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7 Home Remedies for Your Dog


When you're feeling under the weather, you might find that the perfect thing for treating what ails you is something you already have in the kitchen. Did you know that you can treat your ailing dog with some simple home remedies too? Below you will find seven great natural remedies for making your dog happy and healthy again.


TIP #1

Vitamin E is good for preventing those pesky age lines on your face, and it's also great for your dog's dry skin. You can give your pup a doggy massage by applying vitamin E oil directly to the skin, a soaking bath with vitamin E added to the water, or you can go all "Hollywood" and pop your dog a pill (of vitamin E, that is). 


If you give the vitamin orally, check with your vet on the recommended dosage for your specific dog breed. 


TIP #2

Flavorless electrolyte-replacing liquids, such as sports waters or pediatric drinks, not only help athletes to replenish fluids, and babies to rehydrate after an illness, they can also supply your sick pooch's body with much needed fluids after a bout of diarrhea or vomiting


Consult your veterinarian as to the appropriate dosage amounts when giving these types of liquids to your dog. 


TIP #3

Deliciously plain yogurt is a healthy treat for your dog. Just as with humans, the live acidophilus in the yogurt keeps the good bacteria in your dog's intestines in balance, so that bad bacteria is swiftly knocked out. If your dog is on antibiotics, a little yogurt will also help keep yeast infections at bay (a common side-effect of antibiotic treatment). You can also give your dog acidophilus pills -- wrapping the pills in bacon is strictly optional. 


Puppies are especially prone to yeast infections, so a little plain yogurt as a snack (or even dessert) can help keep things in balance; especially useful while the intestinal system is building immunities. 


TIP #4

Chamomile tea uses the natural disinfecting effects of the chamomile plant to settle upset doggy tummies. It is recommended for colic, gas, and anxiety. It can also alleviate minor skin irritations. Just chill in the fridge and spray onto the affected area on the dog's raw skin. Your dog should feel an immediate soothing effect as the chilled tea kills the yeast and/or bacteria on the skin. A warm (not hot) tea bag can also be used for soothing infected or irritated eyes.




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  • home remedies
    05/22/2013 08:58pm

    I wish there were 50 different home remedies in this column, vets are sooo expensive. non-toxic suggestions that have worked for others would be wonderful.
    my dog has a skin condition that is worsening despite over $2,000 in vet bill and meds. I feel I could fix him myself if I just had some ideas of where to start.

    tried the oatmeal and vitamin e suggestions here, need more.

  • 05/30/2013 12:27pm

    are you feeding your dog dry or canned dog food?

  • 05/31/2013 11:54pm

    mgp - he eats what i do - grilled chees sand. bites, turkey thighs, hamburger, weiners, beef jerky. when I tried to change his diet he refused to eat it. after 3 days i got scared and went back to people food.

    I do worry about the salt in jerky but it is his afternoon snack - he will go stand by his jerky bin at the same time every afternoon. he is so spoiled will refuse to eat steak somtimes - but will always eat his jerky.
    wish there were a way i could stop the jerky - but how? has been the highlight of his day for 6 years.

  • 06/02/2013 12:51pm

    There are many "jerky-like" dog treats on the market without all of the salt, your dog is bound to like one of them!

  • 06/02/2013 03:11pm

    thanks 2teach - I have tried everydog snack on the market, he turns his nose up at them. pupperoni, t-bonz. rawhide chews. u name it, I have tried it.

    I have to come up with something to replace the jerky that he likes tho - all that salt does bother me, and I suspect it may be his problem.

    so far on my list is sardines and hillshire sausage ropes. something he will regard as a treat and never gets for dinner. help! can you think of anything?

    this is going to be hard. his jerky is the highlight of his day. I will rapidly taper him off if I can come up with a couple replacements to add in and slowly eliminate the jerky. thanks, chris

  • 06/13/2013 06:06pm

    Wait... you're going to switch from jerky to sausage? Sausage has a ton of sodium too!! If you're REALLY worried that he will die of depression without his daily jerky, then you should start making your own jerky with NO added sodium. You can use a food dehydrator or you can use your oven on a really low setting. Just Google 'make jerky for dogs' and you will find all sorts of tips on how to do it.
    Honestly, I don't want to be mean, but you are killing him with the foods you are giving him. I'm not trying to judge you, so please don't take it that way. We all love spoiling our babies. But these processed foods have to stop for the sake of his health! It's okay to feed him homemade food... many people do. But the homemade food needs to be specially made for him, with only ingredients that are healthy for dogs. Research homemade food for dogs to get some healthy ideas. There are many books and websites with many simple recipes.

  • 06/15/2013 08:05pm

    thanks pam, i really took your comments to heart. he depends on me for his health and the food that is put in front of him. I have to find an alternative. I am doing the research you suggested and am pricing dehydrators. I hope they come with instructions. is a new concept for me, but sure makes sense.

  • 09/28/2013 08:03pm

    You might also want to get out of the Grocery store and into a pet store for treats, and food. There are dog treats out there that are literally 'jerky' just without out the sodium and chemicals that are bad for the dogs. Chicken jerky strips, Duck, are especially good.

