Pharmaceutical drugs may not be your pets only path to pain relief. Below you will find a list of homeopathic remedies to help you manage your pets pain at home. These remedies can be safely used without running the risk of unwanted side effects, allergic reactions, and undesirable interactions with other medications.
ARNICA - For all physical trauma, use Arnica. After an injury or surgery, Arnica will reduce pain, reduce inflammation and help control bleeding. It is a good idea to pretreat with Arnica before surgery. Dental extractions will benefit tremendously from Arnica. Spinal injuries - arnica 30c, can be given every 5 minutes (STOP dosing as soon as the animal shows marked improvement) for up to ten doses.
HYPERICUM - a great remedy for injuries to nerves, or parts of the body rich in nerves. Use Hypericum for injuries to feet, toes, claws, tongue, etc, especially crushed toe tips. Helps relieve surgical pain and may be used intermittently with Arnica. Relieves pain from lacerated wounds. Prolonged sensitivity in an amputated digit and painful lacerated wounds are relieved by Hypericum. Use for nerve pain, shooting pains. After dental or oral surgery, rinse with a strong tea solution of Hypericum and Calendula. Or herbal tinctures of both herbs diluted in water can be used to irrigate the mouth (mix 1 part Hypericum tincture, 1 part Calendula tincture and 9 parts distilled water). Calendula will help to heal and rapidly close the wound. Spinal injuries: after treating with Arnica, Hypericum 30c, can be used every 4 hours for up to 3 days.
LEDUM - can be given for pain from puncture wounds. Injuries from nails, barbed wire, fish hooks, talons, liver biopsy, or animal bites will benefit from Ledum. Ledum is also known to help prevent tetanus.
NUX VOMICA - for spinal injuries, 1m, one dose every other day for two doses if there is disc involvement.
SYMPHYTUM - for wounds penetrating to the perineum and bones. Symphytum stimulates callus formation in fractures and helps with bones that will not fuse. Should not be used until the bone is set. For pain in the eye after a blow from a blunt object and for all traumatic injuries of the eye, no remedy equals Symphytum.
RHUS TOXICODENDRON - for pain and injuries to joints, tendons, ligaments and fibrous tissue. If movement relieves some of the stiffness and pain, Rhus Tox is the correct remedy.
STAPHYSAGRIA - Think penetration and laceration. This remedy will reduce pain and sensitivity from torn or deeply cut tissue, especially severe pain following abdominal surgery, pain and nervousness after extraction of teeth (connective tissue enveloping the bone and socket enveloping the upper teeth). Another symptom calling for this homeopathic remedy would be any sphincter (ring of muscle) that has been torn, lacerated or stretched (anal lacerations or surgery). To reduce pain after a surgical removal of calculus (stone) from the bladder, kidney, or urinary tract. To reduce pain and inflammation from insertion or removal of a catheter through the urethra into the bladder. In humans this remedy is often prescribed after rape. In veterinary cases it could be used for animals who have been over-bred, urinary tract sensitivity and painful, irritable bladder, burning in the urethra when not urinating, urging and pain after urinating, prolapse, pain in pelvic region.
DOSE AND POTENCY
CHRONIC PAIN: A potency like 6C can be given three times a day, 9C twice a day, 12C once or twice a day; but, if at any time you see a striking improvement, stop the remedy and observe; resume when the improvement stops. If at any time the animal seems to be getting worse, stop the remedy and wait, an improvement may follow. If it doesn't, you probably need to change to a different remedy.
ACUTE PAIN: In acute cases, you'll want to match the potency to the power of the complaint. A severe acute should be met with a 200C or possibly with a 1M if it's very severe. Here's where you need your high potencies! (but if all you have on hand is a 30c by all means use it).
If it is pain that is minor or it is chronic and of long standing the lower potencies should always be used.
1. Put 1 or 2 pills of the remedy in 8 ounces of distilled or purified water and *succuss the bottle five to eight times before each dose.
2. The dose for any size animal is 1 teaspoon of the liquid remedy. However, if the animal is very small, mouse, tiny bird, etc. you can adjust the amount to what will comfortably fit in the subject's mouth, or into a treat that will be eaten right away.
* Succuss means to strike the bottom of the bottle on a hard padded surface.
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