Useful Complementary Therapy First Aid Tools (First Aid Kits with these items are available from Holistic Vets)

My preference is to have user friendly, safe and effective tools on hand to complement conventional therapies or that I may recommend to my clients to have as part of their first aid kits at home

 1. Emergency Essence (Australian Bush Flower Essences) or Rescue Remedy (Bach Flower Essences) :

·         a couple of drops may be applied to the inside of the lip every five minutes until the animal is stable or settled

·         Generally this works well and it is also often useful for the animal owner to have some too!

 2. Traumeel: A complex homeopathic/low dose herbal remedy  part of a range of products produced by Heel www.heel.com

·         Available in tablets, drops, gel and injectable ampoules

·         It has powerful inflammatory modulating effects assisting hugely in bringing down swelling, stopping bruising, relieving pain and speeding up healing generally

 3. Vitamin C: A remarkable and safe all rounder helping to combat infection and assist wound healing often with dramatic results

·         It is a very useful support in cases of poisoning where it assists detoxification

·         In very high doses, it can cause diarrhoea

·         Use 250mg per 5 kg animal weight twice a day

 4. Wound and Rash Treatment:

       Aloe Vera Gel: Very soothing for skin rashes and fantastic to help stop hot spots from progressing

       Calendula: used topically it’s very effective at aiding the healing of skin and is also very useful to help stop bleeding. Don’t use in infected wounds

       Manuka honey has profound anti-bacterial properties and helps to provide the ideal environment to assist with wound healing and may be applied as a poultice