"Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life."
Sometimes you may need to avoid medicating your pet if possible. There are a number of easy home remedies you can safely use. If a solution you hear does not sound safe it is better to consult a vet first. The following may all be used safely on your pet.
For Ticks or Fleas:
Create a paste using orange rinds and smear it evenly on the fur of the pet. Let it stay there for five hours and then wash it gently. This is one simple and harmless home remedy for helping your pet get rid of ticks and fleas.
For Dry, Cracked Paws:
Take Vaseline or petroleum jelly and smear it onto the paws. Do this for four to five days. You will observe the expected recuperation and the paws will be nursed back to health.
For Odor Problems:
Insert a few drops of vinegar into the pet's bath water. If you have trouble getting your pet in the bath, applying baking soda as a dry shampoo will also work. Sprinkle it on your pet’s coat and allow it to set for a few minutes and then brush or comb it out.
For Insects and Bites:
Insect stings and bites are another common dilemma with pets. As soon as you notice this, put adequate solutions of baking soda and water on the stung area. Apply ice for any swelling. If you notice any difficulty breathing after a sting however, take your pet to the vet immediately as he may be allergic to the sting.
A word of caution is in order here. Never give your pet anything involving onions or garlic, as these are toxic to pets. If your pet is experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or seems to be in pain, do not try any home remedies. Call your vet immediately. It is better to be safe than to lose your beloved friend.
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