Veterinary Homeopathy

The Art of Dosing Animals CONTACT
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Veterinary Homeopathy - Dose and Potency


How to Choose the Right Homeopathic Dose and Remedy Potency for Pets

Once a remedy is selected, the next decision you will face is the choice of what homeopathic potency to give the animal and how often to repeat the dose. There are no set rules here, and experience and observation will play a very large role. In this Chapter, some general guidelines will be presented, but it needs to be understood that they are not designed to be adopted as “rules.” They are only examples to help guide you along the way. The objective of the book is to teach you how to confidently adjust the dose and the potency on your own.

The homeopathic dose is not one of weights and measures as in the case of conventional medicine, in which quantity is synonymous with dose. Dose in homeopathy refers to the force of impact of the remedy.

Once the remedy and potency are chosen, how often to give the remedy is a function of two factors, the potency chosen and the vigor of the symptoms shown by the animal prior to the administration of the homeopathic remedy.

The homeopathic dose means ‘the particular preparation of the remedy employed’, in particular the amount and/or form of that preparation.

When asked, “What dose did you give?”, The homeopath might reply, “I gave the 6th centesimal potency in medicinal solution in the ‘split-dose’, 1 teaspoon was given as the dose from a dilution glass, every 2 hours for 3 doses.

Another homeopath might answer “I gave a single dose of 1 pellet of Lachesis 200C.”

If it corresponded to the case, either of the dosing explanations given above could be appropriate for a horse or, a kitten. How so? Because each dose is individualized to the patient. Since homeopathy works by catalyzing the body’s
ability to heal itself by stimulating the body’s auto-regulatory or immune response mechanism, dosing will be proportionate to the intensity of symptoms and the strength of the animal’s vital force.

In Chapter 5, you will learn how to choose the correct potency and repeat the dose appropriately for the individual animal in treatment. You will also learn the observation techniques that will lead you to the correct choices.

Homeopathy should be safe and gentle and as easy to receive as it is to give. An animal should never have to feel worse before it gets better, such as what is often referred to as a healing crisis or an aggravation in homeopathic treatment. If there is a healing crisis, it should be rapid in its transit and it should be so slight that it is hardly noticed by the patient or the homeopath. Any more than that, I classify as poor prescribing, either the homeopath gave to high of a potency or repeated the dose to often. If we are good observers we will be able to see what the animal needs and adjust the potency and the repetition of the dose to best inspire a safe, gentle and rapid cure.