Homeopathic products for pets usually contain materials from plants, animals, and minerals and are highly diluted. The idea is to help your pet heal itself. These products are readily available in popular pharmacies and supermarkets and provide relief from bee stings to indigestion, anxiety, respiratory issues, and more.
The FDA tells us there are currently no FDA-approved products labeled as homeopathic, therefore their safety and effectiveness are not regulated. Why do so many pet parents choose the homeopathic route then? It’s usually the same reason humans choose a more natural health path than traditional medicine.
Homeopathic remedies are an alternative solution for pets and pet owners who want a more natural way of raising their dogs. Instead of medicines and vaccinations created in a lab, homeopathy uses the body’s natural immune system to keep pets healthy. Many use this alternative form of medicine to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Cool, right?
There are specific veterinary practices that specialize in homeopathic remedies instead of the typical health journey a regular veterinarian might offer. There are also those doctors who practice both.
If you look at your own choices for healing, you may get a flu shot every year, however, use the homeopathic herb arnica to reduce inflammation and swelling. You may feed your dog kibble, however, add in a scoop of organic canned pumpkin to help with indigestion and diarrhea. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends adding a small amount of this nutrient-rich and immune-boosting protein to help smooth the transition between different types of food.
It makes perfect sense to incorporate homeopathic remedies into your dog’s life. Natural, however, doesn’t mean without risk. There’s important information you need to arm yourself with to use homeopathic remedies correctly and to keep your pet healthy and flourishing.
The Rules of Homeopathic Remedies
While it’s easy to get homeopathic remedies, it’s also easy to make mistakes. It’s essential to do your research, talk to your vet, and understand what a homeopathic lifestyle means for you and your pet. You would never want to harm your pooch so following these rules will help guide you in the right direction and safely treat your dog.
Give homeopathic remedies at least 20 minutes before you feed your dog so it has an empty stomach. Don’t touch your dog’s remedies as you may contaminate them.
You may see immediate relief of symptoms or they can get worse before they get better.
Don’t store your remedies in direct sunlight or extreme heat or cold.
You can find homeopathic remedies in several different forms:
For some pet owners, it’s as easy as opening up their dog’s mouth and placing the pill in the back of their tongue. If your dog rejects the tablet, you may need to gently hold its mouth shut while lightly blowing, which will trigger it to swallow. For others, it’s putting a pill in a treat and tricking the dog.
These are very small and depending on the amount needed, your dog may swallow or they will dissolve before it gets fussy. You can also put these small round white pellets in peanut butter or treats.
It’s normal to have questions. If your veterinarian is supportive of a homeopathic approach, talk about the best methods for giving your pet these amazing remedies. If not, perhaps search for a doctor who’s more in line with your beliefs. There are also several groups on social media to support you through your homeopathic journey as well.
What Are Examples of Homeopathic Remedies for Canines?
We mentioned arnica earlier for humans. In dogs, arnica also helps reduce swelling and relieves pain amongst many other healing powers including trauma to the body, muscle cramps, and insomnia, to name a few. It’s one of the most popular homeopathic remedies out there today.
When we think of borax, we think of the powdered toxin never to ingest or an ingredient to make slime for the kids. This borax is different. The remedy borax can help your dog cope with those scary thunderstorms and calm your precious pup.
CBD Hemp Oil
From cancer to situational and behavioral anxiety, CBD oil can be quite effective as a homeopathic remedy. It has gained tremendous popularity over the past few years and both people and dogs swear by it. Dogs, of course, tell their owners.
Best known for helping to expel foreign material from the body such as thorns and splinters, silica is referred to as the homeopathic surgical knife. Nature is pretty amazing, isn’t it?
Popular with humans, melatonin is also effective for pets who suffer from certain anxieties like separation anxiety. It can also naturally treat Cushing’s disease.
There are over 2,000 homeopathic remedies available, and more and more veterinarians are offering homeopathic solutions in addition to Western medicine. Most of these remedies have multiple functions in dogs and are a natural way to treat their ailments. There are fewer side effects reported than conventional medications and while there are skeptics, you need to determine the best path to take when it comes to your dog.
Healing your beloved pet with the power of homeopathic remedies and embracing a holistic approach by enhancing your dog’s diet with carefully selected, natural, and nutritional supplements will undoubtedly lead to optimal health, happiness, and overall wellness for your furry companion. Remember, a proactive approach to pet health is the key to a long, fulfilling, and joyous journey together.
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