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Guide to Using Homeopathic Remedies in Dogs

Updated on December 10, 2009

Conventional vs Homeopathic Remedies

While a great number of dog owners resort to taking their dogs to their trusted veterinarian and having them treated using conventional medications and procedures, a growing number of dog owners are drawn to seeking out homeopathic practitioners which treat their canine friends with herbs and natural remedies. This current trend originates from the desire for dog owners to avoid the use of traditional medications which at times can be straightforwardly harmful and downright dangerous, opting instead for natural healing options.

While both traditional and homeopathic medicine focus mainly on easing the pain and suffering of dogs, both of these practices reach their goals using different paths. The main goal of homeopathic medicine is to heal the body on its own, by stimulating its underlying vital forces. Instead of masking symptoms by using drugs as in the traditional Western approach, homeopathy stimulates the body's innate powers to heal itself.

Conventional medicine on the other hand, tends to focus mostly on the body part than seeing the body as a whole. For instance, a traditional veterinarian when faced with a dog affected by a cough, will likely focus on the dog's chest, by auscultating the lungs and possibly prescribing a cough suppressant.

A homeopath on the other hand, will see the coughing episodes as something suggesting that the body is out of balance and must be stimulated to heal by relying on its natural self healing response. This is accomplished through the administration of homeopathic remedies.

Some pet natural and holistic remedies books

Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals
Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals

"This wonderful, compassionate book convinced me to use only veterinarians who use only homeopathy. Read it. You'll see. You will agree."

-Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson

 

Guide to using homeopathic remedies for dogs


Homeopathic remedies mainly focus on causing in the dog symptoms similar to those that the dog already has. This may be a quite confusing concept in those new to this practice because it may sound quite controversial. However, this is the staple of homeopathy, stimulating the body to respond by resorting to its own healing powers. 

For instance, a dog that is suffering from episodes of vomiting will be treated with very diluted amounts of a plant, mineral or animal substance that on its own would cause vomiting in the first place. Because the amounts of such substances are tiny, they will not be toxic however, they will be sufficient to stimulate the body's own healing powers to overcome the condition.

Currently, there are more than 2,000 homeopathic remedies designed for pets that will treat a variety of both acute and chronic conditions. Some of the most common remedies are made of  sulfur, bee venom, and even poison ivy. While these ingredients may cause concern to many dog owners, as already mentioned these substances are diluted in such a way that they are very safe to use. 

One of the main considerations owners must keep in mind when considering homeopathic remedies for dogs is that they are not miracle cures. These remedies may or may not work. This is an important factor to keep in mind, because often dog owners tend to resort to homeopathy in the hope that their dog will ''resuscitate'' and make a full recovery.  Under certain circumstances, the dog's healing powers may not be stimulated because the body itself is already too badly damaged by a serious disease or accident, therefore, healing cannot take place and homeopathic remedies will not be effective.

Following are some important guidelines to keep in mind when giving homeopathic remedies to your dog:

~Generally, homeopathic remedies in order to work should be given on an empty stomach, at least one hour prior to feeding. This comes from the belief that food may interfere with the proper absorption of the remedies. 

~A condition known as "homeopathic aggravation'' may occur. What this means is that the dog's condition may deteriorate a little after treatment, but this is part of the healing process.

~Homeopathic medicine does not cause any side effects. This is a very welcomed feature in dog owners concerned about adverse effects derived from traditional medicine.

~Dogs treated with homeopathic remedies should not be given any other medications or supplements without consulting with the homeopath first. 

~Several homeopaths believe that dog vaccinations tend to interfere with homeopathic treatments.

~A reputable homeopath will usually start off by performing a physical exam before prescribing anything and collecting a lot of information about the dog's history.

If your dog has been dealing with chronic  conditions that do not respond to conventional medicine or if your dog suffers from its side effects, homeopathy may be a viable option. The first step is to find a reputable homeopath or a veterinarian that specializes in this practice. If many people are benefiting from homeopathic remedies there is no reason why dogs should not benefit from these natural treatments as well.

Some Example of Homeopathic Remedies

HomeoPet Travel Anxiety, 15 ml
HomeoPet Travel Anxiety, 15 ml

Promotes a sense of calm in animals exhibiting fear, fretting, anxiety, or unwanted behavior caused by: 1) Fear of Travel 2) Motion sickness 3) Relocation. Helps with Barking, whining, howling, yelping, crying, pacing, panting, restlessness, hiding under table, in bathroom, behind couch. Relieves cowering, trembling, shaking, drooling, vomiting, pooping, destructive behavior.

 

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