Home Remedies for Pets

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From man’s best friend to critters kept in a cage, there are many different responsibilities that come with owning a pet. Medical issues, daily maintenance, and clean up are the most significant considerations to make when caring for a domesticated animal. Luckily, home remedies for pets can help provide immediate solutions, as well as save money.

Pet Home Remedies

Whether you need to remove a pet stain or treat an illness, there are plenty of tricks of the trade found within the comforts of your own domain. Below, you will find home remedies for pets separated by the type of animal:

Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are the most commonly owned pets in the world. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey, there are approximately 77.5 million dog owners and 93.6 million cat owners in the United States [1]. To cut down on expenses, home remedies for dogs and cats can truly come in handy. A few include:Dog and Cat

a) Vanilla:

To treat a stinky pet, cut a vanilla bean in half. Place the split vanilla bean in four cups of cornmeal. Cover the mixture and allow the ingredients to sit for about one week. Sprinkle the mix over your pet and thoroughly rub into the coat – follow up by brushing out the home remedy.

b) Castor Oil:

A dog plagued with mange may respond to castor oil being poured directly on affected skin. Be aware that this home remedy for dogs can get quite messy.

c) Flaxseed Oil:

If a dog skin allergy has caused your pet to lose hair, flaxseed oil can help. Offering high amounts of omega-3, try mixing two tablespoons of flaxseed oil with every meal to see results.

d) Vinegar [2]:

One of the nastiest pet stains to remove in the home is left behind by urine. From training a new puppy to discovering the occasional accident, your first line of defense is a paper towel or clean, white rag to soak up the liquid and moisture. Next, mix one cup of vinegar and one cup of warm water. Blot the urine stain with the solution. Repeat until the stain has completely transferred to the towel. Afterwards, use clean warm water to rinse the area. Blot until the affected spot is nearly dry.

e) Almond and Vitamin E Oil:

Mix ½ ounce of almond oil and 400 IU of vitamin E to create a home remedy for ear mites. Use a dropper bottle to administer two dropperfuls of remedy into each ear. Massage after each application. Use a paper towel or napkin to clean the outer portion of the ear opening and make sure not to clean too deeply in the ear canal. Apply the solution one time per day for three days. Allow the ears to rest for three days and then repeat the process once more.

f) Fine-Tooth Comb:

After your dog has spent time playing in the woods or tall grassy fields, run a fine-tooth comb across their fur or coat to remove dog ticks before they fully attach onto the skin of your pet.

g) Alcohol:

Remove dog ticks by dipping a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and then directly applying it to a tick. This remedy makes it easier to remove the tick with a pair of tweezers.

h) Tomato Juice:

It’s true – the high acidity content of tomato juice helps eradicate the scent of skunk odor when your pet has been sprayed.

i) Aloe Vera:

When your dog or cat has a sore, use aloe vera to soothe the stinging sensation. Keep in mind that ointments and powders tend to make sores worse.

Birds

With a musical tweet and colorful plumage, birds make lovely companions with some species living up to 65 years old (like cockatoos). Finches and canaries live up to 15 years old with Amazons and African Greys living to around 50 years of age. Home remedies for birds can help treat medical problems and lengthen the life of your pet. Some include:

a) Cherries:

With the ability to treat gout, cherries can be administered fresh, frozen, canned, or in juice form (black cherry). A bird with gout means they are battling failing kidneys that are unable to remove nitrogen waste products from their bloodstream. Budgies seem the most affected. When left untreated, the bird can gradually feel the crippling effects of the disease. You can use cherries to correct their diet, which is known to slow the advancement of gout.

b) Aloe Vera:

The gel or juice of aloe vera works as a cleanser of the digestive tract and urinary system in birds. Several documented cases involving aloe concentrates have even shown complete recoveries in birds that were considered terminally ill. You can also combine water and aloe vera gel to create a spray to treat parrots that pluck their feathers. Heal skin conditions and cuts with a mixture of two ounces aloe gel and vitamin E oil.

c) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Add raw apple cider vinegar to your bird’s water – around ½ teaspoon for every pint of water. The vinegar helps boost the immune system and fight bacteria. Make sure that you do not use distilled, light amber, or white vinegar for this home remedy.

d) Nuts:

If you have birds that live outside, the high caloric content of nuts will provide a decent food source for extra energy – perfect for maintaining body temperature.

e) Flax Oil:

A home remedy for dull feathers, flaky skin, and weight issues is to administer ½ teaspoon of flax oil per 1000 grams of body weight – which equals out to about three drops per 100 grams.

f) Baby Food:

If your bird is sick, a jar of warmed baby food can provide acceptable nourishment. Baby food is also good for disguising healthy ingredients to your pet, such as yogurt, aloe vera, vitamins, and bran.

g) Mineral Oil:

A constipated bird can pass dry stools more easily with the help of ½ teaspoon of mineral oil. Only use this home remedy for a couple of days or your pet may become dependent on it.

