Reluctance to Service; Reluctant males are made strong and capable with DAMIANA - 1x. and ACIDUM - PHOSPHORICUM - 6x. Three doses of each are given daily, always on an empty stomach in the morning and late at night, with the midday doses NOT given with the feed, but ideally half an hour beforehand. If it is suspected that the sperm is infertile, yet the dog's services appear to be indispensable, ACIDUM - PHOSPHORUM 30x. may be given once a day for about three weeks.
The ears should be cleaned at regular intervals once a week using a suitable lotion. You can mix your own 75% Medical alcohol and 25% Glycerin; put it in a clean Ear-dropper bottle and shake well. Tincture lotion drop by drop, 3 or 4 drops squirted in each ear, followed by a massage of the base of the ear for about 30 seconds. After having removed your finger, they will sake their head, and you can carefully clean the ear. Never push Q - tips down the ear canal.
Minor ear care; The ear is cleaned daily with cotton wool, until the cotton wool at the end of a stick or swab comes out clean. Calendula ointment on a fresh piece of cotton wool is then applied ( or Calendula tincture instilled drop by drop). After this, the external auditory canal is gently massaged by hand from the outside. TREATMENT; OF A BADLY INFLAMED EAR, SEE YOUR VETERINARIAN immediately.
Pyometra (Uterine Infection)
A justifiably dreaded condition seen in older bitches is metritis, inflammation of the uterus. it oftens occurs after oestrus, but may also develop days or weeks later. Any febrile condition during this period may develop into pyometra.
The symptoms are a more or less marked failure to thrive and a discharge from the vagina, sometimes only slight, that serves as a definite indication that pus has collected in the uterus. Such a discharge is certainly no indication for total hysterectomy, which is invariably followed by obesity.
The form of metritis known as pyometra provides an excellent illustration of the valuable service homoeopathy is able to render. Hourly Pulsatilla 4x or 6x will cause a 'fountain' to flow that will cleanse the uterus from the considerable volume of secretions it contains and bring about a cure. Lachesis, Pyrogenium and Echinacea angustifolia given in addition will deal with the dangerous infection. In bad cases (do not hesitate to contact your vet.)
French practitioners treat the condition with the triad: Sepia 6x Helonias dioica 6x Hydrastis 6x in equal parts, three or four times daily, complementing this with a teaspoonful of Kalium iodatum 3x in lOOg of water after every meal, as this has a profound action on the mucosa. We have also seen good results with Sabina 8x, not so much in the acute, but in sub acute and chronic forms. Sabina may also be used as follow-up therapy.
Iinfertility is becoming more and more of a problem for many breeders and animal lovers. The cause may be endocrine failure. A diet consisting entirely of preserved foods is another suspected cause, but exact data are not yet available. Experience has shown, however, that feeding all the animals in a breeding establishment on deep frozen meat can be responsible for protracted oestrus and infertility of bitches.
A missing oestrus is stimulated with: Aristolochia 3x and Cimicifuga 6x 10 drops of each twice daily, given three weeks before oestrus is due to occur, basing one's calculations on the fact that bitches come on heat twice a year.
Veterinary surgeons also have an injection preparation available that among other things contains Aristolochia dematitis.The injections have to be given with an interval of two weeks between them.
Bitches who do go on heat but refuse mating, biting the male, during the fertile period from the eleventh to the fourteenth day, need Sepia 6x, three times daily, for three weeks beforehand.
As a general treatment for infertility, Aristolochia 3x and Sepia 6x may be given, alternating day by day, particularly if the bitch has been known to drive away the male on earlier occasions.
Another method of triggering oestrus is to give Pulsatilla 30 three times daily for a week. Having given the system this intensive treatment with a relatively high potency, one waits to see how it responds. It is advisable to repeat four weeks later, in case the first treatment did not match the cycle- and considering the irregularity of oestrus this is certainly possible.
