Our mission at Dogs Naturally is to give dogs a long, happy and naturally healthy life. And our commitment is to give you the knowledge and tools you need to manage common health issues at home without drugs or chemicals.
Every year we reach millions of dog owners who are dealing with health issues and not getting results. And as we reflect back on the year, and all the dogs we’ve helped, we thought we’d share the top posts this year that generated the largest number of success stories.
Let’s face it … nobody else has your dog’s best interests at heart. Dogs today are struggling to stay healthy despite over-vaccination, processed foods, antibiotics that harm their immune system and toxic drugs to kill heartworms and parasites … and many dogs fail.
That’s why millions of dog owners are turning to natural care. And that’s why you need to take an active role in deciding what’s best for your dog.
So to help you get started, here are our top posts from this year. Each one has a tip you’ll want to keep, plus there’s a bonus, so make sure you read all the way to the end …
1. Our Best Home Remedies For Fleas
Here are Rita’s first 5 steps for treating your dog for fleas:
Steps For Treating Your Dog For Fleas
- During an active flea attack, wash your dog with citrus Castile soap each week followed by a final rinse with ACV. For this rinse, use one part vinegar to ten parts water.
- Keeping your dog’s coat clean and using a flea comb is essential to natural flea prevention. Comb from top of head to the underside of the tail, neck, underbelly and legs.
- Once a week, wash all of your dog’s bedding in hot water with a natural, unscented detergent. If your dog sleeps with you, make sure you throw your own bedding in the washer once a week too.
- Each week vaccuum your carpets and floors, paying special attention to any places your dog hangs out (along with his little flea companions). An extra diatomaceous earth carpet treatment or two can also help keep fleas from multiplying.
- Because the flea’s entire life cycle, from eggs to larvae to pupae to adults, can be as long as several months, you’ll need to keep repeating these steps to make sure the flea infestation is completely gone.
Say goodbye to fleas. [Click here to read the post now]
2. 5 Natural Remedies For Dog Ear Infections
Does your dog suffer from ear infections?
Here’s a remedy using apple cider vinegar:
- Take apple cider vinegar and mix it with equal parts distilled water.
- Either put it in a syringe and squirt a little in your dog’s ear or soak a cotton ball in the vinegar/water solution and gently clean your dog’s ear flap with the cotton ball.
Just be careful not to use this remedy if the skin is broken in the ear as it could sting.
NOTE: Never use Q-tips in your dog’s ears! They can push dirt and bacteria further down into the ear or it can even rupture the eardrum.
Want to know the other 4? [Click here to check out the post]
3. Stop Your Dog’s Diarrhea
Your dog has diarrhea. You can either:
A. Head to the vet for a drug that suppresses the diarrhea (bad idea)
B. Help soothe your dog’s digestive system naturally with fasting, bland food and pre- and probiotics (good idea)
This post will tell you how. [Find the detailed steps by clicking here]
4. Why I Wouldn’t Give My Dog Apoquel
Are you thinking about giving your dog Apoquel for allergies?
Apoquel’s a popular anti-itch drug … one that not only opens up the door to cancer, but hangs up a welcome sign as well.
- blocks your dog’s immune system and limits his ability to fight foreign invaders
- can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever, lethargy, bacterial pneumonia, swollen lymphnodes, cysts and several other serious health effects
- causes itching – the thing it’s meant to stop!
Does this sound like something you want to give your dog?
In this post Dr Deva Khalsa talks about Apoquel and why she would never give it to her dog. [Click here to read the post now]
5. Trimming Toenails Without The Stress
Want to quickly and safely trim your dog’s toenails – without the stress?
- Trim nails outside or in a well lit room.Keep clipper blades almost parallel to the nail – never cut across the finger.
- Use a pair of blunt edged children’s scissors to remove excess toe hair: nothing dulls clippers quicker than cutting hair!
- Remember, no dog ever died from a quicked toenail. If you “quick” your dog accidentally, give a yummy treat right away.
- If there’s bleeding, staunch it with a pinch of corn starch.
Want more tips? [Read the post by clicking here]
6. Eggs: Why Your Dog Needs Them …
Maybe you’ve heard that eggs aren’t good for your dog because they’re too high in cholesterol, they pose a risk of salmonella and that they cause a biotin deficiency.
Eggs are actually one of the most complete and nutritious meals you can choose for your dog. They’re a valuable source of vitamins and nutrients. They’re also inexpensive.
It’s perfectly safe to feed several eggs a week to the average dog. And this includes the shell. Simply dry the shells out and grind them in a clean coffee grinder until they are powdered and sprinkle the powder on your dog’s food.
Just feed them raw! [Check out this post now for more]
7. Healing Hotspots Naturally
This popular post from Sarah Griffiths will help you get to the bottom of your dog’s hotspots and once you know the cause, you can treat this painful condition naturally using one of her natural home remedies.
One of our favourites is calendula lotion. Calendula is a well-known herb that can reduce itching and inflammation and promote quick healing of skin tissue. You can buy it in many forms including oil, tea and tincture.
To make this lotion:
- Make a regular saline solution by mixing 1/4 cup of table salt with one cup of purified water.
- Add 20 to 40 drops of calendula tincture to the saline solution.
- Apply the lotion to the wound using a cotton ball, 2 to 4 times a day.
Want more? [Check out the post form more recipes and remedies]
8. Simple Rules For Raw Feeding
Our raw feeding primer post is the ultimate guide to starting your dog on a raw diet. It’s a simple breakdown of the 10 rules (we use that term very loosely here) to follow when you make the switch.
Here are the rules:
- Calcium is a must
- Organs are the multi-vitamins
- Muscle meat is the foundation
- Watch the fat
- Fruit and veggies play a role
- No starch
- Variety counts
- Balance over time
- Feed fish
- Don’t stress!
Your dog’s health depends on good food, and a raw diet is the way to go. [Click here to read the post now]
9. Turmeric For Dogs
Does your dog suffer from and of these:
- a gastrointestinal disorder
This post gives you 5 really good reasons to give your dog turmeric. Try it as a super-sauce. Here’s the recipe:
- Mix 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder with 1 to 1 1/2 cups filtered water. Start with 1 cup and add more only if you need it.
- Stir on medium/low heat for about 7 to 10 minutes. It should form a thick paste.
- If it looks too watery, add more turmeric.
- Once the paste is formed, add 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 organic cold-pressed coconut oil.
- Let it cool, then store it in a jar with a lid in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Add this directly to your dog’s meals by mixing it with some water or kefir. Most dogs don’t mind the taste at all!
- Small dogs 1/4 teaspoon per day
- Medium dogs 1/2 teaspoon per day
- Large dogs 3/4 teaspoon per day
- Giant dogs 1 teaspoon per day
Theres more where that came from! [Click here to read the post for more on why your dog needs turmeric]
10. How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Your Dog
Want to know how to use apple cider vinegar to help clear up your dog’s itchy skin, clean her ears or repel fleas? This post gives you the step-by-step instructions so it’s easy to include this natural remedy for lots of different issues.
Here’s one if your dog’s ears are yeasty or infected (and also to prevent infection).
- Check your dog’s ears daily for wax and gunk.
- Clean dirty ears using individual cotton balls soaked in a solution of half apple cider vinegar and half purified water.
- Swab out the ears until no gunk appears on the cotton ball.
NOTE: Don’t use apple cider vinegar on open wounds as this can really sting.