Pet Injury Remedies

| Modified on Oct 10, 2023
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.

Activated Charcoal

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Posted by Pam E. (Riverside County, California, USA) on 10/09/2023 137 posts

Activated Charcoal is known for adsorbing a lot of different harmful substances from the body, but most only recognize it helping if the substance is in the gut... .

However, when my cat presented with a missing toenail (had ripped out & gotten infected), the only thing that took care of his infection was a dose of Activated Charcoal, mixed with water & with his food. (I read that people who've had part of their intestines removed & have to wear a bag, use A.C. to take care of the odor & take it with every meal, but don't appear to have any trouble with the A.C. causing any nutritional insufficiencies.)* Anyway, it only required one dose of A.C. for the cat, & the next day the infection in his toe & foot was gone, & t began healing nicely!

What I started out to say is that by adsorbing harmful things from our gut, perhaps it is also able to adsorb things from our blood as it comes to the intestines to pick up nutrients through its membrane ... and, by liberating the body of having to deal with all those negative things, the body become strong enough to deal with problems that are farther afield than the digestive tract, when they were too weak or otherwise busy to do so, before.

ALSO, it is also known that sweating is one of the methods the body has to get rid of toxins from our bodies, so maybe that is a reason (at least in part) for some cases of Hyperhidrosis ... but after or while taking A.C., it takes over getting rid of a lot of the toxins ... thus allowing the lessening of sweating to occur.

That's just my two cents ... but I know A.C. has helped me with a few infections when nothing else I tried had done anything for it, so in my opinion, it works surprisingly well!

*Activated Charcoal FAQ* #3

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by 5 Pooches Home (Houston, Tx) on 07/31/2012

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!!'


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Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 03/05/2018 36 posts

My dog came in from outdoors with a limp. I checked his leg and couldn't find anything wrong. I could tell he wasn't feeling well by the way he was acting. I gave him some homeopathic Arnica. He fell asleep on the floor and I noticed he would shiver on the inhale. I covered him with a heavy blanket and then came here to Earth Clinic to see what I could find to treat him.

Someone used Traumeel on a pet injury so went out and bought some. Had to clip some of the fur on the part of the leg I thought might be injured to be able to get the cream down to the skin. Put some of the T-Relief (used to be called Traumeel) cream on the leg and then covered it with a small baby's sock with the tip of the toe cut off to be able to slip it over his paw. I put another sock over the first one in the opposite direction for compression and to help keep it on his leg...worked great, never came off.

A couple of hours after applying the cream he was able to put some pressure on the leg and was walking again. About 4 hours after I had given him the first dose, I gave him another and by the end of the day I could tell he was feeling so much better. The next morning he woke up happy and was running and bumped the leg he had injured and was limping again. Since I knew the T-Relief cream worked, I put some on again, with the socks, and in a couple of hours he was ok. I could't believe how fast the T-Relief cream worked. I'm going to buy another tube and always keep one on hand for my dogs, cats and myself.

Replied by JBohn
(Denver, CO)

Our dog came in from our backyard with a limp and could barely walk. She must have sprained or injured her back leg because she didn't want to put weight on it.

We brought her inside and laid her on her bed. She looked miserable. She didn't want to eat or drink water and just laid there, not moving.

I love this website so I came here to see what I could do to help her. I read the review about arnica and T-Relief cream. I didn't want to shave her leg to try and apply cream. So I Googled the company who makes the cream, Medi Natura, and saw they had a pill version for dogs.

I googled to try to find out what pet store carried T-Relief pills but couldn't find any. I then saw the human version and cross-checked the ingredients and they looked the same. So I headed to our local natural grocery store, Sprouts, here in Colorado. I got the T-Relief Extra Strength Pain Relief Arnica +12 human pills and gave her one as soon as I got home. Like I said, she really didn't want to eat anything but I was able to get her to take the pill wrapped with some raw hamburger meat.

