Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats

It’s unnerving enough…just finding out that your dog or cat is swollen somewhere that it shouldn’t be, shaking and scratching at its painful ears, sneezing blood, holding up a sore leg, yelping in pain when you pick it up or move its head, acting listless, puking, scratching itchy skin until it’s raw, straining, suffering from runny diarrhea with spots of blood in it…and, well, bleeding from anywhere. The only thing worse is when you realize it is after clinic hours and you may have to seek emergency care. You may think it’s time to panic. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. 

  I’ve got some advice and rules of thumb that may help you to help your dog or cat…until you can get in to see your regular vet.

First, let me stress that if your pet seems to be very sick, in pain, or bleeding profusely there is no decision to make. Call and seek help immediately. If it’s after hours, however, prepare yourself for a much more expensive veterinary visit. Emergency clinics are staffed nights, holidays and weekends with veterinarians that specialize in trauma and critical care, along with a full staff of technicians and veterinary assistants, all of whom provide treatment and monitoring all night or weekend long. That’s good news when your sick or injured pet needs immediate help!

The bad news is, it will cost you anywhere from a minimum of $ 200 to several $ 1000—even if what you thought was a serious problem….isn’t. If the symptoms are not obviously life threatening, here are two options you may consider:

1.If you are unsure of the severity of the condition, you may get an exam at the emergency clinic and delay expensive treatment until your vet opens the next day (when the same treatment may be less costly),   

2. If you are reasonably sure that the condition is mild, not too uncomfortable for your pet, and treatment could wait a few hours or even a day, you could administer some home first aid. This guide—while not a diagnostic tool—lists some safe medications you can administer for temporary relief. 

WARNING: While some over-the-counter medication can provide your pet with temporary relief, you need to be very careful NOT to give your dog or cat Tylenol (acetaminophen is the generic form) or ibuprofen. And while dogs can have aspirin (see dosage recommendations in 5, below) do NOT give aspirin to your cat. Pain relievers for cats are best purchased from your vet.

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Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats

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NSAIDs for Pain Relief Can Cause Problems if Used Together or in Sensitive Animals

We are all interested in reducing pain and inflammation in our pets when it is necessary. Pharmaceutical companies have come up with a variety of medications that help do just that. The downside is that there are a few harmful side effects in a few sensitive animals. Anti-inflammatory drug types are in classes related to aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and cortisone. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) include the aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen types.

Prednisone is not an NSAID but an anti-inflammatory drug used for allergic reactions, autoimmune problems, and painful chronic joint conditions. I use a cortisone injection and oral prednisone to help with painful itchy skin and ear conditions, severe bowel conditions, and painful joints. I always try to “pulse” the cortisone and prednisone when needed for a few days to a maximum of 2 weeks. It’s always best to use the smallest dose of cortisone every other day to control allergies, chronic diarrhea, or achy joints due to arthritis of old age. A client weaned her German shepherd down to just 5-10 mg every other day to control symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease or food allergy. She used the Prednisone after trying a multitude of foods and home cooking. Her dog weighed 70 pounds and a normal dose of cortisone would usually be at least 20-40 mg once to twice daily for that weight.

From that experience, I realized that the dosage of any pain medication needed (NSAID or steroid like prednisone) may be ultimately dependent on the problem and the individual’s response to the drug. If less medication helps with pain relief, the less chance of side effects!

This is especially important with NSAIDS like aspirin, Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Previcox, Etogesic, Metacam, and the generic forms of these drugs. The warning label for all NSAIDS are  similar and sounds like this.

The most common side effect of NSAIDs is stomach upset, but stomach ulcers may develop, in which case you may see loss of appetite; vomiting; diarrhea; dark, tarry, or bloody stools; or constipation. Side effects involving the kidney include increased thirst and urination, or changes in the urine color or smell. Liver-related side effects include jaundice (yellowing of the gums, skin, or eyes). Other side effects may include pale gums, lethargy, shedding, in-coordination, seizures, or behavioral changes. If any of these side effects are observed, stop treatment and contact your veterinarian.

Liver problems can be serious in sensitive dogs(especially labs)

These drugs are really good for a pet in pain, but remember that they can cause serious side effects in sensitive animals. I often use less than the recommended dose or split the dosage up into twice daily doses for a few days to see how the drug works on a particular patient.

