Arnica for Dogs and How to Safely Use It

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arnica for dogsIn 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 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.


    • Mike says

      I put the pellets on a 1/4 piece of bread spread with peanut butter. My dog eats it up just fine. My only question is that in a human the pellets should be dissolved under the tongue. Will they dissolve well enough in the stomach? I’m thinking of trying arnica drops directly to her tongue. Good luck and I hope your dog feels better!

  1. Nancy says

    My german shepherd has an aural hematoma. Read that arnica is a good remedy, but then also saw it shouldn’t be used around the mouth or eyes. I’m so confused and worried. Don’t want to go the surgery route if we can avoid it.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Nancy:

      An aural hematoma refers to the ear flap, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the eyes and using Arnica oil on the ear flap in addition to Arnica pellets. However, I’m not sure you need the oil (read further). I know the hematoma is very scary looking, but you can let it heal itself naturally. It might take a month, but many vets opt for the “no surgery” route now by just allowing nature to take it’s course. Here’s an excellent video from a vet discussing why surgery isn’t necessary.

      However, the ear might look a little funny once healed if you let it heal on it’s own. It’s often referred to the crinkled look. But, if you can live with that, then the natural way might be best.

      Although I’m not sure if your shepherd is shaking his head a lot or not, if he is, then there’s a very good chance that he has an infection (bacterial or yeast). The shaking of the head is often what leads to the broken blood vessels and the hematoma. Ear infections occur for several reasons including food and/or airborne allergies. My point is, yes, it’s important to pay close attention to the hematoma, but you also need to take a close look at the other issues that are causing him to shake his head.

      I have an article here that discusses common causes of ear problems. So, what I would do is to try the Arnica in pellet form as well as treating the ear with Zymox to rid any infection.

      Start taking a close look at your dog’s food. Shepherds do very well on raw diets Nancy.

      Try to keep him from shaking his head while you’re trying to heal the ear. They have collars that you can buy that limit your dog’s ability to shake his head, chew, etc. while trying to heal a wound. These collars are much easier on the dog than the old fashioned lamp shade type cone.

      Anyway, the sooner you get the allergy, infection issue under control and whether it’s related to food, etc., the better. I hope this helps.


  2. Paula says

    Our shepherd/lab mix is 14 and has very bad arthritis. The vet wanted him on a pain med deramax which was not helpful. We have been using 2.5-3 30 cc tab arnica and it has been amazingly helpful to him. Should we worry about long term effects? He also has a tumor in his throat so he likely doesn’t have much time left.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Paula:

      Wow, thanks so much for sharing the results of using Arnica for your dog’s arthritis. That is great!!

      I really wouldn’t worry too much about long term effects of using Arnica. It’s a pretty safe herb. If used to much, you might notice some stomach irritation such as vomiting or diarrhea, but if he’s doing good, I would continue on with what you’re doing. Just keep an eye on him and if you see any change, then back off some.

      I would recommend trying “Slippery Elm” to help soothe and coat the throat and digestive tract and esophagus and help with irritation, especially since he has the throat tumor. Use a good herbal rough cut bark (not a fine powder and not a liquid tincture) and mix with water. Pretend like you’re making it for yourself. Add a heaping teaspoon to 8oz. boiling water or broth. DO NOT DIRECTLY ADD THE HERB TO YOUR DOG’S FOOD. MAKE IT INTO A TEA FIRST, ALLOW IT TO COOL AND THEN ADD TO YOUR DOG’S FOOD.
      Dogs weighing 25-50 lbs 2-4 Tablespoons 4 x daily
      Dogs weighing 50 lbs & up one quarter to one half cup 4 times daily

      I also recommend the herb Astragalus Paula. This will help a great deal with his immune system. You can read more about it here. I only recommend one brand which I include in the article.

      I hope this helps and “thank you” again for taking the time to share your very encouraging story.


  3. Karen Wood says

    Hi , would just like to say I have tried accupunture for my 13yr old border collie who has arthritis, which was working well but unfortunately my vet left to another surgery, and I am now keen to try arnica. He has a flare up just now, and wondered if I give him 30c – 3x a day would that be a reasonable dose? Also is it ok to administer in a little food? So pleased to have came accross your web site!

