Homeopathy Tips for 10/21/08 Treating Animals

     As a homeopath I am often asked to help treat an ailing animal. Prescribing for an animal in not a lot different from prescribing for humans but being able to have a conversation to understand them is different indeed.

     I have found that the more domesticated and the closer an animal lives to humans the more mental symptoms are recognized. This is because as animals live in a close proximity to humans and their caretakers their personalities and subtle moods are noticed more. Most pet owners of cats and dogs in particular have much to say about their animals. It is important to listen to their story about the animal to understand their mental, emotional and physical states. Use any diagnostic evaluations from veterinarians in helping you understand the physical illness.  If an illness is diagnosed it will be very helpful in selecting a remedy that has an organ affinity to their condition.

      Horse owners also know their animals well and can tell you a lot about the temperament as well as any physical changes to the animal. It will be important to select any prominent mental rubrics as they apply.

      I work with wildlife rescue organizations that use homeopathy with animals in rehabilitation. They report that homeopathy is the best modality in treating their injured or orphaned animals. Knowing as much history as possible is always helpful in prescribing. Also knowing what are normal animal behaviors for each specie is important as well. Then it is easier to distinguish what is really asking to be healed.

      I have treated cats, dogs, horses, goats, sheep, birds, porcupines, bear and squirrells. I have found the most common animal injury is to birds especially after flying into a window. If the impact has not injured their neck severely and they are only stunned often a dose of Aconite 30C and another dose of Arnica 30C will help them on their way. I put the remedy pellet in a teaspoon with water and bring their beak to it. They will get the remedy even if it just wets their beak and if they drink a drop, even better.

      A wildlife rehabilitation friend called me about a porcupine in her care that had been hit by a car with head and spinal injuries. She had given Arnica and Hypericum and he had healed from most of his injuries fairly well. About one year later he developed paralysis in his legs with his head twisting to the side. I prescribed Cicuta Virosa and within a month the condition healed. I looked at the case in very physical terms and used as many physical symptoms that were unique to find the remedy.

      Many times a wild animal ends up in human care becuase it is young and has lost its parent. These orphaned animals grieve no differently than humans; they miss their parents. If they refuse food Ignatia can sometimes get them to start to eat again and help in their grief. If they were nursing Pulsatilla is often a very good remedy when they suffer a separation from their mother.

       Treating animals for behavior problems or acute illness is a little different than one suffering from acute injury. When treating an animal for behavior or illness (providing that it is not too acute and more chronic) I find that the 12C daily is usually a good place to start. When the illness is more acute I will use the 30C or 200C potency to start and repeat the remedy as necessary to complete healing. This also goes for injuries as well. The more acute, the higher potency can be given. The rules are really no different than with humans.

      So as a homeopath you have many tools to help all of G-ds creatures. Don’t be intimidated because an animal cannot talk to you. Use your powers of observation and listen closely to any human description of the animal. Just like with humans they will tell you everything you need to know if you remain the unprejudiced observer.

24 comments so far

  1. Dr.Nittur guruprasad on

    Dear sir,
    Since 7 years i am treating my pet dogs with homeopathic remedies only. All problems are cured. Thanks to Homeopathy

  2. Debasish on

    Thanks for sending a good article. Although I didn’t get the opportunity to prescribe for the animals yet it is quite interesting to know all about the cases of different animals and birds.


    Debasish Bandyopadhyay

  3. Gail Stenstad on

    Yesterday I gave Cham 200c to a teething puppy whose irritability,inconsolability and whining/howling exactly matched the picture of a human Chamomilla baby. She stopped whining and went to sleep within 5 minutes. Again, later in the evening, the same.

    I’ve given Ipec 30c to a vomiting dog; this stopped the repeated vomiting episodes with only one dose.

    I have a 17 year old black labrador with severe arthritis that matches the Rhus tox picture (very stiff when first getting up, better as he continues to walk; restlessness). Rhus tox 6c as needed helps him move much better, so he can continue his twice-daily walks. (I had given Pulsatilla at first, because he’s so sweet and clingy, and also feels better in cold weather, but it did nothing–sometimes one has to just go with the physical symptoms).

    And so it goes–I continue to be amazed at how well this works, when one is careful to try to get as much of the whole picture as can be done.

