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14 Pet Home Remedies From Your Kitchen

Pets face all sorts of minor irritations and ailments. In many cases, the issue might not warrant a trip to the vet, but a home remedy might help. In others, home remedies can supplement veterinary care. This article covers 14 trusted home remedies for common pet ailments using items normally found in your kitchen. Of course, as with any medical concern, always check with your vet before using a home remedy.

Among the items here are several that I regularly use with my own dogs. In particular, I give my dogs a spoonful of plain greek yogurt on their dinner to promote healthy digestion and to avoid problems with their sensitive stomachs. I have used pumpkin for digestion as well, and carrots are regular treats in our household. My corgi Ty takes fish oil and Vitamin E for bursitis and to promote healthy skin. My corgi Eve has a sensitive stomach and ginger snaps sometimes helps to soothe that.

Read below for 14 pet home remedies, along with links for further information.

  • Pet Home Remedies 1 of 15
    Pet Home Remedies

    Treat common ailments with these 14 home remedies.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar For Ears and Skin 2 of 15
    Apple Vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar has a large number of reputed home remedy uses. The most common, and best accepted, is to use it to treat and prevent ear infections in both cats and dogs. To do so, dilute the vinegar with water, using half of each, and rub it on the inside of the ear with a cotton tissue. Do not use Q-tips or other pointy objects in your pet's ear, and do not wipe where you cannot see.

     

    Apple cider vinegar is also used as a natural antibiotic for skin infections and has been said to repel fleas. Some pet owners give apple cider vinegar internally for digestion and urinary issues, but doing so is not without controversy, and I do not recommend it unless directed to do so by your vet. 

     

    Learn More at The Whole Dog Journal.

     

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock

  • Chamomile Tea for Skin and Stomach Issues 3 of 15
    tea

    Chamomile tea has a wide variety of uses as a home remedy, both for people and pets. Chamomile tea soothes the stomach and can ease minor stomach upset. Cooled tea also works as an antimicrobial skin rinse for itchy skin. When cooled tea is mixed with saline solution, it can be used to treat weepy eyes. It is also reported to be beneficial for expelling worms.  Chamomile is considered to be one of the safest herbs for your pet. However, allergies to it are possible, so check for sensitivity using a small dose on the skin first.

     

    Learn More at The Whole Dog Journal and Pet MD.

     

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock

  • Citrus Repels Fleas 4 of 15
    fleas

    Fleas dislike citrus. Rub a bit of fresh orange or lemon juice on your pet's coat to help repel them. Citrus is safe for your pet and freshens the coat as well.  Bathing is another way to tackle fleas, and adding some juice to the tub can help with the process.

     

    Learn more at PetMD.

     

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock 

  • Oatmeal for Skin and Odor Absorption 5 of 15
    oatmeal

    Add finely ground oatmeal, such as baby oatmeal, to your pet's bath to relieve itchy skin. You can also grind regular oatmeal in a food processor or blender. Oatmeal can also absorb odor. Those are my dogs Ty and Eve in the picture. Ty absolutely hates baths, so I'm not sure why he is looking so happy here. Maybe it was the treat I was using to bribe them into posing for the photo! 

     

    Read More at Pet MD.

  • Use Butter to Prevent Hairballs 6 of 15
    butter

    When your cat is having trouble with hairballs, a half teaspoon of butter per day can help ease things.  When I had cats, I used to use butter that way all the time. Also try a diet with extra fiber and be sure to do lots of grooming!  

     

    Learn More at Pet MD.

     

    Photo Credit: Lenor

  • Carrots for Teeth 7 of 15
    carrots

    Carrots are touted mainly as a beneficial nutritional supplement for your pet since they are high in antioxidants and beneficial vitamins.  I certainly like them for that, but I find that an added bonus is that they also help clean your pet's teeth and are safer than many dog chews. Carrots are also low calorie, making them a great alternative to higher calorie treats. I give my dogs baby carrots as treats all the time.

     

    Read More at Pet MD.

