Natural Remedies for Our Pets

Gypsy Rose, our feline

Gypsy Rose, Our princess

If you are a multiple pet owner like myself, you are constantly fighting to afford the expenses of Vetrinarian care that come up unexpectedly. In most cases, these can run you into the hundreds of dollars and sometimes, even more than our wallets can stand.  In many cases I am constantly looking for natural and home remedies for my feline and my canine that will help avoid serious illnesses and cut down on the amount of money paid for our Vet services for simple cases of things that can be treated at home.

NOTE: I am not a vet, nor am I registered to give medical advice. These particular items are simplistic ways of dealing with pest, and other issues that may occur on occasion. If your pet continues to experience discomfort, there is NO substitute for good veterinary care.

1) Flea’s hate citrus and by using fresh rinds or juice rubbing citrus onto your pet’s fur will keep the pesky things at bay. The added benefit is that if it’s too cold outside to wash your beloved pet for their bath, then this will help keep that “animal scent” at bay.

2) Biters beware!  Using a bit of garlic in your dogs food and brewers yeast in your kitty’s food (NOTE: DO NOT USE GARLIC IN YOUR FELINE’S FOOD AS IT CAN CAUSE FELINE ENIMIA AND IS DANGEROUS TO THEIR HEALTH), biter’s will remain at bay.

3) Water is one of nature’s medicines and using it to drown your fleas and ticks. Using a natural dish soap also helps pull them from their hiding spots (Dawn works well and is gentle on the animal’s skin)

4) Spray chamomile tea helps with itchy skin for both cats and dogs. However, a small mixture of apple cider vinegar, green tea and distilled water mixed together in a spray bottle will help calm itchy patches of skin. Of course, if the skin persists, this could be a sign of a more serious problem and you should take your pet to your vet right away.

5) Pet’s suffer from tummy problems too, and in most cases, antibiotics can kill all bacteria and good bacteria. In order to replace that, a little bit of yogurt in their food with active cultures can help rebuild the bacteria needed to process their food properly and settle their tummies. Make sure to use “plain” and no fruit or aspartame products. Organic is the way to go!

6) Your pet having potty problems?  Constipation can be a problem for some animals, especially when changing food brands or even if they got into something they shouldn’t have.  I have always used a tablespoon of raw pumpkin (from the can) in my canine food in order to soften their stool and make their passing waste much easier. For kitties, use half the amount and put it in food you know they will eat all of in one setting. Pumpkin can go bad and letting it sit in their dish will probably add to the problem not help.

If you have a natural remedy or have tried any of the above with your pets with success (or failure) we would like to hear about it!  Feel free to share your experiences with organic and natural pet remedies in the comments below as feedback is always welcome.

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