Home Remedies for Dogs

Author Bio: Ron Rutherford has been a dog lover for as long as he can remember. After moving into a larger home he began using a lot more home remedies, and even installed a wireless dog fence for when his pup wants to run around the property.

Whether it’s an upset stomach, sore throat or stuffy nose, odds are there is a home remedy for it. Everything from vinegar to whiskey has been known to have healing agents of some kind for all types of ailments throughout history. Humans for centuries have made use of these holistic medicines and are now imparting their knowledge onto their pets.

Dogs, man’s best friend, ironically suffer from many of the same lapses in health as humans. Although most people don’t have to worry about fleas, they still share similar illnesses with dogs, and therefore similar treatments.

Shedding

Shedding is one of the worst aspects of owning a dog. Depending on the breed, shedding can become an issue very quickly. It can prove allergenic to both you and anyone who enters your home, it can potentially harbor fleas and it can find its way onto your clothes and into your food. Albeit annoying, it’s unfortunately something you’ll have to deal with as a dog owner.

  • Feeding your dog a healthy, well-balanced diet is a great way to combat shedding. It won’t eliminate it completely, but at least your canine companion will be rich with energy and thus live longer.
  • Giving your dog a regular de-shedding treatment with brushes or other tools can do wonders when it comes to reducing loose hair.
  • If your dog is the type to shed routinely, be assertive and get him or her properly groomed. It may cost a little bit more than doing it yourself, but your carpet and clothes will thank you.

Fleas

Of the many health issues dogs face, fleas are one of the most common. Although very prevalent in the dog world, fleas are not to be taken lightly. They can not only be incredibly bothersome to dogs, but can also spread harmful diseases and tapeworms, and were also known to be pivotal in spreading the Bubonic Plague. If you begin noticing symptoms of fleas in your dog, take action immediately.

  • One of the best ways to get rid of fleas is to routinely bathe your dog. This will keep your furry friend smelling great, and will act as a deterrent for fleas.
  • As an alternative to toxic chemicals, craft your own anti-flea solution by mixing vinegar, water, lemon juice and witch hazel. There are many similar recipes out there, but this one, paired with frequent vacuuming around the house is highly effective.
  • Flea combs are a quick and easy way to prevent any return visits from fleas. Give your dog a nice scrub and then toss out, or drown, all the bugs you find. But, if fleas do find their way into your home, fumigate immediately!

Chewing

Chewing isn’t as much of a health concern, as it is a behavior that can be easily curbed. Much like human babies, puppies have a tendency to put everything into their mouth. As a young dog exploring the world around, they’re bound to make a little bit of a mess, but if you’d rather nip the problem in the bud early on, there are many ways to deter your dog’s chewing.

  • First and foremost, encourage appropriate chewing and train your dog to only nibble on toys and any other items you see fit.
  • Secondly, ensure that your dog is fed regularly. Often chewing is caused by nutritional deficiencies and gastrointestinal problems, and can also be a sign of a bigger problem.

If a chewing problem does persist, use humane disciplinary action and or apply taste deterrents such as bitter apple and vinegar to prevent it from being a learned behavior.

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