Last year my cat Rosie came down with her first urinary tract infection. It was really bad, she was peeing blood and I took her immediately to the vet. While I was in the waiting room there was a brochure sitting on the table next to me. It said in the event of an emergency do you have an emergency kit ready for your pet? That thought had never occured to me. I didn’t have an emergency kit prepared for her but I thought it was a good idea to start creating one right away.
Natural Antibiotics for Pets
A first aid kit for pets is a must have as part of your emergency kit. This post is about some natural products you can include in your pet’s first aid kit to complement the more traditional items. So let’s start with natural antibiotics. My first vet for Rosie was not a holistic vet and she prescribed some traditional antibiotics that I faithfully gave for 14 days but they didn’t work on her urinary tract infection. So I went back and she gave me a stronger prescription and it made her quite sick. After 2 days of seeing her react badly to the stronger antibiotics I decided to discontinue that approach and try a natural remedy.
I had been researching different approaches. For myself I use specific essential oils of 100% therapeutic grade clove, thyme and oregano and they work great but you can’t give these to a cat or dog or other pet. I decided to try colloidal silver. Silver has been used For thousands of years as a healing agent by civilizations throughout the world. Its medical, preservative and restorative powers can be traced as far back as the ancient Greek and Roman Empires. Long before the development of modern pharmaceuticals, silver was employed as a germicide.
Consider these interesting facts:
• The Greeks used silver vessels to keep water and other liquids fresh. The writings of Herodotus, the Greek philosopher and historian, date the use of silver to before the birth of Christ.
• The Roman Empire stored wine in silver urns to prevent spoilage.
• The use of silver is mentioned in ancient Egyptian writings.
• In the Middle Ages, silverware protected the wealthy from the full brunt of the plague.
• Before the advent of modern germicides and antibiotics, it was known that disease-causing pathogens could not survive in the presence of silver. Consequently, silver was used in dishware, drinking vessels and eating utensils.
• In particular, the wealthy stored and ate their food from silver vessels to keep bacteria from growing.
• The Chinese emperors and their courts ate with silver chopsticks.
• The Druids have left evidence of their use of silver.
•Settlers in the Australian outback suspend silverware in their water tanks to retard spoilage.
• Pioneers trekking across the American West found that if they placed silver or copper coins in their casks of drinking water, it kept the water safe from bacteria, algae, etc.
• All along the frontier, silver dollars were put in milk to keep it fresh. Some of us remember our grandparents doing the same.
• Silver leaf was used to combat infection in wounds sustained by troops during World War I and currently the US army has started putting silver threads in their uniforms for bacteria and odor control.
• Prior to the introduction of antibiotics, Colloidal Silver was used widely in hospitals and has been known as a bactericide for at least 1200 years.
• In the early 1800s, doctors used silver sutures in surgical wounds with very successful results.
• In Ayurvedic medicine, silver is used in small amounts as a tonic, elixir or rejuvenative agent for patients debilitated by age or disease.
• Bed Bath and Beyond currently sells ionic silver sticks for use with their humidifiers to help eliminate bacteria growth in the humidifer.
• Hiking stores sell colloidal silver socks (which you can actually make yourself by spraying your socks with colloidal silver and letting them dry) for helping to prevent athletes foot.
I decided to give my cat the colloidal silver in the dosage set for an infant…or close to that. I gave her 5 ml. (1 teaspoon) in an oral syringe 3-4 times per day and about 3-4 hours after the last dose before I went to bed I gave her some probiotics to replenish beneficial bacteria in her system.
Her urinary tract infection started getting better immediately. Since this time I have used it for myself using the same prescription only in tablespoons not teaspoons and it works great on humans too. I’ve used it for a really nasty tooth infection that spread into my jaw and cheek. And I keep this on hand now for both myself and Rosie.
So colloidal silver is definitely one item I would recommend for a pet first aid kit as a natural antibiotic. It simply tastes like water and doesn’t sting if you spray it directly on a cut or wound and if they lick it off themselves once you’ve sprayed a cut they aren’t ingesting toxic chemicals or something that is irritating or burning in their mouth.
A note about colloidal silver: There is a big difference between colloidal silver and ionic silver. Many companies that claim to be selling colloidal silver are really selling ionic silver. The difference between silver ions and silver particles boils down to the fact that silver ions combine with chloride ions to form silver chloride and silver particles do not. Also ingestion of highly concentrated forms of ionic silver (100 ppm and above) may cause argyria, a permanent discoloration of the skin. True colloidal silver will not cause argyria. The best brand I’ve found and one that is true colloidal silver is the MesoSilver brand of colloidal silver.
To read more about colloidal silver and the differences you should know when deciding what brand to buy CLICK HERE
Oral syringes and droppers are another must for your pet first aid kit. Oral syringes are great for administering watery liquids like colloidal silver and droppers are good for thicker solutions like oils.
