Last Modified on Jul 15, 2014
Has your pet suffered an injury? Cats, dogs, horses, and other pets often suffer small cuts, abrasions, bruises, and other modest injuries that a pet owner can treat at home naturally without the expense of a vet visit.
Pet first aid should always first look to clean a wound to prevent future infection, and then you can begin to administer natural remedies that can speed healing and reduce symptoms of pain, itching, swelling, or other discomfort your pet may experience from an injury.
Natural Cures: Apple cider vinegar is frequently used as a disinfectant, perhaps diluted with equal parts water to prevent irritation. Comfrey poultices can speed the healing of bone or ligament injuries. Often, the same home remedy you would use for a similar human injury can be applied to a pet injury as well, but you should double check for potential counter-indications for your particular pet and breed.
[YEA] 07/31/2012: 5 Pooches Home from Houston, Tx: "My dog - a little chihuahua girl got hurt in the eye - perhaps while playing and so it became red, watery and hard to keep open.
I then diluted organic Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 tablespoons in 10 tablespoon full of water. Soaked a organic cotton ball and then squeezed the water in the eye and kept the soaked cotton over the eye for few mins. I did this evey 1/2 hr and then before bed I put organic cold-pressed castor oil in the eye. This was to prevent the eye from sticking and to provide long term eye lubrication throughout the night.
The next day her eye was almost normal. SO I continued the regimen but every 2 hrs or so. And then castor oil at night. The 3rd day it was back to normal and she was once again a normal, happy, jumpy dog! Proud to say, 'no we didn't use any antibiotics!!'"
[YEA] 02/20/2009: Debi from Converse, Texas: "Comfrey for horse's bowed tendon: Some years back my horse seveerly bowed digital extensor tendon during a fight with another horse through a fence. I immediately started massaging comfrey oil all along the front of the affected leg. Since my vet wanted her movements restricted, this not only gave her medical assistance, it also gave us both psycological benefits. After her confinement was up, I would walk her slowly by hand. I continued the treatment of Comfrey oil for several weeks as she returned to full activity. Now even my vet cannot tell which leg was affected. Only she and I know for sure."Replies
02/21/2009: Susie from Syracuse, NY replies: "Hi Debi, Just curious where you got the comfrey oil? Did you infuse it yourself? Thanking you in advance and I look forward to your response. Wonder how the comfrey oil would work on human tendons? Thank you, Susie"
02/21/2009: Debi from Converse, TX replies: "I got the comfrey oil from a health food store. And yes, I do use it on myself when I need it. It helps bruises and muscle strains. Just massage it into the affected area. I always have either the oil or the salve in my house."
[YEA] 05/06/2013: Redlion from Hemet, Ca: "I have a little chihuahua who one day could not walk. I panicked and ran to a vet-lol.... Said it was something neurological and prescribed prednisone. I did not want to give my little doggie prednisone. I have been using Earth Clinic for all my ails for years. So I did a search-once I started reading -it dawned on me that my baby had hit her head misjudging the height of my couch, and must have hurt something then but did not show any signs of being hurt, but then I think she jammed it jumping off the bed. Long story -short-I went to the local pet feed store-bought 90% pure DMSO roll on-massaged it into her neck and upper leg for about 5 days-Instant relief-although she would pant quite a bit and drank lots and lots of water. Kept her in a pet cage so she stayed immobile.
MIRACLE********doggie is walking just fine now. I keep her as still as possible and do not let her jump off of anything at all. I notice she does still have a little twinge. I also bought some MSM and am adding a little bit to her food off and on.
THANK YOU EARTH CLINIC!!!"
[YEA] 07/09/2008: Katharine from Charleston, SC: "I have a rescue dog who came to me with torn ACLs in both of her back knees. She could barely walk. I found a product called Traumeel. It is an all natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic that is GREAT for muscle pains, aches, injuries, sprains, bruises, arthritis, muscle inflammation, etc. It has changed my dog's life. She is running around like a puppy until I get the money for her expensive surgeries. I use the liquid form and drop it on her food twice a day. This is perfectly safe for dogs and cats. It is actually a human product but has been successfully been used on animals for years."
EC: Ingredients: 50 grams of ointment or gel contains: 0.75 grams each of Arnica montana 3X, Calendula officinalis 1X, Hamamelis virginiana 1X; 0.50 grams each of Aconitum napellus 3X, Belladonna 3X; 0.25 grams each of Bellis perennis 1X, Chamomilla 1X, Echinacea angustifolia 1X, Echinacea purpurea 1X; Millefolium 1X 0.15 gram; Hepar sulphuris calcareum 8X 0.125 gram; Mercurius solubilis 8X 0.06 gram; Symphytum officinale 4X 0.05 gram and Hypericum perforatum 6X 0.045 gram in a hydrophilic base.
09/12/2008: Katharine from Charleston, SC replies: "Hey - just wanted to let you know it is the liquid traumeel I used not the ointment. Thanks!!!! :)"
10/04/2008: Kat from Kodak, TN USA replies: "my dog has a torn acl and also low back problems so I am interested in this remedy. Where can I get it? Thanks so much."
