What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a philosophy developed over 200 years ago in Germany. Based on like cures
like — homeopathy suggests you can
cure what ails someone by giving them a substance that reproduces the symptoms they have.
Each animal has a unique response to homeopathic medicines, making it difficult to set a
specific timeframe for relief of symptoms. What works for one animal might not be the right remedy for another showing similar symptoms. When finding a remedy, consider the animal’s unique personality and the catalogue of symptoms.
The goal is for acute symptoms to resolve within a few days. Chronic symptoms like arthritis pain should begin to improve within an hour or two. Symptoms will continue to improve over three to four weeks if the treatment is effective.
How to use Homeopathic Remedies
Ideally do not let pellets touch your hands. Pour the pellets directly from the vial into the animal’s mouth, under their tongue. Alternatively, dissolve pellets in 1–2 teaspoons of distilled water and squirt them under the tongue or insert pellets into a hole in an apple or carrot.
The typical dose for horses and most animals over 100kg is five pellets — if less than 100kg just use three. Homeopathics are available in liquid, but most animals reject the alcohol base that is used.
Store homeopathics away from electronic devices at all times and keep cool and out of direct light.
Remedy of the Month
Rhus Toxicodendron 30x (R. Tox) is used for arthritis and stiffness that improves with movement. Treat trauma to tendons and ligaments — bowed tendons, suspensory damage.
Dose: One dose morning and night for four days.
Give to animals of any age. Proponents say that it is most effective when used during an arthritis flare-up that doesn’t respond well to applying cold packs.
The evidence is mixed regarding the effectiveness of (R. Tox) as a treatment for arthritis. One study assessed a group of rats with arthritis who were given several dilutions. The researchers found that (R. Tox) protected rats from inflammatory lesions, weight changes, and joint changes due to arthritis and pain.
Some animals need to take the homeopathic remedy only once or twice. Others with chronic pain may need to take it on a continuing basis.
Please note homeopathic remedies are not to replace a veterinary diagnosis and treatment — they are intended to enhance the healing process.