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Arthritis

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Home treatment for arthritis in dogs

Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints. The symptoms include joint pain, deformation, stiffness, fluid retention and swelling. Causes for arthritis include overactive immune system (the body attacks its own tissues), uric acid build up (builds into crystals that are sharp as a needle), over vaccination, long prolonged use of antibiotics, toxic environment, poor nutrition, poor physical conditioning, infections, wear and tear.
There are hundreds of types of arthritis but the two main ones are rheumatoid arthritis where the body attacks its own joint tissues due to an overactive immune system and osteoarthritis where the cartilage breaks down and bone starts rubbing against bone.
Homeopathic treatment for arthritis:
Rhus toxicodendron
Symptoms: worse in cold damp weather, the guiding symptom of the remedy is that the dog is aggravated when he first starts to move but with continued motion, the pain is relieved, restlessness
Bryonia Alba
Symptoms: the guiding symptom is that the pain is worse with motion, worse with heat, thirsty, irritable, joint may be larger than normal
Calcarea phosphorica
Symptoms: thin or lean dogs, dog does not like coldness, usually dogs are 6-12 months old
Colchicum
Symptoms: the guiding symptom is that is it worse with movement, deformities, inflammation and stiffness of the joint, swelling and edema in legs, extreme pain in joints, digestive upsets, nausea, worse at night, worse in warm weather
Arnica Montana
Symptoms: intense pain, afraid of being touched, problem due to a sudden injury, bruised tendons
Belladonna
Symptoms: feverish state, lower right side limbs are mostly affected, motion relieves pain, dog is irritable, little or no increase in joint fluid
Calcarea carbonica
Symptoms: big boned flabby dogs, the dog does not like coldness, may have other skeletal disorders
Pulsatilla
Symptoms: pain is worse from heat and better with cold, may be discharge of eyes or nose, eczema or other skin disorders
Silica
Symptoms: symptoms started after vaccination, dog is delicate, fragile, does not tolerate cold, repeated abscesses, loss of power in legs, tendons are fragile
DOSAGE:
Potency 6c, two times a day for two weeks, in all cases, the remedies should be discontinued as soon as improvement is noted. Wait at least a month and then repeat cycle or change remedy, if needed.
Diet and nutrition will play an important part in the recovery, giving a raw food diet is the best way for recovery. In addition to homeopathic remedies, adding a supplement of glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate might help the body to repair itself.

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Diarrhea

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Home homeopathic treatment for diarrhea in dogs

When there is too much fluid entering the intestinal tract, this causes diarrhea. From a holistic point of view, diarrhea is the result of the body trying to heal itself by getting rid of some excess. Possible causes for diarrhea include overeating, sudden change in diet, fatty foods, food allergies, sudden fright, irritable bowel disease, spoiled food, viral or bacterial infection or parasites. You can try some of the following remedies but if problem persists more than 48 hours or if the diarrhea is black, it would be time to consult a veterinarian to prevent dehydration and further complications.
Homeopathic remedies for diarrhea, use only one remedy at a time:
Nux vomica 30C:
Symptoms: first remedy of choice for most digestive upsets, bloating pain from over eating, due to change in diet, too many fatty foods, may vomit, flatulence
Dosage: hourly up to 3 or 4 doses
Aconitum Napellus 30C:
Symptoms: feverish, due to fear or fright, dilated pupils, increased heart beat and breathing
Dosage: hourly up to 3 or 4 doses.
Gelsemium Sempervirens 30C:
Symptoms: diarrhea caused by nervousness, muscle tremors and weakness
Dosage: 3 to 4 times daily for a few days, as needed.
Mercurius corrosivus 30C:
Symptoms: drooling, thirsty, panting, cold, bloody stools, possible green vomit, severe diarrhea, has a hard time passing stools
Dosage: Dose 4 times daily for up to 4 to 7 days, stop when there is improvement
Rhus toxicodendron 30C:
Symptoms: thirsty, bloody stools, mucus in stools, watery stools, stools may be yellowish, straining, restlessness
Dosage: 3 to 4 times daily for a few days, as needed.
Podophyllum 6c or 30c:
Symptoms: possible vomiting, thirst for cold water, colicky pain, greenish diarrhea may alternate with constipation, very foul smelling and watery, profuse, noisy.
Dosage: 3 to 4 times daily for a few days, as needed.
Chamomilla 30C:
Symptoms: teething in puppies, of greenish color and watery
Dosage: 3 to 4 times daily for a few days, as needed.
Colocynthis 30C:
Symptoms: flatulence, may vomit, yellowish diarrhea, much straining, colicky, relief from arching the back
Dosage: 3 to 4 times daily for a few days, as needed.
Croton Tiglium 30C:
Symptoms: watery profuse stool, worse when drinking water, gurgling sounds
Dosage: 3 doses maximum in a day, every 3-4 hours, stop dosing when there os improvement.

