January 29, 2014

5 Ways Get Rid of Pet Odors Naturally

Filed under: Cats,Dog Skin Problems,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Holistic Pet Care — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 12:36 am

get-rid-of-pet-odors-naturallyPet odors – we have all been there. Walking in and out of your house and noticing a lingering stench in the air. Of course it is natural for our pets to have a scent of their own, but it should not be a strong or unwanted smell. If you notice that your dog or cat has an unpleasant lingering smell, then you may want to consider the following:

1. Get Your Furry Friend Checked Out

Strong, unpleasant odor from your cat or dog is not normal. There could be some underlying health issues that needs to be looked at, like a yeast infection or oily skin. It is best to get a full assessment to find the source of the smell, and accordingly get rid of pet odor.

2. Consider Your Pet’s Diet

Poor nutrition can be a trigger for smelly odors. Nutrition can also lead to allergic reactions and an unhealthy coat. A quality diet for a pet should be specific to their species. A general rule of thumb is that a diet should include:

  • High quality meat
  • Human grade animal proteins
  • No allergenic ingredients (i.e. wheat, corn, soy)

3. Make Your Own Shampoo

Many commercial products contain nasty industrial chemicals. This is not true for just pets, but also for you! It is very easy, and a better option, for you to bathe your furry friend with a natural shampoo. To ensure that a shampoo is completely natural, ensure you read the label. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient – chances are that it is not 100% natural.

4. Neem Oil

Neem is a tree and its leaves have many medicinal benefits. Neem leaves are an:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral

The neem leaves also act as a natural insecticide and antioxidant.

With all of the amazing things that neem can do, it is very helpful as a skin aid. It can treat allergies, itchy skin, excessive shedding, and of course aid in eliminating nasty odor. Just keep in mind that neem should not be used with cats.

5. Baking Soda

Baking soda is an amazing product that everyone should have in their kitchen cabinets. By just sprinkling baking soda over your carpet, couches, or whatever fabric surface you’d like – it will eliminate odor. Let the baking soda sit over the surface for a few hours, allowing it to absorb odors, and then vacuum it up.

January 22, 2014

Dog and Cat Ear Infection: Home Remedies

PDog ear infections and cat ear infections are quite common, and often time reoccur. If your pet suffers from recurring ear infections, you may want to consider a new approach to how the ear infections are treated – a natural approach with home remedies.

Natural treatments for ear infections go a long way. Instead of treating the symptoms of a problem, like prescription medications do, a natural treatment and home remedy will get to the root of the problem, preventing the recurrence of such infections. A natural approach will take longer, but in the long run it is more beneficial.

Dog and Cat Ear Infection Home Remedies

1. Mixing olive oil, tea tree oil, and vitamin E will mildly disinfect the ears.

2. A solution of vinegar and water can be used as a mild disinfectant.

3. Mix Almond Oil and Vitamin E. This can be used every other day for internal ear improvement.

4. Diluted oregano oil. Oregano oil is an antibacterial and antifungal. But it must be diluted because of how strong it is.

5. Apply apple cider vinegar to a piece of paper towel or cloth. Rub this inside of your furry friend’s ear. Apple cider vinegar is also an antibacterial and antiviral.

Final Thoughts

Of course, before using any natural remedy, ensure that your pet does not have any allergies and always consult with your naturopathic veterinarian. See a difference from any of these home remedies? Be sure to leave a comment below. Dr. Loridawn Gordon

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.