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Nature’s remedies for your Minor issues

Herbs and homeopathic remedies can do everything from relieve stress to help to ease common ailments like an upset stomach or an ear infection. Keeping a few of these products on hand may save you a trip to the vet.

Many herbs and remedies that are beneficial for humans are just as beneficial for dogs. Some natural remedies even work better than medications and are less likely to cause side effects. Be sure to talk with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet’s health. Some herbs and natural remedies that are completely safe for humans can be toxic to dogs and cats, so don’t expose your pet to anything that you aren’t sure is completely safe. Allergic reactions can occur even if some herbs or remedies are safe. The following remedies will treat the most common issues your pet may face. Luckily, you only use a few drops at a time, so each bottle you buy will last for years.

Herbs and plants

Rescue Remedy

Rescue Remedy is homeopathic tincture made from flower essences and developed by Dr. Edward Bach. Rescue Remedy is particularly helpful for stress, whether your dog suffers from separation anxiety, stress from a recent move or even the death of another pet or an owner. A few drops applied to the gums can make a big difference in your dog’s physical and emotional well-being in times of stress.

Aloe vera plant

Much as in humans, the aloe vera plant is helpful for skin issues in dogs, whether due to sun exposure, burns or various other abrasions. Ingesting aloe vera can be harmful for your pet, so be sure to only apply it topically (where the problem is on the skin) and don’t allow your dog to lick it off.

Calendula

Calendula has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Add a few drops of calendula to water to create a solution that can be applied to wounds or skin infections. The mixture can be applied to burns, cuts or scrapes. It helps ease pain and prevents infection. It can also be added to shea butter if there is a need for a thicker mixture. It can also be used for minor ear infections.

Hypericum (St. John’s Wort)

Much like calendula, this can be made into a lotion and used for a variety of skin conditions. It can also be used internally to help depression or anxiety. If given internally, it may interact negatively with prescription drugs. Consult your vet if your dog is on any other medications.

Echinacea

Echinacea supports the immune system in your pet and can be given anytime they need a boost. It is particularly helpful for urinary or respiratory tract infections or for mouth or skin sores.

Other remedies to consider

  • Chamomile - calms and aids digestion
  • Dandelion - detoxifying, calming and a good source of minerals
  • Rhus tox - helpful for skin irritations, itchiness and rashes
  • Apple cider vinegar - helpful for yeast infections, ear infections and for flea prevention

Homeopathic remedies

Arnica

Arnica is sometimes referred to as “homeopathic aspirin.” It can be used after any injury, trauma or overexertion. It has been used to reduce pain and can promote healing after surgery. It can reduce swelling, bruising and soreness in your pet.

Nux vomica

This homeopathic remedy is helpful for digestive discomfort, particularly when dogs overeat or experience gas or bloating.

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Comments on "Create a natural medicine cabinet for your pet"

Claire May 02, 2012 | 3:19 PM

The natural health kick is on so why not for our pets?! I give my dog only organic all-natural dog food and bake him treats instead of buying treats with processed ingredients. There are absolutely times when western medicine and drugs are necessary but for so many ailments natural choices are just as good... Or better! I always consult my vet first before giving or applying a new substance to my dog. An incredible natural remedy for allergies I recently discovered from the vet was to apply tea tree oil to my dogs's paws where he gets an allergic rash and frequently chews at. Tea tree oil has cleansing and drying qualities but should only be applied in small quantities or even diluted with water for tolerance. Pets don't like the taste so it helps with the chewing at their poor sore rash!

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