If, like me, you love your dog or cat and give them the best possible life, you wouldn’t want to imagine that they could be sick.
As soon as he shows signs of distress, you turn to traditional therapies by running to the vet.
But even before any illness, there are things you can do at home to maintain his health and prolong his life.
Here are the natural remedies for pathologies that we frequently encounter and that we can easily treat ourselves.
1- Chronic allergy in dogs
Most allergy in dogs are not triggered by inhalation. No, it is the allergens that are absorbed through the skin.
If you have a cat that keeps scratching, loses hair, heals poorly, a dog that has lesions, itchy skin it keeps chewing, this is a chronic allergy.
Its mechanism is complex.
It involves cytokines and T cells, the messengers between cells of the immune system, but above all it indicates that your little companion secretes an antibody named IgE ( immunoglobulins E ) that he shouldn’t produce.
Of course, antibodies protect the immune system, but in the case of allergy, they bind to allergens like pollen for example, which causes dermal damage and the secretion of histamine directly responsible for the itching.
This is why antihistamines work against allergy.
They clearly reduce the production of histamine and its deleterious effects, especially on the skin.
The most effective natural remedies in this case are:
The major ingredient in curry, curcumin stimulates the adrenal glands which synthesize and deliver the body’s natural cortisol, main glucocorticoid hormone .
The standard oral dose is 250-400mg depending on the animal’s weight, given 3 times a day.
– Licorice root
Used for centuries to treat inflammation and viral ailments, licorice is very interesting in chronic conditions.
It is often prescribed to treat contact dermatitis such as psoriasis in human.
In the case that interests us, you just need to prepare 3 grams of licorice root in 150ml of water and apply compresses impregnated with this mixture on lesions.
Licorice root is also found in powder and you can give 1 to 4 grams per day depending on your pet’s weight.
As a liquid extract, just a teaspoonful before a meal.
2- Cleaning dog ears
How to treat an ear infection in dogs?
Preventing inflammation starts with cleaning the ears.
A mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water is ideal for cleaning the ear canal.
However, avoid using vinegar if the ear is too inflamed.
Just pour a small amount of the mixture (one teaspoon) into the ear canal and then apply light pressure to the base of the ear to circulate the liquid for about fifteen seconds.
Then, with gauze or cotton, you need to dry the ear both outside and inside in whenever possible.
3 – Dog cough natural remedy
It is very easy to make cough syrup for dogs.
The recipe of this dog cough natural treatment is the same as for humans
You take honey, preferably dark honey, lemon juice, and lukewarm water.
For a dog weighing about 10-20 pounds, you drop a tablespoon of honey in lukewarm water and add a teaspoon of juice lemon.
You double or triple the proportions depending on your pet’s weight.
While having very interesting antibacterial and antiviral properties, honey also softens the throat and stops coughing.
4- Urinary problems in cats
You might not expect it, but the first thing to give in case of an urinary problem is above all vitamin C.
Cats are more prone to UTIs and vitamin C often comes in big chewing tablets.
Note, however, that it is also found in liquid form or directly in powder that you can easily dilute in water or milk.
A very moderate amount, around 100mg per 10 pounds of weight, is administered once a day.
Homeopathy can also help, and in particular a remedy called Cantharis
It is very effective in kidney infection and has no side effects.
Just administer two granules of Cantharis 30CH three or four times a day by dissolving them in milk for 5 to 7 days.
5- Fight fleas naturally
How to start treatment for fleas?
If your dog’s skin is very irritated by flea bites, it is a good idea to give him two baths a week with a natural anti-parasitic shampoo.
My favorite homemade recipe is a neutral shampoo with a few drops of peppermint essential oil and clove extract added to it.
This mixture is very effective and poses no risk of toxicity.
You should know that fleas love the damp corners of your home and garden because the larvae need 50% humidity to survive.
A flea usually lays about 20 eggs per day on average, but only 5% will develop into larvae.
Perhaps the most effective way to control fleas is to place homemade dehumidifiers in the most suspicious areas.
You can find a whole article on fleas treatment which I urge you to consult if you have this problem.
6- Atopic dermatitis or hot spot
When the dog has lesions on the skin that itch constantly, he suffers from atopic dermatitis also called hot spot.
It is very difficult to treat this condition which rather tends to recur frequently.
Veterinarians try to treat it by prescribing antibiotics and cortisone excessively without really convincing results.
Yet there is a simple remedy that consists of adding an aspirin tablet to a cup of black tea.
You then apply this solution to the lesions three or four times a day.
Aspirin delivers an anti-inflammatory effect when black tea and its high content of caffeine, vitamins C, E, B2, minerals (zinc, potassium , magnesium), antioxidants, polyphenols and tannins help fight bacteria while participating in skin regeneration.
There are many ways to help your dog or cat when his health deteriorates.
Of course, the visit to the vet should not be neglected when it is necessary.
But natural remedies are not useless when they can also make a beneficial contribution to healing.
How about you? What are your tips?
Feel free to share them in the comments.
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