Homeopathic Remedies for Animals

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Homeopathic Remedies for Animals

I have been a proponent and beneficiary of Homeopathic Remedies for many years now. While the healing derived from homeopathics can be subtle and is generally noticed over a period of  time, I have personally experienced positive outcomes for both physical and emotional maladies.

Can homeopathic remedies be used safely and effectively with animals? Absolutely! My homeopathic practitioner has identified appropriate remedies for my own animals with success, and several of my clients have mentioned their veterinarians who work with homeopathic therapies for their animals.

Homeopathy is an art as much as – perhaps more than – a science. There are different philosophies on how best to identify and administer homeopathics. Some believe there are as many appropriate ways to administer remedies as there are individuals needing a remedy. The fact is, homeopathic remedies are readily available at most holistic grocery stores and can be self-administered with basic information on proper dosage and combinations.ani_well_mag

I was pleased to see an article in the current issue (June/July Volume 11, Issue 3) of a popular magazine, Animal Wellness. If you are interested in the full text of the article, I encourage you pick up a copy. The article “Top 10 Homeopathic Remedies” discusses the properties of homeopathics and provides a list of “…remedies for some of the most common acute conditions in dogs.”

In brief, the article discusses these ten indicators and a possible appropriate remedy for each:

  1. Aconitum Nepellus – fear trauma, and can be helpful for preventing shock in an emergency
  2. Apis Mellifica – bee and insect bites, hot spots, vaccine reactions
  3. Arnica Montana – pain, bruising, and blunt trauma
  4. Arsenicum Album – vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness due to illness especially at night
  5. Hepar Sulphur – skin, ear, or gum infections
  6. Nux Vomica – vomiting which is followed by retching or colic; life support remedy while on the way to the vet if your dog has eaten a toxic substance (see my previous blog post “Summer Foliage Dangers“)
  7. Phosphorus – nosebleeds, cough, vomiting, diarrhea
  8. Rhus Toxicodendron – restlessness caused by joint pain (arthritis)
  9. Ruta Graveolens – ligament injury, sprains
  10. Silicea – abscesses, vaccine reactions

The article goes in to important detail about the above remedies and relevant indicators. I list them here in brief simply to illustrate the types of uses to which homeopathics may be applied. While we can pick up homeopathic remedies at the supermarket, there are complexities to homeopathic therapies. Check with your veterinarian to gain their insights and to determine if homeopathy is right for your animal’s particular condition.

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