Frequent vet visits can quickly drain the wallet. Try these simple do-it-yourself tips to reduce the number of vet trips.
- Brush. Comb, Inspect and Bathe! Routinely brush and comb your pet and do a quick inspection of the skin to make sure it looks healthy. By identifying skin conditions early, you may be able to treat them a home with a bath and therapeutic rinse. Rinses should be applied from the neck down, with care taken to avoid the head, especially the eyes. The rinse should not be washed off. After allowing the solution to remain on the skin for a few minutes, the pet should be towel dried. Examples of good therapeutic rinses are vinegar and water (good for itchy and smelly skin; do not use if the skin is broken or red and irritated as it can sting) and povidone iodine in water (good for hotspots and infected skin; the solution will discolor white hair and stain clothing, but the stain can be washed out with water).
- Inspect and clean the ears. During routine brushing and combing, inspect the ears for dirt and wax. Do a quick wipe of the inside of the exterior ear with apple cider vinegar and water, hydrogen peroxide, or witch hazel.
- Brush those Teeth! Routine brushing may prevent tarter build-up and avoid the need for frequent dental cleanings. Don’t use human toothpaste! Use a product designed for pets or try using coconut oil to brush.
- Trim nails. Long nails can be uncomfortable for your pet and can damage floors, furniture, and clothing.
- Keep the GI Tract Strong. Feed a good combination prebiotic, probiotic and digestive enzymes to keep the gastrointestinal (GI) tract healthy and the immune system strong.