First aid, illness and injury treatments

Skin problems, wounds and sores

Sudocrem – promotes healing and reduces redness and soreness, don’t use if the skin is broken

Medical grade Manuka honey – not cheap, but will help wound healing (humans as well as dogs)

Aloe vera gel – helps reduce irritation from sore patches on the skin

Colloidal silver – ideal for cleaning wounds, sore areas, etc. Also great for wiping out ears  

Baby sun screen – use to prevent sunburn, especially for dogs with pale/thin coats

Lavender oil – use diluted in water to soothe sunburn, itching/sore skin

Neem oil – excellent to help healing, especially when formulated with coconut oil in a cream (see where to buy list at the bottom of the document)


Fever episodes

Digital thermometer – it is important to have a digital thermometer, and even more important that you know how to use it, and know what is a “normal” body temperature for your dog. The quoted range for dogs is 38.0 to 39.2ºC (100.0 – 102.5ºF). Just because your dog feels warm doesn’t mean it has a temperature. If your dog is showing signs of being unwell, take the temperature hourly (and write down so you can remember the results). If there is a continual increase you may need to consider call the vet. Any temperature of 39.8ºC or higher requires vet advice. If the temperature has reached 40.5ºC immediate help is needed. A damp towel wrapped around your dog will help.

Metacam – available only on prescription from your vet, this will help control a fever in the early stages.

Milk thistle and bromelain – these in combination are used by many Pei owners to help reduce the number of fever episodes experienced by their dogs, and in some cases eliminating them entirely. Best used long term rather than just with a fever episode.

Homoeopathic remedies – there are several remedies indicated with fevering, but the most commonly used are Belladonna, Aconite (if sudden onset) and Bryonia (30C)

Valerian or valerian/skullcap drops – can be added to water or onto food as a calmative. Fevers often result from high stress levels


Digestive system

Pre-/probiotics – often in a powder form which can be added onto food. Daily use will improve digestive health, particularly important if your dog is taking antibiotics.

Yoghurt – another source of probiotics (live yoghurt only). Will help with diarrhoea, particularly if it results from antibiotic use.

Tinned pumpkin – can be used to help treat both diarrhoea and constipation. Add a little to your dog’s food.


First aid

The following items should always be available for emergency use:

antiseptic cream/liquid

stretch bandage

wound dressings

digital thermometer


anti-histamine tablets/liquid (for stings, bites, allergies, etc)


There are hundreds of alternative remedies available, but the following are recommended:

Homoeopathic remedies – the most commonly used are:

Arnica (30c potency) for trauma, bumps and knocks, falls, etc (excellent pre- and post-operatively)

Belladonna (30c potency) for fevering

Arsenicum or Nux Vom (30c potency) for sickness, diarrhoea, etc

Rhus Tox (6c or 30c potency) for arthritic type symptoms

Aconite (30c) for any sudden onset disorder

None of the above replace the advice of a vet. If you are in any doubt about the severity of your dog’s illness or you see no improvement with treatment you MUST seek professional help.

Where to buy

Holland & Barrett sell medical grade Manuka honey, aloe vera gel, essential oils, etc.

Tesco sell coconut oil at a sensible price, and Holland & Barrett is worth bearing in mind when they have their 1p sale.

Dorwest Herbs offer all sorts of supplements including a probiotic. They also have a small section on their site with recommendations for common ailments, etc

Helios Homoeopathy sell remedies, and also do a pet “first aid” kit.

Search for “The Neem Team” online – they sell various products for human and pet use, including a cream which is a mix of coconut and neem oils – excellent for small sore places.

There are several companies manufacturing and selling colloidal silver online – try

Tinned pumpkin is occasionally found at Tesco (Libby’s are the main manufacturer) but is available through Amazon online (don’t forget to access Amazon via EasyFundraising so that SPRSS get a donation!)

Suitable anti-histamines are chlorphenamine (Piriton), certirizine or loratidine. Find which works best with your dog.

When comparing prices, do bear in mind that cheapest isn’t always the best and you should takek the quality of the ingredients, additives, strength, etc in account as well as price.







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