Can You Take The Case Of My Puppy? (Another Picture Case)

Written by Elaine Lewis

Gilroy has a painful sore below his right shoulder; what remedy should we give?

Mom, I’ve got bad news.

What are you talking about?

I don’t have any announcements.

That’s the best news I’ve heard in a long time!

Except that “Arthur” was cancelled.


You know, the aardvark?

Oh geez!

He’s been on the air for 25 years, and it was a great show!

Shana, if you don’t mind, we have a puppy to take care of!  His name is Gilroy.


Oh, he’s so cute!  Who’s his mother?

Mini Maus.

Mom!!!  That is really pathetic!

It was the best I could do, I’m on a tight schedule!  We’re running late–and I’m quite sure we’re holding up the ezine!

We do that every month!

And so now, without further ado and fanfare…

I didn’t notice any fanfare…

I give you, Mini Maus and her dog, Gilroy!

I’m going to watch “Arthur”.



Name: Gilroy

Age: 6 months

Male or Female: Male

Weight: 7-8 pounds

Height:  ?

Date: 10/06/2021

Email Address: ****

  1. Describe the complaint.

Two weeks ago I noticed what I thought was a tick on Gilroy.  I moved his fur aside and saw what looked like a tick. I pulled it off with a tweezer and then wasn’t sure it was a tick.  It looked more like a scab.  But since I thought it might be a bug bite or possibly even a tick bite I gave Gilroy a dose of Ledum 30C in water.  I assumed the spot would heal so I just ignored it.

Tonight I noticed it has grown because it’s now visible under his fur.  It is red and irritated and he doesn’t like me to touch it, so it must be painful.

  1. Etiology–

Could be a bug bite.  Possibly where he was vaccinated for distemper?

  1. Sensation–

It hurts when I touch it or try to examine it.

  1. Appearance–

Raised, red, irritated

  1. Location–where on the body is your complaint located?

Below his right shoulder.

  1. Modalities–

Worse pressure

  1. Concomitants –

Otherwise he seems healthy.

  1. Discharges–

There appears to be no discharge.

  1. Generals–


  1. The mentals:


  1. What have you been saying?


  1. What are you doing?


  1. Describe your thirst and appetite–


  1. Fever?


  1. Sweating?


  1. Odors?


  1. What is most striking, peculiar or identifying about your condition?

A little bit of red sticking out of his white fur.

  1. Is there a diagnosis?

No diagnosis.

  1. Describe your energy-

Very energetic, puppy energetic, jumping around, happy puppy

  1. What does your tongue look like?


  1. If you have a cough,


  1. If you haven’t already said if you’re hotter or colder


Hi Elaine. I gave him Ledum two weeks ago and this thing has grown since then.   Here’s a picture:

Oh!  OK, give him _______________30C right away.

Thu, Oct 7, 2021 11:09 am

Mini Maus (****

To:you Details

Hi Elaine,

He took the _________30C and I’m hoping for the best.


Thu, Oct 7, 2021 8:58 pm

Mini Maus (****

To:you Details

Hi Elaine. Gilroy is doing well.  He didn’t seem quite as bothered when I touched his red spot so I’m hoping it is healing.  He has a little watery diarrhea that I hope is just a return of an old symptom.


Fri, Oct 8, 2021 2:28 pm

Mini Maus (****

To:you Details

It seems less sensitive and it seems to have a darker colored scab.

It seems to be almost gone!  Definitely not as red at all.


From: Mini Maus <****>

To: Elaine Lewis <>

Sent: Fri, Oct 8, 2021 2:28 pm

Subject: Gilroy


Still less sensitive.

Is he letting you touch it now?

It doesn’t seem to bother him as much as it did a couple of nights ago.  It doesn’t seem to bother me as much either, I’m not as worried about it because I feel like it’s under control.  I’ll check it again tomorrow and give you an update.


Sat, Oct 9, 2021 2:05 pm

Mini Maus (****

To:you Details

It seems darker more scabbed up and less red.  He doesn’t react when I press on it.  So far so good.

It’s been only 2 days, and just one dose!


Gilroy Update

Sun, Oct 10, 2021 10:07 am

Mini Maus (****

To:you Details

Little black scabs seem to be forming on the sore area and falling off.  It still seems to be healing.

I can hardly see a thing!


Re: Gilroy Update

Mon, Oct 11, 2021 10:09 am

Mini Maus (****

To:you Details

It doesn’t seem to bother him when I touch it or I press on it. So good news.



Tue, Oct 12, 2021 3:34 p

Mini Maus (****

To:you Details

It still seems to be healing, slowly but going in the right direction.  I can no longer see it poking out of his white fur.

He has also gotten a little more assertive with making his needs known, which is good.  He is such a sweet little dog who looks to me for approval.  Last night I put him to sleep on the couch in one position and he moved farther away to a more preferred area.  He should be able to sleep where he wants.

Nice picture, hardly anything noticeable.  Geez, I had no idea this remedy would have a constitutional effect!

His poops are better too.

He usually just lets me put him where ever and that’s where he stays.  He is extremely compliant, which makes things easier for me but I’m not always sure it’s best for him.

He was also much more assertive on his walk today, trying harder to keep up with the other dogs and letting us know he wasn’t happy being held back.  My husband agreed that this was a good change because he was a little too passive and compliant.

Wow, who would have thought that ____________ would cause all that to happen!  And in just 5 days and one dose of a 30C.  I really wasn’t expecting this!


OK, gang, that’s it!  Do you know what the remedy is?  Write to me at and let me know, the answer will be in the November ezine. 

And by the way, all these homeopaths with their “protocols”?  Who seem to know exactly how much dosing is going to be needed even before they’ve given the first dose of their remedy?  This dog is transformed in less than a week with only a single dose of a 30C!  Now think about that the next time you’re about to say, “Take 30C the first day, 200C the next day, 1M the day after that….” and variations thereof!  And you patients out there, if someone comes at you with a “protocol” (meaning one-size-fits-all), find another homeopath!

Alright, I’m done complaining now.  Bye, see you again next time!


Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

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Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

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