8 great natural remedies for your pet

Tips and tricks to cure your pet’s itches and coughs, naturally.

  1. Fleas don’t like citrus, make your pet’s fur unsavory by rubbing it with a small amount of fresh lemon or orange juice.
  2. Rose geranium essential oil works for repelling ticks from dogs, apply a few dabs to your dog’s collar. (Not recommended for cats.)
  3. Scratch scratch scratch. All day, all night. Use baby oatmeal (or fine-grind your own), add a little water, and rub the paste onto itchy areas. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
  4. Flavorless electrolyte drinks, like sports waters and pediatric drinks, can help a sick dog recoup necessary fluids after a bout of diarrhea or vomiting. (Check with you vet about how much to give.)
  5. Just like people, pets on antibiotics may have stomach problems as the medication wipes out beneficial bacteria as well as the sinister ones. A little yogurt (with live active cultures) with dinner will help the stomach.
  6. Your suddenly limping dog may have strained or sprained something playing too exuberantly, so it’s time to try an Epsom salt soak. Add ½ cup Espom salt to a warm bath and let your dog soak for five minutes, twice daily. If your dog doesn’t agree with you on this method, you can soak a washcloth in Epsom salt and warm water and apply just to the area.
  7. Cat Hairballs. A half a teaspoon of butter for a few days can really help. (That’s half a teaspoon of butter for the cat, not you.)
  8. Cats are naturally prone to bladder and urethra issues. Unsweetened cranberry juice increases urine acidity resulting in a reduced chance of blockages or infections. You can add cranberry powder to food, or cranberry juice to the water, or give your cat a cranberry capsule. Ask your vet about proper dosages.

 

 

– treehugger.com
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