Solutions for Pet Owners

Your roving, sniffing reporter is back with a few more tips.

Achoo! With all this cold and unpredictable weather we’ve been having, it’s cold season for some of us pets. Holestic vets recommend elderberry tea to treat sneezy, runny noses (I think this may even help our humans too). Steep 1 tea bag or 1 teaspoon of elderberry flowers (available at health food stores) in 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes. Let the liquid cool, then strain out the tea bag or flowers (which can be toxic), and pour into your pet’s water bowl (1/2 cup at a time), and store the rest in the fridge until needed. Elderberry’s immunity-boosting antioxidants will help you recover in three to five days.


Many cat and dog owners have a lot of trouble getting pet fur off the furniture. We pets love sleeping on the sofa because it’s so comfortable we just can’t help ourselves, but there is a better remedy for removing fur then dragging out that awful vacuum cleaner (that scares some of us). Grab a pair of old, clean panty hose and stick your hand in one leg, then run your hand over the furniture. The tightly woven nylon fibers will easily pick up the pesky fur. Tip: For fur under the couch or bed, slip a leg of the panty hose over the end of a broomstick, secure with a rubber band, and slide it around under the furniture.

Many pet owners have plants and those kitties love to nibble on them. Well, we can put a stop to that. Try sprinkling used coffee grounds on top of the potting soil. Cats are repelled by the coffee ground scent, so they’ll stay away. Plus, coffee is rich in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper, which will help fertilize your plants. Then you can sit down and enjoy a cup of fresh coffee and watch your plants thrive while the cats nibble on catnip.

Like humans we get upset stomachs too, so here is a vet-approved remedy for doggie diarrhea: Pepto Bismol. Just like humans, the pink stuff will coat our stomachs and provide relief from abdominal pain, loose stools, and excessive gas, but check with your vet before dosing. General guidelines: 1/2 teaspoon for dogs under 10 pounds, 1 teaspoon for dogs 10 to 50 pounds, and 2 teaspoons for dogs over 50 pounds. Do not dose more than once in an eight hour period. CAUTION: Pepto Bismol is toxic to cats so use this tip on dogs only.

That’s all for this week pet lovers, but tune in for more helpful solutions next week!

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