Natural Painkiller and Anti-inflammatory
For natural pain and inflammation relief Vitamin D3 combined with Omega-3 fish oil are two of the most potent anti-inflammatory agents known.
For a human adult 10,000 IU’s of Vitamin D combined with 2000 mg of Omega-3 fish oil achieve a superior (and safer) pain and anti-inflammatory effect. This natural anti-inflammation effect is stronger than prescription strength Vioxx or Motrin with none of the side effects.
Each year, the side effects of NSAID use cause nearly 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths by some estimates in the U.S., according to a November, 2005 article in Medical News Today. Low dose aspirin use has similar effects according to a 2006 article studying
hospital admissions in Spain.
Giving your pet Acetaminophen and aspirin products can cause stomach bleeding and kill them. One extra strength acetaminophen tablet (500mg) can kill a seven-pound cat.
What I keep on hand in my cat’s first aid kit is a bottle of omega 3 fish oil capsules and some vitamin d3 capsules. Some of the omega 3 capsules come with vitamin d3 already in them but I prefer to buy them separate, that way I can control the dose.
My personal favorite is the Nordic Naturals Brand but any brand is fine as long as it’s mercury free. The most important part is to get the omega 3 that is purified and contains no mercury.
I snip off the tip of one omega 3 capsule and then put about 800 IU’s of vitamin d3 and mix it together and then use a dropper to give to my cat. It will not work with an oral syringe…but a dropper works great so make sure to include a dropper in the first aid kit.
On a side note a great way to put omega 3′s into your pet’s diet on a daily basis is chia seed. You can easily mix it into canned cat or dog food and there is no odor or taste….just a little texture. It gets a little gelatinous when wet so it mixes easily into the food. One tablespoon of chia seed contains 2375 mg of omega 3. I put about a half a teaspoon 2-3 times a day in her food and even being a picky eater she doesn’t notice it’s in there and immediately you can see a difference in the shine and gloss of their coat and it also works great for helping with itchy dry skin….they don’t scratch as much.
So for the first aid kit remember to put a little plastic pill bottle in there that you can use to mix the omega 3 and vitamin d3 together.
Insect Bites and Wound Cleansing
Another item to include in your pet’s natural first aid kit is salt. Why salt? Well salt, believe it or not, is great for insect bites. It takes the itch out of the bite. Peppermint essential oil does the same but your pet would not be too happy with you if you put peppermint essential oil on them. It is too strong for pets but salt is something that works great too. Just moisten the insect bite with water and then sprinkle a generous amount of salt over the bite so it forms a little paste and let it dry. When it dries it will simply fall off of the bite but it draws out the itch and it’s a simple non toxic natural solution. I personally use himalayan pink salt as it has a perfect crystalline structure and is loaded with minerals but any salt will actually work in this situation.
Salt water is also good to rinse off a cut or wound. It is highly alkaline with a pH of around 14 and bacteria can’t survive in such a high pH. So salt is a good multi-use natural non-toxic item to pack in your pet first aid kit.
In the event of a trauma pets go through a range of emotions just like humans do. A great item to put into your pet first aid kit is an item like Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets.
Rescue Remedy for Pets CLICK HERE
All living bodies have within and surrounding them an electrical network. When we experience health, this electrical network is balanced and fully connected. When something in our life or environment compromises that balance, the electrical system responds by either short-circuiting or overloading. That imbalance in the electrical system immediately impacts the central nervous system.
Flower essences work directly with the electrical system. By taking the correct essences, we balance, stabilize and repair the damaged electrical circuits. Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets has been specifically formulated to aid pets in stressful situations such as: visits to the vet, being left alone, adapting to new surroundings, fear of loud noises, such as fireworks and thunder, emotional trauma resulting from injuries, and of course, any kind of emergency situation that could happen that disrupts their normal environment.
Be Prepared With Emergency Numbers
Keep the phone number of the local Poison Control Center where you keep your vet and Emergency Clinic numbers. Also keep the number for the National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) (below).
National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) [a not for profit service of the University of Illinois]:
NAPCC has three telephone numbers for easy access. Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
(900) 680-0000 costs $20 for the first five minutes and $2.95 for each additional minute billed to your telephone. (800) 548-2423 and (888) ANI-HELP [(888) 426-4435]. These are credit- card-only numbers for $65 per case. (Only Master Card, Visa, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted. )
NAPCC veterinarians and veterinary toxicologists have up-to-the-minute information on toxicity levels, antidotes, treatments, and prognosis based on more that 250,000 cases involving pesticides, drugs, plants, metals, and other exposures in pets, livestock and wildlife. These specialists provide advice to animal owners and confer with veterinarians about poison exposures.
Visit the NAPCC website at: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control.aspx
Have this information ready when you call NAPCC:
Your name, address, and phone number.
If calling the 800 number, your credit card number.
The species, breed, age, sex, weight, and number of animals involved.