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Karen:
      I’m also very pleased that you found my website! I definitely think the 30c 3 times a day would be reasonable for your border collie. However, it’s recommended that you place the pellets between the front teeth and the lips and allow to dissolve (they will dissolve quickly). So, I recommend that you administer that way vs adding to food.

      I hope this helps and I hope your furry guy does well on it. We would love to hear back from you as to how Arnica worked for your dog. :)


      • Karen Wood says

        hi Janie, I have tried the arnica until the capsules are done, I gave the 30c x3, but feel my old man is very stiff still and had to give him a few doses of metacam. He is not so bad when he gets going but getting up and down seems to be a bit of an effort. Is there anything else I should do, or just have to accept that old age has firmly set?

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Karen:
          I’m sorry about your old guy.

          Can you tell me a little more about any other supplements you are giving? What food and diet? Have you tried anything else? And no, don’t accept that old age has set in. Tell me more and I’ll share some ideas.


          • Karen says

            Hi Janie,

            Thanks for getting back to me!!

            I feed him Royal Canin Sensitive Sensible dog food, and I give him cod liver oil and glucosamine sulphate!!

            Thanks again karen

          • janie knetzer says

            Hi Karen:

            You’re welcome; glad to help. Is the exact name “Royal Canin Maxi Sensitive Digestion Dry Dog Food”? If so, we need to get your old guy a better food. Like most people, you probably didn’t realize that the food you are feeding is at the bottom of the barrel and your old boy is eating a very unhealthy diet, which can and does contribute to arthritis.

            Lets take a look at the first 10 ingredients: Chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, brown rice, corn gluten meal, chicken fat, natural flavors, brewers rice flour, dried beet pulp, fish oil, wheat gluten. The main protein source is a by product meal — this is horrible and should always be avoided, it then includes a lot of rice — not good, then we have some corn gluten meal — junk, they throw in some natural flavors, some flour and some fish oil which is most like contaminated with mercury and other toxins, and the infamous wheat gluten which is known to cause arthritis.

            I can share some excellent foods with you Karen. Let me know if you want me to send you a private email and I will do that; but we have to get him on a better food and a few supplements which will make a big difference in how he feels.


  4. Tanya Castaneda says

    Hi I was looking for some answers. My dog is about 15 years old and she has Acral Lick Granuloma It comes and goes. Would this help my dog if I give her arnica tablets? Any responses would help please!

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Tanya:

      I’m sorry to hear about your old girl. Acral lick granuloma’s can be quite scary looking and they can appear rather quickly with excessive licking. Arnica gel may help with the healing process, but what I’ve found works best is to make sure you continue to walk your old girl and even include some one on one play time; regardless if she plays or not. Just give her attention. Sam E can help her relax and reduce anxiety and hopefully stop the obsessive licking.

      Don’t allow her to lick. Put a soft child’s sock on her if you have to with a little strap made of velcro (don’t cut off her circulation by making it too tight).

      Hope this is helpful.


  5. hazel says

    Hi my recently inherited dog cross border collie alsation has arthritis we’re keen to try arnia gel as we use it ourselves we use sbc arnica from it safe to use on our dog and if so how do I use it or should we try the drops or tablets if so where to buy them and how much to use.Prince had a cancerous growth removed about 18mths ago. Thank you in anticipation of you’re help.

  6. hazel says

    Hi not sure you got my mail as it has disappeared and dispite several attempts I can’t get onto site to confirm my request for the hope you dent mind by here’s the question again.
    We inherited a old dog cross rough collie and alsation.he has arthritis,we would like to type arnica gel on him as. We use it ourselves.we use qvc sbc arnica. Can you please tell me if it’s safe to apply topically to the dogs legs or if I should use the tablets or drops.if so where do buy them and how do I use them thank you

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Hazel:

      I’m sorry for the late response. Anyway, you can use gel, tablets or drops for you old boy. Please see the article again where I explain how to use it under “Therapeutic Use”.

      You can use the Arnica that you use yourself; just follow the protocol above, and you can use either the pellets, the gel or the tincture. Personally, I think the pellets and the gel are the easiest.

      Also, please read Paula’s comment above with how her own older dog responded to Arnica for pain!

      I hope this helps. I also manually signed you up to receive my Newsletter Hazel.


