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Homeopathy for Appetite Loss in Pets

In the following text you will find information on nine of the leading homeopathic remedies used in pets for appetite loss. The first two remedies can be used together, giving them about an hour apart. In the treatment of pets, they are prescribed to help improve the digestive function and to stimulate the animals desire to eat.

Dosing Example: The following remedies, unless otherwise stated in the text, should be given in the 30c potency twice daily for seven to ten days.

Unless otherwise stated, only use one remedy, choosing the most similar to the case.

Pepsinum Veterinary Materia Medica

Pepsinum 30c

This nosode, aids in poor digestion. It is prepared from gastric juices containing the enzyme pepsin. Pepsin is a protease (protein-digesting) enzyme, which is active in the stomach. It is produced in the mucosal lining of the stomach and acts to degrade or breakdown protein during the digestive process.

In veterinary homeopathy it is used particularly as a tonic to aid weak digestion in alternating doses with other digestive remedies, e.g. Nux Vomica, to improve and stimulate the animals appetite.

Nux Vomica Veterinary Materia Medica

Nux Vomica 30c

Veterinary Uses: It is often given for sluggish digestion. In dogs and cats it improves the animal's digestive processes and can help stimulate and restore loss of appetite. Colic in horses associated with ingestion of green foods is also an indicator for the use of Nux in equine care. Liver conditions can also benefit from the use of Nux vomica.

Nux can improve digestion and is a good remedy to consider when an animal looses or has a poor appetite due to discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract.

This remedy can help calm indigestion, gas, bouts of diarrhea and vomiting in dogs and cats and colic in horses to relieve stomach pain associated with poor digestion of food.

In avian healthcare consider using Nux for vomiting, chronic diarrhea and crop binding in birds with digestive upsets.

This remedy is especially indicated for animals with pushy personalities or irritability if they don't get their own way.

Iris versicolor homeopathic remedy to improve the appetite

Iris versicolor 30c

Veterinary Uses: To help improve appetite following severe diarrhea. It is also used for flatulent colic in horses. This remedy has an affinity for the Thyroid, pancreas, intestinal glands, and gastro-intestinal mucous membrane. There may be burning of the whole alimentary canal. Vomiting, nausea and profuse, ropy saliva. Liver sore. Cutting pain. Diarrhea, watery stools, with burning from the anus throughout the intestinal canal, with green discharges. This may alternate with constipation. Deficient appetite. This remedy is worse < in the evening and at night, from rest. Better > for continued motion. Antidote: Nux vomica.

Alfalfa is a homeopathic remedy to improve the appetite

Alfalfa 6x

This is a good general tonic for the digestion and the appetite in particular. Helpful where malnutrition has been a problem. Alfalfa favorably influences nutrition, evidenced in ‘toning up’ the appetite and digestion resulting in greatly improved mental and physical vigor, with gain in weight. Disorders characterized by malnutrition are mainly within its therapeutic range, for example, nervousness, insomnia, nervous indigestion, etc. It acts as a fat producer, corrects tissue waste. Deficient lactation. Increases quality and quantity of milk in nursing females. Its pronounced urinary action suggests it clinically in diabetes insipidus and phosphaturia; and it is claimed to allay vesicle irritability of prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of the prostate gland). It also induces mental exhilaration, a general feeling of well being; so that all blues are dissipated. Worse < in the evening, dull drowsy, gloomy and irritable. Dosing Example: Use the 6x potency three times daily.

Chininum arsenicosum 6x

This remedy is indicated where there is overall weakness and prostration accompanied by lack of appetite. It acts homeopathically as a general tonic. Often with very marked beneficial and prompt effect. The tongue may be thickly furred; yellow, slimy coating. Bitter taste and no appetite. There may anorexia and thirst for water yet it disturbs. There is usually an alternation of hyperacidity and decrease of acid. Circulatory weakness after acute infections.Sleeplessness due to nervous causes. Weak limbs and icy skin and pressure in the solar plexus, with a tender spine. Sensation of fullness after eating. Heartburn. Great weight in the stomach after eating. Hiccough. Stomach easily disordered. Itching of the anus. Moisture about the anus. Pain in the anus during stool. Burning in the anus during diarrhea, during stool. Pressing pain. Stitching. Paralytic weakness of the rectum. Ineffectual urging to stool. Skin: Burning eruptions, boils, pimples. Urticaria after scratching. Vesicles. Keynotes: There is burning in the anus following the stool. The stools are watery, fetid and pappy. The chin animal wishes to be quiet and left alone. There is great irritability, mental dullness and depression of spirits. Aversion to motion or movement.

