Pet Health Matters Too
Besides our children, our pets tend to be our most loved part of the home. How everyone chooses to care for their family pet is a matter of choice and going natural is not necessarily a must do, but we are often asked about ways to help pets live a healthier life, so we wanted to provide some ideas and possible remedies for you to consider. First some home remedies. A ¼ teaspoon of brewer’s yeast mixed with a pinch of dried garlic (for dogs) added to your dog food and brewer’s
yeast only for your cats, can help repel fleas. Make a cup of chamomile tea, (let it cool) put in a spray bottle and spray those raw spots. Antibiotics are necessary for some infections, but the medications can cause an upset stomach. Give your pet some no sugar added yogurt and consider putting them on a child’s dosage of probiotics (pending dog size you can increase the dosage). Consider switching your pet’s food and water bowls to glass or metal. Plastic bowls harbour bacteria that can cause chronic hot spots, irritation or allergic reactions around the face. Cats are naturally prone to bladder and urethra issues – if your cat is, unsweetened cranberry juice is an excellent treatment. Cranberry increases urine acidity, resulting in a reduced chance of blockages or infections. You can add cranberry juice to the water, or give your cat a cranberry capsule. In older animals, digestion can be problematic. If your pet is more mellow than usual, seems to be straining with bowel movement, and makes frequent toilet attempts, constipation may be the problem. Adding the canned pumpkin or diced prunes to food could get things started again. Note: Prune pits are toxic to both animals and humans, so make sure they are pit-free.
Simple Supplements to Keep Your Pet Healthy
If you were to ask me what I personally gave to my pet to keep her healthy, my go-to favourite products were digestive enzymes. If your dog tends to have a sensitive stomach, you should consider them too. Just like humans, digestive enzymes can help break down foods into smaller components to allow for better assimilation. I have never been able to find a pet enzyme, so I would suggest the lowest dosage enzyme and pending your dog’s weight, use ¼ of the amount in a capsule sprinkled over food to a half capsule for larger dogs and full capsule for your big lovable pets. Bowel issues are one of the number one reasons that pets require a visit to the vet.
Support your pet’s gastrointestinal tract with a good multi-strain low dosage probiotic. If you cannot find one for pets specifically, use a baby probiotic for smaller dogs, a kid’s probiotic for medium size dogs and low dosage adult probiotic for larger dogs. Try to give it to them by mouth before a meal or before bed or add to their foods. Giving your pet fish oils is an excellent natural remedy for their heart and immune health. And just like humans, it naturally reduces inflammation with the added benefit of helping to keep your pets coat extra soft and reducing dry, scaly skin. Many pet options for omega three even come in beef flavours. To support the joints and hips, Purica makes a product called Purica Recovery SA. It is a whole-body blend for pets (in powder or chewable) that functions to strengthen bones, muscles, and connective tissues. It helps prevent injury and promotes recovery from injuries, pain and inflammatory diseases. Purica Immune Pet is a whole-body blend that strengthens your pet’s response to illness and infection – a good option for one of those pets that always seems to be sick. Please keep in mind that the information presented above is for cats and dogs and does not include other family pets. If you have concerns about what to give your beloved pet, speak to your veterinarian first.
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