Does anyone know whether homeopathic remedies are safe for dogs? There is a Homeopathic Remedy Kit I was looking at buying which has things like this in it: * APIS - Provides almost instant relief of wasp, bee, jellyfish stings etc * ARSENICUM ALBUM - Digestive disorders including food poisoning, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhoea, and gastroenteritis. Perfect for "upset tummy" from unfamiliar food. *CHAMOMILLA - A calming remedy, used to treat anxiety, irritability, or insomnia. Also good for digestive complaints. Often prescribed for colic and teething in infants. *LEDUM - For preventing infection from puncture wounds, cuts, grazes and insect stings. Also relieves stiff, painful joints and rheumatic pain. *RHUS TOX - Musculo-skeletal problems such as arthritis, sciatica, restless legs. Also for skin conditions such as herpes, nappy rash, blisters, eczema, shingles. I thought these could come in handy with my dog when he gets bitten, cuts himself, has a pain in the tummy etc. The arthritis remedies would have been good for my 10.5 year old Boxer who was quite stiff. Do you think it would be alright or too risky to bother with?
I'd first look for a homeopathic book for pets. Geez, there's got to be one, it's so popular these days. I read in a dog magazine about homeopathy for dogs, but I don't know which ones are safe, just like some human foods are unsafe for dogs. I'd look for some information before I tried anything.
Dog Fancy October 2004 pg. 26 has an article on just that: Apis mellifica: derived from the venom of a honeybee, used for allergic reactions, insect bites and hives. Arnica montana for soft tissue injuries, sprains, bruises or stiffness and to speed surgical healing. Nux movica for digestive problems, hypericum perforatum for nerve pain or damage from a pulled tooth to an injured back. Those are some mentioned. The article is very good.
Holistic medicine is completely safe if used correctly. It would be best to enlist the help of a holistic vet. I have used holistic remedies on my dogs for various ailments as well as preventatives. Here's a couple of very good weblinks to holistic medicine. http://www.listservice.net/wellpet/naturalhealing/index.html http://www.wholisticanimal.com/Homeopathy.html http://www.holisticdog.org/