Hamster, Gerbil, Guinea Pig, and Mice

Creatures belonging to the rodent family are furry and small enough to hold in the palm of the hand – making them decent pets for adults and children alike. However, these small bundles of joy can get sick or need constant stimulation. A few home remedies for hamsters and other rodents include:

a) Plastic Bottles:

Rodents like to be amused and empty plastic bottles offer an inexpensive way to keep a pet entertained. Chewing on a thoroughly cleaned-out salad dressing or water bottle can provide hours of fun.

b) Paper Bags:

Believe it or not, a paper bag is quite fun for rodents, who enjoy the sounds and mental stimulation that come with this effective hiding inside. Use a small lunch sack for pet mice, while guinea bags respond better to a paper grocery bag.

c) Paper Towel Rolls:

Rodents enjoy chewing on things and an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll not only exercises their teeth, but also serves as entertaining tunnels.

d) Lavender:

To calm an injured hamster, try burning lavender-scented aromatherapy items, such as incense, candles, or oils.

e) Fresh Thyme:

If your rodent suffers a minor cut, add a handful of fresh thyme herb sprigs to a pot of boiling water. Pour the liquid into a cup and allow it to cool down for about 15 minutes. Make sure to occasionally stir the liquid. Soak a paper towel in the thyme water and use it to clean a cut. Use the remedy two times per day.

f) Olive Oil:

When your hamster is constipated, they will most likely have a swollen belly and look “hunched up” when walking. They will also lose their appetite. Feeding a little olive oil to your pet can help. Constipation in rodents is caused by a lack of water and a diet consisting of too much dry food.

g) Warm Towel:

Massage the stomach of your pet with a warm towel to combat signs of constipation.

h) Listerine and Witch Hazel:

If your hamster has mites, add one tablespoon each of Listerine and witch hazel to two cups of boiled water. Cool down the solution to room temperature and transfer to a spray bottle for water. Cover your hands in the solution and rub your fingers over your pet’s body, making sure not to soak the fur. Work the remedy into their skin and avoid the face during application. Continue the process until there is no sign of mites, which usually takes about three to four days. The cage and other accessories should be washed down with two tablespoons each of Listerine and witch hazel per two capfuls of water.

Rabbits

When it’s time to tend to Peter Cottontail or Benjamin Bunny, you might want to have a few home remedies for rabbits under your belt. A couple of suggestions include:

a) Oil Treatment:

Ear mites can send your pet into a frenzy. However, you can use mineral or olive oil to alleviate the issue. Heat the oil until it is warm. Add two to three drops to infected ears, and then massage the ear for a couple of minutes. This will work the oil into the ear, as well as loosen up any crust. Use an oil-soaked cotton ball to gently wipe the ear. Use this remedy as a daily treatment until the rabbit stops scratching and the ears remain clean.

b) White Vinegar:

You may also kill ear mites and loosen grime by gently pouring a small amount of solution comprised of one part vinegar to two parts water into the ears. If the ears are visibly irritated or have open wounds, forego this remedy.

c) Canned Pumpkin:

Administer canned pumpkin to your constipated rabbit using a syringe. This home remedy also works well for cats and can be mixed with their regular food.

d) Dandelion:

Not only are dandelions nutritious for rabbits, but the weed can help treat both constipation and diarrhea. Dandelion root can also aid in addressing bladder infections in rabbits.

e) Apples:

Offering the benefits of pectin, you can use apples to treat constipation in rabbits.

f) Herbs:

The herb world is filled with home remedies for pets, including parsley for treating constipation and thyme for easing diarrhea in rabbits. If your rabbit has fleas, consider dried bay leaf or sage, which can be used as a healing powder. You can also sprinkle the herbs around their surroundings and bedding to repel fleas.

g) Ginger:

Rabbits respond to ginger when they are suffering from diarrhea or nausea.

h) Pumpkin Seeds:

Treat a case of intestinal parasites by feeding your rabbit pumpkin seeds.

i) Garlic:

Fight intestinal parasites by adding garlic to your rabbit’s diet.

j) Basil Tea:

Ease sore and inflamed eyes with basil tea, which is used as an eyewash once the liquid has cooled off.

Resources

[1] http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/pet_ownership_statistics.html
[2] http://www.mrscleanusa.com/en/cleaning-tips/pet-stains/removal-pet-stains.html

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  • Shelby

    My dad used to burn ticks off of our animals once they had already attached. Simply hold the animal still (or wait until he/she falls or relaxes) and hold a small flame to the tick. After a few seconds the bug will make a popping sound. It will have let go and you can pull it off easily.

  • Dog Lover

    Tomato juice does NOT work!! And it makes your dog have a sickening oder of Skunk/tomato. Blegh. Try this. I use this every time (on the darn dog. =] ) It’s AWESOME!

    -hydrogen Peroxide (two bottles of the [around] hand sized bottles. Sorry I don’t remember how big they are. Just know they are as big as your hand, about.)
    -Three tablespoons of Baking Soda
    -Dawn dish soap. (the blue stuff). Mix it together and bath the dog in this. I have never let it sit and my dog gets his whole body COVERED in the scent. But you may wanna try letting it sit for three minnutes anyway. Follow up with a normal dog bath.

    A while back we didn’t have the right stuff for it and I let him stay for a night. The next morning he had almost ZERO scent on him. Just a small amount on his muzzle. And that was from just staying out all night. (as usual) and he stays on a tie-down. I don’t know. Maybe leave him/her for a day and then if she/he still stinks then try this recipe. Good Luck!!

  • RJ

    I have a boston terrier and he got sprayed by a skunk and the tomato sauce does work but you have to let it sit on the dogs fur for id say about 5-10 mins otherwise no it doesnt work very well and it wont take all the smell out you have to do this twice and then they shouldnt smell!! I dont like to use harsh cemicals on my dog because he is allergic to alot so i had to try this!! Most of the smell will be gone the first bath in tomato sauce!!

  • animal keeper

    @shelby

    The rubbing alcohol applied to a tick to make it release is safer for the pet. No need to add burned skin and fur to the problem. I’ve used the rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab method and it works great. You can then drop the tick, which has been pulled off using tweezers, into a shallow container and burn it or drown it in more rubbing alcohol in a jar.

    You should never touch a tick with your bare skin as it could carry disease. You should never crush a tick with your bare fingers, either.

    You should also have your pet checked for Lyme’s disease if they have suffered a tick infestation. Yes…dogs can get Lyme’s disease, too!

  • brandy

    wet tail for a hamster do u have a home remedy for a hamster who have wettail and the store are close