We want all dogs to live a healthy, happy, long life free of health issues and disease! We have put together a list of holistic natural remedies to prevent, manage and treat common health conditions in dogs.
We cover conditions such as DCM, cancer, diabetes, allergies, pancreatitis, and obesity. Whether it is a natural raw diet, supplements, or acupuncture we have advice to help guide you in being your dog's health hero!
Symptoms include: lack of appetite, vommitting, soft stool, diarrhea, blood in stool
Sensitive stomachs, which can cause discomfort, can happen to dogs just like humans. It could be something they ate, stress related, a food intolerance or allergy, parasites, or a change in their diet. When your dog experiences an upset stomach it could be a one time thing, or could be a more serious health concern if the issue is continuous. If your dog has an upset stomach there are some natural remedies you can try to help settle it and give them some relief.
Ear infections are one of the top reasons for a vet visit! Ear infections are a common health condition in dogs that can be caused for a variety of reasons including diet, breed, environment, a weak immune system, or water stuck in the ear canal. If your dog has an ear infection the symptoms are very clear. Ear infections are uncomfortable, painful, and inflamed. You may notice your dog scratching or rubbing their ears, shaking their head, or tilting their head. You may also notice waxy or gunky discharge, irritated skin, and even a smell. Ear infections are common, and unless chronic, can usually be treated naturally. Here are some holistic remedies for ear infections in dogs.
Green Tea has anti-bacterial benefits and can be used as a natural remedy for ear infections in dogs. At home, you can boil 8oz of water and add 2 green tea bag. Let this steep, then cool the water till it is lukewarm. Next, take a sponge or syringe and drop some into the ear canal.
A species appropriate raw diet is the best diet for dogs with ear infections. A diet with fresh ingredients will strengthen the immune system, making it easier for the body to fight disease. An ear infection is usually caused by something else going on in the body, and in turn the body is fighting infection and purging toxins. If no toxins are going into the body, this occurrence is less likely to happen. Nutrition is the base of good health! A raw diet also consists of vitamins and minerals, including prebiotics and probiotics, to promote overall health and making them less susceptible to infection and disease.
ACV is known for many of its healing properties which are beneficial not only to humans, but to dogs too! At home, you can mix 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 part filtered water and apply to the ears daily for a few weeks, then once a week for several months to follow. This is a good treatment as well as preventative care to fight ear infections from returning.
Bordatella, also commonly referred to as Kennel Cough, is an infection similar to a canine cold that can picked up when dog’s are in close proximity to another dog who is infected. This can happen when dogs are in a boarding facility, dog parks, beaches, and other places with many dogs. Kennel Cough usually last for 1-2 weeks, and if a mild case can be treated at home with natural remedies. Herbs, and homeopathics. Below are some natural remedies for kennel cough in dogs.
Unfortunately, diarrhea can occur in dogs too. This can occur if your dog ate something foreign, a health concern, or possibly during transitioning from processed kibble to a fresh raw diet. If the problem clears up on its own, there is nothing to worry about. If the diarrhea persists, it could be in infection, inflammatory bowel disease, an injury, parasites, or a food allergy. In this case, we recommend going to a holistic vet to diagnose the issue. There are some natural remedies you can try to soothe your dog’s stomach and treat the diarrhea.
Diabetes in dogs can result when there is a lack of insulin, causing glucose to build up in the blood. Common symptoms of diabetes in dogs is drinking excessive amounts of water, urinating in large amounts, and having an overly active appetite. If your dog has diabetes, there are some holistic remedies to consider.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in adult dogs. Rather than just treating conditions, it is best to prevent them from happening in the first place. Here are some natural approaches to preventing cancer in your dog, and some tips you can take to give your dog the best quality of life and comfort while fighting the disease.
The Pancreas does a lot for your dog and their overall health. It is located right below your dog’s stomach and is attached to their small intestine. It produces and stores hormones to help maintain proper blood sugar levels and produces and stores enzymes to help the body digest protein and fats. If the pancreas is under attack, it can result in pancreatitis.
