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If used correctly the medicines are harmless, alleviate the animal's discomfort, improve healing, and increase the pet's chance of survival, often by a wide margin. Homeopathy is not a substitute for antibiotics and surgery, but it can eliminate the need for such procedures.


Belladonna: If peracute (very severe and of very short duration, generally proving quickly fatal) red, hot and painful.
Calc. sulph.: If discharging yet not healing.
Pyrogenium: If accompanied by septic fever.
Silica: If chronic.

Acne (Feline)

Constitutional prescription; Example: Graphites or Natrum muriaticum.

Alopecia (Especially Feline)

Arsenicum or Natrum muriaicum according to constitution.

Anesthetic—Delayed Recovery

Nux Vomica.

Anesthesia Antidote and Surgical Shock

Acetic Acid can be used for an animal who is too slow in coming around after anesthesia. Example Dose: Acetic Acid 6C every 15 minutes until the animal is conscious. Only resort to this if recovery is definitely too slow. Note: after the animal revives, antidote Acetic acid with a dose of Aconite 30C before any additional remedies are administered.

Anal Glands

Silica: if chronically filling.

Anaphylaxis—Acute Allergic Reaction

Aconitum: In the acute phase.
Apis mellifica: If swelling of the face and dry mucous membranes.

Appetite Loss or Reduced

If there is vomiting and diarrhea or if the animal hangs its head over the food bowl and won't eat or literally walks away from its food: Arsenicum album.
Nux vomica when you need a remedy for mild digestive upsets.
Also consider: Ignatia, Lycopodium.

Appetite Variable



Apis mellifica; If red, swollen, improved by cold applications.
Bryonia: If worse for any movement. Animal prefers to be motionless. Worse in warm weather.
Calc. fluor.: If exostoses or result of bone growth problems.
Causticum: In the older, weaker dog or cat. Restless at night, improved by warmth and warm damp weather.
Ledum: Especially in the small joints, worse in hot weather.
Rhus tox.: Worse for cold, damp weather, worse rising, from rest, worse first movement, improved by warmth and by continued moderate movement, worse from over exertion.
Ruta grav.: Similar to Rhus tox. Especially after sprains and strains.

Behavioral and Mental Problems

Agression: if there is sudden onset, these animals will bite or strike. Belladonna.
Anticipated fear and "show fright": Gelsemium.
Sudden fright or panic: Aconitum.
Bereavement with hysteria: Ignatia.
Bereavement with moroseness: Natrum muriaticum.
Cowed: Natrum muriaticum, Silica, Staphisagria.
Difficult if left alone: Phosphorus, Pulsatilla.
Panics if left alone: Arsenicum album.
Terror, Fright, Fear of the Dark, Noises and "Aggression": Stramonium.
Excitement: Belladonna, Nux vomica.
Fear of dark: Carbo vegetabilus, Phosphorus, Stramonium.
Fear of thunder/sudden noise: Belladonna, Gelsemium, Nux vomica, Phosphorus.
Hysteria, especially young pups: Belladonna, Chamomilla.
Hysteria generally: Aconitum.
Jealousy: Lachesis.
Irritability: Chamomilla, Nux vomica.
Panic: Aconitum.
Resentment: Staphisagria.
Sexual excitement: Gelsemium, Staphisagria, Tarentula Hispanica.

Birth Difficulties

Caulophyllum: helps all stages of the birth process.

Cat Influenza

Aconitum: In acute, very early stages.
Arsenicum album: Sneezing, burning discharge, sore nose, worse from cold.
Euphrasia: Sore runny eyes, discharge is excoriating.
Kali bich: Ropy, tenacious mucus, yellow discharges, ulcerated nostrils.
Natrum muriaticum: Constant sneezing, runny eyes and nose, seeks solitude.
Pulsatilla: Greenish, yellowish discharges, thirst-less, seeks company.
Silica: Chronic stopped-up nose and sinuses.


Aconitum: Sudden onset.
Calc. phos.: If there is diarrhea.
Gelsemium: Weakness, partial paralysis.


Chamomilla: If the animal seeks comfort and consolation all of the time.
Colocynthis: Griping, cramping pains causing the animal to curl up or, in the case of the horse, roll over and draw the hind legs up, kicking out at intervals.
Lycopodium: With a bloated abdomen.
Nux vomica: After rich food, constipation, knotty feces.


