At some point in their lives, most dogs get bitten by other dogs – or sometimes cats or other animals. Most times, the bites can be easily managed at home. Here are some homeopathic remedies than can help ease pain and swelling and prevent infection.
Apis: This remedy is indicated when the bite is swollenwith a bright red hue, and stinging, burning pains that are worse with heat and better with cold.
Belladonna: This remedy is useful for bites and stings where there is rapid swelling and violent symptoms. There is redness, heat, throbbing, and burning, or redness. The face is flushed, eyes glaring, pupils dilated, the body fevered, and an excited mental state. It is often used for dog and cat bites and can be useful in the prevention and treatment of rabies.
Hypericum: This remedy often follows Ledum if there is pain following the nerves upward from the site of the bite. It is specific for injuries to places rich in nerves such as the face, fingers, toes and nails. Hypericum may be useful in tetanus.
Lachesis: This remedy is useful when the is hot, bluish-purple, or purple-black swellings which have a tendency toward ulceration and the tendency for the seepage of dark blood. It is especially useful in the bites of poisonous animals, cats, dogs and snakes. The dog may feel worse after sleeping or on sleeping and can act over-heated, restless, uneasy and cannot stand anything tight around the neck.
Ledum: A common remedy used in the case of bites of animal as well as puncture wounds. It may prevent tetanus and antidote poisons. Ledum is especially indicated when the wound area feels cold but the dog does not want the part covered or heated in any way. Bite wounds may be bathed externally with Ledum tincture.
Lyssin: This is the homeopathic nosode for rabies. It will also work for bites of non-rabid animals, especially dogs. It may prevent aggressive reactions and is useful when the dog reacts to running water.
If the wound does not respond to your remedy selection or there is underlying tissue damage, a trip to the vet may be in order. If you are taking your dog to the vet, it won’t hurt to give him the best fitting remedy before you leave.