Although you should always take your pet to a veterinarian if they are ill, there are some simple ways to help them fell more comfortable until they can see the vet. You may also use these treatments in addition to any medications or instructions from the vet unless told otherwise.
- Sports Drinks: Replacing electrolytes lost due to vomiting or diarrhea is as important for your pet as it is for your child. Dogs can dehydrate too. Try getting them to drink some Pedialyte or Gatorade. You may have to try a few different flavors to find one they will drink. Consult with a vet to see the correct amount they should consume.
- Plain Yogurt: The acidophilus in plain yogurt will keep the good bacteria in your dog’s intestines in balance. This will help your dog’s own immune system to fight off any bad bacteria that may be causing him to be ill. It will also prevent a yeast infection if he is taking antibiotics. Another advantage is it is a healthy treat for him.
- Chamomile Tea: Give your dog a bit of chamomile tea to relieve gas. Your dog will be more comfortable and happier. If the gas is bad, everyone in the house will probably be glad he had a bit of tea. Chamomile can also be soothing to a skin problem. Cool some in the fridge and then spray it on the affected area.
- Ground Oatmeal: If your dog is constantly scratching and driving you crazy, try giving him an oatmeal bath. You should use baby oatmeal, or grind up regular oatmeal, to help it penetrate through the hair to the skin. Pour a couple of cups into a bathtub filled with warm water and put him in. If possible, get him to lie down. Pour the water over him, stirring it up. Give him a good rubbing while in the water, making sure the oatmeal gets to the skin.
- Epsom salts: Your dog is bound to pull a muscle or get a bump at some point. Epsom salts can help any swelling or sore muscles. You do not need to make him soak in it. Soak a towel in warm water that has Epsom salts added and wrap the affected area. Have a second towel ready for when the first towel cools off.
- Heating Pad: If you notice your dog is limping and there is nothing in its footpad, a heating pad will ease a sprained muscle. Try to get him to lie on the pad, or sit next to him and hold it in place.
- Lemon Water: Spraying your dog with lemon water is an easy remedy when it comes to getting rid of fleas. You do not need to soak him, but spray him all over. Fleas do not like the citrus smell and will leave. Be sure to do this outside, and keep your dog outside for a while after spraying him down.
These few, simple remedies will make the time until you can see a veterinarian more pleasant for you both. Your dog will be grateful of your care.