In 2015, it is estimated that pet owners spent more than $60 billion dollars on their pets. This includes everything from food to medicine. However, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg in order to take care of your pet. In fact, there are many instances when you will find a better form of treatment in your home than at the store or the vet. The following home remedies for common issues that you may experience as a new dog owner will cost a lot less than a trip to a vet and will help keep your carbon paw print in check:
1. Nutrient-Replacement Drink for Dehydration.
Whether your dog has become dehydrated from playing so much outside in the heat or due to diarrhea/vomiting, it is important that you locate a good nutrient-replacement beverage that will help to replace the electrolytes that your dog has lost. This type of fluid can help restore hydration and minerals in a way that simple drinking water cannot. You can give it in a syringe, if necessary, but make sure that you're giving 15 mL per pound minimum each day for optimal results. If your dog continues to have diarrhea, vomiting, etc. for longer than 48 hours, consult with your veterinarian.
2. Shortening for Fur Burs.
If your dog has burs in its fur coat, it can be extremely frustrating trying to get them out. Luckily, there is an easy solution here. You'll need some all-vegetable shortening from your kitchen and some working gloves. Use the shortening on the affected area and use your gloved fingers to remove the burs easily. Don't forget to give your dog a bath, though, to remove that greasy shortening.
3. Cayenne Pepper for Digging.
Dogs love to dig. It's in their nature. However, this doesn't mean that you enjoy where they're tackling your lawn. Although it may not work for all dogs, you could consider sprinkling a bit of black pepper or cayenne pepper on the areas of your lawn where your dog typically digs its craters. Your dog likely won't enjoy the smell of the pepper and will turn away and avoid this area.
4. Citrus for Fleas.
Fleas are one of the most annoying things a dog (and dog owner) will encounter. To avoid purchasing expensive medications, try creating a DIY lemon spray. Halve six lemons, boil them for five minutes, steep overnight and pour into a spray bottle. The spray can then be applied to your pet's coat directly (avoiding the eyes) and bedding. Keep in mind that this spray will not actually kill the fleas, but it will repel them since they don't like the scent of citrus.
When all else fails or you simply don't feel comfortable trying to deal with situations on your own, contact Northside Emergency Pet Clinic or your local veterinarian to schedule an appointment and get the qualified help that you need.