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Remedies

These remedies do not replace the diagnosis or advice of your trusted veterinarian. If in doubt, please seek professional guidance.

Ear Oil Remedy

Use this remedy for bacterial and fungal disruptions. Do not use if eardrum is ruptured.

Ingredients:

1 oz. cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
1-2 cloves fresh chopped garlic (use within 10 minutes of chopping)

 

Directions:

Steep the freshly chopped garlic in the olive oil for at least 24 hours. Strain out the garlic pieces. Add 1000 i.u. Vitamin E oil (no soy or other additives) to the olive oil. Put the mixture into a glass dropper bottle.

Administer 1-3 drops per affected ear twice daily for 10-14 days. Clean ears gently every 3-4 days. If symptoms become worse or irritation develops, contact your veterinarian.

If you are short on time, try this remedy:

Crush 2 cloves of fresh garlic. Wait 10 minutes and add the crushed garlic to 1/3 cup olive oil. Heat in a pan for several minutes, but do not boil. Let the mixture cool. Strain and store in a glass bottle with a dropper.

Administer 1-3 drops per affected ear twice daily for 10-14 days. Clean ears gently every 3-4 days. If symptoms become worse or irritation develops, contact your veterinarian.

You can also purchase a ready-made ear oil with mullein and garlic. These are available at places like Whole Foods or natural pharmacies.

Skin and Ear Cleaning Remedy 

Use this remedy for itchy skin, allergy symptoms, and general gentle cleaning of ears. Do not use if eardrum is ruptured.

Ingredients:

1 part aloe vera juice
1 part alcohol-free witch hazel (e.g., Thayers)
1 part distilled/filtered/bottled water
1 part organic apple cider vinegar with "the mother"

 

Directions:

Mix ingredients together in a pump top or spray bottle. Add 1-2 drops of therapeutic grade lavender essential oil to every 4 oz. of mixture.

Spray on fur/skin to ease itching and soothe sores. Use soft cloth to gently clean around ear flaps and area of the ear you can reach with a cloth on your finger. Don't stick anything down into the ear as that can push the debris further into the ear canal. If irritation occurs or symptoms persist or worsen, contact your veterinarian. STORE IN REFRIGERATOR. Allow to warm if using IN ears. Not recommended to fill ear canal with solution.

Foot Soak 

Use this remedy for yeast, fungus, and irritated paws.

Ingredients:

1 gallon distilled or pure water
1 cup organic apple cider vinegar with "the mother"
1 cup strong steeped green tea
Juice of 1 lemon

Optional: Epsom salts- up to 1-2 tablespoon per cup of liquid

Directions:

Mix ingredients together. Dissolve the Epsom salts completely. Soak for 30 seconds to 5 minutes and then pat your pet's paws dry. 

Bone Broth 

This recipe is courtesy of Margaret Nee of Art of Dog.

Bone broth is one of the easiest foods you can make at home to add to your pet’s diet (and your own). It’s high in minerals, collagen, and other micronutrients, all easily absorbed by the body. It can be used as a simple broth (makes an excellent convalescence food), or meat and vegetables can be included to make a meal.

There is no single recipe for bone broth, but the two things all recipes have in common are:
 

The addition of an acidic liquid. This helps draw the minerals out of the bones more thoroughly. Raw apple cider vinegar is most commonly used. It’s well regarded by herbalists for its ability to draw minerals out of plants. Lemon juice may be substituted. 

Long cooking time. This is necessary to get the full nutrition out of the bones. There is no “magic” time, but I recommend simmering for 24 hours in a crockpot. A pot on the stove works too, but requires much more monitoring and you need to turn it off if you leave the house and when you go to sleep.

Instructions:

  1. Start with raw and/or cooked bones. Be sure to include joint bones with cartilage. You can collect and save bones from your own meals in the freezer but be sure to rinse any sauce off that may be irritating to your dog’s digestive system. Turkey wings & legs are a good choice, and can usually be requested at health food store meat counters at a good price, and go straight into the pot raw. If you are planning to use it as more of a meal or want plenty of meat included use a whole chicken, chicken or turkey leg quarters, or other meaty bones. You can also add meat from another species (use poultry bones with beef chunks, for example).
     
  2. Completely cover the bones with water & add vinegar. Cover by about two inches of water, but not too much more, try to keep the broth dense. Add raw apple cider vinegar, 2-4 tablespoons for an average full crockpot. Cover for the duration. Turn your crockpot to high just to get it started for the first hour, then switch to low.
     
  3. When finished strain the bones (do not feed these to your dog!). If you used bones with meat attached you'll need to strip them by hand. Once it’s chilled skim the excess fat off the top if you wish (there may be less than you expect). The remainder is your broth. If it has a jelly-like consistency when it is cold you’ve done a good job!

You can freeze this broth in small containers (even ice cube trays) for easy dispensing. You can store it in your refrigerator for about 4 days, but it should be frozen for longer storage.

I encourage you to add nutritious extras to your broth while it cooks. Strain those marked with *. You can use a muslin bag to contain them for easy retrieval.

  • Kelp
  • Nettles
  • Garlic
  • Dandelion Root *
  • “Italian” Herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, fennel seed) 
  • Astragalus Root * 
  • Burdock Root * 
  • Shiitaki mushrooms * 

Adding vegetables is optional. If you’re making a broth with meat included you can also add vegetables for a fuller meal. Keep your veggies to under 30% compared to meat (unless you need a low-protein, high-fiber broth). Use a variety of vegetables, emphasize greens, minimize roots, and be adventurous. Use a food processor after cooking to blend it all together for those dogs who don't care for them, to make foods like Shiitake mushrooms more digestible, or to make it easier to dispense.

  • Beet Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Chard
  • Green Beans
  • Purslane
  • Peas 
  • Dandelion Greens 
  • Fennel Root 
  • Celery 
  • Collard Greens 
  • Spinach

This is not “nutritionally complete” for exclusive long-term feeding. Use it as a base for a complete meal, or as a supplement for your pet’s regular diet. Commercial dry foods expect you to feed treats to your dog, so adding this homemade food to your dog's dry food shouldn't throw things off as long as you don't overdo it. If it's 50% of your dog's diet for an extended period of time, you should be adding some supplements to ensure balance. If supplementing your dog's dry food with the meaty/veggie version of this, it's best to stick to 25% or less as a guideline.

Plain bone broth can be used widely, to moisten dry food, hydrate ill animals, and even be a soup for you! Its versatility should make this a regular part of your cooking repertoire.

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