In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of arnica for dogs and check out how you can make use of this treatment for your own pet.

arnica flowerArnica is actually a sunflower with bright yellow flowers and opposing leaves on the stem. Most arnicas have a satisfying aroma, existing as they do in the mountainous regions of North America.

The plant is a perennial that blooms in the second year of growth and is among the first flowers to bloom in early spring. Arnica is also known as Leopard’s Bane.

Arnica is usually used for dogs with muscle aches, strains and other associated injuries. It has also been used on dogs with emotional stress and can even aid in the rehabilitation process after dogs have experienced brain or spinal cord injuries.

Therapeutic Use

In most applications, the whole flower is used. It comes in the form of a pellet, tablet, gel or cream.  Some things to keep in mind when administering Arnica or any homeopathic medicine; it’s not that same as administering a traditional medicine and it’s important to understand this:

1. MORE IS NOT BETTER and upping the amounts of pellets DOES NOT increase the dosage or do any good.

2. Dosage and dosage frequency is not determined by how much your dog weighs. It is determined by your dog’s symptoms, frequency of the symptoms and the category in which they fall (recent, seasonal, chronic).  Typically 3 pellets are considered a dose, but this really depends on the dog’s condition and what the problem is.  It can be anywhere between 1-3 pellets depending on the severity.

3. Example: Arthritis is known as a chronic condition, meaning it has made a home in your dog’s body.  The typical dosage for chronic conditions is one dose 3 times daily. Remember, one dose is generally considered 3 pellets.  While 6C is considered low potency; 30C is considered in the middle when it comes to potency and seems to work well for arthritis.

4. Another example: If your dog hurts his leg running, etc., this would fall into the the category of “recent” category.  3 doses of 30C every 4 hours for two days would be good in this case.

  • ARNICA DOSAGE: DO NOT GIVE WITH FOOD. FEED ARNICA 15 MINUTES BEFORE OR AFTER FOOD. Dosage: 3 pellets equal one dose (Dr. Elliot recommends giving 2-3 pellets at a time,  which again are considered one dose).
  • ADMINISTERING TO YOUR DOG: The pellets do not have to be swallowed by the dog.  The trick is getting them into your dog’s mouth without touching them. The pellet dispenser lid twists and so that you can get the amount of pellets you need. Using the lid, drop the pellets into the mouth.  If possible, you want to try and get them around the mucous membranes and allow them to dissolve.  So, place below the front teeth on the gum line, or in the jowl pocket of the cheek.  They will dissolve but it takes awhile. Dr. Elliot also shares a great idea of crushing the pellets and placing the powder into your dog’s mouth. If that doesn’t work, try this: once you’ve crushed the pellets, place the crushed arnica pellets into one tablespoon of distilled water and stir. Now place one teaspoon directly into the dog’s mouth.  Save the other two teaspoons for later. Give your dog another teaspoon of the water every four hours until you see improvement.
  • The gel and cream forms are applied topically to any areas of the body where the dog has experienced trauma.  Arnica has been used to treat everything from sore muscles to bruises and sprains. Arthritis symptoms have also been alleviated with topical application of arnica gels and creams.
  • Directions for applying arnica to sore muscles, joints and sprains: It’s important to remember that arnica creams are used for closed-tissue injuries only. The infusion of arnica gel or cream should be applied directly to the skin itself and not the fur of your dog. After moistening the skin with arnica tincture, gel or cream and wrap the area in gauze or cloth. Secure it so that it can’t be taken off. Repeat this up to four times daily. If the condition worsens after 2-3 days, see your dog’s holistic vet.

Dr. Weil recommends mixing one tablespoon of arnica tincture with a pint of spring (or purified) water. Using gauze or a sanitary pad, dip it into the mixture and apply it to the bruised area or sore arthritic joint.

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Preventative Measures

As mentioned, arnica shouldn’t be applied to open wounds. This is because it works quickly to stimulate dilation and circulation of peripheral blood vessels, which can actually increase the blood flow of an open and bleeding wound. Applying arnica gels or creams to open wounds can also slow the natural coagulation process.

If arnica is used too long, redness and irritation can result and dogs may lick or chew where it was applied. Abrasions and lesions have also been reported, so discontinue use if you see any of these signs on your dog’s skin.

