Natural Dog Remedies

Dog Hot Spots and Coconut Oil

Again, yesterday I was asked what to do about hot spots on dogs.Coconut Oil for Dog Hot Spots

Quick answer. 

Two things:

1 circle greenStart feeding coconut oil.


2 cirlce greenRemove grains from their diet.


Most vets will prescribe antibiotics which may be a temporary band-aide, possibly some other type of oitment until your dog becomes resistant to the antibiotics.  As well, it’s not addressing healing from the inside out which is how hot spots in dogs truly need to be treated.

Why Coconut Oil for Hot Spots in Dogs?

Healing Properties of Coconut Oil DetoxCoconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats, with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The main component (more than 40%) of MCTs is lauric acid, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).

Arrow Soft RightMost of the coconut oil benefits come from the MCTs. Lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.

In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.  It also is huge in healing skin issues.

Healing Dogs with Coconut Oil

Use coconut oil internally and externally.  When starting your dog on coconut oil start with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day and increase to 2-4 teaspoons over weeks depending on dog size.  Benefits include:

  • Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
  • Powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
  • Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Helps reduce weight, increases energy
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
  • Improves coats to sleek and glossy, and deodorizes dog odor
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
  • Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
  • Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

Arrow Soft RightFeed A Grain Free Diet To Resolve Hot Spots

A good friend and dog training colleague posted this on Facebook:

Last week, I was talking to a customer in my store, who told me that his uncle drives a truck in the prairies, whose job it is to spray wheat crops with one of Monsanto’s herbicides, he’s required to wear full (head to toe) gear. Nothing in the fields (he sprays) lives, except the GM wheat. As a result, he won’t eat wheat, and he’s apparently not even a health conscious guy, but he still won’t eat wheat, cuz he knows that what he spraying it with, is highly toxic.

That was enough for me to realize I don’t really need to feed my dogs grain that comes from who knows where but most likely not the organically grown fields.  As well I don’t really want to feed it to myself or anyone of my loved ones!

There are many benefits of feeding grain free but the biggest one is many dogs have grain allergies. They are naturally meat eaters! Dogs with grain allergies will often have ear infections, excessive scratching, licking of paws, and hot spots. Dogs with these issues will benefit greatly because a grain free food removes these allergens from the diet.

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Lessons from Authentic Maui Dog Observations

Why Real Authentic Can Be Learned From Dogs

Authentic Maui DogsWe all have this version in our head of our authentic self and yet we are actually pretending to be something we really aren’t most of the time.  I swear it’s the reason we are so drawn to our Maui dogs, even when they behave in a way that isn’t exactly acceptable.

We get why they are acting out, don’t like another dog, or our partner.  We get why our dog’s like perfect strangers on first sight, or take to an unlikely dog friend and why they cuddle up to us even when we are in a really bad mood.  The reason?

Dogs are authentic in their actions.  They do not have a a filter.  Dogs are truly authentic in their whole being.

Living with a Dog Version of Authentic

You don’t choose to be authentic. Authenticity is a state i.e. whatever you are in any given state ~ asshole or angel.  You are what you are. People might call you authentic or not.  Really, they’re making a judgement about whether they like your code. They’re saying “Hey, I like the way you play” or “Eff off.  I don’t like your rules.”  Both are a paradox. Whether asking you to be different or be the same, both are opposites of authenticity (because it’s different than what you truly are). Whatever mask you choose from the closet to wear in the morning, wear it. Be it. That’s authentic.

Living that lesson from a dog’s standpoint is easy.  Dogs are simply authentic.  They bark at people because they feel like it.  They find their pack to play with and forcing the issue doesn’t really work.  There’s no pretending for a dog.  What is, is what is.  That simple.

Same at the statement above.  Whatever you choose in the morning, wear it, be it.  It’s okay to practice being your authentic self instead of being something, doing something, liking something you really don’t want to have anything to do with.

Play by your own rules.  While you can be kind in doing that, you don’t have to be unauthentic because you feel you need to be something else for anyone else.

The Authentic Maui Dog Pack

This morning I took a pack of dogs to the beach here on Maui.  These dogs know one another and they have their games with one another.  One will break up two that are hogging the bumper.  They will try and out swim each other to get the bumper.  The Boxer will even try and dunk the not so good at swimming Weimaraner in an effort to get the bumper, and it’s all in being their true authentic selves.  No “sorry, I didn’t mean it” needed!