  7. ann says

    Hi I have a 15 year old golden mix has been taking GNC pet ultra Mega hip and joint health for 5 years or more January 2014 started on novice 1x day is on canned food since then per vet has recently developed an ear hematoma due to yeast infection in the ear both ears are being cleansed and antibiotic gel applied once a day he has been in to have hematona drained 2x in 4 days we (vet & I) are not rushing to surgery due to age I read about arnica oil for swelling and witch hazel for pain what dosage and will it affect current meds? He just had a liver and kidney enzyme blood test and vet was amazed below normal on results

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Ann:
      Here’s a link to a video where a vet discusses not doing anything for a hematoma. It’s an excellent video. Also, please read my article on ear infections and the wonderful natural products that eliminates them almost always! What type of canned food is she on? I recommend a good food such as The Honest Kitchen. Add a little warm water and you have a good home-cooked meal. This is an excellent food for your older dog Ann. I also highly recommend that you give your old girl a good multi vitamin daily and include probiotics. The one that I like is made by Natures Farmacy and it includes lots of good vitamins and minerals, plus all 3 essential omega fatty acids 3,6 and 9. Here’s a link to their site.


      • ann says

        Thanks Janie I will try the food I was also told by the vet to give him plain yogurt that’s where the probiotics fits in

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Ann:

          If you haven’t done so already, please read my response to Nancy back in November 2014 regarding her German Shepherd’s hematoma. I just heard from Nancy today and I wanted to share her comment with you:

          “Hi Janie – I reached out to you several months ago about my shepherd
          with an aural hematoma. It was a scary time for us, but you gave such
          great, comforting advice, Although her recovery took a long time, the
          arnica worked. So glad we didn’t go the surgery route. Her ear is
          crinkled now, but she looks as beautiful as ever to me! Can’t thank
          you enough.”


  8. Sandra says

    I need advice on how to treat my 12 yr old chow golden. He blew his left knee out and gets weekly injections for the pain. trying to avoid surgery. I’m going to start trying arnica gel on his left hip. any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

      • Deirdre C. says

        Thank you! This is what I was looking for! My 14 y/o VERY active MaliPoo just blew out her ACL last Weds. Not going the surgery route. Vets have no advice other than to give her Metacam. When I badly damaged my own knee a few years ago Arnica and ice helped me enormously. Wanted to try same for her but was not sure if it was safe or if it would even help. Just found a spray-on version made by Simalasan. Going home to shave her leg and spray it on. Will wrap and put a cone on her so she cannot lick it off and ingest any. Sure hope this gives her the kind of relief it gave ME!

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Deirdre:

          I’m so glad that you like my blog. Thank you so much for sharing your story of how Arnica helped you with your knee and how you plan on trying it on your little MaliPoo.

          I would love to know how it works for her if you could possibly stop back and update us. I’m sure others will find your information really helpful Deirdre.


      • KHaynes says

        I am so happy to have found your site! My 10-year old cockapoo who weighs 35lbs was diagnosed with a CCL injury two years ago on his right knee. I refused surgery and purchased a cruciate care knee brace from It worked wonders. It took a couple of months of restricted activity (he is the oldest of four dogs in our home so it took some work!?) and using the brace when walking to strengthen the muscles around the injury but he ultimately was playing like a puppy again. He has developed arthritis and has a slow day here and there. A couple of weeks ago he slowed down and I thought the arthritis was acting up. This continued longer than usual and after researching I purchased Hyland’s Arnica 30x tablets. I gave him one tablet twice a day for the past two days and it seemed to help some. I thought he might have reinjured the right knee but now think he may have injured the other knee (left knee.) He doesn’t show signs of pain when his leg is gently manipulated but if I am helping him off of furniture and he extends his hind legs towards the floor (similar to the drawer test I believe) he yelps. I also notice him favoring the left leg more than the right (previously injured) leg and he is still moving slowly. You recommended both Ligaplex II and Dr. Christopher’s Bone and Tissue treatments in previous comments and wonder if you could tell me if either of these would be helpful to us and if so which one? Also, should I continue Arnica 30x? Thank you so much for all of the information you’ve provided!!

