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6 Household Items That You Can Use to Treat Your Pets' Illnesses

It's that time of year again when all of us start to get sick with one thing or another, including our pets. But this year, we went in search of how to treat all these common ailments our pets deal with in a more natural way. Thanks to Dr. Babette Gladstein, more affectionately known as Babette the Vet, we now have new remedies in our arsenal. She provided us with six common household items that can be used next time your pet has a problem. Keep reading to see what they are and what they do!

  1. Garlic: Garlic can help boost your dogs immune system, and it can increase liver function. It is also a great way to treat worms and parasites.
  2. Diatomaceous earth: This all-natural product is made from tiny fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms. Diatomaceous earth helps to kill and keep parasites and viruses away.
  3. Apples: These fruits contains pectin, which aids in digestion. A few pieces a day will help keep things moving.
  4. Aloe vera: This has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it soothing to the skin. Try putting it on your pets' cuts for relief, but make sure they don't ingest any of it.
  5. Table salt: Mix it with water to treat paw pad infections. Soaking your pet's paws in a warm mixture of 1 cup salt and 1 gallon of water for 5-10 minutes will provide tremendous relief and draw out the infection.
  6. Apple cider vinegar: Dilute it to help to quiet mild ear infections and fungus. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture and gently clean the interior of the ear.

Dr. Gladstein also added as a precaution that she recommends you consult your veterinarian for proper doses and dilutions before trying any of these remedies.

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