My observation of this women who had a dog she didn’t a have a lot of control over this morning was interesting and I realized her snapping bitchy attitude at the pack of dogs and me was her authentic self.

Six Maui dogs playing.  Six dogs listening to what I wanted them to do when it comes to not running off, not bothering other people or dogs.  The one dog that joined… out of control.  Wild abandon.  And the women got irritated at us.  It was our fault her dog wouldn’t come.  In her opinion it was all the other dogs fault her dog was out of control.

Blame.  The other dogs.  Us.  (my friend and I) for her dog not doing what she wanted him to.  Her authentic self was showing in a serious way.

What is Your (Dog) Authentic Self

Take a lesson from our Maui dogs.  Own up to who we are.  Be it.  And be grateful for all we have on our Maui Hawaii Island.

*Author’s note:  I say this about Maui dogs because this is where I live with my dogs, this is where I practice my dog thing.  The concept applies to where ever you and your dog are in the world.  And yes, I’ve traveled quite a lot.  It is a sign of our times that our authentic selves are being compromised all over the world and the state we expect our dogs to be is also falling outside of authentic as well.

Now, go wag, have fun, be like a dog.  No expectations.  Just grateful.  Just be you.

Maui Dog Training + Running + Retreats + RemediesJt Clough lives in Maui, Hawaii and practices health, happiness, natural remedies and training for dogs and their people.  Her uncanny way of communication with both dogs and people is healing and her training is effective physically and emotionally. Her work at ReVIBE | Dogs + Joy + Vibrance is for people looking to live healthier and happier lives through their dogs and her passion for it has helped so many to find and do that thing they’ve been talking about or wishing to happen for so long. She is a dog whisperer for our best friends, specializing in private training and dog retreats, studies natural dog remedies, nutrition and communication. Her latest publications are Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes and 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs.

Dog Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness for Our Beloved Dogs and Other Pets

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What kind of natural disaster preparedness have you done for your dog or other beloved pet?

We’ve just had a bit of a scare here in Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands.  An earthquake near Canada triggered a possible tsunami.  We are all aware of the devastation in Haiti and in Japan, and when the possibility of a tsunami hit here in Maui recently, people evacuated voluntarily.  But how prepared were you?

To our avail, the tsunami didn’t hit and we were all safe, but shortly after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and the reminders of natural disaster and the devastation it can cause is real and up front in all of our minds at this point in time.  And yet, have you prepared your natural disaster kit?  For yourself?  For your dog?

Dog Disaster Preparedness

Those of of who live in Hawaii or coastal areas have a heightened reason to prepare for flooding.  When there is a huge ocean that is very powerful without added storm conditions the possibility of water disaster in storm conditions is high.  The first thing you need to prepare for is what to do in case of flood, which should prepare you for other types of natural disaster as well.

Get a large rubbermaid storage bin.  I like the clear type.  When anxiety strikes it makes it much easier to see what you want to grab.  A large bin that seals is excellent for to keep water out and it will allow space to pack your own essentials to should you have a small dog, only one dog or are just super minimalist in what you need!

What to Put in The Dog Disaster Preparedness Bin

  • Dog food – even if your dog doesn’t normally eat canned dog food, in an emergency, especially a water emergency, canned dog food is best.  Since I have time to prepare I get the good kind of canned dog food.  8-12 cans (depending on the size of your dog) is my suggestion.  You can also pack some kibble in a zip lock bags.  Just make sure you rotate it on a regular basis.  I know I’ll forget to do that so I stick with the canned dog food and figure I can grab some kibble on my way out if I have time.


  • Water – this is something you will need for yourself as well, just keep in mind if you have a dog, you need enough to supply your dog with fresh uncontaminated drinking water too.  Water is heavy and hard to pack.  My suggestion here is to get a 3 gallon jug and keep it in your dog bin.  Since water is so very important and can easily be the thing that will keep you and  your dog alive in times of natural disaster, especially flooding where everything ends up contaminated here is the luxury item I would have on hand, in the bin ready to go at all times:  Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter.  Yes, it is expensive, BUT the one thing I don’t want to have to end up in some sort of urban riot in a Walmart or convenience store in time of disaster is the rush to get enough clean water.  Have some bottled water ready to go, and have this item for the possible days of survival you and your dog may be faced with.   *At the very least have these water treatment tabs on hand:  Emergency Water Treatment for Earthquake, Hurricane, Disasters, Survival and Camping, Water Purification 


  • Dog ID – have current identification tags on your dog.  Include a cell phone since that will be your only way of communication away from home.


