Homeopathy is a system of medicine which consists of treating the individual with highly diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural healing system.
As a person who strives to live a natural, toxin-free lifestyle as much as possible, I find homeopathy and other holistic therapies to be extremely valuable for the first aid and corrective care of my rats.
Homeopathy is based on the energetic principle that “loves” treats “as”. So, for example, if an animal has ingested a poison, it is a small amount of that poison that acts as an antidote.
In homeopathy, individual personality traits and constitution are all critical considerations when the homoeopath/caregiver diagnoses or chooses an appropriate remedy.
Having a detailed Materia Medica, which is like a homeopathic dictionary, helps to match the critical characteristics of the patient with the remedy that suits them.
It is useful to have one of the homeopathic first aid kits now available on the market. They contain around 36 to 42 remedies for common ailments, usually with a detailed booklet that helps you choose the right remedy.
Homeopathy comes in different “powers” which are based on the strength of the remedy needed. They can be 6c, 12c, 30c, 200c and so on.
For my rats, I will usually start with 6c or 30c, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
In general, I usually administer 30c once a day for three days observing the effects before any repetition. If it is a chronic case in progress, then 6c several times a day may be necessary. The pills can be crushed in a small piece of pear or cherry and given to the rat, but it is best if they eat the pill directly away from food.
It should be mentioned that homeopathy can also be used as a preventive aid to maintain the health of the individual by adapting the remedy to the “profile” characteristic of your pet. Homeopathy used in this way can help control certain imbalances and boost immunity in general.
Some common useful remedies for rats are: –
Aconite – fears, fear, shock, as a tranquillizer for an animal in distress or before veterinary visits/nail cutting
Antimonium Tartaricum – rattling sounds, difficulty breathing
Arnica – as first aid for injuries, pain and post-operative healing
Carbo Vegetalis – collapse, weakness, blue and lifeless, trapped wind
Hepar Sulph – boils and abscesses with pain and discharge.
Hypericum – nerve damage, postoperative pain