Yorba Regional
Animal Hospital

8290 E. Crystal Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92807

Phone : (714) 921-8700

Fax : (714) 283-1262

Appointments Available 7 Days A Week

Veterinarian Staffed for Emergencies 24 Hours Including Holidays.
Walk-ins & urgent care welcome. We offer evening and Sunday hours.
Appointments are encouraged for non-emergency visits.
Appointments offered until 8 pm on weekdays and 6 pm on weekends.


8 Easy Home Remedies for Dogs

photo-1470129905980-2fecd5297c1bHaving these 8 items at home can help provide immediate and simple relief for minor health complications. Home remedies can save you a lot of trouble and provide instant relief for some cases. Keeping these items at home for home remedies will provide your dog some much needed and  in some cases natural relief.

1. Canned Pumpkin: For Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Digestive Issues

100% canned pumpkin is good for mild and occasional tummy upsets.  Pumpkin is a food rich in soluble fibers good for relieving diarrhea or constipation.

1 tsp per every 10 lbs of body weight 1-2 times a day in food or as a treat.

2. Povidone Iodine: For Minor Skin Cuts, Abrasions, Infections or Hot Spots:

Betadine (Povidone iodine) is a disinfectant that works well on staph, yeast and common bacteria. Povidone iodine cleans and disinfects without stinging or irritating the skin and is safe if your pet licks it.

To use, dilute the iodine with water until you get the color of an iced tea. Soak a clean cloth in the solution and gently wipe the affected area(s) of your pet's skin. Rinse the cloth thoroughly and wipe the affected skin again, then pat dry.  Repeat 2x a day.

3. Povidone Iodine: For Foot Bath to Remedy Itchy or Irritated Paws

Itchy or Irritate Paws can be alleviated by removing allergans, irritants and disinfecting the sore area. A simple iodine footbath can be used to help relieve itching and remove these irritants.

To use: For larger dogs, soak one foot at a time in a diluted iodine solution.  There should be enough in a bucket to cover the dog's entire foot. Prepare the solution by diluting the iodine with water until you reach an iced tea color.  Let each paw soak for 2-5 minutes. For smaller dogs, the solution can be prepared in a sink. Let the dog stand in the solution for 2-5 minutes.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar: For Keeping Fleas Off

Apple cider vinegar  won't kill fleas but will help repel them and keep them off your dog.

To use: a simple solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Put mixture in a spray bottle and spray your pet before your pet goes outdoors. also spray bedding. Including apple cider vinegar in your dog's diet will also help. Consider using 1 tsp for every 20 lbs of dog. Apple cider vinegar can also be used diluted in a bath as a flea-preventative rinse. Use 1 cup of vinegar to every 1 gallon of water. Pour this rinse over your just bathed dog and avoid the head. Massage the rinse into the coat and towel dry. Or, use two cups of apple cider vinegar directly to bath water.

5. Ginger: For Relieving Upset Stomach

Using fresh or dried ginger, ground and mix into a meatball or other treat. use 1/8th tsp for small dogs under 10 lbs, 1/4 tsp for medium sized dogs, 1/2 tsp for large dogs, 3/4-1 tsp for giant breeds. Mix either fresh ground ginger or the dry herb into a tasty meatball or other yummy treat.

Feed 1-3x a day as needed. To prevent motion sickness, feed the ginger snack at least 1 hour before travel. An alternative is 1/4 cup of ginger tea can be added to 20 lbs of dog to food as needed.

6. Coconut oil: For Crusty Skin and Nails

100% organic and cold-pressed food-grade Coconut oil can be used for dry skin treatments.  For senior dogs with crusty and dry patches of skin or nails this is helpful. Coconut oil will help reduce flaking and improve the skin and nails keeping more moisture locked in. Coconut oil helps the lipid barrier by improving skin health.  This helps prevent against pathogens like yeast or bacteria.

To use, bathe your dog and on a clean dry god, then rub the oil into the skin and over the body especially the dry and affected areas. Let the oil absorb completely into the skin for at least 5 minutes and follow with another bath without much lather and rinse very lightly. For severely affected areas dab the oil on directly to rashes and dry patches following disinfecting with iodine.

7. Hydrogen Peroxide for Skunk Encounter Rinse

To make home remedies for a skunk encounter, prepare a bucket, 3% hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dishwashing liquid. Mix 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, 2 tsp dishwashing liquid in a bucket. If your dog is large, you may need to double or triple the mixture. Adjust and multiply the recipe as necessary.

Start by applying the mixture to your dog's affected coat and avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for five minutes or until the skunk smell recedes. Continue by using a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Be careful not to go near the eyes.  Follow with a rinse when the smell decreases. To rinse the head, tilt your dog's head back.  You may need to repeat this process a few times to be rid of the smell. Be sure to rinse the solution completely off each time.

8. Hydrogen Peroxide for Toxin Ingestion

If your pet has ingested some toxin, you can induce vomiting by giving them 1 tsp of hydrogen peroxide for every 10 lbs of dog weight.  To encourage your dog to eat it, you can try mixing it with vanilla ice cream, honey or syringe it down the throat if necessary. After your dog has taken the hydrogen peroxide, walk your dog around for a few minutes to help the hydrogen peroxide work.  Your dog should vomit in about 15 minutes. If not, give your pet a second dose and wait another 15 minutes.  If she still hasn't vomited, call your veterinarian.

Although home remedies may be convenient, it must be advised that you should NOT induce vomiting if your dog is throwing up already, lost consciousness, cannot stand, or if it has already been two hours since the toxin was ingest.  Also, if your dog has swallowed bleach, drain cleaner or petroleum distillate, contact your vet for care immediately.  These chemicals cause burning when they're swallowed and will cause burning again when coming back up.



  • Share this post