Veterinary Homeopathy

Symptoms of Psora Signs of Chronic Illness in Dogs

Written by Pat McKay

Homeopath Pat McKay discusses Psora in dogs and shares symptoms that indicate this miasm.

Chronic disease is caused by vaccines, drugs, chemicals, and pet foods, perpetuated by most breeders, veterinarians, the drug industry, pet food companies, and pet stores.  Even vets who call themselves holistic or even some who claim to be homeopathic are not true classical Hahnemannian homeopaths. Just because a vet took a weekend course in homeopathy, does not mean she is qualified to practice homeopathy.

For most people, you are on your own as far as caring for your dog.  With this list of psoric symptoms, you can observe symptoms of early chronic illness in your own dogs.  A few homeopathic terms must be defined before reading this list of psoric symptoms.

Samuel Hahnemann: a medical physician (1755 – 1843) the founder of homeopathy.


Dr. Hahnemann was able to determine that there was one very common form of chronic disease and though this condition manifested in many different ways, it was still the same disease in all these patients. The different ways that the chronic condition showed up in conventional allopathic medicine are called diagnosis in which a disease is named and seen as a discrete and separate illness unconnected to all the other diagnoses that may be made. Dr. Hahnemann was able to show this was not the accurate understanding of disease, that actually they were all the same condition taking these different forms. He called this condition psora and identified the most common form of it as a skin itch, at least at the beginning, and that this itching condition would then go on to develop into other forms of internal illness.

Miasm: Hahnemann called the class of chronic illnesses miasms which is an older term that refers to something like a contamination that has affected the individual.  He identified three miasms; the one called psora, the chief and most important one, and that is the focus of this article.

Latent : dormant, quiescent, veiled.  Latent emphasizes the hidden character or the dormancy of these symptoms.  The potential exists in an as yet undeveloped state, but is capable of coming into full being or activity at some future time. The reason this theory of latent psora is so critical is that these symptoms are so telling.  You are the best observer of your animals.  However, most of the time, you see these symptoms or signs of disease and don’t recognize that they are systemic disease. Or if you do, and you take your animal to an allopathic veterinarian who also doesn’t recognize the significance of these symptoms, you are most often told: “It’s really nothing,” or “Wait and see what develops,” or “You are probably just imagining things,” or “You worry too much.” Or worst of all, your dog receives an antibiotic and/or steroid injection and drugs to be given daily, and these wonderful symptoms that your animal’s body is presenting are now suppressed, never to be seen again…until the drug wears off…and then back again to the vet to be given even stronger drugs.

When you see these symptoms, you will know your dog needs the proper nutrition program and homeopathic care, and that the signs/symptoms you are seeing are not simple, acute illnesses that will go away on their own. It is typical of these chronic illnesses that they will continue indefinitely, and though they may be temporarily ameliorated by the use of drugs, they are not really cured in the same way that homeopathic care can allow the body to permanently repair and heal itself.

Psora can exist in 5 phases:

1)  Primary manifestation:  Skin disease, terrible itching or itching eruptions; can sometimes be small areas of involvement with milder itch.

2)   Latent psora:  From inheritance, from vaccines, drugs, chemicals, pet foods, or after palliative or suppressive allopathic treatment; symptoms are mild, common, often not noticed.

3) Active psora:  Skin symptoms are a noticeable problem, persistent, progressive, recurrent.  Skin symptoms include the outer covering of the body in general: the ears, eyelids, conjunctiva, hair, and orifices of the body.

4)    Secondary psora:  Focus of the disease has moved to the interior of the body with involvement of tissues and organs other than the skin. The condition becomes more complicated. There is more interference and loss of function: for example poor digestion. The senses are especially affected: sight, hearing, smell.

5)   Developed psora:  Secondary psora has become advanced with development of pathology, loss of organ function or organ failure.  Several parts of the body have been affected, history of allopathic repeated treatment, and evidence of deterioration.

The following list of common symptoms, as seen in dogs, is typical of latent chronic disease that is relatively “quiet” and not yet manifesting into fully developed illness. These symptoms indicate that the body has the Vital Life Force to be able to bring forth these signs of illness so that you will realize your dog needs homeopathic care and that it is possible to improve the dog’s general health with the proper nutrition, nutritional supplements, and homeopathic care.

These signs, as listed, are all minor presentations and in themselves and would be dismissed as common or considered to be insignificant.  They are NOT insignificant.

Latent Psora in Dogs

1)    Poor development; uneven, small body; irregular or small teeth.

2)    Hair does not grow in well; thin, poor color; loss of undercoat; dry, lusterless hair.

3)    Doggy odor; skin odor; oiliness of the coat.

4)    Itchiness, even mild itchiness, without evident lesions. Tendency for base of tail to be first affected area, or the feet.

5)    Licking front feet excessively; licking them for long periods, especially in evenings.

6)    Ears have oily dark brown discharge.  Oily, itchy, warm to touch.

7)    Conjunctiva (the clear membrane that covers the sclera, white part of the eye, and lines the inside of the eyelids.) too pink; mucous in corners of eyes; rubbing eyes on furniture or bushes.

8)    Stiffness, restricted movement of rear legs on running; difficulty rising from the floor; joint pains.

9)    Hip dysplasia and associated symptoms.

10)  Nose too dry on surface; cracked; loss of pigment; watery discharge drips out, especially when eating.

11)  Tendency to too-soft stools or even diarrhea; often happens with change of foods; occasional mucous or blood in the stools.

12)  Offensive flatus.

13)  Constipation; circling or walking around before or while having a bowel movement.

14)  Anal gland problems: leaking, don’t empty on their own, become inflamed.

15)  Scoots bottom on floor or ground.

16)  Nails not healthy:  distorted, brittle, crumble, fall off

17)  Eruption between toes; eruption is often thought to be a foreign body, but is not; fistulae.

18)  Craving for manure, dirt, rocks, sticks; eating grass excessively.

19)  Excessive, especially ravenous appetite; overweight as a result, if food is not restricted; malnutrition

20)  Cachexia: won’t eat or wants to eat little and often; malnutrition.

21)  Coughing, asthmatic tendency, even though not full display of asthma; acts as if something caught in throat.

22)  Dark discharge around the base of nails.

23)  Mental symptoms:

  1. a)  Fears: of noise, storms, people, crowds, wind, to be alone.
  2. b)  Suspicion of people at door, of other animals.
  3. c)  Unfriendliness.
  4. d)  Tendency to bite or act aggressively; to hunt other animals; cats especially, but also poultry, sheep, ducks, chickens.
  5. e)  Destructiveness of surroundings, especially clothing, blankets.
  6. f)  Mentally slow, difficulty in learning or remembering; difficulty during training.
  7. g)  Nervous hyperactivity.
  8. h)  Staring off into space at nothing in particular…or at a blank wall; snapping or swatting into space; licking the air.

All of these symptoms are telling you that a proper nutrition program and homeopathic care are needed as soon as possible.

About the author

Pat McKay

Pat McKay
Acknowledged pioneer and leader in the development of the raw and fresh food diet, animal nutritionist, counselor and author, Pat McKay is nationally recognized by animal health care professionals for her contribution to the raw food revolution for cats and dogs.

She has synthesized her findings, creating a complete nutritional guide, which offers the most up-to-date clinical information and quick-step menus that make raw, fresh-food preparations both fun and easy.

All Pat"™s animals are on her fresh, raw food program, including naturally grown meats and vegetables. Pat uses homeopathy for all medical needs. Authoring several books, her latest is:
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