Our pets are amazing additions to our family, and they become a huge part of our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes our pets will suffer with injuries and illness, but before you rush to the vets there are plenty of ways to look after your furry friend at home. Today we are going to talk about some of the common issues our pets have and how we can treat them at home.
If you ever take your dog out for a walk in an area with long grass or dense plants, you may be at risk of them becoming the host of a tick or two. If you ever notice a strange shiny lump on your pet which moves when you flick it, you will need to be very careful and try to remove the tick from your dog’s skin. It is incredibly important to remember not to yank it out right away because the legs will stay inside your pet: there are a few things you can do instead to loosen the tick and hopefully even force it to detach on its own. You can first drop some warm water over the tick and see if it makes the tick move. If not, the only way to remove the tick is to use a pair of tweezers. Make sure you pull slowly and steady in order to detach the full tick.
A lot of the time your pets will suffer with injuries on their paws. It could be a thorn which gets stuck in their pad, a graze from harsh ground or even sores from severe weather. The best way to protect your pets is to moisturise the paws regularly, protect them with footwear and make sure to disinfect the area of it does become sore.
3. Skin Irritations
Sometimes our pets will have pretty sensitive skin and this can lead to some irritation and dryness. If you want to treat this irritation you can use some natural methods which can reduce the inflammation and soothe the skin. For example, chamomile tea is amazing for soothing the skin and is a great way to treat skin problems in a natural way. You can brew up some tea, let it cool and have it in a spray bottle for when your pets come up in a rash or feel itchy.
4. Tummy Aches
No matter how much you watch you pet during a walk or during the day, they always seem to manage to eat foods you don’t know about. This will usually cause some stomach problems and even vomiting and diarrhoea in your pet. Take the time to either get in touch with a pet healer for advice, or mix up some plain foods to settle their stomach. A combination of boiled chicken and rice is a perfect remedy for most pets.
Some dog breeds such as spaniels are prone to ear infections, and you will notice these issues if they start itching their ears constantly and if their ears feel very hot. The best way to deal with this is to simply dig out any earwax your can, give them some pet ear drops and soothe them.