What are the Different Types of Homeopathy for Dogs?

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

There are numerous homeopathic remedies that may be used to treat dogs. Among the most common are phosphorus, silica, aconite, and nux vomica. Homeopathy for dogs can be used to treat everything from gum infections and vomiting to cysts and the sudden development of fever. In general, homeopathic treatments are thought to be safe and effective for dog owners. To ensure the right treatments are used, however, a pet owner may do well to take his dog to a homeopathic veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.

Homeopathic treatments are thought to be safe and effective for dog owners.
Homeopathic treatments are thought to be safe and effective for dog owners.

Phosphorus is a treatment often used in homeopathy for dogs. This treatment may be recommended when a dog has blood in abnormal places. For example, it may be used to treat dogs that have blood present in their vomit and stools; it may also be used for dogs that have blood in their mucus. Sometimes this treatment may be recommended for dogs that have coughs, bronchitis, or hemorrhaging in the postpartum period. This remedy may even prove helpful for treating serious cuts or helping to relieve nausea in a dog that has undergone surgery.

Homeopathic vets treat animals using natural medicines.
Homeopathic vets treat animals using natural medicines.

Silica is also used in homeopathy for dogs. This treatment may be used for skin problems as well as for the treatment of cysts. If a dog has an ulcer that affects his cornea or an abscess that affects his gum tissue, this treatment may prove helpful for treating that as well. In some cases, a veterinarian may even recommend the use of silica for treating swelling that may develop at a vaccine injection site.

Aconite may be useful as a homeopathic treatment for dogs that are struggling with some type of fear. For example, it may prove useful for dogs that fear thunder or other loud noises. It may also be used for the treatment of fevers that develop suddenly or pain that is intense. If a dog is severely injured, aconite may be used to prevent shock while a pet owner transports his dog to a veterinary facility.

People who use homeopathy for dogs may also make use of nux vomica. This homeopathic remedy may be used for treating adverse effects from medications as well as unpleasant reactions to overeating. A pet owner may use this remedy to treat a dog who is vomiting, especially if retching continues after the dog has finished vomiting. In some cases, nux vomica may even prove helpful for treating constipation or loose, frequent bowel movements.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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@irontoenail - The thing that bothers me is that homeopathic medicine can be quite expensive. I know it doesn't cost very much to make, because why would it?

The whole point is that most of the medicine is made up of water with only a tiny fraction of it being the original substance.

But it does cost a lot of buy these vials of mostly water.

And I hate to see people spending money on something that isn't actually going to help their pets.

Maybe rich people can do it for their own peace of mind, but poor people might only know that the vet says their beloved animal needs this expensive treatment, and so they spend hard earned money on it.

I just think they deserve better than that. And I do worry that in some cases people will buy homeopathic medicine in place of regular treatment.


@bythewell - Often people who choose to follow a homeopathic route are also trying to live as naturally as possible. So, their dogs are often given a holistic diet (which is the best kind for a dog, although most people can't bring themselves to feed whole rabbits to their animals) and treated with natural remedies such a milk thistle as well as homeopathic remedies for dogs.

I don't know whether homeopathy works or not. But I do know that a natural diet is very good for dogs. And most people who follow these practices aren't neglecting serious conditions in their dogs. From what I can tell most homeopathic vets won't try to give you a pill for a broken leg. They just give you homeopathic treatments on top of the regular treatments.

They want the dogs to heal as quickly as possible, so they try every route open to them. At the very least, the treatments aren't going to hurt the animals.


Quite frankly, I think homeopathy is a sham. Even more so in dogs than it is in humans, because dogs don't have the benefit of the placebo effect from these so-called natural remedies.

They have run lots of scientific studies showing that homeopathy doesn't work, at least in humans and I don't see any reason for it to be different in dogs.

I've never been able to work out why there are so many people who believe in this stuff. I guess there are quite a few "experts" who write about it as though it's a real form of medicine and completely accepted in the scientific community.

Well, it's not. Quite the opposite.

Please, if you are thinking about treating your dog with homeopathic remedies instead of taking it to a vet, look up what people have to say against homeopathy. Make sure you choose the best option for your dog.

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