11 Homeopathic Remedies For Your Dog
Homeopathic medicine is an effective, safe, inexpensive, and all-natural way to treat your dog. Whether your dog gets a cut, fever, or is suddenly vomiting, there is a homeopathic remedy that can help.
Although these remedies were widely used by vets in the nineteenth century, they are just starting to make a comeback since more and more dog owners are looking for natural remedies for their best friends. And now homeopathy is the fastest growing form of medicine in the world.
What Are Homeopathic Remedies?
Have you heard of Homeopathic Medicine, but are not sure what it is? You’re not alone!
Homeopathic medicine is one of several kinds of natural remedies for dogs and has been around since the 1700s. It is made from natural substances including plants, herbs, and minerals designed to eliminate imbalances in the body (human or animal). Because they are made from natural ingredients, they are non-toxic and do not cause any of the toxic effects that most pharmaceutical drugs do. They are given in very small amounts and are inexpensive, so they are easy to keep on hand for when you need them.
Want to know more about homeopathy’s effectiveness? There is a great summary of homeopathic research here.
Benefits of Homeopathic Medicine
- Non-Toxic and gentle
- Works on many common dog ailments
- Treats underlying causes, not just symptoms
- Cooperates with your dog’s natural immune system
- Fewer side effects than pharmaceutical medication
When to Use Homeopathy
Homeopathy works very well for acute illnesses like cuts and bruises, fever, sudden vomiting or diarrhea, or tick bites. The guide below will show you which homeopathic medicine to use with 11 common ailments.
How Much Should I Give?
In the instructions below, I recommend 2-3 pellets, but, unlike other medications, you don’t have to worry about how much you give. Homeopaths like to say “the same dose for an elephant or a mouse” because you do not need to increase the dose for bigger animals.
What you should pay attention to is the potency. Instead of doses, homeopathic remedies come in potencies, so each pellet is stronger in the higher potencies, and considered deeper acting. Remedies commonly come in 6C, 12C, 30C, or 200C. If you already have some remedies on hand, go ahead and use them, but if you are buying new remedies, I recommend buying 30C since they are the most versatile.
How to Give Homeopathic Remedies
Pellets should melt against your dog’s gums, so don’t give them in a treat or in their food. They should have them away from food, in between meals.
How do you get the pellets to sit on their gums? Dogs have a small pouch on the sides of their mouth that are perfect for the pellets, so just pull your dog’s lower lip open close to the back of their mouth and drop the pellets in.
You don’t want to touch the pellets since that will affect how they work, so drop them into your dog’s mouth from the bottle top or from a spoon after getting out the amount you want to use.
Your Dog is Spitting Them Out? Use a Liquid Dose!
Making a Liquid Dose:
- Put about 1oz of spring or filtered water (not unfiltered tap water) into a glass or clean glass dropper bottle
- Put 2 or 3 pellets into the water
- Stir in the glass, or pound the bottle against your hand to mix (all of the pellets do not need to be dissolved for it to be effective).
- With a clean teaspoon or dropper, place some of the liquid in your dog’s mouth. (If the dropper touches your dog’s mouth make sure to sterilize it before you put it back into the bottle)
- Store on your counter for 2-3 days out of the sun (don’t refrigerate it)
- Remix before each dose
How Many Doses Will My Dog Need
Dosing of homeopathic remedies depends on the improvement you see in your dog. Follow these guidelines to know if you need to give your dog more than one dose:
- If the illness has come on quickly, like a stomach problem or fever, the response to the initial dose will be faster. Monitor your dog and see if they have improvement
- If your dog gets better quickly, just keep monitoring them and don’t give them another dose
- If your dog gets better, but then plateaus or starts to get worse, give them another dose when you notice that they are no longer improving
- If your dog isn’t showing any improvement, stop giving them that remedy, since it is most likely the wrong remedy for your dog’s illness
- If their symptoms change, you can change the remedy you choose to give, but don’t give more than 1 remedy at a time
Give 2-3 doses 10 minutes apart
Where to Keep Your Homeopathic Remedies
- Store at room temperature away from sunlight
- Do not store your remedies near electromagnetic appliances including TVs, computers, and cell phones.
11 Homeopathic Remedies You Can Use At Home
For separation anxiety and fear from thunderstorms use Borax. You can give this remedy twice a day if your dog is feeling fearful or scared.
2. Broken Bones
Take your dog to the vet right away if you suspect they have a broken bone, but once they have been treated, you can use Symphytum to speed up the healing and help with the pain.
3. Bumps and Bruises
If your dog has a bump or bruise or has a twist or sprain give them Arnica. It helps with bruised tissue and will help your dog heal faster.
4. Cuts and Scrapes
If your dog has some cuts or scrapes, use Calendula. This remedy is a great wound healer.
5. Eye Injury and Inflammation
If your dog has an eye injury or a scratched cornea, use Euphrasia. Use the liquid dose (see above for instruction on how to prepare a liquid dose) adding a few drops to a clean cotton ball and bathing the eye 2-3 times a day.
If your dog has a sudden fever, Belladonna can bring his temperature down fast. Warning signs of fever are panting as if they are in pain and red skin or ears.
7. Gas, Stomach Gurgling, and Food Poisoning
Nux vomica can be used to relieve a host of stomach issues for your dog including bloat, stomach upset, gas, vomiting, and stomach gurgling.
In case your dog ever has a serious accident, like being hit by a car, and is in shock, be prepared for the worst by having Aconitum Napellus (also known as Aconite) on hand, since it helps with trauma. You should give it to your dog on the way to the vet. You will also want to bring Carbo Vegetabilis with you in the car. If your dog becomes cold and lifeless give him this remedy also known as the “corpse reviver”.
9. Tick Bites
If you live in the part of the county that has ticks, you’re probably dealing with a lot of tick bites, and the threat of tick-borne diseases. Ledum Palustre is a remedy that can actually help prevent these diseases. Give Ledum Palustre twice a day for two days after the bite.
10. Urinary Tract Infection
If your dog is urinating often and seems to have pain when urinating they may have a urinary tract infection. Once you have gotten the diagnosis from your vet, use Cantharis to ease their symptoms.
11. Vomiting and Diarrhea
If your dog is vomiting and/or has diarrhea you can use Arsenicum Album to get their digestion back on track fast.
Homeopathic medicine is one of the easiest, safest ways to treat your dog at home for common ailments. Since it is also inexpensive, it is easy to keep on hand so you are ready when your dog needs them. Knowing how to use homeopathic remedies can save you a lot in vet bills, and keep your dog from having to endure the toxic effects of a lot of pharmaceutical medications. Incorporating these remedies into your dog care, will give you more control over what is going into your dog’s body, and is a great step to keeping your dog healthy.
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