Carbo vegetabilis.


Aconitum or Euphrasia: From cold winds.
Mercurius solubilus; If photophobic.
Pulsatilla: Purulent green-yellow discharges: thirstlessness (also see Cat influenza).


Nux vomica: Frequent ineffectual urging, small, knotty feces. Feeling as if part remained un-expelled. Itching. Scanty stool. Constant uneasiness in rectum. Constriction of rectum. Irregular peristaltic action causes frequent inifectual desire. Possible liver problems. Nux animals are usually nervous, irritable and anxious. Region of stomach can be painful to pressure.
Sulphur: Frequent, unsuccessful desire; dry, insufficient feces expelled with much effort. Keynote: redness around the anus, with itching and burning. Animals who are dirty, filthy and prone to skin affections. Aversion to being washed, dislikes water. Dry and hard hair and skin. Use when carefully-selected remedies fail to act, especially in acute diseases. Complaints that relapse. It is often of great use in the beginning of treatment of chronic cases and in finishing acute ones.

Convalescence (To Support the System in the Recovery Phase)

Cinchona: (medium potency, e.g., 30C), Phosphoric Acid (low potency 6C).


Aconitum: Constant short, dry cough, from cold exposure. Sudden onset.
Bryonia: Harsh, dry cough, worse for movement and from cold dry weather. Wants to be alone.
Causticum: Hard cough with mucus difficult to expel.
Hepar sulphurus: Coughing spells, aggravated by cold.
Kali bichromicum: Cough with plugs in nose. Ulcerated nostrils.
Nux vomica: dry cough with gagging. Worse in the cold.
Phosphorus: Exhausting cough; Thirst for cold water, which is soon vomited.
Pulsatilla: annoying dry cough, thirst-less. Worse in a warm room in the evening.
Spongia: If the heart is involved.


Aconitum: Sudden onset, painful.
Cantharis: Blood in the urine, constant urging, may cry out.
Sarsaprilla: If accompanied by stones or plugs.
Uva Ursi: Disturbance of the urinary system, particularly cistitis.


Constitutional prescription; for example, Arsenicum, Kali sulphuricum, Natrum muriaticum, Sulphur.


Arsenicum album: Usually a chilly animal, often vomits, blood tinged, thirst for small quantities, restless, worse around midnight. Dry mouth.
Veratrum album: Diarrhea and vomiting, together. Used for Hypovolemic shock (shock resulting from loss of fluids, whether from vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) You might confuse some of the symptoms of Veratrum with Arsenicum, but the animal who needs Arsenicum is restless and anxious, while the animal needing Veratrum is quiet.
Mercurius corrosivus: Thirsty, chilly, wet mouth. Much STRAINING, straining before, during and after stool, straining with blood.
Mercurius solubilus: Less dramatic than Mercurius corrosivus, similar symptoms.
Nux vomica: After too much rich food, worse in the early morning.
Pulsatilla: variable consistency, worse in the evening, thirstlessness.
Sulphur: Worse in the early morning, especially about 5 A.M. Worse in hot weather.

Disk Disease

Hypericum and Nux vomica: Acupuncture or Acupressure is particularly helpful in this condition.


Belladonna: If acute, red, hot, painful.
Calcarea sulphurica: Watery, yellow discharge.
Graphities: Weeping, smelly, sore.
Hepar sulphuris: Purulent discharge, painful.
Mercurius solubilus: Foul, purulent discharge.
Sulphur: The ears are hot and ITCHY, the animal looks unkempt, dirty, smelly. To avoid aggravations, use a low potency in the beginning 6C, you can go up the scale slowly when you observe the animals reaction to the the remedy). Sulphur should always be used cautiously, since it tends to produce skin reactions in some animals, such as pruritis (severe itching as a symptom of various ailments) and boils. This is especially so in animals with a history of eczema type skin disease.

Egg Laying (Birds)

Stoping of: Sepia

Eyes (Also see Conjunctivitis)

Cornea ulcerated: Mercurius corrosivus.
Ulcerated, chronic: Conium.
Photophobia: Aconitum, Euphrasia, Mercurius corrosivus.
Entropion: Rhus toxidodendron.
Injury (orbital): Symphytum; (corneal): Ledum.

