Calendula, used to sooth cuts and rashes and any kind of wound, is a homeopathic remedy that no first-aid kit should be without. Calendula is made from the Garden marigold (Calendula officinalis).  This flower has healing power that needs to be shouted from the rooftops. I’ve been using it at Save A Dog for a number of years and it works with amazing speed and efficiency.

I use it in the gel form (made by Boiron) on female dogs who have recently been spayed to help to keep the spay incision closed and clean. Also, if a dog gets a cut, I immediately run for the Calendula. The only caution about Calendula is to avoid putting it on a dirty wound because it’s healing properties will close up an open wound. So if you have a wound that needs to drain, like a dog bite, do not use Calendula.

It also comes on a little sugar pellet that you can pop in your mouth for generalized healing. For dogs, I like to mix it in water and then use it to rinse a dog’s mouth when they are recovering from dental surgery. Everything heals up so fast. Just drop a couple of the little pellets into 4 ounces of distilled or purified water, let it dissolve, then stir it briskly. Take a teaspoon and drop it onto the dog’s tongue or squirt it with a syringe all inside the dog’s mouth.

True story: The other night I noticed that my Jack Russell was limping. I picked him up and noticed that his rear pad was swollen and had two bright red cuts on it. I immediately reached for the calendula gel and squeezed a generous amount on his pad while my husband held him. We kept him off the floor for about 30 minutes before letting him walk on his pad. (He enjoyed hanging out on the sofa with us). Within the hour he was putting weight on his foot and by the next morning his pad was back to its normal size with just the faint hint of a tiny bump remaining.

Once again, Calendula saved me from an evening vet visit. I never cease to be amazed by this homeopathic remedy.


Safe Ear Mite Treatment

By: Shirley Moore

This is a great way to treat ear mites safely and effectively. Especially if you want to avoid chemicals altogether, for example if you have a pregnant dog or cat. I have used it on a pregnant terrier who had a terrible case of ear mites and it did the trick. During her spay surgery a few weeks later, I asked the vet to look way down inside her ears with a scope and there were no more mites. She stopped scratching from the first dose. Prior to that she was scratching and crying.

Step 1:

  • Mix 1 Tbsp Olive Oil with 2 vitamin E capsules (open the capsules and squeeze into the olive oil).
  • Stir and drop a couple of drops in each ear with an eye dropper. Try to get it in as deeply as possible. Massage the ear. This soothes the ear and smothers the mites. It also prepares the ear for step 2. Use a cotton ball to wipe any debris from the ear. The dog will shake his or her head and then you can wipe the ear.
  • Do this every other day for 3 treatments. You can cut it down to two but most directions say 3 days. Let the ear rest for two days before step 2.

Step 2:

  • Purchase some Yellow Dock Tea from your local health food store. It’s best to get this where they sell it in bulk. Put 1 tsp in a tea ball or strainer and immerse it in 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Let the tea steep for 15 minutes. Remove the tea ball and let the tea cool.
  • If you can’t find the actual Yellow Dock Tea, you can purchase Yellow Dock Tincture instead. In that case you will mix one drop of tincture with 9 drops water.
  • With an eye dropper, drop a couple drops of the Yellow Dock Tea in each ear (then let the dog out as she will shake her head).
  • Do this every other day for 3 treatments.

That was all that was needed. No more mites, no more scratching, an no risk to nursing pups.