People usually try home remedies for minor problems before rushing off to the Doctor. You can do this for your dogs too. Your cupboard, refrigerator and medicine cabinet might have the answer to offering your pet some comfort.
Of course, it’s important to get to the root of the problem, so if what you try doesn’t work, it may be because there is a more serious problem requiring a visit to your veterinarian.
Home remedies to treat common ailments:
Skin and Coat
General — The first thing you might try is an oatmeal bath. Did your mother ever give you an oatmeal bath … maybe when you had chicken pox? An oatmeal bath can help soothe a dog’s itchy skin, too. Even adding dry, powdered oatmeal to the irritated spot can ease the itchiness. Oatmeal should help with the symptom (itchiness), but there is most likely an underlying concern that needs to be addressed.
Flea Bite – If your dog has a spot that is driving him crazy, it is probably the result of a flea bite.
Try mixing just enough warm water with a teaspoon of baking soda to form a paste and cover the affected area.
You might also try a solution of half vinegar and half water, keeping it in the refrigerator and spraying it on the spot or any smelly areas at least three times a day.
A cone type collar may be necessary to prevent your dog from licking with both of the above methods.
Allergens — People react to allergens with sneezing and a runny nose. But, dogs tend to react with itchy skin.
If your dog is doing a lot of scratching, he is probably sensitive to something in his environment or has a sensitivity to a food he is eating. You will need to see a vet if it is a sensitivity to food, as home remedies aren’t effective in treating food intolerance.
You could try a dose of Benadryl if you suspect an environmental allergy like fleas, dust or pollen. For some dogs it helps a log; for others, it may help at least a little. However; DO NOT ADMINISTER BENADRYL according to the directions on the label. The correct dose for your dog depends on his weight. Contact your vet to make sure it is safe for your particular dog to be treated with Benadryl. Be aware that it will cause drowsiness.
For help with vomiting, you can try Pepto-Bismol. Talk to your vet first because dogs taking certain medications cannot take it, and it could cause side effects in some dogs. Note that Pepto-Bismol is toxic to cats.
If he is vomiting some blood, do not give it to him and see a vet. If he continues to vomit after one or two dosages of Pepto-Bismol, you may have to see a vet before he becomes dehydrated. Dosage depends on weight.
For help with diarrhea, you can also try Pepto-Bismol. Be aware that it takes longer to work for diarrhea than for vomiting. Again, the dosage depends on weight. If a few dosages don’t stop the diarrhea, it’s time to see the vet.
Yogurt is packed with probiotics and can help with diarrhea.
Oat Grass can be a good antidote for a nauseous pet. Dried seeds work well. If you can grow your own that would be even better.
To decrease the farts, try fennel. It’s as easy as sprinkling powdered fennel on your dogs food and adding a little water to make it stick if he eats dry food.
Your dog may have more serious issues that require a visit to the vet if the flatulence exists for more than a week.
Bad breath can indicate medical issues requiring a vet. If you determine there isn’t anything seriously wrong, try a fresh sprig of parsley every day for him to chew.
Try using lavender or calendula essential oil. Place several drops in a diffuser you plug into an electrical outlet in a room where your dog spends time.
If the oil is producing the results you want then turn on the diffuser anytime your dog seems under stress.