Are Trendy or Traditional Pet Cures and Remedies Safer?Published December 29, 2011
By Jo Singer
But when I recently received a flyer advertising “Joey Green’s Amazing Pet Cures: 1,130 Secret Uses for Your Favorite Products" touting "cure-alls" for many pet ailments, I was quite concerned about their efficiency and safety.
Some of the home remedies and products this flyer suggested were just plain old outrageous to me. For instance, the idea of using KrazyGlue to safely remove ticks is simply crazy. The active ingredient in Super Glue is cyanoacrylate, a material related to cyanide, and requires careful handling as per instructions by the manufacturer. Another tidbit suggesting freshening kitty’s breath using Uncle Bens Whole Grain rice also seemed inappropriate to me. Since a serious underlying medical condition may be causing kitty halitosis, veterinary intervention is called for.
The flyer went on, suggesting feeding Grape Nut Flakes to a pudgy pooch to shed some pounds. At best, the piece of advice sounds...well, flaky. Another outlandish suggestion: if your pup is trekking out into the snow, use Pam cooking spray to prevent snow from sticking to their paw pads. Now I don't know about how your dog or cat would react to the hissing sound of a spray can, but I am sure our cats would be hanging upside down from the ceiling in terror.
If you're really interested in helping Fido lose weight, consult with your vet for a safe exercise program and a sensible weight control diet. And rather than using Pam on your pet's paw pads, try rubbing a little bit of Vaseline onto their tender footsies before going out into the snow.
While these “trendy” products found around our homes may be appealing, products made specifically for pets are by far more effective and safe. What do you think? When it comes to treating your pets, do you stick with pet-specific products, or are you uncovering the 1,000 secret uses of non-pet-specific products? Leave a comment to share your opinions.