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Additional remedies

Additional Remedies can be added to the Kit

You can enhance or add remedies to your kit at any time. 

The following list of remedies apply to specific circumstances and may be helpful to puppies

or dogs that have conditions such as poor reactions to vaccinations, recurring colds, injuries to the tendons or ligaments, etc.

Aconite – Aconitum napellus – Monkshood

Primary use: Fright, and sudden feverish illness especially after exposure to cold dry wind.

 

Aconite might be indicated in the first stages of a painful illness and it is especially useful in illnesses that come on after exposure to cold dry wind. Characteristically there is a sudden onset of symptoms. Conditions such as sudden fever or cold symptoms that come on suddenly or that closely follow a cold snap or wind-storm respond to Aconite. The dog might also be panting and thirsty.

 

Aconite is a very important remedy for dogs who panic or demonstrate terror. In an Aconite case the mental state of the dog is terror and this can be reflected in the physical symptoms such as rapid respiration, bounding pulse, shining or widened eyes, or trembling. (The guiding symptom in human homeopathy is the feeling that death is near.) Aconite is the first remedy to think of for fear and shock. If a dog is frightened by distressing situations think of Aconite.  Aconite can help the frightened dog or puppy regain composure.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦ Worse from fright, shock or emotional trauma

✦ Dogs that seem agitated long after a fright

✦ Worse from dry cold wind or exposure to cold

✦ Better from fresh air, rest. Can be better after sweating

 

Conditions that respond to Aconite:

Sudden ailments; violent and painful accidents; fear of death; restlessness, tossing, flushing and/or palpitation; acute inflammatory complaints; ailments from exposure to cold, dry wind or after shock or fear; fear of unknown and unfamiliar things; spookiness that persists after a frightening experience; the early stage of respiratory infections or the beginning of any febrile (feverish) condition. Older homeopaths that worked with animals before the advent of antibiotics often reported that one could prevent a serious infection by using Aconite at the very first hint of illness.

 

Dosage: Give one to three times daily at the first hint of illness or for fright or trauma. For severe acute conditions the remedy can be given every ten to fifteen minutes. Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Belladonna

Primary use: Belladonna affects the vascular and nervous system and many of the symptoms are associated with hyperthermia (high fever) The dog might have dilated pupils, a kind of wild look in the eye and a huge bounding pulse, so great that you could almost see the heart beating in the chest.  It is very useful in cases of heatstroke and fevers.

The characteristics that point to Belladonna are the rapid onset of the symptoms and the great intensity of the symptoms. If the animal is in pain the pains will be throbbing.  Because of the intensity of the symptoms the dog can become agitated, restless, and even aggressive.  If the fever is great they will then become comatose.  The symptoms can get worse around 3 pm and the heat of the sun also makes the dog feel worse.  The dog can have a dry mouth and little thirst

When Belladonna is needed in the case of inflammation the area will always be hot to the touch and very red.  This can apply to ear infections, swollen glands, mastitis, or hot spots and other red inflamed skin conditions.  Conditions that require Belladonna are more often seen on the right side of the body.

General indications or modalities:

✦  Symptoms intense, violent and come on suddenly

✦ Restlessness, agitation, dilated pupils, racing pulse

✦ Conditions often worse on the right side

✦  Worse from the sun or from a cold draft

✦  Worse from touch, motions, being jarred, bright light

✦  Better from sitting erect or standing in a warm room

 

Conditions that respond to Belladonna:

Fevers, heatstroke, seizures, ear infections and conjunctivitis (particularly on the right side) mastitis in nursing dogs, hot spots.  Also cerebral hemorrhage and canine stroke syndrome.

Dosage: Because of the intensity of the symptoms requiring Belladonna the remedy can be repeated frequently.  In the case of heatstroke repeat every five minutes until the dog appears stable.  For mastitis and infections give the remedy three times a day.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.

 


Conium maculatum

Primary use: Useful for older dogs with weakness or paralysis of the hind end, eye problems. Glandular problems in which the glands become hard and tumors.

 

Conium is a wonderful remedy for older dogs, particularly if they have degenerative conditions of the spinal cord or eyes.  Eye problems can cause the dog to be hypersensitive to light and feel better in the dark.  The eyes can water excessively or the lids might be heavy and it will be hard for the dog to keep her eyes open.  Conium can also help ulceration of the cornea.

