By: Dr Carol Falck
Top 10 Holistic Home Remedies for Pets
In a pinch with your pooch or kitty? You may not need to look any further than your own pantry to treat your pets ailments. Consider these top 10 common items:
A source of insoluble fiber, pumpkin can help normalize bowels movements. The added bulk keeps the colon mildly distended, which may prevent the development of spasms and absorb water and bacterial toxins. Pumpkin may be useful for treating both diarrhea and constipation as well as hairballs and anal sac disease.
9. CALENDULA (MARIGOLD)
Calendula promotes wound healing and has a mild antimicrobial properties. Apply a gel, ointment or spray liberally to burns, hot spots and lick sores for a rapid, soothing effect. The liquid, or tincture form, can be diluted to create a wound cleaner.
8. FISH OIL
Fish oil provides an active form of omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease inflammation and may inhibit the spread of some cancers. Fish oil may be used in the treatment of a variety of diseases such as asthma and bronchitis, arthritis and musculoskeletal pain, autoimmune disease and cancer. Adding fish oil to your pets diet may help restore luster to a dull, dry hair coat and decrease itching.
Rich in minerals, alfalfa provides a wonderful addition to your pets diet and can act as an appetite stimulant. When purchasing alfalfa, look for an organic product with a pleasant, grassy odor and bright green color.
A traditional spasmolytic for intestinal distress, chamomile may also support the healing of ulcers. This is also a good calming remedy for anxious pets. Dried herb or tea may be utilized.
Ginger may help prevent vomiting and motion sickness. Fresh ginger root is the best source. This remedy may be best for pets with intestinal upset due to dietary indiscretion, pets prone to car sickness or those with a sensitive stomach.
4. TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil reportedly has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and insecticidal properties. It can be applied to small skin wounds. To create a remedy for ear mites or ear infections, dissolve one to two drops in one ounce of mineral oil. Clean the ears with this solution every three days. After cleaning, use a mild shampoo externally to remove any oily residue. CAUTION: Tea tree oil may be irritating to the skin and toxic in high concentrations, especially in cats.
Aloe has been demonstrated to enhance healing in surgically induced wounds and may also be anti-inflammatory. Use the fresh plant or gel as a topical cortisone alternative for burns, hives, lick sores and insect bites.
An extract of curcumin, tumeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It may be helpful in treating arthritis.
1. VITAMIN E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that should be included in the diet. Look for a soy free version that is less likely to be allergenic.
I advise you to work with a veterinarian to formulate an optimal health care plan for your pet. Some veterinarians may have advanced training and experience with botanical medicine and nutrition. A reliable source of information is the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA). You can search their website, www.ahvma.org for a holistic veterinarian in your area.