    Also, you might try the BARF diet if he eats human food. Real food isn't bad for your dog as long as it's not loaded with the salt and such that we would put in our food. I mean frankly it's not so good for us either.

  • 05/16/2014 03:08pm

    You can buy a food dehydrator at walmart and make your own Jerky. Just pick the meat and slice it thin, pop it in the dehydrator early in the morning and by the evening you'll have jerky with no salt.

  • 09/09/2014 01:06pm

    Have you tried giving him something like smoked salmon, it does have a bit of salt as well but is balanced out with the omega 3's that are great for skin. My dog has severe dry skin and actually gets to the point where he chews off his fur trying to itch the skin i feed him a little piece of smoked salmon daily and use coconut oil directly on his skin everyday I just rub it all over him using my hands. And since then his fur has grown back and he itches less. Also, try looking for wellness bites at your local dog store they are a bit pricey but they are real meat you can smell how fresh it is they also help deliver a lot of nutrients to your dog. Its my dogs favorite treat!

  • 09/09/2014 06:34pm

    The smoked salmon is a great idea. My little boy has no teeth(had to have them pulled last year) so this should work well. Thanks!_

  • 12/17/2014 08:20am

    scrufalu, make your own jerky, by dehydrating meat in the oven on a low temp, and don't add anything to it. when it is completely dry freeze it in bags and take out to thaw what you want to give him for the day.

  • 10/03/2013 02:34pm

    I know I'm "late to the party" on this, but I thought I would share some ideas.....

    I have 2 dogs a bullmastiff and an english bulldog. Both of my doggies have super sensitive skin, and digestive tracts. I had tried every type of dog food on the market and my dogs were still itchy, stinky and had lack luster fur.....So I did some internet research and found Nature's Variety. This food is AMAZING.

    If your pooch doesn't like dry dog food try adding some hot water and let it soften up or at the beginning try mixing a little of what you are eating with the dog food. Until he is only eating the dog food....

    After a WEEK on Nature's Variety, my dogs' coats were shiny, their eyes were brighter, and they weren't itchy and flaky. And even better they didn't have a "doggie" smell.

    It is a little more expensive. But you feed them less because it's a higher quality food. I feed my dogs the limited ingredient turkey--Google 5 star dog foods.

  • 02/24/2015 03:33pm

    wow - Just ordered it. My dog is itching so bad! My little Bichon!!

    Thanks I hope it works for her!

  • 09/23/2014 01:28pm

    You can now get low sodium jerky and turkey jerky also make your own. It's simple to make you can use a dehydrator or your oven. Their are hundreds of recipes online and many animal friendly recipes. Making your own will also save you lots of money.

  • 10/12/2014 10:33am

    I realize this is old news at this point, but maybe it will still help someone. When I changed my dog's diet, he wouldn't eat it at first. I added a bit of olive oil and stirred it up to cover the kibble (Blue Buffalo). He loves the olive oil, and it's good for his skin as well.

  • 06/02/2013 12:45pm

    My dog was starting to have some lameness in his right hind leg so I was searching the web to find a natural supplement to help with this condition. I came across a product called "Nzymes" that not only has helped with my dogs lameness, but I think his skin and ear infections as well.

    There were many testimonies of dog owners who's pets had various skin issues, some severe, where "Nzymes" helped cure the problem. I would check out their web site www.nzymes.com. Good luck!

  • 06/02/2013 03:23pm

    thanks - I did check it out, even emailed them. I havent ruled out their program, which is long and expensive.
    I want to get rid of this long-standing jerky habit first, just in case.
    prob is, everything i come up with (hillshire and sardines) has salt too.
    perhaps i should fix him a lil hamburger patty every day at snack time - he could smell it cooking and perhaps enjoy that. he also loves lamb but never gets it because of the cost. perhaps i can switch off. your replies are helping me think, thanks so much

  • 06/08/2013 03:40am

    Try feeding him a raw diet. Still "human food" but completely healthy. It'll help him (and you) with many problems and make his quality of life better. The good nutrition will also help slow down his need for other snacks throughout the day. As for the jerky, invest in a dehydrate. I make my own jerky at home for me and my dogs and its the best idea I can think of. Just buy some (cheaper than store-bought jerky) raw chicken or steak, cut it into slices and dehydrate it over night. If you don't add salt, there won't be salt.

  • 06/15/2013 08:17pm

    I am intrigued by the raw diet thing i have been hearing about. do people actually just cut up raw chicken or turkey or beef to put on his plate? he wont eat fruit at all, and veggies only when they go into his homemade stew.

    do sweet potatoes have any redeeming value? I have been reading about them being in dog food lately, wonder if he would like them in his stew? reg. white taters are a no-go, every dog I have had pukes up chunks of potato, like their tummy doesnt recognize potatoes as food.

    dunno what to do - dont want to waste a whole pot of stew because he rejects sweet taters.

    sorry am all over the place again - scuze me lol

  • 07/12/2014 02:33pm

    I just wanted to add your post a little bit.. My dog is a small Chihuahua/Pomeranian. I would always keep her dry dog food bowl filled, but she occasionally got a little treat hear and there, especially when my sister was pregnant. She stopped eating one day, and was pretty sick, so we took her to the vet. Turns out she has diabetes, and I have to give her insulin shots twice a day.
    At first, I was still keeping her dry food bowl filled with food, she would eat it, and when I noticed that it was empty, or when my dog would paw at the bowl, some times dragging it the whole way across my kitchen floor, I'd fill it again. I felt so bad for her.. if I were her, I'd want more food...

