There’s no doubt about it. Summer is well on its way! With the climbing temperatures, almost all companion animals will want to spend their time outdoors. For those of us who are the caretakers of especially adventurous animals, we are well aware that they can very easily find themselves in all kinds of outdoor trouble. Too, with climbing temperatures, animals are getting warmer internally which means a stronger likelihood of heat rash and hot spots.
More often than not, energetic, explorative animals will have a run in with any number of outdoor items that can cause scrapes and scratches and even rashes on their skin. Not only can animals get rashes from being outdoors in the woods, but as we know animals are often prone to food-related allergy rashes, heat rashes, hot spots and seasonal allergy rashes.
Did you know that it’s not always necessary to run to the vet upon the finding of a scrape or rash?
Here are five readily available holistic, non-invasive remedies that can be helpful in treating a scrape, rash or hot spot:
- ARNICA– Arnica cream is a plant-based remedy that can be effectively used to treat cuts, scrapes or rashes. It is also beneficial in the post-surgery rehabilitation process. Due to its healing olfactory properties, arnica can be helpful to relieve emotional stress. Arnica can be used as a healing topical cream on areas of the skin where an animal has suffered trauma. Arnica may have contraindications with other medicines, please consult your vet before use.
- CBD OIL– CBD oil has many versatile uses. One of which is its ability to treat rashes and cuts. Its medicinal ingredients help to soothe itchy, dry skin and bring moisture to affected areas.
- APPLE CIDER VINEGAR PILLS– Interestingly, not all rashes can effectively be treated from the outside (topically). Some rashes such as hot spots and allergies can be treated more successfully through oral consumption of remedy. One such oral remedy is apple cider vinegar pills. The vinegar will attack any bacteria that have infiltrated the body internally. By administering apple cider vinegar pills twice daily for several consecutive days, the vinegar will alleviate much of the rash. Of course, dosages and duration of treatment heavily depend on the type of rash as well as the size and breed of your animal. Please be sure to check with a trusted professional before beginning any new treatment. Additionally, be sure that you are administering the apple cider vinegar in pill form as opposed to the liquid itself. The liquid is extremely acidic (hence the name!) and may cause several types of discomfort for your animal.
- VITAMIN E OIL– Vitamin E oil can be used to treat rashes as well as to moisturize dry skin. Though generally, dry skin is a result of poor diet, by approaching any rashes/dry skin with vitamin E oil as well as a diet change will surely initiate an overall healthier body and skin for your animal. Vitamin E oil helps to mend minor cuts, scrapes and post-surgical scarring.
- LICORICE ROOT– The licorice root herb (not to be confused with licorice candy!) has been shown to aid in combating itchy skin and rashes. By topically applying licorice root extract to the affected area, the itchiness will disappear. Licorice root extract fights against bacteria that create rashes. Licorice root can also be taken orally as a treatment for several other conditions. Licorice root’s additional benefits include; anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, among several others. Including licorice root along with any medical anti-inflammatory treatment is often helpful in reducing painful symptoms of arthritis, dermatitis, gastrointestinal issues, liver disease ad UTI’s.
It’s important, as always to remember that every animal is different and that each individual animal will respond differently to each type of remedy. Be sure to avoid using more than one remedy at once. Begin by using a small amount of one remedy to see if it helps. Avoid using too much at once. This way you can keep track of how each remedy affects your animal’s skin. Be sure to consult with your holistic animal care provider before beginning any new treatment plan. This way, you will have the best possibility of keeping your animal safe and rash-free!
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