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12 Homeopathic Remedies For Your Dog

Homeopathy is fun to use and the fact that it works so very well with so many medical problems makes it all the more rewarding. Most of the commonly used remedies are inexpensive and easy to find. They can be found at most Health Food Markets, some human pharmacies, online at a multitude of sites and even at K Mart. I suggest you compile a kit of common remedies to have ready and waiting when minor emergencies occur because there’s often not the time to run to the store and this stuff always seem to happen late at night or on a major holiday!

Homeopathy has particular rules associated with using it and this can be confusing and put off prospective students. But for many simple and common accidents and illnesses, it can be pretty simple to use.

The first thing to do is to assemble a homeopathic kit to have at home and then buy a book or two about homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies number in the thousands and are made from anything and everything. But you only need to learn some of the rules of homeopathy and have about a dozen remedies to be off and running.


Here is the straight goods on how to work with Homeopathic remedies.

  • Homeopathic remedies need to melt on the gums so they should not be hidden in a treat or in food. Our dogs have a built in pouch on the side of their mouth and the remedies can go right in there.
  • Try not to handle the remedies but drop them straight from the bottle into your dog’s cheek.
  • Remedies come in tiny white pellet or liquid form. Either form can be placed directly into your dogs cheek.
  • It’s not important if you give one drop of the remedy or five or one homeopathic pellet or three because homeopathy is an energy medicine and there is typically none of the physical substance left in the remedy. One tiny white pellet could treat an elephant and 10 pellets could treat a mouse. That’s a hard one to digest, if you’ll excuse my pun, but people are always worried about how much to give and how often to give. The amount is no big deal and you give it until they get better. If it’s not working at all, you stop giving the remedy. We’re all just too used to using antibiotics that have to be calculated to the weight of the dog and have a certain time they need to be given. This is simply not the case with homeopathy.
  • Because homeopathy is an energy medicine the remedies should not be stored next to heavy electromagnetic appliances such as televisions and computers or left in the bright hot sun for a long time.


Unlike drugs, Homeopathy does not work by body weight (e.g., give 500 mg per 25 pounds of body weight). With Homeopathy, the original physical substance is sequentially diluted and this is why you have the funny numbers after the name of the remedy. Arnica 6x does not mean that you have to give it six times! It means that the remedy has been diluted six times. To confound you even more, the more dilute the remedy the more powerful it is, so very highly diluted remedies are usually only available to doctors. The potencies most commonly available to you are 6x and 30x (diluted 1/10 either 6 or 30 times) and 6c and 30c ( diluted 1/100 either 6 or 30 times).


Homeopathic remedies are chosen in accordance with how the patient experiences his illness. For instance, one person who has a cold may want everyone in the house at attendance and worrying about him while another wants to be left alone to lie quietly in the dark. Each of these individuals would need a different remedy based on the individual picture they present.

Let’s say your dog has arthritis and stiffness. Look that up in a Homeopathy text book and you’ll be given a choice of remedies. The specific way the problem presents in your dog will determine the remedy you choose.

For example, look at arthritic stiffness in dogs. Your choice of remedy might depend on whether your dog is worse or better when he first gets up after resting. If he’s better after resting, he might need the remedy Bryonia as noted above. I’ve found that most dogs are stiff at first but after walking a bit they get less stiff after they move around for a bit. Oftentimes these same dogs are worse in cold damp weather. With this presentation you’d likely choose the remedy Rhus toxidendron. Rhus tox, as it is commonly known, is much cheaper than NSAID’s and also much safer to use.

If you were to determine that Rhus tox was the best remedy for your dog, you would simply put a few pellets to melt in his cheek pouch about three times a day and watch him over the next week, noting changes in his condition. If he gets better, you’ve got the right remedy and if there is no change, there’s no harm done. Go back and do a little more reading in your handy books on homeopathy. When you have the right remedy, and you’ll know because there will be improvement.


