Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Unfortunately, we can’t always prevent our tail-wagging best friends from feeling icky. While you should consult your veterinarian before trying any home health treatment, consider asking if any of these home remedies for dogs—sourced from Prevention magazine—might do the trick.
If your dog is mildly dehydrated… give him Pedialyte. Formulated for babies, the fluid will replace minerals such as potassium and sodium more quickly than water alone.
If your dog has burs in his fur… try Crisco. Work a bit of this all-vegetable shortening into the fur and burs should slip right out. Of course, you’ll have to shampoo Fido afterwards.
If your dog gets frequent ear infections… apply baby oil. Place a cotton ball moistened with the stuff in each of her ears before giving her a bath. They’ll keep out the water, preventing painful earaches from developing.
If your dog has dandruff… try baby shampoo and aspirin. Grind six aspirin into a powder and pour into a bottle of baby shampoo. Lather and let sit for five minutes so the salicylic acid can exfoliate her skin. Finish with a clean water rinse.
If your dog steps in gum… use olive oil. Just saturate the gum with the oil, rub until soft, and then comb it out of his fur. Follow up with a shampoo and rinse of the oily area.
If your dog has a minor scratch or skin irritation… soothe it with Bag Balm. Created to soften cow udders, this useful product promotes quick healing.
If your dog has itchy paws… soak them in Epsom Salt. Fill the bathtub with a few inches of water and dissolve three cups of Epson Salt. Encourage your dog to stand in the tub for up to 10 minutes to relieve the itch. Just don’t let him drink the water—Epsom Salt can cause diarrhea.
Do you have any tried and true home remedies you use on your pet? Share them in the comments!