Most veterinarians admittedly dislike when their clients admit to them they have tried home remedies for pets. But it would be foolish not to think that most pet owners haven’t tried a home remedy at least once on their pets. Probably the most common reason for trying a home remedy is to avoid a veterinary bill. Though I don’t recommend any home remedies for your pet, here are some you should definitely avoid in them.
Constipation is probably one of the most common ailments that owners attempt to treat on their own. Unfortunately, some home remedies for pets for this condition can have some undesired effects. Here are two home remedies for pets to treat constipation you should avoid.
Mineral oil: It seems logical that if a pet is constipated that adding lubrication would be a great help right? Unfortunately, since mineral oil is often administered by mouth, your pet is at risk for aspirating this viscous fluid. If the mineral oil gets in the lungs of your pet, it is almost certain death due to the damage to the airways. So it is definitely not worth the risk.
Fleet enema.: It is also tempting to pick up a fleet enema to help with your constipated pet. The problem with fleet enemas is they can cause severe electrolyte disturbances which can lead to neurological disorders in your pet. Therefore the use of fleet enemas in your pet should be avoided .
It happens in all our pets. A common scenario is when a pet injures one or multiple of their limbs from either running, jumping or some other excessive activity. Most of us hate to see our animals in pain so it’s tempting to reach for an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Over-the-counter pain relievers. Drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen are common drugs used by us to relieve pain. The problem is that cats and dogs can’t metabolize these drugs the same way we can. So even if these over-the-counter pain medications are safe for us to use, they can be deadly if given to our pets.
Fevers can occur in pets for different reasons with the most common due to an infection. Because of this, it’s tempting to reach for Tylenol to provide relief for the fever. Just as the pain medications I mentioned can be toxic, Tylenol is the same way. Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol can cause break down of the red blood cells leading to blood poisoning and liver damage.
Garlic for fleas
This could be one of the most disputed home remedies for pets. Irregardless, garlic contains chemicals that can potentially damage red blood cells in dogs and cats. This damage can cause severe anemia therefore reducing the oxygen capability of the body
Final thoughts: As a veterinarian I don’t recommend home remedies for pets without first consulting with your veterinarian. But I expect that many will not heed this advice therefore I thought this list would be helpful.