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Homoeopathic remedies for wildlife

These remedies can be given alone: i.e.when the patient is not in captivity and
comes to you for food and water, 
or in addition to antibiotics and other drugs
prescribed while being treated in a rescue centre.


Most common homoeopathic remedies are available in tablet form at the 6th or 30th potency from high street chemists and health food shops.
Less commonly used remedies and higher potencies are available as liquids or tablets from Homoeopathic Pharmacies..

General guidelines

Homoeopathic medicines differ from orthodox medicines in that most of the medication is on the outside of the tablets.
Do not handle the tablets. Tip one into a clean teaspoon and crush with another teaspoon, then sprinkle on food or into water.
Mother tinctures are (almost) always diluted before use on skin and ALWAYS diluted before being used on the eyes.
For skin: 1 drop mother tincture to 10 drops water
For eyes: 1 drop  mother tincture to  250ml water

Acute conditions:  shock, open wounds, abscess etc.
Give a dose every hour for 3-4 doses, then 3 times daily with feeds
Chronic conditions: mange, bad limp, cough, lack of condition etc.
Give daily, twice weekly or weekly treatments.

Storage

Medicines will last for years if stored in a dark, cool, dry place. 
They must be kept away from strong chemicals and strongly smelling bleach, disinfectant etc. as these will cancel their effect.

Stockists of Homoeopathic Remedies

Chemists and Health Food shops have a good range of remedies and are sometimes willing to order anything they don't stock.
Homoeopathic Pharmacies can supply all the remedies. If you search the web you can find a number of places who can help.
I have found Helios to be particularly helpful and quick. Order online at:   helios.co.uk

Abscess

Coming to a head - Belladonna 30 or 200 can avert it. Give 1 tablet (crushed if necessary) every 3 hours for 3-4 doses and assess.
Burst and seeping - Hepar. sulph 6 or 30 will clear it out. Give 1 tablet morning and evening if possible for 2-3 days or until the wound is clean and beginning to heal.
If possible, bathe the area with saline solution (1 teaspoon salt dissolved in 1 pint of tepid, previously boiled water)
and give a final cleanse with Hypercal solution: 5 drops of Hypercal tincture diluted in 2 teaspoons of tepid, boiled water.
Use on cotton swabs or cotton wool to clean wounds.
The combination of Hypericum and Calendula are very effective in combating pain and promoting healing.

Bites

Ledum 30 every 3 hours for 4 doses, then daily for 3-5 days
Clean the wound with hypercal solution if possible
(4 drops tincture to 20 drops water)

Cat victims

AIL  (Homoeopathic Cat Victim Remedy)
1 drop each of Aconite 30, Ignatia 30 & Ledum mixed together. Add 3 drops of cool, boiled water.
(Use 1 tablet of each if you don't have drops, crush and dissolve in 3-6 drops of boiled water)
Use the 6th potency if you don't have anything stronger, it will still help.
Very young birds or mammals
Give at the side of the beak or on lips with a very fine paintbrush or cotton wool bud at ½ hourly intervals for 3-4 hours
Young / Adult birds or mammals
Apply the first 1 or 2 doses to the beak or lips, then add a dose to the drinking water and food for 3 days

Collapse / poisoning

(Corpse Reviver) Carbo veg 200 hourly for up to 5 doses or
1M single dose of liquid or powder in side of mouth
(Everyone with an old dog should carry this remedy when out for a walk)

Conjunctivitis (common in mangy foxes)

Euphrasia 6 daily for a week or Euphrasia 30 twice a week for 1-2 weeks on food

Cuts / broken skin

Hypercal solution: 5 drops of Hypercal tincture diluted in 2 teaspoons of tepid, boiled water.
Use on cotton swabs or cotton wool to clean wounds.
The combination of Hypericum and Calendula are very effective in combating pain and promoting healing.

Distemper

Various symptoms - collapse - Carbo veg 200
Fitting - Belladonna 200

Infected Wounds

Clean out all traces of pus with dilute saline solution (1 teaspoon salt in 1 pint of boiled, cooled water), using a large syringe
without a needle to flush out any deep punctures or holes running under the skin.
Give one final rinse with Hypercal solution made up as follows:
Hypercal tincture: 5 drops of tincture diluted in 2 teaspoons of tepid, boiled water
This will help alleviate the pain and promote healing.
For deep wounds give: Ledum 200 every 3 hours for 4 doses, then daily for 3-5 days

Fright

Aconite 6 hourly for 4-5 doses

Grief

Animals and birds that have been snatched from their families by cats feel shocked and lonely.
Give Ignatia 30 in a few drops of water, hourly for 4-5 doses if the patient is easy to handle. For very nervous animals or those
liable to bite you (weasel, stoat etc.) give Ignatia 30 daily either as a crushed tablet on raw meat or in a small bowl of drinking water.
    See also Fright/Shock

Limping foxes 

Give one of the following treatments, depending on the symptoms:

Visible wound, swelling or damp, matted patch in fur:  1 each of Hypericum 30, Arnica 30, Hepar sulph 30 tablets
    Crush together and give in food every day for 5 doses,  then every 2-3 days for another 5 doses or until better

Stiff movements but no obvious wound or lump:
  1 RRA 30 (combined Rhus tox, Ruta grav, Arnica) and  1 Hypericum 30 tablet
    Crush together and give in food every day for 5 doses,  then every 2-3 days for another 5 doses or until better

Mange - foxes, hedgehogs, and sometimes even squirrels

Severe Mange (over 60% hair loss)

Give any one of the following treatments in tablet form, crushed and sprinkled on food:
Use the treatment that fits best with the behavour of the animal, they can't always be relied on to appear on time!

Moderate Mange (30-60% hair loss)

    Give one of the 2 following treatments:-
    Psorinum 30 liquid: 2 drops per fox on food daily for 3-4 weeks
    Sulphur/Arsen.alb 30 liquid: 2 drops per fox on food daily for 3-4 weeks
    During treatment:  give a booster dose of Psorinum200 tablets once a week for 3 doses  (1 tablet per fox)

Early stages of Mange  (patches of fur missing, tail thinning)

Sulphur/Arsen. alb 30 liquid/tablets:  2 drops (or 1 tablet) per fox daily on food for 3 weeks  OR
Psorinum 30 liquid/tablets:  2 drops (or 1 tablet) per fox daily on food for 3 weeks

New casualties

Bach Rescue remedy 2 drops under tongue / in side of mouth or beak
For small birds or mammals, dilute 1 drop Rescue Remedy or AIL with a drop of cool, boiled water.
Give through a micro-pipette, on a cotton wool bud or a very fine artist's paintbrush on the lips or side of beak.

Puncture wounds

Ledum 200 every 3 hours for 4 doses, then daily for 3-5 days
Clean the wound with Hypercal solution if possible   (4 drops tincture to 20 drops water)

Swifts

Quiet, withdrawn
Nat mur 30 given 3-hourly by tiny artist's paintbrush, micro tubing or in feed
AIL  2 drops in 2 drops of tepid water by tiny artist's paintbrush, micro tubing or in feed

Remedies for Emergency use when travelling to a rescue scene

A few drops of 30c or 200c  remedies can be diluted in 2-3 ml spring water and administered orally.
Only keep for 1day or overnight
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