Because owners love their dogs, it can be devastating when their pets are sick. Although many owners have their dogs treated conventionally, others are choosing homeopathic remedies for relieving symptoms of their dogs' illnesses. An example of how homeopathic remedies work can be shown in treating a dog that's stung by a bee. As a dog would feel pain and swelling when stung, the homeopathic theory contends that by giving a highly diluted dose of bee venom the pain and swelling symptoms are relieved. It's all based on the theory of "like cures like."
The word homeopathy comes from the Greek words "homeoios" (the same) and "pathos" (disease). Homeopathy for dogs is a natural way of treating common dog health problems instead of traditional methods of treating with antibiotics that only temporarily relieve symptoms. The idea is based on the Law of Similiars, meaning a substance given in large doses that causes an illness can be used in small doses to treat symptoms of the illness.
Functions and Benefits
The purpose of dog homeopathy is to help a dog's body fight diseases by stimulating its own natural defence and immune system. To do this it uses small amounts of specially prepared remedies for setting the canine body system back in order. By stimulating the dog's own body energy a natural healing process takes place. What's more, as the immune system gains strength, the tendency to disease is overcome, preventing recurrences. Homeopathic remedies don't have as many side effects as conventional dog medications. Most vets will offer homeopathy treatment if requested by the owner.
Homeopathic Substances and the Potentization Process
Homeopathic remedies are made from substances taken from plants, animal or minerals which are subjected to a process known as potentization. More than 2,000 substances have been proven to have direct effects in treating dog illnesses. Some examples include plants as poison ivy, venom taken from a snake bite and minerals such as sulphur. The process of potentization brings out the medicinal properties of substances by taking original materials of substances in their natural state and diluting them with water or alcohol, resulting in an energetic transformation.
Canine Illnesses Treated by Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies can reduce pain and improve a dog's quality of life when medicinal treatment isn't possible. They're mostly effective in treating chronic health problems in dogs such as gastric, intestinal and arthritic problems. Other illnesses that can benefit from natural remedies include vomiting, fleas and ticks, kidney and liver problems, as well as skin problems and bladder infections. These remedies also work in treating acute illnesses and injuries such as bleeding, stings, bites and diarrhoea.
According to NaturesPet.com, homeopathic remedies should be given separate from a meal. Also, if using another type of remedy, give the homeopathic remedy at another time. If symptoms don't improve, consult a veterinarian.
Homeopathy goes back to the early 1800s when Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, experimented with Peruvian bark in treating malaria fever. In 1810 Hahenmann published "Organon of Medicine" which explained the principles of homeopathy. Hohanemann's findings led to today's homeopathic remedies which stimulate the immune system in fighting disease. Homeopathy spread to every continent and is the most popular type of holistic medicine worldwide. In the 21st century, as people look for less invasive methods of pet health care, more people continue to choose homeopathy for treating their pets' diseases.