CAROL ANNE RAYSON|
DCHM(Hons.), HD(RHom.), RHN, Certified CEASE Therapist
Care For People & Their Pets
|Articles About Homeopathy & Other Related Topics|
|ARTICLE 8: HOMEOPATHY FOR COMPANION ANIMALS|
Researched & Written by Carol Anne Rayson, DCHM (Hons),HD (RHom.), RHN,CLASSICAL HOMEOPATH, Certified CEASE Therapist
"Living with animals can be a wonderful experience, especially if we choose to learn the valuable lessons animals teach through their natural enthusiasm, grace, resourcefulness, affection and forgiveness" — Richard H. Pitcairn, Homeopathic Vet.|
As is the case in the management of children’s health & wellbeing, companion animals also depend
upon human adults as their Primary caregivers. However, with animals, this may be somewhat more challenging, because they cannot communicate in human language. While many companion animals are quick to let their humans know when they are injured, needy, or unhappy, by communicating or signalling in their own unique ways, we must be vigilant because some animals, such as cats and elderly pets, are more adept at hiding the signs and symptoms of injuries and deeper, Chronic illness; therefore signs may be overlooked until the problem becomes advanced and glaringly obvious. In the wild, injury or chronic illness is often hidden, as they often present as signs of weakness, which in turn, may further compromise the wild animal’s chances of survival: this innate survival instinct is still hardwired into the psyche of some domesticated pets.
For the management of the everyday, small injuries and accidents, my advice is two-fold. First, keep a General Pet First Aid kit at home and in the car. Even if store-bought, this kit should then be customized for your own pet/s’ lifestyle and any special needs. I suggest one kit for home and one for travelling. Additionally, a Homeopathic First Aid Kit will prove an invaluable addition, and is both convenient and easy to use. A comprehensive, Homeopathic First Aid Kit can be kept at home, while a more compact version may be used for travelling, and both can be customized, by me, to best accommodate your pet’s special needs. As with all Homeopathic Remedies, Pet Homeopathic First Aid Kits should be stored with care: avoiding exposure to extremes of temperature, bright sunlight, strong odours and perfumes.
Some of the more useful inclusions in a General Pet First Aid kit are: scissors; nail clippers; tweezers; a tick remover tool; eye droppers; tape & gauze; a magnifying glass, a muzzle; a spare leash; a blanket; towels and washcloths; cold and warm packs; a collapsible, portable bowl; a bottle of water; natural antiseptic; Quik-clot for broken and bleeding nails, plus a rectal thermometer and water-based jelly. Natural Arnica gel and Calendula gel are extremely useful, as are a bottle of diluted Calendula for cleansing; Homeopathic eye-drops in individual tubes, plus a natural ear wash - diluted lavender is gentle and effective. If you hike, hunt, or enjoy other strenuous activities or sports with your pet, splint-makers plus a pair of pantyhose to make ties, may help stabilize fractures until veterinary help is found. I never leave home without Slippery Elm Bark Powder which is a natural, effective aid in helping to firm up common diarrhea in dogs: for smaller dogs, capsules may be easier to use. Bach’s “Rescue Remedy” and Helios’ “SOeSsence”, are Homeopathic Flower Remedies which are indispensable for treating shock, apprehension, fear & anxiety and are suitable for naturally calming-down all companion animals. In your kits, also include a 2-5 day emergency supply of any special medications which your pet/s may need. A sugar/electrolyte solution, such as Pedialyte, may be helpful for diabetics and dehydration. I also keep a couple of jars of organic, meat-based Baby food in my kit, for any feeding emergencies.
Please also familiarize yourself with your companion animals’ normal vital signs, which differ slightly from humans. These three vital signs; normal temperature, resting heart rate, and resting respiratory rate, are important indicators of good health and possible emerging health issues. Please do not delay in learning what your pet/s normal, baseline vital signs are, then keep a record of them taped inside your First Aid Kit. Most Smart-phones also have Pet First Aid Apps which could prove invaluable when stranded.
