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Natural Remedies for Anemia in Pets


Anemia

Symptoms: 
Symptoms of anemia include loss of appetite, weakness, listlessness, fatigue and pale gums.

Condition: 
An anemic condition means that the red blood cells or erythrocytes are decreasing and not being replaced as fast as they should. There are several tests a veterinarian can do to detect anemia. In dogs, between 35 – 55% of the blood should be red blood cells. If the hematocrit (the ratio of the volume of red blood cells to the total volume of blood) is lower than 35%, a dog would be diagnosed as being anemic.

Causes:
• Hemorrhagic AnemiaLoss of Blooddue to hemorrhage or slow bleeding (internal or external) 
• Aplastic Anemia, due to diseases of the bone marrow, usually caused by serious chronic infections, the over-use of certain powerful prescription drugs, vitamin deficiency
• Hemolytic Anemia, caused by parasite infestations, protozoa or bacteria, streptococci 



Hemorrhagic Anemia
If not too severe the body will usually correct the problem by making more red cells. The remedies that will step up the process and reduce bleeding include:
  1. Aconitum 12c. For sudden onset of an acute state leading to fever or inflammation which may cause broken blood vessels, nose bleed, etc.  The blood will  be bright red.
  2. Arnica 30c. When the hemorrhage is caused from the effects of a trauma to the body. The animal may be oozing dark colored blood from any orifice.
  3. Ficus Religiosa 6c. This is a very good remedy to stop hemorrhage. Especially when the animal is vomiting blood or if there is blood coming from the bowel or uterus.
  4. Crotalus Horridus (rattle snake) 200c. When there is hemorrhaging throughout the body (can be but not always associated with a severe disease, cancer, etc.). The color of the blood is dark and very fluid and does not clot. Blood may ooze from the ears, nose. The color of the urine may dark red and bloody. The animal may vomit dark black blood or bloody slimy mucus and or have intestinal bleeding. It can also be beneficial for absorption of intra-ocular hemorrhages and non-inflammatory retinal hemorrhages.
  5. Ipecac 30c. Consider this remedy if the bleeding bright red, gushing and there is a lot of it. Characteristically the bleeding comes in large surges not in a continuous stream. There may be bleeding from the bowel and lung. The animal may vomit and have an aversion to food.
Aplastic Anemia/Hemolytic Anemia
  1. Silicea 200c. Dosing is done on an as needed basis (refer to blog post "How to Give a Homeopathic Remedy to Pets"). Consider this remedy if the anemia originated from a long standing infection. For marrow dysfunction, it has a specific affinity for the bones (where red blood cells are made). In cases where anemia and malnutrition exist together silicea can be beneficial.
  2. Plumbum Metallicum (Lead) 12c. 2 times daily as needed up until 2 weeks. As with all remedies, you should discontinue dosing as soon as the animal has markedly improves. The blood, alimentary and nervous systems are the specialities of Plumbum's action. There is a rapid reduction in numbers of red blood cells; hence unhealthy pale appearance, jaundice and anemia. There may be weakness in the limbs, weight loss, depression, yellowness in the whites of the eyes, greasy face, blue lines along the margins of the gums, colic, hard stools, ineffectual urging to urinate (drop by drop), cardiac weakness, dry coat, tongue trembles, disposition to yawn and stretch. 
  3. Arsenicum Album 200c. This remedy is valuable in the treatment of chronic anemia especially if the animal exhibits extreme exhaustion and weakness. The anemia may be accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea. These animals will seem restless and thirsty but only for small drinks of water.
  4. Ferrum Metallicum (Iron) 3c or 30c. This remedy helps to increase hemoglobin, it is especially useful in young, animals who are not thriving. These subjects lack strength and weaken after any active effort. The guiding symptoms include great weakness, cold extremities, oversensitiveness, the animal may have flabby relaxed muscle tone, emaciation, white gums, heart palpitations. The Ferrum type pet may be worse late in the evening around midnight. Dose: 6c, once daily for 1 week, followed by 12c once daily for 1 week followed by a 30c once daily for 1 week. This should produce a rapid rise in hemoglobin. If Iron is going to aid in the pet's recovery it will do it rapidly. Dosing the remedy should be discontinued as soon as the improvement has taken placeIf there is no improvement early on in the dosing, the remedy should not be continued.
  5. Ferrum Phosphoricum 3x, increases hemoglobin. In pale anemic subjects, with violent congestions. These animals are often susceptible to respiratory problems and fevers. Hemorrhages, are bright and can flow from any orifice.
  6. Calcarea Phosphorica 6x, 3 times a day for 2 weeks will stimulate the formation of new blood cells in young animals who have developed anemia after an acute disease. The animal may have bone problems, cold extremities and poor digestion. This remedy is more suited to young lean animals rather than animals who are fat and slow moving.
For Conditions that arise from the result of anemia:  