False Pregnancy

Mild, sweet natured, thirst-less, "nursing": Pulsatilla.
Bad tempered, moody: Sepia.
Milk production: Urtica (in very low potency, 6C).
If there is an element of hysteria: Ignatia.

Feather Pecking In Birds

Ignatia: When upset, bereaved, excitable.
Sepia: When moody and broody.
Sulphur: If too hot, itchy (insure adequate humidity and even temperature, reduce boredom factors).

Feline Urologic Syndrome

Hydrangea: Helps dissolve deposits.
Sarsaparilla: Helps relieve obstruction.
Lycopodium: If there is a tendency.

Felon (Septic Toenails)

Hepar sulphuris: Painful, acute, suppurating.
Silicea: Chronic, brittle nails.


Carbo vegetabilus: Chilly, poor vitality, fear of darkness.
Lycopodium: Distended abdomen, with rumbling bowels, bloated.
Nux vomica: After rich food, overeating, hard knotty feces.

Food Poisoning

Arsenicum, Baptisia.

Foreign Body (Traumatic, in Tissues)

Silicea Prolonged treatment to promote rejection.

Growth Problems

In heavy-framed animals: Calc. carb.
In light-framed animals: Calc. phos.
If bone abnormalities: Calc. fluor.

Hair Balls (mostly cats)

Nux vomica.

Hair Loss

Arsenicum: Restless, chilly type.
Sulphur: Hot, itching, smelly, skin.

Head Tilt, Torticollis or Wry Neck

Cicuta Virosa

Heart Problems

Digitalis: In low potency, helps to strengthen the heart beat and smooth irregularities.
Crataegus: Supports the heart in cases of cardiac insufficiency.
Spongia: If there is a congestive cough, with heart problems, relating to the cough.


Aconitum: If the symptoms include sudden onset, anxiety and fear, great sinking of strength..
Glonoine: If the symptoms are sudden and violent and center around overexposure to too much sun and heat.




Getting away from home can be a lot of fun for some animals, a break from the normal routine. But for others, leaving home and separation from family can be very difficult and can negatively affect their emotional state. Arnica Montana, Ignatia amara, Aurum metallicum, Belladonna, Capsicum, Phosphoricum acidum, Pulsatilla, Gelsemium sempervirens.

Hot Spots

Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum or Silicea.

Incontinence, Fecal

Causticum: Aging animals.
Gelisemium: If nervous, weak type.
Phosphorus: With paralysis.

Incontinence, Urinary

Causticum: In old animals.
Sulphur 6c or 30c, for great urgency.
Baryta Carbonica: Senility in old animals. Example dosing: Baryta Carb. 30c, dose twice daily for 7-10 days and repeat monthly or more often, if necessary, if the condition improves.
Apparently needs to pass urine frequently. Young and excitable. Worse from coughing. Pulsatilla 30c.
Injuries; after any injury or damage in this region: Arnica 30c. Example dosing schedule: Dose 3-4 times daily for 5-7 days, until the animal improves.


Abrasions/grazes/scratches: Calendula.
If painful: Hypericum, Calendula lotion topically.
If infected: Hepar sulphuris internally.
Bites (dog/cat): Arnica and Ledum (Cat). Dogs: Belladonna, Calendula, Hypericum, Ledum.
If infected: Hepar sulphuris.
Bites/stings (insect):
Apis if swollen and improved by cool applications.
Cantharis: if hot, blistered.
Ledum: if improved by cool applications.
Urtica: if improved by warm applications.
Flea Bites: Ledum palustre is great for all kinds of insect bites and puncture wounds from uninvited pests such as fleas. Caladium Sequinum can also be used for fly and flea bites.
Mosquitoes: Staphysagria is an excellent homeopathic option to deal with mosquito bites. The medicine serves dual purpose. It can be effectively used before (Prophylactic) as well as after the bite. Caladium Seguinum can also be used to treat mosquito and fly bites.
Scorpions: Hypericum, Ledum.
Wasps: Apis.
Yellow Jacket: Ledum.
Jellyfish: Apis, Hypericum, Urtica urens (for stings from jellyfish and bees).
Spiders: Ledum.
Bites (snake):
Cedron: if malarial types of symptoms.
Crotalus: Rattlesnake.
Golondrina: if blood toxin.
Guaco: if nerve toxin.
Lachesis: Surucucu snake—purpling of tissues.
Naja: Cobra Virus
Beware of using the isopathic venom in severe cases. It is more helpful in the recovery phase.

