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Publix GreenWise Market Magazine - June 2008

Love Your Pet, Naturally
Four-legged members of the family may benefit from a more holistic approach to health too.

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Boy and Dogs

Your kitchen cabinets may already hold the keys to curing doggie's dry skin or sweetening your cat's breath. Natural home remedies can be economical, gentle alternatives to harsher treatments for common pet ailments. Just keep in mind that they're no substitute for veterinary care, so be sure to consult your vet to make sure these suggested solutions are appropriate and safe for your pet.

Kiss Me, Kitty
Experts say the first step to curbing bad pet breath is proper dental care, including brushing your pet's teeth.

But beyond that, Nancy Scanlan, D.V.M., a holistic veterinarian in Sherman Oaks, California, says a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dash of clove oil mixed into a pet's food may also help the problem.

Finely chopped fresh or dried parsley, which contains chlorophyll, may work too, although you might have trouble convincing your cat that it's a good idea.

Chew on This
Does your dog love to gnaw on chew toys or your slippers? Try substituting fruits and vegetables for your pet to munch on instead.

"Pick premium foods and give your dogs veggies and fruits daily for the same reasons it's healthy for us to eat veggies and fruits," says Susan G. Wynn, D.V.M., a holistic veterinarian in Acworth, Georgia.

Raw celery or carrot sticks are healthful choices for dogs to crunch on, and Scanlan notes that dogs especially love carrots. She cautions, however, that you should keep an eye on your pet and avoid feeding them veggie sticks if they tend to swallow large pieces. Wynn also suggests staying away from onions, grapes and raisins, which can be toxic to animals. Good fruit choices that dogs tend to like include bananas, apples, melons and blueberries.

Cool Off Hot Spots
A hot spot is a localized skin infection marked by pain, redness, itchiness and oozing. If your pet develops a hot spot, you might try a cool compress or soaked tea bag of strong black or green tea. "It is antioxidant, which is generally anti-inflammatory, and astringent, which helps to dry up the oozing," says Wynn.

Skin So Smooth—and Furry
When your dog's skin becomes dry and itchy, Scanlan recommends mixing a drop of olive, fish or safflower oil in his food to bring back some of the moisture. One caveat: This is not an effective treatment for fleas, so consult your vet if you suspect that fleas might be making your pet scratch.

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