Natrumn Muriaticum (Chloride of Sodium) 6x, 3 times a day for 3 weeks. This remedy is of value in unthrifty conditions arising as a result of anemiaAnimals needing this remedy may also have one or more of the following problems; the animal eats well but becomes emaciated, intermittent fevers, great weakness and weariness, oversensitive, prefers to be alone, dry mucus membranes, dry cracked skin and lips (especially in the middle), eruptions where the body meets the legs, eczema; raw, red and inflamed, alopecia, gastric problems, constipation, enlarged glands.

Acupressure Points for Dogs and Cats




Acu-points for Anemia

Spleen (SP) 6, strengthens the blood building organs
Spleen (SP) 10, nurtures the blood
Stomach (ST) 36, strengthens the bodies qi
Urinary Bladder (BL) 23, tonifys the blood, strengthens the kidney and spleen

The spleen, pancreas, kidney and liver contribute to making the blood. Deficiencies in any of these organs could lead to anemia. The 4 acupressure points in this treatment are focused on strengthening and restoring the spleen qi and the quality of the blood.


Healing With Whole Foods
Foods Rich in Iron and B12

These foods will warm and nourish the spleen and regulate the qi: oatmeal, potatoes, chicken, lean red beef, mackerel and sardines.

Beef liver will provide the B complex vitamins, protein and is one of the best sources of assimilable iron.

Kale is a warming food, it will aid in blood clotting and will help to nourish and strengthen the spleen.

Kelp is rich in iodine and trace minerals 1/8 to 1/2 tsp. daily depending on the size of the animal.

Nutritional yeast is high in B12, small cats/dogs 1/2 tsp. daily mixed into food. Medium/large dogs 1 tsp. daily mixed into food.

Black Strap Molasses is high in iron and sulphur. 1/2 to 3 teaspoons daily, depending on the size of the animal (mix with food or a treat). 

Herbs for Anemia

Alfalfa contains considerable amounts of vitamin K. K is thought to help accelerate replacement of red blood cells. Herbalists use alfalfa as an appetite stimulant and to strengthen to the body. It contains protein, fiber, high amounts of chlorophyll, calcium, trace minerals and vitamins A, B12, B1, C, D, E and K. 
• Cats/small dogs: 1/4 tsp. powder daily, mixed into food
• Medium/large dogs: 1 tsp. powder daily, mixed into food

Note: Alfalfa should be used in small doses. It should not be used in animals with Hemorrhagic anemia because of it's 'coumarin' content which has anticoagulant qualities.

This is an aid to the selection of helpful homeopathic and herbal remedies for dogs, cats, horses and birds. For more information on how to use natural healing methods for pets we recommend "Pet Remedy Charts". The charts contain complete instructions for dosing and administering remedies across a wide range of illnesses. Click here to learn more about using the charts and alternative medicines for pets.
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First Aid Remedies for Pets



This is an aid to the selection of helpful homeopathic and herbal remedies for dogs, cats, horses and birds. It is a compendium for use with our "Pet Remedy Charts". The charts contain complete instructions for dosing and administering these remedies. Click here to learn more about using the charts and alternative medicines for pets.




Abscesses 

Homeopathic Remedies  

Hepar Sulfuris 6c, 2 to 4 times a day. This remedy will usually bring an abscess to a head and drain it in two to four days.   

After the discharging pus has drained:

Silica 30c, once daily for 4 or 5 days will speed up cleaning and healing. With the use of Silica it is common to find a foreign body (foxtail, splinter, etc.) come to the surface which was responsible for the abscess. Silica should also be considered if the abscess becomes chronic.

