10 Common Pet Troubles And Their Natural Solutions Pet Care Tips 6 min read
It’s a regular day in a pet parent’s life. You bring your dog home from the park and just as you are about to remove the collar, eeeeek. You notice a tick crawling behind her neck. You rush to get the anti-tick spray. Zapppp! One shot of the strong chemical-laden spray and the red bugger falls right off, as if it’s been shot with a gun. And boy are you relieved. Phew! You start frisking your dog for more ticks. You don’t find any but in any case spray her all over. Amazing, isn’t it? Well, let’s dig a little deeper.
Have you thought how powerful this spray must be? If it can kill a tick in a zap, it can obviously do harm to your dog too! There are many such everyday decisions that indeed affect your pet’s health. Getting them dry kibble instead of wet food because it’s convenient to store and give is another such decision. Adding a regular tums tablet to their food when you notice little flatulence. Hey, tums are not for pets! The best route to pets’ everyday problems is one that is safe, gentle and one that is specially made for them. Suited to your pet’s body and long term wellbeing. This route will often be natural. 🙂
Since we’ve got things stirred up, let’s not leave you wondering what you’d do in such situations with your pet if it weren’t for these convenient less safe resources. Here’s a list of 10 pet troubles that are common in houses with dogs and cats and a suitable natural solution or remedy that’ll work perfectly well. Well researched, tried and tested solutions coming from the Pet Experts at NHV.
1. Difficulty pooping or no poop at all
Home Fix: One or two servings of papaya during the day can help induce healthy pooping in cats and dogs the next day. Pureed pumpkin is fibrous and nutritious, it works for both, pet diarrhea and pet constipation. Adding pet-friendly Omega 3 fish oils also helps maintain healthy digestion and bowel movement.
NHV’s Natural Support: For chronic constipation or constipation that tends to reoccur, we’d suggest adding NHV Maris to your pet’s food. This is a herbal blend that promotes soft stools and helps support good colon health in puppies, kittens as well as adult cats and dogs.
2. Night time restlessness
Home Fix: Spray some lavender herb infused water around the house. Ensure that you get them a lot of activity and tire them out before hitting the bed. Serve them food at least 4 hours before your bed time. If your dog or cat is showing anxiety try tying this calming wrap around them. It helps make them less anxious. Placing a drop of lavender oil in their bedding also helps induce restful sleep.
NHV’s Natural Support: Is your cat or dog showing signs of stress for a prolonged period? While you deal with whatever is the cause of the stress or anxiety, administer our calming blend to your anxious pet. Matricalm for cats and Lesstress for dogs are two herbal blends that can help reduce stress levels, calm nervous anxiety and make it easier for pets to cope with the stressful situation, whatever it is.
3. Allergic breakouts
Home Fix: Neem oil and coconut oil are natural disinfectants that can be found easily at a drug store. Place a few drops of each on a cotton pad and pat your pet’s allergy-prone spots with it. You can even dab your pet’s surroundings with this. Fine grind some oatmeal, add a little water to make a paste. Rub this paste on the itchy spot and let it sit for 10 minutes. Use warm water to rinse it. This usually works right away.
NHV’s Natural Support: It is important to understand what is causing the allergies. However, while you figure that out keeping our Ouch Away spray handy will help. Spray it on the itchy spot 2-3 times a day until the itch vanishes. If your dog or cat suffers from environmental allergies, you could help boost their body’s histamine response to allergens by adding some NHV Alge-Ex to their regime. NHV Turmeric can be topically applied to promote external healing of an itchy spot.
4. Joint Pain
Home Fix: The calming wrap we introduced before, also works wonderfully for reducing arthritic pain in senior dogs and cats. If you suddenly notice your dog or cat limping then while you wait for your vet’s appointment or your NHV Delivery, add half a cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath. Let your pet soak in this tub for 5-8 minutes, twice a day. If your pet’s fussy about getting into the tub then soak a cloth in this mixture and place on the effected area for 10 minutes, twice a day.
NHV’s Natural Support: NHV Old Timer is great at helping pets with arthritis, osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. It helps reduce inflammation in hip and joints. NHV Yucca is a great muscle strength support. It also doubles up as a natural pain reliever, making it useful for any sprains or fractures too!
5. GI issues
Home Fix: First things first, don’t feed them for 10-12 hours. It helps give their tummy some uninterrupted time to heal on its own. After a stretch of no eating, start with yogurt. Plain yogurt is rich in digestive enzymes which makes it a great snack to give to pets with upset tummies. Once you notice your pet getting better, try homemade chicken broth the next. Keep it bland and simple and slowly introduce regular food after 2-3 days of healthy healing.
NHV’s Natural Support: If your pet is suffering from a long bout of tummy upset or gets GI issues frequently, you should get NHV Plantaeris. This is a herbal blend that helps with a host of GI issues, such as diarrhea, stomach infection or flatulence. It helps relieve spasms of the digestive tract in cats and dogs.
6. Fleas and ticks
Home Fix: Infuse some water with neem oil, witch hazel oil and citronella oil. Spray this water on your pet (keep away from nose and eyes) and their surroundings. Comb for fleas and ticks daily, dip the removed buggers in soapy water or alcohol.
NHV’s Natural Support: NHV Target Spray is an all natural anti tick and anti flea spray. It helps repel ticks, fleas and even mosquitoes, all naturally and safely. Keep this handy in tick prone areas or in houses with multiple pets.
Home Fix: Groom your long haired pets regularly and after brushing them, use a gentle baby wipe to run over their coat and grab any loose fur. Adding some coconut oil to their food helps lubricate their tracts and makes it easier for them to expel hairballs from the mouth.
NHV’s Natural Support: For cats who tend to have frequent hairballs or are experiencing trouble expelling them, hairballs can become quite painful and harmful. NHV Hairb-Ez helps relieve pain, bloating and discomfort and helps them release the hairballs through poop.
Home Fix: In high temperatures or anytime when you notice your pet hasn’t been drinking enough water, try to replace the water in one of the bowls with fresh coconut water. It is rich in electrolytes and will keep them hydrated for longer.
NHV’s Natural Support: There isn’t really a supplement that can help with this one. But NHV Multi Essentials is a herbal multivitamin blend that can enhance the value of the food they eat and provide much needed energy boost to dehydrated or malnourished pets. It also helps in stimulating appetite and improving skin and coat condition.
9. Itchy or watery eyes
Home Fix: Dip green tea bags in hot water. Pull them out and place them in the fridge for a few minutes. Dry them by pinching any extra water out and cold compress your pet’s eyes.Do this 2-3 times a day until situation improves.
NHV’s Natural Support: NHV Ey-Eas are herbal eye drops that can be used to ease conjunctivitis, eye allergies, redness, itchiness and watery eyes.
10. Bladder infections
Home Fix: Cranberry has the property to increase urine acidity and hence, reduce infections in the bladder and urethra. Syringe feeding your pet some unsweetened cranberry juice or adding the juice to their food will help reduce infection slightly.
NHV’s Natural Support: NHV Tripsy is a soothing formula that controls infection, has a demulcent effect for urinary calculi, and supports the health of kidneys and bladder. It can help pets with kidney or renal disease and urinary tract infections.
There you go. Common pet health problems can often be tackled at home, but if they are serious and worrisome you should head to a holistic vet and consider taking an approach that includes natural options such as NHV along with any needed pharmaceutical drugs. Our blends are both preventative and therapeutic. They work in conjunction with conventional medicines and also work independently. Read some happy tails of #NHVpets and you’ll know. Do you need any holistic advice for your pet? Contact your NHV Pet Expert right now.
Published: September 22, 2017