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I cured a large hematoma on my cats ear with the homeopathic remedy Arnica mont 30. I believe I just gave it once a day, maybe twice. It took about a week to ten days to completely resolved but there was improvement right away which was steady until it resolved. The ear flap returned to normal. In this podcast homeopath Joette Calabrese mentions that in classical homeopathy, Arnica Montana is always used for hematomas. Cost $8.00.

9 months ago
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This is a link to the book Homeopathy for Cats and Dogs by Don Hamilton DVM. You can borrow it online through this link or check out the hard copy from your local library.

This is a link to an article explaining what is wrong with using antibiotics. Although it is about human use, the same principles apply.

Following is the text on UTI’s in cats from Don Hamilton’s book. I successfully used Cantharis 30, Apis Mel 30 (if animal has little thirst), and Arsenicum alb 30 (if animal has great thirst). All of these can be purchased at Whole Foods, or Sprouts, or Natural Grocers for about $7. Oh, and Tinkle Tonic works miracles in both dogs and cats. I would definitely get that.


Aconitum napellus

In cystitis, as in other inflammatory conditions, Aconite is best used
early in the course of illness. Often, no symptoms arise other than the
primary complaint of frequent attempts to urinate. The animal may be
restless and fearful. Aconitum states often arise following exposure to
cold, often windy conditions.

Apis mellifica

These animals have burning at the end of urination and are generally
thirstless and warm. They may be restless or listless and indifferent to
others. The indifference, if present, differentiates Apis from Pulsatilla.

Arsenicum album

Arsenicum is a good remedy to consider, especially if the frequent
urination worsens after midnight. These patients will often be very
restless with the cystitis, and they may be worse when alone.

Berberis vulgaris

Barberry is useful for cystitis when the kidneys are also affected. There
will be burning in the urethra and bladder, during and after urination.
Characteristically, however, the kidneys are also quite painful in
Berberis complaints. The slightest touch in the region of the kidneys (on
the back, on either side of the spine, just behind the last ribs) is
painful. Sometimes this even affects walking with the rear legs. See
Eupatorium purputeum also. Jarring motion worsens the patient needing this


This remedy has the reputation as the best choice for cystitis in humans,
and presumably this would apply in cats and dogs as well. It can be
helpful, but don’t just give it without considering other remedies.
Straining is frequent and may be sever with great pain in the urethra and
kidneys. There may be involuntary urination after straining stops. The
urine may contain blood. There may be blisters inside the vagina (visible
with an instrument for internal viewing such as an otoscope) or in the


These animals have pain at the close of urination, and cats may bolt from
the litter box as they finish urinating. They can have constant urging and
straining with little output. They may also leak urine. The bladder area
(lower abdomen) may be painful to touch.

Eupatorium purpureum

Eupatorium purpureum, (don’t confuse with Eupatorium perfoliatum), like
Berberis, is indicated when there is kidney pain as well as bladder pain.
Here the pains often follow exposure to cold. They are less sharp and
acute than deep and dull, so the patient may be less frantic or intensely
painful and more lethargically painful. The urine may contain mucus or
even appear milky. Desire to urinate is constant, though that is a common
symptom. Like Berberis, the patient may have difficulty standing due to
the pain, which can be intense. Stools may be loose and greenish. Any
motion can aggravate the Eupatorium purpureum condition.

Lycopodium clavatum

A keynote for Lycopodium is urinary and digestive disturbances. I find
this a good guide to using the remedy. Not all cases with a history of
both urinary and digestive symptoms need Lycopodium, but if this is
present, I would consider the remedy. These animals often have a history
of diarrhea, frequently with gas—but typically the diarrhea and the
cystitis occur as separate bouts of illness. Lycopodium patients are often
timid in new situations but bossy when they feel comfortable. They know
their position in the hierarchy of the family and are submissive to those
they know are above them but very bossy to those below. This is a good
remedy in many cats with LUTD.

Mercurius (vivus or solubilis)

This is a good remedy to consider for cystitis when there is concurrent
diarrhea, with urging/straining to urinate and defecate simultaneously
(Lycopodium more often has them at separate times). Straining may be
intense and may continue after the urine or stool has been expelled. There
may be mucus and/or blood in the stool or urine. These animals can be
quite irritable, especially when disciplined. As with other complaints
needing Mercurius, males may do better with Mercurius corrosives.

