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Remedies To Help Your Dog Pass Comfortably

Last week, I was faced with the prospect of a dying dog.  My Aaron had been suffering from a brain tumor and was slowly declining.

I reluctantly attended a trade show for a week as Aaron was pretty stable and still enjoying his food.  The morning of my return, he simply stopped eating.  When I saw him, I could tell he was getting ready to transition.  He began to decline and sought out solitude and was not really that aware of our presence.  He didn’t appear to be in pain and my plan was to simply watch him and wait for him to tell me he wanted me to help him.  I wasn’t fond of the idea of euthanizing him because that would mean a visit to the emergency vet and not our regular vet, but I would do whatever was necessary to help him.

On Sunday afternoon, Aaron’s breathing became more labored and he became restless although he was still reasonable comfortable and peaceful.  I decided at this point to turn to homeopathy.  There are a few remedies from which to choose to help pets cross comfortably.  The remedies will not help your pet die, but they will assist the process.

I gave Aaron a dose of Aresenicum album 30c.  Miraculously, within a minute, he came back to me and put his head on my lap, his favorite place to be.  I held him and gave him permission to pass and told him to not be afraid of death or of hurting me.  We sat like this for an hour and then Aaron drifted off into a nap.  When Aaron awoke, he was once again restless and I sensed that perhaps the next day I would have to euthanize him.  I gave him another dose of Arsenicum and he once more relaxed.  One hour later, Aaron died on his bed, in his home.

I had once read about allowing pets to die at home and thought it cruel at the time.  In Aaron’s case, I believe he waited for me to pass and I owed it to him to have faith that he knew what he was doing.  If he were suffering greatly or fearful of the process, I would have stepped in, but it seemed that Aaron was completely in control of the process and my only job was to give him whatever I felt he wanted.  When Simon passed in January, I wouldn’t have dared let him pass on his own as he was very stressed and fearful and I couldn’t put him through it.

Would I allow another dog to pass at home?  I don’t have an answer for that, only that with each and every dog, I will try to listen to what they are telling me and grant them every wish.  If you want to be prepared to help your dog pass, whether at home or at the vet, there are a few remedies you might want to have on hand.  Deliver them every couple of hours until you see results and if you don’t see results after three doses, move on to a different remedy.

  • Aresenicum album  30C  This is arguably the first remedy to consider.  Symptoms include restlessness, fear, discomfort, extreme weakness, increased thirst and coldness.
  • Tarentula  cubensis 30C  This remedy often fits the cancer picture and the end stages of death with great pain, crying and intense restlessness with less fear than Arsenicum.
Below, the master homeopath James Tyler Kent discusses the use of homeopathy in the last moments of life.
I am frequently asked. “What should be done in times of great suffering for immediate relief?” To those who desire to obtain reliable information, and who wish to practice in accordance with our principles, I would say. “Take the symptoms of each individual case and select the remedy capable of producing similar symptoms.” In a general way this is all that would be expected of me for an answer to the question, by those who are conversant with our materia medica.

Consumptives often suffer greatly when left to themselves, and some medical practitioners, knowing no better way, give Morphine and other stupefying agents, thinking that they allay human suffering. This kind of practice cannot be too strongly condemned. Firstly, it is an acknowledgment that our homoeopathic law is not all- embracing; secondly, it is the poorest kind of relief to the patient. But I would not deprive medical practitioners of all means of relief for their patients, without furnishing as good or better ones.

The consumptive, when going down the last grade, needs the comfort of a true healing art, and not the make-shifts of mongrelism of allopathy. The homoeopathic remedy is all that he, who knows how to use it, needs to allay the severest distress. Every true homoeopathist knows the value of these wonderful remedies.

A few hints may not be out of place. When the hectic fever, that so rapidly burns the patient up, is in full blast, with the hot afternoon skin, the night sweat, the constant burning thirst, the red spot on the cheek, the diarrhoea, the stool escapes when coughing, the intense fever in the afternoon, the constriction of the chest, suffocation, etc., then should Phosphorus very high be administered, but never repeated. An aggravation will follow, but it must not be meddled with, as it will soon pass off, leaving the patient free from fever, and he will go on till death, many times, comfortably. It is regrettable meddling that causes the dying man so much misery.

The distressed suffocation and inward distress in chest and stomach, streaming perspiration, great sinking, must have the clothing away from the neck, chest, abdomen, ghastly countenance, and choking, call for Lachesis, and it may be given as often as occasion requires, but to give satisfaction and prompt relief, not lower than the two hundredth potency.

To this ghastly picture, if we add, he is covered with a cold sweat, and there is one on either side of the bed fanning him, and the abdomen is distended with flatus, and the breath is cold, Carbo vegetabilis in water every hour for six hours, and stopped, will give rest and beatitude with many thanks.

