TOP 5 NATURAL ANTISEPTIC REMEDIES FOR DOGS AND CATS
Ever wondered if you could treat your animal friend’s cuts and scrapes without the inconvenience of going to the vet or using conventional medicine? It’s likely easier than you thought! Here are 5 easy home remedies that can act as first aid treatment for your cat and dog:
5) COCONUT OIL- Ingested or applied topically, coconut oil is an antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial remedy. Coconut oil has many other health benefits such as healthy coat, skin and is an antioxidant; beneficial for preventing cancers.
4) HONEY- Honey is a known antiseptic by most natural healers. Here’s why- honey contains a “secret” protein that bees synthesize called “defensin-1”. This, recently found by scientists, is capable of treating burns and skin infections.
3) CALENDULA- When applied by either tea or ointment, calendula speeds up the healing of wounds and reduces pain and inflammation. Calendula also promotes accelerated skin fibre repair. Do not use on cysts or other wounds that require draining of fluids.
2) THYME- In addition to aiding respiratory illnesses such as feline upper respiratory illness, asthma and pneumonia, thyme is an excellent antimicrobial herb. To most benefit from the healing essences of the herb, prepare a poultice* and apply to skin topically.
1) PLANTAIN- Plantain has long been considered multifaceted herb. If ingested raw, it contains a high amount of B1 and Riboflavin. Its leaves and seeds are medicinally used as an antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic solution. For best results with wound treatment, heat up the leaves which can be used as a bandage/dressing for wounds, skin inflammations, ulcers and many other external ailments. Due to the antibacterial nature of the leaves, they also promote the cessation of bleeding on open wounds if placed on top. A perfect addition to your first aid kit!
*To prepare a poultice/compress, boil some water along with the desired herb and have a small cloth handy. Once the water is saturated with the herb, apply small portion to the cloth. Let cool and compress cloth onto affected area.
PLEASE NOTE : Tea tree oil and Lemon are both highly effective herbal treatments for humans but are TOXIC to animals even at low doses. DO NOT use these or other citrus/pine related oils and herbs on your animals. DO NOT apply any essential oils directly onto your cat or dog as this may have a toxic effect.
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