Homeopathy and Vaccine Aftercare: Effective Natural Treatments

Homeopathic Strategies for Treating Dogs’ Vaccine Side Effects


Many people ask me about using homeopathic remedies before vaccinating dogs to prevent reactions. Generally, this approach doesn’t work well. However, using homeopathy after vaccinations can be effective in treating reactions. Remember, these reactions might occur weeks or even months later. For chronic conditions that develop over time, it’s best to consult a professional homeopath for a tailored remedy for your dog.



Post Vaccine Reactions -they could vary from minor to serious


 My recent patient – a Danish Fremer Dog had a strong reaction immediately after the Rabies vaccine, reverse sneeze  and caught.It was a young dog but fortunately, after a dose of Lyssin, the nasty symptoms stopped and his whole energy improved.

Some usual reactions are:


 Post Vaccine Reactions

  1. Swelling, especially in the upper limbs (or near the injection site in dogs)
  2. Lethargy: Dogs may seem unusually tired or sleepy.
  3. Fever: A mild fever can occur as the immune system responds.
  4. Loss of Appetite: Temporary decrease in eating.
  5. Pain or Discomfort: Particularly around the injection area.
  6. Diarrhea: Gastrointestinal upset following the vaccine.
  7. Vomiting: Can occur in some dogs as a reaction.
  8. Itchy Skin or Hives: Signs of an allergic reaction or eczema
  9. Facial Swelling: Indicative of an allergic response.
  10. Lameness: Temporary limping or reluctance to move, paralysis in the lower limbs
  11. Sneezing or Mild Cough: Especially after intranasal vaccines.
  12. Conjunctivitis: Inflammation or discharge from the eyes.
  13. Behavioral Changes: Increased anxiety or agitation.
  14. Nasal Discharge: Can occur after certain vaccines.
  15. Breathing Difficultie: Signs of a severe allergic or asthmatic reaction.
  16. Seizures: Rare but serious reaction.
  17. Anaphylactic Shock: A severe allergic reaction needing immediate care.
  18. Autoimmune Disorders: Rarely, vaccines can trigger autoimmune responses.
  19. Muscle Weakness: General weakness or fatigue.
  20. Swollen Lymph Nodes: This can be a sign of the body’s immune response.


Minimizing Vaccination Risks with Homeopathic Support


It’s important to note that homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine based on the principle of treating “like cures like,” and its efficacy is a subject of debate in the scientific community.

Here are the keynotes for most common homeopathic remedies when indicated, especially in the context of post-vaccine reactions:



  1. 1. Thuja Occidentalis

   – Key Notes: Commonly used for vaccine reactions, skin issues, and growths.

   – Description: Thuja is widely recognized for treating adverse reactions to vaccinations in dogs. It’s particularly effective for skin problems like warts or growths that appear after vaccination. Dogs needing Thuja may exhibit dry skin, itching, or allergic reactions. Behavioral changes such as increased fearfulness, aggression, or anxiety post-vaccination can also indicate this remedy. Thuja is suitable for symptoms that are worse in cold, damp weather and better in dry weather. Dogs might show a dislike for fatty foods and have a tendency towards gastrointestinal upsets. It’s also helpful for dogs that have seen a general decline in health since vaccination, addressing both physical and emotional symptoms.

Indications: Used for warts, skin issues, and as a general detoxifier. Commonly indicated for conditions perceived to arise from vaccinations.

Key Notes:

Mental and Emotional: Fixed ideas, feels unlovable

Physical: Warty skin growth, oily skin, issues with nails.

Aggravations: Dampness, cold weather.

Ameliorations: Warm, dry weather.


  1. 2. Silicea (Silica)

   – Key Notes: For expulsion of foreign bodies, abscesses, and weak constitutions.