The poison your animals have been exposed to, if known
Information concerning the poisoning (the amount of poison, the time since exposure, etc.).
The problems your animals are experiencing.
What to do if you suspect your animal has been poisoned:
If you suspect that your pet has been exposed to a poison, it is important not to panic. While rapid response is important, panicking generally interferes with the process of helping your animal. Take 60 seconds to safely collect and have at hand the material ingested. Detailed information may be of great benefit to the poison control center and your vet as they determine exactly what poison or poisons are involved. Be as specific as possible (eg. not just “pesticide” but what kind and active ingredients, etc.), and a general idea of how much was ingested.
Items to Include in Your Pet Emergency Kit For Poisoning:
Purge the poison – induce vomiting: If your pet has ingested poisons that ARE NOT CAUSTIC, getting your pet to vomit may eliminate some of the danger. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING IF YOUR PET HAS INGESTED A CAUSTIC SUBSTANCE. ( eg: drain cleaner)
To make your pet vomit, give your pet household hydrogen peroxide (a 3 percent solution) — about one tablespoon for every ten pounds of pet. Draw the liquid into a syringe or turkey baster, tip your pet’s head back and squirt it toward the back of his tongue. Your pet should vomit within five minutes. If your pet doesn’t, wait 10 minutes and try again. If your pet still does not vomit, DO NOT give a third dose (giving too much hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous). DO NOT use syrup of ipecac, while safe for, humans it can be toxic to pets.
Neutralize the poison: If your pet has devoured a caustic substance such as drain cleaner or kerosene, DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING (the poison will burn both going down and coming up). Instead give your pet something to neutralize the harsh chemicals.
If your pet got into something alkaline — like drain cleaner — give your pet about three teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice diluted in an equal amount of water. Again, draw the liquid into a syringe or baster and squirt it toward the back of your pet’s mouth. This will help neutralize the harmful effects of the chemical in their belly, cooling the burn.
If your pet got into an acid — by chewing a battery, for example, or drinking bleach — Milk of Magnesia will negate the acid. Give one teaspoon for every five pounds of pet. Absorb it with charcoal. Giving your pet activated charcoal, either in tablet form or as a powder mixed with water, will quickly absorb toxins from the stomach before they have a chance to be absorbed into the system. Even after giving charcoal, however, the original poison is still in the gut, so you’ll want to see your vet right away.
Even though activated charcoal is generally safe when used by a veterinarian and is sold over the counter at many pet stores, do not diagnose and treat your pet independent of veterinarian advice as activated charcoal can cause serious adverse reactions (including fatal respiratory obstructions).
Activated charcoal (sold in powder, granular and liquid forms) is used in humans and animals to treat poisonings and overdoses, as it binds to the poison and prevents its absorption by the body. It has become the primary treatment for poisonings because it is so effective. However, it is effective because it is powerful and therefore needs to be handled responsibly. If administered incorrectly, it can lead to pulmonary aspiration (which can be fatal). Additionally, for some poisonings (acid, alkali, petroleum and others), it can actually make the situation worse.
Can one overdose on charcoal?
By its very nature, charcoal does not lend itself to overindulgence. Because charcoal is neither digested nor absorbed in the gastro-intestinal tract, there is therefore no concern of overdosing on activated charcoal.
What is the dose for poisoning?
There is no clear consensus among those promoting charcoal in cases of poisoning, except that you can’t give too much. There are no definite dosages, but there are three recommended formulas (Activated Charcoal in Medical Applications 1995):
Age – 2 ½ to 5 Tablespoons (25gms to 50gms) for children
Body weight – 1 Tablespoon per 10lbs. (1gm per kg) body weight
Amount poison taken – 1 Tablespoon activated charcoal per 1/28 oz. (10gms per 1gm) of poison.
Adding a small amount of Bentonite clay can help thicken the charcoal and water solution making it easier to take. Bentonite is an enterosorption agent and a poison antidote in its own right.
Dilute the poison: If your pet is alert, giving your pet milk will help dilute poison while at the same time coating his stomach and mouth, helping soothe the irritation. If your pet seems woozy, however, don’t give your pet anything to eat or drink, because it could cause suffocation.
Clean the coat: Not all poisons must be swallowed to cause harm. Sometimes just coming into contact with them can cause damage or even death. Even products that are generally considered safe — like flea dips — can be harmful if the directions aren’t followed exactly. If your pet has gotten into something they shouldn’t have, immediately give your pet a bath to rinse off a topical toxin. Rinse the affected area with water for at least ten minutes, even before you take your pet to the vet. After the initial flushing, you can wash the coat with shampoo or dishwashing liquid to remove as much of the poison as possible. Even washing with plain water can help. Rinsing even 12 hours later will help decrease the concentration.
So these are a few of the natural items you can include in your pet’s first aid kit that are safe and non-toxic.
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