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My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a Vet tech for 30+ years. Unfortunately because cats are so sensitive to Herbs as well as medications, you have to be very cautious with giving anything and get approval from the Vet. I do not think Arnica would really do much since Rachael is on pain medication and Dasaquin. Arnica is great if you are dealing with some minor Arthitis pain or a bruise, but for a break, I do not feel it will be effective. In fact Arinica in is regular form can be very toxic. What I do suggest is the Omega 3 supplements for Rachael. They can help rebuild bone, heal and also work as an anti inflammatory for pain. They are all natural and safe to give Rachael on a regular basis. This is some information on the Omega 3 supplements: http://www.1800petmeds.com/education/fatty-acids-dog-cat-2.htm
Another suggestion is an orthopedic bed to help reduce any pressure on the leg and hip: http://www.petco.com/N_23_109_30_4294961700/Cat-Beds.aspx
The Dasaquin is what I have used for a break if the femur in my girl along with the Omega 3 supplements with great results. Please let me know if you need further help and would like to continue with me on this situation. I am here to help You and Rachael and give you Excellent Service. Joan
I know it takes 5 weeks or more for leg to heal. When should pain start to decrease?
Usually after the first week and a half you will notice more activity and wanting to get around.by week two and half Rachael most likely will be raring to go. Animals seem to have a better recovery time than humans. My girl was up and going within a week of surgery and we had to go back in after 6 weeks for a second surgery, so keeping her quiet was the worst part. The big key will be to make sure she is eating and drinking. sometimes pain meds can decrease appetite and also cause constipation. You will want to keep an eye on her making sure she can eat and does use her litter box. Joan