Natural remedies for dogs can be used as a supplementary tool for your dog’s recovery, along with vet visits and medically-proven advice.
Let's go through some natural and holistic remedies you may use to help your dog cope with these problems. Always use the recommended dosage levels for your dog's body weight because overdosing has its own drawbacks.
Home Remedy for Tired or Sore Muscles
Suppose your dog overdid it during the weekend agility competitions or got into a fight with a neighbor's dog.
You discover your dog has bruises on his belly from pressure from a tooth dragging across the body upon inspection. However, your dog is not showing signs of pain, and there is no indication that there are any puncture wounds.
Arnica is a natural treatment option. This homeopathic remedy comes from a perennial sunflower plant known as leopard's bane that blooms in the early spring. Health stores sell it in pellet, cream, and gel forms.
Veterinarians advise feeding your dog Arnica 30 C in pellet form (four to six pellets equal one dosage) to relieve discomfort and immediately reduce inflammation.
Natural Remedy for Small Wounds
Green tea has disinfectant properties. As such, you can use a clean gauze pad and a mixture of 50/50 green tea and water to clean a small wound.
Natural Remedy for Cracked or Dry Paw Pads
Your dog's paws undergo a lot of stress and are susceptible to cracking, unless he tolerates commercial dog booties.
His paw pads can be returned to their optimal state naturally by dabbing them with coconut oil or vitamin E oil.
Coconut oil works well as a moisturizer and is safe to use on dry, cracked noses. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to determine the underlying cause of cracked nostrils.
Natural Remedy for a Flaky, Dry coat
To replenish the natural oils in the coat, provide some Omega-3 fatty acids in your dog's diet. Choose liquid Omega-3 supplements that are human-grade and have undergone independent testing to ensure they are free of contaminants like mercury. For advice on the ideal dose for your dog, consult your veterinarian.
When it comes to coat maintenance, having the right tools is necessary as well. A good detangling brush will help ensure your dog's coat is free from damage, and we also recommend using a coat protective collar when walking your furry friend, to keep their coats in tip top condition.
Natural Remedy for Upset Stomach
Your dog may experience motion sickness or stomach issues when traveling with you in cars.
Reach for nux vomica, a homeopathic remedy that works well for dogs dealing with minor gastrointestinal issues.
Before getting in the car, just put four to six pellets in their mouths and wait for them to dissolve. This is a gentle natural remedy, but if your dog keeps throwing up, you should get him checked out by a vet to rule out anything more serious than motion sickness or a minor stomach problem.
You may also think about giving your dog ginger root extract to help with occasional nausea or stomach aches.
Natural remedies for Sunburn
When your dog's skin becomes pink from exposure to the sun or shows early signs of an itching hot spot, apply aloe vera gel.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, aloe vera serves as an excellent natural skin soother.
The white sap, or "latex," of the aloe vera plant is poisonous to dogs, so exercise caution. Before using any commercial aloe vera gels, speak with your veterinarian.
When in doubt, always check in with your vet for medical advice on which home remedies can be used on your pet!