We receive a LOT of questions about homeopathy for animals: which remedies to use for various conditions, how to give the remedies, and most of all, questions around preventing and treating Lyme disease. Shirley has very kindly been responding to many of your questions directly via email, but since some come up again and again, we decided to turn the most commonly asked questions into a Q&A post so they would be available right here on the blog.
At the end of the post, you will also find a pdf from Shirley titled “Homeopathic Ledum for Tick Disease Prevention” that you can download and print and keep on hand at home.
OK, lets begin the Q&A:
Q: Does the Lyme protocol also work for Anaplasmosis? The symptoms are the same as Lyme.
A: Yes and no. The homeopathic remedy called Ledum works on all tick diseases. The nosode called Borrelia Burgdorferi only works on Lyme disease as it is derived from the spirochete
Q: Do you know if the Lyme protocol might also work for a case of tick paralysis? If so, could you help me determine correct dosage as the only Ledum I can find locally is 30c.
A: Yes, it should work on the tick paralysis. Use the attached mixing instructions and you can make it stronger by making up the solution, then pouring distilled water into a second glass and after stirring the first glass (once the pellets are dissolved), take 1 tsp. of the first glass and pour into the second glass. This will be the stronger solution. Give 3 times a day for at least 3 days.
Q: I have a tackle box full of very old out of date remedies. How should I safely dispose of them?
A: Actually the pellet remedies do not expire, but FDA regulations require the companies to put an expiration date on the bottles. Unless it¹s a tincture, you should be able to use them for years.
Q: Can I use nosodes to raise my dog’s immunity to ticks in conjunction with a commercial tick chew? The ticks are so thick at the moment I don’t feel I can leave him untreated at this stage.
A: I’ve used Borrelia Burgdorferi (the Lyme nosode) during the winter months or hot summer months when ticks are not biting to help build up immunity. During tick season I find Ledum is much better as it quickly cleanses the blood from bacteria.
Q: My 15 month old dog just tested positive for E. canis (Ehrlichiosis). Does Ledum work for that as well? The vet said to keep him on doxycycline for 21 days. After that I want to start with Ledum. Is this ok for Ehrlichiosis as well?
A: Ledum works for all tick diseases so I recommend it for Ehrlichiosis.
Q: I am about to start my dog on the ledum as prescribed by Dr. Tobin but how many do I give for each dose?
And is it safest to make some in water (tap filtered water?) In a bottle? Sometimes he spits out the pellets.
What (how many pellets) can I make up in a dropper bottle – enough for 3 days? Should I keep it in the fridge?
A: When giving a homeopathic remedy to yourself, you tap one or two of the dry homeopathic pellets directly in your mouth and dissolve under your tongue. With pets, a more effective way is to put a couple of pellets into purified or distilled water and to syringe it onto the tongue or inside the gum flap, or to shake it up and squirt some into their water bowl. Most remedies that are mixed in water last about 1-2 weeks, and yes, it is best to store them in the fridge.
Directions: Tap 1-2 pellets of the homeopathic remedy you’re going to use into a bottle or glass containing 4 oz. of spring or distilled water. Let the pellets dissolve for about 5 minutes, then shake vigorously and give the bottle a couple of thwacks on your open hand or if you’re using a glass, stir briskly. Give 1cc or whatever you can draw up on an eye dropper (all it takes is a couple of drops as the remedy is not administered by volume) directly onto the tip of your pet’s tongue, not in the back of the throat. You can always pour a little in an empty cup or bowl for him to drink (after shaking or stirring the mixture) or put a capful into your dog’s water bowl, but not for a cat as cats tend not to drink from the bowl. You can also put it into a small sterilized spay bottle and spray it onto the dog or cat’s anus. Any mucous membrane will absorb a remedy.
See also the article: How to Give Homeopathic Remedies to your Pet
Learn more about how to use homeopathic remedies with animals in Shirley’s other articles here on AWG, and in her book A Healer in Every Home