Just like people, dogs can get sick. There are remedies an individual can give a dog to help with numerous sicknesses. In addition, there are foods that can make a dog gravely ill.
When our furry friends become sick, scheduling an appointment with the vet is usually the immediate reaction. Yet this might mean waiting a day or longer for treatment, at which point owners feel compelled to do something in the interim. But what can be done? Owners may ask, “Can I give my dog aspirin or other pain relief medicine meant for humans?” In the case of NSAID drugs, dosage size is important and if a vet appointment can’t be made quickly enough, owners should at least get the vet on the phone long enough to determine the correct dose for their dog.
Dealing with pain is important, but owners will then feel compelled to do something about the cause of pain, whether it’s topical like a rash or deeper, like arthritis. To this end, here are some recommended remedies:
Another pet remedy is to use flavorless electrolyte liquids such as pediatric drinks, or sports waters to replenish fluids lost due to vomiting, or diarrhea. Plain yogurt is extremely beneficial to a dog’s intestines. The yogurt contains a live acidophilus that keeps good bacteria in the dog’s intestines and helps get rid of the bad bacteria. This is an excellent remedy for diarrhea or an upset stomach. If a dog is being given antibiotics, plain yogurt will go a long way in the prevention of a yeast infection. Puppies tend to develop yeast infections, so providing a treat of plain yogurt will act as a preventative, and help keep the puppy’s system balanced.
Chamomile tea is an excellent choice for a dog with an upset stomach. The chamomile plant has a natural disinfectant that will settle a dog’s upset stomach. It also works well for anxiety issues, gas, and colic. Minor irritations of the skin can be treated by chilling chamomile tea, then spraying it on the irritation on the dog’s skin. Finely grinding oatmeal is effective for itchy, or irritated skin. The best options are grinding oatmeal in a food processor, or purchasing baby oatmeal cereal. The oatmeal should be placed in warm bathwater so the dogs can soak. This is appropriate for infections, skin allergies, and itchiness as well.
A swelling wound on a sick dog can be treated with heat packs, and Epsom salt soaks. The combination of warm water and Epsom salt can reduce the amount of time a dog needs to heal, and reduce swelling. The best scenario is to bathe the dog twice daily in a bath with Epsom salt for five minutes as an effective pet remedy. For dogs who have problems accepting a bath, this can be accomplished with a clean towel soaked in the same solution and applied directly to the wounds.
Fleas can, and do, make dogs sick. When Borax powder is sprinkled on the floor, then vacuumed, or swept, it will leave invisible borax crystals behind. This will poke holes in the exoskeletons of the fleas, and kill them. The fleas present on the dog can be handled with lemon water, which will repel the fleas, and leave a refreshing, and clean scent. Lemon water can be made by boiling water and pouring it over lemons. After steeping overnight, a spray bottle can be effectively used to cover the dog’s skin with the lemon water. Powdered Brewer’s yeast can be sprinkled on dog food, or the tablet form can be fed to the dog to help eliminate fleas.
Most individuals realize a dog can never be given chocolate. It usually contains theophylline, theobromine, or caffeine which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and be toxic to the nervous system, and the heart. The same problems result with coffee or tea, and these should never be given to a dog. Raisins, currants, and grapes can cause kidney damage due to an unknown toxin and must be avoided. Alcohol can cause seizures, arrhythmias, low blood sugar, comas, and kill a dog. Avocados can cause diarrhea, and vomiting because the fruit contains persin. Vomiting can also be caused by citrus oil extracts.
The artificial sweetener Xylitol is dangerous for dogs, and can result in vomiting, low blood sugar, collapse, weakness, liver failure, and death. Garlic, and onions in any form contain disulfides, and sulfoxides capable of damaging the red blood cells, resulting in anemia. Yeast dough can cause gas in the digestive system by expanding. This can cause pain, and rupture the intestines, or the stomach. Simple fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis and muscles, and the nervous system can be affected by an unknown toxin in macadamia nuts. Mushrooms have toxins capable of affecting multiple systems, resulting in shock, or death. Rhubarb leaves contain oxalates, and this can adversely affect the urinary, nervous, and digestive systems.
Dogs which appear unwell need to be examined by a veterinarian right away. However, if the appointment is days away, owners will want to do something about pain and irritation in the meantime. So long as they abide by the right therapies for the problem, and avoid dangerous foods for dogs as always, such remedies will do a dog well.