A Dog Walker's Best Friend

 |  Sep 10th 2010  |   0 Contributions


When you live witha pack oflarge dogs, there come those times when you really don't feel like going out for one more walk. Like, when it's pouring rain out there, or 99 degrees in the shade. For me thesereluctant outingsare few and far between, because walking my dogs is afun fitness routineI look forward to - except, that is,whenI've sustainedsome type ofinjury that makes walking difficult, if not excruciating.

For these times, I arm myself with Arnica by Boiron. It really is a dog walker's best friend. In fact, if I'm hurting, I don't evenleave the house withoutmy little blue tubein my pocket. This excellent, effective homeopathic medicine is a micro-dose of the botanical substance Arnica Montana, a European flowering plantalso knownas wolf's bane. Taken sublingually (under the tongue), where they dissolve slowly (don't chew!), the little white pellets successfully speed thehealing of bruises and trauma.

Like all homeopathic remedies, Arnica is a reliable drug that's safe for self-medicating. Homeopathy has been used medicinally for more than two centuries; today it's used by millions of patients in more than 65 countries. A girlfriend of mine recently had surgery on her nose, which her doctor predicted would causeconsiderable bruising about the eyes; but she took regular doses of Arnica after the procedure, and the bruising was substantially reduced.

Now,more and more dog lovers are harnessing homeopathy's healing powerstospeed healingof illness and injuryin theirpets. It'sperfectlysafeto share your Arnica stash with your dog, says homeopathic veterinarian Dr. Jill Elliot. Simply reduce the dose from 5 pellets (for a human) to 3 (for a canine).

While playing on the sidewalk with afeisty female dog recently,mypit bullLazarus, a.k.a. Lazzmtazz, leapt high in the air - he was obviouslytryinghis darnedestto impressthe bitch- then promptly wiped out on the concrete,breaking the fall withhis shoulder. That body-slam looked mighty painful to me, so as soon as I got him indoors, Iinsertedthree pellets of Arnica into his mouth.

Since administering anything sublingually to a dog ispretty muchimpossible, the trick here is placing the Arnica pellets so that they make contact with the gums - between the gum and lower lip is ideal. This way, even if the dog spits out the pellets, as long as they've made contact with the inside ofhis mouth for a few seconds, healing will happen. But after a couple of tries,you'll notice yourdog won't bespitting the pelletsout, because they taste quitepleasant, likemicro candy drops (they'remade of sucrose).

Now,this time-testedspecies of medicineis going to the dogs in a big way, thanks to a company called Pet Alive, which is promoting awareness of how homeopathy helps hounds.

"In the wild, animals instinctively seek out healing herbs to help them when they are ill or undernourished," says Pet Alive'sMichele Carelse. "In fact, Asclepius, the ancient Greekgod of medicine, respected dogs very highly for their ability to seek out and eat medicinal herbs in the wild ... We are coming to realize that nature often has the answers - but animals have always known this!"

Pet Alive offers a handy homeopathicformulation for almost any animalhealth condition or challenge you can think of, fromAdrenal Fatigueto Aggression (!) to Weight Management. They're easy to administer, beingmuch smaller than those round Boiron pellets; just sprinkle themdirectly onto your dog's tongue, close his snout so he can't spit them out,and they'll be rapidly absorbed.

If your dog often upchucks in the car, you'll definitely want toroad-test EasyTravel Solution, which really works toprevent motion sickness. The key ingredients of EasyTravel are Zingiber (i.e. ginger) and Mentha pip (a form of mint), both long known for their digestive properties, plus Kali phos and Aconitum nap, which support balance in the nervous system.

Start administering EasyTravel about an hour before you load Spot into the car, then again right before you take the wheel, and you're bound to experience a much less stressful drive.(If it's a long road trip, you'll want to increase the dosage frequency.) EasyTravelalso works to support a pet's digestive system and maintain nervous system balance during air and sea travel.

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