I like to treat them with natural remedies as often as I can. I know I've posted about several tips in separate posts, but I thought I would put them into one post! Now, although I like natural, I still treat them every month with flea drops, especially since Kojack has a flea allergy. But, these are for fleas, ear mites, and all kinds of other things.
--Blue Dawn is the best shampoo to get rid of fleas. I'm sure you have seen the commercials where they use it on the animals when there is an oil spill. It is very gentle on them. But, fleas hate it! They will be jumping off your animal! And this works for both dogs and cats. I know some flea shampoos are only ok for dogs and not cats, and vice versa.
--Another great remedy to get rid of fleas is 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water. Spray your dog down multiple times a day. The vinegar smell goes away quickly and fleas hate it! This is also a recipe that is great for hot spots. Kojack gets them sometimes, especially if he has had a flea bite. Spraying this concoction on it helps dry it up quickly and also has antibiotic properties. It stings when it first goes on, so don't expect puppy to sit still.
--Kitty have ear mites? Try corn or vegetable oil. Put a few drops into your cat's ears once a day for at least 3 days. Massage each ear after the drops. This will soothe your kitty's skin and smother the mites!
--Doggy have to go out when it's raining? Don't like the lovely wet dog smell? After you dry them off, rub their fur down with a dryer sheet. They'll smell great!
--Protect those little paws! I know Bolt's paw pads crack very easily. Vaseline is perfect for this job. Don't overslather. Just once a day, unless they are severely cracked, will do. Rub a small amount into each pad to help keep them smooth. Also, make sure to avoid walking where it's hot. Their little feet burn just like ours, so hot asphalt is not good for puppies. Either walk where there is grass or use little shoes.
--Vaseline can also be used on their snouts, just be careful to avoid the nostril area.
--Kitty having hair ball issues? Besides daily grooming to keep the fur down, give her half a teaspoon of butter a day. This will help!
--Pup have dry skin? Once or twice a week, especially in the winter, I will put Fish oil on Kojack's food. I just poke a hole in the capsule and drizzle it over his food. He loves it and it helps his skin and coat!
--Another remedy for hot spots that I have found is Gold Bond Medicated powder. Sprinkle a little on the hot spot and it helps to dry it up. It doesn't sting like the vinegar so puppy won't give you the horrible looks!
These are just a few things I have learned over the years in how to take care of animals. Remember, always check with your vet if you aren't sure about something.