Life Hacks For Dogs: 5 More Natural Home Remedies For Canine Conditions

Americans love to spend money on their pets. In 2015, it is estimated that pet owners will spend a whopping $60 billion dollars on their furry friends. A lot of this money goes to great things like toys, beds, and vaccinations. A lot of it also goes to over the counter treatments for ailments such as belly aches, the runs, and fleas. While we here at DogTime always recommend talking to your vet about issues your pup may be having, we also love the DIY/green spirit that has taken a hold of the Internet. Here are five more natural home remedies for your pup. 

1. Stop Fleas Before They Start With Nematode Worms 

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Worms may not be the first thing you think of to combat fleas, but it’s true. Beneficial nematode worms, available at your local garden shop and pet stores, LOVE to eat flea larva. If your pup is outside a lot, consider buying some to keep in your garden or front yard. 

2. For Dry Skin – Vitamin E Massage

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If your pup is suffering from itchy, flaky skin, consider giving him a nice massage with Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E is full of antioxidants that fight free radicals that cause wrinkles and dryness. Feel free to also administer vitamin E orally, but be sure to check with your vet for the proper dosage for your dog.

3. For Vomiting Or Diarrhea – Pedialyte

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If your dog has been vomiting, has diarrhea, or it is a particularly hot day, put some pedialyte into his water to quickly replace electrolytes. Not only will this formula created for human babies help replace electrolytes quickly, but it will also replenish essential minerals like potassium and sodium. Again, if your pup is experiencing a high amount of vomiting or diarrhea, always consult your vet.

4. For Aches and Pains – Epsom Salt

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Dogs can be a lot like children. They run around like maniacs, and sometimes, they can get hurt. If your dog takes a nasty spill, give him a warm bath filled with epsom salt. The salt will help reduce swelling and healing time, especially combined with any necessary antibiotics and treatment from the right vet. If your dog is particularly active, it may also be a good idea to get a first aid kit together in case of future tumbles and falls. 

5. For A Skunked Dog – More Effective Than Tomato Juice

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We have all heard that soaking in tomato juice is the most effective way of getting rid of the unfortunate stink that comes with a skunk encounter. Turns out that a few items in your medicine cabinet may prove more effective. Combine one quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap, and carefully apply the mixture to your dog’s coat. Be sure to avoid the eye area. Only leave it on for a couple minutes as the peroxide can bleach his fur. Then rinse, shampoo, and rinse again. Be sure to wear gloves as to not spread the smell onto yourself. 

To reiterate, ALWAYS check with your vet before self-diagnosing and treating your dog. We here at DogTime are big fans of home remedies, so feel free to share yours in the comments.