A homeopathic remedy is one way to treat dogs with allergy symptoms.
Dog owners have options in curing their canines suffering from allergies. A less traditional option is to use homeopathy, a holistic approach and belief that diseases can be cured by strengthening a dog’s natural defense mechanism. A homeopathic remedy is created by the mixture of small amounts of mineral, plant or animal substances with water. Once the solution is shaken, the energy molecules released act as the healing function in curing dogs with allergies, according to Allergies in Dogs.
Holistic veterinarians use homeopathic remedies to relieve a dog’s itching due to allergies. Apis mellifica, or bee venom, helps alleviate the intense itching and burning associated with hot and red sores. A common symptom for dogs with this disease is a face so inflamed that the eyelids are shut. Another remedy is Formica rufa, or red ant, that treats dogs with severe itching, stinging or burning with skin infected with rashes. Arsenicum album, or metallic element arsenic, helps with dry and itching skin that turns into infected sores if not treated. Other remedies include rhus tox, or poison ivy, and silicea, or silica, according to Natural Dog Health Remedies.
Homeopathic medicine has no major side effects as it’s a safe form of treatment. No chemicals or drugs are used in the remedies. But some dogs may experience brief aggravations right after taking the remedy. Dogs might initially have physical problems such as ear, eye or skin discharge, or even behavioral changes, like changing a sleeping location, according to Allergies in Dogs. This is actually a good sign and a small part of the healing process. It means that the dogs are trying to eliminate toxins from their bodies.
Owners should not administer any other medications to their dogs while their pets are on homeopathic treatment unless approved by a veterinarian with homeopathic insight, according to Allergies in Dogs. This includes topical treatments for the skin, eyes or ears because these treatments suppress important symptoms. Owners should even avoid using other homeopathic remedies due to possible interference. Also, dogs should not receive vaccinations because the medicine creates its own imbalances within the body.
Administering the Medicine
Owners can give their dogs homeopathic treatment by dissolving the pellets in a little amount of water, dropping the pellets in a dog’s mouth or grinding the pellets into a powder that is poured into a dog’s mouth. Owners also should not touch the remedy because it will disturb the energetic properties of the remedy, according to Allergies in Dogs. It’s best to open the bottle and shake the pill right into the dog’s mouth. The remedy can also be administered with a dropper. Dogs should take the remedy at least 45 minutes before eating.
The first recorded use of homeopathy was by Hippocrates in 400 B.C., according to Allergies in Dogs. People learned that herbs given in low doses helped cure the similar symptoms they tried to cure with large poisoning doses. Homeopathy was formalized by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700s, according to Pet Education. He found that the remedy someone needs is based entirely on the symptoms that person experiences.