I want to use the best products for my family and for myself. I want to use less chemicals and mostly organic. I also want to save money while doing so. That isn’t too much to ask is it? And you know what, I want the same for my puppies! Well, technically they aren’t puppies but 40-50 pound toddlers at 1 and 1 1/2. Aren’t they just the cutest??!!
NOTE: these are suggestions for some alternative treatments. None are meant to diagnose, and none have guarantees. They are however suggestions of what has worked for others. Many are personal testimonies of worked for their own dogs, a couple i have used on my own dogs. They are merely a place to start if you are looking for something other than pricey and possibly unhealthy RX types drugs. In many cases the prescription is what you will need, so make your own judgement call.
There are so many ways that I can do this……
Pumpkin Puree: add some to their food at least a few days a week for digestive health, urinary health and weight loss. This festive gourd is a miracle food for dogs. Good for both diarrhea and constipation, canned pumpkin (not raw, not the sugary, spicy pie filling) is loaded with fiber and beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Don’t give Buddy a lot of it—too much A is highly toxic to dogs—but a couple of teaspoons a day for little pups, or a couple of tablespoons for big boys, should keep them right on track. Fiber isn’t all that pumpkin has to offer. Pumpkin flesh and seeds are loaded with other nutrients like vitamins C and E, alpha carotene, lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Altogether, the nutritional benefits of pumpkin mean healthier skin, healthier eyes, a healthier coat and a healthier immune system for your dog. That’s not too shabby for a treat that your dog probably will think is a delicious indulgence anyway. A miracle food indeed.
Small dogs= 2 tsp Large dogs= 2 Tablespoons
ACV: (Apple cider vinegar- Bragg’s is the one with the ‘Mother” in it) Bragg ACV can provide them with enzymes and important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, phosphorus, iron, silicon and other trace minerals. The vitamins contained in Bragg ACV are bioflavonoids (vitamin P), beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, E, B1, B2, and B6. Tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples as well as malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid and pectin (fiber) are also contained in Bragg ACV. Be sure to purchase organic unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally fermented ACV for its medicinal features. Bragg ACV ranges in color from a light golden to orange. You’ll know you’ve found the right stuff if you see sediment, referred to as the “mother of vinegar” on the bottom of the bottle. Do NOT buy white distilled vinegar, as it has none of the beneficial elements listed above. Want to read a little more about this? Try here to learn more like antibiotic properties, itching and arthritis relief.
A teaspoon added to water or food 2–3 times a week should suffice as a preventative measure.
Or, add a teaspoon to a large bowl of water daily. This will increase your dog’s appetite, as well as balancing the pH levels of the dog’s body. Apple cider vinegar will help improve diarrhea episodes and can fix constipation in a dog with repeated use.
Use apple cider vinegar to remove fleas from your dog. Bathe your dog with the usual dog shampoo or soap. Follow with a rinse of apple cider vinegar. Make sure to work it through the coat evenly to cover all points. The shampoo or soap suffocate the fleas and the apple cider vinegar removes them from the dog’s coat, as they can’t handle the odor or taste.
Clean out your dog’s ears using apple cider vinegar. The anti-bacterial properties of apple cider vinegar make it ideal to clean dog ears out. Soak a small cotton ball or piece of clean cloth in the vinegar and gently wipe the ears as carefully as you can. And there is more! read here
Peace and Calming Essential Oil (young living): this is some good stuff for sure! Does thunder scare your pup and send him running to you (or under your bed) for safety? Rub a drop or 2 between your hands (dilute with a carrier oil if this is the first time, especially for smaller dogs) and pet your dog along her back. win-win! This pretty little bottle also works for Car rides, obedience training, depression, stress, anxiety, calming, hospitalization, airplane travel, boarding and kenneling, colic in horses and birthing situations. I used this on my sons dog when we had to ship him out to Colorado in the belly of a cargo plane. I put a little on his fur and then a few drops on the towel we placed in the kennel. When we got to the airport and put him in the kennel (new to him), and he laid right down. It was so noisy, I really expected a little pacing or something!! My sister in law has a cat that HATES the car. It isn’t possible to avoid the car altogether, and when she had a long drive ahead… Peace and Calming to the rescue! Kitty relaxed for the entire trip.
Nutritional Yeast: Fleas particularly dislike the flavor of garlic and yeast (nutritional or brewer’s yeast). Mixing garlic and yeast with your pet’s food can render their blood unpalatable to fleas. (However, due to risks associated with garlic which affect cats and some breeds of dogs, it is generally recommended that you avoid feeding your pets concentrated amounts of garlic.) Use about a teaspoon of unprocessed nutritional yeast daily for cats and small dogs, and a tablespoon for a 50-pound dog. (Some animals are yeast intolerant and will react with a skin allergy. Discontinue use if this occurs.) Nutritional yeast is also a source of Biotin, a water-soluble B vitamin that plays a part in metabolizing energy. Thiamine in the nutritional yeast is a natural component of therapy for the prevention of flea infestation. It is also a good source of protein, just keep the dose low as mentioned above. Therefore, it is an excellent addition to the diet of normal healthy dogs.
