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November 6, 2012 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Top Three Home Remedies for Pets

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

The economic crisis is all over the news, the unemployment rate is high, family's budgets are tighter than ever, and money is being stretched as thin as possible. Sadly for many pet-parents, the choice of visiting a vet, or trying to assist their pet on own their own to save some money, is a constant struggle for many.

Disclaimer: Any type of life-threatening illness needs to be seen by a vet immediately. For example, skipping on giving insulin shots to your diabetic pet will leave your pet paying the ultimate price. In this blog, we are just going to visit some common mishaps that could be handled at home prior to a vet visit. If at any time your pet is vomiting, has a severe case of diarrhea, is foaming/drooling at the mouth uncontrollably, or having body tremors, seek immediate veterinary care.

Buzzzzzzz - Ouch a Bee Sting!

Many pets, dogs and cats alike, get way to curious with a buzzing bee in the yard, resulting in a sting to a face, paw, or other parts of their body.

First, the stinger has to be removed to stop the poison from continuing to enter the body. If at any time your dog shows signs of being allergic to a bee sting, such as: trembling, vomiting, or shortness of breath, seek immediate veterinary care. Use honey or Karo syrup on the gums, then wrap your pet in a blanket to immobilize and keep them warm while enroute to your vet.

To remove the stinger, you will need to "scrape" the stinger, or use tweezers to remove. Once the stinger is removed, you can use an ice pack to counter act swelling.

Use a baking soda paste to help withdrawal the poison out of the area where the sting happened. If you don't have baking soda readily available, take a fresh onion, cut it in half, and place the cut area of the onion on the area of the sting, hold for a minute, and this too will pull out the poison.

If your cat is scratching at their ears - Ear Mites are most likely the culprit.

Ear mites are nasty mites that, if left untreated, can cause deafness. Ear mites are most common in cats, but dogs can get them too. Pets that have ear mites will consistently shake their head and their ears will be red, hot, and inflamed.; The most common way to tell if your pet has a severe case of ear mites is severe shaking of the head, and scratching at the ears. You will notice black spots in the ear (this is the result of dried blood or mite dirt) and the animal will typically hold their head to the side.

Olive Oil is used to help loosen and remove the build-up of the mites in the ears. To help alleviate this problem, take a syringe, fill it with olive oil, and insert the oil (not the syringe) into the ear canal. Hold the ear closed as your pet is quickly going to want to shake their head. Massage the ear gently to help the olive oil travel down as far as possible.

Use cotton balls to help remove the excess oil. Using q-tips can damage the ear canal if put down too far, so take precaution if you choose to use them.

To kill the mites use Yellow Dock Root Extract (9 drops) and 1 tablespoon of water, use a syringe to insert the mixture into the ear canal. Hold the ear shut, and gently massage. Use cotton balls to remove excess from ear area.

Tip: It would be best to do this outside or in an area of the house that can be easily cleaned. Your pet will shake their head after filling the ear canal with the oil, and debris will go flying out.

Even Our Pets Need a Manicure - Not the Human Kind

Dogs and cats require nail trimming on a regular basis to help prevent discomfort from overgrown nails, damaging furniture, or accidentally scratching us.

Nail trimmings are a must for our pets. As pet-parents, we opt to do this ourselves as an easy way to save money. However, the results usually end with us cutting the "quick" of our pet's nail bed.

What is a "quick?" The "quick" is the pink part in the nail (easily seen on white nails, extremely difficult, and sometimes impossible to see on black or brown nails). This pink part is the blood vessel in our pets nail.

If the "quick" is cut accidentally the nail bed will bleed unforgivably and worse yet, it is awfully painful for our pet. Every step your pet takes can quickly cause the nail to start bleeding again. Groomers will typically have Kwik-Stop or Styptic Powder on hand, but many of us don't have these products in our home.

Using a baking soda or flour paste are the best way to stop the flow of blood, plus if your pet licks the paste, it will not harm them. The paste should be thick, and then dip the nail bed into it, covering it with a thick layer of paste, this will stop the bleeding.

Once you have the bleeding under control, keeping your pet contained and limiting their movement for a short while is important to help prevent the nail from starting to bleed again.

I hope these tips for home remedies are a quick solution to resolve a mishap with your pet, and save money. However, please remember that if your pet is suffering from a serious illness, or the home remedy isn't resolving your pets problem, do not hesitate to seek veterinary assistance immediately.

Resources:

Earth Clinic - Pets

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