        • janie knetzer says


          Thank you for your kind words and I would like to welcome you. I’m so sorry to hear about your little fur baby’s leg issues. I’ve used several of OrthoDog’s products. I actually have two of their wrist wraps that I use(d) for my yellow labs.

          As you mentioned, I do recommend both of Dr. Christopher’s Bone & Tissue and Ligaplex II. I have personally used both on myself, but I’ve used Dr. Christophers longer and I absolutely love it. It is safe for your old guy. Either should work, but, don’t expect to see results immediately. This could take some time; several months because it literally will help to restore your dog’s tissue and bone. I definitely recommend that you double up with Lubrisyn though. This too is an excellent product that will speed up the process and I’ve used this a lot in the past. Which ever one you choose, I would keep him on it for roughly 5-6 months and allow the supplements to do their job. I recommend either of these for long term healing. For a dog his size, I would give two daily. One in the morning and one in the evening.

          You can certainly use Arnica 30x until you see the pain subside (couple of days), then stop. If it flairs up again, give him the Arnica again and stop once you see results.

          It would be really nice if you could stop back once you see how things are going, and let me know how he does. After stopping here, people simply move on. But they fail to realize that their stories can help others here. So, please let us know how your baby does. The Lubrisyn will help with pain and inflammation pretty quickly (a week or two).


          • KHaynes says

            Thank you so much for responding and I will absolutely let you know how we do! I really am grateful to have found your site. Your information, recommendations, and instructions are so thorough and helpful and I am thrilled to have information on taking care of my four pups in healthy, natural ways. I will definitely be following you! Thank again, Kelly (KHaynes)

          • KHaynes says

            Hi, Janie~I purchased Dr. Christopher’s Bone and Tissue and Lubrisyn for Big Mac to take for his arthritis and CCL damage. Unfortunately, in the time it took for both products to arrive I saw blood in his urine and we subsequently discovered he was full of calcium oxalate bladder stones. 😕 He is currently recovering from his surgery and has been placed on a strict diet of Royal Canine UR SO with no other food or treats. I plan to start the supplements once he is recovered but now want to be sure that giving him the Dr. Christopher’s Bone and Tissue and Lubrisyn are safe and don’t have the potential to contribute to forming new oxalate stones. Any info or advice you could give is greatly appreciated! Thanks, Kelly

  9. ferdinanda marcic says

    My sweet dog Milou injured her lower canine tooth while chewing on a large stick that got stuck in her lower palate. The next day I noticed the canine tooth was pinkish and feared the worst: root canal or extraction! There is no visible damage to gums, palate, or tooth other than the intrinsic discoloration.
    Can I give her arnica for this trauma? if so, gel, tincture, or tablet? what dosage? please help.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Ferdinanda:
      I would give 5 pellets of 30c under the tongue 3 times daily. Don’t allow her to drink water for 1/2 an hour afterwards. No gel or tincture in or around the mouth area. The gel and tincture are for external use only.

      Hope this helps.

  10. deana says

    My 84lb Pitt mix has hematomas in both ears. But Vet says she does not have any ear infections. Vet says it just from shaking her head to hard. Which she always has done. I don’t feel she is doing it excessily either. Currently she is on Tamerlin. Too help to see if swelling subsides. Vet saying very possible she will need surgery. I’m looking for other options. I’m putting Arnica Oil on the ears. Should I give her Arnica 30 orally as well? Is it safe with the Tamerlin. Thanks for you help!

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Deana:
      Although she may not have an infection, something’s causing her to shake her head and I would bet that she has some sort of allergy or allergies. It could be environmental or food, or both. Regarding the hematoma’s; you must keep her from shaking her head. This means you have to identify what’s causing her to do it. Take a close look at her diet. You said she’s always done this which leads me to believe that it’s food related. Does she shake her head more after she eats? Take notice as to when and how often.

      Arnica isn’t going to do much for her hematoma issues, unfortunately. It might help with any pain associated with the hematoma’s. I don’t know what Tamerlin is Deana? Maybe it’s misspelled? Arnica is pretty safe with other medications though. I recommend using the pellets vs the oil.

      Regarding surgery; she doesn’t need it. They will heal on their own as long as you STOP the head shaking. See this video from a vet who used to suggest surgery, but he no longer does. Also, here’s an article that I wrote on infections that you may want to take a look at anyway.

