Although I don’t have a dog myself, I came across an interesting article by Richard Pitcairn, doctor of veterinary medicine, who has natural treatment options for bites, bumps, or burns that could happen to your dog (especially with time spent outdoors in the summer). He even recommends carrying along first-aid treatments, such as those noted below, in case they ever become necessary.
As a quick fix for insect bites from spiders and centipedes or a sting from bees, hornets, or wasps, rub a drop of nettle extract onto the sting. Hold a dull knife perpendicular to the skin and scrape it across the sting a few times. This will pull the stinger out without pain. If you try to pull out the stinger with tweezers or your fingers, this will only squeeze additional poison into the wound.
If your dog gets a chemical, electrical, or campfire burn (showing burnt fur or white skin), dip gauze into Urtica urens or stinging nettle (combine six drops per ounce of water). Add more solution if it dries and bandage as needed.
In the case of poison (such as from ingesting toxic plants, water, or dead animals), your dog may have symptoms such as vomiting, trembling, extreme salivation, and urinate or defecate frequently. In this instance, combine one cup of water with five teaspoons of activated charcoal granules. Also call 888-426-4435 for the National Animal Poison Control Center.
If you notice that your dog is panting excessively, passes out, or has a very fast heart rate, he or she may be suffering from heat stroke. A quick fix is to get to a shady area with good air flow and give the dog water. Also, pour water on it’s body (including the head) and then place ice packs around him or her as you head to the veterinarian.
Although I hope your dog does not run into any of these problems, it’s always better to be prepared. If you have any other natural solutions that you use to help your dog, please feel free share them!
“Trail Fixes: How to Treat Your Buddy’s Bumps, Bites and Burns” by Richard H. Pit cairn. Natural Awakenings magazine June 2009