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12 Homeopathic Remedies For Your Dog

By isak, October 13, 2014

Homeopathic remedies number in the thousands and are made from anything and everything. But you only need to learn some of the rules of homeopathy and have about a dozen remedies to be off and running.

You may want to go out and purchase these commonly used remedies to have on hand in case the need arises. They are small and make a great travel kit too.

  • Apis mellifica – great for bee and other insect bites. Give every 20 minutes for a few doses after a bee sting.
  • Arnica – good for general pain, stiffness due to overexertion, soreness and musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Arsenicum album – great for GI upsets from eating spoiled food where there is both vomiting and diarrhea. Give twice an hour for a few hours.
  • Borax (the remedy, not the powder) – excellent for fear of thunderstorms and fireworks. Give this at the 6c potency twice a day for a month during the season.
  • Calendula (can be used both as an oral remedy and as an external ointment) – use for skin infections or any kind of external infection. It’s a remarkable healing agent and a tube of the ointment should always be on hand to apply topically to scrapes, infections and wounds. You can also buy a tincture and dilute it 1/10 and flush any cuts or wounds with it.
  • Hepar sulphur – is wonderful to treat painful abscesses anywhere on the body and painful infected anal glands.
  • Hypericum – is an excellent remedy to give for any pain due to nerve damage or injuries to nerve-rich areas. I once closed my finger in a window and learned firsthand the wonders of Hypericum. Great for when you cut your dog’s toenails too short.
  • Myristica – phenomenal remedy for anal sac infections and chronic anal sac problems.
  • Rhus tox – for arthritis that’s better after moving around, general musculoskeletal injuries, red swollen eyes, skin infections and skin itching.
  • Ruta – fantastic for any injury to tendons or ligaments and this remedy has a real affinity for the knee so you would use it immediately after any knee or cruciate injury.
  • Silicea/Silica – pushes foreign bodies like splinters or foxtails out of the skin.
  • Ledum – the first choice for any type of puncture wound, including those from insect bites. Insect bites that require Apis will be hot and red whereas bites that require Ledum will be cool and appears bruised.


Here is the straight goods on how to work with Homeopathic remedies.

  • Homeopathic remedies need to melt on the gums so they should not be hidden in a treat or in food. Our dogs have a built in pouch on the side of their mouth and the remedies can go right in there.
  • Try not to handle the remedies but drop them straight from the bottle into your dog’s cheek.
  • Remedies come in tiny white pellet or liquid form. Either form can be placed directly into your dogs cheek.
  • It’s not important if you give one drop of the remedy or five or one homeopathic pellet or three because homeopathy is an energy medicine and there is typically none of the physical substance left in the remedy. One tiny white pellet could treat an elephant and 10 pellets could treat a mouse. That’s a hard one to digest, if you’ll excuse my pun, but people are always worried about how much to give and how often to give. The amount is no big deal and you give it until they get better. If it’s not working at all, you stop giving the remedy. We’re all just too used to using antibiotics that have to be calculated to the weight of the dog and have a certain time they need to be given. This is simply not the case with homeopathy.
  • Because homeopathy is an energy medicine the remedies should not be stored next to heavy electromagnetic appliances such as televisions and computers or left in the bright hot sun for a long time.

Resource: Dogs Naturally magazine


  1. Dawn Carles says:

    Can hypar sulphur be diluted in water to administer to my dog with an abscessed tooth? What is the suggested amount? I have 6c pellets. I many pellets to how much water and how much should I give her at a time?

    • isak says:

      There should not be a problem dissolving the pellets in water. Just a small amount should due. Dosage: 2 pellets X Hepar sulph, given twice daily for 3-5 days. With obvious pus, to hasten it’s expulsion, use Hepar sulph 6C every 3-6 hours.

  2. Danielle says:

    Hello, can you give me a more detailed description of where the cheek pouch is? I tried holding it by her gums and she was not having it.