     

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock 

  • Parsely for Fresh Breath 8 of 15
    Parsely

    Parsley acts as a natural breath freshener.  Make a tea by steeping a few springs in a cup of water to use as a breath spray, or sprinkle a few leaves on your pet's food. However, do not give large amounts of parsley, as it can cause gastrointestinal distress in larger quantities. Just a little bit goes a long way. For further breath freshening, try brushing your pet's teeth and feed tooth cleaning snacks (remember those carrots I mentioned in the last slide?).

     

    One thing you should never give your dog is commercial breath fresheners meant for people. Those often contain the sweetener xylitol, which is toxic to dogs, and I wouldn't trust it in cats either.

     

    Pictured here is Molly, a sweetheart of a black lab who I had for 12 wonderful years. She also was often in need of carrots and parsley for her breath! 

     

    Read More at Pedigree.  

  • Baking Soda For Bee Stings 9 of 15
    bee stings

    Bee stings are painful because the bee injects poison into your pet's system. Treat a bee sting by gently scraping the area with a credit card or piece of cardboard to remove the stinger. Do not use tweezers, as that might force venom out of the stinger and into your pet.  To relieve pain, apply a mix of baking soda and water to the area.

     

    Multiple bee stings are dangerous. If your pet is stung more than once, call your vet. Also watch your pet for signs of distress or allergic reaction and get your pet to the vet immediately if you see weakness, difficulty breathing or excessive swelling.

     

    Learn More at Hills Pet.

     

    Photo Credit: Matthew Straubmuller

  • Yogurt Helps Calm Sensitive Tummies 10 of 15
    yogurt

    Plain Greek yogurt is loaded with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which helps keep your pet's digestive system healthy. It is a great natural treatment for diarrhea and also can help prevent yeast infections. I give my dogs a spoonful of low-fat Greek yogurt daily with their dinner.  It is also fine for cats, although cats can tend to be lactose intolerant, so monitor carefully whether yogurt is tolerated well by your cat. 

     

    Read More at Pet MD

  • Rice and Rice Water for Diarreha 11 of 15
    rice

    Rice and rice water are easy to digest, soothing foods to help your pet's system recover after a bout of diarrhea. To make rice water, boil one cup of white rice (not the quick cooking kind) in 4 cups of water. Once your pet's system has calmed, give rice mixed with bland chicken breasts. I find that rice really helps when my dogs have diarrhea.

     

    Read More at The Bark and Animal Discovery.

     

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock

  • Cranberry for Urinary Tract Health 12 of 15
    cranberry cat

    Cranberry juice assists pets who suffer from urinary tract problems. Cats in particular can be prone to urinary issues, and cranberry assists in preventing blockages and infections. Give a small amount, such as teaspoon or so on food.

     

    Learn More at Pet MD.

     

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock

  • Ginger Snaps Help With Motion Sickness 13 of 15
    Ginger

    Ginger snaps can help ease an upset tummy caused by motion sickness. I also give my dog Eve ginger snaps when she seems to be having sensitive stomach issues. To prevent motion sickness, give ginger snaps 30 minutes before traveling.

     

    Read More at Pet MD.

     

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock 

  • Pumpkin for Digestion 14 of 15
    pumpkin

    Canned pumpkin, or pureed fresh pumpkin is a great source of healthy fiber to help keep your pet regular.  Use it to treat mild constipation in both cats and dogs and to promote general digestive health. I have also read that if your dog eats poop (disgusting I know), that pumpkin will alter the taste of things and help prevent that. 

     

    Read More at Pet MD.    

     

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock

  • Salmon For a Healthy Coat 15 of 15
    salmon

    Salmon, with its omega 3 acids promotes healthy skin and a healthy, shiny coat. It is also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. You can feed your pet cooked salmon a couple of times per week to gain these benefits, you can seek out pet food formulated with salmon, or you can obtain fish oil supplements. I give my dogs a supplement of salmon oil and vitamin E from my vet to keep their skin and coats healthy. I also use it to help prevent inflammation in my corgi Ty who suffers from bursitis in his shoulder.  Check that any supplement that you give is formulated for pets. For example, dogs often need Vitamin E with fish oil to prevent a nutritional imbalance. Hence, giving a form for people is not always the best idea. Consult with your veterinarian first before using any supplement. 

     

    Read More at Modern Dog.

     

    Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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