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The warmer weather is finally here and we are all spending more time outdoors now. But with being in the outdoors comes the increased chance that your dog will get hurt. Today, a friend of mine was showing me pictures of her husky’s eye. She has no idea what happened but we can only assume that Blue might have gotten stung by something yesterday. She spent many worrisome hours awake last night trying to help Blue feel better. If Blue was indeed stung, homeopathic APIS mellifica or Ledum would have helped her tremendously. Huskies, with their natural curiosity coupled with that high prey drive that compels them to chase and capture anything that moves, can get our Snow Dogs into some dangerous emergency medical situations. Are you prepared for a Snow Dog Medical Emergency? Here are some things that you can have on hand that can help your dog feel better or at least help them until you can get your dog to get further medical assistance should you need it.
Homeopathic Remedies For Dogs
Homeopathy works very well with animals. Remedies are chosen in accordance with how the patient experiences the illness. When you have the right remedy you will notice an immediate improvement or abatement of the symptoms. Homeopathic remedies come in vials that can be can be easily stored and kept together in a small plastic bin with snap on lid. I suggest that you have some of these common remedies on hand because when emergencies occur there is often not time to run to the store to get the product. Also, how many times does an emergency happen late at night or on a major holiday when stores are not open? For animals I always suggest using a 30x strength.
12 Handy Homeopathic Remedies To Have In An Emergency Kit
- Apis mellifica – perfect for insect bites, just a couple of doses will be enough.
- Acontium – ideal for relieving panic.
- Arnica – natural pain and stiffness reliever, also works great for reducing bruising.
- Arsenicum album – good remedy for tummy upsets that include vomiting and diarrhoea. Give twice an hour for a few hours.
- Borax – relief of fear, brilliant on new year during the fireworks.
- Chamomillia or Belladonna – pain relief.
- Calendula – great for cuts and scrapes.
- Hepar sulphur – good treatment for abscesses anywhere on the body.
- Hypericum – ever cut your dogs nails too short? Hypericum is ideal at helping numb the pain of nerve damage.
- Myristica – remedy for anal sac issues.
- Rhus tox – great relief from swelling.
- Ruta – perfect for knee injuries.
- Silicea – has a natural ability to help push splinters out of the body.
- Ledum – for puncture wounds.
I highly recommend Dr Pitcairn, he’s a leader in using Homeopathy as well as other great Holistic and Alternative treatments for animals.
I often receive questions from panicked owners who’s dogs need first aid, but very few of them actually have a first aid box at hand, let alone one especially made up for their dog. I recommend either keeping two, one in the car and the other at home, or at least taking the one at home with you on day trips when you’re a distance from home. It’s good practice to always have the number of your vet and your nearest poison control center inside the box, as well as in your cell-phone.
Your Dog’s Emergency First Aid Kit
- Gauze to wrap around wounds.
- Nonstick bandages to control bleeding.
- Adhesive tape to secure gauze and bandages.
- One small and one large Ace tensor bandage.
- Clean towels.
- Iodine and alcohol to disinfect wounds.
- Activated charcoal to help absorb poison that may have been ingested.
- Hydrogen peroxide 3% can also come in handy induce vomiting if your dog has eaten something he shouldn’t have, like chocolate for example.
- Digital thermometer.
- Cloth muzzle just incase your injured dog becomes aggressive while you’re trying to treat his wounds.
- Tick removal tool.
- Cotton balls.
- Eye wash.
Be safe. Be prepared. As always we welcome your comments, question, and stories. When we share our stories we may well be helping someone who is struggling with their Snow Dog. Helping ALL Snow Dogs …. one owner at a time.