Pyrogenium 30c, If the abscess is accompanied by a septic fever.

Note: Do not try to treat ear or deep internal abscesses at home.

Birthing (Difficulties)


Homeopathic Remedy 

Caulophyllum (Blue Cohosh) 30c, helps all stages of the birth process. It is a female remedy and a tonic for the womb. It can be used for difficult labor, when the animal is exhausted and anxious. 


Bleeding 

Homeopathic Remedies 

Ferrum Phosphoricum 30c or 200c, every 15 minutes until bleeding has stopped. Or, Ferrum Phos. could be used externally by crushing the remedy into a powder and then sprinkling the powder directly on the wound.

Hamamelis 30c, for open, painful wounds, with weakness from loss of blood. 

Ferrum Phos. 6x or Arnica 30c, could be used for internal bleeding.

Phosphorous 200c, To prevent bleeding before and after dental surgeries. Give 1 dose before and 1 dose after the procedure.

Chinese Medicine for Bleeding
Yunnan Paiyao is a Chinese herbal patent formula that is excellent for stopping bleeding. It was used extensively during the Viet Nam war. It will stop bleeding internally and externally.

This remedy reduces the swelling, bleeding and pain from injuries, wounds and surgery. It is also used in first aid for gunshot wounds. It reduces the pain, swelling and discoloration in bruises very quickly! 

Yunnan Paiyao, can stop hemorrhage and normalize blood flow. You can pour the the capsulated powder directly on to open wounds to aid in cleaning up infection and stop excess bleeding.

Common Uses in Veterinary Medicine: It can be given internally in preparation for surgery. It significantly reduces bleeding during surgical procedures. A dosage example would be to give the remedy for 2 or 3 days before the surgery, then again 3 hours before the procedure takes place.

Powder from a capsule can be used in topical application to stop bleeding toenails during grooming.

It can be used internally for birds who are prone to bleeding blood feathers during the re-growth period.

It is commonly used to aid in the granulation of wounds such as, self-induced granulomatous lesions (the formation of a nodule as a result of inflammation from excessive licking or chewing). For this purpose it is mixed with aloe vera gel for topical treatment.

Collapse

Symptoms: the animal is cold and barely conscious, hardly breathing, gasping weakly, unable to hold its head up.

Homeopathic Remedy

Carbo vegetabilis 30c or 200c, every 30 minutes until improvement then discontinue dosing. If the symptoms return repeat dosing. Obtain immediate veterinary help. 

Dehydration


Symptoms: Loss of bodily fluids, from diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding, excessive lactation (from feeding a large litter), etc. 

Homeopathic Remedy

Cinchona, Peruvian Bark Rubiaceae (China)

China 30c, Dose frequently until improved. China (pronounced KEE-NA), helps overcome the effects of dehydration.

Edema

Symptoms: Fluid/water retention. Changes in the water retaining properties of the tissues themselves that cause an abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin, or in one or more of the body cavities (lungs, abdomen, etc.)

Homeopathic Remedy

APIS MELIFICA 6x, can be given every 2 hours until the animal improves, then discontinue dosing. Only if the symptoms return should you dose again.

Eye Trauma

Condition: 
A blow to the eye.

Homeopathic Remedies

Symphytum 30c, every hour, until improvement is seen, then stop dosing. Resume dosing only if symptoms return.

Hamamelis 6x, every 2 hours, until symptoms improve, then stop dosing. This remedy will hasten absorption of blood inside the eye.

Heat Stroke

Symptoms: 
Skin flushed and hot, strong rapid pulse, heavy labored breathing, pupils fixed and dilated. Keep the remedies below in mind for dogs, cats, horses or birds that have been left in hot cars/trailers/cages or any animal that has been stranded in the sun or who is suffering from heat exhaustion.

Homeopathic Remedy 

Belladonna 30c, can be given every 15 minutes for up to 3 doses if needed. As soon as you see signs improvement stop dosing. Only if the animal's symptoms return, resume dosing again.