      Hope this helps.

  11. says

    my dog is not old but i really liked reading these posts and responses i have a french bulldog who just had a mass removed and sent for testing. he’s got some real swelling and noticeable discomfort. he’s about 25 lbs will the Arnica help him

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Greg:
      The arnica may help. You can try giving it twice a day for a week. One product that may really help and that’s been around forever is from the holistic line of Dr. Christopher. I use it myself and purchase it from Amazon. I recommend this product alot. This will help to speed up the healing and also help with the swelling.

      I would try a 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp twice daily. If he gets soft stool then lower the dosage a little, but he should be okay.


  12. Kim says

    My dog is approx 75 lb Australian Shepherd. I came home a couple of days ago to find him limping pretty bad. I examined the leg and it isn’t broken and he doesn’t help when I squeezed it. I think he sprained it trying to jump off the couch to chase a cat. I bought the 30x pills and gave him 3 the first day and 3 the second. He’s better but still limping a little. Should I increase the dose or keep on the 3 tablets a day?

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Kim:
      You can try increasing the dose to 5 a day for a couple of days to see if it helps. I just recommended this same product to someone else earlier. But, it may really help if it’s a sprain. It repairs tissue and bone. Here’s the reviews if you want to read them. If you decided to use it, I would give him 2-3 a day.


  13. Shannon says

    I’m so glad I found this site. My family uses arnica for human issues so I luckily found this site to help my cane corso. He is three, I tried so I thought a healthier food for him but ohh man, he had the runs for over four days after making complete switch…has a very sensitive stomach. The vet game him 12 pills to take a day…yikes
    The next day he couldn’t stand up…scared the crap out of me. The vet said he needed an I.V. or pedialyte to hydrate him. I sat with him all day in the afternoon his back leg ankle swelled…urgh another issue. So I read everything on this site and I’m giving it a try. He’s 130lbs so I started with 5 30c pellets in a piece of chicken no other pills jic…hoping it will take affect that way…fingers crossed keep you posted

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Shannon:
      I’m glad you found my site too! I hope it helps and please, do keep us posted!


  14. Shannon says

    Well amazing news, after about 9hrs of seeing him in pain and 2hrs after I gave him arnica, the shaking stopped. My fiancé came home and helped me get him downstairs…yes we sat/laid at the top step all day literally. I made a sling for his backend so less weight on him and we guided him down the stairs. Once he stood and realized it wasn’t as sore as before…boom out for very short walk to get him to relieve himself. He stayed quiet in the evening, left to sleep downstairs. This morning I came downstairs to see him standing up wagging his tail. Made my day and our other cane corso is soo happy to she missed him yesterday.
    Thank you so much for this site…I also shared on Facebook

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Shannon:

      That is wonderful news! I’m so happy the arnica worked for you. I’m so happy that you find the site helpful and “thank you” for sharing on Facebook with your friends.


  15. Judith brown says

    What a wonderful site! I have a rescue dog, Guinness, who plays vigorously with my black lab! He developed a haematoma after they had been playing with a tennis ball and Reggie, the lab, likes to get hold of Guiness’s ear. We went to the vet as it was very swollen and I had no idea what it was. He had surgery which cost quite a bit and he has just developed another one. I love my dogs dearly but can’t afford to go back to the vets for another procedure at this moment in time. Hence, I went on the internet to find as much information as I could. I have watched the video of the vet advising leaving the haematomas to heal on their own and have decided to go down this route. Guinness is a very nervous dog and trips to the vet are a nightmare for him. Obviously, if it was a life threatening situation we would have no choice but to take him for treatment but I think we will let nature take it’s course. Thank you for such a good website.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Judith:

      Thank you so much; I’m glad you enjoy the site. I would definitely follow the advice of Doc Positive for allowing the aurel hematoma to heal naturally. If he has an infection, then this article will help a lot.

      Thanks again for your kind words Judith!


  16. says

    I have a 7 and a half year old GSD who has lots of blood in her urine since 3l/3/15. She has had scans of bladder, liver, kidney, abdomen 2 chest x-rays and 2 courses of antibiotics. No diagnosis was made. Urine was removed directly from her bladder on Monday this week and the diagnosis is now chronic inflammation or cancer. My option is to wait and review in 3 months or go to a specialist.

