In the short run, it can be cheaper and easier not to take your dog to the vet. When your dog is not in pain, going to the vet is scary enough. Imagine going to the vet when you’re injured and scared. Home remedies can be used to treat your dog’s illnesses.
In the long run, it may be safer to go to the vet. Remember to keep your dog’s health as your priority. Regardless of your decision, make sure your pet is getting the correct treatment.
Home Remedies for Constipation
Picking up your dog’s bowel movements might not sound like the best job in the world, but it’s an important one. Like humans, your dog’s bathroom habits can tell you something about their health. If your dog isn’t going to the bathroom, or is constipated, they may be sick.
Constipation can last a few hours or many days. Feeding your dog pumpkin, milk, or yogurt may break up constipation. Future constipation can be avoided by giving your dog plenty of exercise and fiber in their diet.
If your dog is constipated for more than 2 days, you need to contact your vet.
Home Remedies for Upset Stomachs
If your pet has an upset stomach, do not feed your pet for at least 12 hours after they vomited. Feeding your pet after vomiting may induce gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the bowels or stomach, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea.
Begin feeding your dog bland food, such as boiled chicken, after 12 hours. If the bland food triggers an upset stomach, immediately consult your veterinarian.
Pepcid AC is a common home remedy but contact your vet before giving it to your dog. You want to make sure Pepcid AC will help your dog, not harm them.
Home Remedies for Allergic Reactions
Dogs can be allergic to all types of things; specific foods, feathers, and cleaning products. Allergies can make dogs itch, swell, or make them uncomfortable. A bath with Dawn dish detergent can make itching go away.
Benadryl, a common human antihistamine, is an effective home remedy for dogs with allergies. Avoid Benadryl that includes decongestants and other unnecessary substances.
Contact your veterinarian to determine the proper Benadryl dosage.
When You Need to Go to the Vet
Not all the information on the Internet is true – do what is best for your dog. If your dog is acting differently or experiencing different symptoms, go to the vet.
Be careful, home remedies may be convenient, but your dog’s health is your priority. If you ever have any questions or concerns about home remedies, immediately contact Pet Poison Helpline®, at (855)-764-7661, and your veterinarian.