Jet was always sensitive to medications and he definitely made his vet work to find solutions that would work for him without side effects.
Even had he not been sensitive to medications, I worried as Jet grew older. I worried about treating him with prescription medications that came with pages of potential side effects.
With the age-related changes that take place in the average senior dog, though, there is sometimes no choice but to seek out treatment. This is where holistic pet medicine can be beneficial.
The Mandatory Disclaimer…
Now, before I continue, it is crucial that you ALWAYS consult your veterinarian before adding any supplement or holistic treatment to your dog’s routine. Even holistic treatments can interact with health conditions and medications that your dog is currently taking. If you are considering holistic treatment for your dog, the best plan of action is to consult a licensed holistic veterinarian who can collaborate with your existing vet.
25 Helpful Holistic Pet Medicine Tips
Let’s take a look at 25 helpful holistic pet medicine tips that are worth making note of…
1. Citrus rind or fresh citrus juice is repulsive to fleas, just spritz it on your dog’s fur!
2. Rub a flea-ridden dog down with coconut oil to force fleas to abandon ship!
3. Epsom salt soaks are equally as beneficial for dogs with strains and sprains as they are for people.
4. CoQ10 is a great supplement for dogs with cardiac conditions.
5. Hard to heal wounds can be promoted to heal with an iodine and sugar paste. (This is how we finally healed the damaged tissue after Jet’s cancerous tumor removal!)
6. Burdock can be used to detoxify your dog’s system and help to maintain balance in blood sugar.
7. Milk thistle is a great supplement for detoxifying the liver and kidneys, just check with your holistic vet and traditional vet for dosing information.
8. Honey is a great cough suppressant and its antibacterial properties are an added benefit for dogs suffering from kennel cough. Honey is NOT appropriate for dogs under 1 year or dogs with difficulty regulating blood sugar.
9. Diluted white vinegar can keep ears clean and free from bacteria and yeast, particularly during humid seasons.
10. Mineral oil will suffocate ear mites gently and regular treatment will prevent future mites from developing.
11. Rose geranium essential oil is a great tick repellent! Just dilute the oil and put a few drops on the back of your dog’s collar.
12. Feverfew is good for addressing arthritis symptoms as well as severe muscle pain.
13. A massage with vitamin E oil will help to improve dry and flakey skin.
14. Yucca is a great anti-inflammatory and has anti-arthritic properties. Yucca can also stimulate appetite and aid digestion.
15. Elk velvet antler is a great supplement for arthritis and pain relief.
16. Cooled chamomile tea spritzed on your dog’s fur can soothe irritated raw skin.
17. Slippery elm is a good supplement for dogs with digestive trouble from gastritis to colitis.
18. High-grade manuka honey makes a perfect salve for wounds with its antibiotic properties. It should NOT be used in dogs under 1 year or diabetic dogs in case of ingestion.
19. Powdered or fresh cranberries added to your dog’s diet can help improve bladder health and prevent repeat urinary tract infections.
20. Boswellia is a great anti-inflammatory and also carries pain relief properties which make it perfect for arthritic senior dogs.
21. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and great for older dogs with arthritis.
22. A 10-minute application of an oatmeal and water paste will soothe itchy skin.
23. Cayenne pepper capsules have anti-inflammatory properties and pain relieving properties. Cayenne pepper is also beneficial for poor circulation as it promotes blood flow.
24. Cooled tea made from fresh ginger and hot water will help to settle your pup’s upset tummy.
25. Plain organic yogurt two hours or more after antibiotics will help to fortify beneficial bacteria in your dog’s system and help prevent diarrhea.