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Homeopathy for Animals - Copperhead snakebites

Wendy Jensen, DVMRugby is a 12-year-old male Jack Russell Terrier who had a run-in with a three-foot-long copperhead snake and was bitten several times on the cheek and upper and lower jaws. The snake did not survive. When I saw Rugby at 7 p.m. on August 18, 1997, his right eye was beginning to swell shut and he was in a lot of pain. His gums near the bites were bright red with extravasated blood [i.e., blood had escaped into the tissues], but the gums were pale elsewhere. He lay quietly, with his head up, panting. A dose of Crotalus horridus 200C [homeopathically prepared rattlesnake venom] reduced the cheek swelling. This was repeated twice before 8 p.m. when the swelling increased. By 8 p.m. he had a white discharge from his right eye, and the scleral [white of his eye] vessels were bright red. He was trembling, and the worst swelling was in his muzzle. I instructed the guardian to repeat the Crotalus horridus 200C as needed for swelling.

By 9:30 p.m., his jaw swelling had localized to the area of the actual bites. Rugby had received two more doses of the remedy. It was still acting, each time helping the swelling go down. He had taken a little water, and his gum color had improved. He was more comfortable, no longer panting, and was able to rest. By 11 p.m. he had had two more doses, and had been able to sleep. His pain had lessened, and he was sent home.

Rugby received Crotalus horridus 1M the next morning, and over the next few days his subcutaneous hemorrhage resolved, along with the swelling. He experienced slight oozing of serosanguinous fluid [blood and serum] from his wounds, but no infection. He received Phosphorus 30C on August 19 for a continued increase in thirst dating from the snakebite, associated with increased frequency of urination and a slow urine stream. These symptoms resolved in 24 hours. By August 22 he was doing great, with barely any swelling left, and his wounds were clean and scabbed over.

As of November 1998, Rugby continues to be treated for various lumps and bumps as well as aches and pains dating from before the bite, but he is back to his favorite pastime of chasing cows.

About the author:


Dr. Wendy Jensen, a 1987 New York State College of Veterinary Medicine graduate, has been practicing 100% homeopathy from her housecall practice in Ellicott City, Maryland, since 1992. She studied under Dr. Richard Pitcairn and was certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy in 1994. She is the Editor for the Academy's Journal. This case was presented at the Homeopathic Medicial Society of the State of Pennsylvania Conference, at Harrisburg, April 8--10, 1999