Natural Pet Remedies for Allergies and More

Humans are not the only ones who suffer from allergies and other health conditions that are common to humans. As a lover of alternatives to medications, I appreciate this article, used with permission, about natural animal health products.
All Natural Animal Products - Five Secret Remedies That Work

by James Calvin

Animals, like humans, have varying needs and sensitivities. Some animals suffer from allergies,yet others have sensitive skin that does not respond well to chemical applications. For this reason, many pet owners are turning to all natural products to keep their pets happy and healthy. Some pets don't have specific health issues, but some pet owners simply prefer using all natural products with their pets for environmental reasons.


Food allergies account for approximately five to ten percent of allergic reactions in dogs and cats. Dogs suffering from allergic reactions can develop diarrhea and itching throughout the body. Diagnosing a food allergy can be difficult and can require trying a variety of dietary changes in order to pinpoint the problem. Food additives can sometimes be the cause of food allergies. Therefore, all natural food is the best choice for these pets.

Joint Problems:

Like humans, many pets experience a breakdown of the cartilage in their joints. Pets with joint problems will hesitate about going up stairs and will have difficulty rising from a laying position. They will also sometimes have creaking joints and will be unable to run for a long distance. These problems have been commonly treated with steroids, aspirin, or anti-inflammatory drugs. Unfortunately, these can cause side effects such as hypertension and muscular weariness. For these reasons, many pet owners are looking toward all natural products.

Supplements that contain natural steroids can be used to help keep joints healthy and strong. Several other natural are used to help with joint pain. These ingredients help build the cartilage back up and make it strong, which helps relieve pain, as well.

Fleas and Ticks:

There are also many natural tick and flea remedies available. Some of these products contain cedar oil and rosemary to help kill ticks and fleas. These all natural sprays do not dry the animal's skin and they also help sooth irritation and itching caused by ticks and fleas. Natural tick and flea products are especially helpful for pets with sensitive skin or with skin allergies as chemical products will irritate the skin. Natural tick and flea killers are also beneficial for pregnant pets, or pregnant pet owners, as the chemicals in flea and tick killers can be harmful to the unborn baby.

Common ingredients used in natural flea killers that are applied directly to the pet are Eucalyptus and citronella. A well known herb from India has also been used to kill flees for centuries and is a common additive. Pyre thrums, which are derived from Chrysanthemum flowers, also help keep flees at bay. Pet owners can even make their own all natural flea powder by mixing fennel, rosemary, wormwood, yellow dock and rue together and sprinkling it on the pet.

Sodium borate can also be sprinkled on the carpet to help control ticks. Sodium borate will dry up both fleas and their larvae and is effective for up to one year after being applied to a carpet.

Emotional Problems:

Certain herbs are also helpful in relieving stress, tension, and anxiety in an animal. For example, chamomile and St. John's Wort are included in many natural stress relieving herbs. These herbs have long been well-known for their soothing properties in animals and products for pets that contain these herbs can be just as beneficial to the animals. These products also help pets cope with separation anxiety or feelings of anxiousness when around strangers or when going to the vet or when you take the dog in to get grooming done.

Oral Care and Ear Care:

Many all natural breath fresheners are available for pets. Some of these fresheners contain Mojave Yucca and mint oils to freshen breath. The Yucca neutralizes the odors that cause bad breath, while the mint helps give it a fresh smell. These products are used daily to maintain fresh breath and to help keep the teeth strong.

Natural ear care products are also available. These products help remove dirt, debris, and wax from the pet's ears. Unlike unnatural ear cleaning products, which contain ingredients such as alcohol, which can sting, these products often contain Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera helps soothe the sensitive inside of the ear.

Natural remedies are an excellent choice for pet owners who want to have a healthy pet and who want to remain environmentally conscious.

Updated 10/13/15

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