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10 Natural Home Remedies for Your Dog

These days herbal remedies are making a comeback when it comes to human health and skincare. However, your pooch can benefit too!

  1. Itchy skin? Try Vitamin E oil! Vitamin E capsules can also be broken open and used on warts, calluses, or dry spots.  
  2. Another great option for easing the itch is oatmeal. Not only is it delicious, but poultices or oatmeal baths can help soothe irritated skin.  
  3. Does your dog have an upset tummy? Electrolyte-packed liquids like flavorless pediatric drinks can help a puppy stay hydrated if he has diarrhea.  
  4. If your dog is having the opposite problem and suffers from constipation, a bit of canned pumpkin in their food can help move things along. Diced prunes can also be helpful.  
  5. Probiotics in yogurt, giving your dog a spoonful of plain yogurt can help his tummy get back on track. There are also products made especially for dogs containing probiotics that can be purchased from your vet or over-the-counter.  
  6. Dirty ears? Apple cider vinegar diluted with water and used as a rinse. Pour a small amount in the ear and massage the base. Let the dog shake to loosen debris, then gently swab the outside of the ear with a cotton ball.  
  7. Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a flea and tick repellant. Before your dog goes outside spritz them with a 50/50 solution of ACV and water.  
  8. Fleas also hate citrus! Lightly rub the juice of a fresh-squeezed orange or lemon along with your dog’s coat before he heads outdoors. Go ahead and make yourself some lemonade while you’re at it.  
  9. It may be gross to think about, but adding beneficial nematodes to your garden can help kill off fleas as they feed on flea larvae. Ladybugs can also be helpful and keeping away those tiny pests.  
  10. Food grade Diatomaceous earth is a powder made up of fossilized organisms called diatoms. This powder can break apart flea eggs and dry them out. You can also spread it where your dog frequents. If your dog licks it off, it’s full of minerals that are good for him! 

Consult a veterinarian before administering any medication to your pet.


Meet the New Kitty! Tips for Starting a Multi-Cat Family

I’ve seen it time and time again. You’re at the pet supply store buying some food for your resident cat then you notice that the local animal rescue is having a pet adoption event. In the corner, you spy a tiny kitten. You feel an instant connection with the ball of fluff. There is no stopping it. I mean you already have all those cat supplies at home. What’s one more?

Without giving it another thought, you sign the paperwork and head home elated. However, your beloved house cat greets the newcomer with a less than a hospitable tirade of hisses and growls from your –rather angry – feline.

Never fear! If there is one subject I know after living in a house with six cats, it’s how to handle troublesome cat behavior. Hopefully, the information in this post will settle your cat disputes amicably and keep the fur from flying. Following some simple steps will ensure that your new cat will transition into your family seamlessly.

Tips for a Peaceful Transition into a Multi-Cat Home:

  • Have both cats checked by a vet to make sure there are no underlying problems that could increase aggression.  
  • Give them SPACE! If there is one thing I’ve learned about my kitty companions, it’s that they don’t care to have their personal space violated. Let your two cats have separate rooms away from one another so they can exchange greetings behind closed doors!  
  • Wait 2-3 days and swap spaces. Cats do altogether better if they don’t see each other during the introduction. Getting to know each other through smell first will allow your cat to adjust to the new cat’s presence without the chance of a fight. 
  • Keep things positive! Feed and play with both cats near the entrance of where you’re keeping the new cat isolated. Enlist a friend to make it more fun! 

This process must be gradual and can take several weeks in some situations. If successful the cats will remain peaceful when they greet each other. If your house turns into a war zone immediately following the meet and greet – start the introduction process over again.

Warning Signs to Watch for in a Multi-Cat Home:

  • Aggression: Hissing accompanied with growling, prolonged eye contact, bristled tails, and arched backs.  
  • Urine Marking: It may be how dogs say, “hello”, but it is usually how cats say, “go away, this is mine!” Urinating outside of a litter box often means your cat is stressed.  
  • Resource Guarding: This can lead to bullying and aggression. Cats do not like to share – well – anything, so make sure each cat has a food bowl, water bowl, and resting area. The golden rule for litter boxes is one for each cat – then one extra. 

Change is never easy for anyone but especially cats! Breath deep, have patience. I promise in time, you’ll have a peaceful multi-cat home.