There’s nothing worse than when your best friend is sick. While there is no substitute for the professional care of a veterinarian, there are ways for you to take care of your dog at home and make him feel better. Giving your dog immediate attention when he experiences symptoms of common illnesses can help him live a long, happy life.
Just as you rely on electrolyte-replacing beverages such as sports drinks, waters, and pediatric drinks to replenish fluids and rehydrate after an illness, these same drinks can supply your sick dog’s body with much needed fluids after he has had a bout of vomiting or diarrhea. Be sure to check with your veterinarian regarding the dosage.
Similar to humans, the live acidophilus in yogurt helps to keep the good bacteria in your dog’s intestines in balance. Another plus, is that if your dog is on antibiotics the yogurt can help lessen the chances of him getting a yeast infection often caused by antibiotic treatment. Yogurt is a very good treat for puppies as they are especially prone to yeast infections.
Humans often use ground oatmeal to remedy dry, irritated skin. Dogs can benefit from this, too. You can use baby oatmeal or grind oatmeal in a food processor and then stir it with warm water. Allow your dog to soak in it. Dogs with skin allergies, infections and other skin diseases that cause itchiness have been known to show immediate relief when given an oatmeal bath.
Citrus Fleas do not like citrus and you can make your dog’s skin unsavory to them by rubbing a small amount of fresh orange juice or lemon juice onto your dog’s skin. Start around the collar and go down the back. Another way to gross out fleas is to add brewer’s yeast with a small amount of garlic into your dog’s daily dry food.
If your dog has sore paws from hot pavement, icy or salty sidewalks, or for any other reason, start by examining their paws. Remove any small pebbles, rocks, twigs, etc., and gently wash their paws. Then, apply a gentle moisturizer. Baby moisturizer works best. If the paws are bleeding, apply an antibiotic ointment and gently bandage the wound.
Prunes and Canned Pumpkin
Digestion can get a bit tricky for older dogs. If your canine friend is more mellow than usual and they appear to be straining when relieving themselves, then constipation may be the problem. Simply add canned pumpkin or diced prunes to their food to help get things moving again. Note: Prune pits are toxic to animals so be sure they are pit-free.
If your pooch has gotten into something they shouldn’t have and has eaten something toxic, you can use hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Give your dog one teaspoon per every 5 pounds of body weight and repeat once if needed. Be sure to call your veterinarian as well.
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