Internal applications of arnica can result in stomach irritation and digestive problems if used too long. Throat irritation and mouth ulcers can also result, especially when arnica is used at a higher dosage than recommended. Other possible side effects include vomiting, diarrhea and even organ failure.

NEVER use arnica creams or gels around the eyes or mouth areas.

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Reasons to Use

The best use of arnica is in its topical form to help alleviate sore muscles and bruising. It also has dramatic and demonstrable effects in the time period immediately after injury occurs, helping to cut down on symptoms of pain and strain in dogs.

As with all of the herbal treatments we’ve been discussing, you should monitor your dog’s reactions to arnica in any of its forms.  When using arnica for dogs, don’t overuse it and always follow any written instructions to ensure your best friend’s safety and well-being.

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  • Denise
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    My seven year old Blue Heeler X has been diagnosed with Iliopsoas Muscle Strain on her left leg. She was first diagnosed with Cruciate Ligament Rupture which I didn’t believe was the case.
    She has been limping for a few months now, more so when she walks too much. We started with Chiropractic treatments. She is taking Metacam for inflamation and pain. Yesterday she overdid it and now she is limping with her front feet also, which I noticed once before a few weeks ago.
    The Vet. recommended Arnica cream on the area. Can you recommend anything else that will help? Thank you!

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Denise:

      On this page, I share different natural remedies that I love. My recommendation would be either use Dr. Christophers combined with Lubrisyn or the Ligaplex combined with Lubrisyn. Dr. Christophers or Ligaplex repairs damaged tissue (Dr. Christophers is designed to repair bone and tissue) and the Lubrisyn will definitely help with the inflammation. You might have to be a little patient, but they are safe, natural alternatives that work.

      I would dump the Metacam myself. 🙂 Hope this helps.
      Janie

  • Cathy Reese
    Reply

    Hi-I just found this forum and I hope you can give me some advice about dosage amount and method for arnica. My dog is 12 years old and has very bad arthritis in all of her joints but the most trouble is with her left elbow. She is an 82 pound(down from 89 pounds) Shephard/Rott pound puppy. She had reacted badly to Rimadyl (liver ALT elevated) so I’ve taken her off of it and am trying T-Relief Arnica+12 as recommended by the new vet. I’ve been mashing up 2 tablets and mixing it with her food. She is also on fish oil, milk thistle, turmeric and a vet-precribed 1-TetraDeconal capsule.
    Thanks for any advice you can give me.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Cathy:

      I’m sorry about your old girl’s problems. You can give Arnica for immediate relief, but it shouldn’t be given long term. With Arnica pellets (or any homeopathic pellet) it’s best to drop the tiny pellets between the front teeth and lip to dissolve. Here’s a page that shares excellent detail on how to administer typical homeopathic pellets, but T-Relief tablets for dogs aren’t homeopathic pellets. They are more like pills, but that page should give you ideas on how to do it. Straight Arnica is usually recommended for short term use, but again, I don’t know about this particular product.

      My recommendations for long term would be Lubrisyn which contains Hyaluronic Acid and works very well. My husband used this for his knees. He was told he would need surgery, but after using hyaluronic acid, he didn’t need to. His knees are good now. I would combine the Lubrisyn with Dr. Christophers Bone & Tissue formula and would give 8 daily (4am and 4pm) for at least three months. Your dog won’t overdose on them and this can help heal any bone and tissue problems. You can also add Dr. Christophers Bone & Tissue ointment to her elbow area and cover it, so that she doesn’t lick it off. Use it several times daily. Again, it’s very safe for her. Using both will help her to heal much faster Cathy.

      I also recommend you look at diet. Please read my article on raw food for older dogs and read the comments from others. Avoid vaccines (get a waiver from your vet for Rabies) and avoid chemical heart and flea and tick products completely.

      I don’t know the quality of the milk thistle that you purchased, but it does matter. I always recommend a GOOD milk thistle product like this one from Pet Well Being to help get her liver numbers back in check.

      Lastly, I have no idea what 1- TetraDeconal is used for or why he prescribed it.

