Administering Homeopathic Remedies
Understanding the Various Ways to Administer Homeopathic Remedies to horses
A frequently asked question about homeopathy is how it should be administered. Veterinarians who practice homeopathy often recommend simply placing a few pellets under the horse's tongue. This can work well when your horse is calm and "well mannered" but this approach can be difficult or even dangerous in some situations. Getting close enough to place a few pellets under the tongue of a wild, frightened, or frantic horse is probably not the best solution.
Many homeopathic remedies come in a milk sugar tablet/pellet form. However these pellets are easily contaminated if touched or allowed to absorb air any born chemicals or other contaminants. You should never touch the pellets directly. It is better to poor the pellets into a small dry-sterile container. Using the cap from the remedy bottle is not recommended as it may too become contaminated. Also, sniff the air before opening your remedy bottle. A strong odor in the air can also render your "Remedy" useless.
There are several different ways to administer this type of remedy. (Do not put the pellets directly into the horse's grain)
1. Dropper Method - Probably the best and most versatile method to administer remedies is using the Dropper Method. You will first need to make a small, easy to use supply of remedy using a "Dosage Bottle". Purchase a one-ounce amber glass bottle with a glass dropper at the Health Food Store. Sterilize both the bottle and dropper by gently boiling them in distilled water for up to 20 minutes. Pour distilled water to fill the bottle to 1/2 - 3/4's full. Put 2-3 pellets of your remedy in the water and let them dissolve. Then fill the bottle to the shoulder with vodka, brandy or Everclear alcohol (not rubbing alcohol).The alcohol acts as a preservative and will prevent the milk sugar pellets from molding (A minimum of 20% alcohol is needed for the solution to hold). Be sure to carefully label and date your remedy.
From this dosage bottle you can either put a drop or two of remedy on a sugar cube and give it to your horse as a treat; Or you can put a drop or two of remedy into the horses water bucket. Using the dropper method to administer homeopathic remedies helps reduce the risk of contamination. If the dropper does become exposed to a dirty surface you simply sterilize the dropper again before placing it back into the bottle.
2. Syringe Method - You may dissolve 1-2 pellets in a small glass of distilled water, then, using a sterile syringe (without the needle), draw up a potion of the solution and squirt it onto the horses gums or teeth. The remedy is then absorbed through the mucus membrane of the horse's gums and lips.
3. Self-Medicating Method - To allow the horse to "self-medicate" (using usually a lower potency), you may dissolve the pellets in a small glass of water and pour that into their water bucket or tank. This enables the horse to self medicate as needed.
4. Spray Bottle Method - Dissolve pellets in a sterile glass of distilled water, then pour this into a spray bottle. The mixture can then be sprayed into the horses nose. Again, contact with the mucuse membrane will allow the remedy to be absorbed. This method is probably best for wound cleansing and medicating. Calendula is a great choice for a homeopathic remedy when cleaning or flushing out a wound.
NOTE: Possible contaminates to your remedies are very strong odor's, such as diesel fumes, a strong urine smell, ammonia, and other chemicals such as nail polish, or nail polish remover. Just take a quick note of what is in the air before opening your bottle or container. You will find you will extend the life of your kit or remedy container and it is much easier to dose from this tincture bottle.