6 Human Home Remedies That Are Surprisingly Great for Pets

Did you know that many popular home remedies for humans also work for pets? If your pet has irritated skin or an infection, hold off on harsh antibiotics and try these natural ingredients first:

1. Colloidal Silver

In humans, colloidal silver is mainly used outside the body to treat burns and cuts (some
homeopathic medicine uses it for other things). For pets, colloidal silver is a great natural


• Cuts
• Eye infections
• Ear infections
• Irritated sores

Colloidal silver is safe even for kittens and puppies. It has powerful antibiotic, antimicrobial and antifungal qualities, making it a general-purpose infection fighter for pets. Give dogs or cats a little colloidal silver in their water bowl or spray it gently onto problem areas.

2. Coconut Oil

Humans use coconut oil for a lot of health and beauty reasons. My wife swears by it for
moisturizing her skin, curing chapped lips and conditioning her hair (I wish I still had enough hair to give that a try).

What about pets? This natural remedy is great for keeping their skin hydrated and healthy.
Coconut oil is safe for cats and dogs. A dab can take amazing care of a dog’s sensitive paws and nose during winter (plus dogs love the taste). Feed a little to your cat or apply some directly to its coat to make the fur shinier.

3. Pureed Pumpkin

People aren’t only ones who need enough fiber in the diet. Older dogs can have constipation
issues from time to time (isn't that the truth). To get their digestive system back to normal, feed dogs pumpkin puree. Canned pumpkin is fine, but make sure it’s plain, not the kind with spices, which can irritate a dog’s stomach.

4. Echinacea, Chamomile and Calendula

These tea remedies are used by humans to ease the symptoms of a cold. Echinacea strengthens the immune system and chamomile has great inflammation-fighting properties. Calendula speeds up wound healing.

If your cat gets frequent respiratory infections, add some echinacea to its food. Many cats enjoy eating echinacea, so you shouldn’t have any trouble offering it.

Looking for a natural way to clean shallow bites or cuts? Brew some chamomile or calendula tea, let it cool off and put it in a spray bottle. Spritz this tea over the wound. For injured paws, let the paw soak in a bowl with the cool tea.

5. Plain Yogurt

Probiotics are just as good for dogs as for humans. If your dog is having trouble with loose stools or other digestive problems, give them a little unsweetened yogurt. It should calm their tummy trouble.

However, definitely do not give your cat yogurt (or other dairy for that matter). It’s not harmful, but lactose tends to irritate kitty bellies.

As versatile as diatomaceous earth is, however, don’t apply it to your flowers. Because it’s a non-selective natural pesticide, it doesn’t know the difference between good bugs and bad. Stick to plants, and give your garden helpers such as bees, butterflies and ladybugs a chance to thrive.

6. Lavender Oil

I don’t use it personally, but my wife loves taking baths with lavender oil and using it for
aromatherapy. This essential oil is great for calming a pet’s itchy skin. To avoid any allergies, you may want to dilute lavender oil in water or sunflower oil before applying it to their skin. Vitamin E oil is an even gentler option for skin irritation.

These soothing remedies make pets happy. Another benefit is you may not need to go to the
vet’s office as frequently. Saving money and taking care of pets at the same time is a win-win

Pat - August 4, 2020

Thank you so much I also have a lab and like benson eats things that upset his tummy
Your tips so helpful
Much appreciated

Sandi Castonguay - August 9, 2020

very helpful info, we all need to think more carefully about harmful perscription meds we use for our pets need more natural solutions that are less irrating to our dear fur babies

Jude - August 14, 2020

Thank you. Always good to learn ways of avoiding vet trips and expensive vet bills. I use 10 drops of lavender oil in a cup of distilled water, in a spray bottle. Gets their attention, when u want them to stop barking.

Patricia Allison - August 14, 2020

Thank you so much for this tips. Answers several questions for my old blind sneezing Harrison

Diana Thomas - August 18, 2020

This was really interesting, I learn things I didn’t know.
Thank you so much

Karen Thompson - August 19, 2020

Very interesting and natural remedies for common health issues.
Thank you

Jackie - September 1, 2020

we have a new rescue dog. she is half doxie And a sweet
Blessing to us. One of our boys has been very afraid of
Dogs and now cannot hug our dog enough!!

Wendy Bolt - September 9, 2020

Coconut oil is NOT safe for dogs or cats to ingest. It causes leaky gut (it also causes it in humans when eaten in excess). Do not tell people this. It is not safe for pets!

Anthony M Romero - September 10, 2020

My bichon is always licking her paws, is this because her nails need to be trimmed?

Tammi Elam - September 12, 2020

I have a German shepherd that licks his paws constantly, I will definitely try either the coconut oil or soaking his paws in the tea. Thank you so much for this advice.

Judy Griersoni - September 15, 2020

Atm Wendy Bolt where did you
acquire your info about coconut
oil not being good for people an
dogs I started using virgin coconut
oil after Dr OZ the #1 heart surgeon
talked about it on his show oh maybe
6or 7yrs ago I also give it to my cats
dogs it kills bacteria

dawn chung - September 16, 2020

Good article!
However, I have read that lavender oil, among few other essential oils are very toxic to feline. In fact, every time I open the lavender oil bottle my cat immediately jumps off my lap and leaves the room.

4waystoyummy - September 18, 2020

Thank you so much. I had heard that essential oils are toxic for dogs so I’m leery to have them around her. Glad to know one of my favorite smells is safe and good for her.

Julie - September 22, 2020

I am a proud very new owner of a rescue from Rumania. Unfortunately he seems to be racked with a skin condition which has already cost me nearly £200 and I’ve only had him since Saturday! He just scratches and bites at anywhere he can reach on his little body and I feel quite helpless. Yet to find out if prescribed meds/shampoo are going to help 😬

Pat - September 23, 2020

Thank you for this SO useful information. I lost my dogs some time ago, and couldn’t face the heartbreak again, so I now have many friends who do have dogs with various problems. I am going to forward this valuable information to them all, and recommend subscribing to your website. Thank you so much.

Cheryl - September 25, 2020

Thanks for listing these out. One things that humans eat, chocolate, is toxic to dogs so it is good to know what works.

Judy - September 27, 2020

I didn’t know any of these were good for cats. I’ll give them a try when needed. Many thanks for the article. 😸

T Slater - September 27, 2020

I have Great Danes. Pumpkin can be used also for diarrhea, so be very careful with the amounts you use. I have gone from one end of the poop chain to the other.

Daphne Hands - September 29, 2020

Thank you for all that information it’s sounds wonderful and shall definitely try it

Gayle - October 1, 2020

Came across your website today quite by accident. I found your information very interesting. I have family members and friends who have pets and I know they will also be very interested in your content. Thank you.

Michael - October 5, 2020

Anyone got any idea of how to prevent the noise from firework explosions as they seem to be getting bigger and louder than ever before ?

Kay - October 5, 2020

I use goat kefir for myself as a probiotic and also give it to my dog as we both have digestive issues!

Darlene - October 6, 2020

Coconut oil or solid form is also good for killing fleas on a dog.

Moana - October 27, 2020

Wow that’s some helpful info there, thank you👍👍

Helen - November 29, 2020

k, Why does a dog want to eat grass? I have never gotten an answer from my vet. He just says “he just likes grass”.

Patricia Adams - March 9, 2021

Do you know if human antibiotics are safe for dogs? For example, Cipro. 500MG

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