You may want to go out and purchase these commonly used remedies to have on hand in case the need arises. They are small and make a great travel kit too.

  • Apis mellifica - great for bee and other insect bites. Give every 20 minutes for a few doses after a bee sting.
  • Arnica - good for general pain, stiffness due to overexertion, soreness and musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Arsenicum album - great for GI upsets from eating spoiled food where there is both vomiting and diarrhea. Give twice an hour for a few hours.
  • Borax (the remedy, not the powder) – excellent for fear of thunderstorms and fireworks. Give this at the 6c potency twice a day for a month during the season.
  • Calendula (can be used both as an oral remedy and as an external ointment) – use for skin infections or any kind of external infection. It’s a remarkable healing agent and a tube of the ointment should always be on hand to apply topically to scrapes, infections and wounds. You can also buy a tincture and dilute it 1/10 and flush any cuts or wounds with it.
  • Hepar sulphur - is wonderful to treat painful abscesses anywhere on the body and painful infected anal glands.
  • Hypericum - is an excellent remedy to give for any pain due to nerve damage or injuries to nerve-rich areas. I once closed my finger in a window and learned firsthand the wonders of Hypericum. Great for when you cut your dog’s toenails too short.
  • Myristica - phenomenal remedy for anal sac infections and chronic anal sac problems.
  • Rhus tox - for arthritis that’s better after moving around, general musculoskeletal injuries, red swollen eyes, skin infections and skin itching.
  • Ruta - fantastic for any injury to tendons or ligaments and this remedy has a real affinity for the knee so you would use it immediately after any knee or cruciate injury.
  • Silicea - pushes foreign bodies like splinters or foxtails out of the skin.
  • Ledum – the first choice for any type of puncture wound, including those from insect bites. Insect bites that require Apis will be hot and red whereas bites that require Ledum will be cool and appears bruised.

With a small investment and a little planning, you can build your own Homeopathic kit. These remedies aren’t that difficult to use and can give your dog fast and effective relief from many common injuries and illnesses.


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60 Responses to 12 Homeopathic Remedies For Your Dog

  1. Laurie Freese April 2, 2014 at 4:01 AM #

    I have been bringing my 4 dogs to a holistic vet for 4 years and they have been south healthier! My maltipoo had been on phenobarb for approx 5 years and I was never told that he could suffer permanent liver damage! Also, my westie is now on homeopathics for diabetes ( which wasost likely caused by Atopica) and her blood sugars and skin are much better! Also, my dog almost died from a reaction to the leptospirosis vaccine. Being a nurse, I was skeptical but traditional veterinarian treatments were not helping! Don’t rule our homeopathic treatments for you pets until you try them!

    • V Donald April 14, 2014 at 1:31 PM #

      Hi Laurie, great post! I also encourage you to try them homeopathics yourself as they work! Don’t forget we are all mammals and the drugs have the same affect on us and our organs as they do theirs. I have not practiced North American Medicine in 15 years

  2. Ana April 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM #

    When using healing herbs (i.e. milk thistle, echinacea…) in tincture form, does the same principle of administering them directly to the cheeks apply, or could they be given with food? And what about dosage, should herbs in tincture form be given according to weight of the dog? Thanks very much for the article!

  3. Roberta Jacobs April 1, 2014 at 6:03 PM #

    What is the dose for Myristica?
    Where does one purchase it?

    Hope to hear from you ASAP.

    • Dr Deva Khalsa April 1, 2014 at 6:26 PM #

      it is a homeopathic remedy. You can purchase it online from Washington Homeopathic. It is dosed as a homeopathic remedy.

  4. Neha March 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM #

    Hi My dog is suffering from Liver cysts that are not cancerous, Can you please tell me some homoeopathic medicine that i can give to reduce her pain and cure the cysts naturally. she is not eating anything and also has dehydration, i have been taking her to my vet for saline drips bit the condition has not improved. Her liver has shown to be a bit enlarged. please guide me as to what can i give her to improve her condition.

