General Guidelines for Homeopathic Treatment
- Administration
- Storage

Response to Treatment
- What to Look For
- How Long to Give the Remedy

Instructions for Homeopathic Treatment by the 50 Millesimel (LM) System


General Guidelines for Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy is a unique form of medicine, and homeopathic remedies are very different from herbs, vitamins, or drugs. So, when you are giving homeopathic remedies to your dog or cat, there are certain guidelines that must be followed carefully.


  • How much to give: Each time you treat your pet, give approximately 10-20 of the tiny (#10) pellets in the amber glass vial, or 3-7 of the larger (#20) pellets in the blue plastic tube. You don't need to count them out. In fact, the number of pellets given per treatment makes no difference whatsoever. It is the frequency of treatment and the potency of the remedy that is important. Giving more pellets per treatment does not in any way affect the body's response. The pellets need not be swallowed, and it doesn't matter if a few of them are spit out. Just get a few pellets somewhere in the mouth, then hold the mouth shut for 3 seconds.

  • Do not touch the remedy. This may alter or neutralize the remedy, and could possibly affect you as if you had taken it yourself. Use the cap of the glass vial or the inner cap of the Unit Dose tube, and drop the pellets into your pet's mouth. (*See alternate method below.)

  • When the tube or vial is open, be careful not to expose the remedy to any strong odors, such as perfumes, scented hand lotions, incense, cigarette smoke, and especially any form of camphor (tiger balm, Vick's, White Flower, Ben-Gay, etc.). Do not expose your pet to any form of camphor while on homeopathic treatment.

  • Give the remedy away from meals (at least 1/2 hour before or after a meal).

  • Be careful not to spill the remedy. The pellets tend to go flying, and cannot be used afterward.

[*Alternate method of administration: Rinse a clean glass bowl in very hot water for 2-3 minutes. Let cool. Put 1/2 teaspoon of milk or distilled water in the bowl, and then add a few pellets of the remedy. Swirl gently for 1 minute, and let your pet lap it up, or give with a clean spoon or syringe. This method is to be used only if it is very difficult for you to administer the remedy by the first method.]



It is important to store homeopathic remedies in an appropriate location where they will not be neutralized.

  • Do not store remedies in the kitchen or in a medicine cabinet. A good place to keep remedies is in a dresser drawer or linen closet.

  • Keep away from strong electromagnetic fields at all times. These would include electrical appliances, stereo components, fluorescent light fixtures, televisions, microwave ovens, refrigerators, major power lines, fuse boxes, and magnets. The stronger the field, the farther away the remedy should be kept. Six feet is far enough from a refrigerator or microwave, 2-4 feet from smaller appliances, and perhaps a foot from a clock radio.

  • Keep away from extremely high temperatures (over 120°F) and direct sunlight.

  • Close the vial or tube tightly between treatments.


Response to Treatment

What to Look For

It is crucial that you carefully observe any changes in (1) the symptoms or their patterns of occurrence, and (2) the general behavior of your pet. The success of the treatment depends heavily on the accuracy and detail of your observations so that I can correctly interpret your pet's response to the remedy. I recommend that you keep a written record of when and how often the remedy was actually given, and your observations of your pet's response. In particular, please take note of:

  • general energy and level of activity, attitude; for example, lethargy, irritability, restlessness;

  • changes in any specific symptoms; for example, vomiting, discharges, pain, stiffness, etc.;

  • whether a symptom seems to be better or worse at a particular time of day, in certain types of weather, or from rest/exercise, warmth/coolness, eating, drinking, touch, pressure, etc.;

  • any general change in temperature preference, water consumption, appetite, bowel movements, urination, or other behavior.

Since homeopathic prescribing is based on actual observable symptoms, try to be as clear as possible in your observations. For example, if your cat has a 'cold', note whether there is a discharge from the nose, and/or from the eyes; whether it is on both sides or only on one side; the color and consistency of the discharge; whether there is sneezing, and so forth.