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Amber
    Reply

    Hi, just wanted to know how much I should give my 8 lb pup. He recently jumped off the bed and hurt his knee. I believe the Dr. said he has tendonitis. He gave me a prescription of Rimadyl but I’ve heard all these horrible things about it and I’m worried about any long term side affects. Any help?

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Amber:

      I would recommend use the Arnica Cream or Gel and apply it directly to your dog’s knee area or where ever he had trauma to his leg. REMEMBER, arnica should NEVER be applied to open wounds. Rub the cream or gel directly into the skin. Don’t just rub it into the fur. You have to get it to the skin. Wrap the area with gauze or cloth and secure it on the leg (not TOO tight). Repeat this process up to 4 times a day for 3 days. See how he does. You can also give 1-2 of the pellets (6c for a dog his size) between the teeth and gums 3-4 times a day as well for 3 days.

      Janie

  • Danielle Walraven
    Reply

    My 11 year old Italian Greyhound has kidney disease and has hurt his neck again. In the past the vet has given him pain Meds and it got better. I do not want to put chemicals in his system anymore. Can I use the arnica? Will it damage his kidneys anymore?

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Danielle:

      Arnica should be fine for your dog’s kidneys. I don’t know of any precautions with regards to the kidneys. Two of my favorite products for pain and I like to give in combination are Lubrisyn which lubricates every joint in the body with Hyaluronan Acid (naturally found in the body).

      I combine it with Zyflamend which is an amazing herbal blend that is designed to reduce inflammation. Excellent reviews. Zyflamend is made for people, but holistic vets recommend it for dogs as well. You can read the reviews here. If you decide to purchase Zyflamend, follow the instructions and give one a day for two weeks and then proceed to two if necessary. You might only need to stick with one. Just watch how your dog responds when you give two.

      I also hope that you are feeding your old friend a home cooked diet vs a prescription diet Danielle. Kibble is always bad whether your dog has a disease or not.

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

      • Brenda
        Reply

        I have a 6 y.o. American bull/jack Russell and we were playing and he as the vet said did something to his ACL, I spoke with friends and they told me about arnica. It seems to be working some although I have only given it to him for 1.5 days. The vet also prescribed him 75.mg demerex for inflammation. We are taking him tonight for a second opinion to another vet. Possibly laser treatments. Anything else we can do for our baby we will.

        • janie knetzer
          Reply

          Hi Brenda:

          Sorry to hear abut your little guy. Personally, I wouldn’t use Demerex, I would purchase Zyflamend which is a WHOLE FOOD supplement with excellent herbs that target inflammation throughout the body and repair the inflammatory response. If it’s an ACL injury, I also recommend using Dr. Christophers Bone & Tissue formula to heal the ACL. You can also apply the Bone & Tissue salve (very hard, use a butter knife to scoop it out and then rub on), but you may have to cover the leg so that he doesn’t lick it off. It will defeat the purpose if he licks it. 🙂

          Both of these should help your little guy even without laser treatments.

          Janie

          • Mona

            My Lady has the same problem with her ccl. I ordered the Zyflamend, the Bone and Tissue formula and the salve. Lady is about 19 lbs. How much of the Zyflamend and the Bone and tissue formula should I give her and for how long?

          • yourolddog

            Hi Mona:

            I’m sorry to hear about little Lady. For awhile there, I was recommending Zyflamend because of all the whole ingredients. However, a few of my readers told me that they had a hard time with it because the liquid inside was so thick that they couldn’t get it out of the capsule. For that reason, I stopped recommending it. However, if you can make it work, then the dosage would be 1/3 capsule twice daily. I would use it for the same for 6-8 months just like the the Bone and Tissue formula and the salve.

            Please let me know how it goes Mona. If it’s not working, there are other options. The Bone and Tissue capsules and salve should work if you keep using it long, long term.