She laid in her bed for the rest of the night and barely moved. Later in the night she looked a little less uncomfortable but still didn't move. I gave her another T-Relief pill in some more raw hamburger meat before we went to bed.

The next morning, she still was not wanting to move. Usually when I get up, she gets up out of her bed, but this morning she just laid there. I gave her another pill wrapped in raw hamburger first thing in the morning and then went about my morning routine. I checked on her a few times. She still didn't want to get up and I just gave her lots of pets before going back to what I was doing.

Then I heard a noise and she was coming down the stairs, still limping a bit. But she wanted to go outside! So I let her outside and I didn't think we would go very far but she wanted to go on a walk. I continued to give her the pills and by the end of the day she seemed almost like her old self! For reference, I was giving her one pill, 4 times a day - one in the morning, afternoon, dinner and at bedtime. It took approximately a day and a half before she was really walking around. I would highly recommend trying the T-Relief pills if your dog has a limp.

The company also offers a pill for pets with arthritis ( MediNatura T-Relief Pet Arthritis Relief Arnica +12) and since this T-Relief pill worked so well, I just placed an order for the arthritis pills and plan on using those daily for her from now on and keeping these T-Relief pain pills as back up if she injures herself again. Our dog is almost 14 years old =)


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Posted by Debi (Converse, Texas) on 02/20/2009

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.

Replied by Susie
(Syracuse, NY)

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

Replied by Debi
(Converse, TX)

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.


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Posted by Redlion (Hemet, Ca) on 05/06/2013

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.


Replied by Margaret Todd

Sounds like she could use a chiropractor. Some States allow a chiropractor to work on dogs. I have had a fairly young dachshund/poodle mix dog with a back injury 'cause my kids were having a ball jumping the dog up and down park benches. He was in terrible pain and could not walk. The Vet said surgery had a 50/50 chance of helping. Since I had hurt my own back as a CNA, I was going to a chiropractor for myself and mentioned my dog and he told me he could adjust animals. He did and our dachshund/poodle mix never had any more trouble with his back the many years more we had him. He live to be 18 years old with arthritis and was blind but his back was good. Needless to say maybe, the kids weren't allowed to make him jump up and down like that.

Homeopathic Liquid Traumeel

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Posted by Katharine (Charleston, SC) on 07/09/2008

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.

Replied by Katharine
(Charleston, SC)

Hey - just wanted to let you know it is the liquid traumeel I used not the ointment. Thanks!!!! :)

Replied by Kat
(Kodak, TN USA)

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 ( will carry it).

Replied by CP
(Industry, CA)

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!

Replied by Katharine
(Charleston, SC)

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?

Replied by CP
(Industry, CA)

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...

Replied by CP
(Industry, CA)

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 Thanks again!

Replied by Katharine
(Charleston, SC)

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.

Replied by CP
(Industry, CA)

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. =)

Replied by Yoli
(Ny, Usa)


I would like to know what's the traumeel dosage for A 95 pound dog? Thanks

Homeopathic Remedies

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Posted by Kathryn4 (Maryland) on 10/04/2013

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.

Replied by Kathryn4

Would work on my cat also, but it is persnickety and won't let me put anything in it's mouth.

Multiple Remedies

Posted by Geoffrey (Bronx, NY) on 01/11/2009

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.

Replied by Karla
(Erie, PA)

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Geoffrey (Bronx, NY) on 01/11/2009

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.

Replied by CP
(Industry, CA)

Hi Geoffrey, You may want to try Synflex for your Chow, too. I find it easier yo give my dogs everything in liquid forms. ;)

Paw Issues

Posted by Judy (Denver, Co) on 06/01/2013

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?

Replied by Om Sairam
(Hope, Bc, Canada)

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

Replied by Equusenvy
(NV, US)

To judy and her border collie, ichthammol ointment is a good drawing salve for pets and people...

Tail Injury Remedies

Posted by Linda (Ontario) on 04/18/2014

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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

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.