  5. jan morgan January 23, 2014 at 3:12 AM #

    My dog is dying. She is the first of @ 30 dogs I’ve rescued over my 15 years living in Mexico. I’ve dedicated time to save, spay, neuter find good homes. Support local causes and we’ve been very successful educating local people of the exponential reason for birth control.

    Nonetheless my dog Zelda was the first to be adopted or more precisely adopted me. She had so much love and dedication she found her first owner after a 10 mile search who abused her. When Zelda adopted me it was obvious she was a smart survivalist, she came with the house I acquired. We bonded. When my fisherman captain husband came 2 years later he taught her how to hunt bait as in sandcrabs, he took her fishing on blue water and she became the huntress. When we went camping on secluded beaches she would sit by the live clams until we picked them up as in hundreds of lbs! We always shared with all the other surfers and explorers we met and honestly there is NO or willnever be a comparison in Zelda’s BEST clam chowder ever.

    I sit here in my office, reminiscing with such prevalent poignant memories as Zelda lay barfing massive amounts of fluids while consuming 1/2. Her dehydration, her weight loss, no appetite is disturbing. She is dying and the realization finds writing difficult to see.

    Zelda was diagnosed with canine ehrlichiosis. A tick did this to my beloved happy pero?

    Ehrlichia is a rickettsial bacteria belonging to the family Ehrlichiaceae. There are several species of Ehrlichia, but the one that most commonly affects dogs and causes the most severe clinical signs is Ehrlichia canis. This species infects monocytes in the peripheral blood. The brown dog tick, or Rhipicephalus sanguineous, that passes the organism to the dog is prevalent throughout most of the United States.

    It’s an aweful horrid way to watch a dog perish.

    If ANYONE has advice to help my dog Zelda who is familiar with this or has ANY WAY of any type of help or hope please email my husbands email captainbillmorgan@yahoo.com.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine January 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM #

      Jan, please contact Stephen Buehner. Just google his name along with Lyme. Also, Dr Will Falconer or a very good homeopath may be able to help!!!! Homeopathy can work miracles!

      • Sue April 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM #

        Dogs Naturally Magazine, I know this is late, but Lyme and Erlichiosis are not the same. To the OP, if your lovely Zelda is still hanging in there, please join the Tick-L list. There is a wealth of knowledge, including a protocol specific to Erlichia. One woman took cured her dogs with the herbal protocol she used.


  6. Sangeeta Pereira January 19, 2014 at 2:08 AM #

    Hi, very informative article. Ilook after some street doggies. One of them was taken by some unknown NGO for spaying 3 months back. She was almost a month pregnant. She came back very dirty after 2 weeks with itching. I could solve the skin problem but since a month ago her right leg shakes and she limps a little. My vet told me to give her stramonim and agaricus twice a day. I am giving these since a week but don’t notice much improvement. Could you suggest something more suitable or should I continue with these. Thanks, Sangeeta.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine January 20, 2014 at 8:34 AM #

      The remedy really depends on the dog’s symptom pictures so that’s really beyond the scope of our help. The better you can watch your dog and detect any changes, the better your homeopath will be able to help her.

  7. kathy January 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM #

    Hi my dog has a skin conditiin we have her on hypoallergenic food and has been on constant steroids which I know are harmfull and are having bad effects on her now. I have been told sulphur 30x will work so I have bought some. I want to know will they work? Are they save? Is it the right one? I want to get her off steriods but without the drugs she is constantly itching making her self sore and red.