    But they say that it's more about training the owner than training the dog. You have to teach yourself to do, and not to do some things. At first, my dog didn't like it when I started only giving her 1/2 cup of food (half wet and half dry), 2 times a day, morning and night. But that's the recommended amount for a dog her size, and that's not counting the treats that I give her, which she gets one every time she comes in from peeing or pooping.. I give her the shot, and she gets a baby carrot for being good. Dog's typically love veggies.. At first, she would sit at her bowl, and paw at her bowl, wanting more food.. but I had to just ignore it, or tell her to go lay down, it's wasn't time for food yet. She eventually got it. I swear I can say certain to her, and she knows exactly what i said lol. Dogs learn by repetition.

    My point is that he's not going to like a routine change. If he's been getting a certain diet for awhile, he's going to expect that. No one likes to make drastic changes, it's hard. but it's better for him whatever and however you do it.

    Best of luck!! I hope my story helps you in some way. (:

  • 06/02/2013 03:43pm

    How much jerky do you feed him every day?

  • 08/29/2013 04:50am

    You could give organic coconut oil a go...half a teaspoon every night with dinner,it really helped my Foxie X terrier:-),good luck.

  • 09/12/2013 08:25pm

    Tea tree oil

  • 09/28/2013 07:58pm

    I feel with you on this one. I've had problems with this myself. I had a greyhound that his condition got so bad he became almost completely hairless. We spent a fortune on him at the vets office and on special topical treatments, steroids and allergy medications, that all did nothing at all for him. Poor thing itched all the time and his life had become miserable. It got to the point where we were thought we might have to have him put down he was suffering so bad. I got online and started doing research. I finally went to the internet to research. Where I discovered 'Ivermectin Toxicity". Some breeds of dogs are genetically disposed to have problems with Ivermectin (It's a heart worm preventitive), but I believe other dogs are also sensitive. There is a list of different symptoms for dogs you will find most of them quite disturbing. It was actually on a site for toxicity in humans that I found rashes and itching to be one of the symptoms. I took him off of the Ivermectin and within about two months the rash and itching had completely stopped, within 6 months he had completely regrown all of his hair even in places he NEVER had. After the two months of him being off it and getting better I took my other greyhound off of it who had been having seisures After that Not another seisure in all rest of the years we had him. There are now some Heart worm treatments that do not have ivermectin. You might consider checking to see if his current treatment has Ivermectin. I will warn you though, Some vets will NOT accept this as a possiblity for some reason. I just know that as they say, 'the proof is in the pudding'.

  • 05/30/2014 06:14pm

    My dog also had severe, even life threatening skin allergies. I battled MRSA with her and spent thousands of dollars at the vet. I did some research online and decided to switch her food to taste of the wild bison/venison food with no grains at all. Within 2 months I saw a big difference.... 8 months and we were only treating ears and anal glands a couple times per year instead of constantly. After a year it dropped down to 1 time per year and it was very mild. Her skin still turns black, especially in the spring/summer/fall but I have a special shampoo called KetoChlor Medicated Shampoo I use on her 1 x per month in the winter and 3 to 4 x per month the rest of the time. If I see that her skin is starting to really change I use it 3 to 4 x per week for 2 to 4 weeks and it usually does the trick. I wash her bedding weekly and I vaccum her dog bed at least 1 to 2 x per week. This has really helped a lot with her allergies. I recently followed a vets directive to try her on a "diet food" so she could lose weight....even though it was full of grain and she now has a really horrible anal gland infection that we have been fighting for two months to get rid of.:( Stupid, stupid thing to do but I did it. I researched and found out that you can make poultice from epsom salts to clear this up. Supposedly 3 x per day for 10 minutes each time and within a week she should be cleared up. This is the third day and she hates the poultices. This couldn't have happened at a worse time because she had surgery a week ago to remove 5 polyps from her bladder. I have had her anals filled with antibiotic 2 x plus oral antibiotics and still she is a bloody, pussy mess. I am so hoping this works for her. Right now she is getting the compresses and her baytril... if she goes back to the vet next week and she isn't better they want to do laser treatments every other day for 2 weeks!:O I just can't afford that so I am hoping and praying that this works for her. I will post next week after I take her to her appointment on Wednesday to let anyone who may be interested know if this works.

  • 10/07/2014 08:33am

    Try Listerine original in a spray bottle, use several times a day on skin - do not get in eyes or mouth, and zymox shampoo too. I also am giving Larch tree extract powder as an immune modulator to hopefully reduce the reaction to irritants. It seems to be helping a lot (all three). Good luck!! The yogurt seems like a good idea - I ordered some probiotics and enzyme powder, probably similar effect, didn't get it yet...

