Oct 12, 2015

Treat Your Dog's Minor Illnesses at Home

Over five years ago, my dad and I went to the shelter to adopt a dog that I had come across on petfinder.org.

He was a cockapoo named biscuit, 8 years old young, and his family had separated and dropped him off there.

Upon meeting him, I knew that Mr. Biscuit was the perfect dog for our family and I had only heard great things about cockapoos.

When we got him home, we noticed that he completely refused pet food. Since we had very little information about him, we began to feed him a diet of things like lean ground beef, baked chicken, fish and vegetables.

After about a month we noticed that he had the worst allergies ever. He was always itchy, had infected ears and crusty skin.

A friend had told me about pet insurance for Biscuit but I looked into it and he was simply too old to be covered.

He currently sees the vet about every three months but in the meantime I am able to help him at home using home remedies and OTC products that I have discovered.

Here are some of my favorites:

DIY Ear Cleaner for Dogs

This is great for preventing ear infections but if your dog already has an infection, it is best to take him to the vet.

Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and isopropyl alcohol in a bowl and pour into a clean bottle for dispensing drops. An empty contact lens solution container is perfect.

Apply the solution to a cotton ball and gently clean the outside of your dog's ear and place two drops of the solution into each ear.

This solution will help to remove wax and debris from the ears and keep them clean and dry which prevents infections.

OTC Pain Relief for Dogs

While dogs CANNOT take tylenol, advil, aleve, etc. They can safely take aspirin for pain relief.

This is good to use if it is going to take a day or two to get your dog an appointment with the vet and they have an ear infection or minor arthritis.

The dose is typically 5mg of buffered aspirin per pound every 12 hours, but of course, be sure to check with your vet first. I like to give it with food since aspirin is known to be a bit hard on the stomach. Amazon and many pet stores sell chewable aspirin for dogs.

DIY Pill Pockets

Many dogs refuse to take medications unless they are hidden in food. Instead of going out and buying pill pockets, you can make your own.

Simply mix 1 tablespoon of milk, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of flour and form it around your dog's medication.

DIY Flea Repellant

Simpy mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and liberally spray your dog's coat.

Fleas hate the smell and taste of vinegar so it will keep them far away. I usually do a vinegar rinse at the end of my dog's bath since he hates spray bottles.

Easy Dry/Flaky Skin Treatment

If your dog gets dry/flaky skin, try pouring on tablespoon of olive oil on his food 3-4 times a week.

After a month or so you are likely to notice a difference!

Prevent Dehydration

If your dog is not feeling well and cannot keep food down, it is important to prevent dehydration.

Offer small amounts of low sodium chicken brother to your dog or even coconut water if he is willing to drink it.

Be sure to check with your vet before trying any of these remedies and be sure to always keep a basic pet first aid kit on hand so you can enjoy your four legged friend for many years to come!


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