Veterinary Homeopathy

Unpredictable Rottweiler

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An aggressive Rottweiler is turned around with homeopathy.

C was a 60kg Rottweiler. His behaviour was unpredictable and over the top. He had a pronounced limp from a sore right shoulder. He had been seen by a vet and treated for his shoulder, but it was not responding due to his behaviour problem. “He goes crazy”, the owner said. “He knocks people over, he crashes into fences, bangs his head into things and has no regard for his own safety”.

When the owner’s husband came home, C would look at him and growl, a deep throated growl, his whole body would go rigid and his eyes would glaze over, and he would race toward the man growling, He would not attack, but bound round him still growling and then run to the end of the hall, only to repeat the behaviour again, and again.

The owner said it’s as if he looses his brain, he becomes very intense and stomps all over you. If I ignore him, he doesn’t care, the behaviour just sits below the surface at all times. “I never know when it will happen”. He has had weekly training lessons for several years with only minor progress. The only way the owner could control him was to tighten the lead and almost choke him. He did not like to go outside in the dark; he became aggressive toward strangers, or being told what to do by someone other than his owner. He becomes obsessive about doing things his own way, he goes to retrieve a dumbbell at obedience class and instead of bringing it back runs around the ring with it.

Physically he had the limp, lots of thick white mucous in strings from his mouth; he drank up to 7 litres of water a day. He had a few hot spots on his skin. He loved to swim, and loved the water. He was very over the top, and badly behaved after he had been neutered, and again after vaccination.

Remedy: Medorrhinum. I prescribed the remedy based on his over the top attitude, abrupt response to the owner’s husband, his inability to concentrate, his alternating moods and excitability, along with fear of the dark, and the shoulder pain.

Response: after the remedy he became more obedient, he put himself to bed at night. The blank stare was less, his eyes were more animated, and his limp had improved as had his skin. Several months later, the owner said, he is really good. He is concentrating in obedience work, no dramas when the husband comes home; he is generally pleasant to be with. A year later he is still doing well.

About the author

Joan Goddard

Joan Goddard is a Registered Classical Homeopath with the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths. She has a Diploma in Homeopathy from the Australasian College of Homeopathy, a Diploma in Homeopathy from the Wellington College of Homeopathy, a Post Graduate Diploma in Homeopathic Drug Transmission (India) and an Advanced Diploma in Homeopathy from the Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy. She has been a life member of the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths since 2007 and served as its president for 6 years. Her publications include Kidz Bugs, Coughs, and Homeopathy the Family and You. Her practice is a happy mix of animals and people, with clients all over the country, who stay in touch with her by phone.

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