Flower Essences for Pets 

Rescue Remedy 

How to prepare Rescue Remedy for pets: Get a 30ml bottle with a dropper in the lid (try your health food store or local pharmacy), and then add 4 drops of Rescue Remedy to the bottle. Then fill the bottle with spring water. 

Emergency First Aid Dose: give the animal four drops from the dilution bottle at a time. This can be repeated as often as every few minutes until you can obtain veterinary help or the crisis passes.

Homeopathic Remedies for Animals

Calcarea Phosphoricia 6x, 3 times a day for 2 weeks will
stimulate the formation of new blood cells. 

Natrumn Muriaticum 6x, 3 times a day for 3 weeks if the animal is depressed with low
energy. 

Ferrum Phosphoricum 3x, increases hemoglobin.



Pancreatitis

Symptoms:  
Pain in the abdomen which may cause the animal to "hunch" up, abdominal distention, lack of appetite, yellow, greasy stools, diarrhea, vomiting, depression, fever, and dehydration. In severe cases, symptoms may also include irregular heartbeat, sepsis (infection) and difficulty breathing.

It will be obvious that the animal is very ill and in need of treatment. See a veterinarian right away. 

Homeopathic Remedies

Iris Versicolor 3x, every 3 hours, during the attack. As soon as the animal improves discontinue dosing. Repeat dosing only if the symptoms return.


Puncture Wounds

Condition:  
For pain from a puncture wound such as from a fish hook, nail, sharp wire or animal bite.

Homeopathic Remedies


Ledum 30c, 4 times a day. Stop dosing as soon as the animal improves. Ledum may also help prevent Tetanus, infection.




Vaccinosis (Bad Reaction to Vaccines)

Condition:
Ill health in dog's, cat's or horses following a vaccination.

Homeopathic Remedy

Thuja 30c, every 12 hours for 3 doses.

Warfarin Poisoning (Rat Poison)
  
Symptoms:
This type of poison can cause dangerous internal bleeding. If you dog/cat has eaten a bated rat/mouse or rat poison see your veterinarian immediately to avoid fatal internal bleeding.

Homeopathic Remedies 

The following pet remedies have a great affinity for stopping hemorrhage:

Millefolium 3X, is an invaluable remedy for various types of internal hemorrhage, especially if the blood is bright red. Dose frequently, as needed. Stop dosing when the animal improves. Repeat dosing if symptoms return.  

Trillium 3X or Crotalus Horridus 6X, especially if the blood is watery and dark. Dose frequently, as needed. Stop dosing when the animal improves. Only repeat dosing if the symptoms return.

Important Note: Any of the conditions listed above has the potential to be a life threatening situation. Always see a veterinarian immediately if your pet has been injured or becomes ill.

To learn more about holistic treatments and natural healing strategies for pets, be sure to visit Pet Remedy Charts the ultimate guide to using herbs, homeopathy, flower remedies and acupressure in home pet health care.

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Urinary Blockage in Cats


Homeopathy to the Rescue

If your cat has this condition there is inflammation in the lining of the urethra and it's associated tissues. This problem increases mucus production. The swelling causes narrowing to the opening which makes it more susceptible to obstruction by a mix of mucus and sediment. Treatment at this point is directed toward the inflammation and swelling. Sometimes if the inflammation is brought under control it is enough to allow the obstruction to pass through. In males, massaging the penis may hasten in aiding the release of the plug.

Homeopathic Remedies for Urethral Obstruction

Aconitum Napellus (Monkshood) 30c — Indicated for conditions of intense inflammation and pain. In an Aconitum state the cat typically is very anxious and shows great fear. Homeopathically a dose would be given every 10 minutes for three doses to bring relief. If no response is seen consider the following remedy.

Apis Mellifica (honey-Bee) 30c — This remedy picture is of a cat who is constantly urging in attempt to urinate because of the intense swelling inside the urethra. With all the cat's effort he is hardly able to release one drop. Pain and anguish ensues. Example: 1 dose every 10 minutes for 3 doses. If this doesn't correct the problem consider the following remedy suggestion.

Coccus cacti (Cochineal) 30c — This remedy is indicated when there is excess mucus, sediment and protein debris. The same dosage schedule applies: 1 dose every 10 minutes for 3 doses.

