Sunday, October 3, 2010

Homeopathic Remedies for Dogs

If you would like to avoid a trip to the vet and try some natural remedies for your pampered pooch then you might want to consider using a homeopathic remedy to cure their ailments. Homeopathy for dogs works just like it does with humans in that it helps stimulate the dog's own natural immune system to fight back against the illness.

Most of the over the counter homeopathy medicines for pets are much milder than for humans and they do not add any chemicals or harmful additives. However you still need to consult a vet who specialises in homeopathic remedies to ensure you use the correct dosages.

The most common illnesses that these medicines can treat include skin irritations, arthritis, allergies and intestinal disorders. However they can also be used for bites, stings and minor cuts and abrasions to heal the wound fast.

Homeopathy Medicines for Dogs

Some of the more popular homeopathic remedies for dogs include:

Aconite (Aconitum Nappellus) - used for fever, colds and preventing shock in the case of an emergency.

Apis (Apis Mellifica) - for bites, stings and allergic reactions on the skin.

Arnica (Arnica Montana) - bruising, bumps, muscle injuries.

Arsenicum (Arsenicum Album) - vomiting, diarrhoea, food poisoning or other conditions related to toxins entering your dog's system.

Hepar Sulph (Hepar Sulphuris) - for inflammatory conditions such as skin, gum or ear infections, abscesses and cuts that you fear might get infected.

Ledum (Ledum Palustre) - Cuts, bites and other deep puncture wounds to the body.

Nux (Nux Vomica) - If your dog has ingested a toxic substance this can be given on the way to the vet to help prolong your pet's life.

Phosphorus - For haemorrhaging or excessive bleeding (either from the body, the mouth or the anus).

Rhus Tox (Rhus Toxicodendron) - Arthritis and other joint pain conditions.

Silica (Silicea) - If your dog is not a great healer, this will help heal skin conditions like cysts, ulcers and abscesses. Is great for pets with sensitive skin.

Are Homeopathic Treatments for your Dog Safe?

Generally speaking they are safer than regular conventional medicine however you still need to use them with care. You want to make sure that you give your pet the correct dosage so that they work safely and effectively.

Usually you will get a prescription from your homeopathic veterinarian who will give you the dosage in the form of pellets which you can give them directly to your dog or use the powder mixed with water.

Most treatment's require that you give it to your dog around 30 minutes to an hour prior to their meal.

You should see an improvement in your dog's condition within a few days of treatment.

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