EC: Easy to find. Most health food stores and a few drugstores carry Traumeel, otherwise check online (iherb.com will carry it).
10/16/2008: CP from Industry, CA replies: "My dog was recently diagnosed with cruciate ligament rupture on her hind leg and I was wondering if the Traumeel will help. The vet has her on pain killers, but I don't really want to be giving her pain killers that might be addictive.
If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!"
10/17/2008: Katharine from Charleston, SC replies: "The Traumeel will certainly help. It is non-addictive and is (in my experience) as effective as prescription meds. Does your dog have to have surgery?"
10/18/2008: CP from Industry, CA replies: "Thanks for your reply, Katharine! At this moment, our vet has her on the pain killers. We really don't want to have surgery because of her age and her size. She's almost 13 and she's a Chihuahua. What brand of Traumeel are you using? And what dosage do you think I should give her? Thanks again!"
EC: Traumeel is the registered brand name...
10/19/2008: CP from Industry, CA replies: "Thanks for letting me know, EC! I'm new to these natural remedies. I'll check my local Whole Foods to look for Traumeel if not, I'll order from iherb.com. Thanks again!"
11/15/2008: Katharine from Charleston, SC replies: "Traumeel is made by a company called -heel. There is no other product called Traumeel though so it should be easy to find. I agree with your hesitation to do surgery. I would give your dog 5-7 drops of Traumeel twice a day. I would also supplement with a good Glucosamine. Liquid Health makes a K-9 Glucosamine and Chondroitin that has 1600 mg per oz which is great! The Traumeel will help with the inflammation and pain and the Glucosamine will help build some good cartilage around the joint."
01/21/2009: CP from Industry, CA replies: "Thanks again, Katharine!
I've actually been giving her Synflex for the Glucosamine. It's been 4 months and our vet says she's recovered well. He says he wouldn't do surgery on her now...She's even jumping up and down nowadays. =)"
[YEA] 10/04/2013: Kathryn4 from Maryland: "My old dog went down two steps and hurt his leg. He was limping. Used homeopathic remedies like I do if I sprain my ankle they are: rhus tox 30c, arnica 30x, ruta 30x, hypericum 12c. Give immediately, then 15 min later another dose, then 30 min later and keep making the time farther apart, he is well today. Works for people sprain also like a miracle! Take 30 min away from food."Replies
11/26/2013: Kathryn4 from Maryland replies: "Would work on my cat also, but it is persnickety and won't let me put anything in it's mouth."
01/11/2009: Geoffrey from Bronx, NY: "my chow has a torn ligament rear left. using traumeel tabs but thinking about switching to liquid. am also starting something called DGP (natural) which was recommended by vet also. bromelain is another safe natural antiinflamatory. weening her off prescription meds. 70lb dog-50mg bromelain once a day, dgp two pills a day, traumeel one pill twice a day dissolved in a little milk, vit c 250mg, omega 3 1360mg once a day, glucasomine/chondroitin 750/600mg once a day, pet vit. double dose once a day. trying to avoid surgery. most is mixed with food. also doing physical therapy once a week (underwater treadmill) like they do for horses."Replies
06/10/2009: Karla from Erie, PA replies: "Geoffrey or anyone else...have you mixed Dog Gone Pain (DGP) with the Traumeel? I have a Dogue de Bordeaux with a torn cruciate (ACL) in his rear knee and the vet prescribed Deramaxx and pain pill but I do not want to use these. We are crating him when we are not home & at night & keeping him on a leash both inside the house and when we take him outside. I would like to know if it's okay to give both the DGP and Traumeel at the same time. Thanks."
01/11/2009: Geoffrey from Bronx, NY: "traumeel and dgp for torn ligament for 70lb dog:
would like to correct dosage for glucosamine/chondroitin- 1500mg/1200mg once a day with food. use pliers to crush pills since they are too large for any pill crusher. also adding msm to this formula."Replies
01/21/2009: CP from Industry, CA replies: "Hi Geoffrey, You may want to try Synflex for your Chow, too. I find it easier yo give my dogs everything in liquid forms. ;)"
06/01/2013: Judy from Denver, Co: "My Border Collie mix has been licking his hind paw for last four days. I think he migh have a weed seed or grass seed stuck I can't see anything and he does not limp or act as if it bothers him when he walks but it has to be bothering him because he keeps licking and rarely sleeps. Years ago I had to have a dog put down because he went lame and got mean. Vet did "autopsy" and found a seed that worked its way up his leg.
I am retired and cant afford a vet. Im wondering if anyone knows a way to draw this thing out. I thought of warm salt water on a washrag and keep holding it there and hope for the best. Maybe it will draw the thing out so we can see it and pull it out with tweezers.
Does anybody kow something that will work?"Replies
06/01/2013: Om Sairam from Hope, Bc, Canada replies: "To Judy from Denver. Hi, it may be worthwhile to order from a healthfood store the homeopathic remedy MYRISTICA SEBIFERA (brazilian Ucuuba). It works for splinters and foreign bodies and expells them. Try C30 strength. It is said to be useful to keep in the house in case of retained splinters and other objects.
