Preparing the Acute remedy: DO NOT mix different remedies together
- bottle of spring water – 8oz
- dissolve 2 or 3 remedy globules or tables in the 8 ounces of water in the bottle
- label the bottle with the remedy’s name
Acute Dosing for Dogs & Puppies:
SUCCUSS – Succuss the remedy bottle 8 times BEFORE GIVING EACH DOSE; this means, strike the bottom of the bottle hard, against a padded surface or a phone book. Succussing slightly increases the potency of each dose that you give, and makes the remedy gradually work faster and deeper, but with a more gentle effect.
DOSE – Give 1 teaspoon as a dose, DIRECTLY FROM THE REMEDY BOTTLE. You can use a disposable plastic spoon or syringe to give each dose, but only use this spoon/syringe with this remedy, not for food or other remedies. Note: A newborn puppy may be too small to receive a full teaspoon dose in this case adjust the amount to what it can comfortable take by syringe.
Administrating the remedy slowly, going into the side of the mouth, so the animal does not choke on the liquid.
Wait and watch – After giving the first dose, wait and observe whether or not the dog experiences any changes in its energy level or disposition, its physical symptoms, resting patterns, eating, drinking or skin irritations. Even if some symptoms persist, if the pet’s energy level and disposition improve, then the remedy is working.
Repeat – Dose ONLY, as needed and NO MORE than once every 2 hours. Give another dose only if the dog’s condition HAS IMPROVED (remedy is working) AND THEN BEGINS TO WORSEN (the remedy’s effects are wearing off) – This is a sign that your remedy was correct and that another dose is needed. Even if some of the original symptoms persist, as long as the dog’s symptoms do not worsen and its energy level is good, then do not repeat a remedy dose – The remedy is still at work.
Giving too much remedy can temporarily intensify the symptoms. Every dog is different, and dosing can vary considerable between pets. Some patients only need one or two doses, and their problem is alleviated. Other may need to be dosed at 2 hours intervals for several doses. Your ultimate goal is to give as FEW doses of the remedy as possible to achieve results.
There is no set schedule for dosing. It is simply calculated by observing the individual being treated.
ACUTE EMERGENCIES: DOSE AS NEEDED- AS OFTEN AS EVERY 15 TO 30 MINUTES IN SEVERE CASES SUC AS HIGH FEVER, POISONING AND SERIOUS ACCIDENTS. Don't overdo it, be sure to slow down to one dose every hour or two as the symptoms improve, then stop the remedy.
When will the liquid remedy expire?
If preservative (a few teaspoons of glycerin) was added to the liquid remedy when it was made, then the bottle of remedy can remain active for months, if properly stored away from direct heat, light and strong odors (best to refrigerate).
A liquid remedy that has been made without adding any preservative will remain active for just 24 hours and should be made fresh daily.
No response – Symptoms, energy level and mood remain unchanged. Either the remedy dose was too WEAK in potency or different remedy is needed. First, boost the potency of your remedy (add 2 more succussions) and RE_DOSE. If still no response, change to a different remedy.
Dry Dosing: In acute situations, give a remedy dry only if it is impractical to put in water. In that case the dose would be 1 to 3 globules or tables for any size dog, crushed to a powder. The instructions for how often and when to give dry remedy are the same as dosing instructions above.
Veterinary Dosing Chart
Dry Dosing the Remedies :
One or two pills is usually the dose for administering the remedies dry by mouth to an animal of normal sensitivity (only one, for hypersensitive).
When treating chronic cases a 6c or 30c in a liquid dose may be too strong for a hypersensitive animal, especially when using Phosphorus, Arsencum album or Mercury. In this instance, giving the remedy dry would be more gentle.
Dry Versus Putting the Remedy in Water When the remedies are given in water it enhances their effectiveness. Diluting the remedies in water enables them to touch more nerve endings, thus transmitting their energy more quickly and effectively to the body.
Usually the wet dose is given by mouth, but will work when put anywhere on the animal’s skin, especially the lips and gums. This works well if the animal has lost consciousness and you cannot open their mouth.
