Awhile back we mentioned using phosphorous to help dogs that are fearful during thunderstorms. Some of you wrote us asking what other homeopathic remedies should be in your Doggy Medicine Pouch, so here are a few that Mom wouldn’t be without.
First, because we Hooligans are always sticking our big black noses into places that smell really interesting, Mom keeps APIS. Anydog that gets stung by a bee or hornet at our house is gonna get some Apis.
She also keeps ACONITE and ARNICA for general stuff like fearful situations and fever. HYPERICUM is for puncture wounds (because ya never know what might happen while a Hooligan is hunting in the woods) and places on our bodies that hurt for no obvious reason. NUX VOMICA is for when we, well, vomit or have constipation. She gives us NUX VOMICA if she thinks we need to get rid of something nasty that we’ve eaten. Like a narmadillo innard or an old rat head that Buddy left under the deck last week.
PHOSPHOROUS you already know about because of thunderstorms. But it also helps with diarrhea.
Jack gets RHUS
TOX for his arthritis. When his ACL was torn a few years ago, he took RUTA GRAV.
Of course, Mom always takes us to the vet as soon as she thinks we need have any kind of problem and she says you should do the same with your dogs. Homeopathic stuff can get the healing started before you get to the vet, though, and it makes us feel good that Mom has a medicine kit just for us. Dad? He knows his place in the hierarchy. All he gets is aspirin.
WANT TO KNOW HOW TO ADMINISTER HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES TO YOUR DOG?
The following excerpted article comes from Healthy Pet Journal. A hyperlink follows the excerpt, so that you can read the entire EXCELLENT article.
Administering Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are best given at least 20 minutes before or after a meal. Ideally there should be no food residue in the mouth. Drop the liquid directly into the animal’s mouth or on the gums. Liquid remedies are preserved with alcohol and some animals, especially cats, can be sensitive to the odor or taste. To remove the alcohol you can drop the dosage into a small vial or shot glass and let it sit out for 15-20 minutes for the alcohol to evaporate. Alternatively, drop the dosage into a small amount of heated water to speed the evaporation of the alcohol, and then use a dropper to administer the diluted remedy. This will not affect the potency of the remedy. Pellets can be crushed and emptied into the animal’s mouth with a small piece of paper rolled like a funnel or folded into a small envelope. Avoid feeding raw garlic during homeopathic treatment.
Some animals may be resistant and not accept the remedy. In this case you can give the dose in a small amount of food, water or milk. It is best to evaporate the alcohol before putting it in the food or liquid. This may affect the potency of the remedy, but will not necessarily render it ineffective.
For acute injuries, trauma, and illnesses the remedy can be given every 15 minutes for the first hour, reducing to every 30 minutes for the next hour, then to once in the third hour. This may be all that is needed to stimulate the healing process and resolve the imbalance. If needed, subsequent doses can be administered 1 to 3 times daily. In non-acute illnesses administration 3 times daily is the general recommendation. Once the symptoms resolve, reduce the frequency of the dosage to twice per day and then to once per day. If symptoms reappear, increase the dosage again and maintain at 2-3 times per day for another 10 to 20 days and gradually reduce the dosage again. If symptoms reappear again, then the remedy being used may not be the proper choice or there may be diet or environmental issues that have not yet been properly addressed.
Individual remedies prescribed by a veterinarian may be dosed differently and instructions should be followed carefully.