A conversation with the dog…Part 2…but first this

Kiss me, I'm Irish (today)!
Kiss me, I’m Irish (today)!

Before we have Part 2 of the conversation with the dog, can we just get just take a moment and get our Irish on? Erin go Bragh ~ Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Now that that’s taken care of, onward to the conversation…

Last autumn I had this chat with Sam about the benefits of homeopathic remedies (see Part 1 here for our original discussion) and the plan was to finish that with the kind of good things to include in a home remedy kit, then before I could finish this part 2, my mom became very sick (she’s doing better for anyone wondering-yay!). And because I used to work in the legal biz, before using any of these remedies, be sure to check with your vet. Ok, with background info and disclaimers outa the way…let’s finish that conversation!

Me: Oh Saaaammm….come here, buddy. We need to finish up our conversation from last Autumn. [long, quiet pause] Now where is that silly knuckle headed dog? [crickets]  Sam!!

Sam: Whaattt?! You have that tone that suggests I’m not gonna like this conversation. What’s up??

Me: We need to finish the chat about homeopathic remedies…you know, our ‘fairy dust kit.’

Sam: Oh…gotcha. Hey, wait a minute…this isn’t some evil ploy to throw my happy butt into the water torture chamber bathtub, is it? Uh, I noticed you went in the bathroom a few  times and you know I want nothing to do with that room, right?!

Me: No, Sam, I’m not trying to trick you into taking a bath (I’ll save that for next week when we go back to the hospital), I was just grabbing some of the pawsome remedies that could be included in a home homeopathic kit, you know…that thing you call the ‘fairy dust kit.’ I had promised to share those remedies ages ago with all the good pups in Blogville.

Sam: Blogville?! Well, why didn’t you say so in the first place. I <3 everyone in Blogville and if we can help out any of our fur-iends, then sign me up!

Me: Ok, calm down, dude. No need for pogo-sticking through the living room, ok?

Sam: Yeah, but mom…it’s Blogville and you know how much I love all of Blogville.

Me: Ok, then let’s start. Trying to implement homeopathy in chronic situations can be more than challenging and so we suggest contacting your vet in those cases for advice. But the simple acute cases can be pretty easy to work out. Acute disorders are just illnesses or injuries where the onset is sudden usually with obvious symptoms. They are easy to identify and thus finding the correct remedy can be a fairly simple process. Here are a few handy remedies to include in your own fairy dust bag.

  • Apis mellifica – great for bee or other insect bites. Give every 20 minutes for a few doses after a bee sting.
  • Arsenicum album – great for GI upsets from eating spoiled food when both vomiting and diarrhea are present. As a general rule, give twice an hour for a few hours.
  • Arnica – good for general pain, stiffness due to overexertion, soreness and musculoskeletal injuries. I use the gel version for whenever I bump into a desk corner to quickly heal the pain and minimize bruising. It works like magic and keeps this klutz me from looking like I’m some sort of physical abuse victim. Note-do not use on broken skin-it will burn like crazy. I learned the hard way on that tip.
  • Bach’s Rescue Remedy – a proprietary blend of 5 flowers with each countering a particular type of stress or anxiety. Best news – there are no side effects to using and it work well for grown uprights, their kids, and pets.
  • Calendula officinalis – Calendula (or pot marigold). This herb is a workhorse in our bag of remedies. Calendula contains salicylic acid (the same ingredient found in aspirin), which helps relieve pain. Used topically, it helps the healing process on wounds or itchy skin. Used, internally, it stimulates the immune system, supports and enhances liver function, inhibits some tumors, and has a calming effect on the nervous system. It can be used as a poultice for sprains and bruises or as an eye wash for conjunctivitis.
  • Hepar sulphur works to treat painful abscesses anywhere on the body and infected anal glands.
  • Hypericum – works on pain due to nerve damage or injuries to nerve-rich areas (i.e. if you slam your finger in a door, you’ll learn the wonders of using Hypericum). Also works great if you cut your dog’s toenails too short.
  • Lavender and tea tree oil – both are natural antiseptics but can be drying so use with caution or dilute. We absolutely love lavender essential oil for a number of things. It’s a good calming herb for stressful situations (i.e. thunder storms, fire works season) and a natural way to treat fleas-just dilute 3-5 drops to 1-3 tablespoons of water and spray on a bandana (reapply weekly). Alternatively you can use 1 cup white distilled vinegar OR 1 cup apple cider vinegar OR a 50/50 blend of both in a quart of fresh water with 2-3 drops of lavender (or cedar oil). Put in a decent sized spray bottle carefully spritzing on your dog (avoiding the eyes, ears, nose) or on and around their bedding. Not only will the cider vinegar deter fleas, it should improve the skin and coat condition.
  • Nux Vomica – a good remedy for entire digestive tract including flatulence and indigestion. Will help stop diarrhea.
  • Rhus tox – for arthritis that improves after moving around, general musculoskeletal injuries, red swollen eyes, skin infections and skin itching.
  • Silicea – can help push foreign bodies like splinters or foxtails out of skin.

