Homeopathic Pet 1st Aid
Having a Pet 1st Aid Kit is a smart and handy idea. It is also essential as we all know that 1st aid situations tend to happen when the vets are closed. While a conventional 1st aid kit is very important to have, it can also be useful to add in a few extras.
For those Pet Parents that want to take a more natural approach with their kits, there are some homeopathic remedies that you can consider adding that can help with those first aid emergencies.
These remedies are suggestions only for Pet 1st Aid situations. For more chronic conditions, you will need to see a homeopathic practitioner or holistic vet.
These remedies are effective for treating simple, acute cases and if given right after symptoms present, they could help your pet recover quickly.
These remedies are great to have on hand if you do not have quick access to a vet but can also be a lifesaver on your way to the vet in an emergency
- Arnica: is the 1st remedy to think of in cases of shock, pain, haemorrhaging, bruising, accidents, and trauma. Relieves swelling, particularly when associated with sprains and other muscle injuries. Tends to be used in a higher potency for faster acting.
- Arsenicum album: Useful for gastrointestinal upsets which cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Can also be useful for conjunctivitis, sneezing, fever, loss of appetite and skin conditions such as eczema and dandruff.
- Apis: Prescribed any time there is swelling or inflammation. It is typically used for reducing pain, swelling and inflammation associated with bug bites and minor burns. Apis is prepared from bees and their venom so is great for bee stings.
- Bryonia: All symptoms are worse for any movement, including arthritis and rheumatism, chest infections, nosebleeds and mastitis. Could also help alleviate symptoms of kennel cough.
- Carbo veg: Can help in treating flatulence (wind), constipation, bloating and indigestion upsets. Can help in treating scours as well as shock and collapse.
- Cocculus: For motion sickness from travel via car, boat, or air. They may appear faint, weak and are better for lying down.
- Gelsemium: Great for fever, sneezing, flu (cat flu) and fear. This remedy can be used for animals that are shaking from fright.
- Hepar Sulph: Used for wounds which have started to pus, such as abscesses, boils, anal gland infections or wounds that have become infected. Is also used on painful ear infections and painful, inflamed mastitis.
- Hypericum: Helps to ease pain particularly after bites and other painful blows and wounds. Also helps to relieve pain associated with nerve damage, disc disease, and surgery.
- Ignatia: Is useful for animals that are suffering from grief, separation or pinning for their owner. They tend to withdraw away and find solitude.
- Ledum: Treats insect, tick, and animal bites as well as puncture wounds. Is also a good remedy for wasp stings.
- Nux vomica: Rids the body of toxins such as human drugs, antifreeze, pesticides, rat poison, dark chocolate, and more. This remedy should be administered while en-route to a veterinary clinic. Can also be used when your pet has overeaten inappropriate foods or overindulged.
- Rhus tox: Is useful for muscular and joint disorders including arthritis and rheumatism which tends to be worse after periods of rest, but improves with movement. Can help treat sprains and strains, fevers, flu and various skin conditions.
- Silica: This remedy can be used on abscesses and will either force the abscess to drain or be absorbed by the body. Silica will also help in the expulsion of foreign bodies such as splinters, and grass seeds.
- Sulphur: is well known for treating many skin problems. It is often prescribed for various forms of mange and is also good for animals with dry skin, dry hair, and any generalised body odour (especially caused by seborrhoea or infected skin).
- Thuja: Treats various warts and tumours (especially the fatty tumours called lipomas). Thuja is also used in the treatment of vaccine reactions.
Please note that homeopathic remedies should not be administered over a long period without instruction given by a qualified practitioner or a holistic vet.
It is best to purchase all of the remedies listed as 30c (however Arnica can be 200c as you are wanting a higher potency, for fast-acting). A dose for all dogs (regardless of size/breed/ age) is 3 pillules or 3 drops. Cats tend to be around 2 and horses are normally 4 to 5. The more acute the injury or condition, the more often you should dose. Sudden onset, such as in an emergency, it is best to give a dose every 5-10 minutes for the 1st hour then drop it back if their condition improves.
Once you see the condition improving, you need to stop giving the remedy as the body is on its way to healing itself.
These remedies are also fine to be given alongside conventional medication. However, homeopathy is not a substitute for conventional medicine but can be used alongside.
Do you have your own natural Pet 1st Aid Kit? What other remedies, either homeopathic or herbal, have you added?