Nux vomica

Nux is a good remedy to consider for cystitis with lots of straining and
frequent attempts to urinate with little success. There may be blood in
the urine (though most cystitis cases have blood, so this is a common
symptom). These animals may have a history of a lot of conventional drug
treatment. Nux is good to use for patients who have had prior bouts of
cystitis treated with antibiotics, but the cystitis keeps returning. They
tend to be irritable and even quarrelsome, though not usually so much as
those needing Mercurius. They may be worse in the morning or in open air.


Pulsatilla is another good remedy for cystitis, especially in females. The
urging is often worse when they lie down. Another common indication for
Pulsatilla is a tendency to urinate involuntarily when startled or
excited. Although hard to observe in animals, this symptom is a good
pointer to Pulsatilla. These animals are generally sweet and need lots of
attention, they like open air, and they drink little. This remedy like
Nux, may be useful for patients with a history of conventional drug use.


All urinary symptoms are worse at the end of urination; blood or mucus may
pass after the bladder has emptied, and there may be intense pain as
urination ends. The pain may be so intense that the patient cries out in
anticipation of urination or at the close of urination. A peculiar symptom
in people is difficulty urinating unless the person is standing; these
animals may find it difficult to urinate in a squatting position. The
Sarsaparilla state may come on after the patient is chilled, especially
during damp weather.


This remedy is good for chronic kidney and bladder inflammations. The
urine is foul-smelling, reddish, and bloody, sometimes with mucus and
crystals. The kidneys may be painful here, like Berberis and Eupatorium
purpureum. If your cat or dog suffers from chronic inflammation of the
urinary system, a course of Solidag 6X two or three times daily for a
month or two, might help remove the tendency by cleansing the system.


Staphysagria can be helpful in bladder inflammations. There is burning
pain during and after urination, which can be worse at night or worse when
cold in bed. (Contrast with Aconitum, which is worse with exposure to
cold, usually outside in cold windy conditions.) The urine may be bloody
and scanty. These animals may be sweet like Pulsatilla but often have some
resentment or anger, especially in reaction to other animals getting
attention or a feeling that they don’t get enough attention themselves.

Thlaspi bursa pastoris

This remedy is almost organ specific in that its main symptoms are in the
urinary bladder. Chronic cystitis with a tendency to phosphate crystals
may respond to Thlaspi. It even has a reputation for unblocking urethral
obstructions. The sediment often looks like brick dust.

Thuja occidentalis

I have had good success with Thuja in cystitis, probably because of the
connection of vaccination and bladder inflammation. The urethra may be
swollen, and the bladder may be mildly paralyzed, making urination
difficult. These cats may seem obstructed, but when a catheter is passed,
no blockage is found. There may also be mucus that collects at the
urethral opening.

Urtica urens

This is another good remedy for cystitis with very frequent urging and
little urine passage. These poor cats find little rest because of the
constant urging. There may be crystals in the urine or even bladder

Uva ursi

Uva ours has great irritation, spasms, and sometimes mucus clots, blood
clots, or pus. The mucus is tenacious—tough—and hard to remove. This
is bearberry (kinnick kinnick), and it is helpful in cystitis as an herbal
tincture but irritating to the bladder if used for more than a couple of

9 months ago
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I appreciate your wish to be helpful but you can only be helpful if you have expertise. Especially if you are going to adopt an authoritative tone. Based on your all caps and exclamation mark and the fact that it was 4:30pm here with offices about to close, I took the hedgehog to the vet and got the same response the hedgehog owner got; i.e. there is nothing they can do.
If anyone looks here for information on a similar problem, the vet said if it was gangrene – which it looks like it is, – the foot should just eventually fall off, but meanwhile it could make the little critter ill. I think homeopathy will help with pain etc (are you familiar with homeopathy?). A regular vet cannot operate as they have no idea how to anesthetize hedgehogs. The vet I saw today recommended an exotic animal vet if I really wanted to have something done. I had already made an appointment this morning with an exotic animal vet for Friday – the soonest opening they had. But it was not considered an emergency at the exotic animal vet office either. I think because not a lot can be done for exotics this small not because people don’t care.
I was hoping when I posted here for a response from someone who is familiar with hedgehogs.

9 months ago

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