    Also due to the steroids she now has 2 lumps on her they have fluid or water in have been burst by the vet before but she didnt want to do it again she tried last week and is hard, she told me it would need surgery to move is there any Homeopathic remedies that might take thst down or soften it?
    Maybe it will them go or reduce I am really out of options as she has been on steriods that long she has a belly and effecting her health. PLEASE HELP

  8. Kay December 10, 2013 at 6:42 AM #

    Please could you tell me if there are any homeopathic recommendations for Mucocutaneous Pyoderma.
    My German Shepherd dog is effected on his lip folds and prepuce. I have so far been trying to avoid antibiotics and trying to find out about natural alternatives. Please could you offer any advice? Thank you so very much.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine December 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

      There is a homeopathic remedy for everything! However, the right remedy isn’t chosen based on the disease name, it’s based on the individual dog’s individual symptoms. A full case taking would be needed for this kind of chronic case so we can’t recommend one remedy here – but you can find a homeopathic vet at theavh.org (many do phone consults)

      • Kay December 10, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

        Thank you so much for your reply, I will do what you recommend.

  9. Richard December 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM #

    Any suggestion for a puppy who chews. She is a 6 mo jack Russell who is high energy but very sweet.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine December 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM #

      Give her acceptable things to chew on and watch her closely so that if she chooses to chew on something off limits, you can quickly redirect her to an acceptable chew. Have lots of fresh meaty bones available!

  10. Diane Taylor December 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM #

    Hi, I live in yellowknife, nwt , there is no homophatic vet here, we’re can. I find one and what are there phone numbers.

  11. melody kimbrough October 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM #

    I think my dog had a bad reaction to his rabie shot. He did weigh approx. 5lbs, now about half of that.
    I feel like he is dying. I have taken him to 2 different Banfield clinics & both told me it could not be a reaction from the shots. I know my dog pretty well, after the shots is when he went down hill FAST. Please help. Thank you!

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine October 30, 2013 at 7:49 AM #

      The best advice we can give you is to perhaps take him to a vet who does not work for Banfield. Large companies that advocate dangerous yearly vaccination shouldn’t be the type of vet you’d want to take your dog to. Please try to find a holistic vet in your area and you might get the answers you’re looking for.

  12. joy hawkins October 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM #

    where can i find these items you recommend?

  13. Maria B. October 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM #

    I have a yorkie/poddle mix dog one year old, his hair only grows in half of his body I took him to the vet and he gave me Rxfood but still no hair.
    Is there a remedie that I can give him?
    Please advise it’s been about six months that his been with these condition and no matter what I feed him nothing works.

    Thank you so much.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine October 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM #

      Hi Maria
      This would be a great question to ask our Homeopathic Vets! They are qualified to answer your question more fully: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/ask-the-homeopathic-veterinarian/

    • Tracy Festing October 9, 2013 at 3:59 AM #

      I have a yorkie-chihuahua mix. I am a groomer. Yorkies have a particular hair pattern. They naturally have little hair on the bottom 1/4 of their bodies, very little on the outside bottom half of legs and little to no hair on the inside of legs. If you get a chance take a look at a purbred Yorkshire Terrier. This is likely the reason for the amount of hair on your dog.

  14. Jan Dotten September 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM #

    Hello DNM,
    This is very interesting article and the comment & replies are insightful. My daughter & I rescue dogs, horses and other livestock too. My question is can these remedies be used on horses too? For such a large animal they are very fragile…
    Please advise,

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine September 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM #

      Hi Jan
      Yes, these remedies can be used on any animal! You might be interested in Natural Horse – it’s a great publication for natural horse care!

  15. suji August 24, 2013 at 7:51 AM #

    I have a two month old cocker spaniel. Often his ears stink and vet said he has ear infection. what medicine can i give him in homeopathy. we are all strict followers for homeopathy want to do same for my dog as well.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine August 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM #

      That’s not an easy answer because this is chronic disease and would require a constitutional remedy. A visit with a good homeopath would be time well spent

      • Jan Dotten September 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

        50/50 white vinegar & rubbing alcohol worked well on my cocker spaniel Sadie Lou when she had ear infections after swimming (great for people too!) Vinegar kills bacteria, alcohol helps keep ear canal dry. Mix together & put a few drops in each ear, rub ears so it gets into ear canal, repeat 2 – 3 times daily.