  • 10/07/2014 11:33am

    Can I assume you have tried changing his/her diet to non-grain, non-additives, etc? Allergies would be the first thing to consider.

  • 10/07/2014 04:53pm

    After years of suffering and trying different foods, I had to start cooking for my dog and give her a health food store supplement. (The commercial remedies on the internet did not work either). She started getting better within a week. She was like a different dog and her fur grew back. (She had been on and off Prednisone for a few years and finally almost a year continuously. Her hair was falling out from it and I knew it was killing her.) I even tried freezing her food to kill meal mites. I was determined she was getting off the Prednisone even if she had to live in a cone. The vet couldn't help her. If you need a recipe, I will send it to you. ITCHY EARS, I use a disposable flat round 2" cosmetic cotton applicator rolled up tight the size of a pencil. Wet with witch hazel, not dripping. Pull the ear straight and insert the cotton. Hold the ear closed and remove the cotton in a turning motion. Wipe the rest of the ear with the cotton. STINKY or ITCHY SKIN, dab or spray diluted unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to area 2-3 times a day. Do not rinse. It will not hurt them if they lick it. Do not apply to open wounds or it will burn them.

  • 10/07/2014 07:34pm

    Some dogs have a gluten allergy that causes red, itchy skin. I don't know how to test for it, but there are commercial gluten-free dog foods out there.

  • 10/08/2014 04:19am

    There are a myriad of ingredients in people food that are not good for dogs. It may take longer that three days but any time you change a diet it is best done gradually. Sounds like you tried to do it cold turkey. Anything I have read has said to convert them over a period of time.

    Since it sounds like you feed your dog mostly meat based products why not start out with a full meat canned dog food (I used Evangers)? Just put in a teaspoon with their regular meal and gradually increase the amount.

    Dogs are not straight carnivores. They are actually omnivores. I have yet to find a dog who will not devour pumpkin or sweet potatoes. Green beans are recommended for overweight dogs.

    All of these suggestions so far are for diet. I would also suggest bathing your dog in an oatmeal bath. Aveeno puts out one that is very convenient to use.

    Hope this helps.


  • 10/10/2014 11:36pm

    For the longest time our boy had a skin problem. I searched everything. The only thing that worked for him is this:
    1) Borax bath twice a week for 2 weeks, do not rinse let air dry.
    2) Revaluation once a month.
    3) After the 2 weeks of borax bathing & on Revaluation, oatmeal bath once every 2 weeks for one month.
    You should start to see some improvement after a month. Chewy had sarcoptic mites which burrow down into the skin. The Borax baths kill the mites & Revaluation keep them from coming back. The oatmeal baths are to sooth the skin & help it heal. This worked for Chewy.

  • 12/17/2014 08:17am

    My dog had itchy skin and nothing helped not even the vet until I finally found the right food. I switched to 4health which is a median priced food. I generally feed only dry food but I do occasionally use canned because my dog is prone to constipation. I also give plain yogurt and about once a month I cook a whole chicken till it is falling off the bone, remove all skin and bones and I freeze the chicken meat to give as occasional treats and use a little of the broth over the food once a week. I freeze in an ice cube tray, take one out and let it melt then add to the dry food. Also good for giving if a dog has been ill, vomiting, diarrhea, to get their digestion used to food again.

  • 01/27/2015 01:01pm

    Step one: STOP FEEDING HIM THAT. You argument that he won't eat other food is invalid. If you offered a kid brownies all the time, then gave him a plate of steamed carrots and Brussels sprouts, he'd reuse till you gave him another brownie wouldn't he? If your dog also has behavioral issues, it's because you've shown him that HE is in charge and not you. My dog has gone 8 days without eating, don't give up, you are in charge.

    Step two: if you really can't stand the convenience of dog food, buy the "Dog Food Secrets" cookbook and treat book and diy home cures to feed and treat your dog. Honestly? Grilled cheese and other things that should never be in a dog's diet, unless a tiny piece once a year? NOOO!!!!!!

    Step three: buy Tropiclean Oxy Med Itch Relief Spray if needed

    Step four: once on a non-terrible diet, try the oatmeal and baking soda bath again

    Step five: don't share your food if that's what you eat. If I sound repetitive, that's because I fear that I might not be getting through to you. Don't give the kid brownies, you are in charge, demand the carrots and Brussels sprouts be eaten!

  • using all suggestions
    05/22/2013 09:25pm

    me again - am saving this page in faves, next will try chamomile. lemon water and borax for fleas, epsom salts for soothing. I didnt even know epsom salts could be used on dogs.
    please dog owners, contribute natural remedy treatments.
    acidopholis is an excellent suggestion, especially after a course of antibiotics.
    one thing that works for me - hide pills in cream cheese bites.

  • 06/02/2013 03:47pm

    How much jerky do you feed him everyday?

  • 06/02/2013 03:51pm

    How much does your dog weigh?

