Natural First Aid Kit

Now is the time to start piecing together your dog’s homeopathic first aid kit … before your needs a remedy!

Although homeopathy can be challenging to apply in chronic cases, it’s really quite easy for dog owners to effectively treat simple, acute cases with just a few remedies.  If given shortly after symptoms are seen, the right remedy can help your dog recover much more quickly.  Having the right remedies on hand can be especially important if you don’t have immediate access to quality veterinary care … although they can also be a life saver while you’re driving on the way to the emergency vet!

Acute disorders are illnesses and injuries that happen suddenly, often with obvious symptoms.  Because acute problems are quite easy for us to identify, finding the right remedy can be a fairly simple project.  What follows is a short list of problems your dog may run into and corresponding remedies that you can use to quickly reduce symptoms.

INSECT BITES AND STINGS

Key SymptomsRemedy
Stung area is swollen, bruised and painful.Arnica montana followed by:
Ledum palustre
Stung area is very inflamed and appears blisteredCantharis
Allergic reaction to the stingCarbolic acid
Stung area is red, feels hot and swollenApis mellifica

FOREIGN BODIES (FOXTAILS AND SPLINTERS)

Key SymptomsRemedy
Foreign bodiesSilicea, Myristica sebifera

HOT SPOTS

Key SymptomsRemedy
Red or white with swellingApis mellifica
Sudden heat and rednessBelladonna
Yellow, oozing dischargGraphites

POISONING, VOMITING AND DIARRHEA

Key SymptomsRemedy
Vomiting with frequent straining and small amounts of stoolNux vomica
Vomiting with watery stools, thirst and dehydrationArsenicum album

KENNEL COUGH

Key SymptomsRemedy
Ticklish throat, aggravated by pressure on throat and lying downDrosera
Early stages and feverAconitum napellus
Dry cough aggravated by motion, abdominal breathingBryonia

SHOCK

Key SymptomsRemedy
ShockAconitum napellus
Shock due to blood lossArnica and China

CUTS AND LACERATIONS

Key SymptomsRemedy
Puncture wounds and cuts with jagged edgesHypericum perforatum
Trauma with bruising and bleedingArnica montana

ALLERGIC REACTIONS

Key SymptomsRemedy
Hot, red swellingApis mellifica
Bumpy, itchy rashRhus toxicodendron

BREAKS, SPRAINS AND STRAINS

Key SymptomsRemedy
Muscle StrainArnica montana followed by
Calendula officinalis
Joint SprainArnica montana followed by
Rhus toxicodendron, Ruta graveolens

 

While this isn’t a complete list, it’s a great start and a perfect way to start building your own emergency kit with just a few remedies.

Purchase your remedies in 30c potency. A dose for all dogs, regardless of size, is three pellets. The more acute the injury, the more often you should dose. For sudden, traumatic episodes, you can repeat every five to 90 minutes and for milder cases, every day or two. Once you see an improvement in symptoms, stop giving the remedy.

Having these remedies readily available can make the difference between a fast and slow recovery for your dog.