Using Homeopathic Remedies

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Homeopathic remedies should be used under the guidance of a qualified homeopath or healthcare professional. Please consult with a practitioner to determine the most appropriate remedy for your pet's situation.

Non-veterinary homeopathic guidance can be found through the following individuals:

Natural Rearing/Nutritional Consultations with Kasie Maxwell Grujcic, Founder/Owner SFRAW & Apothecary by SFRAW

Consultation with Cabernet Lazarus-Gavin, The Original SFRAW Mentor

Consultation with Nealy Piazza, Canine Holistic Health Consultant at Whole Animal Wellness

To find a licensed veterinarian with some training in homeopathy, please visit The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (

Note: Experience, technique, and skill levels will vary. We do not necessarily recommend each professional on this referral list.

Using Homeopathic Remedies

HOW MUCH & HOW OFTEN?  Experienced homeopaths suggest that remedies be used as follows: Give one dose, one time only and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be indicated several times in one day or over the course of a week period; but in most situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient. If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time (one or two days), select a different remedy.
  • Do not combine remedies or go from one remedy, to the next, to the next - "chasing remedies". Chasing remedies complicates the Vital Force and interferes with the body's ability to heal.
  • In every case, LESS is more. Choose the ONE remedy that matches the totality of your pet's symptoms.
  • Give the lowest potency possible (30C is a common choice for most First Aid needs), and dose only as much as is needed to solicit a response in your animal, then stop.
  • Unless recommended to do so by an experienced homeopath, DO NOT give remedies daily or twice a day, on a mechanistic schedule. Repeat, only if/when needed, if/when the animal's original symptoms start to return. For many animals, a single, ONE TIME dose is all that you usually need. Repeat no more than 4-6 doses, total.
  • If new symptoms begin to develop, reconsider the case and follow-up with a different remedy to match those symptoms.

HOW TO ADMININSTER Here's a video of How to Administer Homeopathic Remedies (dry dose shown; you can also give liquid doses in similar fashion):

(224) SFRAW How To: Give a Dry Dose Homeopathic Remedy to Your Dog - YouTube



Homeopathic Remedy Handling, Storage and Antidotes

Homeopathic remedies are essentially vibrational medicine, and they are easily overwhelmed by other strong material vibrations. Certain substances will decrease the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies and if used during the first few months of a chronic case (or the first few days in an acute case), can confuse the interpretation of your response.

  • Remedies should be stored out of direct sunlight in a cool, dark place.
  • Do not place your remedies in close contact with magnets or microwaves.
  • Do not store or open remedies around strong odors (cooking, painting cigarette smoke, eucalyptus, etc.).
  • Avoid raw garlic for at least 2 hours after or before taking remedies.
  • Avoid keeping remedies in extreme cold or heat.
  • Avoid contact with your animal’s tongue or saliva on cap or dropper.
  • Since the effect of x-ray and other airport security devices on remedies is unknown, assume that this type of exposure would be detrimental to the remedies.
  • Any pellets removed from the bottle/envelope should be discarded or used, and not be placed back into the container.
  • The patient should avoid contact with strong aromatics or toxic odors when being treated homeopathically. This includes things like cleaning solutions, eucalyptus, wintergreen, mints, essential oils, strong perfumes, strong after-shave and soap, smelly chemicals, moth-balls, chamomile, tea tree oil, liniment rubs, strong perfumes, camphor, and menthol.
  • Smoke from cigarettes, marijuana or incense may antidote remedies. It is best to keep your pet from having contact with second hand smoke from these substances while being treated homeopathically.  


Giving Remedies

When working with the remedies, never touch the pellets or tablets. Tap ONE (1) pellet into the bottle cap and then pour this dose from the cap directly to your pet’s mouth.

I find it easiest to wait until your dog/cat is sleeping or resting on their side. If they will stay relaxed when you approach them, you can gently pet them, then lift their lip up and drop the pellet into the side of their mouth into the gum/lip area. Close the lip back over the remedy. Allow the pellet to dissolve along the side of their mouth. The pellet does not need to be swallowed, just needs to come in contact with the mucous membrane area of the mouth.

Make sure your pet does not eat or drink anything 1 hour before or after taking a remedy. This includes other medications as well as vitamins and supplements. Water is permitted anytime before or after a remedy.

Conventional medications, herbs and supplements may have to be discontinued during homeopathic treatment. This is decided on an individual basis.

Whenever possible, give the remedy at bedtime/napping, as the body is at rest.

Give the remedy away from meals, at least 1 hour before/after eating. The mouth should be free of any strong tastes.

Options for Administration of the Dose

Dry Dosing

Whenever working with homeopathic remedies, you will always want to first pour ONE pellet into the cap from the vial. Then, drop this single pellet into your pet’s mouth or lip area, and allow it to dissolve there. That’s it.  