Agalactia (No Milk)
If milk production does not get going, a single dose of Urtica urens 30 will stimulate it. (If there is reason later to limit it, Urtica urens 1x every six hours will be required.)
If there is not enough milk and artificial feeds have to be given, a mother's milk substitute is chosen that is available in powder form, needing only to be dissolved. Should this not be available, the following well-proven formula may be used for the first three weeks:
¼ liter of whole milk at 38°C/100°F / 1/8 liter of weak chamomile tea / 3 or 4 tablespoonfuls’ cream / a pinch of lime / 2 drops of Viganto / a sugar cube.
We use a graduated bottle, from the chemist's, and take great care to see that the hole in the teat is so small that the pups have to suck really hard. If the hole is too large, too much milk at once gets into the mouth to be adequately mixed with saliva, resulting in gastrointestinal hours, also at night. Attention must also be paid to quantity, for the small stomach should not be overloaded (5-lOg). The stools of the newborn are yellow and mushy, and it is important to know that the bitch triggers the excretory reflex by licking the anus.
The pup needs to be cared for in this respect, too: the anus has to be massaged in a circular motion with an oiled finger, until elimination has occurred.
The chamomile tea may be omitted after the first five days, and from the third or fourth week onwards cereal products are added and the pups are introduced to their food bowl.
If the pups for some reason do not require all the available milk and it is still freely flowing when they have had enough, Urtica urens 6x, given serveral times daily, will stop milk production.
A complication which may occur in suckling bitches is parturient eclampsia. Fits or convulsions develop, with no loss of consciousness.
This happens during or after parturition, but mostly for up to five weeks afterwards. There is a sudden temperature and muscular spasms develop, with the limbs held rigidly apart.
The head is drawn back spasmodically, as though pulled by invisible forces.
Finally the bitch lies on her side, breathing so fast and panting so loudly as she does so that she can be heard from a long way off. If the eclampsia occurs in a case of pseudopregnancy, which may also happen, the symptoms are less marked. Veterinary surgeons can effectively treat the condition with Calcium injections and sedatives. Ferrum phosphoricum 6x injected into the peritoneal cavity or into a vein has also proved effective, with the same remedy (Ferrum phosphoricum 6x) given every fifteen or thirty minutes by mouth.
If this form of treatment is not possible, Hyoscyamus 30c may be given, every ten minutes. Recurrences are prevented with Cakarea phosphorica 6x and China 6x, six times daily in alternation for some days.
Tendency to Dislocate Joints
A tendency to dislocate joints and knee ligaments, i.e. their temporary displacement which causes complications with walking, is treated with: Rhus toxicodendron 12x in the mornings and Chamomilla 6x at night for three or four weeks. A repetition of this treatment some time later will often be indicated.
Bones - Rickets:
Rickets has become a rare condition nowadays, as dogs, and particularly pregnant bitches, are generally fed and cared for more efficiently.
The disease affects puppies and bitches after whelping. The first sign is usually that the animal is constantly licking the walls. The hip and knee joints remain soft and do not calcify and,
like the other bones, are deformed under the influence of the weight of the body. Bow legs, a dropped back,enlarged carpal joints and 'bear's paws' are the consequence. Swellings also appear at the points where the ribs join their rib cartilages, a phenomenon to which the name of a 'rosary' has been applied.
The causes are not only incorrect feeding of the dam, but also lack of fresh meat, exercise, sunlight, light and fresh air. Severe infestation with worms may also be the cause. If treatment is given early, much can be achieved. In most cases, recovery progresses so well that one does not recognise the animals again when they have been on the treatment for some time. A change of diet to include raw meat is just as important as giving raw milk, raw (egg York only), cod liver oil, a mixture of mineral salts, and an intensive course of vitamin D, for about ten days in the month.The sick animal needs to be played with a great deal, and to be out in the open, in plenty of fresh air and sunlight. The imbalance in calcium metabolism is treated with:Calcarea phosphorica 3x Calcarea carbonica 6x 1 tablet of each three times daily.