  • Chip Number – keep a copy of your dog’s microchip number in the box.  Make sure the microchip company has your current contact information to match your dog with your should you get disconnected from one another.


  • Current Medical and Vaccination Records – Prepare a file with copies of current medical and vaccination records, your pets’ microchip or tattoo numbers, your veterinarian’s phone number and address, feeding and medication instructions, and recent pictures of your animals.


  • Dog Crate – have a dog crate around and ready to go should disaster strike.  Even if you normally don’t crate your dog (and no it’s not mean and can be very beneficial to many dogs) normally, a crate available to contain your dog during a disaster could mean the difference in getting in a disaster relief center or not.  It can also seriously protect your pet in a time when much is going on, your dog and you are in an entirely new environment and you constant monitoring may be difficult.  I suggest a fold down wire crate.  Easy to transport, stores easily and provides a safe haven for your dog in a time of disaster.


  • Dog Leashes – Keep an extra dog leash or two or three in your disaster dog preparedness kit.  That way you don’t have to look around for your dog’s leash and the extras will certainly come in handy for another dog owner in need.


  • Medications – If your dog takes any special medication it’s a good idea to have an extra RX on hand.  Rotate it out every time you refill your dog’s RX.  That way you”ll have all you need in one place and you won’t have to worry about re-ordering in times of disaster.

Life is a Special Gift to Enjoy Every Day

In light of the recent Hurricane Sandy disaster we are all reminded how precious life and all that we have around us is every single day.  When worries and stress take over, remember all that you do have, your health and your dog’s health being on the top of that list.

Pay it forward when you can and make a point of being grateful for all we have right now here in Maui.  For you and for your dog.

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Maui Dog Training + Running + Retreats + RemediesJt Clough lives in Maui, Hawaii and practices health, happiness, natural remedies and training for dogs and their people.  Her uncanny way of communication with both dogs and people is healing and her training is effective physically and emotionally. Her work at ReVIBE | Dogs + Joy + Vibrance is for people looking to live healthier and happier lives through their dogs and her passion for it has helped so many to find and do that thing they’ve been talking about or wishing to happen for so long. She is a dog whisperer for our best friends, specializing in private training and dog retreats, studies natural dog remedies, nutrition and communication. Her latest publications are Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes and 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs.



Home Cooked Dog Food

The latest round of dog food recalls left many whirling about what to do as a good dog food choice, considering many premium dog foods were on that list.  Most dog owners have come to believe the only thing to feed their dog is kibble.

When one really stops to think about it, dog food recalls aside, feeding only kibble may not be the healthiest diet for dogs. We’ve learned through our own diets that processed food has gotten us to obesity, diabetes, thyroid problems and a host of other unhealthy situations.

Yet, the thought that we feed our dogs an all processed diet and wonder why diabetes, cancer and obesity are on the rise to the tune of nearly 50% of our dogs has seriously been overlooked.

Dogs Need Nourishment Too

Dog nutrition has been sold to us by the media for the last couple of decades as “balanced” through kibble. In fact it has been sold to us so hard that most people actually believe the essential vitamins and minerals dogs need can only be attained through kibble.

It is true that dogs do have vitamin and mineral requirements but surely with a bit of balance in real food the notion that they can’t get the right nutrition without eating kibble is a little crazy really. We have been sold the notion to the point we believe and our dogs are suffering over it.

Time to get a little education on what to feed your dog to get real nutrition. It’s time our dog’s get something healthier than the McDoggie diets they have been existing on, that have actually been detrimental to their long term health.

What Vitamins and Minerals Dogs Need

* list these essentials


Vitamin A– for maintaining healthy hair, skin, eyes, muscles, nerves and ovaries.

Vitamin C– for maintaining a healthy urinary tract.

Vitamin B- complex– for maintaining normal growth and energy levels.

Vitamin D– for proper nerve and bone formation and muscle function.

