Here are some basic guidelines for choosing the correct potency and the best way to administer homeopathic remedies to your pet.
Generally speaking, the lower and medium potencies act better on acute symptoms of illness, such as the ones listed in the blog titled “Homeopathy for Pets: Introduction”. The dilution range for the remedies is typically from 6X to 30C for these conditions. The higher potencies act on more profound illnesses and long term ailments and should only be given under the supervision of a veterinarian or professional specializing in homeopathy.
Homeopathic remedies that are intended to be administered orally will most likely come in tiny sugar based pellets or tablets. Eye remedies will most likely be ready-made liquid formulas and dispensed via a dropper. Some remedies also come in creams, oils or gels and are meant to only be administered topically.
Oral remedies are most effective when absorbed sublingually. Your pet’s mouth needs to be clean of food or medicines. Try not to allow eating or drinking for 15-20 minutes before or after a treatment.
It is easiest to put the pellets on a small square of paper, fold the paper into an envelope and crush the pellets or tablets into a powder. Then you can just pour the powder down the V formed by the fold directly into the mouth. Another option is to put the pellets into distilled water and allow them to dissolve. You can then administer the remedy, via a dropper, by pulling out the flews on the side your pet’s mouth, being very careful not to squirt the liquid into the back of throat.
It is very important not to handle the remedies directly at any time. Pour from the bottle to the cap and back again until you have the right dose or follow the directions on the tube to dispense. Then when you have the correct dose, pour the pellets or tablets to the prepared envelope. If you spill any, don’t put back in the bottle or mix up different remedies in the same bottle.
Homeopathy for Pets: Allergies will be the topic for next week’s Furry Friends blog.