Arnica A Natural Remedy For Dogs

Arnica comes from a plant that is native to the mountainous areas of Europe and North America.  It is a homeopathic remedy and has been used for centuries to treat a variety of pain.  It is something you should have in your medicine cabinet at home.  You can use it yourself but you can also use it on your dog.  If your dog gets hit by a car, Arnica can help ease the pain, stop bleeding and shock and can help soothe your dog.

Arnica comes in a gel or cream and an oral form.  The oral form is usually blended with other herbs and comes in a liquid or a pill form.  Arnica can be used for arthritis, shock and hot spots on your dog.  For arthritis symptoms, rub the gel directly on your pet’s joints to ease the stiffness and pain.  It can be applied up to four times a day.  Do not use it on broken skin.  You can also give Arnica orally for arthritis.  Give your dog 30 C in the morning for 10 days and determine if it is helping your dog with its arthritis pain.

Arnica can also be used for your dog if he is in shock.  If your dog has suffered a severe and sudden injury such as a serious bite or being hit by a vehicle, Arnica can be used to help with your dog’s pain and anxiety.  You can give 30 C and go up to 200 C or 1 M if necessary.  Give it to your dog every few minutes until it seems to take effect.  After it has started working space out the dosage.

If your dog has open sores or “hot spots” Arnica will help with the inflammation.  If your dog won’t stop chewing, licking or biting it will help stop the persistent licking.  Veterinarians recommend giving your dog 30 C twice a day for 2 – 3 days and then wait a day or two.  Don’t give your dog anymore if he seems better after you have waited a day or two.  If Fido is still continuously chewing and licking himself, give him 30 C for another 2 – 3 days and then stop again.

If your dog suffers from trauma, give 30 C every few minutes at first and then spread out the time you are giving the dosage.

You can combine the oral Arnica with the Arnica gel.  It will speed the healing of bruises, bumps and strained muscles.  Never apply the gel on an open wound or broken skin and never give Arnica internally unless it is in liquid or pill form.

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