Easy DIY Recipes to Deal With Common Pet Health Problems

Often when there’s something wrong with our pets, our first instinct is to buy something.

While that may be necessary, there are some do-it-yourself recipes that simply require a walk to the fridge or pantry. Whether it’s fleas, upset stomach or itchy eyes, here are some helpful recipe ingredients for healthy pets.

Flea Repellent

Flea-repelling may be as easy as a lemon. Veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn recommends, in his book “Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats,” a recipe using a whole lemon that is thinly sliced with the peel and placed in a pint of water that is about to boil. Allow it to steep overnight and then sponge or spray it onto your pet the following day. It can be used as a daily flea-killing treatment, since whole lemon is a natural source of d-limonene. Use this solution for dogs only (it doesn’t react well on cats). Test on a small area of the skin first.

Yeast Removal

Dogs with yeast problems are often plagued with itching. Often times a holistic approach to yeast issues is the best, including a very low-carb diet. As part of that diet, holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker recommends her Frozen Yeast-Buster Bites Recipe, which is made of only grass-fed lean ground beef and fresh oregano, which is an anti-fungal. All you have to do is round up treat-sized pieces of the beef onto a freezer-safe sheet along with a fresh oregano leaf per piece. Freeze the treats for three hours before feeding and store the rest in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two months.

Easing Itchy Eyes

Allergy season for many pets means itchy eyes. A quick soother is a cooled chamomile tea bag compress. Make yourself some tea, allow the bag or bags to cool and gently press the bag over your pet’s closed eyes, one at a time. Avoid use in pregnant pets or if your pet is allergic to chamomile or related herbs. Spot test on your pet’s skin for any reaction before first using the compresses.

Helping Dry Spots

If your pet has dry patches on his paws, nose or elsewhere, an easy, natural moisturizer is coconut oil. Dap a small amount of organic coconut oil on the area and gently rub it in for some skin soothing. Try to not let him lick it off quickly—it’s not bad for him and he might like the taste, but let it soak in a bit first.

Easing an Upset Stomach

Always keep some organic canned pumpkin in the pantry for your pets. It can be a great soother for stomach troubles, as well as an all-around nutritious treat. Make sure it’s pure pumpkin with no other ingredients added.

Cleaning Paws

Dogs can get into all sorts of foul business outdoors. To help keep your pup’s paws fresh and clean, try a 50/50 mix of organic apple cider vinegar and water. Pour it in a spray bottle to spritz onto a paper towel and gently rub off some of the dirt and debris. Make sure to pat dry the moisture off the paws.

While not all conditions are easily resolved with a simple homemade recipe, these are some common ingredients you have at home that may help for certain situations.

Meet the Author: Jessica Peralta

Jessica Peralta has been a journalist for more than 15 years and an animal lover all her life. She has had dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, frogs, and rabbits. Her current children are a German shepherd named Guinness and a black kitten named Riot (and he lives up to that name). It’s because of her love for animals that she focused her journalistic career to the world of holistic animal care and pet nutrition. In between keeping Riot and Guinness out of mischief, she’s constantly learning about all the ways she can make them healthier and happier.

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