How to Use Arnica Cream for Pets

How to Use Arnica Cream for Pets

by William Greenbaum

Ferndale: in a few weeks we will be adding an exclusive new line of organic and specially formulated products to AllPetNaturals, and one of them is a safe and effective Arnica cream. Checkout our Pet First Aid category and you’ll see our new Arnica cream from Naturpet in Kelowna, British Columbia.

For  those of us that don’t know much about Arnica, I thought I would explain why its so popular among holistic vets across the country.

Arnica is a perennial plant that is native to the mountains of Europe and Siberia. Part of the sunflower family, this plant has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. It typically grows to a height of one to two feet and has yellow-orange flowers that look daisy like. The plant’s stem is round and hairy with flowers that are two to three inches across. Its leaves are bright green..

Uses: Effective for the treatment of bruises and acute injuries, sprains plus pain relief and anti-inflammation.

Arnica’s flowers are bright yellow and daisy like.  Typically, Arnica has been applied as a cream, salve or tincture to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation and heal wounds. Fresh or dried flower heads are used.

The roots of the plant contain derivatives of thymol that is used as fungicides and preservatives and are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Arnica is commonly used in liniments and ointments, which are used to treat sprains and bruises. Professional athletes often use Arnica.

Typically, Arnica is sold as tablets, creams or gels. Tablets can be taken orally before and after surgery to aid in a faster healing period for the incision site. Arnica can also help soothe a dog’s emotional stress that can occur during and after surgery. It can also be used to aid in the rehabilitation process after an injury to the brain or spinal cord.

Arnica cream and gel can be applied to the area of the body where a dog has suffered trauma. This can include sore muscles, bruises, sprains and arthritis. Do not apply Arnica creams or gels to an open sore or broken skin because it could be toxic  in higher concentrations in the bloodstream.

If used for long periods, Arnica can cause side effects when used as a topical treatment. Look for redness or irritation around the treated area. This can cause a dog to lick or chew on the area. If you notice skin abrasions or lesion, discontinue the treatment. As a topical treatment, Arnica should not be applied around your dog’s mouth or eyes.