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
|Stung area is swollen, bruised and painful.||Arnica montana followed by:|
Ledum palustreStung area is very inflamed and appears blisteredCantharisAllergic reaction to the stingCarbolic acidStung area is red, feels hot and swollenApis mellifica
FOREIGN BODIES (FOXTAILS AND SPLINTERS)
|Foreign bodies||Silicea, Myristica sebifera|
|Red or white with swelling||Apis mellifica|
|Sudden heat and redness||Belladonna|
|Yellow, oozing discharg||Graphites|
POISONING, VOMITING AND DIARRHEA
|Vomiting with frequent straining and small amounts of stool||Nux vomica|
|Vomiting with watery stools, thirst and dehydration||Arsenicum album|
|Ticklish throat, aggravated by pressure on throat and lying down||Drosera|
|Early stages and fever||Aconitum napellus|
|Dry cough aggravated by motion, abdominal breathing||Bryonia|
|Shock due to blood loss||Arnica and China|
CUTS AND LACERATIONS
|Puncture wounds and cuts with jagged edges||Hypericum perforatum|
|Trauma with bruising and bleeding||Arnica montana|
|Hot, red swelling||Apis mellifica|
|Bumpy, itchy rash||Rhus toxicodendron|
BREAKS, SPRAINS AND STRAINS
|Muscle Strain||Arnica montana followed by|
|Joint Sprain||Arnica 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.