            Janie

  • Bobbi
    Reply

    My lab, 10-12 years best guess, our vet says closer to 12, has very bad hips with very little muscle tone and a solid limp on his front right shoulder. He was a bit more active than usual on Sunday and tripped while walking, now his back right leg at hip is worse than ever. He struggles to stand. We are thinking he may have tried to over compensate for a sore front leg? Will arnica offer some relief? He takes 100mg of Quellin, two SynoviG4 supplements daily, as well as fish oil. We feed him Orijen grain free food mixed with a bit of raw duck and green beans twice daily. (When we adopted him in November he was 20lbs overweight and still tops the scales between 95-100) The beans help fill him up and we know extra weight is his enemy. Any and all advice appreciated. There are only so many pills…

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Bobbi:
      Awe, I’m so sorry about your big old boy. There are several things that I would recommend you do for him at this point. You can use definitely use Arnica on him for pain and I would give 3 times daily using 30c pellets (3-4 each time).

      However, for ongoing care, I would build muscle mass by including whey protein. However, DO NOT use cheaper versions that contain soy, additives and other junk.

      For his arthritis, I would include two products Bobbi: One is called Lubrisyn and it contains Hyaluronan Acid which is naturally found in the body, but diminishes with age. This is especially helpful for replenishing it and helping with joint and connective tissue problems. It will help with pain as well. My husband used it on his knees when he was told he would have to have surgery and it worked so well that he doesn’t need it anymore and his knees are great.

      The second is called Zyflamend which is actually a WHOLE food supplement that works by targeting inflammation and building a healthy inflammation response in the body. While the product was created for people, dogs can take it as well. I would give your little guy one a day WITH FOOD. It includes an entire array of healthy whole foods. MUST be given with food. I would give him two a day. One in the am and one in the pm.

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Tim
    Reply

    I just ordered the ligaplex11 for my dog. The vet believes soft tissue injury after she came up lame on hind leg. He moved it every way possible and then some. Everything seemed tight but he was wanting 400 for x-rays and said the soft tissue wouldn’t show up. (we knew that) Then he started talking surgery. Would prefer not going the surgery route so started reading about natural ways. You highly recommended this product for this type of injury. My question is how much to administer. She is approximately 40 lbs and 11 years old. She is active even at her old age and never noticed her hurting it. Any advice would help.

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Tim:

      Besides the Ligaplex II, I would definitely combine it with Zyflamend. I often recommend combining it with Lubrisyn as well, but either will do. However, in this case, I would use the Zyflamend in the event that she has any inflammation since that is what this product targets. This product helps a lot and I would keep your old girl on it indefinitely. It includes so many excellent herbs that target inflammation anywhere in the body, and this is a good thing!

      With regards to Ligaplex dosage, I would give a 40lb dog a loading dose of 3 daily for a week. I would give 2 in the morning and 1 in the evening. Then back the dosage down to 2 a day. One in the morning and one in the evening for 8 weeks. Again, I would give the Zyflamend as well (one a day WITH FOOD).

      This should help. It would be nice to hear back from you to let me and other readers like yourself, know how it goes for your old girl.

      Take care Tim and hope this helps. You can also use Arnica for the next several days until you receive the Ligaplex II. Arnica is very helpful for pain.

      Janie

  • Linda
    Reply

    Hi Janie,

    Wow, you are so awesome to continuing to post responses to an older article!
    Here’s my question, I have a 6 month old Cobberdog who weighs about 38 pounds. She has been limping for about 4 weeks. We’ve had her to the vet twice and films show nothing. Guessing it is just soft tissue. She is on house restriction and no playing.
    So I went to the (one and only) health food store and the only arnica they had is 30x. I gave her 1 tablet 4 times yesterday, but now I’m worried about the dosage. (Of course, she just wants to swallow it, but I keep it away from food.) It’s only been 1.5 days, but there is no improvement.
    Thoughts? and Thanks!

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Linda:

      Lol, thank you! It’s one of my pet peeves. I feel slighted when I go to someone’s blog and ask a question and never get a response; so I like to make sure that I don’t do that here. 🙂

      Lots of owners seem to be having these problems lately. I just responded to someone right before you and what I recommended would be the same for a soft tissue injury. I recommend a few products and you can choose yourself. One is Dr. Christopher’s Bone & Tissue and the other is Ligaplex II. You can use either Linda. Either is safe for your youngster, but don’t expect immediate results. The product repairs tissue and this takes time. I would give 3 a day of either and double up with Lubrisyn though. This will help to speed up the process Linda.

      These should help with any long term issues that could cause problems if left untreated or treated incorrectly.

      Hope this helps!