    • isak says:

      Here’s a photo of where the cheek pouch is.Maybe this will help. Some pets are extremely good at being hard to medicate. Sometimes, if you know where you are aiming, quicker is better. Good luck!

      Cheek pouch on a dog

  3. ulla says:

    My question is ,if you are using silica 6c how do you know if its working and how long before you know its working ?

  4. Amy Eide says:

    Good morning – I have a 13 year old Siberian Husky. He has been completely healthy all his life. Three weeks ago he had an anal gland rupture. He had no signs of problems, no scooting, licking, anything. Last week I noticed green, puss colored discharge from his bum. Took him in and his glands were full. Vet said color was normal – good thing was there was no horrible odor. Was fine until yesterday, noticed the same green/puss colored discharge again. This isn’t even a week. He isn’t licking, scooting and he is pooping normally, no straining, not loose. He is on a homemade raw diet. Chicken, beef, turkey, venison, lamb, rabbit, fish – bones and all. Tripe and organ meat also. I rotate his protein every other day. I just ordered the Silica 6C – Do you think this will help? What dose? 3 tablets, twice a day? Will I do this for the rest of his life or only as needed? Thank you so much for your help.

    • isak says:

      Maybe it’s related to his diet. Sometimes the raw diet does not include enough fiber and fiber makes the stool more bulky. This bulky stool will put more pressure on the anal glands and promotes a good push with wide expansion of the anus. Then the glands will hopefully express themselves when your dog poops.

      There are several ways to add fiber to your dog’s diet:

      • Adding fruits or vegetables including pumpkin, apples, and carrots. Dogs cannot digest whole vegetables so they should be ground before offering them to your pet.
      • Adding grains – Oatmeal, rice, and barley may be added to your dog’s food in small amounts if your dog isn’t sensitive to these ingredients
      • High-fiber dog food – Many commercial dog foods are formulated specifically for dogs with high-fiber needs, including several varieties that are grain-free
      • Psyllium – Psyllium produces a type of soluble fiber with high water binding capacities, making it a good option to promote optimal stool quality; Metamucil is made from psyllium and is sometimes prescribed for dogs who need to increase the fiber in the diet

      There is a product called Glandex that may help, too.

      Silica helps the body expel both foreign objects and fluids such as pus and excretions. So it’s worth a try. Give your dog the Silica 6C twice a day for 2 to 7 days: Take 3 of the little pills (be careful not to touch them) and put them in a glass of filtered water. Mix them with a spoon and give your dog a few spoonfuls in the morning and again at night (make sure he doesn’t eat for 20 minutes before and after). You can even use an oral syringe. As long as you get a good amount on his gums, the remedy will work just fine. You’ll need to mix a fresh batch every day as the remedy will only work in water for about 24 hours.

  5. Sylvia says:

    Hi, I had given the dapp vaccine to my 12 weeks old ECS, I gave her Thuja 30c, one dose of 3 pellets after the vaccine and another dose a day after. She is itching and licking herself now. I am wondering if this could be vaccine related and if silica can take care of? What is the dose and is she too young?

    • isak says:

      Where on her body is she itching and licking? If it’s all over, it could be an allergic reaction. Does she have any bumps? I don’t know that silica will give you the results you want. You may want to try Quercetin. It has antioxidant, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been called Nature’s Benadryl for its ability to turn off histamine production and help manage inflammation and itching.

      Quercetin is best given on an empty stomach. The recommended dose is 8 milligrams for every pound of your dog’s weight. So for a 20 lb dog, you’d give 160 mg. For a more precise dosage, try this: take the weight of your pet and multiply it by 1000mg, then divide it by 125 to get the milligram dosage your pet needs.

      Quercetin isn’t meant to be taken on a long-term basis. Give your pet periodic breaks from the supplement, using only as needed. If your pet does have a pre-existing condition, is currently on medication, has a planned surgery, or is pregnant, it’s advisable that you talk to your vet before feeding.

