Eco-Lassie extolled the virtues last month of using natural things around your home for spring cleaning. This month she’s applying that same rule of thumb to your pets and home remedies for them.
Our old friend vinegar rears its head once again, only this time we’re talking apple cider. If you pet is prone to yeast infections, simply adding 1 ml per cup of water into its drink bowl acts as a powerful preventative. That’s about 12 drops per every 8 ounces of water.
And if by some chance your poor pet gets into a toxic alkaline, like drain cleaner, and here Eco-Lassie shudders, take the time to mix 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water, suck it up in a syringe, and dose your pet twice on the way to the vet ASAP.
What about smaller injuries, those scratches your terrier gets digging, or the skin irritation your white Westie seems to get? Witch hazel is a natural astringent that also has an antiseptic effect. Soak a cotton ball and apply to the area. You can also find it in spray or lotion form if your pet develops a chronic rash.
Then there are times your dog will develop “hot spots,” those areas of itching and rash he licks incessantly which often leaves a bald patch. These can be from many sources, from stress to allergies, but while you’re figuring how the cause, you can treat them simply with steeping black or free tea. Gently squeeze out the liquid after cooling and apply the damp teabag to the hot spot several times a day for a few minutes each time. The tannic acid in the tea helps to dry out the sore.
Eco-Lassie is a fond champion of the wonders of pumpkin. This is an all-natural stomach soother to the digestion, whether your pet is having a bout of diarrhea or constipation. Because of it’s smooth consistency, it pushed other foods through if your pet is having difficulties or straining when he toilets. Because it contains fiber, it firms things up if she is having loose stools. Add 1/4 cup to a meal; just be certain you use canned pureed pumpkin, not the pie mix!
Finally, don’t forget the same aromatherapy human find calming applies to your pets. Soothing scents can help to calm an anxious dog or cat. Thunderstorm nearing? A few drop of lavender extract on a bandana wrapped around his neck can help to calm him. If your simply won’t wear a bandana, put he extract on a cotton ball near his or her bed. Just look at this Corgi pup snoozing away through a thundershower!
Other quick remedies:
If you nip a toenail and it bleeds but can’t find styptic powder, try flour or cornstarch.
Baking soda made into a paste with a few drops of water will neutralize bee or insect stings. Salt often does the same thing in a paste.
Have a diabetic pet? Raise their blood sugar quickly with a spoonful of honey until you can get her to the vet. And honey can be used to help a festering wound heal.
Have an aloe plant? Break off a piece and apply directly to your pet’s skin to soothe an angry area. The aloe gel is safe if ingested but don’t let your pet eat the plant itself.
Ginger root is great for pets who suffer from car sickness. Give your pet crystallized finer or ginger snap cookies at least 20 mins before the dreaded ride.