Manbeast and I like to keep things natural in our house. Especially when it comes to the animals, because they are meant (like us) to live life naturally. Here are some of the things that we have learned over the years:
Fat Dog-Dogs can gain weight more easily than people, and sometimes it’s hard to tell how much food to give them, what kind, and how to measure out treats. Especially when training. Mylo is terrible for weight-gain, apparently it’s a Golden Retriever thing. So, instead of boxed treats from the store, we feed them baby carrots, tomatoes, bananas, apples, berries, and cucumbers. They love them. Mostly because they think they are getting people food.
Broken Nails-These happen. Not too often, but when they do there is usually a bloody mess (quite literally) all over the house, and it’s too sensitive to cut right away. Take a bowl, toss a little flour in it, and dip the offending paw in. The flour will stop the blood by soaking it up and creating a seal, and if they decide to lick it, the flour won’t hurt them like some of the store bought powders can.
The Runs-You know what I mean. An upset tummy that causes them to have explosions all over the house, the yard, and perhaps even your own person. Natural pureed pumpkin does the trick, and it’s about $1.00/can. The amount given depends on their size, but they eat it up like it’s a treat and it settles everything down within an hour or two.
Ear Cheese-Ear cheese is gross. It’s stinky, it irritates their ears, and it looks highly uncomfortable. This is not to be confused with an ear infection. This is what happens when they get dirt trapped under their ear flaps and it causes irritation. The ear cheese happens when their bodies try to rid themselves of the contaminant. Mix natural vinegar and water (1/4 vinegar, 3/4 lukewarm water), swish an old cloth in it, and use it to wipe out their ears. Don’t do this if there is any broken skin as it can sting, just use it as a natural cleaner.
These are just a few things that we have discovered over time. These things work for our dogs, but that doesn’t guarantee that they will work for yours. Don’t use anything you haven’t researched, and know when to take them to the vet. Do you have any strange magical remedies that you use on your pets? If so, what are they and what do you use them for?