A few months ago, while driving to Sanford for a lesson, I noticed Fern was car sick; she also didn’t jump into her crate to go, which she normally does, I had to pick her up and put her in the crate. She didn’t vomit, just drooled and looked miserable. I wrote it off to having just been fed. When it happened again, this time she had an empty stomach, I became concerned. Fern has been riding in the car since she was four weeks old.
Car sickness, unwillingness or fear of traveling is extremely difficult to deal with if you are traveling like I do to lessons and competitions.
While I had been thinking about homeopathic remedies that might suit Fern, I hadn’t given her anything, but with the onset of car sickness, it was time to address her case. I was going back and forth between two remedies before I contacted my homeopath for advice.
She has one of those nifty (and expensive) computer programs that you can plug in the symptoms and the program comes back with remedy suggestions. I always have done a case the old fashioned way: writing down the symptoms, looking them up in the Repertory, then looking at what remedies seemed to continue to show up. After I am down to two or three different remedies, I then look through my Materia Medicas to decide which remedy seemed to best suit the animal. This is an extremely time consuming process.
My homeopath came back with Lycopodium (“Lyc”), a remedy that she had suggested for Gel before I gave him Rhus Tox to treat some minor front end lameness he was suffering from. As it turned out, Rhus Tox has worked very well for Gel. I did not think Lyc, or at least my understanding of the remedy, would have been a good fit for Gel, but I may very well have been wrong.
Often a remedy, or types of remedies that work for the parent will also work for their offspring. I was able to work though the various ailments suffered by the kittens I bred quite well because I knew what worked for the parents. Given that my homeopath had suggested Lyc for Gel meant that it may very well be a good remedy for his daughter. The rubric, salivating while in the car is in Lyc and in this instance, it was a veterinary-indicated rubric (vs. human-indicated). Most Repertories and Materia Medicas are written for humans so it’s sometimes hard to translate human symptoms into animal and vise-versa.
I gave Fern a low potency dose of Lyc and since I gave it to her, she hasn’t been car sick. I have not noticed any other changes in Fern, but there really wasn’t much to address. She’s been very healthy and vibrant. She’s inherited up her father’s not-so-great appetite, but she’s not as bad as he is. I’m really glad the Lyc worked as travel with a sick dog is really no fun, for the dog or me.
Yea for homeopathy!