Homeopathy has a proven, world-wide track record of gently but effectively treating both Acute and Chronic disease, plus behavioural issues, in companion animals; farm animals; wildlife; zoo animals; horses; birds; fish & reptiles and even bees.
As your companion animal’s primary caregiver, you too can learn how to administer Homeopathic Remedies as a first line of defense in managing many of life’s minor bumps & bruises, while being aware of when to seek Veterinary help for serious injuries and conditions such as trouble breathing; profuse bleeding; broken bones or if Symptoms persist or return. When using any Homeopathic or other First Aid treatments for your pets, use your instincts and common sense: be vigilant of any unusual physical or behavioural changes, err on the side of caution and above all else, be prepared.
To learn how to use gentle & effective Homeopathic Remedies for companion animal's First Aid care, please call me to inquire about a convenient, refillable and very affordable, Companion Animal Homeopathic First Aid Kit. The price of the kits includes a quick-reference booklet plus a comprehensive tutorial from me, covering each of the 24 First Aid Homeopathic Remedies and Flower Essence included. I will also advise on any other Homeopathic Remedies which may be wise to keep on hand for your pet’s special needs.
By way of a quick introduction, below I have outlined some of the more common Symptoms and their Modalities which may indicate the use of 12 Homeopathic First Aid Remedies, in First Aid situations. These 12 Remedies represent a small selection of the many Remedies which have been used over the past 2 centuries in the successful Homeopathic treatment of many animals, including your beloved pets.
ACONITE: Major Remedy for shock after an accident, injury or trauma. Great fearfulness. Oversensitivity to noise or touch. Sudden onset of inflammatory conditions; ear infections; sudden fevers.
BETTER - in open air.
WORSE - cold, dry winds; evenings; in warm areas.
APIS : Insect bites and stings with fluid-like swelling & puffiness; hives and allergic skin swellings. Very sensitive to touch.
BETTER - cold bathing of affected area. Motion.
WORSE - heat, touch.
ARNICA: The Primary Remedy to consider after accidents, shock, injuries and trauma involving soft tissues, tendons & ligaments. Physical Exhaustion. Use after surgery to aid healing and speed recovery.
BETTER - lying down; gentle motion.
WORSE - touch; at rest; great exertion.
ARSENICUM: Important Remedy for diarrhea with or without vomiting, usually caused by eating bad food. May be indicated for restless, anxious & nervous animals. Chilly animals who feel the cold.
BETTER - heat & warmth; company.
WORSE - cold; being alone; after midnight.
HYPERICUM: Primary Remedy for any injury to nerve-rich areas. Keynote sharp & shooting pains along nerves. Crush injuries such as paws and tail. Spinal injuries. Lacerated injuries from sharp instruments Dental procedures. Surgical recovery.
BETTER - No known indications
WORSE - Touch; cold or damp air.
IGNATIA: Number 1 Remedy to consider for grief or bereavement which may be caused by the loss of offspring or companion; abandonment; change of owner or Boarding at kennels. Pining and sadness.
BETTER - Warmth; while eating.
WORSE - Morning and in open air.
LEDUM: An important Remedy for puncture wounds of any kind including bites from animals, insects, thorns, nails. Eases swelling of vaccination sites. Blunt trauma to the eye.
BETTER - cold weather and cold applications.
- heat; at night; movement.
NUX VOMICA: abdominal upsets usually from overeating or unsuitable food; loss of appetite. Flatulence; constipation with hard stools. Hypersensitive or irritables.
BETTER - after sleep; evening; at rest
WORSE - early morning; disturbed sleep; cold air; drafts; after eating.
RHUS TOX: Main Remedy for sprains & strains of ligaments and tendons, stiffness of joints, on rising. Arthritic complaints. Great restlessness. Affinity for red, itchy skin eruptions.
BETTER - warmth; gentle, continuous movement.
- cold & damp weather.
SULPHUR: Major Remedy covering a variety of skin complaints. Keynote voluptuous
itching, Heat & Redness. Flea bites; Coat often greasy & smelly. Also acts on the Digestive system.
BETTER - dry weather; eating; motion.
WORSE - heat; being bathed; cold, damp weather.
|Copyright Carol Anne Rayson 2011|