Last Modified on Apr 18, 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] 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] 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.