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Releive Itching and Scratching

In Animals use the remedies for short periods of time, or use them intermittently. Constant repetitions of homeopathic medicines used over long periods of time can worsen the overall condition just like strong prescription drugs can.

Choosing the correct homeopathic medicine: A well chosen remedy will act rapidly. You should see results quite quickly, by 3 repetitions at most, there should be signs of improvement. If there is no improvement, you should select a different remedy more suited to the case.

Determine the cause of the problem and work at eliminating that. Example: Diet, allergies, topical contact with allergens, etcetera.

Below you will find several remedy choices, look for the remedy that best matches your pets symptom picture. Remember, your pet doesn't have to have all of the symptoms found in the remedy, however the remedy should have all or at least 3 strong symptoms found in your pet.

Apis mellifica

The venom of the honeybee. This remedy is indicated for intense burning and itching that is usually accompanied by hot, red swollen sores, reminiscent of bee stings. Generalized white puffy swelling may also occur, as may a general redness with intense itching. The face is often swollen and the eyelids shut. The itching tends to be worse at night. Heat worsens while cool air and bathing helps the itching and swelling.

Arsenicum album

These animals toss and turn at bed time, unable to find a comfortable position. They have a need to walk about, moving from room to room or from inside to outside unable to find relief. They are restless, restlessness is quite common, especially just after midnight to 4 a.m. The pet in the Arsenicum state is usually chilly (heat seeking). Their pains are burning but queerly, they are relieved by heat. Burning is a part of the Arsenicum picture. They may also itch intensely without any eruptions. The animal often starts with dry, scaly, itching skin that can quickly turn into infected sores or hotspots if the condition persists.

Dosing Example: 30C

Formica rufa

This remedy is made from red ants, so you can easily imagine the itching that might call for its use. Redness with itching and burning is common; it looks like a nettle rash. Ants have formic acid in their saliva, which stings the skin. There is even an old medical term, "fomication," which means a sensation as if number of ants were crawling over a part of the body.

Gout and arthritis are part of the chronic picture of this remedy, especially on the right side, so if you pet has this along with itching this remedy is a real possibility. The itching may be better with warmth like Arsenicum, but is also better after midnight—the opposite of Arsenicum.

Dosing Example:

Ledum palustre

Ledum has its greatest use in puncture wounds and thus has been reported to be helpful with itching due to flea bites. The itching is worse with warmth, especially after warming up in bed. Cold air and cold applications often relieve the itching.

The plant produces a rash similar to that of poison oak/ivy, thus it may alleviate a similar rash on the body. Dogs and cats are not typically affected by these plants, though they will commonly bring the oils to their guardians as and unwanted gift. A bumpy red and white rash similar to that of poison ivy may respond to Ledum.

Curiously, Ledum also has a use in Rheumatic affections like arthritis, and honeybee venom us used conventionally in some cases of arthritis., so there may be some connection between skin and joint problems. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, as are most skin ailments, so skin disease may serve as a warning of possible later development of arthritis.

Dosing Example: 30C


I have good response to this remedy with constantly itchy animals who have no other symptoms. Like those needing Arsenicum, these pitiful guys often itch furiously, but the skin appears normal—itching without eruptions. Itching is worse at night in bed, and touching often incites intense itching. Warm bathing or applications usually worsen the itching as well. Vaccinations my initiate the Mezerum state.

Dosing Example:

Rhus toxicodendron

This is poison ivy—no explanation needed for those who have experience the excitement of a reaction to this plant! In mild cases, the resultant rash is bumpy and really really itchy; in serious cases, large blisters form, and the itching is so intense that it never stops. Heat and warm bathing intensifies the itching initially, though it may relieve the itch after some time. Motion may alleviate the itch, so these pets may move constantly.

Rhus tox is yet another arthritis and skin itching remedy. The joint pains are better with continued motion and warmth.

Dosing Example: 30C

Silicea (Silica)

This is a great remedy in skin affections, particularly when they begin after a vaccination. The skin eruptions often get infected, and these pets may suffer from recurrent abscesses. Itching may not be as intense as with the remedies listed above, but it is persistent. These pets are usually chilly and may be rather listless.

This is a very deep-acting remedy, so don't use it for too long or too often without assistance from a professional homeopath. It is commonly needed in animals because of the numerous vaccinations they receive.

Urtica urens

This remedy is made from a plant, called stinging nettle. Nettles have formic acid on them, so the itching will be similar to the remedy above, Formica rufaburning and stinging. Itching is violent, though rubbing or scratching the area relieves the itch. Exercise worsens the Urtica itch, and rest makes the itch feel better.There may be red blotches that are especially itchy.

Urtica is also a good remedy for bladder inflammation with constant straining to urinate, and it is also a good remedy to consider for gout and arthritis alternating with skin rashes.

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