Is there any difference in the homeopathic remedies we give anxious animals versus anxious people? No, it’s just a little harder to deduce the right remedy for an animal—not unlike choosing a remedy for an infant or young toddler. You can help animals suffering with mild or short-term, acute anxiety by using one of the homeopathic remedies described below. For animals with serious, ongoing anxiety problems, it’s best to consult a qualified homeopathic veterinarian.
- Aconitum: Fear and restlessness following a frightening event. This remedy may help gun-shy dogs who were not properly habituated to gunfire, or
dogs who had a frightening experience at the kennel or the vet’s office.
- Argentum nitricum: Anticipatory anxiety, often with trembling and loose bowels. This is useful for “show nerves” in horses and dogs (and people).
- Belladonna: Extreme fear with dilated pupils and aggressive behavior. This
is the classic picture of a feral cat caught in a trap, or an agitated animal crouched in the corner of a room or an animal carrier.
- Ignatia: Hypersensitivity, muscle twitches, and moodiness; the animal may have a history of recent grief, loss, or rehoming (i.e., changing families). These animals may sigh or whine a lot, and they can be irritable.
- Lachesis: Restless, sensitive to all stimuli, “talkative,” and jealous. Some animals, especially dominant ones, behave like this with a new addition (animal or human) to the household.
- Natrum muriaticum: Moody outbursts, depressed, and withdrawn. The animals don’t play well and often have a history of rehoming or loss.
- Nux vomica: Impatient, fearful, and sensitive to stimuli. These animals may be the “boss” of the house in many situations, bullying the other animals and being demanding of people; yet a thunderstorm or a strange package
in the house can cause them to tremble.
- Staphysagria: Gentle animals with angry or fearful outbursts. They are typically the low animal on the totem pole that wouldn’t hurt a fly, so their outburst is all the more surprising.
It should go without saying that many frightened dogs and cats will use those sharp pointy teeth. If in doubt, be safe and don’t intervene directly. Homeopathic remedies can be added to drinking water or sprayed on animals in a trap or on feral cats.