  • 06/02/2013 11:24pm

    mgp - he weighs 30 lbs - a bit too much. he gets about 20 bit-size hunks I tear off. 4 diff kinds. jack links, oberto, old trapper, etc.
    today at 'jerky time' I gave him half a can of chix noodle soup - lower salt with the juice drained off and only 3 bites of jerky. he was all excited about the chix noodles and ate the jerky last, wanting more chix-noodles out of the can.
    is not ideal I know, but encouraging. thanks for your interest - I have no one else to tell stuff like this.

  • 06/03/2013 11:37am

    Well, I'm going to try help u as much as I can.

  • 06/03/2013 12:03pm

    What type a dog? How much is he supposed to weigh?

    On your part, you need to find info google or couple books on natural, instinct canine dog food. There is so much info out there but comes down to basic instinct food. Nothing fancy. One book (of many on this subject) by kymythy schulzte. But don't use her book as a bible. It only can point you in that direction.

    If you do this research, you'll understand where I'm coming from. That it will be easier on me.

  • 06/03/2013 12:17pm

    Any processed food to feed a cannine (over time) will develop some type allergic reaction.

    In your case a skin condition which has caused you to pay thousands of dollars.

    You have to gradually change from PROCESSED human or dog to natural food s.

  • 06/03/2013 12:27pm

    What you can start with a quarter pound of ground chicken or beef and use a quarter can of that chicken soup.

    I hope he likes it.

  • 06/03/2013 12:33pm

    I want to emphasize there is no cooked food whatsoever. Ground meat must be fresh raw meat.

  • 06/03/2013 12:35pm

    Have a search on YouTube "raw dog food".

  • 06/06/2013 05:29am

    Great tips! I things the shared tips would help in preventing frequent trip to the vet with home remedies for dogs that deal with everything from fleas to foxtails. I just want ask a question that whether there is any holistic approach to dissolve fatty tumors in older dogs without surgery?

  • 06/08/2013 04:02am

    If you find one, let me know! My 10 year old rottie has fatty tumors and has one the size of his head under his ribs. Sticks his ribs out horribly on that side. It doesn't cause him issues and it would be incredibly dangerous to try and remove it, even if he was a younger dog.

  • 10/07/2014 08:42am

    you cannot dissolve a lipoma, they are usually harmless unless they wrap around the intestine or something. Mostly they are under the skin and encapsulated. They can be surgically removed if you would want to but surgery is a risk to life any time you do it, so I would just let it be if the vet is sure it is just a lipoma.

  • raw diet, fatty tumors
    06/08/2013 11:26am

    there have been many dogs in my family thruout the years with fatty tumors - they seem to bother us so much more than they do the dog. my daughter's dog had one on his side that size samantha, and lived a normal long life.

    am intrigued by a raw diet. do I just cut up raw steak? turkey thighs? hamburger? chicken?

    wish he would eat yogurt or drink eloctrolyte drinks, am so hampered by his fussiness.

    back to vet this morn - a dermatologist. I want to rule out parasites, mange, fungal etc. and liver-kidney prob before I will believe this allergy thing. I am going with an attitude I wish I could shake - they will line up $300 worth of meds I could get on amazon for like $60.

  • 06/15/2013 08:34pm

    update - my mistake. vet dermatologist cost $700. I said yes to all tests and cultures. ruled out mites and mange and ringworm, fungus doubtful.
    alot of bacteria on skin but propably a secondary infection caused by - you got it - food allergy eruptions.

    should have saved my money, but had to know. wasnt the answer i was hoping for - any of the others are easier to treat and get rid of.

    so I still am trying to figure out what to feed him, while worrying that this bacteria I am treating with chlorhexidine will turn into mrsa.

    this has turned into quite a column - has helped me immensely!

  • 08/02/2013 08:59pm

    We have been making raw homemade dog food for years. It takes time including buying all the meats, fruits and vegs, washing and cutting all of them. Of course the easiest meat to use is hamburger. We purchased a commercial grinder so once everything is ready we put all the food into the grinder and out comes delicious dog food. We package in gallon freezer bags and freeze. The hardest meat to use is turkey since the bones are very large (especially the legs) so we generally use chicken. The grinder easily grinds the chicken bones. The bones are really good for them as well. We found a good raw diet including recipes on line, downloaded the manual for a small fee and use it regularly although we pretty well have it memorized. The diet discusses the foods that dogs should not eat including potatoes and most night shades. We use a lot of sweet potatoes (raw) garlic, and broccoli. they love broccoli. We use most of the fruits that are in season and more reasonable. Our dogs have all loved the food we make. Hope this helps. cozicottage

  • 08/02/2013 09:58pm

    Man that sounds a lot of work. Really?

    Wolves didn't need grinders in the wild.

    I buy whatever is on sale that is close to dolllar a pound. Turkey necks at 79 cents a pound is a deal!

    Turkey necks I feed whole. Chicken quarters I feed whole. Beef ribs whole. Beef soup bones whole. Chicken feet whole. Whole chicken fryers just the bone. (Yes the whole chicken frame.

    And some veggies carrots. My 8 month pup likes to eat broccoli. Who knew? Bananas, grapes.

    The main thing is never over feed. Always under feed.

    Look a your dog from top view. They have look like a coke bottle.