Conium is an excellent remedy older dogs who are becoming sluggish with age or experiencing problems walking, incoordination in gait, trembling, sudden loss of strength while walking, painful stiffness of legs, etc. Conium can help with paraplegic conditions and any hind leg weakness.  Dosage with Conium has given excellent results in post-distemper paralysis in dogs

Conium can be useful controlling tumor growth especially if the tumors are hard and associated with glands such as the testes or mammary (teats) especially when the growth comes on in older age.  Some forms of hardening of the lymph glands will also benefit.

As the dog ages there can also be weakness of the bladder.  This remedy helps preserve the function of the bladder so that urination is normal and complete emptying of the bladder can be accomplished.

Its affinity to hardened tissue suggests its use in prostate enlargement in dogs.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Stiffness of the legs and weakness or paralysis of the hind end

✦  Glandular conditions with hardening of the glands, breasts, testes

✦  Degeneration of the spinal cord with ascending paralysis

✦   Ulceration of the cornea, weakness of the lids, excessive tearing

✦  Worse lying down, or rising from the bed

✦  Better in the dark, from pressure and with less food.

 

Conditions that respond to Conium:

Weakness and hind end paralysis in older dogs, bladder weakness, corneal ulceration, hard indurated glands, tumors of the glands

 

Dosage:  Give one dose per day for paralysis, corneal ulceration, glandular conditions.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Gelsemium sempervirens

Primary use: Neurologic weakness, weakness and exhaustion from infection, trembling or paralysis in the older dog. Anticipation anxiety.

The hallmarks of Gelsemium are weakness, dullness, and a kind of trembling collapse.  This can be seen in many acute conditions when the dog becomes too weak and exhausted from fighting the illness.

Because of weakness the dog needing Gelsemium might become frightened or anxious in new situations. Gelsemium can greatly help dogs that become afraid of going to the vet or the groomer.  This can become a downward spiral in which emotional anxiety will cause more weakness that then causes the dog to become even more timid and unsure.

Older dogs benefit greatly from this remedy as they become too weak to support their weight and the hind ends begins to falter.  Gelsemium is also indicated for loss of muscular control and paralysis. The limbs might tremble with weakness and the dog might be too tired to go for his daily walk.  This might cause great anxiety for the dog.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Weakness, infection, trembling, paralysis chills and lack of thirst

✦  Emotional anxiety and timidity due to weakness or age

✦  Sluggishness that appears like intoxication, rapid heart rate

✦  Worse damp weather, fog, before a thunderstorm

✦  Better from walking in open air, better after urination

 

Conditions that respond to Gelsemium:

Infections with exhaustion, degenerative myelopathy,  muscular rheumatism.  Ptosis, weakness of the muscles of the eye.  Relaxation of the anal sphincter leading to incontinence.  Paralysis of the back legs.  Trembling from weakness or fright, anticipation anxiety.  Fear during a thunderstorm or earthquake.  Heatstroke if the dog becomes weak and trembling.

Dosage:  Give one dose per day for paralysis.  The remedy can be repeated three times a day in an acute infection. Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Ledum palustre

Primary use:

Puncture wounds, wounds caused by insects or reactions to any sort of venomous bite.  injuries to the eyes.  Rheumatic conditions.

Ledum is an excellent remedy for insect bites, mosquito bites, spider bites, rat bites or even snake bites.  In the case of a suspected snake bite always have your dog evaluated by your veterinarian.  The wound of the bite can feel cold and the area around the wound might twitch.  Ledum will also help in cases of splinters or wounds made by nails. These bites might itch especially if it is warm outside.  Think of ledum if the dog gets puncture wounds made by the claws of a cat.  If the cat scratch becomes infected use Hepar sulphuricum instead of Ledum.

Ledum is very useful in injuries to the eyes where there is bruising-the equivalent of a “black eye” in humans.

Ledum can also be used to help rheumatic or arthritic conditions of the legs.  The soreness tends to “ascend” beginning in the paws and then moving upwards.  The Ledum dog might prefer to be left alone.

