The pet care market in America is worth billions of dollars. Americans are expected to spend around $72 billion on their pets, with about $32 billion of that onover-the-counter treatments and medicines. Sadly, the lack of regulations on pet wellness products can mean not all these supposed medicines are suitable for your pet. Some of these products are made using synthetic ingredients and even considered toxic for pets.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to keep your pets happy and healthy. There are plenty of natural pet care ingredients available in our medicine cabinets and kitchen cupboards that are effective and cost less. Here are a few to keep on hand:
1. Probiotics and Prebiotics
Probiotics and prebiotics aren’t just meant for humans; they also help animals maintain a healthy gut, repair genes, and remove mercury from the body. You can add a few teaspoons of kefir or fermented vegetables to your pet’s food to get the effects of probiotics. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and spinach are rich in prebiotics. High fiber foods like carrots and beets are also excellent prebiotic foods.
2. Citrus Fruits
To get rid of fleas, make a mixture of water and the juice from a lemon, orange, or sweet lime. Put the mixture on your pet’s fur. Citrus fruits contain limonene and are excellent flea repellants. You can also a little rosemary to the lemon and water mixture to leave your pets smelling fresh. For easier application, the mixture can also be poured into a spray bottle and sprayed on your pet’s fur. Just make sure you don’t spray the mixture close to your pet’s eyes.
If your dog’s continually scratching, mix some finely grounded oatmeal with water to make a paste and rub it on the itchy areas. Leave this mixture for around ten minutes before washing it off with warm water. Oats are a common ingredient in natural pet shampoos; in fact, you can even make one at home. Grind up some oatmeal and add water, a little coconut oil, and just a little bit of gentle shampoo for some foam. Grounded oats mixed with some aloe vera gel and water can be used as a soothing treatmentfor an affected area. If your older pet has been diagnosed with diabetes, oatmeal can also be added to food.It is an excellent source of soluble fiber and helps slow down the absorption of glucose. But make sure you speak to the vet before introducing oatmeal as a food supplement.
Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated plants, dating back to ancient Mesopotamia in around 8,000 BC. It is not only useful for humans, but it is also beneficial topets. Hemp is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid), an ingredient that vital for joint health. GLA also helps pets manage allergies, digestive issues, and skin problems and promotes a healthy immune system. Hemp for dogs is rich in essential amino acids, vitamin E, and healthy minerals that support cellular health in pets. You can either feed dog hemp oil directly to your pet or add a few drops to food or water.