By Sarah Wadleigh
One of my favorite books is The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care by CJ Puotinen. I keep one copy on my desk at work, and another at home. This book brings together a wealth of information from many holistic healthcare experts on many subjects. It’s a compendium of natural treatments and emergency first-aid strategies, as well as some wonderful dietary information and explanations of how various energetic treatments work. It’s a great book! Get yourself a copy!
That said, a few weeks ago, I found out just how valuable this book really is. We were installing a new garden in our back yard Both our dogs were outside, and had been chasing the bees that buzz around the flowers in an already-existing garden. As the dogs ran by, I noticed that our puppy’s muzzle looked a little swollen. On closer examination, her lip was quite swollen – she had obviously been stung by a bee.
As it happens, Lily, our 11 month old Corgi, is immune-impaired due to a rare congenital condition called a dermoid cyst. She has had numerous and fairly serious health issues in her young life, and we keep a very close eye on her.
When I saw the swelling, I realized she was having a strong reaction to the sting, and worried that she might go into shock. Her eyes were becoming unfocused, and the swelling was rapidly progressing up the side of her face toward her eye. Her muzzle, in a matter of seconds, became so swollen that I couldn’t get my finger under her lip to look for a stinger!
Realizing that I needed to take immediate action, I referred to my Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care and looked up “Bites and Stings”. The first remedy listed was “herbal therapy.” Instructions were to place mashed or pureed greens on the sting, or in the absence of fresh greens, powdered greens/herbs.
Honestly, I have never used such a remedy, even though I’m all about eating greens. I had a certain degree of doubt as to whether this type of remedy would work, and I had brief visions of a pending emergency room visit. I had to try something immediately, though, so I cast my fate to the wind and mixed about a tablespoon of Dr. Harvey’s MultiVitamin, Mineral and Herbal Supplement with ½ teaspoon of nutritional clay and probably 1 teaspoon of lavender hydrosol.
My husband was assisting and helping me remain calm. We put Lily on a towel on the couch, and I took a plastic knife and used it as a trowel to spread the mixture across her lip and the side of her face. At first, I tried to pack some of it under her lip, but she ended up licking and swallowing it, so I focused on getting the rest on the outside of her muzzle and face. She was very cooperative, and once the greens were spread across her face, fell into a deep sleep as I held a piece of gauze over the poultice.
For 25 minutes, she slept deeply, and I watched as the swelling gradually, but steadily went down and down. I had a hard time believing that it was actually working, and even asked my husband if he could detect a reduction in swelling. He was skeptical, too, and said he thought it still looked pretty swollen.
I was getting concerned about her deep sleep, wondering if she might be falling into unconsciousness. I shook her gently, and she woke up and acted like nothing had ever happened. (Looking back, I think the Lavender hydrosol helped her relax and fall asleep.) The swelling was completely gone within 40 minutes! And all because of some powdered greens! My faith in herbal medicine is once again renewed, and I have promised myself that I will always consult my Encyclopedia and my other holistic books whenever I have an emergency or question about a health issue.
Being informed about all treatment options is very empowering, so I encourage all of you to develop your own holistic pet care library! And I leave you with this question… If greens can do this from the outside, what are they doing on the inside when you eat them?