Veterinary Homeopathy

Dog with Epileptic Fits

Treating a dog’s epilepsy with homeopathy.

In the summer of 1984 in Lyon, where I gave homeopathic lectures, I saw a male Yorkshire coming from Nizza, about 8 years old, for epileptic fits.


The clinical observation doesn’t really bring many symptoms : the dog is rather lean and shows lustreless, falling fur. He is rather restless and anxious, cross especially in the morning, but follows his master step by step in the evening.

Before convulsing he looks somewhat disturbed and sometimes stumbles. His master says ‘he looks like he’s having vertigo. He loses urine when he has a fit’.

How does he react when somebody is sad or ill, in the family ? ‘He doesn’t bother’.

What about weather or bathing ? ‘He doesn’t care. But there is one thing we cannot understand ; when we are on holidays, in the mountains, he has many more fits than at home in town. There he likes having a walk in the evening.

Repertorization (Kent)

Vertigo; EPILEPSY, before (8)

Generalities; CONVULSIONS; epileptic

Bladder; URINATION; involuntary; convulsions, during (11)

Remedy choice

He is not jealous and rather mild, lets himself be examined without protesting. Hyoscyamus can be left aside. Wet weather doesn’t especially disturb him and he isn’t really sympathetic, so the dog gets Plumbum metallicum C 30.


Two days later in the evening I received an angry phone call: the Yorkshire had taken the remedy a 11 a.m. and had seven epileptic fits in the afternoon, which let him completely exhausted.

Such a tremendous aggravation let me think that I was very near to the true solution. I had to find another leaden salt. There was one single peculiar symptom ( corresponding to § 153 of the Organon ), that I had not understood and therefore had not taken into consideration. A Yorkshire is a small dog, and this special one felt well when he was on a walk in town in the evening traffic jam, with his nose not far away from the exhaust pipes of cars. In these times people used leaded gasoline in the cars. Plumbum tetraethylicum 30 C solved our doggy’s problems for months, maybe even longer because his masters didn’t give me any further news.


Using Homeopathy means that you need to learn, observe and stay logical. But some luck and reflections are always very useful.

About the author

Jacques Millemann

Born April 27th, 1935, Jacques Millemann received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the National School for Veterinary Surgeons (Alfort, France) in 1960. He settled as a rural area veterinary surgeon in Soultz-sous-Forets (France), catering to pets and cattle. Disappointed in mainstream medicine he began experimenting with homeopathy and published his first clinical cases in 1976. Fluent in German and English, he became a tutor for the French Homoeopathy Society and joined the International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy. He tutored in Switzerland, Germany, Austria etc.
Jacques retired from practice in 2000 and now, as member of the IAVH, is coordinating the writing of the first International Veterinary Materia Medica, which includes clinical cases, using the research of internationally renowned veterinary practitioners. The first volume was published in France and Germany and the second in Germany. He also collaborated with Dr Philippe Osdoit in writing L"™homeoopathie Veoteorinaire-de la theoorie et de la pratique (Veterinary Homoeopathy "“ Theory and Practice), published by Marco Pieotteur in Belgium and Sonntag in Germany.


  • My vet prescribed belladonna for my shepherd’s epilepsy. As long as he took his remedy, he stayed fine, After about a year, she suggested that he could probably get off of it. As soon as he stopped taking it, he had a massive, prolonged fit that ended in his death. I want to feel confident using homeopathics again, but what should have happened instead of taking him off the meds entirely – a tapering off, or a change to another remedy?

  • Nice case Jacques! Thank you for sharing it.

    Patricia – I look forward to Jacque’s comments..

    My view: To me it looks like the Belladonna was suppressing the epilepsy rather than treating it. The clue to that is your wording “as long as he took his remedy”…..

    With a true simillimum (well matched remedy), there is clear *improvement* with every dose, starting with mental attitude improvement, and following with less epileptic activity ……less epileptic intensity of seizure, and/or more spaced out seizures, leading to complete cure…..
    One watches the response to *each* dose carefully to see those improvements…with (as Jacque described)…… a change of approach if you do not see what you expect after *each* dose.


    Irene de Villiers, B.Sc AASCA MCSSA D.I.Hom/D.Vet.Hom.

  • I have an epileptic golden retriever, so am interested in all I can read on the subject. My first step has been to introduce a raw food diet and I have seen a massive improvement in her general well being after only 10 days. As she has only had seizures over less than a year, and only on 3 occasions, I am awaiting any improvements. Next step is to have her seen by a homoepathic vet.

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