has anyone used homeopathy for their dog?

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mckenzie Sun 02-Jun-19 17:40:57

Ddog has had ongoing issued regarding scooting, licking and chewing his bottom etc.
He's had his anal glands removed as the vet though that was the cause. While operating, they found dermatitis.
Over the last 18 months he's had various steroid injections, creams, tablets etc but we cannot get it under control. He's currently on a special diet and a strong course of oral steroids and although nowhere near as much, he is still scooting and chewing.
A friend has suggested trying homeopathy.

Does anybody have any experience please? It's not cheap is it? but then the vet bills have been quite high too.

I just want my boy to be pain and itch free. sad

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TheFaerieQueene Sun 02-Jun-19 17:41:42

It is nonsense. Don’t waste your money.

JuniperBeer Sun 02-Jun-19 17:51:54


JesusInTheCabbageVan Sun 02-Jun-19 18:08:54

Juniper grin

JesusInTheCabbageVan Sun 02-Jun-19 18:11:26

But separately, sorry to hear about your boy, OP. There are some very knowledgeable people including vets on here who may be able to offer good advice, if you post a different thread title.

LemonTreeLemon Sun 02-Jun-19 18:23:45

Homeopathy is a load of bollocks so don't bother with that.

But you do need to get on top of this. If your vet hasn't sorted it out yet then I think you should try another vet.

If you find the right vet who knows what they're doing you should get to the bottom of this (no pun intended! wink) quite quickly.

mckenzie Sun 02-Jun-19 18:25:51

Ok. Thanks for the speedy replies.
Second post will be on shortly.

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Walkamileinmyshoesbeforeujudge Sun 02-Jun-19 18:27:19

Back in the day my dm used Germolene on our ddog for EVERYTHING!

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 02-Jun-19 18:47:08

Has your dog been investigated for Atopy that would be where my money would be.

mckenzie Sun 02-Jun-19 20:11:53

Reading about Atopy on line it sounds like that have considered that as he was on Apoquel. It made a difference initially but not long term.
I’m going to start a second thread now.
I’ll detail everything that we’ve tried on there.

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ilovesocks Sun 02-Jun-19 20:16:15

Have a google at Cytopoint. It's not cheap, my itchy boy has it monthly. Costs about £100 ago. But it's far better than steroids for them and relieves the itch.

Could he be doing it out of habit now, do the steroids help?

MustBeThin Sun 02-Jun-19 20:20:38

Don't know whether it would work but I have been giving my dog Yumega Itchy dog oil for a bald patch at the bottom of his back. No idea how it came about but he came back from the groomers and he had a bald patch the size of a 50p that must have been hidden under his long hair. He was flead up to date with stuff from the vets and he hadn't been itching or chewing it. Vet didn't know what it was so just said to keep an eye on it and if it got worse to take him back. There had been no hair growth whatsoever in over 2 months but it hadn't got worse, started giving him the oil and the patch has completely covered over with new hair after 3 and a half weeks. Might be worth a shot if it's for itch dogs.

mckenzie Sun 02-Jun-19 20:42:41

Cytopoint is what he is having on Tuesday. Fingers crossed it gives him some relief but you're correct, very expensive to do for the rest of his life.

Yumega Itchy dog oil looks interesting. I'm going to look into that now.

Thank you both.

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Walkamileinmyshoesbeforeujudge Sun 02-Jun-19 21:11:47

My neighbour's staffie apparently was cured of all his many many ails by drinking only bottled water..

Fucksandflowers Sun 02-Jun-19 21:51:28

Try Vince McNally.
His rates are pretty reasonable.

Homeopathy was the only thing that worked for my daughter, I appreciate that scientifically speaking it seems impossible but science evolves all the time.
Just because we don’t understand it at this current time doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 02-Jun-19 23:02:01

We understand it. It's the placebo effect.

CodenameVillanelle Sun 02-Jun-19 23:03:57

Dogs don't understand about placebos so it definitely won't work on a dog

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 02-Jun-19 23:09:07

It does. For a couple of reasons. Placebos work on animals and children. Double blind studies show that homeopathy doesn't.

MoreSlidingDoors Sun 02-Jun-19 23:17:09

Homeopathy, no.

Acupuncture, yes.

Fucksandflowers Sun 02-Jun-19 23:41:41

As I say, it was the only thing to work for my daughter.
Placebo doesn’t heal a raging infection that months worth of doctor prescribed medicine couldn't in the course of a week

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 03-Jun-19 00:11:25

Neither does homeopathy.

madcatladyforever Mon 03-Jun-19 00:13:39

No because homeopathy has been scientifically proven time and again not to cure anything.

DogInATent Mon 03-Jun-19 00:18:28

Fucksandflowers - Are you sure you mean homeopathy?

It's not a catch-all term for complimentary and alternative medicines, but very specifically refers to such extreme dilutions there's no active ingredient and only the "memory" of the original component.

I only ask because this has come up before, and it was a confusion of terminology. There are some alternative treatments that work, but homeopathy isn't one of them. But it's own definition, it's just a vial of water.

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