This is life threatening emergency situation.  If the blockage persists for even just a day or two, toxins can build up in the system and the cat could die. Any treatment should be monitored professionally by a veterinarian. 

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Can Pets Get The Swine Flu?

In general, influenza viruses are not transmitted from one species to another. For example, dogs and cats don't develop the flu after exposure to owners with who have had a flu virus. 

While it is theoretically possible for a new influenza strain to be transmissible between humans and other domestic animals, it is likely that such a strain would be transmissible between only humans and one other animal. Because the "Swine Flu" virus contains genetic elements of human, pig and avian flu viruses, it would seem very unlikely that this strain would have the ability to infect hosts which are not humans, pigs or birds.

With no help from the folks in charge of the studies, pigs seem to be getting a bad reputation over the so-called "swine flu". To abolish the theory that porkers are to blame scientists are renaming it "H1N1" influenza. To date, there is no scientific evidence that a pig can even be infected by the new virus, so for right now pigs are in the clear and it's probably safe to leave the bacon on your BLT. 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association,"there is no evidence that pets are susceptible to this new strain of influenza; it appears to be transmitted solely from person to person".

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Homeopathic Remedy: Ledum


Ledum (Rosemary) 

Clinical Uses: 
Homeopathically prepared the little rosemary flower packs a big healing punch. It is a remedy that should be in your summer first aid kit to combat the effects of insect bites. Nothing works better for, flea or mosquito bites. It is also used for animal bites and puncture wounds caused by thorns, nails, barbed wire or any sharp object (helps to prevent infection and tetanus). Ledum has a specific action on hematoma (bleeding under the skin) after a trauma. It works deeper than Arnica. If your pet receives a blow to the eye that causes swelling and bleeding, Ledum is great to give before heading to the veterinarian. It is also the number one remedy for pressure sores that won't heal. These are seen so often in older dogs and other animals that lay for long periods of time on concrete or other hard surfaces. 

A homeopathic secret: We feel compelled to share it, but hope you don't need it... If you ever have a hangover caused by overindulging in hard liquor, it's Ledum 30c or 200c to the rescue!

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How To Give A Homeopathic Remedy to Pets



Methods of Administering 
the Dose

Homeopathy is one of the most versatile forms of medicine when it comes to treatment options in animal healthcare.

It is also one of the easiest medicines to give as well as receive. Especially in emergency situations. 

Homeopathic Acute Dosing Guidlines

Choose the remedy that best matches the pet’s state. Use only one remedy at a time. DO NOT mix different remedies together.

Preparing the Acute Remedy


1. Bottle of Spring Water – 8 oz.

2. Dissolve 1 or 2 remedy pilluels or tablets in the 8 ounces of water in the bottle.

3. Label the bottle with the remedy’s name.



Note: You can use any brand of purified water. We use 'Aquafina'. It is purified using a 'reverse osmosis' system and their water tests almost as pure as distilled water. If you can't find small 8 oz. size bottles just empty the size bottle you have into a measuring cup and measure back 8 oz. of water into the bottle.



Acute Dosing:



SUCCUSS - Succuss the remedy bottle 2 times BEFORE GIVING EACH DOSE; this means, strike the bottom of the bottle hard, against a padded surface or a phone book.  Succussing slightly increases the potency of each dose that you give, and makes the remedy gradually work faster and deeper, but with a more gentle effect. 



DOSE - For dogs, cats, horses, etc. Give 1 teaspoon as a dose, DIRECTLY FROM THE REMEDY BOTTLE. The weight of the animal — or the species of animal — is irrelivant, to the dose. EXCEPT when treating birds, rodents or a tiny newborn, that may be too small to receive a full teaspoon dose. In this instance adjust the amount to what the animal can comfortably take into their mouth by syringe. You can use a disposable plastic spoon or syringe to give each dose, but only use this spoon/syringe with the chosen remedy, not for food or other remedies. Administer the liquid remedy slowly, going into the side of the mouth, across the tongue, so the animal does not choke on the liquid.  


WAIT AND WATCH - After giving the first dose, wait and observe whether or not the animal experiences any changes in its energy level or disposition, its physical symptoms, resting patterns, eating, drinking or skin irritations. Even if some symptoms persist, if the pet’s energy level and disposition improve, then the remedy is working.