   – Description: Silicea is a remedy that’s particularly effective for dogs that have a weak constitution and struggle to fully recover from vaccinations. It’s beneficial for promoting the expulsion of foreign bodies, making it useful for vaccine-induced issues where the body is reacting to a substance it can’t naturally expel. Silicea can help with abscesses or infections at injection sites, and chronic discharges. Dogs needing Silicea often have a poor coat condition and may suffer from chronic ear infections or glandular swellings. They tend to be chilly and worse from cold. Emotional symptoms can include timidity and lack of confidence, and they may exhibit a delayed response to the vaccine’s side effects.

Indications: Used for boosting the immune system, expelling foreign bodies, and for brittle nails and bones.

Key Notes:

Mental and Emotional: Timid, lacking confidence, yet stubborn.

Physical: Coldness, perspiration, susceptibility to infections.

Aggravations: Cold, damp.

Ameliorations: Warmth, summer.


  1. Sulphur

   – Key Notes: Addresses itching, skin eruptions, and overheating post-vaccination.

   – Description: Sulphur is a great remedy for dogs exhibiting skin problems like itching and rashes after vaccination. It’s particularly useful when the dog seems to overheat easily and seeks cool places to lie down. Dogs that require Sulphur may have a tendency to develop hot spots or inflamed areas on the skin. They often have a poor coat, dull and flaky skin, and may smell bad. This remedy can also address digestive disturbances post-vaccination, like loose stools or increased appetite. Sulphur dogs are typically lazy, can be quite stubborn, and often have a philosophical demeanor. They may show increased irritability or moodiness following vaccination.


Indications: Often used for skin disorders, slow-healing wounds, and as a general tonic.

Key Notes:

Mental and Emotional: Philosophical, theoretical, detached.

Physical: Itchy skin, redness, aversion to bathing.

Aggravations: Heat, warm bed.

Ameliorations: Cold, dry weather.

  1. Ledum Palustre

   – Key Notes: Effective for puncture wounds, injection site reactions.

   – Description: Ledum is primarily known for its effectiveness in treating puncture wounds, which makes it a go-to remedy for reactions at vaccine injection sites. If the injection site becomes swollen, hard, or painful, Ledum can provide relief. It’s also used when the dog shows joint pain or stiffness as a side effect of vaccination. Dogs benefiting from Ledum may be chilly and feel better from cold applications to the affected area. They often have a lack of thirst and may exhibit more aloof and indifferent behavior. Ledum can also help with general malaise or lethargy that occurs following vaccination.

Indications: Used for puncture wounds, insect bites, and black eyes.

Key Notes:

Physical: Cold skin, yet person feels heat internally.

Aggravations: Heat of the bed.

Ameliorations: Cold compresses.


  1. Arsenicum Album

   – Key Notes: For gastrointestinal upsets, anxiety, restlessness post-vaccination.

   – Description: Arsenicum Album is a suitable remedy for dogs that develop gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea after vaccination. It’s also useful when a dog becomes overly anxious or restless post-vaccine. Dogs needing Arsenicum are often chilly and improve with warmth. They may exhibit increased thirst but drink in small sips. Arsenicum can also help with skin issues post-vaccination, especially when the skin is dry and scaly. It’s effective for dogs that become weak or exhausted but are still restless and can’t find a comfortable position to rest in. This remedy also addresses fears and anxieties that might be heightened after a vaccine.


Indications: For digestive disorders, food poisoning, allergies, colds, and flu.

Key Notes:

Mental and Emotional: Anxious, restless, perfectionistic.

Physical: Burning pains, intense chilliness, thirst for small sips.

Aggravations: Cold, after midnight.

Ameliorations: Warmth, warm drinks.


  1. Aconitum Napellus

   – Key Notes: For immediate vaccine reactions, shock, fear.

   – Description: Aconitum is often used for immediate reactions following vaccination. It’s especially useful for symptoms that appear suddenly and are intense. If the dog seems to be in a state of shock, or if there’s a sudden fever, Aconitum can be indicated. Dogs needing Aconitum might exhibit extreme restlessness and fear, and can be particularly sensitive to noise and light. This remedy is known for addressing panic and acute fear states, which can occasionally occur after a vaccine. The symptoms needing Aconitum typically develop suddenly and are intense, and the dog may appear very scared or agitated.

