Amazing DIY Home Remedies for Pets

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Look no further than your kitchen pantry or medicine cabinet to take care of a pet emergency. However, you should always consult your vet first regarding your pet's situation and then he or she can suggest a home remedy for you to try. Depending on your pet's weight, your vet will determine what dosage you should give, then consult back with him or her in a couple days if the situation worsens or doesn't improve.

  • Poison Control:

If your pet has gotten into something poisonous, hydrogen peroxide can induce vomiting. Give one teaspoon per five pounds of body weight; the process may be repeated once. Mineral oil and milk of magnesia can be used for toxin ingestion.

  • Bee Stings and Benadryl:

For a bee sting, remove the stinger by scraping the area with a credit card, and apply a baking soda paste as a poultice. For an allergic reaction, administer a dosage of Benadryl (1 mg/lb) every six hours.

  • When Lightning Strikes:

If your pet suffers anxiety during a thunderstorm, it likely isn't because of the flashes of light or the sound, but a buildup of static electricity in his coat. Rub a dryer sheet on the coat to remove the static electricity.

  • Calm a Dog’s Upset Stomach:

Use Pepto Bismol to help with an upset stomach and vomiting. Use this only for dogs, though; it contains an aspirin-like substance, which is bad for cats. The dose for a dog (either liquid or tablets) is a child's dose for every 40 pounds of body weight every six hours. For example: A 10-pound dog would receive one-quarter of a child's dose, and an 80-pound dog would receive twice the amount of a child's dose.

  • Keep It Moving:

Canned pumpkin (without spices) can help with constipation. You can also use Dulcolax or Metamucil.

  • Moisturizer for Minor Cuts and Winter Temperatures:

Use petroleum jelly on cuts or to prevent ice formation. Rub it on the affected area to protect a wound from further contamination. You can also place it between the animal's pads or toes during the winter to prevent ice formation.

  • Salt to Heal a Wound:

Create a soak using Epsom salts for wound treatment as well as irritated, itchy skin.

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