It costs S$25,800 on average to own a dog for over 10 years in Singapore. Everything from vet bills to pet insurance can add up. To help cure your dog of common health conditions, here are 5 easy and affordable remedies to try at home.
1. What can I give my dog for diarrhea?
Diarrhoea is a common problem for dogs, especially those who are always out and about. Dogs can end up eating or chewing on things that they find while out for a walk. A simple remedy for such conditions is to put your dog on a bland diet or try plain yogurt without artificial sugars or Xylitol. Alternatively, letting your dog skip a meal will help control the condition too. If your dog is belching or burping, give them a small portion of ginger in honey. Ginger is one of the best remedies for mild stomach upset, nausea, and flatulence, and it can work wonders for your dog too.
2. How can I soothe my dog's itchy skin?
Putting your dog in an oatmeal bath can help relieve their itchy skin condition. Oatmeal contains chemicals called avenanthramides and phenols that have anti-inflammatory properties to prevent infections. It is recommended to use ground oatmeal and mix it with water and apply it as a drying agent on hot spots or inflamed areas. If you have time to give your dog a bath, you can also add the oatmeal formula to warm water and let your dog soak for five to 10 minutes. Letting your dog soak in chamomile and green tea are also good alternatives for dealing with hot, itchy patches of skin on your dog. Here is how to set up a bath to cure your dog’s itchy skin:
- Fill your bathtub or sink with lukewarm water
- Place a few tea bags in to steep for three to five minutes
- Remove the tea bags and let your dog soak in the mixture for at least five minutes
3. What do you give a dog with an upset stomach?
Chamomile tea is an effective remedy for upset stomach and minor irritation because it decreases muscle spasms, cramps, and inflammation in the dog’s stomach. Adding the Chamomile tea to your dog's water bowl or food for its consumption can easily fix any minor discomfort. If your dog is prone to having gut-related issues, putting them on a stricter diet could be a more viable long-term remedy. Incorporating food such as rice, yogurt, cooked chicken, bone broth, and pumpkin puree are beneficial for balancing out gut bacteria and improving your dog’s digestion. Also, make sure to feed your dog smaller portions to help with digestion and prevent nausea.
4. How can I help my dog's paws heal?
With all the running around, dogs’ paws tend to get sore and dry if they are not properly protected. If your dog is experiencing soreness and blisters, the best thing you can do is to apply anti-bacterial wash and cover their paws with a bandage until it is completely healed. Also, regularly rubbing Shea Butter onto your dog’s paws can help to hydrate their skin and prevent their feet from getting dry. Applying beeswax is another great remedy to help heal chapped skin, blisters, and dry spots. You can easily find these products online where paw wax costs S$48 and items like shea butter and avocado oil for dogs costs around S$28.
5. How can I prevent my dog from getting fleas?
Most pets spend a lot of time outdoors which is why it's important to make sure that they're well protected from fleas and ticks – not just for your dog’s wellness but also to prevent you and your family from getting Lyme disease or another tick-borne illness. Fleas are tiny parasites that enjoy feasting on warm-blooded animals like dogs and they are known to give dogs a lot of discomfort when ingested. If your pet is showing signs of excessive scratching, loss of fur, abnormal red patches on the skin, skin infection, small bumps around the neck or an ear infection, you may want to look out for possible fleas infestation. To prevent or get rid of fleas and ticks, there is a wide range of products such as pet shampoo, spray, wipes and application treatments to help you battle fleas. Here is a list of products you may want to check out.
Products That Can Help You Get Rid of Fleas
|Anti-Flea Products||Price Range|
|Flea treatment for small to large dogs||S$30.95 to S$54|
|Flea and ticks control spray||S$16.90 to S$44.99|
|Flea and tick wipes||S$25.90|
|Anti-flea control shampoo||S$11.60 to S$32|
Effective Remedies For Your Pet
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