Having a pet means you are responsible for their total health and well-being. Sadly this can become very expensive, especially if you have more than one pet.
I had a cat, Felix actually, that was going into kidney failure and his monthly
medication was over $100! Not only was it expensive but I thought I could notice some bad side effects. We went on holiday and the kind people who house sat for us told me they had ended up putting their cat on a natural remedy that cost less and did not appear to have such severe side effects. As kidney failure is obviously life threatening I made the decision to stay with the vet’s medication, and learn to ease the side effects. I was too worried to try a natural remedy for such a severe condition. However, it did make me realize that there are alternative treatments we can use on our pets for less severe conditions.
I decided to do some research and have finally started my Page to include this aspect of animal care. Here is my first blog on natural remedies for pets, I hope you find it useful.
Following are some simple treatments you can take into your own hands, mainly using products you probably already have at home. Hopefully this will help to keep your vet bill in check and at the same time give a greener approach to health care for your animals, think less packaging, and synthetic ingredients.
Fleas and More Fleas
We recently moved into a very old house, where the previous tenants had indoor dogs, and did not do much if any housework. A few weeks later we had a flea infestation, not good. I am happy to report we have now got rid of the little biting blighters. Getting rid of fleas requires treating both your home and your pets, Here are some natural based ideas to do this.
Fleas don’t like water, so a dip in a bath, with maybe a gentle shampoo, will have the effect of causing the fleas to drop off your pet.
Lemon Spray For Dogs
A lemon spray has two advantages, it will keep fleas at bay and will condition your dogs coat. Please avoid spraying around your dogs eyes.
Mix slices of lemon to 1pint/1/2 litre/2 cups boiling water and leave the mixture to cool by letting it stand overnight. Strain and pour into a spray bottle, don’t forget to label it. Spray liberally onto your dog, fleas have a waxy coating and when this liquid is sprayed onto the animals fur it prevents the flea from feeding.
Adding Brewers Yeast daily, mixed with garlic, into your dogs food can help to repel fleas.
You can add brewers yeast to your cat’s food, but do NOT use garlic. Garlic is not healthy for cats!
Bicarbonate of Soda
Fleas do not like Bicarbonate of Soda. You can repel them by sprinkling it onto your lawn where they often congregate, or even directly onto your pets fur.
Keep Fleas Out of the House
As basic as it seems keeping your house clean will help to repel fleas. Vacuum regularly, clean out pet baskets and wash their bedding regularly. Wash your floors with natural disinfectant.
You can sprinkle your pets beds and bedding with bicarbonate of soda, leave for 10 mins and then vacuum them. Don’t forget to remove your pet first!
Ticked off With Ticks
Ticks are not only unpleasant but they can carry Lyme Disease, which is transmitted to both humans and animals. The most effective way to avoid Lyme Disease is to prevent ticks from attaching them selves to us or our pets.
Cedar Oil is a natural spray that can be sprayed directly onto animals, and skin. It is a non toxic, natural tick repellent. Cedar oil both repels and kills ticks.
Natural Fur Ball Remedies
Have you woken up in the morning only to stand in a cat hairball? Yuck isn’t it? Help to keep your cats happy and their fur balls under control with regular brushing. By doing this you are removing the fur for them. Giving your cats a small blob of butter every day for a few days when they are really shedding a large amount of fur, can also help.
Older animals often suffer from constipation. If you feel your animal may be uncomfortable, try adding canned pumpkin or diced prunes to their food.
Please note that prune pits are deadly to both humans and animals. Your prunes must be pit free.
Have you ever used Cranberry juice or tablets to help with bladder infection? It is an amazing natural remedy that can also be used for cats. Cats, especially older ones, can be susceptible to infections in the bladder and urethra issues. Help them by giving them diluted cranberry juice in their water, or cranberry powder in their food. You can also give them a tablet. Please speak to your vet to get the correct dosage.
I know I love Vitamin E. I suffer from dry skin and when I take Vitamin E supplements my skin improves. Your animals suffer from many of the same ailments as us humans do. Apply Vitamin E oil directly to your dogs dry skin to help soothe and heal them.
Hear Hear Healthy Ears
Has your cat, or dog, been scratching at their ears more than usual? You will need to check their ears and give them a clean out with a ball of cotton wool or a soft cloth dabbed in a dilute solution of 2 parts apple cider vinegar and 1 part water. This application will clean and deter ear mites.
Warning – Check their ears first, if they have any open sores, scratches or wounds do not use this remedy.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Dog
Vinegar is acid until it enters the body, then it becomes alkaline and lines the intestines, where bacteria such as E. Coli can no longer attache themselves. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar added to your dogs drinking water will keep their insides in tip-top condition.
A Final Note
There are so many natural remedies we can use in the home and to help our pets. I will keep adding to this list. Please let me know if you have a favourite remedy that you use. Leave me a comment and I will get back to you.
I recommend testing any remedies on a small area of your pet first, or chatting to your vet if you are unsure about how they will affect your animal.
Have a smile:-
“In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
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