  16. jean mcguire July 27, 2013 at 2:57 AM #

    Having worked with a homeopathic vet in the past I am finding your articles very informative – animals don`t lie.☺

  17. Leslie Burchfield July 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM #

    What remedy could be given to prevent vaccine reactions?

    • Leslie Burchfield July 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM #

      sorry, hit the wrong button. That question was in regards to a rabies vaccine/hives reaction.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine July 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

      None. You can’t prevent vaccine reactions. You roll the dice with every vaccine given, which is why we must give vaccine only when absolutely necessary.

  18. Michele from Florida July 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM #

    I read that sulphur 30c (3 doses twice a week) is good for mites / mange /fleas in both dogs and cats. Could you elaborate on this or other successful homeopathic treatments for ear mites and mange and fleas. I read that some terrier breeds are more apt to catch mange(mites) because of their immune systems. What homeopathic remedy would be good to shore up a dog’s immune system if they have reoccurring skin issues such as mange/mites. I don’t have any homeopathic vets in my area.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine July 7, 2013 at 8:53 AM #

      Sulphur is used fairly often used for sarcoptic mange but, as you suggested, mange is normally the result of a poorly functioning immune system. A constitutional remedy would be the best choice in this case and luckily, there are many homeopaths who do phone consults. Most of us use homeopaths that are hundreds or thousands of miles away!

  19. Donna June 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM #

    My boxer started having seizures after being switched from Inteptor to Heartgard. I don’t want to give her this medication anymore. Within 3 days of her getting it she usually has a seizure. Any natural repellent s?

  20. Rishi Dev May 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM #

    My dog has Colitis. Is Alose Socotrina good for her? if yes then what potency and dosage ?
    I would be grateful for your advice

  21. Timothy Wood January 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM #

    “Because homeopathy is an energy medicine the remedies should not be stored next to heavy electromagnetic appliances such as televisions and computers or left in the bright hot sun for a long time.”

    Wow. I’ve been looking around this site for a little while now, and I like most of what I see. But this really makes me question the seriousness of your commitment to pet health. It’s bad enough that some of these readers might actually be foregoing real treatment for their pets in favor of remedies that admittedly have absolutely zero active ingredient in them. But the fact that you would go so far as to warn people to keep them away from magnets shows just how far you are willing to go to make snake oil sound sciency.

    Please tell us, what kind of energy is it in the remedies? How did you measure the energy? Did you use broadband or frequency selective measurements? What was the frequency of the energy? How do you feel about giving pets remedies which you yourself say are emitting electromagnetic radiation? Couldn’t that be dangerous?

    • Alice Steffens July 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM #

      Dear Timothy,
      Please don’t attempt to discredit that which you do not understand. Homeopathy has been around much longer than traditional western medicine. Homeopathy offers a cure for my dogs seizures whereas western medicine only offers things like Phenobarbitol which has side effects that could cut short the life of my beloved dog. After administering Belladonna, as suggested by my holistic homeopath veterinarian, my dog came completely out of his seizure within 60 seconds. I’ve never seen him come out of it so quickly before. The wonderful thing about animals is that they don’t have the preconceived notions that humans have. They don’t poo poo energy medicine. So, for them, it can easily be life changing. If you seriously want to know more about Homeopathy I suggest you start by reading an introductory book called “Homeopathy Beyond Flat Earth Medicine” by Timothy R. Dooley, N.D., M.D.
      I suggest you educate yourself and learn the many benefits and wonders of things that do not have deadly side effects. Energy medicine follows the age old context “First do no harm”
      Alice Steffens
      Massage Therapist & Reiki Master

      • Gaye September 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM #

        Alice beautiful Reply and thankyou for the vote of confidance I needed with this reply for my new puppy. Blessings to you.

