Why You Should Avoid Trying Home Remedies On Your Dog

Great pet owners will always do anything they can to keep their dogs happy. Pets typically run into several issues throughout their lives, including things like ticks and fleas, itchiness, stinky faces, dry noses, and much more. 

A lot of pet owners may try to treat their dogs with natural remedies for a host of issues they deal with. Often they do this as a quick fix option, or they think all natural is a better way to go. The problem is, these home remedies are not always safe for your dog.  And it’s hard to know what your dog might have a reaction to.  

That’s exactly why we created Squishface Wrinkle Paste and Squishface Wrinkle Wipes for wrinkly dogs and their owners.  Our products address some common skin issues that dogs deal with and are safe and effective to use on your beloved pup, unlike some of those unverified home remedies.  

What Could Go Wrong?

Some at-home remedies that work well for humans will not necessarily work well for dogs too. Often these remedies can even be toxic to your dog. 

This isn't to say that at-home remedies are never an excellent idea for your pet. There are some circumstances where an at-home remedy can help prevent or treat a problem. You just shouldn’t think of all at-home remedies as a "fix all."

There are many things that could go wrong with an at-home remedy. This can range from being flat-out ineffective to being toxic to your dog and making them ill or giving them a rash.

Examples of Bad Home Remedies

Going over some examples of recommended home remedies can give you an idea of how bad some of them actually are. As a pet owner, you should remember that Google doesn’t know your dog or all the characteristics unique to them. Here are some of the common bad home remedies that people use that you should totally avoid. 

Garlic For Ticks and Fleas

Believe it or not, garlic is the most recommended home remedy to treat ticks and fleas. It is not a home remedy that you should use because it is toxic to cats and dogs. This is especially true when those cats and dogs are smaller.

Cedar Chips & Bedding For Ticks and Fleas

This home remedy can help with ticks and fleas. What some pet owners don't realize though is that their dogs may actually be allergic. A telltale sign on whether your dog is allergic to this home remedy is if they start itching after use. 

Over-The-Counter Pain Medication

It is important to remember that your dog differs greatly from you. You should not be giving them the same pain medications that humans take. Pain medications can cause gastric perforation in dogs. Also, Tylenol and comparable products are very toxic to cats, and should not be given to them even in slight amounts. 

Brewer’s Yeast For Ticks and Fleas

Brewer's yeast is given as a dietary supplement and is also used as a home remedy for ticks and fleas. Unfortunately, what most pet owners don't realize is that brewer's yeast is actually ineffective at treating ticks and fleas. 

Home Remedies for Mosquito Repellant

Dog owners often use home remedies to repel mosquitos. While these remedies may work to do that, they will not be as effective as over-the-counter solutions. They also can't guarantee that disease-carrying mosquitoes will stay away from your dog. That's why it is important to get the proper medication from your vet to prevent these diseases. 

Stinky and Itchiness

Having a stinky or itchy dog is one of the most common issues that owners deal with. A lot of them will try to use home remedies such as coconut oil to treat their dog in these situations. While this can help and give some temporary relief, it will address no underlying issues that are causing the problem. 

If the underlying problem is not actually fixed, it will cause your dog more discomfort, itchiness, or keep them smelling bad. These things can turn into a chronic issue for your dog, and that is something that you want to avoid as a pet owner. 

Why Squishface is the Best

At Squishface, we created our products specifically with wrinkly dogs and their owners in-mind!  While those skin folds and wrinkles are cute and give our dogs a distinct look, they can cause skin issues and irritation from a buildup of bacteria and moisture that can linger between those cute wrinkles. 

Squishface Wrinkle Paste

Squishface Wrinkle Paste is one of the top choices among dog owners to address dog wrinkles, tear stains, and tail pockets that certain breeds are also prone to. It works by creating a water repellent barrier to keep out moisture, fungus, and bacteria. Wrinkle Paste also features ingredients like shea butter that actively soothe your dog’s itchy skin.

Squishface Wrinkle Wipes

Similarly to Squishface Wrinkle Paste, Squishface Wrinkle Wipes can be used for not only dog wrinkles but also tear stains and tail pockets. The Wrinkle Wipes work perfectly with Wrinkle Paste, as they will help clean out the wrinkled areas, and clean off excess paste when applying.

Our products feature minimal ingredient lists, so there is less chance for dogs with sensitive skin to experience a reaction.  They also work hard to address the underlying issue - moisture! By cleaning out the area and blocking more moisture from causing skin issues and irritation, our products will make your dog very comfortable and happy!

For more information on our specially formulated Squishface Wrinkle Paste and Squishface Wrinkle Wipes as well as Squishface Tear Stain Paste, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, and read our blog for great tips and tricks for dogs and their owners.