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A Herbal and Homeopathic First Aid Kit for Dogs

By Hazel Ketko

As responsible dog owners, we have to ensure the safety of our dogs in all times. Having a dog first aid kit, both at home and in our car, can give us the peace of mind that we are prepared for emergencies.

A fully-stocked and well-organized dog first aid kit is an important tool for all dog owners. And as our dog becomes older, it becomes essential. Having a well-stocked first aid kit will be invaluable if your pet needs immediate care. It could even save your dog’s life. However, just getting a first aid kit for our dog is not enough. We need to keep it in a safe and readily accessible place. We also need to check the contents regularly and replace those that are expired and are about to run out. Finally and most importantly, we need to know how to use everything in the kit in case of emergency. It may be too late to read up on what to do or give to our dog when he is in agony.

It is not too difficult to put together a basic first aid kit for your dog. All you have to do is make a first aid kit list and then gather all the things on the list, put them in a container and store it in an easy-to-reach place.

Herbal and homeopathy first aid remedies are invaluable for use in various emergency situations. They are easy to use and the remedies will greatly reduce stress and pain suffered by the dog in an emergency.

Here is a first aid kit list that may be of help to you in putting together a kit for your dog.

An Herbal & Homeopathy First Aid Kit for Dogs

Items for a Basic First Aid Kit for Dogs:


  • Blankets (to maintain body temperature)
  • Muzzle (to prevent biting when treating the dog)
  • Bandages, vetwrap, and gauze (to bind wounds; stop bleeding)
  • Cotton Swabs (to remove debris from cuts, to apply antiseptic application)
  • Tweezers (to remove thorns, stings, or debris from wounds)
  • Scissors (to trim hair near wounds)
  • Flashlight (to help you see more clearly in ears, down the throat etc.)
  • Eyedropper (to administer medication)
  • Rectal Thermometer and Petroleum Jelly (to take Temperature – Normal body temperature in dogs is 101-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit /38.3-39.2 degrees Celsius)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to wash wounds and to induce vomiting in certain cases of poisonings)
  • Activated charcoal powder (for poisonings)
  • Saline solution (to wash out wounds or minor burns)

Additional Items for a Dog First Aid Kit – Herbal Remedies: 


  • Cayenne pepper and yarrow powder mix (to stop bleeding)
  • Calendula herbal salve or ointment (natural antibiotic cream for minor cuts or scrapes)
  • Arnica herbal salve or ointment (for muscle sprains)
  • Comfrey herbal salve or oil infusion (for open wounds)
  • Slippery elm herbal capsule (for acute diarrhea)

Additional Items for a Dog First Aid Kit – Homeopathic Remedies: 


  • Aconite 30C (for fear and shock resulting from traumatic experience such as an accident)
  • Apis Mel 30C (for relieving burning and stinging pains, such as those brought on by bee stings)
  • Arnica 30C (for muscle aches and sprains, bruises resulted from blunt tramas)
  • Arsenicum 30C (for relieving stomach upsets, vomiting, and diarrhea resutling from toxic conditions such as poisoning from food or drugs)
  • Belladona 30C (for many acute conditions, such as heatstroke, snake bites, convulsions and seizures, ear infection, and vaccine reactions)
  • Euphrasia 30C (for eye injuries)
  • Hypericum 30C (for relieving pain brought on by nerve injuries)
  • Ledum 30C (for puncture wounds such as bites and stings)
  • Nux Vomica 30C (for various acute conditions, such as vomiting, diarrhea and bloating caused by food poisoning or drug reaction)
  • Rhus Tox 30 (for strains of joints or tendons)
  • Bach’s Rescue Remedy (for shock and trauma)

Other Items for a Dog First Aid Kit: 


  • A list of all items in the first aid kit and their uses
  • Veterinarian’s Phone Number/Emergency Number


Learn more about how to use herbs and other natural remedies for your dog’s health: Natural Dog Health

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Jan 05, 2011 | 2 | Dog first aid, Dog heroes

Dogs To The Rescue

By Dan Ratekin

More dogs are earning the title of “Man’s Best Friend” in many new ways. Many studies of the human/animal bond point out how important and unique the relationships are between people and their pets. It has been shown that having pets relieves the stress of busy, everyday lives. Owning a pet has been known to lessen the occurrence of stroke and heart attacks.

