If you have pets, regardless if cats or dogs or some other animals, you probably regard them as members of your family. But having pets doesn’t only mean spending time playing or taking walks in the park together. It requires much more than that. In fact, to keep your pets happy and healthy, you need to be equipped with enough knowledge about how to take proper care of them.
Pets too have health concerns as we humans do, thus proper care and regular visits to the vet are a must. But what you need to know is when you should pay your vet the visit, which can save you time and money. If it’s a serious health condition, yes. If it’s a minor rash, a scratch or smaller and not so significant issue, then use home remedies such as Epsom salt bath (some are listed below) to help your pet deal with the problem.
- Epsom Salt Bath
The benefits of Epsom salt are widely known. It is used to ease stress and relax body, relieve pain and constipation, eliminate toxins from the body, etc. But did you know that you can use Epsom salt for your pet? Yes, Epsom salt bath can provide an array of benefits for your pet, such as:
Cleaning wounds and drawing out infections;
Relieve itchy, dry or inflamed paws;
Relieving inflammation and itchiness;
Relieve dry, red or cracked skin;
To prepare Epsom salt bath , add 2-3 cups of Epsom salt in the bathtub. Soak your pet for 20 to 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week. This bath will allow the skin of your pet to absorb magnesium and sulfates, thus detoxify and calm the nervous system of your pet.
Chamomile is best solution in cases of upset stomach and skin irritations. Chamomile tea provides natural disinfecting effects and will relieve colic and gases. For skin or eye irritations spray chilled chamomile tea on the affected area, as this remedy just like Epsom salt bath, provides calming effects which help relieve anxiety in pets.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be of great help for dealing with ear infections. Mix apple cider vinegar with lukewarm water, in proportion of 1:2. With a cotton ball previously soaked in the mixture, rib the inner part of your pet’s ear. This will kill the bacteria inside the ear and will prevent further growing.
- Citrus fruits
Aside from Epsom salt bath, chamomile and apple cider vinegar, citrus fruits are also considered a good natural solution, especially for fleas. To protect your pet from pests such as fleas, put a small amount of citrus fruit (orange or lemon) in the fur of your pet.