      Janie

  • Brenda Penner
    Reply

    Janie-

    I have had to go with the laser treatment for Porkchop, he is still taking the arnica but is really doing a lot better. He has had 2 laser treatments already, I thank you so much for your help with this medication.
    I will keep you informed on his progress.

  • Sandy P.
    Reply

    My black lab has had dry cracked elbows for a couple years now. He loves to lay on the cool floors no matter how many beds I lay around inside and outside. Recently, one of those elbows has developed into a Hygroma… Wondering what the form of arnica, liquid, cream/gel or tablet, ALL of them and what the dosage would be? Hoping for any guidance in treating my 8 yr old boy.

    Thank you. Sandy

    • janie knetzer
      Reply

      Hi Sandy:

      Arnica can help with pain, but I’m not sure it’s what you want for your dog’s Hygroma. The reason I say this is because the pain is going to be continuous unless you try and eliminate the hygroma. I know the elbow is a tough area to soak, but you may be able to figure a way to do it. Add 1/2 cup Epsom salt to very Warm water, not scalding hot, but as warm as he can tolerate. Some how soak for 10-15 minutes twice daily. I would definitely include something to protect the elbows Sandy; that’s really the key. I’ve never used these protectors from Canine Angels, but they seem to work really well and are cheaper than other brands.

      Best of luck to your boy.

      Janie

  • Mona
    Reply

    Janie,
    I opened the Zyflamend this morning. It wasn’t hard to get out but it is hard to just get 1/3 out. On the Zyflamend site it recommends 1/3 twice a day but it also says you can double the dose for acute injuries for 30 days or less. Would it be a big deal to give 1/2 twice a day? Also I have not received the Bone and Tissue formula yet but how much of that do I give?

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Mona:
      I’m glad to hear that the Zyflamend wasn’t too hard to remove from the capsule; but I can see how it would be hard to divide the dose. Personally, I would give the 1/2 dose twice daily. In severe cases (cancer) I’ve heard of tripling the dose. So, I can’t see a problem. If Lady gets nauseous, then you might want to try and back it down.

      With regards tot he Bone & Tissue formula, the higher the dose, the faster the results. I would give a 19 pound dog 4 a day (2 am, 2 pm) and use the Bone & Tissue salve as well.

      Hope this helps. Please write back and let me know how it goes.

      Janie

      • Mona
        Reply

        Update…I have used the salve 2 or 3 times and she seems to limp more after I do. I don’t think I am applying it too hard but I must be doing something wrong.
        The Zyflamend is ok. I have to give it to her with coconut oil and some banana at the very least. If it touches her tongue at all she shakes it out of her mouth. Today I gave her half like that then the 2nd half I just put the pill (with the other half) in a mixture of egg and coconut oil. I also put 2 of the bone and tissue formula in there and she just ate it it all. Is it okay to give them all together?
        I don’t see any improvement but it has only been a few days and it is VERY hard to keep her from jumping when it is time to eat or when we come home 🙁

        • yourolddog
          Reply

          Mona, which salve are you using? I know that you’re using Dr. Christopher’s Tissue and Bone capsules which I love and it works long term. However, to speed up the healing, I would use Ligaplex II along with Dr. Christopher’s Tissue and Bone salve. Let the salve soften in your hand for a couple of seconds and then apply it. Don’t try to apply it when it’s real hard.

          Another reader said this Mona: “Last winter he tore his cruciate ligament and we had surgery to repair it to the tune of $3000. Then he pulled his other one and I’m thrilled to be able to say that by giving him that Standard Process supplement (I read about it on your site) it has given his remaining knee another chance. No surgery needed and he’s just as active as he ever was now.”

          When you come home, put your back to her so that she doesn’t jump. When you start to see her jump, turn your back towards her.

          Hope this helps.

          • Mona

            I am using the Complete Tissue and Bone salve. That is exactly how I applied it. I haven’t tried it again but I may later.
            I looked up Ligaplex II, it is expensive but not as much as surgery! If I give Ligaplex II to Lady do I still give the Zyflamend and the Bone and Tissue capsules?
            What is the Stanard Process supplement that your other reader used?
            Thanks for your help.

