Natural Products for Our Pets' Skin Care
The sales of popular pet care products are expected to reach almost $63 billion dollars this year. Although many of us purchase toys and treats for our animals, it doesn’t mean we’re stuck with traditional remedies when it comes to more natural solutions that are available.
For example, mosquitoes pose a real threat to animals, even if they’re already on heartworm medication as a part of their basic health care routine, these pests can still inflict pesky, itchy bites and transmit other types of diseases. Many topical treatments for fleas and ticks also contain mosquito repellent, but there are other, healthier alternatives:
- Lemon eucalyptus oil
- Geranium and soybean oil
All of these solutions have proven to be either just as effective, even more effective or greatly reduced mosquito bites compared to traditional repellents.
Especially during the hotter summer months, many of us are tempted to bathe our dogs more often, but too much detergent can remove the natural oils found on their skin that helps them to remain cool. Seek out simpler solutions for soothing their summer skin like coconut oil or oatmeal.
You can make an oatmeal paste by mixing it with equal parts warm water. Other problems that oatmeal paste can help soothe is poison ivy, eczema or psoriasis, while helping to balance the natural pH level of their skin. You can also purchase specialty shampoos that have other types of soothing qualities and have all natural ingredients.
Puppies and older dogs are particularly susceptible to yeast infections and also those canines who are taking antibiotics are at an increased risk. Instead of topical medications that could make them sick from licking them off, try some yogurt instead. Feeding them plain yogurts can help prevent and heal yeast infections from the inside out.
For existing or more severe cases, try some acidophilus, a naturally occurring bacteria found in all our bodies, two legged and four legged alike. When buying it over the counter, many come in capsule form that contains powder inside. Simply open it up and sprinkle some on their food and since it’s tasteless, they’re likely not to even notice it’s there.
Other Natural Options
The calendula herb is also a great treatment that can be applied directly to the skin. Steeping calendula flowers in hot water, allowing it to cool and applying directly to the skin has many soothing qualities. Some high quality health stores also sell calendula in the form of lotions, sprays and gels to be applied topically.
Don’t Forget Their Diet
Just like humans, many dogs are sensitive to foods found in their diets, including grains and gluten. Remember that when harvested as pet food, corn is considered a grain and should never be the first ingredient found on dog or cat food labels.
Many people who are concerned about additives and other unhealthy ingredients found in commercially produced pet foods are feeding their animals themselves. Boiled chicken, rice, eggs, dairy, fruits and vegetables. Be sure to consult your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet and ask for their advice on including everything your animal needs for their nutritional well-being.
Blog courtesy of Amber Kingsley