First Aid Kit

5 Aug


Your dog, cat, or farm animals can, at anytime, can appear with a wound.  What can you do to help your pet while waiting to get to the vet, or your call back?

It would be helpful to get your natural medical kit ready a head of time so you are prepared in case there is an emergency.  I have lots of remedies on hand, but some staples would be


Local honey is always on my shelf.  Not only is it beneficial for us during flu and allergy season, it is also great for cuts and wounds.  Honey enhances wound healing, when applied topically, and has been proven to have antimicrobialgallery-thumbnails properties.  I’ve put local honey on cuts on myself, my son, horses and my dogs many times over the years.  Honey heals from the inside out.  It is actually amazing to watch a cut heal that has been treated with honey.  Because it heals from the inside out, a scab does not form right away.  You can see the layers of skin healing and the scab comes last.   I clean the wound first and then apply the honey directly onto the affected area.  It can be reapplied the next day, but usually you only need to once or twice before noticing healing in the wound.


Arnica 30C is a homeopathic remedy which I use more frequently in the pellet form.  Arnica is useful for injuries resulting in falls, blows, contusions, septic conditions and pus infections.  Arnica helps stop bleeding and prevents infections and shock.  Typically the patient feels sore, lame or bruised and does not want to be approached.  Arnica also comes in a cream form as well as a spray.  I’ve used Arnica for a chicken of mine that got a contusion.  I dissolved one 30C pellet in water and used a dropper to administer it into her mouth every fifteen minutes.  After one hour she was completely resolved.  Arnica has come in handy for my mare who had a sore back.  She was acting very moody and upon palpation, I could see that her back was sore.  She would flinch heavily upon me pinching slightly on the side of her spine.  After messaging Arnica cream on her sore spots a couple of times a day for about 4 days, she seemed far less moody as well as not showing signs of flinching.


Ledum 30C is another homeopathic remedy that is a common one I use in cases of puncture wounds.  I just recently used Ledum on my horse who got a bite wound from another horse.  I dissolved Ledum 30C in water and with a syringe was able to flush out the wound and clean it well.  I then gave him 30C of Ledum directly into his mouth three times a day for the next 3 days.  Once the wound was clean and dry I also applied a homeopathic cream of Calendula (antibacterial) and Hypericum (for nerve endings) twice a day for three days.  The wound completely healed up with no scarring after ten days.  Honey could have been used as well, but I had the calendula/hypericum in the barn.


Apis 30C is another staple homeopathic remedy.  I’ve used Apis countless times with bee stings, ant bites or whegallery-thumbnails-1n something presents itself with swelling, puffiness, redness, soreness and intolerance to heat.  My horse had cellulitis from scraping his leg on a pile of wood.  His leg was hot to the touch.  I used the remedy Apis 30C on him.  In the interim, I called my vet and was on my way to his office to pick up some Penicillin.  I was happy when I returned two hours later and saw that the heat and redness was completely gone from his leg, and the swelling had gone down 85%.  I re-dosed him with the Apis 30C and was able to save the Penicillin.


Calendula disinfects, cleans and stimulates healing and is my go-to remedy for minor cuts, insect bites, abrasions, or post-surgical incisions. It can be used directly on the skin or prepared into a homeopathic remedy, tincture, cream, lotion or as tea and taken internally. It is used most frequently as a lotion or a cream and is often combined with Hypericum, which is a homeopathic remedy that is used for healing wounds that affect nerve endings. A lotion can be prepared by mixing 20 drops of calendula mother tincture to about a 1⁄2 pint of cool, previously boiled water. Never put Calendula on a dirty wound or a puncture wound, as it’s rapid healing will cause the skin to heal over the bacteria sealing in infection. Clean the wound first and then apply the calendula 3-4 times per day to help fight infection and stimulate healing. Wounds treated with Calendula showed increases in hyaluronan. Hyaluronan is responsible for the development of new blood vessels. Calendula brings quick soothing relief to swelling and inflammation and has antimicrobial properties that help the body heal.

By making a tea, and allowing it to steep and cool, Calendula is beneficial as a mouthwash for an animal that may have soreness of the gums or teeth, especially after an extraction. You can also use the tea as a skin wash to sooth dermatitis issues such as flea bites, poison ivy or even sunburn. Hot poultices of Calendula lotion are good for treating abscesses and boils. Because of the antimicrobial and antifungal qualities of this plant, it can be useful for fungal infections. It can be useful for thrush or an abscess on your horse’s foot. Pack a clean hoof with calendula and put a baggie, or even an un-used diaper wrapped on the hoof, to keep the treated area clean.


When used homeopathically, I reach for Hypericum when there are injuries that contain a lot of nerve endings, such as a cut on a paw, an ear or the tail.  It is used for injury to nervous tissue and gives great pain relief.  I think of hypericum right after an operation.  I had my two Great Dane puppy’s spayed and neutered recently and they received Hypericum Perforatum 30C as soon as I picked them up.  Since this was an acute situation, I dosed the pups 3-5 pellets every fifteen minutes for an hour, and then once a day for the next five days.  They healed very quickly with no side effects.  Hypericum is known to offer quick pain relief followed by rapid healing.  Hypericum is also a useful remedy to use for puncture wounds as well as spinal cord injuries.


Thieves is an essential oil that is my go-to especially when it is cold and flu season. It gets it’s name from a band of thieves in France who would rob the graves of people who perished from the plague. Once captured they were offered a lesser sentence in exchange for their secret recipe of botanicals that kept them from getting the plague.
In addition to keeping our home germ free, It is also good for kennel cough or if your pet has an upper respiratory infection, as well as urinary tract infections.  I only use therapeutic grade essential oils and these can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically or ingested.  Thieves can also be used to clean your house, the pet’s area as well as sprinkle some drops of oil in your horses stall.


Another great esimages-1sential oil is Lavender. This can be used for a pet that has allergies. It is also very beneficial for a pet that suffers from anxiety as it is a very calming oil. Some other benefits of Lavender include blisters, bug repellent, candida, depression, gas/flatulence, hair loss, inflammation, mastitis, thrush, just to name a few primary uses of this fabulous essential oil. 

Written by:  Brenda M. Tobin-Flood, Cert. C.N.

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