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Homeopathic Remedies for Pets


Skeptics claim that homeopathy only works because of the placebo effect, but what about animals (and babies) who have no clue they are given a remedy?

My husband and I have successfully treated our pets and other animals with homeopathy in a variety of situations – anxiety, stiff joints, allergies, injuries and stomach upsets. We even saved a friend’s dog who had gotten into poison and was dying.

Homeopathic medicines are often found in health food stores for around $7, but can also be ordered online.

Following are the most useful homeopathic remedies for pets. While not a substitute for veterinary care in an emergency or chronic condition, they can minimize symptoms and begin the healing process.

Apis mellifica – works great for bee stings and other insect bites. Give every 20 minutes until swelling and pain are gone.

Arnica – good for general pain, stiffness due to overexertion, soreness and musculoskeletal injuries. Can also be given after the animal has been traumatized to calm them down. We have also used Bryonia for severe pain from an injury.

Arsenicum album –  vomiting and/or diarrhea, especially if caused by food poisoning, consumption of garbage or toxic chemicals, etc. Give every 30 minutes until symptoms disappear. This remedy may also help animals who are anxious and restless, afraid to be alone and fearful of strangers.

Borax (not to be confused with the powder) – excellent for fear of thunderstorms and fireworks. Can be given in advance (approaching storm, etc.) to prevent fear.

Calendula – can be used both as an oral remedy and external ointment – for skin infections, scrapes and wounds. Apply the ointment or give the remedy orally. You can also purchase a tincture and dilute 1/10 to wash cuts and wounds.

Carbo vegetabilis is made from charcoal and used for gas and bloating. It also works for weakness, shock and general exhaustion.

Hepar sulphur – treats painful abscesses anywhere on the body, including infected anal glands.

Hypericum – injuries to nerve-rich areas. Helps when cutting your pet’s toenails too short.

Ledum – any type of puncture wound, including insect bites. Also may help arthritic stiffness. The difference between Ledum and Apis is that those situations (bites, wounds, etc.) requiring Apis will be hot and red while Ledum will be cool to the touch. 

Nux moshata – phenomenal remedy for anal sac infections and chronic anal sac problems.

Rhus tox – for arthritis with stiffness that is worse first movement and improved after continuing to move, general musculoskeletal injuries, red swollen eyes, skin infections and skin itching.

Ruta – any injury to tendons or ligaments.

Silicea (homeopathic – not the mineral Silica) – pushes foreign bodies like splinters or foxtails out of the skin. Be careful with this one. I gave it to my cat and his identification chip implant moved from the back of the neck to behind his ear. When Silicea stimulated the body’s own healing defenses, it was seen as a foreign object that needed to be removed.

Thuja occidentalis is indicated for the treatment of warts and skin complaints. It is also used to help with adverse vaccine reactions, especially those reactions that cause skin problems.

Some single remedies and kits are available from Amazon. Others can be ordered online at a number of homeopathic pharmacies.

The recommended potency for pets is 6x or 30c, given as needed, depending on the situation. You can toss a couple of pellets into your pet’s mouth or add the to water.

Be sure to use a bowl that is separate from the drinking water; otherwise they will ingest the remedy too frequently.


This information is for educational purposes only. If symptoms persist, call your veterinarian!

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