Vitamin E– for proper cell respiration, fat metabolism and hormone production.

Vitamin K– for maintaining normal blood functions, like clotting.


Calcium and phosphorous– for healthy bone growth, blood coagulation, muscle contraction, and nerve impulse transmission.

Copper–for proper formation of bone, tissue, and cells.

Fatty acids–for proper function of body organs and control of allergies and inflammation.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin– for maintenance of healthy joints.

Iodine– for proper metabolism and thyroid function.

Iron– for proper function of red blood cells which transport oxygen.

Magnesium– for proper vitamin, mineral and enzyme use, bone development, and protein production.

Potassium– for maintaining healthy muscles and nerves, and proper fluid balance.

Selenium– for protection of cells as an antioxidant.

Sodium and chloride– working separately or together, as sodium chloride, for proper fluid balance, transfer of nutrients, elimination of cell waste.

Zinc– for maintaining healthy hair and skin.

Vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and as the trend goes for whole food and juicing for people, it only makes sense that our dogs would be much better off absorbing their vitamins and minerals from real food as well.

Homemade dog food doesn’t have to be a difficult thing. In fact it can not only become quite easy but is pretty much guaranteed to spur you to a better diet for yourself.

Making the Switch to Real Food for Your Dog

If you want to make the switch to better food and better health for your dog do it just like you would any new change for yourself.

Gradually.  Studies prove you have a way higher rate of success with gradual change, like 2 or 3 good meals a week instead of none.  Don’t try to suddenly switch to all their meals are homemade. You are sure to fail and give up.

You don’t have to take on becoming a doggie gourmet cook overnight. Nor do you have to cook for your dog every single day.

Start by getting an education on the good nutrition for your dog and begin making a few recipes while adding to your knowledge about how to best get the right vitamins and minerals to your dog.

Learning to add the right things to your dog’s diet can come over time as well.  *Join My Inbox if you’d like to get easy super food and supplement ideas using the very ingredients you would use while cooking your own food.

Home made Dog Food Tip

Calcium is a much needed mineral in a dog’s diet. The first thing we people think of as a calcium additive is milk. But guess what? It’s certainly not the best way to get calcium and feeding your dog loads of milk is not a good idea. Find out more about why milk is not a good source of calcium here: Healthy Alter Ego Milk

Here are two answers to adding calcium to your dog’s diet.

• Parsley

• Eggshells

Give your dog coconut oil every day! You can find recipes with coconut oil in Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes

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Please feel free to e-mail me with your questions and I’d love to hear if you have problems with itching, scratching and licking with your dog. Answer these three questions and I’ll be sure to get you the remedy report I’m working on right now.

As always, Mahalo for being a Maui Dog Remedies reader and take some time to have fun with your dog today!

Jt Clough lives in Maui, Hawaii and practices health, happiness, natural remedies and training for dogs and their people.  Her uncanny way of communication with both dogs and people is healing and her training is effective physically and emotionally. Her work at ReVIBE | Dogs + Joy + Vibrance is for people looking to live healthier and happier lives through their dogs and her passion for it has helped so many to find and do that thing they’ve been talking about or wishing to happen for so long. She is a dog whisperer for our best friends and studies natural dog remedies, nutrition and communication. Her latest publications are Treading for Dogs DVD, Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes and 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs.


Coconut Oil for Dogs (and Their People)

Coconut oil, even coconut oil for dogs, has been wrongly accused by most health care professionals who tell us to stay away from coconut oil and place in the artery clogging, saturated fat category next to animal fat.

How misleading that information has been. We’ve had such an obsession with fat that we’ve gone low fat, no fat, non fat for long enough to find out, it’s screwing up our ability to run well lubricated healthy lives! It’s true for our dogs as well.

The technical reasons why there is a big difference between animal and coconut saturated fat are fat that comes from animals is a long chain triglyceride, and coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride or MCT. Coconut oil does not turn to trans fatty acids when heated or eaten raw by the way.

The real amazing thing about medium chain fatty acids are the healing properties it exhibits in improving metabolism, thyroid function, promotes weight loss and boosts energy.

Coconut Oil For Dogs

So why do these coconut oil facts apply to dogs too?