Bleeding (hemorrhage):

Arnica, Phosphorus, Hamamelis verginica.



Burns and Scalds:

Cantharis, Urtica.

Crushing injury:

Arnica, Hypericum.


Staphisagria, Calendula lotion.

Fractures/bone injury:

Symphytum (immobilization of fracture if appropriate).

Gunshot wounds:

Ledum, Staphisagria.

Head injury:

Aconitum, Arnica, Belladonna, Glonoine.


Arnica, Hypericum, Hypericum/Calendula lotion.

Puncture wounds:


Road accident:

Aconitum and Arnica.

Septic infection:

Hepar sulphuris, Calendula lotion.
If Chronic: Silicea

Spinal injury:

Hypericum, Phosphorus.


Arnica, Ruta.

Surgical injury:


Tails, Nails or Foot injury:


Always Remember Arnica cannot be wrong in any injury and will always help. Do not use topically on open wounds. The sooner it is given, the quicker and better it will work (like Aconite, carry Arnica with you where ever you go).


Mercurius solubilus, Natrum muriaticum, Phosphorus, Kali chloratum.


Urtica: high potency (30c and above) if insufficient milk flow.
Urtica: low potency (6C and below) to help "dry up" the milk.
Pulsatilla, Cyclamen, Aristolochia: may help in cases of lactatio falso.

Laminitis (Equine)

Aconite: If sudden onset.
Belladonna: If sudden onset with heat and throbbing in the feet.
Hypericum: Longer term.
Silicea or Graphites: In chronic cases.


Lycopodium: if bloated, poor appetite, likes sweet foods, prefers lukewarm water.
Nux vomica: If irritable, toxic, dull in the mornings.


If hot, red, swollen, painful: Belladonna.
If unwilling to move: Bryonia.
If hard, knotted: Phytolacca.
If chronic: Silicea.
If abscessation: Hepar sulphuris.
If suppressed milk flow: Urtica.

Metritis (Inflammation of the Uterus)

Caulophyllum: will help clear postpartum discharges.
Sabina and Secale: may be helpful for more chronic cases.


Bleeding gums: Phosphorus.
Smelly breath, much saliva, swollen gums: Mercurius solibulis.
Dry mouth, sore gums: Arsenicum.
Stomatitis, Periodontitis Chronic: Mercurius corrosivus, Subacute inflammation, redness, bleeding. This remedy is given for chronic gingivitis and periodontitis. It is also a specific for cats with severe STOMATITIS. An Example Dose for cats suffering stomatitis with mouth sores/ulcerations, no appetite, unable to drink, with corrosive brownish saliva is: Merc corr. 6C, given 3 times daily until improved.
Mercurius solubilis: Acute inflammation with marked salivation. Peculiar taste, abscesses, purulent discharge, pain, halitosis.
Kali chloricum: Stomatitis: With kidney disease and possible gastrointestinal distress.
Phosphorus: Chronic inflammation with much bleeding, dry mouth, no halitosis, smooth tongue.
Silicea: Long history of repeated abscesses. Longstanding chronic destruction, many infra-boney defects, especially indicated in chilly animals who lack confidence.

Mud Fever/Greasy Heel (Equine)

Constitutional treatment is necessary but consider especially: Arsenicum, Graphites, Hepar sulphuris, Antomonium crudum.


Abnormal growth of nails or hooves should be helped by constitutional prescribing but especially consider: Graphites, Silicea, Thuja.

Nettle Rash

Apis mell.: better for cold applications.
Urtica urens: better for warm applications.

New Forest Eye (Cattle/Sheep/Goats)

If acute: Mercurius corrosivus.
If chronic: Silicea.


Dietary measures may be necessary but consider: For fat and flabby animals, Calcaera carbonica. Tendency to obesity, Graphites.


Contamination of fur or feathers with oil, diesel, or petrol: Petroleum (in addition, the animal needs careful washing, avoiding dangerous solvents).

Old Age - Diseases of Aging



Causticum, Gelsemium, Hypericum, Phosphorus.


