Natural Remedies for Dogs
The internet is full of natural remedies for our canine friends. But you might be wondering whether or not they’re actually safe. Most holistic ingredients are very safe for dogs. As you might suspect, foods like coconut or bananas are extremely unlikely to cause major issues. Other ingredients such as charcoal should be consumed in moderation.
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If you’re hesitant to feed your dog certain foods, leave it to the professionals and buy products from trusted manufacturers that already have the appropriate quantities mixed in. While many natural remedies are safe, there is a chance that your dog may be more susceptible to its effects if your pup has an underlying condition. Always reach out to your vet before making any major changes or if you’re supplementing the diet of an ill or otherwise vulnerable dog.
Here are some common natural remedies that have generally been shown to be safe and effective for dogs:
- Coconut: Coconut and coconut oil are well-known for their skin-enhancing properties. But did you know that coconut also functions as a nutrient-dense appetite enhancer? This ultra-safe ingredient is a tasty addition to meals for dogs who are struggling with a loss of appetite due to illness or old age.
- Charcoal: This surprising ingredient has a cleansing effect on the body and promotes healthy digestion. Stinky farts after a holiday meal? Charcoal infused treats can be a fun and tasty way to clear out your dog’s system! If you’re looking to introduce charcoal separately, always use pet-safe charcoal (not the kind for your grill!). Follow dosage recommendations for activated charcoal that has not been incorporated into food.
- Diatomaceous earth: Diatomaceous earth is a holistic mineral that has numerous benefits. As a mineral, it provides essential calcium and nutrients that help reduce inflammation. Diatomaceous earth can even be used externally as a pest deterrent! Simply dust your dog’s fur or on their bedding to repel pests. For internal use, always follow dosage guidelines.
- Banana: This fiber-rich food is a healthy source of energy and promotes digestion. Bananas are also chock-full of potassium, which is critical for cognitive functioning. This tropical fruit is a yummy addition that’s great for aging doggos who are dealing with a loss of gastrointestinal functioning, memory loss, and lack of energy.
- Peanut butter: It’s no secret that dogs love peanut butter. Luckily, it can be a healthy treat! Opt for an unsweetened peanut butter as another potassium-rich food that can be easily added to your dog’s meal or fed as a snack.
- Kefir: Kefir grains are a popular source of probiotics, which has both external and internal applications. In food, probiotics promote gastrointestinal health. Used externally, probiotics can be used to eliminate odors or soothe itchy or dry skin.
Keep in mind that any dietary adjustments can lead to changes in pet potty habits. For instance, if a dog is given pumpkin for digestion, it’s very possible that there will be an increase in bowel movements. Be prepared with an indoor dog bathroom to accommodate your pup’s diet change. A real bark pee pad can be a helpful addition to your home as your fur baby adjusts to their new food routine. Remember, always follow feeding guidelines provided by the manufacturer or your vet to minimize the likelihood of tummy upsets.