If your dog is sick, usually you should be calling your vet. It’s possible that even something that seems mild could signify a serious issue.
However, if the vet says it is fine or if you have dealt with the issue in the past, you can sometimes try natural home remedies. Here are several possible ways to deal with a minor problem with your pup:
1. Upset Tummy
If your pup often gets constipated or has loose stools, you need to first speak to the veterinarian to see what is causing it. However, if this happens infrequently, you might be able to treat it yourself. Get some plain canned pumpkin – NOT pie filling! It sometimes helps to calm down your pup’s digestive issues and help him get to feeling better.
Pumpkin has a lot of fiber, plus vitamins like A, E, and C. Plus it has iron and potassium in it. The fiber will bulk up your pup’s poop by making it absorb lots of the water in it. Plus it additionally assists in stimulating good bacteria to grow in their intestines as it inhibits bad bacteria to grow, according to the American Kennel Club.
Pumpkin can help if they are constipated as well. But be sure they are drinking enough water as if they get dehydrated, it can cause constipation to get worse. And let your veterinarian know if the problem lasts more than one or two days.
According to the AKC, you should give a dog one tablespoon of pumpkin if they have diarrhea. Plus the Merk Manual says to give them one to four tablespoons of pumpkin if they are constipated, so ask your vet if these are the right doses for your pup.
2. Dry skin
Just like humans, sometimes dogs have itchy and dry skin. If the veterinarian has said your dog doesn’t have any underlying issues such as food allergies or allergies to something in the environment, then you can try a few things to help him. Firstly, don’t bathe your dog a lot, as that removes the natural oils they have in their skin, thus it dries out easily, according to Dogster. However, if you do bathe your dog, try using moisturizing type shampoo that has oatmeal or aloe vera in it. Find one that’s gentle and hypoallergenic and you can also follow up their bath with a conditioner that has a moisturizer in it.
Plus you could add omega-3 fatty acid to your pup’s food. It comes in liquid form that you just put into the food as well as a capsule you can give your dog like a treat. Talk to your veterinarian to get the right dose.
3. Gunky ears
The smell test is the top method to see if you need to clean your pup’s ears, according to most veterinarians. If your dog has healthy ears they won’t smell bad, however, if they smell stinky or yeasty there could be an ear infection. If your pup is shaking his head or his ears smell funny or bad, it’s time to clean them.
The majority of veterinarians say to use a special dog ear cleaner that’s gentle on their ears. Or you could just get a warm and damp washcloth to do it. Banfield Pet Hospital says you shouldn’t use things like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to clean your pup’s ears out because they might irritate some dog’s skin and they might also cause pain if the dog’s ear canal is inflamed.
4. Paw pads are dry
Usually, the pads on your pup’s paws will be tough enough so they can handle the majority of substances he may walk on. However, if there’s a really cold winter or summertime hot sidewalks, as well as if you hike a lot with your dog, these may cause issues with their paws. There are special products (one such product often mentioned by dog owners is called Musher’s Secret) that contain natural oils and waxes. Another suggestion is to put some vitamin E oil or coconut oil on their feet, says Dogster. Rub it in completely. If their paw pads are bleeding or cracked, see your veterinarian.
5. Wounds and Cuts
If your pup gets a small cut, you should wash it out carefully using warm water. You could additionally use a warm saline solution made by putting a level teaspoon of Epsom salts or regular salt into 2 cups water, according to VCA Hospitals. They also say you shouldn’t use any shampoo, soap, rubbing alcohol, herbal components, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, or any other type of product for cleaning open wounds unless you are told by your vet to do so. It’s possible these could be toxic if they consume them, and they may also cause the wound to take longer to heal.
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