Nux vomica and Echinacea: in general, these remedies will help support the system and eliminate toxins. Other symptoms should be noted and appropriate remedies selected accordingly.

Postoperative Care

Arnica: helps the body to recover from surgical trauma.
Staphysagria: Helps the body to come to terms with the interference.
Phosphorus: Help excessive bleeding.
Strontia and Hamamelis: Surgical Shock and Helps with seepage in the wound.
Aconitum: If there is shock or sudden hemorrhage.


It is useful to support the dam and fetus homeopathically.
Calcarea phosphorica aids the calcium metabolism for both; give one dose weekly during pregnancy.
Caulophyllum one dose twice weekly for the last 3 weeks, prepares for parturition (i.e., six doses in all).

Pregnancy Toxemia (Ovine/Sheep)

Lycopodium, Senna if ketosis is present in the symptoms.
Cicuta: If torticollis, head tilt or wry neck is present.

Preoperative Care

Treat any mental symptoms (see Behavioral and Mental Problems)
Use Arnica twice daily for 2 days before and during the surgery.



Pressure Sores (These are called bedsores in people)

From lying on hard surfaces like concrete or for older animals who lie down and do not change positions often enough: Ledum palustre.



Respiratory Problems

Aconitum: Sudden onset, cough, rapid breathing.
Arsenicum: Asthmatic with thirst, worse around midnight.
Lycopodium: Sudden onset, very ill.


Bacillinum: The first-line remedy to help this problem.
Kali arsenicum, Kali sulphoricum, Sepia, Tellurium: these are other possible remedies to consider if Bacillinum fails.

Rodent Ulcer (Feline)

Kali bichromicum.
Nitric acid.
Natrum muriaticum.

Spraying of Urine (Feline)

Cantharis: Constant urging to urinate, intolerable urging, burning, nephritis with bloody urine.
Staphisagria: Nervous affections, with marked irritability, diseases of the genito-urinary tract. Animals in the Staph. state are very sensitive. Ill effects of anger and insults. Worse for anger, indignation, grief, mortification.

Sunburn/Sunstroke (also see Heatstroke)

Aconitum: If the symptoms are dramatic.
Cantharis: If there is a sunburn are sores.
Glonoine: Sunstroke or Heatstroke. If the animal is in a stupor, or a state of near-unconsciousness or insensibility.

Sweet Itch(Equine Allergic Dermatitis)

Constitutional treatment is necessary but especially consider: Apis, Arsenicum, Sulphur, Natrum muriaticum.

Throat Sore

Mercurius solubilus: Thirsty, much saliva.
Phytolacca: Glands hard, swollen, difficulty in swallowing.
Pulsatilla: Thirst-less, gentle type.

Travel/Motion Sickness

Boat while in: Tabacum, Petroleum.
Car, riding in: Cocculus indicus.
Plane: Cocculus indicus.


After vaccinations to counteract the bad effects. Example dose: one dose of Ledum palustre 200C is sufficient, give two or three pellets or pillules dry, by mouth.


Arsenicum album: Vomiting with diarrhea, restlessness, worse around midnight.
Mercurius corrosivus: repetitive, constant STRAINING, before durning and after the motion, watery mucus, vomits after drinking.
Murcurius solubilus: As above but with yellowish vomitus.
Phosphorus: Vomits soon after food.
Veratrum album: Vomiting and diarrhea together, no restlessness as found in Arsenicum. Vomiting with extreme fatigue, and cold sweat, paws icy cold. Very thirsty, desires icy cold water.


Causticum 6C or 30C: Skin dirty, white and sallow. Hard and small warts occurring anywhere on the body, especially in the older animal. Flat warts or tall and thin. May have a hollowed out appearance.
Thuja 6C or 30C: This is the best general remedy. Thuja is successful in treating more than 50% of warts. The warts are "cauliflower-like" in appearance and often bleed easily. Thuja is also prescribed for many cases of vaccinosis.
Nitric acid 6C. Hard, horny, yellow warts that can be painful. Fissures (splits) may occur. Warts on the eyelids and paws often respond to this remedy. They are sore, itching, may bleed easily and can be moist in appearance.
Any of the wart remedies listed above can be dosed twice daily (if improving) for several weeks until resolved.


Abrotanum, Cina: Roundworms.
Filix Mas, Granatum: Tapeworms.

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