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Parvovirus

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Home homeopathic remedies for Canine Parvovirus

The Parvo virus is a very common virus among dogs; it attacks cells within the gastrointestinal tract. It is a highly contagious virus and it is transmitted by oral contact with infected feces. It can be carried inside dog’s carrier, on dogís hair and feet. If the dog licks the hair, he then can get infected.
Symptoms of Parvo virus disease:
  • bloody vomit
  • dehydration
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • severe diarrhea
Home homeopathic remedies:
Aconite:
This remedy should be given at the early stage of the symptoms.
Dosage:
6C or 30C: 2 pills every 30 minutes for a maximum of 6 dosages, you can repeat dosage in 24 hours if needed
If the early stage has passed, other remedies you can use to slow down or prevent vomiting and diarrhea:
Veratrum album – symptom image:
intense nausea, dehydrated, violent vomiting, coldness, crave cold water, intense retching, dog is very irritated, usually vomiting and diarrhea occur at the same time
Arsenicum Album – symptom image:
very foul-smelling stools, anus is red and inflamed, vomiting, weak, thirst for small quantities of water, dog will shift position frequently
Phosphorus – symptom image:
regurgitation (brings up food as soon as it is warmed up by the stomach), dog tends to be thin, tall, nervous and vocal, big appetite, bloody stools
Dosage:
30C: 2 pills every 30 minutes for a maximum of 6 dosages, you can repeat dosage in 24 hours if needed
Herbal therapy:
Use slippery elm in powder form.
BEST FORM OF ADMINISTRATION:
There are many ways to give this herb. The best way is to use 1/16 teaspoon of dried inner bark slippery elm powder (equals tothat 1/2 of 1/8 teaspoon) per 10 pounds of body weight for dogs. Mix it in some wet food or chicken broth. Give this in addition to the homeopathic remedies. Give slippery elm two times a day.
AS A PREVENTION OR TO USE AT THE RECOVERY PHASE:
Parvo virus Oral Nosode 30C, follow dosage instruction from the manufacturer
As with all viral contagious diseases, the weaker the immune system and the more likely an animal
will contract the disease. To strengthen the whole body, a program of cleansing and then
strengthening the immune system is your best chance at prevention.

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Anal Glands

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Anal Glands

Your dog has a fishy smell going on behind ? It might be his anal glands. These glands are located around the anus at 4 and 8 o’clock and can produce a very foul strong odor. They normally empty out automatically during a bowel movement. The scent left behind is a dog’s way of marking his territory, a way of leaving his business card with all the information on it.
These glands can sometimes become inflamed, blocked with thicker secretions or infected if not emptied out properly during bowel movements. You will notice that your dog is scooting his behind across the floor and is constantly trying to bite and lick that area. This problem is more common in small dogs than big dogs. Some dogs will express these glands when frightened or very excited, you will know because of the smell.
Steps to take
  • If glands are infected and swollen, your dog might need medical attention. You may try some of the remedies recommended and see if it gets better.
  • Using a warm cloth, apply it with pressure for 5 minutes on the glands, 2 times a day.
  • Get your dog to exercise for 15 minutes; two times a day will help empty out the glands.
Homeopathic remedies, only use one remedy at a time:
Silica 6c
Use if this problem exists for more than one month
Mild irritation and discomfort
The glands are inflamed and blocked
Dosage: 2 pellets X Silica 6C twice daily for 10 days, wait 10 days and repeat cycle if problem still exists
Hepar sulph 6c
Use this remedy if the glands are infected and may have developed and abscess.
This low potency will help ripen the abscess and help bring it to a head.
Dosage: 2 pellets X Hepar sulph, given twice daily for 3-5 days.
Then give Silica 6x, this will help to drain the glands
Hypericum/Calendula cream or ointment or oil:
To relieve soreness, apply externally 2-3 times daily