Medicinal Solutions

Alternatively, you can make a MS (Medicinal Solution) of the remedy and give a liquid dose, if this seems easier for you and your pet.

How to Prepare a Medicinal Solution (MS) for Homeopathic Remedies


¼ cup       Spring, distilled or filtered (non-chlorinated) room temperature/ cool water

1 pellet    Homeopathic remedy of choice

               Note: use only ONE remedy at a time, DO NOT combine remedies.

Place water and pellet into a clean, dry glass container. Allow the pellet to dissolve in the water by just sitting in the water for about 15-20 minutes. Stir the solution very briskly or vigorously 10 times with a spoon.


Immediately take 1 tsp. of this solution and place into a glass 4 oz. bottle with a lid that contains:

7 Tbs.   Spring, distilled or filtered (non-chlorinated) room temperature or cool water 1 Tbs.     Vodka or other grain-alcohol sprit (as a preservative)



Before administering a dose of this remedy, tap the covered/closed bottle firmly on the palm of your hand 10 timesGive 1 tsp. of the MS, once. That’s it!

Repeat the dose only if:

You witnessed a noticeable improvement in the animal’s condition after the first dose AND

the condition has now gotten significantly/dramatically worse.

MOST animals only require one dose of the remedy at that’s it, others might need it given every month or every 30 minutes; frequency of administration just depends on the individual and how acute the condition is.   For this reason, it is advised that you consult with a classical homeopath whenever possible to guide you in both selecting the remedy, when to re-dose, when to wait, and when to change remedies. When in doubt, do not repeat the dose – it is best to wait and consult with someone first before giving another dose of a remedy.    

In acute situations, if you do not see improvement after giving a remedy in a reasonable amount of time (12-24 hours), then it may be best to change to a different remedy. These decisions are best made by those well trained in homeopathy, or with sufficient experience in using homeopathy.


Plussing A Remedy

Sometimes you will be instructed to plus a remedy. Plussing is performed in the following manner:

1)    Place one (1) pellet of the remedy into 4 ounces of spring water (filtered water is okay but not chlorinated tap water). Use a bottle or jar with a cap/lid.  

2)    Allow the pellets to sit and dissolve for 20 minutes.

3)    Take the closed vessel with this solution in it and shake or tap on the palm of your hand vigorously 10 times to potenize the solution.  

4)    Give just 1 TSP. of this solution immediately after succession (shaking/tapping).

5)    Either discard or set aside the remainder of the solution – depending on what your homeopath has instructed.

6)    If you are instructed to set the remedy aside, follow steps 3 and 4 only to repeat a dose.

Homeopathic Recovery

According to the homeopathic "law of cure”, in the course of cure during homeopathic treatment, the symptoms improve from the inside outward, from above downwards, from the most vital to the less vital organs, and in the reverse order of their original onset of appearance. The vital force, energy, and the most commonplace symptoms such as general emotions, improve before physical symptoms. It is common during homeopathic treatment for earlier or suppressed symptoms to reappear briefly. This is actually beneficial because the re-emergence of old symptoms shows that they are no longer suppressed and can indicate the original factors of the recent illness and be treated. Chronic, longstanding symptoms take longer to cure than recent and acute maladies. In chronic cures, when you see an improvement in the animal’s overall state of being – their mental and emotional state (happy, content, playful, relaxed) – then you know the remedy is doing its job, even if the external physical symptoms may not be improving right away.  

The animal may go into a deep sleep period immediately after taking a remedy. This is not a negative side-effect; it means the body is working on healing itself.  

It is important to give remedies time to work. In most cases, you should wait a minimum of 12-24 hours before deciding a remedy is not working or an incorrect choice.

Allopathic Drugs and Homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies do not undermine the action of drugs or interact with them. On the other hand, drugs may neutralize homeopathic remedies, most especially antibiotics, and steroids such as cortisone and prednisone. The primary obstacle to using homeopathy while an animal is on medication is the suppression, masking or altering of symptoms. Symptoms are the vital force’s way of communicating and expressing imbalances. Homeopaths rely on these symptoms to choose the most appropriate remedy for an individual’s case. Altering or suppressing these symptoms through medications (natural or chemical) makes it very difficult or impossible to determine which remedy is correct for the overall picture of dis-ease the animal is presenting. This is especially true of chronic disease.

Purchasing Guidance

If you can't buy here or drop by SFRAW to pick-up a remedy, you can find some of the more common remedies at the 30C or 200C potency in local health food stores such as Rainbow Grocery and Sprouts. Alternatively, we recommend purchasing remedies directly from a homeopathic pharmacy (buying on Amazon is not recommended):   

Homeopathy Overnight

The Highest Quality Homeopathic Remedies Producer | Hahnemann Laboratories (

Here is a store locator from a large remedy pharmacy. This might be useful but be sure to call ahead to confirm that they have the remedy that you need, in the correct potency (30C, 200C, 1M, etc), first: Store Locator | Boiron USA

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