Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:
Here are some frequently asked pet questions and answers:
Q- My dog constantly licks her paw, sometimes until it is hairless and sore. What is the problem and how can I help her?
A- Paw licking can be attributed to either allergies or a bacterial infection. The common term is Lick Granuloma. Dogs have sweat glands in their paws, walking in a newly seeded or chemically sprayed yard or park can cause redness and itching. A flea bite can initiate licking. Washing her feet with OxyDoc can relieve this condition, a foot wash including Aloe Vera Organic Gel and a few drops of Essential Oils of Neem oil and Chamomile can relieve the itch and help calm the animal.
Q- My dog is getting older and is having urination problems. He doesn’t want to get up and go outside to urinate in the evening. What can I do?
A- Canine incontinence can occur when the kidneys and bladder start degrading. Walk him more often throughout the day. If his normal procedure is once, try 3-4 times daily and sometimes change the walking route, this may encourage him to urinate on new smells. Some dogs with urinary problems may also have a bacterial infection in the bladder. Try 2-3 teaspoons (depending on size of dog) organic unsweetened cranberry juice over a week’s time. Black Elder extract is beneficial for incontinence.
Q- Our dog is constantly eating his stool. We’ve tried placing hot pepper sauce on it- didn’t work. Is there anything else we can do?
A- When a dog eats poop, it's trying to tell you that his diet is not sufficient, he’s not absorbing nutrients or he's stressed out. Some young dogs eat stools as a learning experience and stop. Some dogs eat other dog’s stool to show territory dominance. Change to a preservative free, natural dog food. Add additional digestive plant enzymes to his meal. Give only natural treats.
Q- Is there a natural remedy to rid worms from my dog?
A- There are actually quite a few, here are some: canned pumpkin (yes, the same you use in a pumpkin pie-without the spices), liquid extract of Black Walnut/Wormwood combination, Neem leaves, Pomegranate Seeds ground fine and given can help rid tapeworm, Vidanja can be effective against tapeworm.
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This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of www.doctorsfinest.com. (Pet Assure customers receive a 15% discount on products at doctorsfinest.com by entering coupon code PA-03.) Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.