      • V Donald April 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM #

        TOUCHE and thank you! There are no real serious health risks associated with hompeoathic and natural remedies as there are with pharmaceuticals. Eg: my very healthy golden retirever (12 years old) died from a slow overdose of Metacam. Good friends (also animal owners and lovers) were taking care of our boy while we were away for our wedding and honeymoon and in 1 week of “a higher than recommended dosage” of Metacam he developed an ulcer in his stomach and his organs began to shut down. One month before we had done a complete blood panel on him and the vet said he had the bloodwork and health of a 7 year old dog!
        Unfortunately he could not be saved. RIP Dustin Donald <3

  22. joy hawkins January 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM #

    is there any home remedy for worms?

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine January 15, 2013 at 5:18 PM #

      Diatomaceous earth works well for many worms. FOOD GRADE, not pool or garden grade.

      • joy hawkins January 17, 2013 at 2:01 AM #

        where on-line can one purchase all the items you have listed for home care?

  23. kathi richards November 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM #

    I have given homeopathic remedies in water. I put the pellets, without touching them (it is very important that you don’t touch them) in a dropper bottle (the dark brown or cobalt blue ones work fine). I then add distilled water. You only need an ounce of water. Let the pellets dissolve (this takes a couple of minutes). Then administer the remedy by squirting the water with the dropper into their mouth.
    Another method I have read from a Homeopathic Veterinarian says to put the pellets in the mouth and to keep the mouth closed for about 3 seconds.

  24. Karen Gaither November 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM #

    Would these remedies also be ok for cats?

  25. Ann November 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM #

    You say to put the arnica in the pouch of the dogs mouth. I have a 5-pound Yorkie and you cannot open her mouth, even her regular Vet gave up. I usually have to put it in her food and then there’s no problem. Will it hurt to administer meds this way? It causes her to panic when she is forced and I had really rather not upset her this way because she is a senior fur baby. Thanks!

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine November 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM #

      Remedies can’t be given in the food – they can be given in water however, try adding it to her drinking water.

      • Connie July 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM #

        Our homeopathic vet, who studied under Dr. Pitcairn, just sent me Thuja to administer to my 7 lb. Min Pin. The instructions specifically said to mix in his food. His muzzle is very tiny and it’s impossible to open his mouth. Even his regular vet could not.

        Prior to receiving Thuja, about 1-1/2 months ago, he was given Nux Vomica, and I was told that I could put it in a bit of cheese and then wait at least 10 minutes before he was given any more food.

        I’m wondering why I was told to mix with his food if remedies can’t be given in food?

        • kathi richards July 31, 2013 at 12:50 AM #

          Whatever your vet said about dose you can put into water. I put the dose in either one ounce or four ounces of water. Let it dissolve. I then use either the dropper or a syringe to administer the remedy. Do not give around food. Half our before or after. This works far better than in the food. Also keep the remedy away from any essential oils and electronics.

    • Ann November 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM #

      Where can I pick some of this arnica up at? There’s not a homepathics vet in our area – not within 50-100 miles. And my little Yorkie is allergic to anything with aspirin. Does this have anything like that in it? Thanks for all your help. It is greatly appreciated!

      • Debbie November 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM #

        In So. CA, you can find homeopathic remedies at Whole Foods & Sprouts….check with any healthy/whole foods stores. You can also get them online.

      • kathi richards November 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM #

        Ann, you can order remedies online too.

  26. Ellie November 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM #

    Great article and advise! Thank you Dr. Khalsa. i’ll pick these up this weekend.

  27. Deborah November 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM #

    Thank You for publishing this list. I use homepathics regularly. Could you list a couple of options for chronic ear infection. Reocurring head shaking with black discharge.

    • kathi richards November 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM #

      There could be many other things going on with your dogs ear infection. I would suggest that you contact a Homeopathic Veterinarian. Be prepared to give a lot of info on your pup. The physical symptoms they show is only a part of the manifestation of the problem. With more info a good Homeopathic Vet can prescribe the right remedy to help your dog heal itself. BTW, some HVs don’t need to see your dog in person.

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