With up to 40% of dogs suffering from allergies, we have some natural remedies to help comfort your dog and give them some relief. Allergies can be from a number of different things including environmental, food allergies, or breed related.
Does your dog have sensitive skin? It could be allergies or breed related. It’s no fun watching our dog’s suffer from sensitive skin so here are some all natural tips you can use to promote good skin health!
Have a picky eater on your hands? Many times your dog may grow bored of their food and not be enthused. Sometimes a new diet could be the answer! A species appropriate diet with raw meat and fresh vegetables is very likable by dogs, as it is what their biology calls for. Here are some natural tips for dogs who are picky eaters!
DCM, Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs, is a heart disease that weakens the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively. DCM usually occurs in medium to large breed dogs. In recent studies, DCM has been found to be linked to nutrition. If your dog shows signs of DCM such as decreased energy, a persistent cough, chronic loss of appetite, or difficulty breathing, it is important to take your dog to the vet to begin treatment and give your dog the best quality of life possible. There are some natural remedies you can do to help treat DCM.
More than half of dogs in the US are classified as being overweight. As we know, obesity can lead to other serious health issues if ignored. The first thing to consider when your dog is overweight is the food you are feeding them. Next, we must look at their activity level, metabolism, and any other factors. If your dog is overweight, they need your help making the changes in their life to promote weight loss. Here are some holistic remedies for overweight and obese dogs.
We want to keep our dogs healthy, happy, and alive for as long as possible! It is important to provide preventative care and good nutrition their whole life, but there are some holistic tips for making your senior dog comfortable and healthy!
This condition is common in large breed dogs. It can occur when the hip joint does not develop properly, causing the ball of the leg bone and the pelvis socket to improperly fit together. If left untreated, hip dysplasia can lead to arthritis and inflammation. Below are some natural remedies for managing hip dysplasia in your dog.
The best diet for a dog with hip dysplasia is a raw dietconsisting of meat, vegetables, and vitamins. A raw diet will assist in weight management, as obesity can cause a lot of stress on the joints causing more pain and inflammation. A raw diet will also enhance overall health and ensure the immune system is working properly.
Who doesn’t love a little water therapy!? Hydrotherapy is a great alternative to traditional medicine for a dog with hip dysplasia. Hydrotherapy can be done at a facility, holistic health center for dogs, or in your own swimming pool! Hydrotherapy is a great way for your dog to get a workout and does not put too much stress on their joints.
Adding an Omega-3 fatty acid to your dog’s diet will be beneficial to dog’s with Hip Dysplasia. O are also great for joint inflammation relief. Adding Salmon Oil to your dog’s current diet or choosing a raw diet with Salmon Oil already included can provide your dog with omega-3 fatty acids.
If you suspect your dog has fleas, it is important to treat immediately before it becomes a bigger issue! Once there are fleas in your house they can be very difficult to get rid of, but with your diligence can be treated at home! You can notice fleas on your dog if they are constantly itching and biting and can also oftentimes see the fleas by looking at your dog’s belly and skin. Below are the best natural home remedies for fleas.
When you notice fleas on your dog, give them a bath using a mild shampoo and an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse after. The ACV rinse can be made with 1 part ACV and 10 parts water. After this, keep your dog's coat clean with a flea comb to get rid of any left over fleas. You can also use an ACV spray to keep fleas away in between baths.
Read more: The benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs.
The best diet for fleas is a natural raw diet. Fleas are attracted to dogs that consume processed foods, because the processed foods increase blood sugar levels in dogs and increase body odor as well; both of which attract more fleas. When you switch your dog to a raw food diet, the high protein, low carbohydrate regimen will help regulate blood sugar and reduce the ‘doggy smell,’ thus becoming less attractive to the sugar and odor loving fleas.
