Addressing Fears

Your dog may be scared or become anxious of one or many things.  This is one of the areas where there is not alot of things your vet can do to help you or the dog.

With homeopathy there are several remedies which can be really effective in helping relieve anxiety and help to combat fears.

Lilly is a Hungarian Viszla and had always been afraid of fireworks.  Unfortunately we lived right by a river which was where three separate displays would be held at every opportunity.  By the time Lilly was three she was beside herself when she heard the first whistle of a firework.  She would immediately begin to shake. She would try and get under the sofa.  She was petrified.  She would pant, sweat and tremble.

At first we tried aconite which is a common homeopathic remedy for fear and anxiety but it didn't do any good.  I realised she needed something else.  I then gave her phosphorus 1m which is a high potency remedy.  I gave her one pillule when fireworks started and she got up and went to her bed.  The next time we were due fireworks I decided to give her one the day before (November 4th) in case anyone decided to start early. Of course they did and Lilly didn't even get out of her bed.  I think she did notice that there were bangs but she didn't get upset at all.

The next day (November 5th) I decided to wait and see what she would do.  We had fireworks non stop from 5.30 until 10pm and Lilly slept through the lot.  This was an amazing result.  We couldn't have hoped for such a brilliant outcome.

When you look at using homeopathic remedies you need to find the right remedy for the dog and for the signs and symptom they display.  You need to find the right remedy, the one which suits their personality and their physical symptoms.

Here are some examples:

Aconite:  A state of fear and anxiety that comes on suddenly. Susceptible in hot or windy dry weather.  Worry might be the overwhelming symptom, anxiety caused from noise, people or crowds.  Might be better outside and worse inside.  Physical symptoms might include extreme thirst, vomiting, profuse urination, restlessness, panting, alternate hot and cold.

Arnica: Highly excitable, (positive and negative) afraid of being touched, hypersensitivity of whole body, pain with every movement, feels bruised, aching, sore, lame. Wants to be left alone. Agoraphobia. Very useful after a physical trauma and to help heal bruising.

Arsenicum: Fear and restlessness especially in the middle of the night.  Takes small sips of water, but may may vomit. Great exhaustion after every exertion.  Nausea, retching, vomiting after eating, abdomen swollen and painful.  May have constricted respiration. Dry itchy skin, eczema.

Lycopodium: Barking, then runs away, fearful of other dogs or men but puts on a display of courage whilst being nervous inside.

Phosphorus: Inquisitive, fidgety dogs who find it hard to concentrate.  Can be difficult to train, can be very determined, highly strung. Cannot stand to be left alone, very fearful of loud bangs, fireworks, atmospheric changes, approaching storms, hides head under furniture.

Pulsatilla: Hates to be left alone, separation anxiety may lead to excessive chewing or bad behaviour when left on own.  May be mild, yielding and obedient whilst by the owners side and sad and morose if left. Lovable but inclined to whimper if they cant get their own way.

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