Well, like people our dogs diet and exercise habits have suffered over the past few decades. The diet being a huge issue. Think about it, when was the last time your dog ate something real? How many days in a row has your dog eaten a processed to death, coated in preservatives for flavor and shelf life meal?

Hmmm, and we wonder why our dogs are also overweight, getting diabetes, and acquiring thyroid problems?

Bottom line, improve your dog’s health with coconut oil.

7 Reasons to Feed Your Dog Coconut Oil

  1. Coconut oil prevents and treats yeast infections, including candida. The number one reason dogs are itching scratching and licking: candida.
  2. Coconut oil improves overall skin health, and clears up skin conditions. Dogs get flea allergies, contact dermatitis, hot spots, and generally a need to itch from internal candida.
  3. Applied topically to the skin, coconut oil promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites, and stings.
  4. Coconut oil helps prevent diabetes by regulating and balancing insulin.
  5. Coconut oil promotes normal thyroid function.
  6. Coconut oil prevents infection.
  7. Coconut oil promotes weight reduction and increase energy, which promotes mobility in dogs with arthritis and other joint issues.

Feed your dog coconut oil every day. Start small. 1/2 teaspoon a day will do it. Start small dogs on 1/4 teaspoon per day.  Small dogs can work up to 1-2 teaspoons a day while larger dogs can go 3-4 teaspoons a day depending on the degree of health your dog started with and what you are treating.  Remember, something is better than nothing so a little dab a day is best if that is all you can do.

Looking for coconut oil ideas to add to your dogs diet?

Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes offers recipes which all include coconut oil. The added bonus in health benefits of pumpkin for a dog in each recipe too.

By the way, if this is resonating with you and your dog – you find yourself lacking support and tired of listening to the vet and or doctors suggest benadryl, antibiotics, or really bad dog food they get a kick back from selling/promoting – I just want you to know that I support you.

Subscribe to A Better Life Because of Your Dog and I’ll help however I can. If its healthy and it’s vibrant and brings joy I’d like more of that for you and for me and for our dogs.

Jt Clough practices health, happiness, natural remedies and training for dogs and their people.  Her uncanny way of communication with both dogs and people is healing and her training is effective physically and emotionally. She is has written the 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs and Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes and is co-author of Treading for Dogs DVD



*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional – I just study, practice, read, live, breath natural remedies!  I’m not one to follow the normal which doesn’t seem to be working for most these days.  What you’ll read here is based on my research and experience and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. Have fun, read as much as you can, do your own research and make smart choices for yourself!
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Pumpkin Frosty Paws

Maui Dog Remedies Pumpkin Frosty Paws Recipe™

Pumpkin Frosty Paws

1 circle greenWhat’s the most favorite Maui dog treat?

2 cirlce greenHow do I stop the itching, scratching and licking my dog is incessantly doing?

Two questions I get a lot. And I have a great answer for both:  Pumpkin Frosty Paws, with coconut oil as an added ingredient!

Here is my creation straight from Maui, Hawaii with my dogs as the very happy testers for what will, I’m certain, become a famous Maui Dog Remedies Pumpkin Frosty Paws Recipe.

PawsMany dogs have problems with itching, scratching and licking, and as I have studied and applied healthy food choices to dogs, it has become apparent that yeast is a problem.  Peanuts are on any candida (yeast infestation = itching) diet as a big no, no, do not eat.  Therefore, to reduce creating more yeast peanuts, peanut butter and the likes are no longer a part of my recommendation for dogs in their diet.

Coconut oil is an amazing super food that is not only anti fungal, but anti bacterial and anti parasitic. So, as you are about to see the ingredients in this easy to make real food recipe for your dog are amazingly good for irritating health issues and your dog’s gonna love them on top of it!

*Read more on the healing properties of coconut oil.

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Please enjoy your dog and the simple things in life, take a deep breath and wag more!

Jt Clough lives in Maui, Hawaii and practices health, happiness, natural remedies and training for dogs and their people. Her work at Maui Dog Remedies is for people looking to live healthier and happier lives through their dogs and her passion for it has helped so many to find and do that thing they’ve been talking about or wishing to happen for so long. She is often described as a dog whisperer for our best friends. Her latest publications are Pumpkin Dog Food + Treats Recipes and 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs.


