Natural Solutions for Minor Ailments – 3 favorites

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Natural Solutions for Minor Ailments – 3 favorites

Anxiety – Catnip is not just for cats.  This herb has a mild sedative effect on both dogs and cats.  It promotes relaxation and calms the nerves when ingested and it’s not a coincidence that this well rounded herb also helps calm an upset/nervous stomach and relieve flatulence.  Here are the options for administering: 

  1. Seep 1 pure organic catnip teabag in 8oz of hot water for 20 minutes and mix it with your pet’s meal 
  2. Use it in tincture form (liquid) and add it to your pet's water – approximately 12 drops of a glycerin-based (not alcohol-based) catnip tincture to 8 oz. of water

Mild Sprains, Fractures (pre & post medical treatment), painful bruising and contusions – ARNICA is an herb from the sunflower family and should only be used in its homeopathic form for pets.  Keep a vial of these pellets in your pets’ first aid kit and skip the topical creams and ointments which can cause gastric upset in dogs and poisoning in cats if ingested (the pellets will not cause these problems).  The Boiron brand is generally sold at most health food stores: http://www.boironusa.com/?products=/arnica30c-pellets/ 

Arnica helps speed healing, reduce pain and reduce the onset of inflammation – it is a great option for mild/simple cases only.

  1. Immediately after an injury has occurred use Arnica 30C – it is best if your pet has not ingested any food or water 30 minutes before and after you administer the Arnica
  2. Try to get 3 to 6 pellets into your pet orally – with homeopathic remedies pellets should not be touched (body oil effects their efficacy). Twist the pellets into the lid of the vial to avoid touching them then pour the pellets between the lip and the gum or into the side of your pets mouth – being careful to not pour it in to the back of your pets mouth. 

If your pet has sustained an injury it is always best to consult a veterinarian.   

Diarrhea – the onset of diarrhea can occur because of many conditions - parasites, pancreatitis, irritable bowel disease, viral or bacterial infections of the GI, Thyroid disease, various food intolerances or allergies.   In this case we are only addressing the onset of diarrhea from dietary indiscretion, sudden diet changes or mild stress.  It is important to know that your pet can become dehydrated when they have diarrhea.  

  1. Option 1 – Broth fast with pumpkin for 12 hours
    1. Start by serving home cooked chicken or beef broth plus pumpkin or slippery elm for 12 hours after the start of diarrhea 
    2. Make your broth using lean muscle meat & water only – do not add herbs, garlic or onions and do not use store bought broth as these are loaded with onions.  Keep your home cooked broth bland  
    3. For every 8 ounces of broth mix in 6 oz. of pure pumpkin or 1 teaspoon of slippery elm for every 25 pounds of your pets body weight.  Let your pet have as much as they want of this mixture for 12 hours  
    4. Do not feed your pet any treats or snacks during this time
  2. Option 2 – Bland diet for 24 hours
    1. Cook 1 lb of lean ground turkey meat in 1 cup of water. Simmer on low to medium heat until the meat is cooked.
    2. Add 8 oz of 100% pure pumpkin to the cooked turkey meat
    3. Feed small portions 3-4 times per day
    4. Do not feed your pet any treats or snacks during this time
  3. For a day or two following the bout with diarrhea it is best to replace 20% of your pets overall meal portion with pumpkin 
    1. Feed your pet smaller portions more often –if you regularly feed your pet 2 times per day increase the number of meals to 3 - 4 without increasing the day’s total amount of food.  This will help their digestive tract get back to better working condition
    2. Do not give your pet bones, treats or table food during this recovery period.  Give their digestive system time to heal

If the diarrhea continues contact your vet for further diagnostics and care.

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