So, I mentioned Peace and calming earlier as a terrific tool for fear and anxiety, but if you want an arsenal of better ways to care for the other issues your family pet might have, essential oils are awesome at doing the job well. In another post, I described how essential oils work great on my family, now I’ll explain how well they work on my pets. I am starting with the most commonly used oils because these come in the everyday oils kit which is part of the Premium starter kit. That kit is such a savings that often it is the best place to start. You might find that you really only deal with thunder and just one oil will do for you.
use Peppermint in their water bowl or “petted” on if your dog is experiencing Vomiting, Arthritis, Nausea, Diarrhea, Parasites. And to provide pain relief, and for ear mites and ear infections, travel nausea, as an anti-fungal, anti-tumoral, and as an anti-inflammatory. Of course these are the same ways that peppermint works on people too! Oh, and bad breath knocking you out, add a drop of peppermint to their water.
Lemon is an antioxidant and works for anxiety, obesity, lipomas, urinary tract infections, digestive complications, and hypertension.
I read a story of how lemon helped a pup who had extremely low red blood cells after ingesting anti freeze. 1 drop on the paw twice daily. 2.5 days later the count was up to 24 from 13 (normal is 37-52) Then they added grapefruit to detox from the antifreeze and meds given by doctor. her count raised up to 38. Wow!
It is great for healing burns, cuts, scrapes, frostbite, skin conditions and as a parasite repellant. One dog had chronic ear infections and his pet parent mixed 3 tsp of coconut oil with 5-6 drops of lavender. Then massaged it around the outside of his ear and on the inside of the floppy ear (NOT inside the canal). gone.
Frankincense is as amazing for pets as it is for people! use this for Lumps, tumors, cancer, cysts, seizures, depression, auto-immune disorders, behavioral conditions, newborns, regulating immune system, brain disorders. Wondering how this can help newborn pups? i just read a testimonial of german shepherd breeders that have large litters (10-12) pups, but usually lost 1-2 pups per litter. They began to put frankincense on the umbilical cord as they are born, and now the survival rate is 100%. That is a small miracle for sure!
Valor is very unique. It can help your dog or cat with courage, confidence, bravery, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, competition and showing, broken bones and joint health. One owner used this for separation anxiety and saw great improvements from a dog that used to chew blinds, remotes, shoes and anything plastic. Now she sits and waits at the door and only occasionally finds a soda can left out and pretends it is a chew toy.
PanAway is for pain management, arthritis, cruciate injuries (knees), sprains, bruising, sore muscles, joint discomfort, and increases circulation.
Purification works on abscesses, kennel cough, insect repellant and bites, reducing transmission of diseases, upper respiratory infections, lacerations, external parasites and…..wait for it…. here is the drum roll… skunk odors! Okay, well other odors too.
Some other oils that will be beneficial for fur babies are DiGize, Raven and Aroma life.
DiGize: Diarrhea, vomiting, internal parasites, colic in horses, hairballs, deworming
Raven: Upper respiratory, strangles, equine herpes, anti-viral, anti-septic
Aroma Life: heart conditions, balancing blood pressure
Emotional issues? Yep pets have those too. especially maybe one that hasn’t been with the same people for their whole life. Sometimes surgery or moving can cause issue. My vet has even mentioned that the death of a pal can really send them spiraling often into depression. There is help without heavy chemical meds!
Trauma Life: animals having surgery, abuse, falling off the bed, losing a companion or owner, entering a new home, birthing, spay/neuter, hit by car, dog fight, branding
Acceptance: accepting the present, behavioral problems, new home/life, new housemate, post spay/neuter
Forgiveness: rehoming, past memories, negative events, hospitalized, boarding
SARA: past abuse, puppy mills, breeding, repeated surgeries, show animals, repeated vet visits, competition animals, hunting dogs
Release: bladder stones, cancerous tumors, chronic disease, emotional or physical release
White Angelica: protects against negative energies, promotes feelings of security
Believe: shyness, separation anxiety, thunderstorm activity fears, bone health, inflammation, cancer, showing
Other products as options for your pets healthcare
Animal Scents Shampoo: arthritis, anti-inflammatory, ear or wound flush
Animal Scents Ointment: wounds, eye conditions, insect repellant, around incision sites, bruising, mange (at an event when I heard a doctor speak, he was saying how every parent ought to have this in their first aid kit. He said that it holds the oils in)
Ortho Ease & Ortho Sport: arthritis, pain, joint pain
NingXia Red: energy, bone condiotns, supports liver function, hypoglycema, laminitis, diabetes, lameness in horses, antioxidant, boosts immune system, detoxifies, allergies, controls blood sugar levels