Easy DIY Recipes to Deal With Common Pet Health Problems
Often when thereís something wrong with our pets, our first instinct is to buy something.
While that may be necessary, there are some do-it-yourself recipes that simply require a walk to the fridge or pantry. Whether itís fleas, upset stomach or itchy eyes, here are some helpful recipe ingredients for healthy pets.
Flea-repelling may be as easy as a lemon. Veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn recommends, in his book ďDr. Pitcairnís Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats,Ē a recipe using a whole lemon that is thinly sliced with the peel and placed in a pint of water that is about to boil. Allow it to steep overnight and then sponge or spray it onto your pet the following day. It can be used as a daily flea-killing treatment, since whole lemon is a natural source of d-limonene. Use this solution for dogs only (it doesnít react well on cats). Test on a small area of the skin first.
Dogs with yeast problems are often plagued with itching. Often times a holistic approach to yeast issues is the best, including a very low-carb diet. As part of that diet, holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker recommends her Frozen Yeast-Buster Bites Recipe, which is made of only grass-fed lean ground beef and fresh oregano, which is an anti-fungal. All you have to do is round up treat-sized pieces of the beef onto a freezer-safe sheet along with a fresh oregano leaf per piece. Freeze the treats for three hours before feeding and store the rest in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two months.
Easing Itchy Eyes
Allergy season for many pets means itchy eyes. A quick soother is a cooled chamomile tea bag compress. Make yourself some tea, allow the bag or bags to cool and gently press the bag over your petís closed eyes, one at a time. Avoid use in pregnant pets or if your pet is allergic to chamomile or related herbs. Spot test on your petís skin for any reaction before first using the compresses.
Thanks for sharing! I always like learning about other natural options for my pugs.
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