April 10, 2013

Home Remedies for Scratching Dogs

It is distressing and frustrating to see your dog constantly biting and scratching at itchy skin. He can really do himself some damage the traumatized skin can become infected and this can make the itching even worse. Severe skin itching and inflammation will need to be treated by your vet. Its important that you find out the reason for his itching so you can have it managed properly.

If your dog is only scratching a little and youd like to manage it at home, then here are some suggestions that can help.

  1. Stay on top of fleas. These are the most common cause of itching in dogs. You may not see any fleas on him but its still worth using a reliable insecticide. Some dogs have flea allergies and even one bite can make them itch for quite some time.
  2. Be careful with what you wash your dog with. Some shampoos are very drying and will strip the natural oils from his coat. Ideally, wash him as little as possible, and use a soap free shampoo. Oatmeal has been shown to ease itching in dogs so you may want to use an oatmeal based shampoo. Follow this with an oatmeal conditioner for longer lasting relief. [Read more...]

The Many Benefits of Herbal Charcoal

Herbal charcoal has a plethora of uses. The best way to purchase charcoal is in capsule form. That way, you can break apart as many capsules as you need to for what youre doing, or simply swallow the capsules.

Charcoal has a history of being used in hospital ERs all across the country for is absorptive properties. People who have swallowed certain poisons, or have overdosed on pills may be given an activated charcoal slurry to absorb whatever toxins are in that patients stomach.

At home, one could use charcoal for any kind of stomach malady: heartburn, indigestion, vomiting, sour stomach, even diarrhea. Its an all natural way to help your stomach balance itself without having to take medication.

One could also use the herbal charcoal mixed with cornstarch to use as a baby powder when changing a baby. This not only prevents diaper rash, but it heals an existing rash quite quickly without using messy creams or ointments. And again, its all natural.

Another use for charcoal is on a plastic bandage to soothe scrapes, bee stings, bug bites and so on. Just grab a bandage the size you need to cover the affected area. Put a little bit of water right on the pad of the bandage, and put some of the charcoal from a capsule on the wet gauzy part of the bandage. Then, apply the bandage to the affected area. It can stay on as long as overnight, but never reuse it. You dont want to use charcoal if you have an open cut or wound; it could permanently darken that area. [Read more...]

A Natural Pain Reliever: Devils Claw

Devils Claw sounds more like something that would cause pain than something that would relieve it. But this leafy shrub is named for tiny red hooks surrounding its fruit.

Devils Claw (harpagophytum procumbens) is native to South Africa, where it has been used by natives for centuries to treat pregnancy complications, boils, and sores as well as pain. Since its discovery and introduction in Europe, Devils Claw has also been used to treat heartburn and restore appetite.

Many studies have been done on the effectiveness of Devils Claw in relieving pain. It has shown to be highly effective in pain relief, with fewer side-effects. It can take full effect within ten days, and has been used successfully in Europe since the early 1900s. [Read more...]