    She is fed a raw diet. Would it be all right to give her arnica to see if this would help?

    Thank you for your interest.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Jean:
      I assume they ruled out crystals in the urine or kidney stones, etc.? Sometimes genetics play a role when dog’s have a lot of blood in their urine (it runs in the family). Unfortunately, cancer is usually the cause when a senior dog is involved, but, 7 isn’t really a senior, despite her size.

      Jean, I don’t think arnica will help this condition. I don’t want to scare you, but I recommend that you read the posts from other german shepherd owners on this forum.

      I hope your girl will be okay.


  17. Denise says

    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 says

      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.

  18. says

    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 says

      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.


  19. Amber says

    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 says

      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.


  20. Danielle Walraven says

    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 says

      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.


      • Brenda says

        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 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 says

          Hi Brenda:

          Sorry to hear abut your little guy. Personally, I wouldn’t use Demerex, I would purchase 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.


  21. Bobbi says

    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 says

      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 Reply

  22. Tim says

    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.

  23. Linda says

    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 says

      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!


  24. Brenda Penner says


    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.

  25. Sandy P. says

    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 says

      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.


  26. Karlee says

    Hi! Such great responses that are so appreciated. Staring at my 70 pound American Bulldog that just had his left back leg amputated due to bone cancer :( He is on Imuran already due to an autoimmune pemphigus disorder so bruising is already a common issue with him. He does have staples currently so was unsure if arnica gel was a good idea versus possible giving him sublingual pellets for pain and bruising. Have used in human conditions with great results but unsure in this area. Would love your thoughts. Thank you in advance.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Karlee:
      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m really sorry to hear about your boy. I’m actually going through something similar as we speak. My girl has a lump on her paw that they can’t identify what it is through aspiration, etc. The radiologist didn’t feel it was cancer, the aspiration test came back as “inconclusive”, but the vet is still concerned that’s it’s more. And, the big thing is whether or not it has grown into the bone.

      I feel your pain Karlee. With regards to using Arnica gel on the area; the only thing that would concern me is that if there are any openings at all that haven’t healed in which the arnica could seep through. Remember, it’s only supposed to be applied to closed bruises and nothing open. I don’t think it would be a problem to place it on the areas around the staples, etc. but not directly on the area where the staples are placed.

      I hope this helps. I too LOVE arnica! I hope all goes well for your boy. Keep his immune system strong. If you need some help here, let me know. Avoid chemical flea and tick products, WATCH vaccinating carefully and feed a very good diet with meat and veggies.


  27. Simone says


    I’ve got a English Bully terrier 6years old, he is on a special diet due to his skin condition, his paws are swollen, and he is losing hair due to who knows what, we’ve been taking him to the vets for years but they can’t seem to find the problem, they have ruled out mange. I’m based in South Africa and the vets say that they don’t have a solution for these dogs as it happens to them. Which I don’t believe. There’s always a reason for these things. We have a paved bavk garden so no grass. Some days he is great and some days he can’t get up. Would 30c pillules help, and what dosage would be appropriate as his condition is constant. I also got him arnica oil for dogs. Which I rub on his bare skin, where theres no hair. It’s not a bruise.

    Hope I can get some help as I love my boy and I hate seeing him like this.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Simone:
      I’m sorry to hear about your boy. It’s awful when they’re in misery like this.

      You said he’s on a special diet, is this due to the fact that you know he has food allergies? It doesn’t sound like the food is helping which is my point.

      Arnica is good for pain, but you’re dealing with different issues that involve sensitivities. I’m not sure what your financial status is, but there’s certainly a few options worth trying. First, let me know about the diet and what is included in the diet.

      Would you consider trying a different diet along along with a supplement which may be able to be sent to you from here in the U.S.? I have two in mind; I know the one can be shipped, but you have to purchase a case when it’s being shipped international. It’s an excellent product and a lot of dogs do very well. You can read the testimonials yourself. The other product is a chinese herbal blend designed for environmental allergies, but I’m not sure if they’ll ship there. They do ship to Europe. Let me know if you’re interested in either of these and I’ll share the details with you.

      I would take a closer look at that special diet and look into supplements; even if it means having them shipped from here. Please share what his stool is like as well.


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