Archive for June, 2011

Holistic First Aid Options for Pets

Many books and articles contain information on pet first aid but few deal with first aid from a holistic perspective.  I will not attempt to make this section a complete discussion on first aid  but will simply recommend a number of holistic remedies that will give the pet care safe natural  options.   When giving homeopathic first aid remedies or Rescue Remedy you can place 4 to 5 drops directly in the pet,s mouth.   You can also add the  remedies to the pets drinking water.    10 drops in a quart of drinking water should be sufficient and then the container should be “sucussed” (shaken with concussion) 20 times.   You can then use this mixture as the sole source of drinking water by placing all or a portion of the container in the pets water dish..    If the pet is in a lot of discomfort or is otherwise having serious problems you can dose the pet, directly from the dropper bottle  as often as every fifteen minutes until improvement is seen.
Rescue Remedy is a liquid Bach Flower Remedy which helps pets deal with the emotional and psychological stress of injury.     It should be given every 15 minutes as soon after the injury as possible.

Nux Vomica 6X homeopathic is an antidote for bacterial, viral, or chemical toxins.

Thuja homeopathic is a therapy for preventing and treating post vaccination reactions

Thlaspi Bursa is an herbal remedy that can be  used to help relieve urethral obstructions commonly encountered by male cats.

Ledum 6X homeopathic can be used to treat puncture wounds and help prevent tetanus

Apis 6X homeopathic has been used successful to treat allergic reactions caused by insect bites

Ipecac 6X homeopathic can be used to help control vomiting

Arnica 6X homeopathic is quite effective in relieving muscle, joint and soft tissue pain

Anconitum 6X homeopathic is often given to bring down fever

Goldenseal 6X homeopathic

Echinacea 6X homeopathic is a natural antibacterial agent

Hypericum

Belladonna 6X homeopathic is helpful in treating heatstroke and seizures

Arsenicum Album 6X homeopathic is given to animal who are weak and exhausted

Kyolic garlic is a non specific poison antidote

Essential oil of Lavender should be applied to burns to help reduce damage.

Traumeel homeopathic ointment is an anti inflammatory remedy which relieves pain when rubbed on a injured area of the body

Systemic enzyme supplements are great for ligament, tendon, joint and muscle injury.  They are also very helpful in preventing infection and can be used with antibioti

Pedialyte can be given to pets who have lost fluid through diarrhea or vomiting in order to re establish normal electrolyte balance

Hydrogen Peroxide 3% can be used as both a flush for contaminated wounds or to stimulate dogs and cats to vomit up contaminated food or poisons

Eyebright herbal, boric acid, or contact lens solution can be used as an eye wash

Slippery Elm herbal remedy is helpful in treating diarrhea, vomiting and coughing.

Micronized charcoal absorbs intestinal toxins when consumption of poison is suspected

Colloidal Silver is a very effective  oral antimicrobial.  It could also be used as a wound flush or ear flush

Calendula herbal ointment can be used as an antibacterial wound ointment

Honey or a concentrated sugar solution  can be placed in wounds and are both effective antibacterials that can actually be more effective than antibiotics

Apple cider vinegar (organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized)

Yogurt or probiotics should be given to animals with diarrhea to help support the GI tract by restoring the number of good bacteria in the stool

Pumpkin for constipation

Aloe vera can be used topically on the skin for burns or taken orally as a gastro intestinal protectant
Number for the Animal Poison Hotline  for Pets: l 800 548 2423 or 900 680 0000 (fee charged)

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