With a saying like “dog is man’s best friend,” it isn’t something that can be taken lightly. A best friend should be with you through your best and worst times, and usually, for dogs, their worst times are when they’re feeling sick.
Dog owners, and pet owners, in general, want to avoid a trip to the vet for something like dog diarrhea.
There are plenty of things you can be doing at home for your dog when you notice they’re ill, and many of these products and items are things you can easily find in your kitchen, pantry, or even at the local grocery store.
Cure Irritated Skin With Oatmeal
Oatmeal is part of a balanced breakfast, but it can also be part of a balanced way to keep your dog’s skin from getting irritated.
You may not remember, but your parents used oatmeal on you if you had chickenpox when you were younger. That’s because oatmeal is stuffed with chemicals that are great for fighting inflammation.
Pets that have allergies or skin irritation can benefit from oatmeal just as you did as a child.
Ease an Upset Stomach With Chamomile Tea
You’ve possibly had a cup of chamomile tea before to cure a scratchy throat or upset stomach, and your dog can use it too. While they may not like to drink it, you can still give it to your dog, so they start sipping it.
The tea is great for combatting irritation in the stomach and intestinal lining, easing any pain, and clearing out the system. It’s great to stop dog diarrhea in its early stages before it becomes a big problem.
The biggest issue you may have is actually getting your puppy to drink it. It’s best to try and ease them into it, mixing it with cool water.
Keep Fleas Away with Various Oils
Although essential oils have a big of a negative rap (depending on whom you ask), they can be great in making sure those pesky fleas stay away from your dog.
They are great because they are non-toxic but need to be diluted in all cases, so they don’t harm your dog.
One of the more popular oils is coconut oil. Coconut oil has a high lauric acid content, meaning that it’s going to keep fleas away. It’s easy to apply and can be found in just about any store.
Of course, it’s recommended that you make proper use of a dog flea comb to help remove any excess fleas hanging around.
Cure Itchiness with Licorice
While this doesn’t mean you should run out and grab an industrial size pack of Twizzlers, you should be making use of licorice root to help with occasional itchiness and irritation.
Admittedly, this is one product that you’re not going to have laying around your house, and it may not even be in the local grocery store. The good news is that plenty of pet stores and health food stores sell licorice root, meaning it’s easy to pick up and use.
It’s also worth noting that licorice root is something that should be discussed with a vet ahead of time. It has been proven to help with itchiness and irritation when correctly applied, but improper use has led to muscle breakdown and even kidney damage.