Home Remedies for a Sick Dog

When ferocious Fido’s off his feed but isn’t quite sick enough for a trip to the vet, try these effective home remedies.

Knowing the Signs

Learning the difference between a healthy pup and one who needs an emergency trip to the vet benefits you and your pet alike. Knowing the signs of a sick dog saves your pet’s health and you time and aggravation. You should also be aware the preventive measures you can take to avoid an emergency visit.

Check your dog’s coat for flea dirt, dandruff and dry skin. His ears should not have an odor, and his eyes should be clear instead of clouded. Gums should be pink or black, depending on the breed, with no bleeding or pale, bluish areas.

Watch your pet’s paws and skin for abrasions and lumps, especially when grooming. Long nails can cause lameness, so trim them regularly. During grooming, pay close attention if your dog yelps or seems uncomfortable when you touch a particular area. Lumps require immediate professional attention.


Fleas are common among dogs, but while they’re certainly gross, they’re easily treated.

Check for flea dirt in your pet’s fur. Should you find it, or if you see live fleas, immediately apply a flea treatment. Avoid flea collars; instead, give your dog flea baths followed by a thorough combing, or an application of Advantix or Frontline, to eliminate the problem.

Digestive Troubles

Most dog owners know that their four-legged friends sometimes eat and chew on things they shouldn’t. While this habit is annoying for the damage it can cause in your home, it can also be extremely dangerous for your dog. Dogs that chew on furniture risk ingesting harmful materials. Vomiting, diarrhea and incontinence are all signs that something is amiss, and the problem should never be ignored.

Pay attention to your pup’s digestive habits. If you notice frequent loose stools or urinary incontinence, contact your vet. Your remedy may be as simple as adjusting your food or taking an antibiotic. If your pet ingested a toxic substance then medical treatment may be necessary.

Vomiting may mean nothing or it may mean everything. Frequent vomiting with a change in eating habits also requires immediate medical attention.


Dogs get worms from ingesting feces, infected water, rodents and bug bites. According to Animal Planet, “the best remedy is prevention.” First and foremost, that means cleaning up after your pet promptly and not letting him ingest feces or water from the outdoors, no matter how tasty it may appear.

Flea, tick and heartworm prevention medicine provides protection as well. Place electronic mouse traps in rodent-prone areas to keep parasites at bay. Keep his living area clean by wiping it down with boiling water, steam or a 10 percent ammonia solution.

Should your dog develop severe diarrhea or vomiting, lethargy or wormy stool, contact your vet immediately.

Better Health Through Prevention

Just like human beings, dogs require adequate exercise, high quality foods and a safe outdoor environment. Keeping your dog healthy with preventive care keeps him happier and your wallet fuller.

Byline: Michael is a full-time blogger who has passions in all corners of the online world. In his down time he enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and blogging on everything from technology, to business, to marketing, and beyond.

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