Giving high potencies in water can be too intense, so potencies of 200c and up are generally given orally in dry pill form, except in acute infectious disease, acute traumas (physical or emotional), or emergencies. In these cases the high potencies can be given safely in water to an animal of normal sensitivity, to make them more fast acting and stronger.
If a patient aggravates on a wet-dose it tends to be less intense, more tolerable and short lived. Generally, not so with dry doses. Wet dosing allows you to adjust the dose up or down and customize it to fit the animal’s needs. This can not be done with a dry dose. Hahnemann warned, to never give the same potency twice. This is a hard rule to follow if you dry dose the pills!
Another draw back to dry dosing is the enormous jumps in the potency scale, i.e. 30c to 200 to 1M, and the potential for aggravation. Older, weaker animals, or animals with chronic disease and a lot of pathology, do much better under treatment with the LM’s (in medicinal solution given in the split dose) where you succuss the bottle, which gives a minute upward adjustment of the potency, before each dose.
How to Administer the Dose in Dry Pill Form
From the bottle cap or a plastic spoon drop 1-2 pills in the animals mouth then hold the mouth closed for a few seconds. That’s it, your done. Sometimes the animal will spit out the pills, especially in the harder, larger globules (BB size). Pills purchased in granule sizes or soft tablets are easier to give because they dissolve instantly when they touch the tongue. When possible, crush the harder pills into a power before you give them (see the following page).
Its always best if the remedy can be given in a clean mouth. That means within 30 minutes before or after giving food or treats. If you are giving the animal other forms of medication such as prescription medications or supplements allow 1 hour before or after the medicine, before giving the homeopathic remedy. The reason for doing this is that a clean mouth gives the remedy more contact with the surface of mucous membranes allowing the medicine to work to its full potential.
However, if you are treating an emergency situation disregard the information above and just give the remedy immediately (Despite, in most instances it will always work). You can adjust the timing of the dose later on.
The pills virtually have no taste but if the animal is difficult to medicate the they can be hidden in a treat, i.e., plane or flavored yogurt, cream, or small amount of food the dog will readily accept.
How to Administer the Dose in Powder Form
Pills or powder, when it comes to administering the dose in veterinary applications there are no real steadfast
rules, only a few guidelines.
In some cases, you will have to devise your own method of getting the remedy in. Use your imagination and preserver. We have hidden the pills in a gumdrop to dose a goat. We’ve even used a kids plastic squirt gun aimed from a distance into a snapping/ biting dog’s mouth, dropped it in fish tanks, water troughs, put it in water bottles and dropped drops in snake eyes! Where there is a will, there is a way and despite being unorthodox, the remedy seems to always work.
It’s a good idea to use a 30C or lower potency unless you are experienced. The chart below is only an example of how the remedies might possibly be dosed according to the intensity of a condition. This is only to give you a starting place to refer to while you are learning to individualize treatment. A dose = 1 no more than 2 pills of any potency or size pill. NOTE: The first single dose of a homeopathic remedy is a TEST DOSE to see if the remedy, dose and potency are appropriate for the patient. If there is a strikingly progressive improvement from the single test dose (the first dose) or any following doses during treatment, the remedy should not be repeated (STOP DOSING). Only resume dosing on an ‘AS NEEDED’ basis. This means, only if there is clearly a relapse of symptoms. In some cases this could mean a dose might hold for months or a year or produce a cure and no further dosing would be necessary. OBSERVATION is the key to dosing in homeopathy.
Summary: Dose while there are symptoms, STOP when there is marked improvement and the remedy is clearly working. STOP dosing when the symptoms are gone.
How to Crush the Pills to Make a Powder
If possible the harder pills should be crushed before the dose is given (this does not apply to soft tabs or quick dissolve granules). Given in powder, it will stick to the tongue and make it difficult for the animal to spit out. To accomplish this, place 1 (no more than 2) pills into a folded piece of clean white paper (a clean sheet of computer paper works just fine). Now, place the flat surface of a table knife firmly over the pills, then bang the knife (give it a good whack because some pills are extremely hard) with the heal of your hand over the flat metal on the knife, to crush them. Do this on a hard surface, i.e., kitchen counter, etc..
