Common Dog Health Issues You Can Treat at Home

Like their owners, dogs can also get sick but can be treated at home without needing a trip to the veterinarian’s consulting rooms. So, if your doggie is a little under the weather, play a waiting game or treat the problem yourself. 

This approach might be challenging because dogs cannot tell their owners what is wrong. However, based on their symptoms, you could surmise what is wrong and intervene accordingly. Here are some common canine health issues you could potentially treat at home:

Mild pain and fever

Your dog might experience mild pain after overdoing it while running and playing. A limp after a walk could indicate a sore muscle or tendon that will heal with a little rest. Examine your dog to identify the exact source of pain. 

Your dog should yelp when you find it. If the pup’s discomfort level is not too extreme, treat the problem with doggie painkillers that you can get from your vet at your annual appointment for a checkup and vaccinations. If you do not have dog-specific medicine, try dissolving a fraction of a mild painkiller, such as paracetamol in some milk, or feed it to the dog in a piece of cheese or ground beef.

A mild fever often accompanies inflammation. If you see the dog shivering, this could be symptomatic of them running a temperature. Use the same treatment mentioned above to treat low-grade fever incidents. 

How much paracetamol you use depends on your doggie’s size. Rather use too little than risk overdosing your pooch. See your vet if the fever does not break, or consult an advice site like OurFitPets.

Skin irritations

Dogs can get rashes in areas where they have less fur to protect them. This includes across their tummies and in the creases where their legs join the torso. Rashes lead to itching, which a dog attempts to address by licking or scratching. While this sometimes sorts out the problem, this is not always the case.

Apply a thin layer of hydrocortisone cream on the affected area and hold your dog so that it cannot lick there until the ointment has been absorbed. If the salve does not seem to be working, you can try cortisone tablets, feeding them to your dog disguised inside a treat. Do not do this for longer than seven days without consulting a vet.


Some dogs struggle with anxiety when separated from their owner or during holidays when fireworks make a noise. A dog experiencing anxiety should not be left alone as they might harm themselves trying to escape or hide.

Use herbal anxiety remedies for humans to treat your dog or speak to your vet during the annual appointment about how to treat your dog’s jumpiness. Dogs feel comforted by the presence of members of their pack. Hold the dog and ensure that they know they are not alone.

Motion sickness

There is nothing worse than a vomiting dog in your car during a long trip. Not all dogs experience motion sickness. However, other canines get motion sickness, which makes them feel dizzy and nauseous.

Human medications for motion sickness, such as Dramamine, are effective in treating dogs. However, reduce the dose according to the dog’s size.


Your dog might become constipated occasionally. This is quite normal. However, leaving constipation untreated could lead to fecal impaction, which is dangerous and painful.

Treat constipation by adding a splash of oil to your dog’s food and stirring it in thoroughly. Most dogs love the flavor, and it gets the digestive system lubricated and ready to resume regular functioning. Alternatively, feed your dog high-fiber food like oatmeal or bran.