When it comes to treating our dogs, we tend to prefer natural remedies over potentially dangerous ingredients and harsh chemicals. For Fido, all-natural is the best way to go! If you’re looking for natural remedies for your beloved pup, look no further than the likes of coconut oil, canned Pumpkin, and diatomaceous earth – three natural, safe, and healthy alternatives proven to work. These three are completely safe in treating a wide range and variety of issues, from joint health to hot spots to flea control and digestion.
Here are the three natural remedies for dogs and how to use them:
Coconut Oil –
When given to your pup, coconut oil can help making its skin healthy, clearing up common skin problems like itchiness, flea allergies, fungal infections, eczema, and contact dermatitis. It also helps in preventing dry skin and can aid in letting your pooch gain better digestion, improved bone health, and superior metabolic function, and even enhanced immune system.
You can use coconut oil as a food supplement as well as a topical supplement. When using it as food, remember to start slow. Be aware that giving your dog too much coconut oil can result in digestive and detox problems and can even cause diarrhea so begin with small amounts. When you use it as a topical treatment for a variety of skin issues (like dry patches, itchy skin, hot spots, infections), just rub a generous amount of coconut oil directly onto your dog’s skin. The best part is that if it licks it off, it’s perfectly fine!
Canned Pumpkin –
Pumpkin is very rich in fiber – even just 2 teaspoons of a canned version can already assist greatly in your pooch’s digestion process. It contains lots of dietary fiber which can absorb the excess water in your dog’s stool, in short, making its poop more firm. Interestingly enough, it can also aid in constipation. Also, canned pumpkin can make a tasty, healthy addition to dog treats.
Diatomaceous Earth –
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an effective yet inexpensive way of controlling both external and internal parasites in your canine, such as fleas. It’s a safe, non-toxic substance made up from crushed freshwater organism and marine life fossils that could be deadly to all insects, but it is completely harmless to pets. DE is generally a powder made of micro-skeletons of deceased diatoms.
When using diatomaceous earth, take note of the following:
· Wear a mask and put one on your pup. Although DE is non-toxic, avoid it from getting in your lungs.
· Sprinkle the DE along your dog’s spine. Massage it along his body as you work your way carefully to his extremities – avoid your dog’s eyes.
· Try spreading some DE on the carpet, brushing it in, and leaving it there for about four days. You can then vacuum it up to get rid of the fleas in the carpet.
· Repeat the application as often as necessary during an flea or tick infestation. You should be able to see a decrease in fleas within only a couple of days.
· Ensure that you use the natural, human-grade DE, not the one used in swimming pools.
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