Learn about homeopathic medicine and how it can be used to treat cats and dogs.
A complete guide to homeopathy
Homeopathic medicine for cats and dogs is a holistic method using natural substances to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Just like in humans, homeopathy can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, from allergies to diarrhea. Homeopathy concentrates on care of the whole animal with methods that are specific, gentle and sympathetic to the body’s needs. It is based on the utilization of specially prepared, refined dilutions of herbs, minerals and other natural substances, and can be a great alternative treatment option for pets.
Homeopathy in humans was based on the beliefs of ancient Greeks and Romans, but was officially founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th century. Homeopathy is based on the principle of similars—that “like cures like,” or substances that would cause symptoms in large doses, may stimulate the body’s natural healing processes when given in a diluted dose.
This method stimulates the body to heal itself by strengthening the immune system. Remedies are often derived from a variety of plants, animal materials, and minerals and are developed to fit the needs of each individual animal. This can be a very effective form of medicine when administered correctly.
More recently, the practice has been adapted to help pets. Many people now take their pets to holistic veterinary specialists to seek advice in treating a variety of illnesses and disorders, including chronic conditions like digestive issues, skin irritations, arthritis, and respiratory problems. Homeopathic medicine can also be used to treat acute conditions such as diarrhea, bites, and stings. Homeopathy is an effective alternative or accompaniment to many conventional medicines and is often used as a last resort for treating chronic and recurring conditions.
Key benefits of homeopathy for pets
Some of the main advantages of homeopathy include:
- Cooperation with the body’s natural immune system
- Effective for both the prevention and treatment of conditions
- Treatment of a wide variety of conditions
- Fewer side effects than conventional medicines
Common homeopathic remedies
The most commonly used homeopathic remedies include:
- Arnica – used for general pain relief and treating musculoskeletal injuries
- Euphrasia – commonly used to treat eye problems, such as conjunctivitis
- Sulphur – used to treat skin problems, particularly skin allergies
- Silica – used to expel foreign bodies, such as thorns or seeds, from the skin, and can also be used to treat abscesses and sinusitis
- Borax – good for calming pets during thunderstorms and fireworks
- Rhus tox – used to treat arthritis, red swollen eyes and skin infections
- Cantharis – used to relieve the symptoms of cystitis, as well as treat skin conditions and scalds and burns
Types of treatment
Pet homeopathy can be administered in a variety of different forms, each with its own benefits. These include:
- Pellets or tablets
- Dissolved in water
It is generally advised that you administer homeopathic medicine at least an hour before or after your pet has been fed. Storage and handling is also important—as these remedies can lose their potency when not handled correctly. Your holistic veterinarian can provide guidance with regard to handling holistic medication.
Finding the right remedy can also be especially difficult and should be handled by a professional. The key for success relies on the ability to match a remedy to a pet’s symptoms and to fully understand the pet’s lifestyle and any factors that may be influencing the condition. Always seek professionally-supervised homeopathy for your pet so you know they are in safe hands.
Homeopathic remedies are given in diluted forms, and confusingly, the more diluted these substances are, the more powerful they can be. While they typically don’t cause adverse reactions, homeopathic remedies should be given in moderation and under the supervision of a holistic veterinarian. It is generally advised that pets should not take any other medication while taking homeopathic remedies, and holistic veterinarians advise that your pet may get worse before they get better.
Upgrade your pet’s policy
On top of our standard medical insurance coverage, we offer a special Recovery and Complementary Care Rider at an additional cost, which covers you and your pet for a whole range of extra treatments and procedures to make sure your animal stays as healthy as can be. As well as homeopathy, this package includes veterinary recommended acupuncture, behavioral modification, chiropractic treatment, hydrotherapy, naturopathy, and rehabilitative therapy.
The use of these additional treatments in conjunction with more traditional practices can help to nurse your feline or canine friend back to health and comfort more quickly. From effective pain relief to promoting healing and recovery, the therapies under the Recovery and Complementary Care Rider aim to bring your pet back to health as rapidly, safely and effectively as possible.
Homeopathy is included in our Recovery and Complementary Care Rider.