Holistic Items You Need in Your Canine First Aid Kit

No matter how hard you try to protect your dog, sometimes little scrapes and bumps happen.

And while traditional first aid kits containing supplies like styptic powder and a rectal thermometer (sorry) are important, expanding it to include some effective, natural ingredients can only make your kit that much more reliable.

Here are some ideas to help create a more holistic first aid kit:

Chamomile

Chamomile tea is popularly known for its uses in soothing the stomach in humans. But probably less known are its abilities to soothe your dog’s skin in cases of flea bites and other irritations through its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Chamomile may also help relieve itchy, irritated eyes. Keep some organic chamomile tea bags handy for quick and easy compresses: Prepare the bags as you normally would for tea and allow them to cool before gently applying. Don’t use in pregnant animals and avoid use of this herb if your pet is allergic to it or other related herbs. Always check on a very small area of the skin before applying fully.

Calendula

The ultimate wound healer, calendula is a must-have for any holistic first aid kit. An anti-inflammatory, calendula is also known for its ability to help speed up wound healing. Not only is it a healer but it helps with the pain associated with various types of wounds, including abrasions and irritated skin. Don’t use in pregnant pets or animals allergic to plants in the Aster family. Again, spot check first.

Colloidal Silver

High-quality colloidal silver has been touted as a natural antibiotic for people and pets and used as an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial as well. It can be administered via various means, including orally and topically. Because it is virtually tasteless and non-stinging, application can be fairly painless. Check with your holistic vet if you have any questions.

Slippery Elm

The inner bark of this tree is a well-known soother of the digestive tract. Similarly, it can also soothe the upper respiratory system when cough is involved (for instance, in cases of kennel cough). Avoid use in pregnant animals and allergic pets.

Aloe Vera

Most of us are familiar with aloe’s abilities as a sunburn skin soother. These same abilities extend to flea bites, skin irritations, and minor wounds. Find a quality, food-grade product that doesn’t use the whole leaf (containing aloe latex) to avoid a laxative effect if your pet licks it. Check with the product manufacturer if you are unsure. Avoid use in pregnant and nursing pets.

Expand your first aid kit with these holistic supplies. Remember to consult your holistic vet for any questions or concerns.

Meet the Author: Jessica Peralta

Jessica Peralta has been a journalist for more than 15 years and an animal lover all her life. She has had dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, frogs, and rabbits. Her current children are a German shepherd named Guinness and a black kitten named Riot (and he lives up to that name). It’s because of her love for animals that she focused her journalistic career to the world of holistic animal care and pet nutrition. In between keeping Riot and Guinness out of mischief, she’s constantly learning about all the ways she can make them healthier and happier.

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