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Apis – Apis mellifica – Honeybee

Primary use: Skin eruptions that are hot, red, swollen and itchy or burning such as hives.  Conditions that feature heat and swelling.

Conditions that respond to Apis resemble a bee sting.  .

The dog that needs Apis might be restless, and irritable or sullen and depressed.  Even though the condition feels hot to the touch the dog might not be very thirsty.  The dog might not be able to find a position of comfort and appear agitated.

General indications or modalities:

✦ Hot  red and shining spots, Swelling

✦ Worse heat or touch—even light touch

✦ Intolerant of the sun and heated rooms

✦ Better from cold applications or cool fresh air

✦ The symptoms can come on very suddenly.

Conditions that respond to Apis:

Hot spots, burns, hives, insect bites and stings.  Swelling of the tongue, eyes, ears, or limb especially when the swollen part feels warm to the touch.  Apis can be useful in swelling of the mammary nipples or genitalia. Apis also treats edema and can be used in conditions of internal swelling. 

Dosage: Give one dose.  For severe acute conditions the remedy can be given every fifteen or twenty minutes.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Arnica montana – Leopard’s Bane


Primary use: Trauma and bruising

Arnica is one of the most useful homeopathic remedies for dogs. It is useful in almost any injury, especially for blunt traumas that result in bruising It is used primarily for muscle soreness and bruising due to blunt trauma but also can be useful as a first approach to overstrain. Arnica prevents the development of bruises and hemorrhages, hastens healing and can prevent septic infections from occurring after an injury. A dog that needs Arnica is usually in great pain and does not want to be touched. The dog can also be nervous and restless and have difficulty finding a comfortable position to lie down..

Arnica should also be considered for any symptoms that develop post-injury. This is especially true if your dog seems fundamentally different in temperament after a trauma or injury. Head injuries are notorious for causing persistent symptoms long after the original injury appears to be healed.

General indications or modalities:

✦ Painful to the touch and fear or apprehension about being touched

✦ Dog has a hard time finding a comfortable position

✦ Worse with motion but better after continued motion

Conditions that respond to Arnica:

Bruising; shock; accidents/mechanical injuries; fear of touch and being approached; over-exertion/sprains; mental trauma or grief; high fever with hot head and cold body.

Dosage: Give one dose. For severe acute conditions the remedy can be given every fifteen or twenty minutes. Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Arsenicum album – White Arsenic

Primary Use: A great remedy for acute digestive problems.  Gastrointestinal disorders such as vomiting, diarrhea, ulcers, colitis, especially when accompanied by anxiety, fear and mental or physical restlessness. The symptoms might come on suddenly.

The symptoms of pain in the GI tract, especially when vomiting or diarrhea occur.  Arsenicum is a remedy that corresponds to food poisoning. The type of stomach problems that respond to Arsenicum may be brought on by eating contaminated or poor-quality food.  Arsenicum is also a good remedy for toxic conditions—those that follow the used of drugs or vaccines.

The dog that needs Arsenicum might have a watery, foul-smelling diarrhea.  Additionally, the stool might burn or break down the tissue around the anus.  The smell is described as cadaverous—like a dead animal.  The diarrhea can be dark or contain blood.  The discharges associated with Arsenicum are putrid and excoriating—meaning they irritate the healthy tissue that comes in contact with the discharge.  The dog will often be thirsty but will only take frequent small amounts of water.

The dog that needs Arsenicum gets up and down and frequently changes positions. If the dog is in an advanced Arsenicum state he may be weak but fidgety (the restlessness is so typical of this remedy). The dog might come to her bowl and smell the food but will typically not eat. In order to calm themselves in the anxious state the dog might obsessively lick, bite or groom himself.  Dogs that need Arsenicum can be very anxious and are calmed by the presence of people or other dogs.  They do not want to be alone.  They are comforted by help and attention from others. Arsenicum symptoms are generally worse from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦ Worse from sight or smell of food

✦ Worse from around midnight to 3:00 am

✦ Worse from cold water, watery fruits; infections; exertion.

