There are several at home remedies for dogs that you may have readily available in your home. We recently consulted with a studying DVM who is up to date on the latest best dog practices. She is attentive to detail and stressed the importance of the dog’s health versus using a remedy because it is easy or available. All of your concerns should first be addressed with a Vet before proceeding with treatment.
We hope these at home remedies for dogs can be helpful to you and your dog. Obtain confirmation from your Vet before trying any of these remedies. We cannot stress the importance of spreading accurate, educational and useful information to our readers. Below is a list of items that you may have in your home that could help ease your dog’s ailment. In no way should this be the sole treatment for your dog. Please know that not all dogs can tolerate the same medicines so it is important for you to inquire with an expert for advice on medicines and dosage.
Home Remedies for Dogs with Bad Breath
By adding fresh fruits and veggies into your dog’s diet, you can freshen their breath and help to remove tartar. Apples and and carrots are great for munching and scraping tartar from your dog’s teeth and parsley works great as a breath freshener. Many dogs will eat carrots and apples straight up as a snack. Remove seeds and the core from the apple first. Parsley can be chopped up and added to wet food or mixed into any homemade treat recipes.
Home Remedies for Dog Allergies
Can I give my dog Benadryl?
Consult a Vet first! In general the answer is yes, you can give your dog Benadryl. Benadryl helps ease your dog’s allergies.
My dog was stung by a bee, will Benadryl help?
Yes, Benadryl helps reduce swelling if your dog experiences a bee sting. Swelling is typically the allergic reaction from the sting.
How much Benadryl can I give my dog?
Again, consult with your Vet, but typically a dog can be given 1 Benadryl for every 30 pounds of their weight. Check the dosing size of each pill first. Standard Benadryl pills are 25 mg each. For example, if a dog weighs 15 pounds they should receive half of a Benadryl. If a dog weighs 8 pounds they should receive one quarter of a Benadryl. Always make sure your Benadryl pills contain Benadryl *only* and no other medicines, such as pain relievers, as this could harm the dog.
Home Remedies for Dog’s Itchy Skin and Anxiety
Drawing a warm bath and including raw oats can be helpful. Raw (uncooked) oats are soothing for the skin. This should only be done if you know the cause of the itchy skin.
I have oats, are they useful for anything else?
If your dog has anxiety, you know the cause of their anxiety and have discussed it with your Vet, you can add cooked oats to the dog’s food. You don’t want to rely on oats to treat their anxiety but including this whole and healthy food will play a beneficial role in calming your dog. Oats contain magnesium and B vitamins which assist in calming the nervous system as well as boosting the feel good hormone serotonin.
Home Remedies for Dogs – Broken Nail
My dog has a broken nail, will Polysporin help?
Yes, broken nails can be painful. Polysporin and a bandage can help protect the nail from infection.
How much Polysporin do I apply?
First, make sure the area is clean and apply a thin layer (a dab) of the antibiotic ointment. Cover the area with a bandage so your dog won’t lick the ointment off and the nail can stay clean.
Home Remedies for Dogs – Upset Stomach
I think my dog has an upset stomach because my dog is throwing up, can I give my dog Pepcid?
Yes, Pepcid AC is an antacid that works for dogs but consult your Vet first. Your dog may have an upset stomach from eating grass or a long car ride. If you don’t know why your dog is throwing up you should seek professional advice before treating them.
How much Pepcid can I give my dog?
You can give your dog 1/4 to 1/2 of a Pepcid AC tablet for every 10 pounds. For example, if your dog weighs 30 pounds he can be given 3/4 to 1.5 tablets of Pepcid. With that said, consult your Vet for further dosing, especially if your dog vomits the medicine given.
June 4th, 2014
Updated on August 31st, 2020
Kim is the co-owner of DogLoverStore with her husband, John. She earned her BS in operations management at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She enjoys walking in nature, gardening in the sun, eating sour candy, going on drives, yoga, and reading.