[Podcast 107] 12 Dog and Cat Natural Home Remedies for Cancer, Arthritis, ACL tears, Allergies.. and more!

In today’s podcast… 12 ‘new and emerging’ natural remedies for the most common dog and cat health conditions… Cancer, Allergies, Ear Infections, Seizures, Fleas, Diabetes, ACL injury, wounds and natural antibacterial/antivirals.  

#12 – Melatonin is a sleep hormone, but has been shown to help in other ways such as: cancer and hair growth. Clinical trials have shown the therapeutic affect on anti-cancer drugs. It improves sleep and life quality of our pets suffering from cancer, and is a great natural remedy with overall safety and efficacy in prevention and treatment of cancers.


  • 1mg/10lbs 2 times/day
  • 3mg/20-50lbs 2 times/day
  • 6mg/ 50+lbs, 2 times/day

#11 – Seizures. There has been research on seizures showing animals who don’t respond to seizure medications or have epilepsy can be helped by adding MCT oil to their diets. The fat in the oil is converted in the liver to ketones, giving energy to the brain. It has been shown to give great results in children with epilepsy. some food adding 5%mct oil ,

Dosage is: 1/4tsp daily, get up to 1 tsp 2xday

#10 – Chronic Kidney Disease. 30% of cats past the age of 13 have it. Phosphorus is the primary nutrient initially damaging kidneys, which comes from protein. Adding a supplement to bind phosphorus, such as epakitin, which is shellfish based, can decrease amount of phosphorus, urea, and creatine, to help them feel better.

Anti-nausea meds for CKD, can make your cats vomit and drool – giving them Pepcid can help their symptoms.

Dosage: 0.5mg/1lb every 1-2 days

Slippery elm, which comes from tree bark, can also be an anti-nausea

Dosage: 400mg/day sprinkle into cats food – mix into some water for canned food.

#9 Allergy remedies, For topical remedies to help skin barrier, look for ingredients that contain ceramides. A natural ceramide is sunflower oil, which contains high amount of ceramides. It can be used topically, or orally.

Oral dosage is: 1/2tsp/10lbs daily

#8 Witch Hazel and Aloe for dog ear infections. Witch Hazel is an astringent, which when placed in the ear, it will bind and drive up fatty tissue in the ear. Aloe is a good anti-inflammatory.

With a witch hazel and aloe mixture drop about 1-2 tsp into each ear, rub the base of the ear, and wipe excess clean. After this, take 1 part coconut oil, 1 part apple cider vinegar and warm until a liquid (make sure it’s warm, and not hot!). Take this mixture and add 5-10 drops in each ear 1-2 times daily. This will help decrease inflammation, treat yeast infections within the ear.

#7 Diabetes – in cats diabetes shows as type 2 diabetes more commonly, meaning there is no response to insulin. In dogs type 1 diabetes is more common, meaning they are not making insulin. Rutin supplements have been shown to be antidiabetic, and protect against hypoglycemia. Dosage: 100mg/10lbs daily

#6 Coconut oil for fleas. The fatty acids in coconut oil have been shown to repel insects, which has long-lasting effects against not only fleas but ticks, biting flies, mosquitoes and bed bugs.

#5 Licorice root is an anti-inflammatory root can help with many issues such as allergies, congestion to expel phlegm and soothe your pet’s throat. As well, it can relieve stomach ulcers, and is antibacterial. Licorice root can help support the immune system and is anti-inflammatory, and can prevent autoimmune issues.

If giving licorice in a tincture form, give 0.5ml/tincture per 10lbs 2 times a day for maximum 14 days.

If your pet needs digestive and acid reflux support, giving them a type of licorice root called deglycerized licorice can be use as antacid. Dosage is: 10mg/10lbs 2 times daily

#4 ACL injuries – Did you know 85% dogs 30lbs or less can fully heal ACL tears without surgery? Rehabilitation is more important than surgery. Give your pet 12-16 weeks of strict controlled activity for scar formation, and to re-stabilize the torn ligament. It’s important to keep join stable – this means no ball chasing, and walking with a leash.

Using massage to keep muscles moving will help – flex and extend the leg gently, will create joint fluid, maintain muscle mass, and reduce pain. Hydrotherapy is key for rehabilitation, if you can. It will give them a great range of motion, and is low impact. If it’s not too cold out, you can take your dog to a body of water, or small dogs can go in a bathtub.

You can purchase a dog brace on Orthodog.com, called a cruciate care knee brace. It is non-rigid, and gives long term lasting results. 60% dogs will tear other ACL if one is torn, so the knee brace prevents and protects that from occuring.

#3 DMSO, or dimethyl sulfoxide is derived from pine trees. There is proof of health promoting properties, such as anti-inflammatory, arthritis, and rapid pain reduction. When applied topically, it has been shown to increase mobility.

For Interstitial Cystitis, rub on outside of abdomen on the bladder area for cats. DMSO can help with urinary tract disease, and is FDA approved for pain relief in people!

#2 Quercetin, is a pigment in plants and foods like red onion and apple peel. It is has many benefits such as: antioxidant properties, can help with cancer, itching dogs with allergies, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial/antiviral, and can reduce heart disease and stroke.

Dosage is: 2mg/1lb body weight 2 times daily.

#1 Plantain Weed is a large oval shaped weed, and is a common weed in lawns. It is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. You can chop/grind up and topically, for use such as a compress for wound infection.

For allergies or cough relief, you can make a tea – give 1/4 cup/20lbs 2 times daily.

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