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The commercial first aid kit was initially produced by Johnson and Johnson in 1888. The kit was to provide necessary medical supplies for treating industrial injuries suffered by workers during railroad construction. As the workers were usually on sites that were located miles from hospitals, the need for medical kits was evident. Fast forward to today and most every household owns one (or even two), and numerous households also buy a kit for our furry friends.
First aid kits for dogs have been commercially produced for some time. There are some pet owners who prefer natural and organic substances.
Homeopathic first aid kits for dogs are made from natural and organic substances such as flowers, herbs, plants, minerals, and even insects. They do not contain any artificial medication or chemicals, assuring us that our pets are safe from toxicity. All of the ingredients you will need to complete your very own homeopathic remedy kit for dogs are available from most health food stores.
We have listed below homeopathic elements and remedies that have been certified by veterinarians. But before administering any of these remedies, be sure to consult your trusted veterinarian beforehand.
Table of Contents
|Injury or Muscle Trauma||Arnica|
|Vomiting with watery stools, thirst, and dehydration||Arsenicum|
|Soreness, swelling, and inflammation||Apis Mellifica|
|Itchy rashes due to external infection||Calendula|
|Red and/or raw skin, burns, and scalds||Cantharis|
|Eyes with sticky yellowish discharge||Euphrasia|
|Animal bites, abscesses, and painful ear||Hepar-Sulph|
|Damage to the nerves, especially paws, nails, coccyx or gums||Hypericum|
|Insect, tick, and animal bites as well as puncture wounds||Ledum|
|Foreign objects (foxtails and splinters)||Silicea|
|Eczema, ear mites, kidney disease, bacterial yeast infections, diarrhea, fleas||Sulfur|
Homeopathic First Aid Kits For Dogs
Made from the plant Monkshood, Aconite relieves shock associated with traumatic injury, remedies ear infection, pain, and anxiety triggered by loud noises. It is also your go-to treatment for high fever and other illnesses brought about by your pet getting chilled.
A bright yellow flowering herb that is also known as Leopard’s Bane, Arnica is used primarily in wound care and for the dilation of blood vessels. Arnica eases general pain, fractures, sprains, bruising, swelling, and stiffness due to overexertion. It is best to administer Arnica on your dog at the onset of injury or muscle trauma.
Arsenicum album is infamous as a classic poison throughout history, however certain ones can make excellent remedies too. Homeopathic Arsenic that has multiple health benefits. It is mainly used as treatment against gastroenteritis, caused by ingesting spoiled food or garbage. Arsenicum is also a potent skin remedy where there is itching, redness, and flaking or dandruff, which is often set off by allergies.
Highly recommended in managing general pain and stiffness due to overexertion. It also reduces soreness, swelling, and inflammation associated with insect bites. Administer a few doses every 20 minutes after a bee sting.
Soothes and heals skin and any other external infection. It can be administered both orally and as an external ointment.
Cantharis is an excellent treatment against cystitis. If administered promptly, it can result in immediate relief from its primary symptoms, which include straining to pass urine, frequent urination, and sometimes blood in the urine. You can use it to improve red, raw skin– sometimes seen in some forms of eczema and dermatitis.
Cantharis can also help with healing burns and scalds. It is vital to obtain a diagnosis from your pets’ veterinarian before administering.
Also called Eyebright, this predominantly eases eye problems. It is commonly given to dogs to alleviate cases of conjunctivitis where the eyes produce a sticky yellowish discharge, and they appear sore.
Fragaria (Wild Strawberry)
Fragaria is a prominent health aide because of its capabilities to dissolve dental plaque from teeth and in preventing plaque build-up after teeth have been cleaned.
Works the same way antibiotics do. Effective on animal bites, abscesses, and painful ear and anal gland infections. Skin and eye infections that cause the excretion of mucky and foul discharge respond well when Hepar-sulph is given to dogs.
It is characterized as the Arnica for nerve injuries. Hypericum works best for paws that have been crushed, injuries caused by punctures, and any damage to the nerves, especially paws, nails, coccyx, and gums. If your dog’s spine is susceptible to the touch or the slightest motion of the legs or neck and causes the dog to cry out in pain, you may administer Hypericum.
Effectively restores the body’s defense mechanism against all kinds of tick diseases. Instead of giving dogs antibiotics or other drugs throughout the tick season, it is better to give your pet Ledum. It relieves insect, tick, and animal bites as well as puncture wounds. Unlike Apis, which is applied to bites that are red and hot, bites that are cool and appear bruised requires Ledum.
It clears the body of toxins caused by human drugs, pesticides, rat poison, dark chocolate, and more. This remedy should be administered while en route to a veterinary clinic.
Known as the “homeopathic surgical knife” because of its ability to force splinters and foreign bodies to the surface. It is commonly used as a cure for boils and abscesses. It accelerates the ripening and coming to a head and then discharges the pus; this process is called suppuration. Blocked tear ducts, salivary glands, and stys are treated with Silicea as well.
Sulfur is a homeopathic remedy for canine skin problems such as itchy skin, skin infections, eczema, ear mites, kidney disease, dry skin, smelly dogs, bacterial yeast infections, diarrhea, fleas, abnormal discharges from ears and nose. Most often it is called for when other remedies fail to cure, or the condition relapses.
Warts may seem like innocent growths, but over time they can become quite bothersome. It can cause itch, dietary problems, and cause irritation and bleeding if the wart grows on an area where a dog can reach and repeatedly chews or scratches. Thuja effectively treats warts, certain types of tumors, and allergic reactions to vaccines.
Homeopathy remedy has been practiced for over 200 years as a way to treat arrays of acute and chronic conditions in both humans and pets. However, keep in mind that home treatment is not a substitute for veterinarian care.
Certain illnesses can be safely treated at home, such as bug bites, minor cuts and scrapes, vomiting or diarrhea, infections, and some chronic conditions. First aid is your first defense and temporal remedy before taking your pet to the vet.
This list barely scratched the surface of the vast world of homeopathic remedies. Volatile oils found in herbs and essences of particular flowers are also used as an organic and natural treatment for pets.
These ingredients come as oral medications, topical creams, or liquids. But we hope that the above mentioned natural ingredients can help you start your very own homeopathic first aid kit for dogs.
Ian is an avid outdoorsman and dog lover. He lives in Central Florida with his wife Heather, and their 2 dogs – Panda (Purebread Rough Collie X English Golden Retriever) & Kuma (Blue Merl Purebread Rough Collie)