Heartworm can be contracted through a mosquito bite, and can become very serious is not treated. Heartworm disease can result in severe lung disease, heart failure, organ damage, and premature death. Vaccines can be expensive, and actually harm the immune system leading to other serious health issues, so the best treatment for heartworm is preventative care. Below we will discuss natural remedies and preventative tips for dogs with heartworm.
The best diet for heartworm in dogs is a biologically appropriate raw diet, as it will strengthen the immune system and make it easier for your dog to dight and overcome disease. Feeding raw meat, fresh vegetables, and vitamins & minerals will keep your dog’s heart healthy and replenish vital nutrients your dog’s heart is lacking from heartworm infestation.
Adding a supplement to your dog’s diet such as CoQ10 is a great way to provide them with antioxidants to support a healthy heart! Other supplements that are beneficial are L-Carnitine, Taurine, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Vitamin E. These can also be found in a raw diet and consumed by your dog daily!
Overall health starts with a healthy gut! Did you know that the a majority of the immune system is located in or around the digestive tract? Having a health digestive tract will contribute to your dogs overall health as well as preventing chronic diseases.
The best diet for digestive issues in dogs is a raw diet, as it has the greatest bioavailability of nutrients allowing your dog to digest what they are eating with ease, use the nutrients for energy, and have little to no waste. A raw diet will also help balance the bacteria in your dog’s gut, since it has natural prebiotics and probiotics! It’s a win-win!
A great supplement to add to your dog’s diet is a probiotic for fogs. This will help restore and maintain healthy gut bacteria. You can add a probiotic to your dog’s daily meal as a supplement or choose a raw diet that already has prebiotics and probiotics included. Read more: The benefits of Probiotics and Prebiotics for your dog.
Adding a digestive enzyme to your dog’s diet can assist in promoting improved digestion. Enzymes are helpful in breaking down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to ensure the small intestine can digest them properly. A natural digestive enzyme you can add to your dog’s meals is goat’s milk! It is great for improved digestion. Read more: The benefits of goat’s milk.
Dogs are prone to cataracts just like people. If left alone, cataracts can lead to blindness. This is very common in older dogs but can also take place after the eye experiences trauma. Cataracts in dogs may be present from the very beginning of their life, or develop overtime. If your dog has cataracts there are some natural health tips we recommend!
The best food for dogs with cataracts is a raw diet with added omega-3 fatty acids to promote good eye health. Omega-3 fatty acids can be received from high qualitySalmon Oil added to your dog’s meals or already included! A limited ingredient raw diet will also provide your dog with the essential vitamins and minerals to promote good eye health, as well as overall health!
Natural remedies for cataracts in dogs include supplemental vitamins! These vitamins can be given to your dog through their fresh raw diet, or added as a supplement to their current diet. These vitamins include Vitamin C, which aides in improving vision, Vitamin A, which aids in protecting the eye, Vitamin E, which recovers tissue damage, and Coenzyme Q10, which is an antioxidant that can aid in stopping the progression of cataracts and sometimes reverses their effects by strengthening and protecting the eyes.
Symptoms: depression, reluctance to move around because of stiffness, fever, fatigue, rashes
When an tick infected with the bacterium named Borrelia burgdorferi, a dog is prone to becoming ill with Lyme disease. A commonly known tick that carries this bacterium is known as the Deer Tick or back legged tick. The ticks, however, are not the only culprit to dogs falling sick. Dogs with weak immune systems are more at risk for this disease. To prevent the worst from happening we have natural ways to diminish the risk of your dog getting sick. If your dog is already sick with Lyme disease they must be looked over by a health professional.
Feeding a fresh diet boosts the immune system because the food is biologically appropriate for dogs. Unlike kibble, raw food provides all the nutrients needed. The balanced diet of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and more will help your dog be less of a risk to falling sick of Lyme disease.
A purple cone flower is known to boost the immune system of both dogs and humans. Providing echinacea to your dog will improve his overall health and decrease the chances of falling ill to diseases, such as Lyme disease.