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Six Homemade Dog Remedies

Homemade dog remedies are becoming more popular, with owners wanting to care for their pets as they care for themselves. In our day and age, people are turning away from pharmaceutical drugs for their ailments and leaning towards more organic methods of healing.  We are doing the same with our pets as it is cheaper to follow a more organic path to healing.

I decided to research common ailments that I face with my five dogs and compile a list of homemade dog remedies I can save for future reference and share with you here.

Turmeric: A plant from the ginger family, used in powder form as an Indian spice. The key agent is “curcumin” and is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and antiviral supplement. Turmeric tops the list for improving stiff joints in dogs.

How to Use Turmeric

The amount you’ll want to work up to is approximately a quarter teaspoon for every ten pounds of body weight. Start with one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon and increase in the same increment each day until the ideal amount is achieved, then maintain that amount daily.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Loaded with a laundry list of essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes which are in “the mother”, this homemade doggy remedy has many benefits. This is also great for cats. ACV helps with overall health, especially for the digestive system, improving skin conditions, decreasing infections, flea prevention, dental health, arthritis and much, much more. White distilled vinegar does not have the same effects as Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Add to your dogs’ food for consumption- a teaspoon for small dogs and a tablespoon for large dogs. I do not add this to their water because they would not get the full recommended dose each time due to not consuming their whole bowl of water in one sitting. You can also mix a 50/50 solution of ACV and water and apply to your dog’s skin with a spray bottle or sponge. Avoid open wounds because it will sting.

Dawn Dish Soap: Safe to you on your pets during bath time to kill fleas. I stand by this as I use it on all of my dogs when that one dreaded flea appears and before you can blink, turns into two. Now it’s time for everyone to get lathered up!Scrub-a-dub-dub!

How to Use Dawn Dish Soap

Wet Fido down, lather him up, then rinse well. You will see the fleas falling off instantly.

Coconut Oil: One of the most recent “craze” items within the past few years, as if it were the long forgotten, undiscovered miracle cure for any and all things. From dermatitis to easing arthritis and promoting normal thyroid function, dogs also benefit from this natural oil to clear up ear infections.

How to Use Coconut Oil for the Common Ear Infection

With an eyedropper and coconut oil in liquid form, place a few drops in your dog’s ear a few times a day and let it work its magic. The ear infection should clear up in no time.

Homemade Bone Broth: This is a simple and easy recipe which reaps many benefits. Our pets gut has small holes throughout, which can cause Leaky Bowel Syndrome. Supplementing their diet with bone broth uses the collagen from bones to, in essence, seal these holes and prevent gut juices form moving into the abdomen and causing discomfort and pain. The benefits are an increased gut lining, decreased joint pain, reduced inflammation, it is rich in vitamins and minerals. It boosts their immune system aiding sick dogs, and improves their skin and hair.

How to Use Homemade Bone Broth

Boil a pot of water with animal (chicken, beef) bones for 8-24 hours. You can also add carrots to enhance the flavor. Strain the water and use it to serve directly to your pet or to pour over their food.

Pumpkin: Unfortunately, diarrhea happens. It is no fun for our pup or us as owners. In fact, it’s terrible. At that moment, we are scratching our brain trying to figure out how to provide comfort, and the answer is… Pumpkin. The soluble fiber content in pumpkin adds bulk to your dog’s stool by absorbing water. Fiber fermentation produces beneficial fatty acids that supply energy to cells, stimulates intestinal sodium and lowers the pH level of the large intestines. Note that you should NEVER use can pumpkin pie, as it may contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.

How to Use Pumpkin

The Merck Veterinary Manual states that adding 1-to-4 tablespoons of pumpkin per meal to the diet of a dog suffering from diarrhea OR constipation can help relieve either. It is important to make sure that constipated dogs are well hydrated any time you increase the fiber content of their food, as dehydration can make constipation worse.

I hope that you have found this blog on homemade dog remedies helpful. I continue to research household natural items which I can use on my pets as opposed to pharmaceutical medication and high vet bills.

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