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How to give Homeopathic Medicines to Dogs, Cats and Horses

Updated on May 29, 2011

It doesn't have to be a battle!

I am often asked how to administer homeopathic medicines. This 'how-to' lens is designed to make the possible techniques clear and to highlight special precautions needed when handling and storing the medicines.

There are videos and pictures, to illustrate possible methodology.

Homeopathic medicines work with the body, not against it. They are gentle medicines and the administration of them should not cause stress to the patient or to the carer.

Cats

Cats will often accept the medicines very readily. A few might present a challenge. Please scroll down for general guidance nots. The cat in the picture readily took drops from a syringe!

Always try to avoid a confrontation, since that will set the pattern for years to come.

Dogs

Dogs usually enjoy the medicines. If pillules are offered on a china saucer, as if a 'treat', they will often be taken directly. Please scroll down for general guidance notes and please watch the brief video to see how dogs can be persuaded to consider dosing fun.

Horses and Ponies

Homeopathic medicines are usually very acceptable. For guidance on dosing, scroll down to the list below. Please watch the brief video showing how easy it can be with some horses!

General guidance

  1. Homeopathic medicines are very delicate, therefore avoid touching the medicine with your hand.
  2. Do not return accidentally handled medicine to the bottle. Dispense just the required dose from the bottle at each dosage time. Keep the container tightly sealed at all times, except when actually dispensing. Do not open two containers of medicine at once.
  3. Store medicines away from sunlight, in a cool dark place and keep away from strong-smelling substances, especially camphor, embrocations, perfume etc. Do not refrigerate or freeze. If correctly stored, homeopathic medicines can survive for very long periods, so do not discard unused supplies; they could be useful to your animal (or for yourself) in the future. Those stored in glass bottles survive better.
  4. Pillules may conveniently be dispensed into the bottle cap, prior to dosing. It is not necessary to give an exact number of pillules. If the patient allows, the pills may then be tossed from the cap directly into the mouth (avoiding contamination of the cap with saliva etc), to avoid handling of the pillules altogether.
  5. Drops may be given in water or directly onto the tongue. One to three drops is a usual dose. Drops should be aqueous, rather than alcoholic.
  6. Powders can be poured directly into the mouth from the paper.
  7. Pillules, powders or tablets may be dissolved in a little boiled, cooled water in a syringe and this provides a means of liquid dosing. This can work very well for cats, for whom a drop or two of liquid can be placed onto the front of the nose/upper lip of onto a front paw, for the cat to lick the dose promptly.
  8. Injections are available and, for farm use, in-water medication is commonly used.
  9. Lotions are for external use only. These should usually be diluted prior to use (please check if not given clear instructions).
  10. For oral medicines, ensure that the dose is either swallowed or retained in the mouth for 30 seconds. Thereafter it may be ejected without diminishing the effect.
  11. When more than one medicine has been prescribed, please do not give them at the same time. If possible, allow a five-minute interval between different prescriptions. If possible, do not give doses within 15 minutes of food. For farm species and horses this is, of course, not possible, but try to avoid contact with 'compound' feeds for at least five minutes. Medicines can be given to horses in a very little bland food (e.g. grated organic carrot or apple or a very small piece of bread).
  12. In-water medication can be very useful for farm animals or groups of animals. In the case of cage birds and other small pets pillules may be added to the drinking water, freshly prepared each day. Be careful to avoid blockage of the nozzle.
  13. Avoid giving strong-smelling sweets or treats, e.g. peppermints, to animals while they are on medication.
  14. Adhere carefully to the prescribed dosage regimen and, if questions arise, please do not hesitate to raise them with the prescriber. If in doubt at any time, it does no harm to stop the homeopathic prescription, pending further advice.

Hahnemann - founder of Homeopathy
Hahnemann - founder of Homeopathy

Summary

Homeopathy is used to treat all manner of conditions in all species. It is used to treat serious disease, life-threatening conditions, first-aid conditions minor ailments, viral diseases (virus, viruses), bacterial diseases, acute disease and chronic disease.

The only known bar to success is if the body has no healing capability for a certain disease process, since homeopathy works via the body's own healing mechanisms.

Homeopathy can be carefully integrated with and used alongside herbal medicine (herbs, herbalism) and acupuncture.

Homeopathy is a holistic discipline and it behoves us to ensure that the diet is as healthy as possible, ideally a fresh, organic, species-suitable diet.

The author is independent of commercial interest or sponsorship and cannot endorse any products or advertising material attached to this lens.

For more information on holistic therapies, visit: AVMC's information website (over 600 pages).

Chris Day - holistic vet - runs the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre (AVMC) in Oxfordshire, UK.

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      Thanks so much ColorPetGifts for the BLESSING - wonderful surprise.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Hear, hear! Thanks for coming along, for being supportive and for that BLESSING!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I sure appreciate your lenses on animal health Chris, you have many lenses I can bless that, in my mind, fall into animal rights because animals have the rights to any available health treatments, just as humans do.

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      @debi12345: Thanks for your visit and support!

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      debi12345 6 years ago

      Very helpful info. Thank you so much!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: I'm that kinda guy :-)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Very helpful

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @otherlleft: My pleasure

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @otherlleft: Good - thanks. I hope it turns out to be good for your situation.

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      otherlleft 6 years ago

      Thanks for a very informative lens.

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      otherlleft 6 years ago

      I have sometimes been challenged giving a dose to one of my cats, and I think the advice here is excellent.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @Helene-Malmsio: Sounds like you have arranged stuff very well, if there's a comfortable truce. Giving drugs can start a war with felines. I've even known some pack their bags and leave home! Luckily, homeopathy rarely evokes such animosity.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @Alfiesgirl LM: I think there's potential here for confusion between homeopathy and aromatherapy (essential oils) - please don't use this information for the use of oils. May be I have to do a lens on aromatherapy?

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      A great lens on how to give homeopathic medicines for pets... I have two elderly cats that both have to get thyroid tablets twice a day, so that is quite a "production" to see every day. But we have settled into a routine of special treat foods and firmness on my part, so a truce has been called for the time being!

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      Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

      Yes, useful enough to give me the green-light to try homeopathy to treat my dog Storm's recurring skin condition. All I need now is the prescription lol...do I use the same quantities of the same oils as I would use to treat myself?...are there any oils which although ok for human usage that should not be used with dogs?

      Do you have a precription which I could give a go or could you tell me if chamomile, lavender and tea-tree with maybe geranium or bergamot (just in case she is depressed) ? Thank you x

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @jojokaya lm: You too, eh?

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much Raphaelo

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Homeopathy is my new knowledge so far. I love your guidance, it's so clear and useful. Thanks for sharing. 5 great animals lovers stars for you :)

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      Yup I love homeopathic..better than chemical drugs.