General indications or modalities:

✦  Puncture wounds such as splinters wounds caused by sharp objects

✦  Rheumatic conditions of the legs: the dog seems to prefer cold or wants to place his feet in cold water

✦  Edema of the paws, swelling that feels cold to the touch

✦  Worse at night from the heat of being on a bed

✦  Better from cold applications

 

Conditions that respond to Ledum:

Itching caused by insect or flea bites, puncture wounds, arthritis of the legs especially if the dog seems to prefer cold rather than warmth, bruising around the eye.

Dosage: One or two pellets per day.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.

 

 


Mercurius solubilis

Primary use: Severe inflammatory conditions, especially with foul smelling discharge.  Abcessed teeth, urinary tract infections, infections of the mucous membranes, bloody diarrhea.

NOTE: Because Mercurius is a wonderful remedy for severe infectious disorders it is important to also have a veterinary consultation before proceeding with complimentary home care.

In general, the dog needing Mercurius can be irritable or aggressive.  They can be jealous of their own special person and suspicious of strangers.  They are also fiercely loyal.  Mercurius dogs seem to salivate more that others of the same breed and their mouths can have a strong odor. Dogs that need this remedy can exhibit salivation, bleeding gums, rotting teeth.  If the dog has an external ear infection the discharge is greenish and thick and foul smelling.  The tongue can be coated or swollen.

The G.I. tract can be affected resulting in diarrhea.  The dog might strain and have several bowel movements that contain mucous or blood.  There can be urging and straining to make urine and the the urine can be tinged in blood.  Often the dog will become very thirsty.

The bleeding typical in cases that need Mercurius can result in the dog becoming anemic


General indications or modalities:

✦ Infections with foul smelling discharges, yellow-green and thick

✦  Emotionally aggressive, irritability, growling, stubborn

✦  Salivation, foul smelling breath, spongy or bleeding gums

✦  Affected areas can shoe tissue destruction and ulcerate

✦  Worse sunset to sunrise (at night) from fatty foods

✦  Better from rest and warm appications

Conditions that respond to Mercurius:

Decaying or abscessed teeth, foul smelling breath with inflammation or bleeding of the gums, severe hotspots that have become infected. Chronic infections of the ears and eyes with much purulent discharge. Urinary tract infections with pus or blood in the urine.  Ulcerative colitis.

Dosage:  Give one dose up to three times a day for active infection. Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.  Again, make sure that your veterinarian is consulted for these conditions.

 

 


Podophyllum peltatum-May apple

Primary use: Problems with the intestines resulting in diarrhea.

Gastritis with vomiting and diarrhea. Rectal prolapse after diarrhea.

A wonderful remedy for many forms of diarrhea especially if there is copious watery stool containing mucus resembling jelly.  The stool can also have a greenish color and alternate with constipation.  The dog may experience intense pain while passing stool. The stool, which may have an offensive odor is passed in gushes.  Young puppies can get a diarrhea when teething.  The remedy helps for acute gastroenteritis accompanied by episodes of vomiting and diarrhea. The diarrhea can be so severe that is causes the rectum to prolapse.   The dog needing Podophyllum can also have flatulence.

Think of this remedy to help with pregnant dogs that have an abdomen that becomes too pendulous, or in cases of uterine prolapse.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦ Intense gushing diarrhea

✦ Prolapse of the rectum after diarrhea

✦ distended stomach, dog wants to lie down with pressure on belly

✦ Restlessness during sleep

✦  Worse in hot weather and in the morning

✦  Better in cool weather and after rest

 

Conditions that respond to Podophyllum:

Diarrhea with gushing watery stool, diarrhea during teething, diarrhea after eating fruit, diarrhea alternating with constipation, gastritis with vomiting and diarrhea.  Rectal prolapse after diarrhea, uterine prolapse after birth.

Dosage: Because of the intensity of the symptoms requiring Podophyllum the remedy can be repeated frequently, up to once every two hours. Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.

 


Ruta graveolens-Meadow Rue

Primary use:  Ligamentous or tendon strains.  Bone bruises and knee injuries

The dog can have pain while standing and stretching or lying down but this becomes even worse with movement.  Due to the tendon injury the dog will often limp.  Think of this remedy if your dog has an injury to the ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament).  Because the dog has a deep bruise he can be sensitive to touch.  Dogs needing Ruta can be irritable.  Their eyes might water constantly and appear red.

