What a day at our house after enjoying a pleasant day off work the afternoon did not end near as we had planned. Sitting in my office I see my 6’3 son running across the living room and sprinting across the deck before I can get outside to see what all the commotion was about. He was in the back yard screaming at the dogs that were both barking in a fidget.
Then I saw the animal turning to go into the woods and my dog limping on three legs back to the deck. She was hurt and hurt bad. She was nervous, her nose was dripping her eyes were wide and her leg was already swelling.
I had to see what she had been tangled with and went behind the barn to see what animal it was. It was Mister gray cat. He was not technically ours, but my husband had feeding him and another cat up in the play house. He was not in good shape, crawling and dragging his back legs trying to get into the hole in the back of the barn wall.
I was afraid to reach down and touch him because he was still pretty angry. I don’t know who attacked who but both of them left marks on the other, bad ones. I had no idea if this cat had a disease or had any type of shots from a veterinarian; I knew that cat saliva could make a dog very sick.
After being a nurse for over two decades your nursing skills seem to take over without stopping to think twice what needs to take place in humans or animals.
Access the damage, stop the bleeding and clean the area.
I have lived on a farm most of my life and I have nursed pigs, horses, cows, two pet deer, baby coyotes litter, two raccoons and of course my dogs.
She laid in my lap and allowed me to look at her leg and clean it so I could see what the damage was. She was in pain. Her nose was hot and her body was shaking, her eyes were asking for help and I want to stop her pain.
I resources on a private essential oils group to get in touch with my friend Linda Troup founder of http://touchnpaws.com/ and Lisa Carter http://www.heavenlygaitsequinemassage.com/ equine massage therapist. To get suggestions of what oil would be best to use for an animal.
*Animal Scent – for cuts and abrasions
* Purification for swelling
*Thieves for infection
In my cabinet of Young Living Essential Oils collection .I grabbed the Animal Scents Ointment which is blended with Melaleuca alternifolia and myrrh, two of nature’s most powerful essential oils. It is a soothing salve to use on animals cuts and abrasions. I layered it on her leg and propped her up on a pillow she laid there without trying to get up as long as I sat with her…and of course I did.
Later I applied 2 drops of purification and V6 for the swelling.
After a restless night’s sleep I took her to the vet to get checked out and make sure I was not missing something. Before we left she wanted to lick on the area and that was not going to help it get better so I mixed V6 (a carry oil) and purification and Thieves to the area. She was not too fond of the smell but she left the injury area alone.
The Vet took a look at her and again stressed how dangerous cat salvia can be to a dog and added antibiotics for 10 days. He was impressed with how clean the area looked (wink). They cleaned the hair from around the wound and scrubbed it clean then applied a Epsom Salt wrap to reduce swelling for 24 hours.
The next morning she had no limp, the swelling was gone and she was pain free. I kept her in the house more than usual to keep the area clean. I feel like applying the oils to her as quick as I did has helped the healing.
We have used the essential oils in our family for many things and this was the first time I have had a need to use them on my animals. As a nurse I believe in using as much natural healing as possible and use doctors and medication as the last resort. There is 110 ways to use essential oils for your family and fur babies from vita flex, inhalation to application get a free copy to see how they are used.