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Arthritis in Dogs

We had an interesting problem day before yesterday.  Dixie, our Border Collie mix, had back leg paralysis.  It came on very suddenly.  She was sleeping in her room with her brother Bosco, and my husband went to let them outside and she couldn’t walk.  She managed to crawl outside to urinate, but then just laid in the dirt.

Yesterday morning I gave her Nux Vomica for pain.  I asked my husband to give her some in 3 more hours, then again in 3 hours, but he didn’t.  He doesn’t know a lot about homeopaths and I think it scared him a little, not knowing what he was giving her.  I checked my trusty book Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats.  Because it had came upon her so suddenly, and her legs were hot and red, I thought of Arthritis.  I didn’t see any cuts or gashes, and thought if she’d been bit by a scorpion, it wouldn’t be both legs.

I gave her Belladonna 30C.  This particular homeopath is useful “when the condition has come on suddenly, is very painful and associated with a fever”.  Dixie was warm, her legs were red hot on the edges and her nose was dry.  A dose of Belladonna, one or 2 pellets every 4 hours for a total of 3 treatments.  She wasn’t supposed to have food for ten minutes before or after, but the only way I could get the pills in her was to use canned cat food.

I checked her last night at Midnight and her legs were considerably cooler.  This morning I gave her the last treatment.  When my husband went to put them outside, she jumped up, barked at her brother and dashed out the door.

Never, EVER underestimate the power of homeopathic drugs!