Dosing Example:
Use the 6x potency three times daily.

Lycopodium in the veterinary materia medica for homeopathic remedies.

Lycopodium 30c

This remedy is useful where the digestive system is weak or where flatulent colic has been a problem. Often the animal only eats a couple of bites of food at any one time. There may be bloating below the navel and the animal looks 9 months pregnant after only a small amount of food has been eaten.

Lycopodium has a few clear cut guiding symptoms, which point to its use. The ones that are easiest to remember are: Right-sided complaints or complaints that begin on the right side and move to the left. If you see an animal with predominantly right-sided symptoms then Lycopodium is definitely a remedy to consider. The next important symptom for Lycopodium clavatum is low or lack of self confidence. It also makes itself known in performance and anticipatory anxiety, which are well-known features of this remedy. Further evidence of the lack of self-confidence are fear in new situations or a fear of undertaking new things. Shyness and fear of strangers are good clues to consider in the use of Lycopodium.

Keynotes: Worse < from 4 to 8 P.M. Pains start on the right and travel to the left side. Fan-like movement of ale nasi occurring in abdominal complaints. The movements are usually rapid, never slow, and are not synchronous with the breathing. Head shaking, nodding and side to side movement of the head. “Half-open” condition of the eyes during sleep. Fullness of abdomen with flatulence. Constipation, dry, hard stools. Ordinary amount of food causes a full sensation. Worse after sleep, even a short nap. Better > after warm drinks and warm food and better for movement.

Antimonium crudum 30c

Excellent for loss of appetite accompanied by bloating of the abdomen and where the animal is of an irritable nature and resents attention. In homeopathic employment the mental symptoms, and those of the gastric sphere, determine its choice. These animals can be cross, excessively irritable and fretful, together with a thickly-coated white tongue, these are the true guiding symptoms to many forms of disease calling for the use of this remedy. All of the conditions are aggravated by heat and cold bathing. Cannot bear the heat of the sun.They have a tendency to be become very angry when touched or looked at. Loss of appetite. Thirst in the evening and night. Indigestion, nausea, vomiting. Bloating after eating. Gastric and intestinal problems. Anal itching. Diarrhea alternates with constipation, especially in older animals. Slimy, flatulent stools. Mucus oozing from rectum. Stools composed entirely of mucus. Offensive flatulence. Eczema with gastric derangements. Dry skin, warts. Pustular eruptions with burning and itching, worse at night. Great prostration of strength. Modalities: Worse < in the evening, from heat, water. Better > from being in open air, during rest. Moist warmth. Dosing Example: Give the 30c potency, twice daily, for 7 to 10 days.

Arsenicum album 30c

Indicated after prolonged illness and where the animal appears in poor condition. Acts as a overall tonic to improve the appetite. Arsenicum has great anguish and RESTLESSNESS in its picture. These animals seem to change places continually looking for a spot to lie down. There are degenerative changes. Gradual loss of weight from impaired nutrition. Arsemicum has the ability to maintain the system under the stress of malignancy (cancer) regardless of location. Septic infections and low vitality also respond. Most animals in an Arsenicum state are sensitive to disorder and confusion. They also fear being left alone. They may have severely dry, flaky, itchy skin. They cannot bear the sight or smell of food. They seem to have a great thirst; drinks much, but only a small amount at a time. Usually there is vomiting, indigestion, gulping up of acid. Their pains are burning. Everything swallowed seems to lodge in the esophagus, which feels as if it was closed and nothing will pass. There are gnawing, burning pains like coals of fire; relieved by heat. Liver and spleen enlarged and painful. There may be burning, pain and pressure in the rectum and anus. The stool is small, offensive and dark. Worse at night and after eating, drinking, or consuming spoiled meat. Dysentery dark, bloody and putrid smelling, with much prostration. Skin excoriated about the anus. Icy coldness of the body. Modalities: Worse < after wet weather, after midnight; from cold, cold drinks or food, Right side. Better > from heat; warm drinks. Dosing Example: Give the 30c potency, twice daily for 7 to 10 days.

Vitamin B12, 12x,

Potenttized Vitamin B12 as a homeopathic remedy is not a constitutional remedy as we normally encounter in classical homeopathy. It is not a remedy which you can use to treat an animal for for all the complaints that they have. Though it is a big, important and valuable remedy just the same for helping to improve the appetite. The ideal potency to use is 12x, which should be given twice daily.

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