Sick Dog

As pet owners, we try our best to avoid middle of the night trips to the emergency vet.

Making such a trip is exhausting, stressful, and incredibly expensive. So why do we do it?

We do it because we love our pets. We don’t like seeing them suffer and are willing to do whatever it takes to make our loyal companions feel better. There are many times where it is necessary to visit the vet with your pet. If your pet is having seizures, vomiting blood, has broken a bone, or is showing other serious signs of pain and discomfort, don’t hesitate to take your pet in. But what about the little discomforts your pets experience from time to time? Discomforts such as itchiness, diarrhea, and allergies can typically be treated from home.

In this article, I’m sharing with you a few common ailments your pets can experience along with some simple pet home remedies.

Skin Irritation

Skin irritations are by far one of the most common problems for cats and dogs.

Environmental, nutritional, parasitic, allergic, neurogenic, and infectious factors can impact the health of your pet’s skin. No wonder a majority of pets will experience a skin irritation at some point in their lives.

Thankfully, it’s not necessary to run to the vet’s office every time your pet has an itch.

If you notice your pet scratching to the point of irritation and hair loss, try soothing the affected area with coconut oil.
Coconut oil is great at hydrating dry skin. Comprised of more than 90% saturated fats, it’s a completely safe, all-natural option.

Coconut oil’s ability to replenish moisture into the skin is awesome. But the best thing about coconut oil is that it’s an all-natural antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral treatment.

Talk about killing two birds, or should I say three, with one stone!

Another great thing about coconut oil is that it’s easy to find. Just check out your local grocery store.

If your pet has a minor skin irritation, it would be silly not to give this powerful, yet safe and all-natural remedy a try!
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Diarrhea is something we tend to really stress out about as pet owners.

The first reason is that diarrhea can lead to dehydration. This is a serious health problem for our pets.

The second reason is that uncontrollable diarrhea can wreak havoc on our carpets.

I think we can all agree that both are valid reasons.

The good news is that the answer to your pet’s pooping problems is probably easily fixable.

If your pet is having problems, try introducing canned pumpkin into their diet.

Make sure to buy plain canned pumpkin. Sugary and spicy pumpkin pie filling can make your pet’s diarrhea worse!
How does it work?

Plain canned pumpkin is loaded with both fiber and beta-carotene, which help regulate your pet’s digestive tract.
Simply incorporate a few teaspoons a day with your dog’s normal food to keep your pet regular.

I recommend this pet care trick because it’s safe, natural, and easy as pie!

Yeasty Skin

Yeasty skin is an another unpleasant problem our pets can experience.

The condition is caused by overgrowth of malassezia yeast that naturally inhabits our pets’ skin, ears, and mucocutaneous areas.

This overgrowth causes uncomfortable itchiness, irritation, and inflammation around our pets’ ears, paw pads, nasal passages, armpits, and neck.

The good news is that most yeast infections can be treated with common household products: apple cider vinegar and water.

Apple cider vinegar has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. This is why it is so effective in getting rid of yeast.

You can make a rinse for your pet by adding 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a quart of water.
Use this rinse once a week during your pets’ normal bathing routine to tame yeasty skin.

Minor Skin Allergy Reactions

Allergic reactions can cause sudden flare-ups of itchiness and discomfort for our pets.

You can keep your pet comfortable during these times with oatmeal baths.

You might be wondering how a simple breakfast meal is going to soothe your itchy pet?

The answer is simple.

Studies show that avenanthramides and phenols, chemicals in oatmeal, have anti-inflammatory properties that relieve the skin of allergy irritation. This, in combination with oatmeal’s ability to nourish and moisturize the skin, makes oatmeal a fantastic remedy.
While the science behind why oatmeal baths work might sound complicated, the process of actually bathing your pet in it is quite simple.

First you need to grind oatmeal down until it reaches the consistency of flour. Then, fill a bath with warm water for your pet. Next pour some of your ground oatmeal into the bath, and stir the water. The oatmeal bath is now ready for your itchy pet.

While oatmeal is good for the skin, make sure you thoroughly rinse your pet off after bathing.

This simple bath should stop the itching and alleviate any discomfort.

In Conclusion…

It’s always good to know what we can do from home to make our pets feel better.

Many times an oatmeal bath or a spoonful of pumpkin puree is all our fuzzy friends need to get back on all four paws.
Unfortunately, there are times when these remedies aren’t going to be enough.

If your pet’s condition does not improve, or gets worse, please call your vet immediately. He or she can get you the help your pet needs.

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Dr. Ruth Roberts DVM, CVA

Dr. Ruth Roberts Holistiv Vet

Dr. Ruth Roberts is The Original Pet Health Coach, and has supported thousands of dogs and cats to overcome health hurdles like kidney disease, GI Illness, allergies and cancer. Her natural approach to healing creates a gentle yet effective path for your pet to take on their journey to wellbeing. Dr. Ruth created The Original CrockPet Diet, a balanced home cooked diet for pets, as the foundation of health. Dr. Ruth is now training passionate pet parents, and pet professionals to be Certified Holistic Pet Health Coaches so that more pets can be helped holistically.