  • 08/18/2013 06:20pm

    I feed my dogs much the same way. Whole foods seem so much more satisfying for them. And while giving your dogs a nice variety of fruits and veggies is a great practice, it should only be done with the awareness of what foods can be and what foods shouldn't be fed to your canine family members. Grapes in particular are very dangerous for dogs to eat. As little as 10-12 grapes can actually be quite toxic.

  • 08/18/2013 06:35pm

    I only feed one or two grapes because afraid of exploding diarreah

  • 08/28/2013 01:20am

    Problem with that is that it's supposed to be muscle meat/organ meat/bone in a proper ratio to be considered balanced.

    Get the book "Switching to Raw" it will help you get the right balance.

  • 08/28/2013 01:59am

    I guess we need to get a lot of help to save those wolves because they are not getting the proper "ratio" of meat.


    Dry dog food has only been around 40-50 years. Dogs have been around millions of years...and they didn't need our help to find what ratio of meat to eat.

    As long my dogs don't stink, have bad breath, stay lean and strong, no skin infections, clean white teeth, active and is happy to see me everyday I come home from work. I know they're happy because I can see it in they"re eyes.

    And I don't see any problems with that.

    Thanks I'll just save my money...

  • 08/28/2013 02:24am

    Well Mr Defensive!

    Grapes are deadly. Raisins are as well and onions.

    So wow. Maybe you should get a book and learn what is ok to raw feed your dog.

    It's supposed to be 80/10/10 Muscle/organ/bone.

    And in the wild they got all of that because they ate the whole animal. Like beef tripe (green stinky tripe not the processed bleached crap you get in the stores is great for them).

    Veggies & fruits need to be steamed & ground because dogs do not have the digestive juices to get thru the cellular walls of them.

    So before you get all nasty again, think about it and research. I was trying to be helpful.

  • 08/28/2013 11:46am

    obviously you didn't read my grape comment. my dog still here..

    oh by the way thanks for the tip. now i don't have the get the book...

    heee heeee

  • 09/01/2013 11:45pm


  • 01/16/2015 01:33am

    theres also reactions that build up from over vacing your dog....try tsp. vinegar in drinking water...bathe then rinse with vinegar water.....selsun blue or generic of containing selenium... deadly things to feed are grapes, cherries, raisins...feed chicken raw or pulled from bone....my guys love beef and deer....lots of hunters will give you the deer if you do the processing or pay the processing fees at the locker....a vinegar water spray eases itching as well if you don't like smell add essential oils also rescue remedy is good for the stress the itchies cause....

  • 06/18/2013 01:39pm

    I have a 7 yr old Jack Russell with fairly bad skin problems.
    We stopped seeing the vet about it and switched to raw food diet.
    There's been some improvement but these things take time but in any event I do believe it's beneficial for the dog anyway. We found a local butcher who makes up and freezes raw beef, chicken or lamb patties all including veg. I figure it costs no more than the premium dry dog food we used to buy and ho loves it ! - never had him get so excited about food before and it's gone in seconds. Google local butchers and meat shops to see if they cater to pet owners.

  • 08/02/2013 10:38pm

    Read my comment 8/2/13

  • 08/02/2013 10:41pm

    You to be careful butchers won't tell you what they put in there because they want to make lots of money.

  • Itch Dog Story
    03/22/2014 06:35pm

    Itch for years in dog. Chewed paws raw and constant itch. Tried all kinds of kibble and anthistamimes over 4 years. Dog end up on Claritin 10 mg twice a day for years and prednisone on and off. Got tested allergic to dust mites and grain mites. Froze kibble to kill grain mites for about a year. Ended up on Prednisone all the time. Her hair was falling out and I knew it was going to kill her. 45lbs and was taking 15 mg/ every other day. About 6 weeks ago I started making homemade dog food and I feed her 3 times/day. Gave supplements-Each quantity listed is /day and was divided over 3 meals- Non fat unflavored greek yogurt 1-2 tablespoon, Turmeric 1/4 tsp, Bone Meal Powder 1 tsp, GNC ultra mega digestive health complex for dogs has probiotics prebiotics & enzymes 1 tab, dog multivitamin, got from health food store human combination tablets containing Quercein 250mg Vit C 300mg Bromelin 100mg/tab give her 1.5 tabs/day, fish oil 3,600mg. Reduced Claritin to 1 tab/day and Prednisone from 15mg every other day to 10 mg for 2 wks, then to 5 mg for 2 weeks. No itching so far. She is shiny, has more energy and hair growing back. Will continue to lower prednisone dose as directed by vet. I am not a vet and this post I not intended to be advice to a pet owner. This is my experience with my dog.