Indications: For sudden colds, fevers, fright, shock.

Key Notes:

Mental and Emotional: Panic, fear of death, restlessness.

Physical: Sudden onset, dry skin, thirst.

Aggravations: Cold wind, at night.

Ameliorations: Rest, fresh air.

  1. Pulsatilla

   – Key Notes: Emotional changes post-vaccination, mild digestive issues, skin conditions.

   – Description: Pulsatilla is effective for dogs showing emotional and behavioral changes after vaccination. Typically indicated for gentle, clingy dogs who become more needy or weepy post-vaccine. Pulsatilla can help if the dog experiences mild digestive disturbances like soft stools or changes in appetite following a vaccine. It’s also used for skin conditions that may arise or worsen after vaccination, especially with thick, yellowish discharges. Dogs needing Pulsatilla often seek affection and comfort more than usual and prefer cool, open air. They may have a fluctuating mood and symptoms, with issues worsening in warm, stuffy rooms. This remedy is also beneficial for dogs who become overly submissive or timid following vaccination.

Indications: Commonly used for mood swings, menstrual disorders, and colds with thick, yellow discharge.

Key Notes:

Mental and Emotional: Weepy, clingy, desires comfort.

Physical: Changeable symptoms, thick discharges.

Aggravations: Warmth, enclosed spaces.

Ameliorations: Fresh air, gentle motion.



  1. Lyssinum (Hydrophobinum)

   – Key Notes: Hyper-sensitivity, fear of water, behavioral changes post-vaccine.

   – Description: Lyssinum is particularly useful for dogs who develop an increased sensitivity to sounds and movements after vaccination, which might be related to the rabies vaccine. It’s indicated if the dog shows an unusual fear of water or sudden aggressive behavior. Dogs needing Lyssinum may become overly reactive or start displaying unusual fears, including a fear of bright lights or sudden movements. This remedy can help with excessive salivation or changes in the dog’s vocalizations, such as more frequent or unusual barking. Lyssinum is also used when there’s a marked change in the dog’s behavior, turning more irritable or restless. This remedy addresses the neurological and psychological changes that can occur in some dogs post-vaccination, especially if the symptoms mimic those of rabies.

Indications: Used for anxiety, fear of water, and hypersensitivity.

Key Notes:

Mental and Emotional: Fear of water, agitation.

Physical: Increased saliva, sensitivity to light and sound.



– Indications: Often used for conditions that suddenly start and are intense in nature. It’s indicated for high fever, redness, throbbing pain, hot skin, and hypersensitivity to light and noise.

– Post-vaccine reactions: It may be considered for high fevers, red and swollen skin, or a feeling of heat and throbbing pain following vaccination.

– Key Notes

  – Mental and Emotional: Restlessness, delirium, and aggressive or fearful behavior.

  – Physical: Red, hot, swollen areas, sudden onset of symptoms, pulsating headache.

  – Aggravations: Symptoms worsen in the afternoon or evening, from touch, jarring, and lying down.

  – Ameliorations: Rest and standing in a semi-erect position.



10.Apis Mellifica

– Indications: Known for treating conditions with swelling, redness, and stinging pain, resembling a bee sting. It’s used for skin rashes, allergic reactions, and inflammation.

– Post-vaccine reactions: Chosen for swelling, redness, and itching, especially if the area feels hot and improves with cold applications.

– Key Notes:

  – Mental and Emotional: Jealousy, irritability, or lack of interest.

  – Physical: Puffy swelling that produces stinging pain, rosy hue, and sensitivity to touch.

  – Aggravations: Heat, in the evening, after sleeping.

  – Ameliorations: Cold applications, uncovering the affected area, fresh air.



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