Administering homeopathic meds to reluctant dog

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    I take homeopathics myself so know never to give homeopathic medicines with food, as is common with conventional meds/vitamins, etc., but- is it okay to put the pillules to dissolve in water? My dog turns up his nose at actually putting these things in his mouth. He wouldn’t even take it from a dropper. I want to be sure he’s getting the meds so they’ll (hopefully!) make him continue to improve but want to be sure it will work this way.

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    Great question! I actually much prefer to put *all* homeopathic medicine doses in solution. This way they are best absorbed by the nerves of the mucous membranes (gums and other oral mucosa).

    For reluctant patients, after dissolving the medicine in 1 cup of water, I ask clients to use a syringe to administer. This can then be squirted in the side of his mouth. No need to even open his mouth. If he spits some out, that’s OK.

    For reealy difficult pets, you can add a few drops of milk to the liquid and just let him lick it up.

    There are other methods (such as spritzing with a spray bottle), but these usually work.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Jeff


    Thank you! Might get a small spray bottle or syringe – I have a few wildlife rehabber friends and they can probably tell me where I can get a couple of syringes for this purpose.(My dog is VERY reluctant)

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    You can also find syringes in most drug stores. After each use please neutralize the remedy using boiling water (suck it into the syringe, or take it apart and run it through the dishwasher).

    Dr. Jeff


    Great advice! Thank you!


    Got the syringes today (gratis from CVS- they were so kind when I told them what I wanted them for) I’m not sure how many pillules to add to the 1 C (distilled) water. I’m trying mercurius solubilis – his vet gave us sulfur 6X (I think it was 6X?) but there was just so much improvement. He had to have his teeth cleaned last month, had bad tartar scaled off, couple of loose teeth that had to come out. He was on cephalexin for a week but I don’t want to go the “anti” route if we can avoid it, so I researched (I take homeopathic meds too and have Dr. Pitcairn’s book among others) and came up with mercurius solubilis as something that might help. He is eating great but hasn’t barked much at all since the procedure, seems like it might hurt to do so, and doesn’t want to go for long walks much any more. I’m chronicling everything for future reference.

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    Just 1 pillule medicates the entire cup! Then every dose that you give from this solution is medicated. You can even use some of this water to medicate another cup of water!

    Have fun.

    Dr. Jeff


    Thank you! I had added 3 pillules (oops!) but- his water bowl is more than one cup. I have seen some improvement but his submandibular glands are still swollen (none others are) I’ve also added 1/4 tsp turmeric to his last feeding. I just worry that his teeth are always going to be messed up. He never stands for cleaning and I don’t want to knock him out on a regular basis.


    I’ve heard of a product called BioDent but it’s apparently not available unless prescribed. Do you know of it?

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