✦ Better from warm food or drink, warm blankets, warm bed

✦ Better from gentle walking, the company of humans or dogs; lying with head raised.

Conditions that respond to Arsenicum:

Ulcers of the GI tract, especially in nervous dogs;  Stomach disorders  particularly when brought on after eating contaminated food, intussusception of bowel; diarrhea, vomiting.  In most cases of Arsenicum the dog will be restless, fearful, thirsty and chilly.  Think of Arsenicum in kidney and liver disease where the filtration of toxic waste is compromised.

Dosage:  Give one dose every three hours for diarrhea, pain and restlessness.  For severe, acute conditions the remedy can be given every fifteen or twenty minutes.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Hepar sulphuricum

 

 

Primary use: Abscessed wounds, painful inflammatory conditions

 

This remedy is useful in the treatment of wounds that have become infected, either before or after pus has been produced.  It helps abscesses to come to a head, drain and resolve.  The wounds that occur after a cat scratch or the bite of another dog can often respond quickly to this remedy.  Think of using Hepar sulphuricum for abscessed wounds or abscesses of the teeth, or in conditions in which pus is freely being produced.

 

With the intense pain of the abscess, the dog may become irritable and aggressive and very sensitive to touch.  Dogs needing Hepar sulphuricum are usually very chilly and avoid drafty places.  They might seek out the warmest spot in the house.

General indications or modalities:

✦  The wound is painful to the touch

✦  The wound might be hot and might have pus

✦  The wound might bleed easily

✦  The dog is chilly and worse from the cold

Conditions that respond to Hepar sulphuricum

Abscessed wounds, abscessed teeth; hot spots, mastitis, sinusitis, wounds that are contaminated with dirt.

Dosage:  Give one dose every eight to ten hours to resolve an abscess or to bring it to a head and allow draining.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Hypericum – St. John’s Wort

 

 

Primary use: Nerve damage, nerve pain, trauma

 

Think of Hypericum in injuries in which nerves have been crushed, severed, or injured.  In humans, Hypericum is the first remedy to remember when fingers or toes have been smashed or after injury to the coccyx (tailbone) after a fall.  Injury to nerve rich areas such as paws, tail, tongue and genitalia respond to this remedy. If there is pain after whelping, Hypericum can often help. Helpful for intervertebral disc problems of the back in Dachshounds or other dogs with back paralysis.  Surgery often involves cutting the nerves and Hypericum can be useful in decreasing the pain of an incision.  Arnica might be the first remedy you think of after a surgery to decrease bruising and swelling but Hypericum can be used after the first 24 to 36 hours to reduce pain.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Worse from touch, worse from jarring, worse from motion

✦  Worse after exposure to air (as in the removal of a bandage)

✦  Worse from cold


Conditions that respond to Hypericum

Damage to any nerve-rich area.  Scrapes that leave raw, exposed or torn nerve endings.  Road rash.  Injury or breaks of the tail or injuries at the dock.  Toenails that are cut too short.  Injuries to the coccyx or lower spinal segments.  Injuries to the spinal disc and back problems in dogs such as dachshunds.  Post-surgical pain.

Dosage:  Give the remedy one to three times a day for 3 to 4 days until the symptoms begin to abate.  For severe, acute conditions as in a nerve-crushing accident, the remedy can be given every fifteen or twenty minutes.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Nux vomica

 

Primary use: from bad food or water or overeating in dogs with an irritable temperament. Also very useful if your dog eats a toxic plant of food like chocolate or has a bad reaction from a drug.  A remedy for dogs that have super sensitive stomachs and get sick or have diarrhea any time their diet is changed.

 

Dogs that need Nux vomica have an irritable and sensitive temperament.  They might be overly sensitive to noise, light and other stimulus.  When in pain they are jumpy, angry, or they can be depressed and resentful and not want to be touched.

