- 10 Jul 2018
- Aisha Sequeira
According to yearly spending graph records, a huge ratio of dog-owner’s monthly budget is invested in dog care, training, food, and protection. Moreover, besides dog foods, dog-parents spend most on OTC medicines and veterinary treatments and care.
Is there a way to cut down the dog expenses? Most dog-owners search out for a natural and inexpensive way to deal with day-to-day health problems. Here are 12 home remedies that actually work and will help you save extra dollars:
- Excessive Itchiness:
Extreme itching is caused due to ticks and fleas, so check for them first. Dogs usually scratch their skin due to excessive dryness, so prepare a paste of oatmeal soaked in some water. Apply the paste on the itchy patches, let it set for 10 minutes and wash it off with warm water.
You don't have oatmeal at home? There’s an alternative: Chamomile tea. It has got really soothing effects for dry skin dogs. Prepare chamomile tea and fill it in a spray bottle. Cool it down by refrigerating it for some time. Apply it onto the pet’s skin to relieve the irritation.
Vitamin E oil is good for treating dry and irritating skin. Apply it to the targeted areas.
- Stomach Issues:
Dogs who overeat, eat fast or are on medication suffer from stomach disorders. The beneficial bacteria of the stomach gets washed off due to excessive medication. Mild stomach disorders can be treated by adding yogurt to the dog’s meal. Yogurt has active cultures of beneficial bacteria for the dog’s stomach.
- Herbal Shampoos for Tick-Removal:
Anti-tick herbal shampoos are inexpensive and prevent allergic reactions or skin irritations. They are effective tick removing shampoos for your pup. Put rose geranium or palo santo essential oil into an organic shampoo (you can choose lavender). Shampoo the pooch every week because it’s not irritating for the skin.
- Deworming the Dog:
Chop some carrots coarsely to mix them with the dog food. The mixture effectively deworms the dog.
Feed the carrot chopped chunks to the pooch, and they will not get digested or absorbed by the digestive system. So, it will prevent any change in daily meal nutritional change or pH balance of the stomach.
They will simply scrape the mucus layer along the digestive lining that contains the worms. The carrot will get expelled in the same form of chunks along with worms and mucus. Afterward, grate some carrots for adding into the dog food to boost the immune system and fight any infections.
- Constipation in Dogs:
Dogs often suffer from constipation. If the pooch has a mellow gait, is straining and visiting toilet frequently, constipation can be the reason for discomfort. Add canned pumpkin to the dog’s meal to soften it all up. In severe cases, mix a tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia to the food.
Don’t forget to get the approval from a vet.
- Engulfing Toxic Food:
Dogs are ‘gregarious munchers’ that’ll eat up anything they come across. They are curious to taste, smell, and touch everything. If your dog has swallowed toxic food, use hydrogen peroxide to make the dog throw up. The standard amount is 1 teaspoon/ 5 pounds of dog’s weight. You can repeat it once if required. Keep the vet informed as well. It’s best to give raw kibbles instead of raw chew bones to your dog to prevent accidental swallowing and emergencies.
- Food Bowl:
A major reason behind allergic reactions, hot spots, or skin irritations (in the face area) is plastic bowls. Bacteria and other food contaminants inhabit plastic which can be quite irritating. Use metal or glass bowls instead and wash them once a week thoroughly.
- Sprained or Strained Area:
Hyperactive dogs can face the problem of strained or sprained foot and may be seen limping every other day. Visits to the vet can be a hectic thing to do. Why not try a trick we have for you? Simply add half a cup of Epsom salt in warm bathing water. Let the dog soak in it twice every day. However, if the dog resists bathing, soak a cloth in the Epsom salt solution to apply on the strained area.
- Tick Prevention:
Besides other DIY tick preventing measures, there’s another one to keep them out of reach. If you are taking the dog to grassy areas with high grass length, you can make leg warmers out of your old socks to cover the dog’s leg. It’ll reduce the chances of tick infestation. But, do not forget to check for these tiny monsters in the dog’s fur when you return home.
- Natural Flea Control Remedy:
Yes, there is a naturally occurring enemy of fleas: Nematodes. Spread them out in bushy areas of your garden as they love to eat flea larva. They are good flea population controlling agent. You can get them from garden shops.
Fleas do not like citrus so make the pooch’s fur sour-as-citric acid by rubbing orange or lemon juice in it. Avoid using it if the dog feels irritated.
- Cuts, Scrapes, and Abrasions:
Prepare a mixture by taking a pint of water, half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of calendula tincture. Apply it by filling the solution in a large syringe to cover the injured area. If the paws are injured, soak them in the solution. Repeat the process every 4-6 hours for a day. It’ll stimulate the healing process.
- Loose Stool:
If the dog has eaten anything from the dung, he will have an irritated bowel that will speed up the digestion process. As the food moves past the digestive lining quickly, the dog will have loose stool. It is a worst case scenario for dogs suffering from irritable bowel disease (hypersensitivity to change in food).
Take a tablespoon of slippery elm (herb) available in powder or capsule form (powder-filled). Add it into a pint of water and bring the mixture to a boil till it thickens. Let the mixture cool down. Give a teaspoon to small dogs and several tablespoons to large dogs every 3 to 4 hours for a day.
These home remedies will save your monthly expenses for a lot of Fido expenses. Would you take some time out to try these under veterinary care and advice? If you have other home remedies, share with us in the comments.
About the Author:
James is a part-time dog-trainer and dog behavior consultant with years of experience in dog training and the man behind LabradorTrainingHQ.com. He is interested in finding out fun ways to handle dog behaviors, specifically, Labradors to help dog-owners enjoy their companions at all times.