Keeping your dog happy and healthy means maintaining daily hygiene and regular veterinarian check-ups, but it doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Creating healthy habits starts with your dog's everyday activities using organic and pure products to ensure your not inadvertently subjecting them to synthetics or toxins. We recently shared an article on Newburyport.com Spring Safety Tips for You and Your Dog. Here you will find helpful guidelines for things such as bug spray and cleaning products. We then thought it might be helpful to share some healthy tips if your dog is suffering from any issues such as dry skin or stinky dog breath. So let's look at some specific issues and incorporate some home remedies for your dog.
Dry Skin Home Remedies for Your Dog
Dry skin can be seasonal or even aggravated by stimulants that your dog is being subjected to accidentally during the day. Some culprits of dry skin can be foods or shampooing products. Its import to not only remedy the issue but be diligent to prevent them as well. Try elimination techniques. For example, eliminate chicken from your dog's diet for two weeks to see if there are any changes. If you see a difference try feeding your dog chicken again. If the itching comes back eliminate chicken altogether. If you see no difference at the end of two weeks try eliminating another popular staple. Shampoos can also irritate your dog's skin. Make sure you are purchasing organic products. The Beach Dog Grooming Services uses all Espree products and we are happy to answer any questions about this product. Simply call the main office at 1-978-499-1881.
Once you discover the itching culprit you can start a few easy home remedies for your dog. An easy fix is to feed your dog olive oil. Adding a few drops to a tablespoon to your dog's food every day has many benefits. This article Olive Oil for Dogs — 8 Reasons to Add It to Your Dog’s Diet is very helpful but we have broken down the same findings in the bulleted list below. Finding the proper dose depends on the size of your dog and how they break it down and utilize it. With small dogs start with a ¼ of a teaspoon for two weeks. If you see satisfactory results with no adverse effects such as loose stools, you've found the perfect dose. If your dog's skin condition hasn't changed in two weeks, pulse the dose up to ½ a teaspoon. As stated earlier in the article, sometimes dry skin is seasonal so supplement as needed. But as you can see from the bulleted list below, olive oil has many benefits so try to supplement regularly.
Olive Oil as a Home Remedies for your Dog
Monounsaturated fat prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Oleic acid is believed to be effective in preventing cancer
Antioxidants — including polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll and carotenoid in olive oil combat disease
Olive oil helps prevent cognitive decline making it a brain food
Stinky Breath Home Remedies for Your Dog
Just like dry skin, the first step to implementing home remedies for your dog is to find out the cause of the adverse issue. Start by eliminating factors that could be the culprit. Then try a few tricks to cure it. In the case of stinky dog breath, this cause could be as simple as a food or as difficult as a precursor to disease. This article, Home Remedies for Curing a Dog’s Bad Breath, instructs a few easy to follow daily steps that should help if the issue is of minimal concern. But for a few quick fixes try adding fresh ground parsley and mint to your dog's diet. If they will eat it straight all the better but if not you can make an organic mint and parsley dog biscuits. Dog biscuits help in few ways, the parsley contains chlorophyll which eliminates bacteria, the mint acts as a fresh breath stimulant, lastly, the biscuits are natural tooth brushing aids and help to break down tartar build up. Try this easy recipe at home.
Mint and Parsley Fresh Breath Biscuits
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped 1 large egg 1/4 cup of water, plus 1 tablespoon
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 325° F Mix oats (you can pulse to flour consistency if your dog has a delicate digestive system) diced parsley and mint, egg, water, and oil. Flatten dough to about 1/8" thick and cut approximately 40 small dog cookies or 20 larger dog cookies. Bake 35-40 minutes.
Here's a power packed list of random issues and the Home Remedies for Your Dog to combat each.
Open cuts and bug bites, try Calendula. This essential oil has quick healing properties and can be applied safely to the wounded area. It's nontoxic should your dog lick the open cut.
How about an unexpected attack of diarrhea? Try a few drops of Arsenicum album. Just add a few drops to the water bowl.
UTI issues, yup dogs get urinary tract infections too. Try Apple cider vinegar, it’s a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial agent. Add the apple cider to your dog's water bowl, straight apple cider can be harsh on their belly so always use a watered down treatment. If your dog gets frequent bladder infections try using cranberry supplements daily as a preventative, or perhaps make cranberry dog treats.
The list of dog-related issues is long but luckily the list of home remedies for your dog is just as competitive. There's nothing that can't be combatted naturally. Keeping your pet happy and healthy with home remedies isn't as complicated as you might think. Often home remedies are the better option because there is little to no risk of side effects or possible toxic contamination exposure that can occur using prescriptions or over the counter products that use synthetics and harsh chemicals. Most home remedies are safe enough to use every day so not only do they cure issues but they are a safe bet as a preventive as well. Always start by having a clear understanding as to why your dog is having symptoms, then simply google the home remedies for your dog that fits his or her needs the best.