To give the dose, reach from behind the animal and grasp the upper jaw. With your other hand use your little finger and the one next to it to open the lower jaw. Then from the paper, lightly tap and pour the powder onto the tongue. If some of the powder misses the mark, that’s okay, just as long as some of it reaches the destination. If you have a difficult patient to dose or the animal objects to being handled, (if the animal is eating) the remedy can be mixed into a small amount of cream for cats. For dogs, the crushed pill can be given in plain or vanilla flavored yogurt (1 teaspoon) or an un-crushed pill can be hidden in cream cheese and offered as a treat.
If the animal is unconscious or cannot eat or swallow, crush the pill and place the powder in a small amount of distilled water and drawn it up into a syringe (with no needle). Use the liquid to moisten the gums and lips. It can also be given this way to animals who are conscious and can swallow.
|POTENCY||INTENSE REPETITION||REPETITION MODERATE||REPETITION SLOW||REPETITION CHRONIC|
|6X||Every 5 to 30 minutes||Every 1 to 4 hours||3 to 4 times a day||3 to 4 times a day|
|6C, 9C, 12X||Every 5 to 30 minutes||Every 3 to 6 hours||2 to 4 times a day||Every 3 days to 4 times a day|
|12C to 30X||Every 5 to 30 minutes (up to 3 or 4 doses)||Every 1 to 4 hours||3 to 4 times a day||Every 1 to 7 days|
|30C||Every 5 to 30 minutes||Every 1 to 4 hours||3 to 4 times a day||Every 3rd day Weekly. Monthly or Less|
|200C||Every 15-30 minutes (up to 3 doses)||Every 2 hours||1 time daily for a few days||1 Time Monthly or Less|
Intense, Moderate, and Slow repetition refers to acute conditions and dosing for the severity or intensity of the illness.
Chronic repetition refers to dosing in the treatment of chronic disease.
INTENSE: Would be a life threatening situation (these conditions should only be treated as you seek veterinary help). Examples of intense conditions would be: Serious accidents, poisoning, shock, collapse, severe stages of parvovirus, seizures, respiratory distress, extremely high fever,
MODERATE: Moderate conditions might include fear/hysteria, car sickness, gastrointestinal
illness, food poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, upper respiratory infections, accidents including burns,
bruises, cuts/bleeding, bladder infections, kennel cough, etc.
SLOW: Includes milder cases of stomach upset, minor eye irritations, feline upper respiratory infections, grief, etc.
CHRONIC: Very slow, progressing conditions and should be treated the same way, ‘slowly’. Examples would be:
Ear infections, seizures, skin disease, thyroid disease, arthritis and autoimmune disorders.
Do not repeat the remedy unless the symptoms demonstrate the need.
It’s a good idea to use a 30C or lower potency unless you are experienced. The chart below is only an example of how the remedies might possibly be dosed according to the intensity of a condition. This is only to give you a starting place to refer to while you are learning to individualize treatment. A dose = 1 no more than 2 pills of any potency or size pill. NOTE: The first single dose of a homeopathic remedy is a TEST DOSE to see if the remedy, dose and potency are appropriate for the patient. If there is a strikingly progressive improvement from the single test dose (the first dose) or any following doses during treatment, the remedy should not be repeated (STOP DOSING). Only resume dosing on an ‘AS NEEDED’ basis. This means, only if there is clearly a relapse of symptoms. In some cases this could mean a dose might hold for months or a year or produce a cure and no further dosing would be necessary. OBSERVATION is the key to dosing in homeopathy. Summary: Dose while there are symptoms, STOP when there is marked improvement and the remedy is clearly working. STOP dosing when the symptoms are gone.
