Make Sure You Have Arnica In Your Dog and Cat's First Aid Kit, Arnica Can Provide Immediate Help for Muscle, Joint Injury and More


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In this article:
  1. About Arnica
    1. Medicinal Properties of Arnica
    2. Arnica Can be Used In Multiple Ways
  2. Health Benefits of Arnica for Dogs and Cats
    1. Arnica Can Help Treat
    2. Topical Uses for Arnica
  3. Ingested Use, Homeopathic Remedy
    1. Dosing Instructions
  4. Instructions for Topical Use
    1. Tincture
    2. Cream or Gel
  5. Cautions
  6. Side Effects

1.0 About Arnica

Also known by the name: Carduus marianus, Silybum mariamum, Silybum, Silybin, Silymarin, Silymarine, St. Mary’s Thistle, Marianus, Marianum, Our Lady’s Thistle, etc.

Arnica is a member of the daisy family. Arnica is a perennial alpine herbal plant with orange-yellow daisy like flowers. At one time the wild Arnica Montana plant grew in abundance in regions of Europe and America. A hardy meadow and mountain plant it was known to grow at elevations up to 8,500 feet. Today, the wild arnica plant is considerably scarcer and is a protected plant in many parts of Europe.

Arnica was first used in Europe in the 16th century as a medicinal plant. The flowers heads alone are used for medicinal purposes -as an ingested and topical treatment. The whole plant including the roots are also used for medicinal ingested and topical treatments.

1.1 Medicinal Properties of Arnica Montana
Arnica has multiple naturally occurring constituents
invaluable for treating pain, swelling, and inflammation. These natural components include:
Inulin
  1. Antidiabetic
  2. Immunostimulant
  3. Lypolytic
  4. Prebiotic
Antioxidants and Flavinoids
including:
  1. Betaine
  2. Caroteins (rich in viatmin A)
  3. Coumarins (increase blood flow to help heal tissues)
  4. Gallic Acid (canti-bacterial, anti-fungal)
  5. Lutein
  6. Pectolin 
  7. Phytoesterol (help lower bad cholesterol)
  8. Rutin
  9. Quercetin
Skin Healing Acids
including:
  1. Linoleic acid
  2. Palmetic acid
  3. Phenolic acid
Sesquiterpene Lactones
  1. Reduce inflammation by promoting the dispersion of fluids that build-up in bruised, injured tissue
  2. This increased circulation and drainage helps to speed healing by improving the flow of blood, lymph and platelets in and out of the affected area;
  3. Helps to clean-up inflammatory waste and lactic acid – thus reducing swelling and moderating pain after injury, muscle strain  and surgery
Manganese
 
Mucilage
 
Multiple volatile oils
including:
  1. Thymol
 
1.2 Arnica Montana Can Be Used In Multiple Ways
  1.  Ingested Use 
    1. Homeopathic remedy:
      1. Pilules
      2. Tablets
  2. Topical Use
    1. Cream
    2. Gel
    3. Diluted tincture
See section 3.0 and 4.0 below for dosage and safe usage guidelines.

2.0 Health Benefits of Arnica for Dogs and Cats

A partial list:
  1. Analgesic
  2. Antibacterial
  3. Anticoagulant 
  4. Antinflammatory
  5. Antidiabetic
  6. Antifungal
  7. Antimicrobial
  8. Antiseptic
  9. Immunostimulant
  10. Lypolytic
  11. Sedative
2.1 Arnica Can Help Treat
  1. Aches
  2. Altitude sickness
  3. Brain injuries
  4. Bruises
  5. Concussions
  6. Emotional stress (including due to trauma, trauma before and after surgery)
  7. Muscle exhaustion from over-exertion
  8. Other injuries resulting from blunt force trauma
  9. Blows, falls, fractures (for pain management)
  10. Pain and swelling
  11. Sprains
  12. Spinal cord injuries
  13. Painful joints
  14. Muscle and joint injury
2.2  Topical Uses for Arnica 
Cream, Gel or Tincture
 
Applied to skin to reduce/treat:
  1. Aches
  2. Acne
  3. Arthritis
  4. Bruises – pain and swelling
  5. Insect bites
  6. Muscle exhaustion from over-exertion
  7. Other injuries
  8. Blows, falls, fractures (for pain management)
  9. Septic conditions
  10. Sprains
  11. Pain
    1. Cartilage, tendons
    2. Muscle
  12. Post labour
    1. For postnatal treatment of episiotomy stitches or tears – adding a few drops of arnica oil to warm distilled water to bath the area to speed healing.
 
3.0 Ingested Use, Homeopathic Remedy

Homeopathic Remedy Arnica Montana 30c
 
3.1 Dosing Instructions

Dose every two hours, up to three to four doses per day.

For severe cases of infection, tissue damage (bruise or closed wound), muscle, joint, ligament, tendone or other trauma dosage is:
  • Every fifteen (15) minutes until symptoms are relieved.
  • Dosage can be given once or twice a day for up to a week after the injury occurred. 
  • Dosage should be given no closer than 15 minutes prior to or after feeding.
  • Keep food 30 minutes away from dosing.

4.0 Instructions For Topical Use
For arthritis, prevention of infection, tissue damage (bruise or closed wound), trauma, sore muscles, and sprains.
 
4.1 Tincture 
 
Preparation
  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of arnica tincture (use alcohol-free or low alcohol) with 1 pint of purified water.
  2. Dip a cloth, cotton ball, sanitary pad, etc. into the arnica/water mixture
  3. Apply to the arthritic joint, bruised or wounded area making sure to moisten the skin (not just the fur).
  4. Wrap the area in gauze or cloth.
  5. Secure the wrap so that your dog or cat cannot remove the wrap and lick the wound or arnica.
  6. Don;ta llow your dog or ct to ingect the tincture.
4.2 Cream or Gel
For arthritis, prevention of infection, tissue damage (bruise or closed wound), trauma, sore muscles, and sprains.  
 
Preparation
  1. Apply to the arthritic joint, bruised or wounded area making sure to moisten the skin (not just the fur).
  2. Wrap the area in gauze or cloth.
  3. Secure the wrap so that your dog or cat cannot remove the wrap and lick the wound or arnica.
  4. Don'
  5. t allow your dog or cat to ingest the arnica cream or gel.

5. Cautions

Open Tissue Injuries, Damaged Broken Skin, Bleeding Wounds
Arnica should never used on open tissue injuries - damaged or broken skin, as arnica can cause bleeding due to its sesquiterpene lactones that work to quickly stimulate dilation and circulation of peripheral blood vessels – this can lead to increased blood flow of an open tissue or already bleeding wound.

Prolonged Use
Arnica is not intended for prolonged use as it can, over-time cause adverse side effects.
 
Allergy
If you dog or cat is allergic to arnica or related members of the daisy family Astercaeae/Compositae family (i.e. chamomile, marigolds, etc.), ragweed, do not use arnica.

6. Side Effects

If arnica is used for too long as a topical application it can cause:
  1. Abrasion if dog or cat licks the area of application
  2. Irritation of skin
  3. Lesions
  4. Redness

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Article by Karen Rosenfeld


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