Homeopathic First Aid: Medications and their Indications
Homeopathic remedies can be used as a symptomatic treatment on a short-term basis, however, and in first-aid situations can be very effective. Homeopathic remedies are normally free of side effects, and the wrong remedy will usually have very little effect.
However, it is possible to worsen the situation if you use higher potencies (above 30c) and you repeat these too often. If you do not see response in a timely manner, check with a trained veterinarian,. Always use common sense; if an animal is seriously ill, or is worsening, seek veterinary advice immediately.
I recommend you use either 30c, 6c or 30x but whatever you can get hold of.
Most homeopathic pharmacies sell kits which are suitable for humans or pets - they work the same in all mammals (and birds) although frequency and best potency may vary.
Keep the remedies clean and in the dark, away from strong odours and spices, and mobile phones. Tip 4 to 10 granules (poppy seed size) or 2-3 pilules (about 4 mm diameter) out into a clean spoon and re-cap the bottle immediately.
Give the remedy to the animal right away by pouring it into the cheek pouch or mouth. They taste good so most animals don’t mind this a bit; many dogs will lick them off of a spoon. It is also good to dissolve the remedies in a small amount of water and administer this with a clean spoon or medicine dropper. This is especially helpful for cats. Put the bottle back in its dark box. Assess the case and re-dose or change the remedy as needed.
1. Soft tissue injury and after surgery
ARNICA - falls, road accidents, bruising or bites, after birthing; the animal is sore/painful, may be restless and resist handling give during recovery from soft-tissue surgery, after joint reduction use for all bruising including those of eye area,
BELLIS - deep soft tissue injury, especially in the pelvis and abdomen - use after prolonged surgeries or where tissue has been over stretched
CALENDULA - torn or wide open wounds, exhaustion from blood loss, severe pain useful to stop haemorrhage, prevent infection don’t use for punctures, they’ll heal too rapidly
HYPERICUM - crushing or puncture injuries involving nerves use when paws, tails, toes crushed and after dentals useful for pets with neck or back pain due to injuries or disc problems useful for early puncture wounds to prevent infection
LEDUM - puncture wounds, insect bites punctures, especially when skin seems bluish and area feels better with cold; or for bruising that doesn’t resolve completely with Arnica
2) Overexertion, fibrous tissue injuries, bone fractures
RHUS tox - muscle soreness from overexertion, sprains, strains, ligaments and tendon strain use this with patients that start out stiff and improve as they move around
RUTA Grav- torn or wrenched ligaments use after initial swelling and pain has decreased often useful if Rhus tox didn’t help or if stiffness doesn’t improve with motion
SYMPHYTUM - speeds bone healing after realignment of fractured bones - do not give for too long 2 weeks max
A good combination I often use in "RRA" `(Rhus tox, Ruta & Arnica) may be with Bellis
3) Infections and abscesses
ARNICA - useful as first aid for bite wounds and can often prevent abscesses, especially with bruising, more traumatic bites with deeper trauma
GUNPOWDER - especially effective for bite wounds, cat bites (in humans), and painful, swollen, purulent, inflamed wounds
HEPAR SULPH - abscess with swelling, heat, redness, pus use for purulent abscesses; patient is generally irritable and seeks warmth low potency will increase drainage, high potency will stop pus
MYRISTICA – infected wounds from foreign bodies, helps “avoid the surgeon’s knife.”
SILICEA - splinters, less painful or “cold” abscesses useful to complete abscess healing when less painful/inflamed helps body expel foreign bodies patient is often shy, sweet; may be chilly, thirsty, although mental/emotional symptoms need not be present in acute cases
ACONITE - bright red haemorrhage and fear/anxiety
ARNICA - seeping, oozing bleeding; especially under the skin, usually from trauma
CARBO VEGETABILIS - very dark oozing blood, cold body, needs air, possible collapse
PHOSPHORUS - use after injury/surgery/dental extractions, especially when there is more blood than expected patient bleeds easily and blood clots slowly
5) Vomiting and diarrhoea
ARSENICUM ALBUM - often simultaneous v/d, freq. bloody or dark coloured v/d intestinal problems may alternate with skin, respiratory problems patient usually seeks warm places, thirsty for frequent small drinks typical patient is timid, restless, hides, yet may want company; even restless when lethargic often tidy, clean looking animals
COCCULUS - for motion induced vomiting (carsickness)
GELSEMIUM - anticipatory stress/diarrhoea especially useful in nervous animals that break with diarrhoea associated with stress of showing, moving, boarding, fearful situations
IPECAC- profuse vomiting (also with blood), nausea, dry heaves/gagging patient usually acts chilly, not too sick
MERC SOL - mucousy diarrhoea usually with increased salivation, usually worse at night
NUX VOMICA - vomiting after dietary indiscretion use for bloat, gassiness; may have history of constipation, drug treatment patient usually seeks warmth, usually irritable/grumpy, may be affectionate & irritable
PETROLEUM - nausea riding in a car or on a ship with profuse salivation
PHOSPHORUS - friendly pet with vomiting usually vomits 15-30 minutes after eating/drinking generally thirsty for cold food/water; may eat indigestibles, lethargy, collapse patient is friendly, loves attention/ strangers, may have red gum line
PULSATILLA - changeable diarrhoea - aggravated by rich/fatty foods which the pet craves stools may be inconsistent in consistency- firm, watery, mucous, etc diarrhoea may often start during owner’s absence or after their return patient is usually very affectionate, clingy; generally prefers cold and open air, thirst-less
SULPHUR - scruffy pet with diarrhoea diarrhoea worse in the AM, can’t get out in time patient has red orifices, perianal area irritated from diarrhoea patient generally thirsty, prefers cold and open air; often worse in Spring common to have history of skin problems
TABACUM - nausea riding in a car/ship, but much worse than Cocculus – they think they might die from it.