      Another option is a common kitchen item: baking soda. Baking soda can help calm itchy or reddened, inflamed skin. There are two options:

      • Mix 1 Tbsp of baking soda with a little water to make a paste.
      • Apply it to the itchy, reddened areas and leave it on for a few hours before washing it off.
      • If your dog has itchy feet: place it between the toes or on top of the feet.

      • Mix 1 Tbsp baking soda with 8 oz water.
      • Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray your dog’s skin as necessary.
      • Be sure to shake the mixture each time before using.

  6. Marg Wood says:

    Silicea 6 C and 30 C contain sucrose. This is not supposed to be good for dogs or cats. I have just discovered the and I have been gining 6 C to my dog but only 3 a day in her water bowl. Its the last ingredient listed. Is it safe for my dog.?

    • isak says:

      I’m sorry, I did not understand what you meant when you said it’s “the last ingredient listed”.

      To be clear, Silicea 6x does not mean that you have to give it six times. It means that the remedy has been diluted six times. The more dilute the remedy the more powerful it is, so very highly diluted remedies are usually only available to doctors. The potencies most commonly available to you are 6x and 30x (diluted 1/10 either 6 or 30 times) and 6c and 30c ( diluted 1/100 either 6 or 30 times).

      Many dog foods and dog treats contain sugar. Sugar in the food can mask the bitter taste of some other ingredients, can make the food more palatable and changes the texture of the food. Though better if they do not have it, sugar is well tolerated by most dogs if fed in small quantities (less than 5% of the total diet).

  7. P. says:

    My 2.5year old pug has been having itchy skin since 4 weeks now which leads to red bumps and bleeding when he itches quite rapidly. I am trying to avoid anti biotic completely but and was reading about Rhus Tox. I have 200c at home can I give him this. He is also currently on silica 6c since 3 days as he had smelly anal sac discharge.

    • isak says:

      I haven’t tried the Rhus Tox myself, so let me know how it works for you if you go that route.

      Have you considered his diet? Maybe try a grain-free diet?

      There is a liquid product called Septiderm-V that really helps itchy dogs. It comes in a lotion and a shampoo. I use the lotion on a couple of my dogs and it works great. I have used it for years.

      Anal sac discharge is always the most awful smelling thing. Does the silica help?

  8. Debbie Newman says:

    silisea 6c or 30c? and how much to give for dogs with anal sac problems?

    • isak says:

      The dose is 3 pellets of Silica 6C twice daily for 3-5 days.

      Hepar sulph 6c can be used first if the glands are infected and prone to abscess. It will ripen the infection and help bring it to a head. The dose is 3 pellets of Hepar sulph, given twice daily for 3-5 days. Then follow the treatment with Silica (dose as recommended above). Silica will make it easier to expel the sacs contents.

      NOTE: Don’t use both remedies together at the same time. They should be given separately as different treatments (one following the other).

  9. Angel's Mom says:

    I have succesfully treated my dogs with exposure to lymes from lyme positive ticks by using the ledum protocol (1M three times a day for three days. ) My question: If my dog is bitten by one of these ticks on the third day of treatment, should I star the protocol all over again or do nothing?

    • isak says:

      You shouldn’t have to start the protocol over as it is in your dog’s system. The generally recommended protocol is as follows:
      1M Ledum three times a day for three days. Then Borrellia burgdorferi 60X nosode, a homeopathic preparation, as a preventative for Lyme disease in dogs: one dose daily for one week, then one dose a week for one month, then one dose every six months.

  10. Kaushal says:

    hi my stray dog is suffering from distemper. have distemperium for him. have given him Aresenic Alb. 30C once a day in water. please tell me dosage and exact medicine. he is in bad stage, have been giving him antibiotic but looks not helping. he is not walking properly.Looses balance. He eats. Dals Rice some vegies. Toasts and curds.
    Also giving B 12 Vit C……..just hoping best for him

    • isak says:

      From what I have read, Distemperium 30C is 3 doses for 3 days. For the Vitamin C – dose as follows: 250 mg every two hours for puppies and small dogs; 500 mg every two hours for medium dogs; 1000 mg ever three hours for large/giant dogs. Do not continue dosing through the night because rest is also important. Once the acute phase and fever have passed, double the interval between doses. Continue the Vitamin C until recovery is complete. Antibiotics are for secondary infections. Are there any present?

