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Six Homemade Dog Remedies

Homemade dog remedies are becoming increasingly popular among pet owners who are looking for organic ways to care for their pets. This trend mirrors the shift in human healthcare towards more natural healing methods. Here, I’ve researched and compiled a list of homemade remedies for common ailments my five dogs face, which I’m excited to share with you.

1. Turmeric

Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is known for its key agent, “curcumin.” It serves as a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and antiviral supplement, ideal for improving stiff joints in dogs.

How to Use Turmeric

Start with an eighth to a quarter teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight, gradually increasing to the ideal amount and maintaining it daily.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

ACV, especially brands like Bragg’s that include “the mother,” is packed with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It benefits dogs and cats by improving digestive health, skin conditions, and more.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Add a teaspoon (for small dogs) or a tablespoon (for large dogs) to their food. For topical use, dilute ACV with water in a 50/50 solution and apply with a spray bottle or sponge, avoiding open wounds.

3. Dawn Dish Soap

Dawn Dish Soap is an effective and safe flea killer during bath time.

How to Use Dawn Dish Soap

Lather your pet with Dawn, rinse well, and watch the fleas fall off instantly.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is touted for its ability to clear up ear infections, ease arthritis, and promote thyroid function among other benefits.

How to Use Coconut Oil for Ear Infections

Using an eyedropper, apply a few drops of liquid coconut oil into the dog’s ear a few times a day.

5. Homemade Bone Broth

A simple recipe with numerous benefits including gut health improvement, joint pain reduction, and immune system boost.

How to Use Homemade Bone Broth

Boil animal bones (chicken or beef) for 8-24 hours, adding carrots for flavor if desired. Strain and serve directly or over food.

6. Pumpkin

Pumpkin can help relieve diarrhea by absorbing water and adding bulk to the stool. It’s rich in soluble fiber and beneficial fatty acids.

How to Use Pumpkin

Add 1-to-4 tablespoons of pumpkin per meal to your dog’s diet to relieve diarrhea or constipation. Ensure the dog stays hydrated, especially when increasing fiber intake.

I hope these homemade dog remedies prove useful for your pets as they have for mine. As always, it’s important to pursue a more organic path to healing while keeping our pets’ health and happiness in mind.

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