  4. Sarah Cordish on

    I wrote my DHM thesis on the topic of ‘Homoeopathy for Budgerigars’ for the British Institute of Homoeopathy in 2006. I am a hobby aviculturalist for some 20 years and treat my pigeons, budgerigars, canaries, doves, and finches with homoeopathic remedies for the last 15 years with great success. Birds react very well to the correct remedy. I have had some spectacular responses.

  5. Helene T on

    Hello Robert & homeopathy users, as a physician i am prevented to use homeopathy in the hospital settings but my family & our pets do reap the benefits. I have treated some horses, a cow, 3 llamas & a variety of other farm & domestic animals & a deer (yes we found an injured fawn in our woods, that was very exciting! The creature was belching very loudly… Its mom was besides herself with distress). So far it has never failed, even when surgery was required. The only allopathy our pets get is their rabbi’s shots(18 months instead of 12) since they prefer to be outdoors. Me too i’m still amazed how well it works. I have been using homeopathy for about 16 years.

  6. Dana Ullman, MPH on

    Donald Hamilton, DVM, has written the BEST BOOK on veterinary homeopathy: “Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs.” This 482-page guidebook is a comprehensive review of what people can do to help their animal companions (the author appropriately prefers to refer to cats and dogs as “animal companions” rather than pets, and he uses even stronger language to discourage people from referring to “ownership” of these companions!).

    Best of all is the detailed information Dr. Hamilton provides for us to use homeopathics in treating our animal friends.

    People who know my book, “Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines” will LOVE Dr. Hamilton’s book.

    For more details about these books and others, I invite you to my website at: http://www.homeopathic.com

  7. Dr R G Patel on

    thanks for information

  8. Dr.Nritiya on

    Tat was interesting in deed

  9. Victoria on

    Hi Robert and thanks for an interesting class last weekend! I’ve been treating my pets with homeopathy for some time – proof positive for those doubters who think homeopathy is just “placebo effect”! Recently one of my cats got some bad pet food and was vomiting incessantly and very restless and crying. I tried the typical Nux Vomica initially but it didn’t do much. It then came to me to give him some Veratrum Album instead. He got calmer, took a nap, and no more vomiting! My elderly kitty gets an occasional dose of Phosphorus to keep him chugging along – after developing some bad arthritis in one of his elbows. He has struggled with asthma and diabetes as well and the phosphorus seems to help keep those calmed down, too. I could go on and on with examples, but I believe homeopathy (and acupuncture) to be the best treatment for animals!

  10. dr.naseer on

    respect robert

    your top of animals is very interesting

    the homoeopathic treatment for animals specially small birs and hen. In my experience
    ars able is best remedy for fever other gasto probleml. another remedy ruta is good remedy for
    paralitic of weaknes.two medince aconit and arnica
    seems to help immediate relief sudden fever and
    injury .

  11. tahira nasreen on

    Respected robert.
    Homoeopathic treatment for animals was interesting
    thanks for the infermation

  12. PEggy on

    Thanks so much for this great service.I have a black lab who has started drooling and incessant licking of random spots. he is 8 yrs old. I’m wondering if his teeth are hurting him and will try some homeopathics in the next few minutes.
    Thanks for the idea!

  13. OLA YOUNIS on

    HI ; I,m an engineer but interesting in HOMEOPATHY . The first time i knew this science by DR. HANAA SHMS at SMARTS WAY TV . Kindly i want to know if you can give me hand to learn HOMEOPATHY and explain how can i use it in my life .


  14. mah-jabeen on

    thanks dr, for this information.

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  16. Darlene on

    As a hypnotherapist, I used to spend a lot of time preparing for my client sessions and was nervous about the possibility of something coming up that wasn’t in my script. Then I noticed that my client would always surface what they needed (even though it may have been a memory and they didn’t realize what their subconcsious was doing). I can relate to hearing what is needed.

    I thought, though, that only vets could administer pet homeopathy. I thought that was an area vets claimed. Is there much call for homeopaths for treating pets? Are vets willing to refer?

  17. Peggy Gilb on

    My dog has developed kennel cough after an overnight vistit to the vets for a neck abscess. Does anyone know a remedy for this condition?

  18. Marisol on

    Once my cat had fever and I gave her Tylenol. I did not know that it will cause Missu to have liver inflamation. I ended up paying $110.00 in the Vet. What can I give a cat to reduce fever? I like the information that you provide here.

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