The majority of dogs live in family environments, and the companionship they provide is well worth the effort involved in taking care of a dog. For children, dogs teach responsibility through understanding their care and feelings.

Today, more dogs are service dogs than ever before. They have been trained to assist in many different ways. Assistance dogs are not common house pets. They participate in specialized training programs and work hard to help in the areas they have been trained.

Probably the most common service is assisting the blind. They are trained to help the blind to cross the street, go through doors, and to go around obstacles. The blind person’s job is to give directional commands, which the dog may or may not obey depending on the situation. If an unsafe command is given, the dog will choose to disobey the command in order to insure the person’s safety. In this case the dog must have good judgment and be an independent thinker.

Hearing dogs alert a deaf or hearing impaired person to sounds such as telephones, alarm clocks, oven buzzers, smoke alarms, doorbells or a crying child.

Dogs have proven to help disabled people live independently. Besides being loyal companions, they help people with different kinds of disabilities to do things on their own. They pull wheelchairs, open and close doors, retrieve dropped items, alert a person of an upcoming seizure, turn light switches on and off. Golden and Labrador Retrievers make good service dogs because they are strong, yet have a gentle nature.

In Italy they are training dogs to leap from helicopters or speeding boats to rescue swimmers who get into trouble. These “life dogs” wear a harness or tow a buoy that victims can grab. Currently 300 dogs are fully trained for duty. The school will train any breed, as long as the dogs weigh at least 66 pounds. Labradors, Newfoundlands and golden retrievers are most commonly used because of their natural instinct for swimming.

There are many other areas dogs are trained to be of assistance. Search and rescue dogs assist in recovering disaster victims, saving lives every day. Therapy dogs are popular with nursing homes, and the elderly living there look forward to their visits. Police dogs hunt down bad guys while rescue dogs hunt down missing people.

But many people don’t realize that dogs also have the ability to sniff out cancer. It also raises the possibility that dogs may be able to detect cancers even earlier than tests. After a few weeks of training, the dogs correctly detected 99% of the lung cancer patients. Also they detected 88% of those with breast cancer. The handlers of the dogs and the researchers did not know which samples were provided by cancer patients and which were not.

Special trained dogs can help people with autism to become more independent.; They are very helpful with kids with autism. They help the child to become more social with their peers. The dog can be a calming influence. The dog can work on interrupting repetitive behavior by nudging the child. The dog can prevent the child from wandering away, and can track the child when they have wandered.

Assistance dogs not only allow the elderly and the disabled to live a secure and independent life, they provide companionship and love.

These dogs are a part of a little known group that are available for adoption. They, like people, get worn out, a little stressed having had to work under pressure of protecting or helping those in need. As a result some become available for retirement, while most families would keep their original service dogs and get a new one too. The retirement age for most service dogs is 8 years of age, which means they have many years of life left to bring you enjoyment as a pet.

These are dogs that are very well adjusted to being around people, generally pretty healthy and their training is the best. Though some of the dogs are older that does not stop them from being great pets.

As can be seen from the above, dogs do play a vital role in today’s society. Dogs make loving pets and are also very intelligent and hard working animals.

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Oct 01, 2010 | 1 | Dog heroes, History of Dogs, Rescue Dogs

Hero Dogs: Incredible Act of Devotion & Loyalty

Merry and Pippin, two Golden Retrievers, remained by the side of their owner for three weeks after he died from exposure in the wilderness near his Colorado home… guarding him from wild animals and scavengers until a hunter found him and contacted authorities..

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Mar 06, 2010 | 0 | Dog heroes