We’ve talked before about how owning a pet will help you become more responsible.
Just as you need to exercise and eat well regularly, keeping your pet healthy requires a regular maintenance schedule.
However, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Below are 9 natural pet remedies to keep your pet happy and healthy.
9 Natural Pet Remedies and How They Work
The below remedies include everyday household items, some specialized remedies, and one rather unconventional remedy.
Remedies from Everyday, Household Items
Below are everyday items you most likely have lying around that can help combat a number of pet problems.
1. Use Citrus Juice to Ward Off Fleas
Citrus acts as a natural repellant, so using freshly squeezed juice from limes, lemons, or oranges can help get rid of fleas. Please note that the oils from the rinds can irritate your pet’s skin and can be toxic if ingested. We recommend only to use the juice of citrus fruits and to not use any oils directly on their skin.
2. Use Vinegar, Alcohol, and Water for Ear Wax
Thoroughly inspect the inside of your pet’s ear. Notice any strong smells or dark flakes that might warrant a visit to the veterinarian. Once this is all clear, create a solution that is ⅔ water, ⅓ vinegar, and ½ a teaspoon of isopropyl alcohol.
Shake it thoroughly and dab it onto cotton balls. Apply to each ear, using a clean cotton ball for both. Do not use any Q-tip or any instrument on the inner ear; apply to the outer ear only to allow for proper water drainage.
3. Oatmeal for Itchiness
If you’ve ruled out fleas using the solution above, and your pet is still constantly scratching, one natural remedy to use is oatmeal. Oatmeal has been a natural remedy for skin irritation and eczema in humans.
Create a paste using oatmeal and a little bit of water. Rub the paste onto your pet’s itchy areas, leave on for at least 10 minutes, and rinse it out with warm water.
4. Add Low Fat Yogurt to Deal with Flatulence
If you notice your pet’s farts have gotten worse, it could possibly be a digestive issue. There can be many reasons for bad gas, including food intolerance, allergies, or malabsorption.
One possible remedy is to introduce probiotics into their diet using low-fat yogurt. The yogurt needs to have live cultures and at least five types of bacteria.
You’ll want to work with your veterinarian on setting the right amount of yogurt to give your pet.
5. Use Coconut Oil for Dry/Cracked Paws
It’s important that you inspect your pet’s paws after every walk, or at least once a week. Cracked paws can cause quite a lot of pain and suffering for your pet.
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that’s safe for pets. Apply it after every walk, especially if they’ve walked on hard concrete or rough surfaces. It’s also safe to apply on cracked noses.
However, it would be best to discuss with your veterinarian possible underlying causes for cracked noses.
Bonus points if you can get your pet to wear booties, as this can greatly decrease the chances of your pet developing cracked and dry paws.
Other Natural Remedies
These are specialized remedies that can help with certain pet symptoms.
6. Liquid Omega-3 Oil for Flaky, Dry Coats
Another cause of itchiness can be due to dry, flaky coats. Adding omega-3 oil to your pet’s diet can help restore your pet’s natural oils in their coats.
You’ll want to find high quality, pet-safe omega-3 oil products that have been independently tested, free of toxins like mercury, and safe to consume.
Discuss with your veterinarian the ideal dosage for your pet and how to best incorporate it into their existing diet.
7. CBD Oil for Arthritis
Arthritis becomes a problem as your pet gets older, and CBD oil from a company like Innovet Pet Products can help relieve joint paint for older pets with arthritis. CBD oils are anti-inflammatory and safe to ingest for pets.
It’s important to do your research and use a reputable company.
You should also consult with your veterinarian when making any changes to your pet’s diet, and discuss the correct dosage to give your pet.
8. Peppermint Oil for Bad Breath
If your pet is dealing with bad breath even though you’re brushing their teeth regularly, you can add a drop or two of spearmint or peppermint into their water bowl to help freshen up their breath.
This is assuming you’ve ruled out any serious dental problems like broken teeth or gingivitis.
9. Raw Knuckle Bones for Teeth Cleaning/Jaw Workout
Raw, not cooked, knuckle bones help preserve the health of your pet because it helps combat gum disease and gingivitis by acting as a natural teeth cleaner.
They are also soft enough to provide a challenging oral workout.
The reason we recommend raw over cooked bones is that cooked bones are more likely to splinter when chewed on and cause internal damage.
This is due to the effect high temperatures have on bone structures.
Another reason is that cooking the bone robs it of its nutritional benefits. Find bones that still have some meat and tendons on them for a nice, small boost in protein.
Pet Remedies Don’t Need to Be Expensive
The above remedies are natural (and low-cost) alternatives for common problems with your pet.
Preventative maintenance, just like with humans, can ensure that your pet can live a long and prosperous life.
Working with your veterinarian is key and can ensure that you’ll receive the most accurate advice when choosing natural remedies for your pet.
If you’re interested in other natural pet remedies or want general advice on taking care of pets, feel free to explore our pet page!