 

The type of colic that responds to Nux vomica is often brought on by overeating, or eating bad food or water.  Dogs that need Nux vomica will often have diarrhea with any change in their food.  You might see diarrhea after a change in the diet.  There might be strong spastic contractions, and urging without the ability to pass stool.  The bowels might be blocked and strong spasms and straining are the result.  In addition there might be intestinal rumbling and gurgling.  The intestines can also be bloated.  Constipation, nausea, retching, diarrhea and intussusception (the dangerous telescoping of the bowel) all are symptoms that might be helped by Nux vomica.

 

The dog that needs Nux vomica is often in a bad mood and is very sensitive to any kind of stimulus including touch, noise and light and strong odors.  They often walk around slowly, are restless. Think of this remedy if there is restlessness, sensitivity, and indigestion.

Nus vomica is also a good remedy for exposure to toxins, poisonous plants or drugs.  Generally these exposures will result in the typical Nux vomica picture of spasms, sensitivity and irritability. Nux can be life supporting if your dog has ingested a toxic substance – it can be given immediately to your dog on your way to the vet.

General indications or modalities:

✦  Indigestion or colic with strong spasms

✦  Constipation with straining

✦  Dull pain or violent pains

✦  Irritated and worse from touch.  Worse at 3-4 am.

✦   The dog is chilly and will seek a warm spot or improve with heat

✦   Better from strong pressure  Better after a nap.

Conditions that respond to Nux vomica

Indigestion from overeating or bad food or water;

impaction colic in dogs; spasms of the gut with rumbling and gurgling; constipation or straining to make stool.  Nux vomica also helps reverse negative effects from drugs or drug overdose, or accidental poisoning.  Can be useful after overexertion.

 

Dosage:  Give one dose every 30 minutes or more frequently if symptoms are severe.  Reduce dosage to one time a day.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Phosphorus

 

 

Primary use:  Bleeding, Anemia, Lung conditions such as Bronchitis and Pneumonia

 

Dogs that need Phosphorus are often friendly, vocal, affectionate, and have an uncanny sensitivity to the moods of their human companions.

These dogs are often lean or skinny, have great hunger and thirst and are chilly so often choose a warm area or a sunny spot in which to lie.

Phophorus is a great remedy for vomiting.  The dog might gulp large quantities of water and then throw it up as soon as it becomes warm in the stomach.  There might be undigested food in the vomitus.

Dogs who need Phosphorus are sensitive to noise and can startle easily.  This is the dog that becomes frightened during fireworks or thunderstorms.  They are so affectionate that they are greatly comforted by human attention even when they are very ill.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Bleeding of bright red blood, in the stool, vomit, or phlegm

✦  Coughs, bronchitis

✦  Worse from cold wet weather or windy weather

✦  Worse loud noises

✦  Better from warmth

 

Conditions that respond to Phophorus:

Anemia, Emaciation, Vomiting, Nose bleeds, Bloody diarrhea, Liver conditions, Lung conditions. Paralysis of the back legs.

 

Dosage:  Give one dose one to three times a day.  First contact your vet then give the remedy as frequently as once every five minutes in the case of hemorrhage.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Pulsatilla nigricans– Wind Flower

 

Primary use: Separation Anxiety, Infections with yellow or creamy discharges, problems in pregnancy.

 

Pulsatilla is a wonderful remedy for dogs who are so attached to their owners that they become frightened anxious and self mutilating or destructive when left alone.  The Pulsatilla dog might express anxiety unless constantly petted or on the lap.  They are happy when the center of attention and can have the doggy equivalent of a tantrum when left alone.
Pulsatilla is also a good remedy for yellow discharges from the eyes, ears, or nose.  Dogs needing Pulsatilla can have digestive disturbances from eating too much fat.  Female dogs needing Pulsatilla might have symptoms of false pregnancy or problems with milk production.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Frequently seen in female dogs Dogs can be affectionate or clingy

✦  Yellow or creamy discharge

✦  Thirstlessness

✦  Worse from eating fats

✦  Worse in the heat or in a warm room

✦  Better going outside in the cool air

 

Conditions that respond to Pulsatilla:

Rhinitis, Sinusitis, ear infection, bladder infection with pus in the urine, Also useful for ulcers that do not heal.  Separation anxiety.