REPEATING THE DOSE - Dose ONLY, as needed and NO MORE than once every 2 -hours. Give another dose only if the animal's condition HAS IMPROVED (remedy is working) AND THEN BEGINS TO WORSEN (the remedy’s effects are wearing off) - This is a sign that your remedy was correct and that another dose is needed. Even if some of the original symptoms persist, as long as the animal's symptoms do not worsen and its energy level is good, then do not repeat a remedy dose - The remedy is still at work. Giving too much remedy can temporarily intensify the symptoms. Every animal is different, and dosing can vary considerably between pets. Some patients only need one or two doses, and their problem is alleviated. Others may need to be dosed at 2 hour intervals for several doses. Your ultimate goal is to give as FEW doses of the remedy as possible to achieve results. There is no set schedule for dosing. It is simply calculated by observing the individual being treated. 

ACUTE EMERGENCIES: Dose as needed - as often as every 15 to 30 minutes in severe cases such as high fever, poisoning and serious accidents. Don’t overdo it, be sure to slow down to one dose every hour or two as the symptoms improve, then stop the remedy. 

Will the liquid remedy expire? If a preservative (a few teaspoons of food grade glycerin) was added to the liquid remedy when it was made, then the bottle of remedy can remain active for several weeks, if properly stored away from direct heat, light and strong odors (best to refrigerate). A liquid remedy that has been made without adding any preservative will remain active for just 24 hours and should be made fresh daily

What if there is no response to the remedy – Symptoms, energy level and mood remain unchanged. Either the remedy dose was too WEAK in potency or a different remedy is needed. First, boost the potency of your remedy (add 2 more succussions) and RE-DOSE. If still no response, change to a different remedy. 

DRY DOSING: In acute situations, give a remedy dry only if it is impractical to put it in water. In that case the dose would be one globule or one tablet for any size animal, crushed to a powder. The instructions for how often and when to give a dry remedy are the same as the dosing instructions above.

Handleing the remedies: To avoid negating (causing it not to work) a homeopathic remedy, you should not touch it with your hands. Use a plastic disposable spoon or the cap of the container to dispense the pills. If you accidently touch or drop one just throw it away and dispense a new one. 

• It is best to give the homeopathic remedy into a neutral mouth. This means that before or after giving a remedy, the animal's mouth should be free of food or drink for 20 to 30 minutes. This does not apply in emergency situations when the remedy is needed immediately. 

Homeopathic remedies come in many forms. Hylands brand, makes a soft dissolve tablet. Boiron's brand, comes as hard pillules that are slow to dissolve (shown in picture). If the brand you are using is hard and will not readily dissolve, put the pills in a small folded piece of white paper and crush the remedy on a hard surface with a flat kitchen knife. Then sprinkle the powdered remedy into the water bottle. 

For detailed guidance in selecting the appropriate remedy across a wide range of illnesses and dry and wet dosing, the potency to give and how often to repeat the remedy, we suggest using "Pet Remedy Charts", Homeopathy to the Rescue. The charts are a treasure trove of advice for the newcomer as well as a reliable quick reference for the homeopathic practitioner.

Recommended Reading: For professionals or anyone wanting to learn how to use homeopathy for for pets - This is the gold standard in books for Veterinary Homeopathy. 'Fast Forward to the Cure Pro-Version, 2.0', is a digital publication in PDF format that you can download and start using now. Learn advanced veterinary homeopathy, LM dosing techniques and the methods of 'Dynamic Dosing' for dogs, cats, horses or birds which can speed a pets healing time by 1/4 to 1/2 or more! Veterinary Materia Medica, Therapeutic Repertories, printable Case Taking Forms, Observation Sheets and full color Anatomy Charts for dogs, cats horses and birds are included in 14 Chapters and over 1,000 pages. To see complete details and excerpts from the book CLICK HERE.


 
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Homeopathic Remedy: Calendula



Calendula (Marigold) 

The common garden Marigold is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies. It is the best wound antiseptic available and can be used externally and internally. 

Its main use is for the healing of cuts, open wounds and surgical incisions. You should never use Arnica cream on open wounds, only use Calendula cream! 

