Homeopathic Remedies in the Veterinary Materia Medica

Veterinary Materia Medica

of Homeopathic Remedies


Silicea Homeopathic Remedy for Pets

Silicea is a homeopathic remedy with many uses in veterinary medicine: Embedded Foxtails. Dogs that have a foul body odor. Dogs with bacterial yeast infections. Smelly feet. Skin infections, poor coat, feathers, nails, hooves, beaks and bone - in all species.

In veterinary care silicea (Silica. Pure Flint) is a polycrest and one of our major remedies. This has a lot to do with its effectiveness in helping remove toxic reactions in heavily vaccinated animals (vaccinosis). In fact Silicea should be a must after every vaccination as it can protect against the bad effects of vaccines in general (give 200c, three pellets dry, in the mouth, after the vaccination).

Silicea has been called the "homeopathic surgical knife." It has a remarkable power to push splinters and foreign bodies (foxtails, etc.) to the surface. Silicea is also used for boils and abscesses. It helps them ripen and come to a head and then discharge the pus (this is called suppuration), it is also effective for blocked tear ducts, blocked salivary glands and styes.

CAUTION: Since one of the effects of Silica is to promote expulsion of foreign matter from the body, this remedy shouldn’t be used for long periods in any animal with implanted material. Silica is a powerful remedy, capable of encouraging the body to push foreign materials out. As such, it may cause the expulsion of metal screws, wires, bone plates or other orthopedic implants, as well as microchips. If in doubt as to whether you should use the remedy you should seek professional guidance.

Silicea is a great remedy for many different nail conditions, such as thick, misshapen, nails, and brittle cracked, splitting nails. Also, diseases of animal feet and nails (including hooves) often respond to Silicea.

  • Vaccinosis - give after a vaccine injection to help prevent reactions
  • Splinters and Imbedded foreign objects
  • Inflamed Glands, Hardened lymph glands
  • Blocked Tear Ducts, Styes, Glands
  • Abscesses, sinuses and fistulae
  • Itching
  • Mange
  • Decaying Mouth, Gums and Teeth
  • Constipation
  • Discharge from the Sheath (chronic gonorrhea)
  • Bad Milk
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Diseases of the beak, foot or hoof
  • Hypopyon in the Eyes (A sterile pus that covers the eye, it occurs due to the release of toxins and not by the actual invasion of pathogens).
  • Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (also known as HOD. Causes lameness and extreme pain in young growing dogs, usually large breeds).
  • Arthritic Diseases
  • Hooves, Beaks, Nails Splitting and Breaking
  • Diseases of Poor Nutrition, Malabsorption
Main Health Problems

Physical problems are abundant and have roots that fundamentally lie in a weak basic structure. Silica is a constituent of connective tissue and some of the other tissues that comprise the basic building blocks and structures of the body – bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, skin, hair, claws, hooves as well as blood and blood vessels. It is not surprising that the Silica animal looks poor and often appears thin (even to the point of looking malnourished), feels the cold easily, has a weak immune system, may have swollen glands and lacks stamina. The claws, nails or hooves are often weak, cracked and flaky. There is a tendency to abscesses in the feet, wounds are slow to heal and may become chronic even to the extent that a sinus or fistula may develop. The coat and skin can look poor; a reflection of the poor assimilation of food. Where bone and cartilage are involved, arthritis is a feature with the development of exostoses.

Remedy Picture

The remedy picture of the animal needing silicea is often, lack of self-confidence, apprehension, timid, pale, delicate, and weakly, though they may be beautiful in their fine lines. Their frailness and poor nutrition is often obvious at a glance. They simply have little strength, whether for healing, for exercise, or even for passing stools. They are often timid, especially in new situations. The silicea state is one of great sensitivity -- to new impressions, to noise, to light, and to cold. Theses animal's may even be chilly when exercising.