          • yourolddog

            Hi Mona:

            She used Ligaplex II like I suggested. I would give one or the other. Either the Ligaplex II or the Tissue and Bone capsules. You can still give her the Zyflamend and while giving the Ligaplex II, and use the salve as well. Just make sure the salve is soft in your hand before applying and apply very gently. Or you can just use the Zyflamend and Ligaplex II and see how it goes. Again, you can use the salve and the capsules for yourself or for her later.

            You’re welcome and keep me posted Mona. It should work.

            Janie

          • Mona

            2 Questions 1. Does it need to be the Ligaplex II 5300?
            2. What would to dose for Lady be? She is about 19 lbs

          • yourolddog

            Hi Mona:

            You asked: Does it need to be the Ligaplex II 5300? Yes, it should be Ligaplex II to help with the tendon issue. I believe it comes in 40 and 150 count bottles. I would give her 3 a day for a month and if she’s doing better, back her down to 2 a day for ongoing maintenance support.

            Hope this helps.

            Janie

          • Mona

            I got Lady’s Ligaplex today. You said give her 3 a day. How should I do that? All together or all separate?

          • yourolddog

            2 in the morning, 1 in the evening.

  • Mona
    Reply

    The 8th will be a month. Lady does not seem any better. 🙁 I am still giving her the Ligaplex and the Zyflamend. I have been applying the Compete Tissue and Bone salve, but not as often as I should. It was hard to stop her from licking it but I started putting a sock on her leg for a bit, she hates it but doesn’t lick. Anything else I can do?

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Mona:
      Can you refresh my memory please? I talk to people on a daily basis. Did she have a torn ligament? Are you using a brace for her at all?

      Janie

      • Mona
        Reply

        Sorry. She has a CCL injury. I am not using a brace. I was wondering about that.

        • yourolddog
          Reply

          Hey Mona:

          I would continue with the Ligaplex II since it really can help with this. I would also add a brace for support and add a antioxidant formula which can be a big difference. If you can afford it, add a good multivitamin as well (if you’re not already giving one).

          The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can play a huge role in recovery time. I would stop the Zyflammend and save it for yourself. 🙂

          It takes time to heal a CCL injury. You should make sure you only walk her on a leash for now; no heavy duty exercise.

          All of this should help with time Mona. If it doesn’t, then you may need to check into surgery.

          Janie

          • Mona

            Thanks for the help! The brace link didn’t go anywhere but to Amazon. The others worked fine.

          • yourolddog

            You’re welcome Mona. I actually shared the link to Amazon so that you could see some of the braces there. 🙂

          • Mona

            Thank you!!! Will let you know how it goes

          • Mona

            I just realized the reason I didn’t ask about the Cruciate Care Knee Brace is because it doesn’t come in a small. Lady is under 20 lbs, and that starts at 25 lbs

          • yourolddog

            Okay, what about this one. Apparently they ship to the U.S. and the testimonials look good!

          • Mona

            Thanks for checking for me. That one sounds good and so does the price.

          • yourolddog

            You’re welcome. Let me know how it goes.

          • Mona

            Hi This is Mona with Lady who has the ccl problem.

            I just got the brace in the mail. Seems to fit perfect. She doesn’t like it but doesn’t seem to be messing with it YET. Should I keep it on 24/7 ? I assume the rules still apply, only out side to do her business?

          • yourolddog

            Hi Mona:

            Here’s the instructions I received:

            “The brace can be worn during the day – take off at night. If you know your dog is going to be resting for a long period of time, it is more comfortable to leave the harness on and take the leg portion off. The brace is in position when your dog is standing.”

            Keep in mind that the brace you have may be different than this one with regards to removing the leg portion.

            Let me know how it goes and if it helps. Hope so!!! 🙂

            Janie

          • Mona

            LOL. Guess we were posting at the same time.
            Yes it is different. It is all one piece. I will just take it off at night. She seems to be napping fine with it. I do wish I would have taken a video the first time she went out side to pee though.

            Fingers crossed that this is the answer! I will let you know in a few weeks. Thanks for all of your help.