NSAIDS seem to cause the most side effects in stressed animals, especially those recovering from surgery. Surgical patients are commonly given the maximum,  24 hour,   “surgical dose” injection of Rimadyl. I have been giving my surgical patients half that dosage.( the regular twice daily dosage of Rimadyl) I feel that it makes more sense to use a dose that will reduce pain and can be repeated in 12 hours.

NSAIDS work by stopping inflammation-causing prostaglandins present in all cells.  Not all prostaglandins cause inflammation. Some prostaglandins are necessary to prevent acid build up in the stomach and help with normal kidney function (The “happy” types of prostaglandins  are called Cox-1 types, while the “painful or inflammatory” prostaglandin types are called Cox-2). Some NSAIDS can alter the normal balance of the prostaglandins (decrease the happy type needed for a healthy stomach and kidneys) and cause ulcers, kidney problems, or bleeding. NSAIDS more active with stopping Cox-2 prostaglandins are better at pain relief without side effects. For example, aspirin (which stops both prostaglandins) may lower  the “happy”  prostaglandin in the stomach cells causing ulcers. (Remember, prostaglandins are in every cell and have jobs!). This account isn’t entirely biochemically correct but in general describes the scenario.

That being said, NSAIDS are still one of the most common drugs used in veterinary medicine. There are several things you can do to make sure that your pet is not one of the rare patients that will have problems.

Make sure your vet knows about any other medication you have used before starting a course of NSAIDS. Switching from one NSAID to another may need a break of several days to 2 weeks to prevent problems. If a patient has received aspirin or prednisone, NSAIDS and surgery could cause problems. One or two doses of aspirin may not cause concern, but if the patient is older, sensitive, or stressed, two different NSAIDS in a short period of time could cause side effects.

Giving a break between prednisone and other NSAIDS is called the “washout period” to give the stomach, kidneys, liver, and clotting system a breather between different drugs. The body may need a rest between prednisone,aspirin, and the start of NSAIDS. ( Your vet will be able to tell you how much time, if any, to wait between drugs) Your pets sensitivity and reaction to a new NSAID may be more about them as individuals, not the combination. The real facts are really not known. Some literature says 24 hours , 72 hours , and up to two weeks between different drugs!

Try to use the lowest dose that will give relief. In cases of chronic pain you may be able to use the medication daily or every other day instead of twice daily.

Stop giving the drugs if there is nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, or other signs or not feeling good!

Fish oils’ omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect involving the production of protective instead of inflammatory prostaglandins. Using fish oil may help decrease inflammation as well as help nourish the skin!

Remember: Dogs with arthritis need to be on the thin side and may benefit from glucosamine/chondroitin supplements , raw meaty bones, or slow cooked bones and cartilage. Weight loss and a better diet may decrease the need for NSAIDS!

If you want to know more about feeding a better diet, helping dogs with itchy skin, helping cats lose weight, ear problems, seizures, or chronic bowel issues, check out Dog Dish Diet and Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet at http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now . Dog Dish Diet talks about helping medical problems with better ingredients and Feed Your Pet teaches you how to easily and economically slow cook food for your dog and cat.(Feed Your Pet also has nutritional tips for your cat)

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Truffles and Willie (rehomed)

A few nice teach dog tricks images I found: Truffles and Willie (rehomed) Image by madaise Willie has moved to his new home. He’s going on a diet, will be a running partner for his new mom and…

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Poor Mac and his skin allergy. Now he has a pink bald spot.
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A Vow for Always (The Discovery – A Lancaster County Saga Part 6) by Wanda Brunstetter ~ Book Review

Title: A Vow for Always: (The Discovery – A Lancaster County Saga Part 6)
Publisher: Barbour Books

Publish Date:  July 1, 2013


The Discovery—A Six-Part Serial Novel Series from NY Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter
Wanda E. Brunstetter delivers a fresh take on Amish romance with her one-of-a-kind Discovery series. Releasing as a serial novel, the compelling love story will be broken into 6 short books releasing consecutively over a six-month period. Each novel will end in a heart-wrenching cliffhanger that will leave readers dying to know what happens next. The story follows a newlywed Amish couple in Lancaster County whose relationship faces insurmountable odds.