Clinical uses: Homeopathic calendula can be given internally right before your pet has surgery as a preventative for infection and to promote speedy healing. Give a couple of the pillules right before any surgery. It will never interfere with any medication or anesthesia that your veterinarian uses. It would also be indicated for dental work that involves extraction or cutting of the gums: it relieves pain and stops the bleeding. Calendula is the top remedy pic for postoperative healing of incisions and tears.


Recommended Reading: For professionals or serious students - This is the gold standard in books for Veterinary Homeopathy. 'Fast Forward to the Cure Pro-Version, 2.0', is a digital publication in PDF format that you can download and start using now. Learn advanced veterinary homeopathy, LM dosing techniques and the methods of 'Dynamic Dosing' for animals which can speed a pets healing time by 1/4 to 1/2 or more! Veterinary Medica, Therapeutic Repertories, printable Case Taking Forms, Observation Sheets and full color Anatomy Charts for dogs, cats horses and birds are included in 14 Chapters and 872 pages. To see complete details and excerpts from the book CLICK HERE.

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Canine Anatomy: Understanding the Thyroid


Understanding the Thyroid



The thyroid would be just under a bow tie (if your pet wore one), in the same place and the same shape.  It makes three main hormones; calcitonin, which affects calcium levels; thyroxin (T4); and triiodothyronine (T3). T3 and T4 affect metabolic rate - the speed at which cells perform chemical reactions. Higher levels speed metabolism. The parathyroids are pea-like glands embedded in the posterior (rear) parts of the thyroid. They make parathormone (parathyroid hormone) which, with calcitonin, regulates calcium levels. More parathormone means more calcium is released from bones to satisfy the constant, small demands of your pets muscles and nerves for this vital mineral.

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Flower Essence Repertory

Bach Flower Formulary 

This is a list of flower remedy combinations that may help in specific conditions and situations. Flower essences treat physical conditions on an emotional level. Physical treatments should always be considered simultaneously.

Boarding: Walnut, chestnut bud, honeysuckle, star of Bethlehem, olive, gentain, white chestnut; also for the owner who worries about the pet during separation.
Anemia: Walnut, chestnut bud, olive, star of Bethlehem, gentain
Animals that do not get along (jealously): Walnut, cheastnut bud, beech, willow, holly
Barking excessively: Chestnut bud, cerato, heather, vervain
Car sickness: Walnut, chestnut bud, scleranthus, mimulus, Rescue Remedy
Cystitis caused or aggravated by fear: Walnut, chestnut bud, aspen, mimulus, rock rose
Dermatitis: Crab apple, walnut, chestnut but, Rescue Remedy
Detoxification: Crab apple, walnut, chestnut bud, olive, gentain
Diarrhea: Walnut, crab apple, olive, star of Bethlehem, Rescue Remedy
Epilepsy: Walnut, cherry plum, scleranthus, larch, olive
Fear: Walnut, chestnut bud, mimulus, aspen, rock rose, larch
Grieving, Star of Bethlehem, walnut, honeysuckle, chestnut bud, gentain
"Healing crisis": If the aggravation lasts more than a few hours give gentain and Rescue Remedy. When the problem is resolved, discontinue giving the gentain and Rescue Remedy and continue with the original remedy or combination.
Incontinence: Walnut, chestnut bud, olive, agrimony
Infections: Crab apple, walnut, olive, gentain, Rescue Remedy
Paralysis: Walnut, chestnut bud, star of Bethlehem, gentain, olive, scleranthus
Stressful environment: Mixture of walnut, mustard, wild rose, crab apple sprayed in the area
Trips to vet or groomer: Rescue Remedy, elm, aspen, mimulus, sweet chestnut
Trailering (horses): Walnut, chestnut bud, mimulus, aspen, rock rose, scleranthus
Training: Walnut, chestnut bud, olive, clematis, impatiens, wild oat
Trauma: Walnut, crab apple, gentain, olive, star of Bethlehem, Rescue Remedy
Vestibular syndrome: Walnut, scleranthus, olive, cherry plum, chestnut bud, star of Bethlehem
Vomiting: Rescue Remedy, crab apple, walnut, star of Bethlehem, olive

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