If you are a pet owner, you no doubt know the stress and heartache caused by an ailing pup. You want your dog to feel his or her best, but it can be tough to decipher difficult-to-read symptoms. Furthermore, many pet medications are designed to go after the animal’s entire system, treating only the symptoms of the disease, and not the cause of it.
Luckily, there are several all-natural, holistic cures that can treat every aspect of your dog’s overall health and wellbeing–not just an excluded set of symptoms. Appropriate holistic treatments can get your pet feeling like new in no time.
- Digestive problems
If your dog is vomiting or having diarrhea, it’s not always cause for alarm. Sometimes, it simply means your dog has eaten something that disagrees with him. In other cases, such as when your dog is vomiting or excreting repeatedly, this can mean something more serious is amiss. Pay attention to symptoms such as loss of appetite, blood in the vomit or stool, or fever. This can indicate pancreatitis, food poisoning, or a bacterial infection and may warrant a trip to the vet.
However, you can keep your pet’s day-to-day tummy functions regular and healthy by taking a few simple steps. Make sure you provide your pet with access to plenty of fresh, clean water. You can also feed your dog rice water, which helps to settle the stomach, or yogurt, which can aid intestinal flora balance.
- Skin tags
Most skin tags are benign, but these can be frightening to both people and pets. These can be caused by parasites, improper skin care, sun exposure, genetics, or even a poor diet. While it’s usually worth having them checked out by a vet, especially if they change color or size or begin to leak fluid, in most cases you can prevent and treat skin tags by providing your dog with a healthy, well-balanced diet, and by bathing him or her regularly in soothing, all-natural shampoos.
Dogs are not immune to internal parasites, and almost every dog will deal with these at one point or another in his life. Hookworms can be fatal for young dogs, with symptoms including sliding on the bottom, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or unexplained weight loss. While you will likely need vet-prescribed medication if your dog contracts worms, in many cases you can prevent worms by feeding your dog chopped garlic in their food. Garlic helps to repel common parasites. Other food additives that can help ward off parasites include grated carrots and pumpkin seeds.
- Allergic Dermatitis
If you notice your dog’s skin becomes flaky, red, or irritated, it may indicate a serious case of allergic dermatitis. This unpleasant condition isn’t life-threatening, but it can make your dog lose hair and become cranky and irritable. This can be caused by allergies, hormonal imbalances, or infections, but can typically be prevented through proper nutrition. Make sure your dog’s food contains proper levels of protein, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. You should supplement its food if needed with appropriate nutrients.
- The Flu
Unfortunately, even the healthiest of dogs can get the flu. Symptoms can include coughing, sneezing, and other upper respiratory issues, along with fever, bloody coughs, and ear infections. It can take up to thirty days for the flu to make its way out of your dog’s system, so providing natural home remedies is important to reduce suffering. Provide your pup with plenty of rest and fresh water. Add some garlic to his or her diet, as well as herbs with antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, such as Vitamin C.
- Liver Disease
Liver disease in dogs can be caused by a variety of factors, such as bacterial or viral infections, poor nutrition or immune functioning, and stress. A dog with liver disease will present easy-to-spot symptoms such a sudden unexplained weight loss, lethargy, and jaundice. While some severe liver problems require veterinary treatment and medication, preventing and treating liver disease also includes a healthy diet of antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients. Some supplements and foods with miraculous anti-inflammatory properties for liver problems in dogs include parsley and milk thistle. Give these a shot if your pet is beginning to show signs of liver disease, and, of course, make an appointment with your vet.
- Urinary Tract Infections
Just as humans are prone to urinary tract infections, so are dogs. Antibiotics are often necessary to completely cure an infection, especially if it’s bacterial, but issues caused by poor nutrition, immune deficiency, and bladder stones can be prevented and the symptoms reduced by regulating your dog’s nutrition. Provide him with plenty of access to foods containing protein, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. You may have heard that cranberries and blueberries can be beneficial for urinary tract infections in humans; there is evidence to suggest that these fruits can also help out an ailing pup. These foods and nutrients act as natural anti inflammatories and antioxidants, helping to prevent and eliminate infections.
In many cases, red eye in a dog is simply an indicator that some dust, dirt, or other debris has made its way into the eyes. However, some cases of conjunctivitis are longer lasting, and can be treated with easy home remedies. Clean your dog’s eyes with cooled chamomile tea and warm water, and feed your dog plenty of vitamins B, C, and zinc. Green tea and aloe vera can also be used to soothe the itchy area around your dog’s eyes.
Dog anxiety can be caused by a number of different issues, so it’s important to first pinpoint the source of your dog’s anxiety, whether it be loud noises, separation, or other factors. Herbal remedies can be effective solutions to many cases of dog anxiety as well. Popular treatments, whether delivered in a tea, a treat, or other source, include chamomile, lemon balm, oats, passion flower, Echinacea, and hemp.
- Dental Problems
Dental problems are common in dogs, and often present few to no symptoms. However, dental disease can cause other serious health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, and even diabetes. Therefore, it’s important that you stay on top of your dog’s oral hygiene. Giving your dog rawhide chews is a great way to keep his chompers healthy, but you can also brush your dog’s teeth to keep them fresh. Providing regular hard foods as treats, such as raw carrots or chewable bones, is another way to prevent dental problems.
Ultimately, making sure your dog receives plenty of adequate nutrition, water, and rest are the most important steps you can take to improving his or her overall health. Hydration in particular is an important aspect of overall health, especially during the hot summer months when your dog will be expending more energy.
In most cases, plain water is sufficient. However, you might consider adding a supplemental beverage if you find your dog is lagging or lethargic. Consider Dr. Willard’s Water®. This beverage naturally accelerates and improves the body’s functioning, and is safe for both human and pet consumption. It increases the ability to absorb crucial vitamins, such as magnesium and Vitamin C, and is a great supplement to the other natural remedies you are implementing in your pet’s lifestyle.
Remember that caring for a sick or injured dog is a time-consuming process. Just as your dog did not become ill in a day, he or she will not recover overnight, either. It may take a while for your dog’s health to be fully restored. By implementing these all-natural cures, you can begin to address the root of your four-legged friend’s health problems, and get him or her feeling better soon.