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Caring for your pet’s physical health is vital. There are a number of ways to take care of your pet, like taking it to the vet regularly, going on several walks, or running, but you may be missing one thing: holistic care. The following are eight holistic remedies all pet parents should know.

1. Fleas and Citrus

One thing you can try is rubbing your pet with citrus. You’ll need a bit of juice from a lemon, lime, or other citrus fruit. You could also just rub the rind over your pet’s fur. This way you are being eco-conscious since you’re not letting anything go to waste, which is always a good thing. Fleas hate the scent and should stay away.

2. Fleas and Worms

Nematode worms eat flea larvae. No one is telling you to dump these worms on your furry friend. What you’ll be doing is putting them in your backyard or front yard. The more you control fleas, the safer your pet. Having these worms in your yard is also going to make your yard look beautiful, which is a bonus. Worms enhance the soil.

3. Fully Nourished

The next thing you want to learn is that pets need to be nourished. Sadly, no matter how good your pet food is, it’s probably still missing something. Sometimes, you’ll need pet vitamins and supplements to keep pets healthy and strong. You can talk to your vet to find out what kind of vitamins and minerals your pet is missing so that you can buy what you need.

4. Tick Repellent

If you live in an area known for ticks, you’re going to have to take action. All you need is a collar and some rose geranium oil. Add some to the collar to repel ticks. You’ll feel happy that your pet can run around and exercise without worrying about checking for ticks when you get home. This tip isn’t for cats though.

5. Addressing Irritated Skin

Sometimes, a pet’s skin can get irritated for various reasons. This is something you may be able to deal with it. All you need to do is boil some chamomile, the same way you would if you were making tea. Place the tea in a spray bottle and let it cool down. Spray the tea on the skin, and it should help alleviate the discomfort your pet is experiencing. It’s unsettling to see your pet suffering, so have this ready, and be sure to go to the vet to find out what’s irritating your pet’s skin.

6. Fight the Itch

At some point, pets get a little itchy. Now, you should definitely get your vet to see what’s going on, but for now, you can use some oatmeal. Oatmeal is great for itching. Be sure that the oatmeal you get is fine, maybe baby oatmeal to ensure you can blend it well. Blend with water until it’s a smooth paste. Apply the ointment where your pet is itching. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

7. Happy Tummy

Pets need good bacteria just like people do, but they may be missing from your pet’s diet. It’s time to add this crucial part to the diet. The good thing is that adding helpful bacteria isn’t too hard since all you need is a little yogurt. Just make sure it has live cultures. One tablespoon is good enough for small pets. Three tablespoons are good for larger pets.

8. Hairball Battle

Hairballs are the bane of any cat owner. Seeing your kitty go through all that is not a great thing. The good thing is you can do something about it. You’re probably brushing your cat’s fur regularly, which helps. You may even use a moist wipe to reduce hairballs, but you are probably missing one thing: butter. Yes, you read that right. Half a teaspoon of butter, preferably fresh, can help reduce hairballs considerably.

Now, you have several holistic remedies that a pet owner should know. There are many more though. All you have to do is go online, find the issue your pet is having, and address it naturally with tips from a trusted source.

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