Our pets are much like our children in two big ways: we love them fiercely, and they tend to get into things that they are not supposed to. At first when your furry friend eats something they shouldn’t or gets a gnarly cut, you might not know what to do. Especially if the nearest vet is not so near, the extra time taken to get there may be detrimental.
Natural First Aid Remedies for Pets
Below are some great ideas for an herbal first-aid kit for your pet. If you have a pet of any kind, you should be sure to always have these items on hand.
Remedies for Burns
Aloe vera is the best remedy when an animal has a burn. If you have your own aloe plant, simply break off a leaf and squeeze the gel directly onto the affected area. If you don’t have an aloe plant, no problem, just make sure you grab some aloe vera gel or juice to keep on hand (make sure it is actually aloe, and not mostly alcohol with a little bit of aloe). Be aware that whole aloe leaves can be toxic to dogs, so the best option for a pup may be a diluted version to avoid ingestion.
Much like toddlers, most pets have no fear of putting anything in their mouths, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. The best remedy for an animal that has ingested something they shouldn’t have is couch grass (aka dog grass or quack grass). This grass is often found in untreated yards and overgrown field; animals instinctively seek out this grass to induce vomiting.
To keep some on hand, pick the couch grass when it appears in the spring and dry the rhizomes. Keep a jar of these and add when needed to your pet’s food to make then throw up when necessary.
First, always make sure that any cut or scrape is properly cleaned after the bleeding has stopped. Keep a small squeeze water bottle in your first aid kit to easily wash off the wound; pat it dry with a clean cloth. Yarrow can be applied in powder form to help stop the bleeding. Then carefully wrap the wound.
This recipe can be used for people and animals alike, so this is definitely great to keep handy. Follow this recipe below:
- ½ cup fresh calendula flowers
- 1 ½ cup fresh cleavers
- 1 cup fresh plantain
- ¼ cup dried comfrey root
- 2-3 cups olive oil
- ¼ cup beeswax
Place all ingredients (except beeswax) in large saucepan and heat just before boiling; simmer for 90 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and strain. Return the mixture to the pan and add beeswax, stirring until melted. Pour the mixture into desired containers (4 oz glass jars work great).
Although this may seem labor-intensive, it is so worth the effort thanks to the multiple benefits derived from the herbs, including reducing swelling, removing toxins, and antibacterial properties. Apply this salve to the animal’s wound and cover the area.
Keeping these items stocked will allow you to quickly treat various needs of your pet. None of these items are a replacement for veterinary care or advice, but are recommended for use in conjunction with advice from your vet. However, having these items on hand can prevent further harm to your pet from accidental ingestion, a cut, or a burn and will expedite their healing time.