  • 05/30/2014 06:36pm

    Your story hits home for me too. My beagle Maddie had been on pred for 4 years straight because of severe skin allergies. We tried everything first..benedryl, hydroxyzine etc. Nothing worked so we were stuck putting her on pred. What the vets don't tell you is that taking pred everyday is very, very dangerous! One horrible thing that can happen is that it can give them Cushings disease. That is exactly what happened to my baby. Luckily once she was off of the pred the Cushings went away....however, she contracted MRSA because she was so allergic to just about everything! You would think the first thing the vet would do is try to limit her diet but he never said a word. We were down to two antibiotics left for her MRSA infection before we exhausted every antibiotic possible. I was desperate so I turned to the internet to research natural cures for MRSA. I came across Manuka honey, it comes from New Zealand and I called the company and explained my problem. They assured me that Manuka Honey killed MRSA so I ordered it. Of course the vet scoffed at this but I didn't care. He was basicly telling me that there wasn't anything that could be done for her.:O I used that Manuka Honey everyday 4x per day and it killed every bit of that infection. I am still stunned to this day because her own vet was ready to give up on her. This honey is absolutely fantastic for all skin issues whether you are human or animal. I have used it myself with great results. I used Wedderspoon's Raw Manuka Honey 16+ on Maddie and once I had it slathered all over her little body she let out a big groan of relief and lay just as I had left her and finally slept for over an hour. I had a severe second degree burn on my arm and I used it on that, I don't even have a scar. I am completely fascinated with these natural remedy's. I am determined to learn as much about them as I can. Whether you take it internally or externally (and I have given it to Maddie both ways at the same time) the results are just absolutely stunning. I still can't believe what this stuff does for your skin and digestion.

  • 09/09/2014 06:29pm

    Where did you find the Manuka honey? My little guy has no teeth so limited as to different types of kibble. Thanks I appreciate it!

  • 09/10/2014 10:17am

    The first time I purchased it I found it online. Just google where to buy Wedderspoon Manuka Honey. It is expensive but very worth it. The second time I purchased it for $37.00 from Wegmens grocery store.. Much cheaper then the $60.00 I paid the first time. Be careful what brand you buy. A lot of them claim to be Manuka Honey but they aren't. Wedderspoon is the real deal and continues to work for my baby today. I have been using it the past few days on the staph infection she has on her belly (from allergies) and it is clearing up so well. Good luck to you, I hope your baby feels better soon. Also, remember when you buy it that the higher the number the better. I always buy Active 16+ if you get too much higher it has a burning sensation on the skin. I use it as a facial when I get blemishes and it works like a charm.

  • 09/10/2014 07:19pm

    thanks so much! I will definitely give it a try! Thank goodness cooler weather is on its way! Didn't think I would ever say that, but I did! LOL> Have a great day!

  • 02/10/2015 12:22pm

    We adopted a dog in Spain that had mange. We treated her with Frontline and her skin recovered. Frontline (flea/parasite spray) hasn't been (publicly) acknowledged as being useful for the treatment of mange, but it has been found to be a very effective, indeed the most effective treatment for mange. We used the spray. We sprayed the dog for four days and then we bathed her on the fifth day. Then we allowed her skin to dry out for two days and we sprayed her for three days. Then we bathed her on the fifth day. We sprayed her again for two days and bathed her on the fifth day. By this time we saw that her skin was growing back, so we just kept her clean and sprayed her twice a month to stay on top of the mange. After a few months she had a thick coat of glossy black hair.
    Importantly: it was the spray and not the spot treatment that we used, I have no idea if the spot treatment will be sufficient. Also, the brand was Frontline. Perhaps the active chemical in Frontline is unique to the brand. We gave her a generous soaking, but she was a big, fat dog. Perhaps a smaller dog should be sprayed less heavily. And when the dog is sprayed it should be kept in a warm room to dry out.

  • 02/23/2015 05:18pm

    Very similar to our situation. My dog also has chronic ear infections. Allergy tests showed allergic to dust mites and storage mites. She gets grain free dry dog food and cooked chicken and rice.

  • Dog itchies!
    09/08/2014 08:56am

    My Schnauzer has terrible skin irritations. I have taken him to the vet and gotten him shots, I give him pet allergy pills, put vegetable oil on his food and even resorted to trying aloe vera on him this morning! Nothing is helping. I feel so bad for him. My boyfriend ( who doesn't like cats) says maybe he is allergic to my cats. Could this be possible? Is there anything else I can do for him. I have used special shampoo the vet sold me, and tried baby shampoo and all the special sensative skin shampoos and that doesn't help either. HELP!!!!

  • 09/10/2014 10:45am

    Could your baby have flea allergies? Mine does along with airborne and food allergies and it's awful for her. She has horrible grain allergies. I took her off of "regular" dog food around 3 years ago and those constant ear infections and anal gland infections went from every two weeks to maybe once per year. I put her on Taste of the Wild venison bison food. It's the yellow bag. I did some research and found out that it's a lot more affective to start them on a meat they have never had when you are omitting a food (in this case grain) from their diet. It has helped so much. With regards to the skin allergies...we still fight them but the Manuka honey is a Godsend! I give her a teaspoon by mouth and I slather it all over the affected area (always on her belly) then I cover it with some kind pads. Please note that the pads will fall off very quickly but the honey won't make much of a mess if you use them...otherwise you'll have honey everywhere. Rinse it off in the morning and start again. As far as shampoos, I use Hexadene shampoo by Virbac that I buy from my vet. You can buy it online as well though. The important ingredient in it is Chlorhexidine, it must have that to work. I usually have to bath her every couple of weeks in the Spring/Summer/Fall and at least one time per month in the winter to keep things at bay. She still get some infections but not anywhere near as often as she used to get them. Good luck

  • 10/07/2014 11:24am

    Have you tried adding Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother to your dog's food? I believe this is supposed to balance the pH of the dog's skin. It is also very good for a lot of ailments for people and dogs. I don't know how much you should use but research it and I'm sure you will find the answers. Good luck.

