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I recently had to take a one of my dogs to the vet for a slight cough only to be told he has hayfever and to buy a 2.00 bottle of benadryl. Soooo I was just wondering what some of your favorite home/OTC remedies are like I just learned you can use GASX for dogs...pepto bismal or pumpkin for diarea etc etc

OF course there are times the pet MUST see a vet !!!
 

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Good old fashioned boiled chicken breast and white rice for an upset tummy and a tablespoon or two of plain yogurt for the digestive tract as well. I also ... per vet ... learned that mineral oil can be administered for constipation ... but "ALWAYS" ask your vet for the proper dosage as well as permission ... with any drug. :)
 

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Ask your Vet for a list of over the counter meds and dosage that you can give your dog. My Vet gave me a complete list of antihistamines, so I started giving my dog generic Claritin... rather than benadryl.
 

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I use plain apple cider vinegar to clean ears, and also as an after bath rinse for my dogs that have skin problems....Makes them smell better and prevents ear infections...:)
 

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Me too. It's great for a lot of things. I put a tablespoon in their food and have never had a problem with fleas or worms. I don't believe in the chemical stuff...
 

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I have found apple cider vinegar helps as well if a dog is getting a bit of extra yeast build up (red) between the paw pads. We also keep a bottle of keopectate stocked just for the dogs after one in particular regularly had an upset digestive system. Lamb turned out to be the culprit in the end, but until we figured that out the keopectate really helped out.

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The most effective ear cleanser I've found is a mix of 4 ounces of rubbing alcohol, 2 tablespoons of boric acid, and 1 tablespoon of glycerin. It worked better than any of the expensive stuff my vet sold me. That's what I use whenever Casbah has a very bad ear infection and it seems to clear it up in days. Otherwise, I just use vinegar for routine cleaning.
 

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Me too. It's great for a lot of things. I put a tablespoon in their food and have never had a problem with fleas or worms. I don't believe in the chemical stuff...
Acetic acid IS a chemical. :)


Having said that, vinegar is great for yeast infections of all kinds. Diluting it with water helps take any sting out.
 

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Diatomaceous earth for fleas and worms. Haven't tried it myself yet but have read great things and have a few people willing to split a 50 pound bag of the stuff, so that's going to be this week's job.
'brown listerine' or it's generic is good for hot spots, ear issues, general wound care
canned pumpkin, slippery elm for digestive issues
a mix of yeast infection cream and cortisone cream for ear infections/hot spots

Many of the horse supplements for joints can be used for dogs too, I've got a tub of a joint mix that works great and is a fraction of the cost of the canine or human version. I learned that years ago when I went into a store and noticed that the human, dog and horse stuff were all in the same place, but the human ones were more than the dog ones but seemed the same otherwise (different label, same amount) and then the horse stuff was ten times the size and only double the price. Called the company and they confirmed it was all the same, just in bulk for horses. You have to double check with products and of course calculate the dosage but it's much less cost wise (I keep a small amount out to use, the rest in the tub in the freezer).
 

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Don't forget Mane n' Tail Shampoo and conditioner for humans and animals. :)
 

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Acetic acid IS a chemical. :)
To quote the great Tim Minchin "Everything organic and natural is good, ignoring the fact that organic natural substances include arsenic and poo and crocodiles; and everything chemical is bad, ignoring the fact that EVERYTHING IS CHEMICALS." :D
 
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