Taking care of a dog isn’t easy, but at some point you may feel like you have the whole thing down pat. You know what to do if an emergency you’ve dealt with in the past pops up again, so you assume it’s smooth sailing from here on out. However, what happens when a new emergency comes up, something you haven’t experienced before now? Your dog is important to you – he’s part of the family. Here are the remedies you need to know about in order to keep your pet safe no matter what.
Your protection dog ate chocolate (or some other type of harmful food).
If your protection dog got into chocolate or another type of food you’re afraid is going to be harmful, you’ll want to administer a homeopathic remedy. The one you choose will depend on the symptoms you notice in your dog. If the first remedy you try doesn’t work after one to two hours, try another remedy. Here are three options if your dog ingested a type of food he shouldn’t have:
Arsenicum Album: Use this if you’re afraid your dog has food poisoning, like from chocolate, macadamia nuts, poinsettia plants, or raisins.
Carbo Vegetabilis: Use this if your protection dog’s abdomen is distended and if he’s extra gassy and weak. Note that if you suspect your dog of having a serious bloat problem, give him this remedy and take him to the vet immediately.
Nux Vomica: Use this if your dog ate too much food, whatever type of food he ate.
If you have personal protection dogs, you’ll want to make sure they’re cared for and in healthy condition at all time.
Your dog ate a non-food item.
When your personal protection dogs ingest something that isn’t food, like a child’s toy or holiday tinsel, the holistic remedy you choose will be based on how far along the digestive process is (whether it’s in the stomach or it’s made its way to the bowel).
If the item was recently swallowed or it’s a particularly big item, chances are that it’s still in the stomach. Your dog may be acting normal and have his regular amount of energy, but he may not be interested in food or water. Or, it’s possible that your protection dog is vomiting at this stage. At this stage, give your dog phosphorous.
However, if the object has already moved into the bowel, or it’s in the intestinal tract, you’ll want to look for symptoms of blockage:
o Decrease in energy
o Frequent vomiting
o Lethargy, or he may even collapse
If you notice any of the above symptoms, you’ll want to take your dog to the vet ASAP. Additionally, give your dog calendula, which will help heal his wounds if he has internal tears. If you’re looking for personal protection dogs for sale, these are remedies you’ll want to start purchasing to always be prepared.
Your dog was outside in the cold for too long.
Just like with people, if a dog is outside in cold temperatures (below freezing) for an extended period of time, they’re at risk for chilblains and frostbite. As soon as you notice that they start to look cold (for example, if they start shivering), make sure to bring them inside.
Once inside, check for signs of frostbite. Dogs are most likely to show signs on their nose, ears, scrotum, tail and paw pads. You may be able to see that your dog looks pale or grayish-blue in these areas, and the area may also be cold when you touch it. As your dog starts to warm up, these areas may become increasingly painful. The tissue may develop blisters, and then over the next several weeks it could become black and slough off.
Chilblains are sore parts of the skin that result from extra cold conditions. The pads of your protection dog’s feet are particularly susceptible to this problem. Check his pads to look for areas that are red, inflamed, cut or sensitive to touch. In one to two days, you may notice that the skin in these areas starts to shed. You may also want to look at your dog’s ears and tail, since these areas have low blood flow and are also common areas for chilblains.
If your dog has either of these problems, don’t attempt to warm them up too quickly, because it will be painful for them. Put a bit of cool water on the area to soothe it and slowly warm it up. Make sure to not rub the area, which can cause more skin damage. The following three homeopathic remedies can help with chilblains or frostbite:
Pulsatilla: This will help soothe the burning, pain and swelling your protection dog is experiencing. If you don’t notice any improvement within two hours, move on to the next remedy.
Nux Vomica: This is ideal for red, swollen or cracked skin. If this doesn’t work, you can try the third remedy.
Sulphur: This is especially helpful for chilblains, specifically if they’re cracked, thick or red.
If it doesn’t seem like your protection dog is getting any relief from these remedies, consider brining him to the vet.
Your dog has a winter-specific injury.
In addition to excess exposure to the cold, there are a few other problems your protection dog may face during the winter. If your dog has a fall or slip because of icy conditions, they may have a strain, bruise or sprain. Here’s how to help them:
Arnica Montana: Use this first in order to help with bruising, inflammation and pain. After three doses, move on to one of the following remedies, based on the injury.
Rhus Toxicodendron: Use this for strains or sprains that are seeming to get a bit better.
Ruta Graveolens: Use this for strains or sprains that don’t seem to be improving even with movement. You can also treat older injuries that haven’t responded to Rhus Toxicodendron.
Arnica Montana: Use this for bruising.
Ledum Palustre: Use this if the bruising didn’t improve with Arnica Montana treatment.
If you’re interested in personal protection dogs for sale, it’s important to keep these remedies on hand in your home. That way, you’ll be able to treat practically any canine emergency right away.