As long as careful research is done ahead of time, there is no reason that pet owners cannot or should not practice some kinds of in home veterinary care. Sometimes professional diagnosis and treatment are required, of course, but many routine things that vets do can easily be taken care of by owners.
For many centuries, there were no veterinarians. People took care of their animals themselves, or occasionally appealed to the local wise woman or herbal healer, the same one they visited themselves when ill. Many of the time-tested folk remedies that work on humans also work on animals.
There are many books on the subject of animal care, as well as a rich store of information on the Internet. It is important to check several sources before following any advice you find. If there is information in one place that you find nowhere else, you should look for an alternative or at the very least proceed with extreme caution.
Reading as much as you can on the subject of therapeutic techniques will give you a foundation of basic knowledge to help evaluate the tips you find. For instance, if you have read a few books on the properties of herbs, you will discount an online site that says that fenugreek is only used intravenously. This is an example of erroneous information posted online.
However, there is a solid body of folklore and even clinical studies that back up the use of herbs, homeopathy, and vitamin therapy for animal health and healing. There are many respected herbalists and non-medical authorities whose advice you can feel safe in following. Some tips are common knowledge.
For instance: for dogs, use eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil for fleas and ticks (use peppermint oil in the corners of rooms that are infested), wrap an ace bandage around the chest of a nervous Chihuahua before a thunderstorm to help keep it calm, add apple cider vinegar to drinking water to control smelly intestinal gas and keep brown spots out of your lawn, and wash ears with a solution of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. These are all tricks that can you can do at home.
Worm dogs, cats, and domestic barnyard animals with diatomaceous earth. Feed brewer’s yeast to discourage fleas and ticks on all susceptible animals while giving them essential B vitamins and protein as well. Wash off skunk spray with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, and dish soap. Treat cuts and burns with natural Vitamin E or Aloe Vera gel. Keep ticks off with tea tree oil applied to the coat of dogs that run free outside. Soak a horse’s sore foot in hot water and Epsom salts. Feed blue green algae to a cat with feline leukemia and watch it thrive.
In home veterinary care can save money, is often as effective as professional attention, and is often a drug-free, natural alternative. You won’t be able to do blood work-ups, heart worm tests, and x-rays, of course, but lots of things are entirely possible to do yourself.