Homeopathic first aid medicines

Homeopathy is a powerful and effective form of treatment, providing the possibility of cure for many serious and chronic conditions. 

Treatment of such conditions requires a level of skill and experience. Apart from this capability, however, it also offers extremely effective and wide-ranging first-aid applications, which are amenable to use by the caring animal owner.

Specialist knowledge is not required, unless the chosen remedy appears not to work within a reasonable period. In that case, the BAHVS recommends attention from a qualified veterinary surgeon.


This remedy treats shock, both mental and physical and will also assist in the treatment of acute febrile conditions, such as viral or bacterial diseases.


Urticarial swellings, oedema and fluid in joints will often respond to this remedy, apart from its benefits for insect bites and stings. It may also help urine retention, if this is physiological.


Arnica is homeopathy’s great injury remedy. Its use will minimise bruising and speed healing. It also has ‘antiseptic’ properties.


High fevers with head, ear, throat or eye pain are especially helped by this remedy. Very painful abscesses may also respond.


Arthritis, rheumatism, pneumonia, peritonitis or mastitis, when the animal refuses to move, are the main areas of use of Bryonia.


Used as a lotion, this remedy speeds healing of cuts, grazes or open wounds, in addition to helping the animal to fight septic infection of such injuries.


This medicine helps most cases of cystitis.

Carbo veg.

This is nicknamed the ‘homeopathic corpse reviver’, on account of its ability to help patients that are in a state of collapse.


The birth process, at all stages, is helped by Caulophyllum.


Teething in young dogs and trouble from teething in any species will benefit from use of this remedy.


Colic in horses would be the most common first-aid use of Colocynthis.


Named ‘eyebright’, this remedy helps many eye conditions, including conjunctivitis from cold winds. It also helps in cases of sneezing and nasal allergy.


Bleeding from wounds and orifices would indicate Hamamelis, in many cases.

Hepar sulph.

This is nick-named the ‘homeopathic antibiotic’, so effective is it in helping patients to fight septic, purulent infections.


Use this remedy whenever there is a painful graze or damage to tissues rich in nerve endings (e.g. teats, toes and tail).


Use this whenever puncture wounds occur, from whatever injury. There are reputed anti-tetanus properties, in addition to its ability to help such wounds heal correctly, from the depths outwards.

Nux vomica

If an animal has stolen too much rich food or has had access to poisons, Nux vomica should help recovery from the resultant intoxication.

Rhus tox.

This suits most cases of rheumatism and arthritis, that are worse for first movement but ‘limber up’.


Ligaments, tendons and other fibrous tissues constitute the main areas of benefit of this remedy.


Helps the body to drive out foreign bodies, e.g. grass seeds. The power of this remedy, way beyond its simple chemical capability, is evidence of the power of crystals.


Symphytum treats bone injuries of any type, speeding healing.


This remedy treats nettle rash (urticaria) and helps the flow of milk from the mammary gland.

The Law

The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 restricts the treatment of animals (other than your own) by anyone other than a fully qualified vet.