Dog with severe itchy skin (Oct 2018)
I have a client with a little dog that could not stop scratching herself and was getting very depressed. It started in Nov 2017 last year, shortly after the dog was put on anti-inflammatory medication for arthritis. Although we cannot be sure these drugs caused it, it was the only change made at the time. The dog had been to the Vet several times and has had many tests. She was eventually diagnosed with sub corneal pustular dermatitis and pruritis. Drugs given for the itch only worked briefly and even Prednisone in the end did not work. The owner stopped giving the anti-inflammatory for the arthritis as it did not really help.
In the consultation we focused on the itch and the depressed mood of the dog, as that was the owner’s biggest worry. I prescribed a remedy, which initially worked really well in restoring balance in her body. The owner started noticing a difference after the 2nd dose, which was given within 24 hours. This was very promising. We only gave three doses to start with and then stopped. The itch disappeared, and the dog was becoming her own happy self again. When you get a result like that so quickly you have picked the right remedy.
However, the dog was good for about a month and then she started to get red skin again under her tummy and she was becoming more depressed again. We repeated the remedy, but it did not work this time around. I then decided to go for a higher potency (strength). Again, nothing happened.
It was clear to me that there was something underlying going on which was unbalancing her body. I decided to go for another remedy and we made some improvement, but not enough.
The first and the second remedy I gave do go well together and can enhance each other, so I decided to combine the two. The dog got better again very quickly after a daily dose of the two remedies. I decided to give the daily dose for a while and then slowly reduce to see what would happen.
As soon as we started to reduce, she would get worse. So, for the moment we just keep giving the two remedies on a daily basis as that seems to balance her, keeping the itch away and keeping her happy and active, like she used to be.
Although we strive to re-balance the body, so it will heal itself, sometimes there is something else going on that we don’t know of and the Vet has not been able to find or diagnose either. In this case the daily dose is keeping her stable and it will not hurt her as Homeopathy does not have any side effects. I am not afraid of overdosing and making things worse as the remedies are just restoring the balance on a daily basis. I hope that makes sense. 😊
I did not mention the remedies I am using in this case, as we treat animals as a whole and each animal is different. The remedies that I am using for this dog are likely to not work for another dog with similar symptoms. I do not want people to experiment with remedies, as sensitive animal can overreact to certain remedies.
If you have an animal with itchy skin and can’t get on top of it, or you do not want to give drugs long term, please feel free to contact me.
The information contained in this website is not intended to replace guidance from your veterinarian. Bowen Therapy and Homeopathy are complementary to veterinary treatment and the general care of the animal.