The homeopathic solution

by Kira Garrett | January 17, 2014

Keeping your pet in good health is a top priority for most pet parents. While medications on the market address every issue imaginable, using natural ingredients to allow the body to fight ailments on its own should always be your first option to keeping your pet in optimal, holistic health.

Homeopathy has become widely accepted in the U.S., and natural remedies for your pet are easy to find. You should always keep in mind that homeopathic remedies are not like herbs, though, and you should closely follow the guidelines when administering remedies to your pets. Such remedies should be handled carefully so they are not neutralized and made ineffective.

A highly diluted mixture is given to the pet based on the symptoms he’s exhibiting. Homeopathy is a very old method of treating ailments, treating “like with like” – meaning if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness - has dated all the way back to Hippocrates. This kick-starts the body’s normal healing process. Homeopathic remedies can be used for many issues like bee stings, anxiety, upset stomach, pain or arthritis.

Keep a few remedies on hand in your pet first aid kit. Remedies can come in pill or liquid form, but since you should allow them to dissolve in the mouth, pet owners tend to prefer administering the liquid drops. While most traditional medications require factoring in your pet’s weight to determine dosage, homeopathy doses are the same for pets of all sizes. But each pet may exhibit different symptoms of the same illness, requiring a different remedy. Having a complete homeopathy guidebook for your dog or cat will help you learn what remedies are needed for the specific symptoms. With reference to a homeopathic guidebook, and recommendation from an animal homeopath, your pet can benefit greatly from homeopathic medicine.

If there is a serious medical situation, bring your dog to your holistic vet. While homeopathic remedies are great to alleviate minor ailments and allow the body to heal itself, it is not recommended for larger illnesses or emergencies. Consult your holistic veterinarian to see if getting your pet on a holistic remedy regimen would be right for your pet.