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Bites and Insects Stings

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Bites and Insects Stings

If your pet enjoys going outside, there is always a possibility of a dog/cat bite or an insect sting. Infection and damage to body tissue can arise from it if no immediate care is done. Sometimes, we are unaware that our dog got bitten because the puncture wound is hidden deep into the fur and can close on its own in less than 24 hours. A few days later to a week, infection can set in and an abscess is created.
Dogs may have an allergic reaction to an insect bite and go into anaphylactic shock.
Symptoms:
Swelling of the eyes, lips, tongue and throat, hives, coughing and wheezing, severe itching, difficulty breathing, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, weakness, dizziness, bluish tinge to the skin, collapse, and unconsciousness. Your pet will need immediate medical attention.
Immediate action to take if the bite or sting just happened.
  1. Clean the wound with soap and water.
  2. Let run clear water on the wound for a couple of minutes.
  3. Start giving homeopathic remedies
Home homeopathic remedies for minor cases, choose one remedy that mostly resembles the symptoms:
Apis mellifica:
This remedy is the best choice for bee stings.
Symptoms:
Swelling with white edges, excess fluid, the color is reddish, burns and painful.
The animal might be a little drowsy and confused.
Carbolic Acid:
Symptoms:
Useful in bee stings to the face with swelling with possibility itchy eruption all over the body.
Hypericum:
Symptoms:
First choice for bites, use in prevention and treatment of tetanus, there is pain and tenderness, especially where areas of the wound touch nerve endings.
Lachesis:
Symptoms:
Mostly for centipede, poisonous animals, snakes, dogs, cats and spider bites. The wound is hot, the area around the sting is of bluish-purple or purple-black color, swelling
Ledum:
Symptoms:
First choice for bites that leave puncture wounds, the wound maybe cold to the touch, use in prevention and treatment of tetanus, use it for cats, dogs, snakes, fleas, insects, bees, mosquitoes, rats, scorpions, and spiders bites,
Mercurius: Bee stings to the tongue.
DOSAGE:
Potency 6x, 6c, 9c, 12x, 12c, 30x, 30C or 200C: Give one dose of dry pill every 30 minutes for a maximum of 3 doses in a day, repeat 1 to 3 days.
If wound gets worse, stop all homeopathic remedies. If wound is clearly getting better, stop all homeopathic remedies.
To disinfect the wound, make a solution of salted water. Boil one liter of water with 1 teaspoon of salt for about 5 minutes, let cool and pour over the wound. Keep solution away from your pet’s eyes.

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Conjunctivitis

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Holistic home treatment for conjunctivitis (pink eye) in dogs

Dogs can develop conjunctivitis from a virus, bacteria, trauma, lack of tears, dirt, allergies or an underlying chronic illness. Symptoms include inflammation, redness, tearing, burning, itching, dryness, eye or nose discharge, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling of the eyelid. Usually only one eye is affected and can be very uncomfortable for your dog.
Recommended homeopathic treatment ñ use only one homeopathic remedy:
The most useful homeopathic remedy to start with is Euphrasia (eyebright). You can use this internally and externally at the same time.
For external use, mix 1 part mother tincture to 10 parts water or buy the product already mixed. Put 1 or 2 drops into each eye, 2 or 3 times daily.
For internal use, purchase 6C to 30C potency, 2 pills every 4 hours, for a maximum of 3 doses. Use for 3 days in a row then stop and let the remedy continues to work.
For conjunctivitis accompanied with sneezing and a lot of yellow thick mucus, use internally Kali Bichromicum instead of euphrasia.
Kali Bichromicum
Dosage:
Use a higher dosage such as 200C. Administer 2 pills in the morning and 2 in the evening, total of 2 doses daily. Use for 3 days in a row then stop and let the remedy continues to work.
Other possible homeopathic remedies, depending on the symptoms:
Aconitum napellus:
Use this remedy when the infection is sudden, there is inflammation with fever and the cause was exposure to cold weather.
Allium cepa:
When there is a very minor eye irritation. The tear might be clear but your dog might experience discharge mostly from the left nostril.
Arsenicum album:
Use if the right eye is mostly affected with yellow or clear watery discharge.
Syphilinum:
This remedy is available by prescription only. It can be purchased thru a certified homeopath. Might be successful in chronic cases where no other remedy worked.
Dosage for aconitum, allium, arsenic (use only one remedy):
6C to 30C potency, 2 pills every 4 hours, for a maximum of 3 doses. Use for 3 days in a row then stop and let the remedy continues to work.
Depending on the cause of the conjunctivitis, it can be highly contagious. It can spread from dog to dog, dog to cat and even dog to human. Therefore washing your hands and your petís bedding is recommended.

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