How Long to Give the Remedy:

Low potencies: 6X - 18C

I'll tell you to give a remedy for an approximate length of time before calling me back with a progress report. This is an approximate time frame, and may vary depending on the response of your pet to the remedy I've prescribed.
The response to a remedy generally falls into one of three main categories:

Better: If there is general improvement, you can continue giving the remedy until there is no further improvement ('plateau' stage), and then call me. There is usually little benefit in continuing treatment with a low potency daily beyond three or four weeks.

No change: If you see no apparent change, give the remedy for at least 7 days before calling me to report. That is, of course, unless the symptoms are so severe as to require more immediate measures. We must give the remedy a chance to work, and it sometimes takes this long for a remedy to produce visible improvement.

Worse: If there appears to be an adverse reaction or 'aggravation' (worsening of an existing symptom, or the development of a new symptom) stop giving the remedy and call me for clarification. (Don't worry- this doesn't happen very often, and is usually quite mild.)

High potencies: 30C to 10M

These are given in single doses, and only repeated when circumstances warrant. High potencies stimulate a deeper and more prolonged response by the body, and time must be allowed for the body to complete its response. Generally speaking, the duration of response in chronic problems should be 3 weeks for 30C, 6 weeks for 200C, 2-3 months for 1M, and 3-6 months for 10M. This is, of course, quite variable, depending on the particular circumstances. Unless I have instructed you to repeat a remedy at a particular time, you should consult with me before repeating a high potency.

Of course, these are all general instructions and would be superseded by any specific instructions I give you.

Instructions for Homeopathic Treatment by the 50 Millesimel (LM) System

Fifty millesimel (LM) potencies offer a variety of advantages over decimal (C) potencies. In certain cases, the daily repetition is desirable, as is the degree of control of dosage. They also tend to have a smoother pattern of response than do C potencies. On the other hand, it does take a bit more time to prepare the dose each day.

The detailed instructions are given here, but the basic procedure is simple:

  •  shake the remedy bottle,

  •  add a squirt of the remedy to some distilled water, stir, and

  •  give some of this dilution to your pet.

With each treatment, follow the 5-step procedure below:

  1. Shake (succuss) the dropper bottle the specified number of times by hitting it sharply against a firm object: the heel of your hand, a wooden counter, etc. The liquid in the bottle should foam up for a moment. With the bottle closed, squeeze the dropper bulb a few times to flush out the contents of the dropper itself into the rest of the medicine in the bottle.

    The usual protocol for a given potency is to start with 6 succussions for 7 to 10 days, then do 12 succussions for another 7 to 10 days, and finally 18 succussions for the final 7 to 10 days. I will advise you as to specifics in your pet's case.

  2. Add approximately 1/2 dropperful of the medicine in the dropper bottle to 1/4-1/2 cup of distilled water in a heavy glass or ceramic mug which has been prepared as described below.*

  3. Swirl or stir vigorously with a stainless steel teaspoon* for about 30 seconds.

  4. Give a few drops of this dilution to your pet by mouth, using the spoon or a syringe.* No food is to be given for 15 minutes before or after the treatment. If you have a lot of difficulty giving the liquid medicine by teaspoon or syringe, an alternative method is to add the dose to a small amount of milk or half and half. This can then be offered in a neutralized bowl.*

  5. Discard the remaining contents of the glass. You will be making a fresh dilution for each treatment. Neutralize the glass and spoon with hot water as described below.

    Remember: at each treatment, follow the 5-step procedure: (1) shake the bottle, (2) make the dilution, (3) stir, (4) give the dose, (5) cleanse the glass, spoon, and syringe with hot water.

*Directions for preparing the glass, and spoon, syringe, or bowl for use

After each treatment, the glass, spoon, and syringe (if you're using one) need to be 'neutralized' by getting them very hot for a few minutes.

  1. Pour boiling water into the glass containing the spoon and separated syringe.

  2. Let the water cool to room temperature.

  3. Empty the glass and turn it upside down to drain on a clean cloth or paper towel, along with the spoon and syringe. Now everything is ready for the next treatment.

If, at any time, you are not sure that your pet is responding favorably to the treatment, please call for clarification.


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