An introduction to the use of homeopathy in pet rats and other small pets

Homeopathy is a system of medicine in which the individual is treated with highly diluted substances with the aim of triggering the body’s natural healing system.

As someone who tries to live a natural, toxin-free lifestyle as much as possible, I find homeopathy and other holistic therapies extremely valuable in the first aid and remedial care of my rats.

Homeopathy is based on the energetic principle that treats ‘like’ ‘like’. So, for example, if an animal has ingested a poison, it is actually a small amount of that poison that acts as an antidote.

In homeopathy, the individual personality traits and constitution are all very important considerations when the homeopath/carer makes a diagnosis or chooses an appropriate remedy.

Having a detailed Materia Medica, which is like a homeopathic dictionary, helps match the patient’s key characteristics with the remedy that is just right for them.

It is useful to have one of the Homeopathic first aid kits available in the market now. They contain about 36-42 remedies for common ailments, usually with a detailed booklet to help you choose the right remedy.

Homeopathy comes in different ‘potencies’ based on the strength of the remedy needed. They can be in 6c, 12c, 30c, 200c and so on.

For my rats I usually start with 6c or 30c depending on the severity of the symptoms.

In general, I usually administer 30c once a day for 3 days and observe the effects before repeating. If it is an ongoing chronic case, 6c may be needed several times a day. Pills can be crushed in a small piece of pear or cherry and given to the rat, but it is better if they eat the pill directly away from food.

It is worth noting that homeopathy can also be used preventively to maintain individual health by tailoring the remedy to your pet’s distinctive ‘profile’. In fact, homeopathy used in this way can help control certain imbalances and can help boost immunity in general.

Some common useful remedies for rats are:-

Aconite – fears, anxiety, shock, as a sedative for an animal in distress or prior to vet visits/nail trimming

Antimonium Tartaricum – rattling breath sounds, difficulty breathing

Arnica – as first aid for injuries, pain and postoperative healing

Carbo Vegetalis – collapse, weakness, blue and lifeless, caught wind

Hepar Sulph – boils and abscesses with pain and discharge.

Hypericum – nerve damage, postoperative pain