Homeopathic Remedies for Canine Stomach Upsets
Homeopathy, believed to have been first used in the 1800s, is a branch of alternative medicine that has fairly widespread appeal. While conventional medicine tends to be used as a tactical weapon — targeted and specific to the ailment — homeopathic remedies usually work by improving the body’s natural defenses; consequently, many see them as treatments that are useful in improving overall health.
Canine stomach upsets are extremely common because of the very nature of dogs — they explore their world by tasting. Most are transitory events, but it is possible that symptoms of a stomach upset are due to a more serious illness. No matter what the cause, homeopathic medications may help in their treatment.
Typical Symptoms of Canine Upset Stomach
The most common signs of a stomach upset in your pet include:
- Loss of appetite
- Listlessness and apathy
- Vomiting or Dry Heaving
- Eating Grass
Homeopathic Remedies for Upset Stomachs in Dogs
Before you treat your dog with any homeopathic remedies, it’s important that you seek advice from a veterinarian with expertise in alternative medicines.
There are many possible homeopathic treatments, but here is a list of commonly used remedies for stomach upsets in dogs.
- Arsenic is commonly used by homeopaths to tackle digestive disorders. Other useful remedies are Plantain, sulphur and Podophyllum. These are a good combination if your highly-strung pet has frequent digestive problems due to stress or anxiety.
- Natrium muriaticum (sea salt) treats constipation and improves overall digestive health.
- Nux vomica 30 is useful in the treatment of an over-eating episode.
- Staphysagria 30 or 200 can help if your dog has indigestion.
When you are using homeopathic treatments on your dog, carefully read and follow the label instructions. In general, use one medication at a time, unless you have been advised otherwise.
Conclusion on Canine Upset Stomachs
Often, the best approach to take to deal with your pet’s upset stomach is to do nothing. Keep her off food, skip the walk, let her sleep, and ensure that she has access to water. If she appears hungry, provide her with something bland — boiled rice and lean chicken mince is a good choice.
A final word of caution: there are some signs of upset stomach that are also common to other more serious issues — like gastric torsion, more commonly know as bloat, or foreign body ingestion. You know your dog best; use your judgment in deciding whether to delay a visit to your veterinarian in favor of a home-based remedy. If in doubt, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so have your dog checked out sooner rather than later.