When dosing puppies, kittens, foals or nestlings, etc. the age, size species or weight of the animal doesn’t matter in homeopathic treatment because you will be dosing to match the state of the individual’s vital force and its reaction to the remedy.
Young animals who are suffering from severe problems should generally be given low potencies. A young animal with a severe skin problem is likely to have a severe aggravation if given a high potency. Consequently, such cases might be given just a few doses (say, daily) of a 6c or 12x, or just one dose of a 30c.
The first dose of a remedy, dry or in a liquid solution, is always a test dose., give ‘one’ dose. Then, wait and watch for a response, especially in chronic cases. However, in acute cases you may have to gain momentum by repeating the dose every 15-30 minutes (only if needed) for up to 4-6 doses in emergencies. Within that time frame (by the third dose) you should see a marked improvement. If and when you do, immediately STOP DOSING and let the remedy continue to work.
If you don’t get the desired response and you are sure you have the correct remedy, you may need to raise the potency by adding more succussions, increase the amount of the dose, change pill potency or choose a different remedy that is a better match. If dry dosing a remedy, crush the pills.
If the medicine fails to act or the symptoms change you should stop dosing and retake the case, then choose another remedy that matches the condition more closely and use it.
If a case seems relatively curable and free of serious pathology, higher initial potencies may be tried, ranging from 30c to a 200c or maybe a 1M. The primary guiding principle here is the degree of certainty which the homeopath has about the correctness of the remedy. If the medicine seems to be ‘the most similar’ and covers the totality of symptoms really well, a high potency may be given in an animal with a curable system. If the remedy is not so clear, it is better to begin with a potency closer to 6c, 12c or 30c.
Example: Using the split-dose method with baby animal of normal sensitivity: A weaned puppy or kitten could receive a 1 teaspoon dose. Nursing animals could start with 1/2 teaspoon. Baby birds, a drop or two, more if they are young of a larger species (what ever they can take in.) Foals and other large animals do well with a teaspoon dose.
ACUTE DOSING When considering the treatment of acute diseases or accidents and injuries, depending on the remedy, potencies such as 6C, 12C, 30C, 200C may be called for. The lower potencies (6C through 30C are less likely to give rise to aggravations. Frequency of dosing is generally more often in acute cases, than it is in chronic conditions. Repetition of the dose may be 2-4 times daily. In some cases it could be every 2 hours up to 24 hours. In urgent situations, the dose may be every 15 to 30 minutes for the first two hours,
An example would be: A physical trauma following a blow or an accident. In very urgent circumstances the dose may be every 15 minutes, while on the way to a veterinary or emergency clinic. Just remember, as the animal improves SLOW DOWN the repetition. When the animal shows significant momentum in improvement (at least by 50%) STOP DOSING and allow the remedy to continue to do its work. Resume dosing again, only if the ‘same’ symptoms return.
CHRONIC DOSING Potency and Dosing
Unless a particular potency is suggested, when we are considering the treatment of chronic disease, relatively low potencies such as 6C, 12C, 30C or the LM’s (always begin a remedy with LM1) are recommended.
Low potencies (especially if you are unsure of your remedy choice) are less likely to aggravate.
Depending on if the remedy is given in a dry dose, or wet in a split dose or LM potency the repetition of the dose can vary greatly depending on the animals sensitivity and the condition you are treating. No matter what, the first dose given, will always be a test dose. After the test dose you will wait and watch to see how the animal responds to the remedy and potency. If the response is favorable you will keep track of how long the improvement holds. These are the clues that will tell you when to dose again. Always, when the animal shows significant improvement (usually by 50%) STOP DOSING and allow the remedy to do its work. Resume dosing again, only if the ‘same’ symptoms return.
NOTE: Do not combine remedies. Only use ONE remedy. Choose the most appropriate remedy for the treatment. If the medicine fails to act or the symptoms change, then you should retake the case and choose the remedy that corresponds more closely to it.
There are some dose and potency examples scattered through out this chapter. They are only included to give you some general ideas. In homeopathy there are no concrete or mechanical dosing rules because it is such an individualized form of medicine.