  • No Borax
    10/07/2014 11:38am

    I was very surprised to see borax recommended for fleas. I had a house sitter who sprinkled borax everywhere without telling me and my little terrier/maltese ingested it and died. I have read that only 1 teaspoon will kill a medium sized dog. For some reason boric acid is more lethal for dogs than for mice. Diatomaceous (food grade) is safe and effective. You can even put it in your dog's food for parasite control.

  • 10/12/2014 10:31am

    The key is to sprinkle it around and then vacuum it up so surface particles aren't available to your dog. But any mites/fleas will be down in the carpet where the deeper bits of Borax are safely away from your dog's ability to ingest it.

    I personally would try a lot of other solutions first, but this did work when I had a flea problem with my 3 cats some time back.

  • The title of this article
    10/29/2014 08:59am

    The title of this article is "7 Home Remedies for Your Dog." None of this home remedies were directed to dogs. I Googled "dry skin and dogs," and this article came up as being remedies to help clear up dry skin on dogs. Honestly, I had to say something. The article is mis-titled and although these remedies might work for humans, they are not appropriate for dogs.

  • Remedies
    12/17/2014 12:03am

    Salmon based food is also considered as a healthy treat for pets. Personally, I use only wild salmon oil supplements for my dog for a healthy boost.

  • remedies
    12/17/2014 12:04am

    Salmon based food is also considered as a healthy treat for pets. Personally, I use only wild salmon oil supplements for my dog for a healthy boost.

  • oatmeal remedies
    01/30/2015 11:08am

    My miniature schnauzer was allergic to oatmeal. Tried using oatmeal shampoo for his dry itchy skin. He was in worse shape afterwards.

    02/05/2015 12:11pm

    I am really surprised that pumpkin is not on this list. It is the best thing I have found to help with digestive issues (diarrhea, constipation, upset tummy). I foster for a rescue and when I get puppies that have diarrhea I give them a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin and it almost always helps within 24 hours. The best thing is that they LOVE it, so they think they are getting a treat.

  • Nasty gas
    02/06/2015 09:55pm

    What will stop bad smelling gas, Rescue Springer FS 6yrs, Her previous vet diagnosed a grain allergy, now eating grain free food, still has gas.
    Tried adding yogurt didn't work. Any suggestions?

  • 02/07/2015 12:32pm

    what are you feeding your dog at this moment?

  • 02/07/2015 01:14pm

    You need stop feeding him. This will stop the gas. Have to find different food to feed him. Trial and error approach.

    I used to find different dog treats for my dog all the time. My dog never had a gas problem. Until that one treat, my dog started gassing. So no more of that treat. Problem solved. No more gas.

    You might have to cross over to the raw dog food. Lots of info on the net. Check out facebook and search "raw dog food". Lots of support there.

    As your dog grows older, their stomach might not be like it used to be. More natural the better for the dog. No more vet visits.

    Remember, off the shelf dog food use preservatives to be stored long, long, long periods of time. Yuck.

    If you do start raw feeding, start slowly.

  • 02/11/2015 12:34pm

    r u there

  • Mange Treatment
    02/10/2015 12:20pm

    We adopted a dog in Spain that had mange. We treated her with Frontline and her skin recovered. Frontline (flea/parasite spray) hasn't been (publicly) acknowledged as being useful for the treatment of mange, but it has been found to be a very effective, indeed the most effective treatment for mange. We used the spray. We sprayed the dog for four days and then we bathed her on the fifth day. Then we allowed her skin to dry out for two days and we sprayed her for three days. Then we bathed her on the fifth day. We sprayed her again for two days and bathed her on the fifth day. By this time we saw that her skin was growing back, so we just kept her clean and sprayed her twice a month to stay on top of the mange. After a few months she had a thick coat of glossy black hair.
    Importantly: it was the spray and not the spot treatment that we used, I have no idea if the spot treatment will be sufficient. Also, the brand was Frontline. Perhaps the active chemical in Frontline is unique to the brand. We gave her a generous soaking, but she was a big, fat dog. Perhaps a smaller dog should be sprayed less heavily. And when the dog is sprayed it should be kept in a warm room to dry out.

  • bad itchy patch
    03/23/2015 04:55pm

    My dog has had bad scaly skin around her tail for years. She had lost the hair in this area and it looked like alligator skin! At night she'd bite at it so hard and would disrupt the household. I tried Vick's VapoRub! Tasted and smelled bad to her so she quit biting it. Greasy nature of VapoRub healed the dry, scaly skin. It's been about a month and it looks fine! Hair has grown back in and she doesn't bite at it.

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