Natural home remedies for your dog (that actually work)
Oatmeal for itchy skin
Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s the perfect home remedy for your dog with skin allergies and itchy feet. Bonus that it’s edible and 100% non-toxic. Simply grind whole oats into a fine flour in a food processor (or coffee grinder) and add to a luke-warm bath. If your furry friend isn’t a fan of baths, you can add the oat flour to a small amount of water to make a paste, then apply to any sensitive spots.
You can also feed your dog cooked plain oatmeal, beneficial for older dogs with irregular bowels.
Yoghurt for upset stomachs
Plain yoghurt added to your pooch’s everyday kibble can help with a sore stomach. It’s probiotics have digestive benefits and it’s a great source of calcium. Always avoid yoghurts packed with sugar, and always check the ingredients for xylitol – an artificial sweetener which is toxic to dogs. Since some dogs have a lactose intolerance, best to introduce slowly and keep an eye out for reactions including diorrhea, gas and vomiting.
Parsley for bad breath
Parsley is perfectly safe for dogs, and works as a natural breath freshener. Simply chop it up and add it to your dog’s food. Ensuring they’re eating a healthy diet, and brushing their teeth can also help achieve minty fresh breath.
Chamomile Tea for digestive benefits
That chamomile tea in the pantry isn’t just for when nana pops around – it can also calm upset tummies in dogs caused by anxiety or gas. It’s also suitable for those who vomit from over excitement or over eating. Brew up a nice cup of chamomile tea, then allow to cool and dilute in an extra cup of water. Add it to your dog’s water bowl or give it to them via syringe. If using a syringe, give approximately ¼ teaspoon for every 15kg of dog weight, and repeat every couple of hours.
Apple Cider Vinegar for (almost) anything
ACV has been touted as a miracle drink for humans lately, but it also has plenty of benefits for your pooch. Dilute 50/50 with water for a spray solution for itchy skin. Using the same diluted solution, use a cotton ball to clean dog’s ears. Adding apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water is also said to improve digestion and allow better absorption of nutrients from their food.
Coconut Oil for digestion, immunity and coat
Used by many health-conscious and beauty-obsessed humans for a while now, coconut oil is also one of the best home remedies for your dog. The good fats help improve digestion, support the immune system, and improve skin and coat. Add the superfood to their biscuits or meat, about 1 teaspoon per 5kg of body weight. You can also apply coconut oil directly to the skin – apply and allow to absorb for five minutes, then apply and lightly rinse.
While a few pantry basics might help your beloved pooch with a few common ailments, if your dog is showing signs of illness or not improving, it’s always best to see a vet. They say a dog is a man’s best friend – but a vet bill can be your worst enemy! Need a hand with your bill? Zealy it! With super fast loans up to $5,000 your canine companion will be 100% in no time.