But the time is yet coming when even these remedies will not serve us. The ghastliness of the picture has not changed, and to it we have added the pains of dying cells–death pains, the last suffering. Such pains come on when mortification begins. If it is in the abdomen, we may avert it by differentiating between Arsenicum and Secale, but if this pain comes in the last stage of consumptive changes, we are beyond these remedies. Much later there is a remedy, and it is Tarentula cubensis. It soothes the dying sufferer, as I have never seen any other remedy do. I have seen Arsenic, Carbo vegetabilis, Lycopodium, Lachesis, act kindly and quiet the last horrors, but Tarentula cubensis goes beyond these. I have lately administered it in the thirtieth centesimal potency.

When death is inevitable, and when the first-named remedies seem to be mostly indicated, but no longer act, and the friends say: “Doctor, cant you do something to relieve that horrible suffering? ” the pain, the rattling in the chest, with no power to throw the mucus out; the patient has but a few hours to suffer, but he can be made as quiet as with the terrible Morphine in a very few minutes by Tarentula in the thirtieth potency.

I believe that no physician would use a narcotic if he only knew a better way.  What is more inhuman than to leave the suffering patient in his last moments to writhe in the agonies of dissolution, surrounded by weeping friends. The true physician will embrace the opportunity to exercise his skill at these moments. It has come to pass that I am invited frequently to stand at the bed of moribund patients, whom I never attended during their curable ills, and as many times do I thank the Grand Master for the wonderful means of allaying the pangs of the flesh, without resort to the necessity of departing from that homoeopathic law which I have so many times pronounced universal, even in the last moments–a euthanasia.

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  • 9 Responses to Remedies To Help Your Dog Pass Comfortably

    1. D

      Make sure to watch this if you’re interested in Homeopathy –> http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2011/cureorcon/

      This is from CBC’s website.

    2. Cathi Geweniger - Canine Connection All Breed Dog Rescue, Inc. (Natural Rearing)

      Oops, I see that I typed my email address wrong in my comment. It should be “allk9connection@gmail.com”.

      I also have found and ordered the Aresenicum album and Tarentula cubensis in liquid form (30C). Now, I need help with
      dosing for the end stages of life. Thank you again.

    3. With over 40 sanctuary dogs in our rescue, I am facing death very frequently. I have lost two little dogs (one to heart at age 8 and one to AIHA at 1 1/2) in 2012. The heart boy was so traumatic for him and I both and I begged people for information so I could help hm pass to no avail. I use a naturopath for many of our illnesses here, and I got no help from her.

      The little AIHA baby was born here and was never quite right from the beginning. His mom was a pregnant stray. He was diagnosed with a liver shunt, which was obviously not correct. His passing was so sad, I finally had to take him to my vet to help him pass. as I could not allow him to suffer anymore than he already had.

      I have lost 8 rescue dogs in the last 3 years which I could have used these products which would have eased their passing and kept them in their loving home. I am so thankful for this article.

      Could someone please tell me the best place to purchase Aresenicum album 30c and Tarentula cubensia 30C? I have a dog with
      mast cell cancer that is starting to show signs of distress. I would also need information as dosing amounts and frequency. Thank you for any information anyone can provide. My email address is allk0connection@gmail.com.

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        Cathi, you can order the remedies online or buy them at Whole Foods.
        Dosage would be about three pellets and frequency would depend on the results. If you see improvement, then wait. Redose once the dog starts to decline again. If you don’t see improvement after two doses, then you might want to try a different remedy.
        Best of luck

    4. kathi richards

      How I wish I knew about these when Ares transitioned a year ago. He was 15 and had lymphoma. I was treating him holistically under his vets guidance. I had to be gone for a month and he was up and down while I was gone. He waited for me to come home and crossed over less than 48 hours after my return. So blessed to know him here and even more so now.
      Now that I know of these two remedies I will make sure that I have them on hand as others in my pack get older.
      Thank you for the info. Blessings

    5. Denise

      Both my golden girls, ages 12 and 13, passed at home with the the gentle guidance of our holistic vet and a healing hands person (that i would not live without for my animals). I was glad I did not have to make the decision and they passed in their own environment (not a cold office). I would not have it any other way!

    6. Michelle

      This is exactly how I helped my beloved BMD Rylee pass. He did live to be 11 and a half years old. My homeopathic vet recommended Phosperous. He layed in his favorite place (by my bed), I layed on the floor beside him and told him wonderful stories and reminished about our life together. I told him it was okay to go now and made sure I did not weep or make him feel that I was distressed. He died peacefully in my arms. :-(

    7. Lynne Parker

      Aaron was lucky to have you in his life. Both of your lives were enriched by your relationship. Healing thoughts to you.

    8. Lynne Parker

      Thank you for this. Two of our four are seniors and I’ll be facing this within a couple of years. I’m a believer in homeopathy—and am lucky enough to have vets that do too—so I’ve bookmarked this article for future reference.

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