          • yourolddog

            Lol, we must of been Mona. Yes, definitely let me know. It should work along with all the other things you’ve done and are doing! 🙂

  • Monika
    Reply

    Hi my lab is 3 year old she got aural hematoma is just one day old it’s not look like pocket type my vet advise me to give her arnica and Hemamalis 30 pills 6 pills 3 times a day if it won’t work vet said we need operate kindly help what else I can do do applying arnica oil will work is there any other medicine pls help I’m worried as she keep shaking her head a lot

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Monika:

      Please read through my comments at the bottom of the page and see my response to Nancy back in November 2014. I shared detailed information including a video from a vet who states that you DO NOT need surgery. My comment to her shares everything that you’re asking and need help with. If you follow it, you should should see results for your lab.

      Remember, you have to feed a good food and no junk kibble.

      Janie

  • Mona
    Reply

    I looked on the site you had given me first. It says….The Knee Brace can be worn during the day and taken off at night

  • Mona
    Reply

    Hi Janie it is Mona again (with Lady who has the ccl problem)

    She has been wearing her brace almost 2 weeks now. Just about the time she seems to be limping less she limps more. So basically she is the same. It is killing me because she wants to run around outside sooo bad. Anyway I figure you are going to tell me to look into surgery and I really don’t want to.
    BTW the brace seemed pretty stiff at first but now she seems to be able to bend her leg too easy. I wish that other one you told me about had a size small for her, not sure if that brace would even make a difference 🙁

    Any other suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hey Mona:

      I contacted Elizabeth at Orthodog to investigate a little further with regards to their brace. In the mean time, look at this one here. Let me also investigate a little further later today. I’m rushing around this morning and I have a busy day, but I’ll touch base with some other options tomorrow Mona. It wouldn’t hurt to call the people at Woundcare and see what they say about her limping less and limping more. Just to get an opinion.

      Talk soon.
      Janie

      • Mona
        Reply

        Thanks! I have been reading and googling this morning. It does seem like patience is the key. It also seems like swim therapy is really good. Wish it would hurry up and get warm so I could open the pool! Also it seems some people think braces are not the best always so maybe her more flexible one is okay.
        Thanks for your help and I will check out Woundcare.

        • yourolddog
          Reply

          Yes, I was going to tell you that hydrotherapy can help a great deal too. Patience grasshopper. Not sure how old you are and if you know what I’m referring too; if not, oh well. I got a kick out of it anyway. 🙂

          • Mona

            HAHAHA 44 so YES I know 😉

            Wonder if the bathtub would do for now. It is just a regular bathtub so not very deep. I could figure something out I guess, her legs are kinda long AND she hates the water but she may need to just suck it up!

          • yourolddog

            Hey Mona:

            Here’s what Elizabeth recommended (Orthodog):

            “We don’t make a size small knee brace – there just isn’t enough length on a small dogs leg to accommodate our brace.

            We suggest for small dogs to just wrap the knee with an ACE type bandage (the kind that adheres to itself)….wrap the bend of the knee 4-5 times (take off at night).

            This will stabilize the knee – it will slide down and she will have to adjust it but it will offer support and stabilization to the knee.”

            Why not try it and see if it helps? Cheaper….

            Janie

          • Mona

            I don’t know how to reply to your last comment (no reply button)
            I wonder if the wrap would be any better than the brace she has now? I know it would be harder to put on, lol. I may try it anyway. Not like the bandage will cost much. It would probably be more comfortable to her, rather than having the strap around her belly.

          • yourolddog

            I would definitely try it; it’s cheaper and who knows, it may work better. 🙂

  • meredith
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    Any experience with Arnica Oil used for hematomas? My 8 year old mastiff has developed one on her ear flap and I have heard arnica may help reduce its size. If you have any advice I would be so greatful.
    Meredith and Abby

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Meredith:

      I’m sorry to hear about Abby. I have an “Abby” too. 🙂

      I actually wouldn’t bother with using Arnica for the hematoma. They’re pretty scary looking, but if you allow nature to do it’s job, it will heal naturally. Somewhere in these comments is a link to a video from a Vet who used to do surgery on Hematoma’s and opted not to do them anymore, because it’s not necessary. The ear might look a little wrinkly once it has healed on it’s own, but that’s about it. You can search through the comments to Nancy (I think) awhile back where I discuss this with her.

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

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