance to empty his stomach of whatever is bothering him.
Once the fasting is complete, start your pet back on a bland diet of some boiled chicken with rice in a 50-50 mixture. This will help firm up the stool, then gradually reintroduce a regular diet. Some vets say it’s okay to give a dog Pepto-Bismal in small quantities (please contact your vet for dosage). If the diarrhea persists beyond the cleansing diet, if there is any sign of discomfort, if blood appears in the stool, or other signs of pain appear; get him or her to the vet as soon as possible.