Psychological Type

The Silica animal has many problems, most arising through fundamental inbuilt weaknesses both physical and mental. Although intelligent they are shy and lack confidence. This expresses itself as an apparent lack of inertia, a lack of go, of response, of initiative and determination. They are jumpy with sudden noises, sensitive, sometimes fearful, can appear restless and agitated (especially in unfamiliar situations), and occasionally irritated, leading to poor behaviors if pushed too far. Eventually if over worked or over taxed, the intrinsic weaknesses surface. Psychologically the Silica animal will become quiet, inert, withdrawn, disinterested and depressed. What we see outwardly is a lack of vitality.


Tissue integrity and strength.
LACK OF VITAL HEAT: Want of animal heat; always chilly, even when exercising.
Small foreign bodies lodged deep in the skin, splinters, thorns, etc. VACCINOSIS: Ailments following vaccination, abscesses, etc. even convulsions.
Rawness between the toes. Smelly feet.
Imperfectly nourished, not from want of food eaten, but from imperfect assimilation, DEFECTIVE NUTRITION.
Great weakness of the nerves and states of emaciation.
Painless swelling of the glands with troublesome itching.
Colic from worms and from constipation.
CHRONIC INFECTIONS ARE A CHARACTERISTIC FEATURE [Colds, otitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, sinusitis, abscesses, boils, styes, acne, fungal infections]
Inability to expel stools from the rectum as they slip back in after the attempt.
Icy cold feeling, feeling of needles in tissues. Weak spine, very susceptible to drafts on back.
Pain in coccyx.
Spinal irritation after injuries to spine; diseases of bones of the spine.
Pains through hips, legs and feet.
Loss of power in legs.
Pain in knee.
Pain in toes and bottom of feet.
Feet have a bad odor.
Fistulas, especially in long bones.
Pain and stiffness of bones and joints with real discomfort when fist moving after rest.
Long-lasting skin conditions often associated with sepsis and pus formation. Useful for sores that wont heal.
Split, brittle and malformed nails, beaks or hooves often improve with treatment of silica.


> Better From warmth and being warmly covered, when lying down, and in the summer.
< Worse For mental and physical exertion, from exposure to cold and wind and from pressure, cold is almost always intolerable, worse after vaccination, thunderstorms, in the early afternoon and around the new and the full moon.


Complementary to: Fluor-Ac., Sanicula and Thuj.
Follows well after: Calc., Graph., Hep., Nit-Ac., Phos.
Followed well by: Fluor-Ac., Hep., Lyc., and Sep.

Silicea is the chronic of Puls.

NOTE: Silicea is very similar to Mercurius, but these remedies should not be given after or before one another. It is a good rule of thumb to never use these remedies one after another because the great similarity between the two causes these remedies to be discordant, and occasionally we see severe problems when the two are given in succession. If you have given one and wish to give the other, give Sulphur or Hepar sulph in between.

The difference between Silicea and Calc-S., in suppurative processes is: Silicea promotes suppuration and brings the suppurative process to maturity (.e. it will bring and abscess to a head and encourage it to drain). Calc-Sulph. checks suppuration and promotes healthy granulation also.

Silicea's action is deep and long lasting.

Silica occurs in nature as the chemical compound silicon dioxide which becomes a very powerful remedy when prepared into a homeopathic potency. Silica is found in the structure of many plants and is present in minute amounts in the tissues of the animal body, including the dental enamel. Traces of silica, are beneficial to the body.

Dose: 6x, 6c to 30c, 200c . The lower potencies work well in the suppurative processes. The higher potencies 30c - 200c check suppuration and promote granulation. 200c potency is recommended as a preventative measure after vaccines.

Authors note: I have seen silicea work many times in dogs with a stubborn sebaceous cyst. It takes some time, possibly 3 to 4 months in 6x potency (using Hyland’s cell salts) but the cyst will finally open, drain and not return.

Names: Sil., (Silica. Pure Flint)

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