Seven Secrets Your Vet Won’t Tell You

If you’re frustrated because you’ve been spending a fortune buying pet products that sometimes don’t even work, then here are some home remedies and suggestions that may be helpful in these days of hard times and high gas prices. As a rescuer and breeder for several years, I have learned a few tricks of the trade that your local veterinarian probably won’t tell you. Most veterinarians won’t tell you these secrets because they’d rather sell you their high dollar specialty products. But for those of us who love dogs and cats and have multiple household pets, those high dollar products may not be an option.

  1. One of the first things I learned is that all pet food that claims to be nutritionally complete is not necessarily nutritionally complete. Most actively growing dogs and lactating bitches need at least 27% protein in their diet to adequately support their needs. The higher the fat content the better. Any brand can be used if it has at least this much protein, though some of the name brands may contain a higher quality protein. Some dog foods use chicken products such as the feet, beak, and feathers, along with “road kill” products.
  2. A great nutritional supplement is a mixture of 1 pack of lemonade mix, 3 or 4 Tablespoons powdered or grated garlic, 2 cups of some type of oil (preferably olive or canola), and finely crushed egg shells. The lemonade powder provides a high concentration of vitamin C, the garlic is a natural wormer and flea repellent, the oil provides extra fat in the diet, and the egg shells provide extra calcium. Used bacon grease can also be used for the fat and is a natural wormer. Give your dog(s) about 2 tablespoons of this supplement mixed with their meal when that extra nutrition is needed. I used this home remedy for a dog with hip dysplasia and she was walking normally after just a few days on this supplement. It’s great for lactating bitches, and growing puppies, too.
  3. Dogs also need to be bathed regularly to stay comfortable during the summer months especially. High dollar dog shampoos can be used for this purpose but why pay more than you have to. (Dawn or Ajax) antibacterial dish washing liquid is great to bathe dogs in and has flea and tick repellent properties. Just make sure to use the orange antibacterial formula. Other formulas do not provide the same protection from fleas and ticks.
  4. Another trick of the trade is the use of old fashioned powdered garden sulfur as a flea, tick, and mange dip for dogs and cats. It’s what they used in the “old days.” It works better than the newer permethrin based dips, which provide little protection alone. Mixing sulfur and permethrin works better than either of them alone. Follow the instruction on the permethrin dip if you add this. Dip at least once a month for the best protection using about 1 cup of powder for a large container of water.  (a small child’s pool works great)
  5. Lime dust is another good old fashioned remedy as a lawn supplement to help rid your yard and garden areas of these unwanted pests. Be sure to dust heavily around dog houses and much used areas.
  6. Chlorine bleach is a great disinfectant for yard and kennel areas when used in a yard and garden type sprayer
  7. Some (Heartguard) horse wormers use the same ingredients as the dog and cat wormers and is much more cost effective. Just put a small amount on your fingertip and let the dog or puppy lick it off.

These home remedies and suggestions are not guaranteed to work as suggested and the products named are not intended for the purposes stated. Strong caution is recommended when trying any unconventional methods with your beloved family pets. If you have any questions about trying these or other unconventional methods, seek the advice of your pet’s veterinarian.

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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