If your pet isn't feeling up to par, there might be something that you can do for them. Check your kitchen and pantry for the ingredients to concoct natural remedies that may provide relief for your dog. As always, consult with your veterinary provider if symptoms persist.
Some natural approaches to your dog's afflictions include:
Upset stomach. When a dog doesn't feel well, it is often due to something that they ate. Help aid your dog's digestion by giving them small servings of yogurt with live cultures. This can alleviate a sour stomach, though the dairy could cause slight diarrhea that should go away soon.
Pesky pests. Fleas can be a real pain for pets and owners, alike. Before you risk infestation, stop fleas from coming on your property by planting lots of marigolds or geraniums. You can also sprinkle dichotomous earth around the entrances to your home; this will stop fleas from entering and kill them on contact. Sprinkle dichotomous earth, food-grade quality, on your pet's dry coat to get rid of fleas in the fur.
Painful paws. Check your pet's paws frequently for signs of chapping or injury, especially if you notice them chewing on their feet or limping. Use coconut oil and gently rub into the pads of the paws to prevent damage and to soothe soreness. If your dog begins lapping or eating the oil, don't worry; coconut oil has shown some health benefits when included in dogs' daily diet.
Itchy skin. Dogs can develop an itch when the weather changes due to dryness in the skin. Soothe the skin and stop the itch by using cooled chamomile tea spritzed on the skin using a spray-bottle. Label the bottle with a piece of tape and store wherever you keep your pet's hygiene or health products.
Sore spots. If your dog has a wound or sore spot on their skin, expedite healing with Vitamin E. Vitamin E gel can be squeezed from a vitamin capsule to work on sores and soothe any itch. It can be a little greasy, so you might consider applying it a day or two before you give your dog their bath.
Muscle strain or sprain. Give your dog a warm bath in water with Epsom salt added to relieve the discomfort of a strained muscle or a more-serious sprain. Be extra-careful, however, getting your dog in and out of the tub with this injury.
Don't let your pet suffer in silence; create some natural remedies for common conditions and issues that your dog may be experiencing. If symptoms worsen or persist, seek medical attention from your veterinary provider or emergency vet hospital such as Ark Veterinary Hospital.