Homeopathic Medications for 
Travelling with your Pet


Sara Fox Chapman  MS, DVM, MRCVS, VetMFHom

Who doesn’t enjoy travelling with their pet?

Homeopathy can make the trip smoother for everyone. Homeopathy can be used as a symptomatic treatment on a short-term basis. Homeopathic medicines are virtually free of side effects, but the wrong medicine will have very little effect at all.


The medicine should have as many of the patient’s symptoms as possible for the best result.


Ideally, give homeopathic medicines before conventional treatments. If you can wait a bit, you may not need the conventional medicine! Remember, use common sense. If an animal is severely ill or depressed, prompt veterinary care is essential. If the patient fails to improve, veterinary care is required.


Choose a low (6X, 12X, or 6C) to medium potency (30C). Keep the homeopathic medicines clean and in the dark, and don’t let them become contaminated. Tip 4 to 10 granules or 2 pilules out into a clean spoon and re-cap the bottle immediately. Give the medicine to the animal right away by pouring it into the cheek pouch or mouth. They taste good, so most animals don’t mind this a bit. Put the bottle back in its dark box.


Assess the case and re-dose as needed. If there is no response after several doses, it is probably not an appropriate choice.

Before the trip

Argentum nitricum: feel rushed, out of control, forgetful; diarrhoea; anxiety about trip/flight


Coffea: sleepless from over excitement

Motion sickness


Borax: fear downward motion, worse downhill or plane landing


Cocculus: nausea and dizziness with desire to lie down, worse watching movement or from

sight/smell of food


Kali bich: seasickness, severe nausea and dizziness, worse standing, weak and achy in face/head, bilious vomit


Nux vomica: nausea with difficulty vomiting, intense headache, chilly, worse smell of food/tobacco/coffee


Petroleum: persistent nausea with profuse salivation, stomach pain, stiff neck, worse light, noise and sitting up


Rhus tox: airsickness with nausea / vomiting, thirsty, dry mouth and throat


Tabacum: nauseated, look ‘green’, better from cold fresh air

During the trip

Chamomilla: tired, cross, childlike; too over stimulated to sleep


Bellis perennis: tailbone compression or sciatica from sitting in one position


Bryonia: homesick, grumpy, talks of home / work / business [humans]

Jet lag


Arnica: exhaustion


Cocculus: difficulty sleeping, bitter taste in mouth

Food problems



Arsenicum: most food poisonings with vomiting, diarrhoea; spoiled meat


Pulsatilla: ‘bad’ fish; also Apis when itching is part of the reaction


Lycopodium: ‘bad’ shellfish


Veratrum alb: diarrhoea and vomiting not responsive to Arsenicum


Belladonna: allergic reaction to MSG


Nux vom: overindulgence in food or alcohol [humans]

Insect bites and stings



Apis: hot, swollen, itchy bites and stings


Belladonna: hot throbbing bites/stings with dizziness/headache


Cantharis: red hot, extremely itchy bites/stings


Hypericum: bite/sting leads to shooting nerve pain


Hepar sulph: painful infected bite/sting


Ledum: bite/sting deep in palm, sole, breast; feels cold to touch and better from cold


Silicea: force out stingers/splinters, resolve infections


Urtica urens: itchy bite/stings, also hives and nettle rash




Environmental stresses



Cantharis: sunburn


Belladonna: sunburn with throbbing skin


Glonoine or Belladonna: sunstroke en route to the emergency room


Natrum mur: cold sores following sun exposure


China: speed recovery from dehydration


Rhus tox, or Anacardium, or Ledum: poison ivy


Coca: altitude sickness




Injuries and accidents


Arnica: bruising, physical shock


Rhus tox: muscle strains and sprains which feel better from motion


Ruta: ligament and tendon injuries


Bellis: deep bruising of breast, scrotum


Hypericum: nerve injuries


Aconite: extreme fear, emotional shock


Staphysagria: unexpressed rage from assault, especially sexual assault


Ignatia: emotional shock, loss, or bereavement




Creams and Ointments



Arnica: bruising and swelling of unbroken skin


Calendula or Hypericum/Calendula: natural antiseptic for cuts, sores, or broken skin


Urtica urens: hot itchy burns, sunburns or allergic reactions

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