 

Dosage:  Give one dose a day for three days for separation anxiety and then wait and do not re-dose unless the behavior becomes worse again.  For conditions with discharge, give once a day until you see improvement.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.

 


Rhus toxicodendron – Poison Ivy

 

 

Primary use:  Joint inflammation with stiffness that is better after movement. Joint pain and arthritis. For stiffness in dogs that seems to get better after a warm-up period.

 

This remedy can be likened to a “rhusty” gate that is resistant to movement until someone opens and closes it a few times after which the motion is easier.  With stiffness, lameness, or swelling of joints such as the knee, the dog will move poorly after rest and then improve to a point but will find movement very painful.  It will become stiff and “gel” each time it rests.  Dogs that need this remedy are often restless but not out of impatience or anxiety—it is rather that they cannot find a comfortable position so they shift their weight constantly.

 

The modalities of Rhus toxicodendron are conditions that are much worse from cold, better from heat, and an indicator to the use of this remedy can be a dog that is always stiffer in the coolness of the morning or in cold damp weather.

 

This remedy might also be indicated in skin conditions where there is an itchy patch with tiny blisters—as in a case of poison oak.  (Dogs are generally immune to poison oak)  Skin conditions that respond to Rhus toxicodendron have soft, fluid swelling or blisters and are worse from dampness and cold wetness, especially rain. These skin problems respond well to warm applications and, like other Rhus toxicodendron conditions, are better with motion.

General indications or modalities:

✦  Stiffness, especially after rest

✦  Better with movement, as in inflammation or lameness that goes away  after a period of movement

✦  Better in warm dry weather

✦  Worse in cold wet weather

 

Conditions that respond to Rhus Toxicodendron:

Arthritis, joint inflammation and swelling, stiffness relieved by motion.  Skin eruptions with little blisters. Other uses include hot spots, sprains and strains, joint injuries, allergic reactions.

Dosage: This remedy works best when given in the morning. Give one dose every morning until improvement is noted. Stop when you see definite improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.


Sulphur

Primary use: Skin conditions and allergic skin reactions

Dogs that need Sulphur might be extremely independent and intelligent but they often have a dirty or unkempt appearance and they are not good at self grooming.  (The homeopathic image of Sulphur in humans is “the absent-minded professor” a man who is always deep in thought but wears raggedy unmatched clothing)  These dogs can also be a bit on the lazy side preferring to lie down rather than stand or exercise.  The Sulphur dog tends to be overly warm and heat has a negative effect on the skin and hair producing dry skin that that is flaky or covered with itching eruptions and dull rough or dry coats that can also be greasy or odorous. The eruptions are red and might burn or itch the dog and bathing the dog often makes the skin worse.  The eyes can appear to be ringed in red and the gums can be overly red.  The anus can be red irritated and itchy causing the dog to lick excessively bite itself or scoot on the floor.  

 

General indications or modalities:

✦  Red itching or flaking skin conditions made worse by heat

✦  Allergic skin conditions; dry flaky skin, dandruff, eczema,

✦  Dull dry lusterless coats

✦  Dogs that easily get flea or worm infestations

✦  Worse heat and warmth and Worse from bathing

 

Conditions that respond to Sulphur:

Skin problems such as eczema, mange. All allergic skin reactions such as flea allergy dermatitis.  Sulphur is also used to help in general with scratching, nibbling and rubbing, self-biting as well as dandruf, sores and scabs, and greasy unhealthy skin.  Sulphur dogs can have a sudden diarrhea early in the morning.

 


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