Prolapse of the rectum caused by straining during stool can also be helped by Ruta

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Pain in the soft tissues of the extremities such as ligaments and tendons

✦  ACL injuries

✦  Sprains and strains that are better from some motion, but worse from real work

✦  Worse from cold wet weather

✦  Can be worse after lying down

✦  Better from warmth

 

Dosage:  Give one dose one to three times a day after ligamentous injury; continue for 3 days. Because ligaments are slow to heal the remedy can be repeated twice a week for 1 to 3 weeks.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.

 

 


Silicea-Silica

Primary use: Skin problems, wounds which are slow to heal, Constipation, Abscess, Cysts

 

Dogs that need Silica remedy tend to have delicate or sensitive skin and a skin eruptions that do not heal easily, such as abscesses and cysts.  The temperament is often timid and sweet, and the dogs might be thin and have difficulty holding weight.

This remedy is well known for its ability to help expel foreign material such as splinters, foxtails, and thorns from the body. It is useful in resolving abscesses and infections at the root of teeth.  Silica is a good remedy for illnesses that linger such as the dog that always has a slight runny nose or chronic sinusitis.  Silica can help heal corneal ulcers and might retard the development of cataracts.  Silica can treat constipation and also helps impacted anal glands.  Silica can diminish the negative effects of vaccinations.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Shy sweet dogs with sensitive skin. Sensitive to loud sudden noises

✦  Splinters, foxtails, abscess, wounds that fail to heal

✦  Lingering chronic conditions

✦  Worse in the cold, better from warmth

 

Conditions that respond to Silica:

Abscess, cysts, splinters, slow healing wounds, tooth root abscesses, gum infections, corneal ulcers.  Weak bones and diseases of the bone.  Constipation, impacted anal glands, problems following vaccination.

 


Thuja occidentalis – Arborvitae, Tree of Life

Primary use:  The ill effects of vaccination; warts

 

Thuja (pronounced thu-ya) is traditionally considered the remedy to turn to for all instances of negative effects after vaccines (a condition called vaccinosis). Signs of vaccinosis can include large, hard lumps that remain days after the vaccination; warts, sarcoids, general fatigue or lack of health that comes on after vaccinations.  This might include the sudden appearance of allergies and skin eruptions following immunizations. Many holistic veterinarians recommend that Thuja be given concurrently with any vaccination but it probably is better to handle each dog as an individual and give the remedy if any signs of vaccinosis occur.

 

One characteristic that is an indication for Thuja is overgrowth of tissue, thus Thuja is an important remedy for the treatment of warts.  The warts have a rough cauliflower-like surface and might bleed or give off a foul-smelling discharge.  The warts of Thuja can appear anywhere but are often found either on the muzzle or around the genitals. The dog can be particularly affected in the scrotum and sheath area by warts.

 

Thuja has been found to be useful in the treatment of neglected, chronic cases of hoof degeneration.  The hoof can appear to be curling upwards at the toes.  Because Thuja is useful in treating tissue overgrowth, it might be very helpful in preventing proud flesh or the granulation tissue overgrowth that can follow an injury.

 

Many skin conditions including rain rot or rain scald and Scratches respond favorably to Thuja.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Worse from cold damp air

✦  Worse from being vaccinated

✦  Better lying on the left side.  Symptoms can be worse on the left side

 

Conditions that respond to Thuja:

Bad effects from vaccinations; Warts, Rain rot

Thuja is useful for bleeding fungal growths; anal warts, sarcoids, spongy tumors, glandular enlargement.  The genito-urinary system responds well to this remedy including ailments with thick, yellow-green discharges; increased sexual urges. Other conditions include hair that grows slowly and splits, or after re-vaccination when the hair is very dry and possibly falling out.

 

Dosage: 

Give with vaccinations to sensitive dogs; one dose.  Give once a day for five days if vaccinosis occurs.  Treat daily for one week for most cases of warts.  For rain rot: daily for five days and repeat if symptoms recur.

 

 

 


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