Having two dogs at home, one a Labrador named Sonu and another a street dog Monty, I have come across many skin ailments and its solution with Homeopathy.
In humans with skin ailments, I would typically ask about the stress factors and modalities and thereby prescribe the medicines. But in case of animals, one needs to keenly observe and then prescribe.
Monty has a long-standing chronic skin problem of dry eczema. His skin is dry and scales often. He needs to be brushed daily and is better with coconut oil application which acts as a lubricant and prevents the skin from drying soon. His skin problem typically increases in winters due to the dryness in weather but nevertheless is persistent throughout the year. We tried adding a teaspoon of fish oil in his meals as well as a little bit of crushed garlic but found only little difference. Also tried lots of allopathic medications ranging from antibiotics to anti-fungal tablets and ointments but with little improvement.
While we substituted milk with buttermilk, as suggested by an Ayurvedic doctor, I also started giving him Homeopathic medication. Emotionally Monty is a very insecure dog and desires company – as he will always be where Sonu or we are sitting. He does not like baths and cries while having one. He wanted to be treated equally as Sonu and is possessive of his bed. He was so protective of my daughter while she was a new born, that he would not let any outsider come near her. With such a picture of his in my mind- I initially started with Sulphur 30 twice a day for him. It did reduce his itching but that’s it… then Psorinum as a nosode and then Petrolum – but all worked partially.
He soon started shedding his hair and dry patches of skin was even more visible. At this point in time, I started with Sepia, not in form on internal medication but in a spray form. Sepia 200 mixed in 1litre of clean distilled water to be sprayed once a day and found to have good results with it. His skin improved and his hair started growing. His coat has improved over a period of about 2months
While he is still on treatment, taking internal medication like Sulphur 30 on and off, Homeopathy has given me wonderful results.