Book #6: A Vow for Always

Everything is about to change. . . .

After months of facing nothing but blank memories, “Eddie” remembers his name—Luke—and his past seems within his reach. But there are still many pieces left to place.

Meanwhile, miles away in Lancaster County, everything has changed in Luke’s former life. His house is occupied by Englishers. His own parents believe he is dead. And caught between her undying love for Luke and her need to provide for her son’s future, Meredith has grown closer to Jonah and closer to marriage.

Can Luke salvage the rest of his memory and return home before it’s too late?

My Thoughts

I have to say that I loved each and every book in this series and I found myself hating to see the series end. I wanted the storyline to continue, I just wasn’t done hearing about their lives yet. 

I love that Susan and her family took “Eddie” in and allowed him to be himself while he was trying to find his true identity after his accident at the bus station bathroom. I image it was hard for Susan to sit by and watch him learn his true identity while she had deep feelings for him. They really were great to him. I can’t imagine a family being that way for someone that they didn’t even know by allowing him to come into their home and giving him everything that they did.

Jonah and Meredith are planning their spring wedding and I loved the fact that Luke’s parents finally came to terms with the fact that Jonah is good for Meredith and little Levi and was accepting him into their lives and is going to attend the wedding. I can imagine how hard that would be.

Luke little by little starts to remember his who he really is. Will he completely remember and when? I am not going to tell you. You thought I would didn’t you? I won’t ruin the book for you either way. He may or he may not.

I give this and every book in this series 5 stars.

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Tie downs are a much better choice than a crate could ever be. Crates are too confining and cruel in my opinion. After a time, the tie down can be removed as the dog has learned the boundaries and remains in his designated zone. When I leave the house for an extended time, my dogs go into a heated shop where they can be safe and free.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Host Pup Night at PNC Park

When it comes to stepping up to the plate for a paws cause, the Pittsburgh Pirates lead the pack. In 2013, the Bucs will help our barking buddies and purring pals in area animal shelters by hosting a…

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Rig Rundown – Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea

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newtracie2No, that is not a typo – I do mean “carbo” as in CARB as in carbohydrate (not his carbon) paw print!

My book The Dog Bible explains why we have to consider kibble as only a part of our dog’s daily diet. If you are feeding dry food only, it’s important for your dog’s overall health and weight to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in their bowl and replace it with a protein source and some form of vegetables.

We know for ourselves that a balanced meal with a variety of items on our plate is healthier because we then get our nutrients from different sources. Eating in this balanced way can also keep us slimmer, rather than eating a diet that is carb-heavy. Dogs also need variety in their diet from a variety of sources..

If you take kibble as a foundation, then you can add whole, less-processed foods including protein and veggies. A great way to do that is to feed about half the amount of kibble you usually feed and then add some protein like meat, fish, cottage cheese or eggs – and a variety of cooked or raw vegetables, too. Halo’s Spot’s Stew in a can is a perfect way to do this because you can rotate different proteins and all the recipes include whole cooked vegetables just the way a stew for people would – and you don’t have to worry about supplementing the diet to make it balanced.

What I have done for years is to use Halo kibble as the foundation of my dogs’ dinner, rotating proteins so I serve a different one with each new bag. Many friends and radio listeners who have switched to Halo because of its superior recipes, have also discovered that they need to feed smaller quantities because it is made from such nutritious ingredients that you need less of it to satisfy hunger. This means they are lowering their dog’s “carbo paw print” and in so doing are reducing one of the possible causes of obesity.

Less carbs overall means less kibble. Feeding a “grain free” kibble does not solve the problem because all kibble is carb-heavy by its very nature. All kibble has to begin as a dough of some kind, before it can become the kibbled shape.

Just as people gain weight from eating foods that are heavy in carbs, so does a dog pack on the pounds when his diet does not have enough quality protein to balance the carbohydrate load. Many of the successful diets for humans depend on reducing carbohydrates and increasing protein – to lower that “carbo pawprint” for your dog, give the High Protein idea a test run on your dog. I’ll bet you’ll be trying it soon on yourself!


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First Howl

First puppy howl


Adorable puppy caught mid howl. First howl ever for this cute little pup!



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