Meanwhile a warm chamomile soak would help. Best regards, Om"
07/14/2014: Juliette from Melbourne: "My wonderful 11 year old lab mix has torn her knee ligament. The vet recommends surgery. I've done a little research, and some people recommend a 'conservative' approach - keeping her quiet for at least 8 weeks to allow scar tissue to form and stabilise the joint. They say that the surgery just provides a temporary ligament which eventually breaks, and it is the same development of scar tissue which also stabilises the joint after the surgery. I have been giving her apple cider vinegar, tumeric, gluco chondrosamine, fish oil. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this? If I can avoid surgery I'd like to, but if it's the best option then I'll do it. Any other supplements?"Replies
07/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Juliette!
I know of three instances of ACL rupture and the surgery held for the life of the dog in all cases, ie it was a permanent repair rather than a 'temporary ligament' that is destined to break.
Regardless, you might consider a canine ACL brace - google "ACL brace for dogs" and read up! This may be a good tool to help support your dog while you ponder surgical options."
07/15/2014: Om from Hope, Bc Canada replies: "Try Edgar Cayce's website. Cold pressed castor oil is truly amazing. Wish your best friend well. Namaste, Om"
04/07/2012: Chickeedoomama from Oob, Me: "My 1 year old yellow lab recently had TPLO surgery to replace his knee. Does anybody have any suggestions on supplements to heal and speed up the recovery process?"Replies
04/07/2012: Judy from Small Town, Nh, Usa replies: "Dear Chickeedoomama from ME, Judging from all the testimonials on a certain website that sells the product, food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) will help your dog's knee heal faster after his surgery. DE contains silica, which strengthens bone and connective tissue. You may find DE at a feed store, but make sure it is labeled Permaguard, which is approved by the FDA as food grade. Otherwise it may be ordered inexpensively online. Just mix a tsp. Of DE into his food, increasing gradually to a Tbsp. I'd also give him unrefined virgin coconut oil in his food, which is said to aid absorption of calcium and magnesium. I'd start with a tsp. And increase gradually to a Tbsp. Or so. After his knee is healed you could cut back perhaps to one or 2 tsps. In his food. Warm it gently to liquid first. Unrefined coconut oil is said to protect from the harmful effects of heated (seed) oils in commercial pet food (and in ours).
You could also give him a kelp supplement or tablets at meal time. According to D. C. Jarvis, M. D. In his book Folk Medicine, researchers at Cornell Univ. Found that broken bones healed 20% faster when supplemented with kelp. They found that kelp raised the calcium level of blood.
Additionally, you could give him a comfrey supplement, or better yet, the homeopathic form of comfrey, known as Symphytum. The comfrey plant has been known for centuries as Knitbone, for its aid in healing of bones. Give away from food and store the container away from odors such as cooking or toiletry odors. Avoid excessive handling of the little pills before giving themto your dog."
08/03/2012: Paula A from Mendoza, Argentina replies: "Hello, my 12 years old cat was recently diagnosed with arthritis in one of his legs, vet recommended me a supplement with glucosamine, chondroitin and msm. I would like to give him traumeel, do you think it would help? He is a 17 lbs cat ( I know he has to lose weight)
He doesn't have any symptoms but the vet said his cartilage is damaged but not destroyed. (he was hit by a car before I adopted him)"
04/18/2014: Linda from Ontario: "Please, help. I have 4 weeks old puppy of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. A week ago his mother probably stepped on his tail and broke it probably 1 inch from the tip. On the advise of our vet I was just taping the break, many times not successfully. Two days ago, when the bandage was lost again, I noticed that there was an open wound, where I could see the tail bone under the raw skin. Immediately there was a trip to the vet. On his advice, we are using just a Derma Gel Spray - every 4 hours and leaving the wound open. If this will not heal in a few days, they would need to dock the end of his tail. He now lost the rest of the skin by the end of his tail and I am devastated. I am trying to keep this puppy away from his litter-mates, as they are starting to bite each other. Is there anything else we could do to safe his tail? Will the skin and hair grow there back? Can anybody help? Thank you in advance."Replies
04/18/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Linda!
I was in a similar situation with one of my dogs and what worked to save her tail was Real Willard Water. The vet saw her and prescribed antibiotics but felt because the tip of her tail was cold and the skin was starting to turn black that we would have to dock it if the antibiotics did not work. I called the number on the Real Willard Water website, got a live human who advised a dose for me [I cannot recall] and then sent the WW next day shipping. When it arrived the next day I put it in a mister and sprayed the tip of the tail, and also added WW to the food and water. As soon as the tail was sprayed with WW it began to heat up and feel warm to the touch! The tail was saved, however where the skin was black the hair did not grow back - so bald healthy skin where the black skin had been.
You might also consider sprinkling turmeric on the wound - the kind you find in the grocery aisle will work.
And - docking an inch or two off the tip of his tail might be the best way to go; if this is a show dog the long feathering on the tail will help disguise the lack of a full tail."