Treating animals with organ support remedies can be very rewarding. It can be hard to find the simillimum for some animals. You might not be conversant with the remedy they need, the person who brought the animal may not be giving you much useful information, the animal may be closed, etc. So I am happy to use the organ remedies, either on their own, or with a deeper acting remedy.
I don’t use the herbal tinctures as most animals would not tolerate the strong taste. Instead I use the herbs in low potency, anything from 2x to 6x. Anyway, I like a bit of oomph! Dosage varies according to how the person can fit it in to their daily lives, but anything from two to four times a day is suitable. It can also be put into a separate bowl of water, so the animal can help themselves. However, they must also have access to unremedied water. They must be able to choose. Animals know what they need, when they need it. They should never be forced.
Normally, I use liquid remedies (25% alcohol as it can get hot here) for the organs, and succuss it about five times before each dose. Dose is just a couple of drops. I find animals tolerate the alcohol when the remedy is right.
Before treating any animal, I try to make sure the right diet is in place. Commercial pet food is low in nutrition and high in toxicity. It is not species specific and can be the cause of many diseases, whatever the price tag, whoever recommends it, whatever the claim.
Another important consideration is how the species functions in nature. With dogs and horses, company is important, being pack and herd animals. With horses, they are happiest, and so healthiest, when they have acreage to roam and can graze at will.
These areas can be exciting or maintaining causes to ill health, so need to be addressed. Sometimes, the animal will recover simply by a change to a species specific, quality, natural diet or having a companion, as now their immune system is so much stronger. However, some do need extra help.
The following cases show how quickly and how well the organ remedies can work.
Siobhan is one of my cats. She was a rescue feral kitten. Most ferals never lose their nervousness and she is no exception. She lived for many years outside, taking refuge in my neighbour’s roof. She avoided my other cats, who hassled her. I finally managed to trick her to come inside and she has now welcomed this home and lives permanently in my bedroom, by choice.
At one point she developed an enlarged eye. Whether it was the Crot. horridus or the nosode I made up from her urine, or both, I don’t know but she fully recovered from that. Now at 16, she had started to lose her appetite and to lose weight. This had gradually deteriorated over a few weeks. I had tried plenty of remedies for her fear, but none helped at a deep level, although some made a small difference. I really couldn’t pinpoint the precise fear to indicate a remedy. I decided to use the organ remedies for her. Other symptoms included a fetid, drooling saliva, dehydration, an occasional black stool and jerks, possibly as she fell asleep.
To me, her kidneys were the problem. The kidneys are the seat of fear in Chinese medicine. Being lone hunters, cats are super aware of their environment, being hyper alert all the time. This takes its toll on the kidneys. I made up a combination of Berb vulgaris 3x and Taraxacum 2x.
There was no way in the world I could dose her via mouth. In the past I had dosed her in her food, but as she was barely eating, this wouldn’t work. I chose to drip a couple of drops on her shoulders. I started on 4 doses a day. The reaction was nothing short of startling. The same day, after her third dose, she started eating again! Not just a bit, but a full meal. Her appetite is now back to normal. I dropped the dose down to three times a day. After about a week, there was no change in her dehydration, so I introduced China 30c 1 x day. A few doses and those symptoms were relieved. Her treatment is ongoing, but she is now through the acute stage, which was serious. I will keep her on the organ combination for about six months, once or twice a day. Her other issues are still there, but less intense.
Blaise was an 18 year old cat who came to me in a very sorry state. She was very thin, weak and had just been written off by her vet, as her liver was failing. Bob refused to kill her so I was consulted. The human family in her life had some issues and it seemed to me she was taking on a load from these. Animals do help us share our load, to their detriment. She was still eating quite well, so I changed her diet, which she accepted quite easily (cats dislike change and a change of diet is not always easy). I put her on a combination of Chelidonium 3x and Berberis vulgaris 6x. Bob could only manage two doses a day. She rallied within days. She asked to go outside, sat in the sun, was still a bit wobbly on her feet for a week, but gained her demanding nature within a couple of weeks. I did prescribe other remedies as conditions indicated, but kept her on the organ combination. She lived another nine healthy months, enjoying life pretty much as normal, before dying of an unrelated issue.
Remy is a small cross-bred, 17 year old dog. I have been treating him for the last six years. Margie wasn’t very forthcoming in her narration of his symptoms and it was a bit like pulling teeth! Recently Remy became lethargic on his walks, which he usually loved. He wanted to be carried all the time. He couldn’t even make it up a curb and was sleeping 20 hours a day. To me, this suggested his heart, as dogs tend to have heart issues with a lack of energy. I started him on Crataegus 6c, twice a day. This isn’t strictly an organ potency, but I felt justified in the higher potency. Within a couple of days, he was more enthusiastic about his walks, not needing to be carried. He slept less. He could climb curbs again! I will keep him on the Crataegus for some months.
These three cases all responded quickly, within days, to the right organ remedy. They were all serious cases, apparently heading towards death. If you don’t use organ remedies, maybe you should! Ian Watson’s A Guide to Methodologies of Homeopathy, lists the appropriate organ remedies.