Health & Care
Tips and tricks to cure your pet’s itches and coughs, naturally.
- Fleas don’t like citrus, make your pet’s fur unsavory by rubbing it with a small amount of fresh lemon or orange juice.
- Rose geranium essential oil works for repelling ticks from dogs, apply a few dabs to your dog’s collar. (Not recommended for cats.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
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