To start with, everything that goes into your pet affects them. The foods eaten are the biggest
factor to the health of any animal. Fresh and raw are always the best, no matter which food
family it comes from.
Apple Cider Vinegar Adding 2-5 drops into the water container per pound daily helps to
reduce infections, aids birthing, improves digestion, reduces flatuation and fecal odors, can
cure constipation, helps prevent bladder stones and uti’s and helps protect against food
poisoning. Must use vinegar with color, colorless ones have no enzymes. You can also dip fed
fruits & vegetables in the vinegar.
Diatomaceous Earth ½ tsp. per 10 lbs. can be fed daily. Mixed with a wet food is the
preferred delivery method as inhaling the dust can damage lungs. Using the food grade
powder will help keep animals healthy by eliminating parasites in the intestines. This also
works on hairballs.
Tick Repellent Opopanax (sweet myrrh), palmarosa and rose geranium are all excellent
deterrents for ticks. Black walnut repels fleas and flies. Clove, lavender and rosemary are good
for a wide range of irritating insectiods. You can use these in an oil form on the pet or cage or
you can rub leaves from the plant on the cage. You can bruise the leaves and leave them in the
corners of the cage if the proper inhabitant will not molest them or put them in a “safe keep”.
Aloe Vera Can be used on pets the same as on people. So can Neosporin.
Corn Starch Is effective as a stop bleeding agent. Flour also works in this capacity.
Ice For snakebite, this is used like a tourniquet. Placing ice against the puncture will slow the
advancement of the toxin. Leave on for 10 minutes, take off for 5 minutes, and repeat.
Egg Binding Place animal in a dark box and raise temperature to 110 degrees for 20 minutes.
Egg should be expelled without incident.
Ringworm A water and bleach mixture can be used; 1 c. bleach, 1 gal. water. Betadine is also
good to wipe on infected area to cure.
Mange 1 qt. bleach, 1 c. dreft and 1 c. laundry bluing can be mixed together to cure
Olive Oil Warmed up and dropped into the ear can help with preventing infections by
helping to keep ears clean.
Purple Cone Flower Herbally known as Echinacea, is a commonly grown garden flower. This
can be given to a pet as a fresh picked leaf or flower to be nibbled or chewed and eaten when
they have a bacterial or viral infection.
Dandelion As a staple food diet or an overall “feel good tonic”, this weed is an excellent
addition to any type of pets diet.
Constipation Adding carrot juice or apple juice to water will make it more appealing to your
pet, the more hydrated they are, the softer the stool becomes. A drop or two of olive oil on a
cereal bran flake will also be eaten to encourage movement.
Diarrhea Withhold solid foods. Feed carrot or apple juice or honey mixed with water. As
well as using pedialyte or Gatorade with water (a 50/50 mix) to replace electrolytes, you can
also mix your own with 2 c. water, 1 tbsp. unrefined sea salt, ½ c. raw honey and ¼ tsp. liquid
colloidal trace minerals.
Pumpkin Seeds Another natural wormer. Readily available once a year at an inexpensive
price and you can bag it, freeze it, thaw it and then use it later. It is always a good idea to
change your wormers periodically and pumpkin has lots more going for it compared to other
types. Tastes good and has lots of nutritional value.
Oregano Used in oil form, or if you have the wild plant (“kitchen” type does not have same
effect) you can use the leaves. This can actually cure staff infection as well as other kinds of
infections, both internal and external. It is also useful as a wormer as well as other benefits.
The mix is 2 oz. of water with 15 drops of oil.
Kudzu The vine that grows faster than you can run! This is another weed that makes a good
food additive. It is high in fiber and very nutritious. This can again be eaten by all critters and
should be specially noted for tortoises.