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Healing Properties of Pumpkins for You and Your Dog

Fall has arrived and with it comes one of my favorite holidays, Halloween. Time to harvest the pumpkins and carve them for decoration. Even better, cook with them because of their many healing properties.

The benefits of pumpkin to your health listed below make perfect reasons to carve a pumpkin using these free pumpkin stencils especially if you are a dog lover. You can use the insides of the carved pumpkin or cut a whole pumpkin into chunks to add to recipes for both you and the dog.

Make Spicy Pumpkin Soup for a healthy lunch or dinner or to take to a gathering. You’ll be asked for the recipe for certain.

Pumpkins grow here in Hawaii year round, I’m stoked about that.  But know that the canned version provides health benefits and can be found all 12 months of the year as well.  Just note that you should use can whole canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling as it has sugar and other additives your dog doesn’t need.

Pumpkin for Dogs

Bake these Pumpkin Dog Biscuits for a tail wagging treat that’s actually good for your dog’s health.  They make great holiday gifts and are perfect dog training treats high on the healthy scale.

Pumpkin has been used for both weight loss and to help with an upset stomach or diarrhea in dogs. To assist in weight loss cut the appropriate amount of dry dog food by 1/3 and add pumpkin to it.

*make sure it is not pumpkin pie mix as it contains sugar and other ingredients not good for your dog.

The recommended kibble serving size on the bag may be too much for your dog. Check Pet Obesity Prevention for help with recommended serving sizes.

For dog upset stomach or diarrhea substitute pumpkin and feed 1/2 to 1/3 the amount of food you would normally provide and add 2 or 3 tablespoons of pumpkin depending on the size of your dog.  Start with 1 tablespoon for small dogs.  Canned pumpkin is the easiest to feed when treating for these issues.

Use pumpkin seeds to assist in eliminating parasites.  Use a food processor to grind them into small pieces or even a paste and add to meals regularly.

Treatments and Health Benefits of Pumpkin for People

Having a yellowish-orange color, pumpkin is rich in anti-oxidants and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a vitamin that can be converted by the body into vitamin A. This helps the body in its process of regeneration, slowing down the aging process. Pumpkin pulp contains vitamins, especially pro-vitamin A, vitamins E and C, salts and minerals, carbon hydrates, and proteids. The seeds contain oil, proteids, resines and enzymes with antihelmintic properties. The pumpkin’s core contains lecithin, tyrosine, peporesine, phosphorus and vitamins B and A.

  • Pumpkin seeds contain the strongest therapeutic effects. These help in eliminating intestinal parasites, cleaning blood vessels, adjusting cholesterol level and stimulating kidney activity.
  • In treating cancer, leukemia, sclerosis, or various diseases which are hard to cure, pumpkin seeds have an energizing role.
  • Pumpkin oil extracted from the seeds is recommended for reducing excess cholesterol. Pumpkin offers protection against heart diseases by containing antioxidants.
  • The vegetable has a laxative action, being useful in case of dyspepsia and constipation. Fried pumpkin is healthy for those who suffer from heart diseases.
  • Pumpkin juice is indicated for ulcer and high acidity. It has to be drunk three times a day, half an hour before meals. It is also useful in cases of insomnia, having sedative properties.
  • Pumpkin is also indicated in cases of hormonal disorders or adolescent behavior, menopause disorder, intestinal parasites or sexual hyper-excitability.
  • In external use, pumpkin is recommended for treating burns, inflammations and abscesses. It softens the skin and diminishes the inflammatory processes of mucous.
  • A number of hydrating and anti-wrinkle creams contain pumpkin.

*credit Live and Feel for the reprinted medicinal information.

Though many of these symptoms and treatments are human related I believe the benefits to the health of dogs include many of the above properties as well.

Aloha Wags!

Thanks for reading. My hope is to give you inspirational ideas to live a life well played with your dog.

Jt Clough has worked with dogs in many capacities for the past 16 years, she is an author and an athlete.

Jt has helped dogs and their people from training to healthy living and her latest inspiration is with Wonder Dog Fund, created to help pay veterinary bills for dogs that are in need of health care. When her own dog was riddled with a neck injury that came with a $12,000 fee, she realized how many people are faced with difficult decisions when a sudden injury or illness strikes their dog. A portion of every purchase from goes to Wonder Dog Fund, providing financial relief for dog veterinary fees.


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