Although I haven’t used all of these on Sam, I keep them around on the off chance we’ll need them. They can make a big difference with some of the minor problems that besiege our fur-babies that are bound to occur that under normal circumstances wouldn’t usually require a trip to the vet.

Sam: Yeah, we want to keep those visits to minimum, even if the vet’s office is nice to me. If it’s all the same to you guys, I’d just as soon stay home with mom. At least when Mom tortures takes care of me, I know I’ll get both lots of sympathy, petting and yummy treats.

Have you tried any homeopathic remedies on your pup? Any you swear by?

Live, love, bark! <3

22 thoughts on “A conversation with the dog…Part 2…but first this

  1. I loved this post. There were so many things on it that I thought might be helpful with my guys! Thanks for putting this together.

    I have tried some homemade flea and tick sprays on my guys, but not having much success in keeping the ticks at bay. Those are some nasty, creepy little things.

    If you run into anything that works on THOSE guys, let me know, will ya? 😉

    And Happy St. P day to ya’ll as well!

    1. I’m working on a ‘woods’ formulation now and am told Rose Geranium Oil works wonders-a few drops between the shoulder blades and tip of the tail (or on a bandana if D-dog or Sampson have super sensitive skin). It can be used on uprights as well-we don’t want anyone getting Lyme disease. 😉

  2. When Callie was still with us (in her earthly form, that is), I used a lavender body mist on her during storms to help calm her down. (It’s Hawaiian lavender and purified water in a spray bottle.) I sprayed it in the palms of my hands and then gave her a light massage. It worked great on her! Better than the “thunder shirt” ever did. 😊

    1. I totally agree on the lavender essential oil! That stuff is almost like magic when it comes to calming a hypersensitive pup during thunderstorms. We used lavender and tangerine mix-both calming. Smelled incredible and worked wonders! 🍀

  3. WOW! This is awesome information my friend. I’m going to print this for mom to review tonight. Thanks for sharing! XOXO – Bacon

      1. I think that is totally wonderful. I’m going to get mom to get some of these things as our anipal back-ups here at the Hotel Thompson. XOXO – Bacon

  4. Great list, S. I am happy to say I have never needed any remedies. Unless you count hydrogen peroxide which I needed to take to induce vomiting when I accidentally took one of Mom’s pills because it looked delicious on the table where I didn’t belong in the first place. Mom makes sure to push in her chair now, even if she just gets up for 2 seconds.

    Love and licks,

  5. I don’t know if you can see the changes that have come over me
    In these last few days I’ve been afraid that I might drift away
    I’ve been telling stories, singing songs that make me think about where I come from
    That’s the reason why I seem so far away today…
    Let me tell you that I love you, that I think about you all the time
    Caledonia you’re calling me now I’m going home
    But if I should become a stranger, know that it would make me more than sad
    Caledonia, you’re everything I’ve ever had.

    Ok that’s out of the way. I am not familiar with any of the homeopathic suggestions you have although, having said that, I think the Lavender and Tea Tree Oil sounds interesting and I will take a note of that. And – HAPPY SAINT PATRICK DAY TO YOU AND YOURS!!

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