As the summer has hit the city, it’s time to warm up your dogs before taking them out. Just like you do, your dog also overextends which ends up with strains and sprains. A sprain is a torn ligament and a strain is a torn tendon. So before you prepare to go out, your dog’s muscles will need some conditioning before you take him for any vigorous physical exercises or any other outdoor physical activities.
Strain & Sprain – Are They Both The Same?
Although the results of both sprain and strain are the same – painful, there is an important difference between the both. Strains are injuries to muscles or tendons, while the sprains are injuries to a ligament. Dog strains happen when a dog stretches too much or too often. Athletic dogs get strains, but this injury can also be seen in dogs when they slip, fall or jump during a normal play. Dog strains are seen common in hips and thighs.
Sprains, on the other hand harm the ligaments that connect the bones causing joint damage. Sprains can happen to hunting dogs that jump hurdles or step in a hole. Wrist and knee are the commonly seen dog sprain joints.
Strains and sprains result from over-extension of these soft tissues. A stretched out ligament is called a sprain while an overstretched muscle or tendon is called a strain.
Herbal Remedies For Dog Strains & Sprains
Whether you have an active dog or not, sprains and strains can happen at any time- unexpectedly. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get prepared. Using natural remedies for dog sprains and strains can help to heal injuries and ease any soreness. The best thing is that with these herbal remedies, you can actually save your dog from injecting chemically formulated medicines. These remedies are actually inexpensive and easy to give.
Here Are 5 Remedies You Can Try To Heal Your Dog’s Strains And Sprains
- Arnica: One remedy that has so much of healing properties is this very special Arnica. Arnica is considered to be the first remedy to deal with any soft tissue injury. Arnica can help reduce shock symptoms and reduce bleeding. If your dog shifts position frequently and is afraid of being touched, you can give him Arnica. Arnica is also best if you are unsure of which remedy to give.
- Bryonia: Dogs who need bryonia will show symptoms with movement. They will cry for even a small movement and show their stress out. Bryonia is given to dogs who seek out cool air. Their joints will be warm and swollen. As a result you may see your dog rubbing or lying on the affected area.
- Rhus tox: Rhus tox also known as ‘Rusty Gate Remedy’ is a powerful remedy for pain in dogs due to arthritis or other musculoskeletal injuries. It is primarily used for joint sprains and pains. If you find your dog stiff when rising and loosens up with activity, it indicates that your dog needs a Rhus tox treatment. Dogs who need rhus tox are often chilly and symptoms will be worse in damp, cool weather. They also show symptoms of restlessness as they shift position frequently to ease their pain.
- Hypericum: If you notice injuries on your pooch’s nerve endings, consider treating him with Hypericum because /it is useful for wounds, burns, cuts and bites. Hypericum will prevent your dog from getting infected from cuts and bites. It is good to apply hypericum to injuries on toes, tail, nails or spine. Hypericum is also a outstanding remedy for back and neck pain. As they come from the roots of St. John’s, hypericum can be used for coping with depression, shock and stress in dogs following injury. Dogs who need hypericum will show worsened symptoms with cold applications and touch.
- Ruta: If you suspect your dog to have a bone bruise or fracture it is recommended that you use Ruta for getting relief. Ruta is used in dogs with sprains or fractures. It has an affinity for the feet, lower back and hocks. Dogs who need ruta will have worsened symptom during cold, damp weather. Ruta is found effective in dogs for treating a variety of soft tissue injuries.
Dosage and potency
For acute injuries, a 30c to 200c potency is best recommended but if you are not quite sure of the remedy to use, stick with the 30c.