      Here’s a link to more info about the Arsenicum Album.

      … and here are some other options about distemper to hopefully help your boy.

      The link above has feeding recommendations that will help you, too. Scroll down to find them.

      Best to your boy! We’re hoping for a full recovery for him.

  11. Tuli hattacharya says:

    My 5 year old gsd has a ruptured anal sac. She has this chronic problem & in the past her vet has given her 3 times steroids & antibiotics which have temporarily solved the problem but she has diarrhea & chronic anal sac issues. Can you suggest homeopathic treatment?

    • isak says:

      Diarrhea and soft stools can allow anal sacs to fill up. It’s the firm stools passing through a dog’s butt that force the anal sacs to empty naturally. So I think you need to address the diarrhea first. Do you know what is causing it?

      Perhaps you need to add more fiber to her diet? For example, add some cooked oatmeal or a raw grated carrot to her food. This will stimulate the natural action of the anal glands and help them to work normally.

      Switch to a novel protein for your dog. If, for example, she’s been eating only beef and chicken, make a transition to bison or rabbit. A constant diet of just one or two types of protein can trigger an allergic inflammatory response.

      Supplement her diet with fish oil or other oils high in Omega 3 to help reduce itching and inflammation. Dogs under 15 pounds: 250 – 500 milligrams of fatty acids twice a day. Dogs between 15 and 50 pounds: 1,000 milligrams once or twice a day. Dogs 50 pounds and over: 1,000 and 2,000 milligrams twice daily. This is a general guideline only.

      Regular exercise will help by strengthening the rectal and abdominal muscles, allowing them to put more pressure on the anal glands. It also provides your dog the opportunity to relieve herself more often.

      An often recommended homeopathic solution for when your dog needs a little help to express her glands is Silicea. Silicea helps the body expel both foreign objects and fluids such as pus and excretions. Give your dog Silicea 6c (Walmart, Walgreens, vitamin stores, online) twice a day for two or three days.

      And finally, you can help relieve anal gland problems by making a warm compress with warm salt water.

      • Put a teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of warm water.
      • Add 8 drops of Calendula tincture to the mixture.
      • Pour it onto a cloth and hold it against the inflamed area until it feels cool to the touch.
      • Repeat the process every hour until the swelling goes down or until the glands open and drain.

      Good luck and let us know how things work out.

  12. Kathleen St. John says:

    Thank you for this information, I will keep it on hand!
    Do you know of a homeopathic remedy for my 10 year old lab?
    I switched to a similar dog food but he didn’t like it so I switched to a dog food food I used to give him,also grain free.
    However he stopped eating the dry about 3 weeks Avon and I have been giving him can ed, but he didn’t want it after a few times, so I’ve been making boiled chicken, with pumpkin, potatoes, and most recently, just chicken livers…he is eating about a 1/2 c. at a time but still, he will jusout.op a bit out.
    His vet is out of town and in getting g scared.
    He is drinking water, but is lethargic and on top of all this, he has re gently been diagnosed with heart disease.
    He can walk a half a block b4 he lays down…

    • isak says:

      One thing you might try with the dry food is to moisten it; add some water to it and let it sit to soften for a bit before giving it to him.

      Given his recent diagnosis with heart disease and his lethargic mood, I think you should have him checked by a vet as soon as you can. Is there no one covering for your vet while he is out of town? If not, I suggest you find another vet. Your dog’s medical records can be sent to a different vet so the new vet doesn’t have to repeat tests.

  13. Kandy Mullins says:

    Thank you this information was very helpful – can’t wait to try them!

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