Joette Calabrese in her blog "All Creatures Great and Small",
this amazing homeopathic remedy is a "must have" for what she calls
"milk fever", or eclampsia in dog breeding circles.
We all dread
eclampsia, as it can kill a bitch within a very short time.
What is eclampsia
and how is it treated?
Eclampsia is a
deficiency of blood calcium (hypocalcemia) that develops in the weeks after
giving birth, although it may develop prior to birth or during lactation.
What are the
symptoms of eclampsia in dogs?
It is due to low
levels of calcium in their bloodstream. Although eclampsia can occur in any
dog, small breed dogs with large litters are most at risk. Unfortunately,
clinical signs can initially be vague; but they can include
This can be
eclampsia in dogs?
The cause of
eclampsia is often undetermined but may be due to:
• to excessive
loss of calcium from the mother to the developing fetal skeletons
supplementation during pregnancy (Excessive calcium intake during pregnancy or
nursing can suppress parathyroid hormone production and increase the risk of
• producing milk
• not receiving a
balanced premium diet designed for reproduction or growth while pregnant and
• a hormonal
problem with the parathyroid gland
Mothers that are
especially attentive to their puppies seem to be more likely to develop
eclampsia. Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles, Miniature Pinschers, Shih
Tzus, and other small breeds are at an increased risk.
Eclampsia is a
true medical emergency. If you suspect eclampsia is developing, prevent the
pups from suckling and contact your veterinarian immediately.
Give a dose of
200c Calcarea Carbonica immediately to improve calcium uptake while on the way
to the vet. This could save her life.
Listen to Joette's complete podcast for more information on the use of homeopathics and in particular, Calcarea Carbonica for eclampsia. I strongly recommend her courses in homeopathy!
One of my favorite things about homeopathy — and truthfully, there are so many — is that it is an equal-opportunity medical paradigm! Whether the sufferer is a baby or a grandfather, a mom or a mouse, homeopathy has been shown to be equally polite and efficacious.
Indeed, homeopathy displays no ageism or speciesism! Come one; come all! No matter who you are (or what you are), homeopathy belongs to you!
It makes no difference if it’s a dog vomiting after getting into the garbage or a human made sick from eating bad food from an unclean restaurant. (After all, garbage is garbage.) Indeed, we would consider the same medicines in the same potency with the same frequency.
So, for our example of vomiting from bad food, it might be Pulsatilla nigricans or Arsenicum album (or others, but for the sake of brevity, let's start with these two)— for either Rover or the man of the house. Homeopathy doesn’t discriminate.
I’ve told the story before (listen to Podcast 106: “Old MacDonald Had a Farm, E-I-E-I-O.”) about a cow who collapsed after giving birth. The farmer was seasoned and had seen this happen many times. It's called milk fever. (The medical term is hypocalcemia — a severe drop in calcium.)
This distraught farmer was preparing himself to lose the cow. Once this condition takes hold, cows don’t get up after birth and are usually gone within three days. Then, naturally, his concern would turn to the calf. With her mother no longer there to nurse and nourish her, he would, more than likely, be facing the loss of two heads of cattle — two important animals.
But he called me for help. Homeopathy has been shown to uproot this condition by correcting the sufferer’s ability to uptake calcium through the medicine Calcarea carbonica 200. He delivered one dose to the suffering animal (details in the podcast), and then, almost like clockwork, the farmer called me again in about half an hour. The suffering momma-cow had risen to her feet and was on the mend!"
credit: All Creatures Great and Small - JoetteCalabrese.com
A personal story to add to this...
Five days after whelping our Princes of Gentry Litter...
Spice was showing minor signs of calcium deficiency. It can, of course, develop into eclampsia. So she was being monitored round the clock. This was a night with very little sleep at the Gentry Boxers Nursery.
Her signs? Worrying too much, covering the babes up, slightly disoriented, asking for assistance. A bit of wandering round the house at times. No temp. No infections. Post surgical supports all handled with Young Living Essential Oils (Mendwell, T-Away) at this point.
Solution: Doc Roy's Healthy Bones, Oral Cal Plus, and Peace and Calming in the diffuser. Extra electrolytes in her NingXia Red.
Added feeding of ground up chickenbacks for extra calcium, balanced with extra organ blend to balance out calcium:phosphorus ratios. Plus the usual NingXia Red, Sulfurzyme, and her favorite vanilla ice cream.
And rotations of probiotics including green tripe (which contains calcium), and PROTECT. Added a bit of kefir in this. Opened some cold stored sauerkraut for later today. Rotating lots of protein sources, feeding her small meals every 2-3 hours.
She's all settled down and calm now.