12 Homeopathic Remedies For Your Dog
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 30x – is wonderful to treat painful abscesses anywhere on the body and painful infected anal glands. Give this remedy 4 times a day for three or four days.
- 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 30x – phenomenal remedy for anal sac infections and chronic anal sac problems. Give one dose 4 times a day for one week. Follow this with one does twice a day for one more week.
- 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 6c– pushes foreign bodies like splinters or foxtails out of the skin. This remedy should not be given at the same time as Hepar sulph. It should be given after the anal sacs are not inflamed anymore and the problem seems to be over. Give this remedy once a day for one to two weeks to complete the drainage.
- 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 | Holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa