Pulsatilla, also known as the pasqueflower, is a toxic, meadow-dwelling plant found throughout Europe and America. According to homeopathic veterinarians, pulsatilla can cure particular emotional, behavioral, and physical problems in animals, including canines.
Some owners use homeopathic remedies for their pets' physical and mental ailments. These treatments resemble human homeopathy, which theorizes that symptoms are the body's way of fighting disease, and that one should treat the disease instead of the symptoms.
CanineNaturalCures.com recommends pulsatilla for nervousness, while homeopathy expert Dr. Luc de Schepper advises pulsatilla for possessive, attention-seeking dogs. Pulsatilla may also treat phantom pregnancy, irritated skin, and joint pain.
Homeopathic treatment consists of highly diluted pulsatilla in pill or solution form.
Homoeopathists claim that homeopathy's miniscule doses prevent side effects or accidental poisoning. A successful pulsatilla cure would calm a nervous, overly possessive dog, or relieve dogs with skin or female problems.
According to WebMD, critics claim that doses are too small for effect and any benefits are placebo. Dog owners could harm their pets by allowing a serious condition to go untreated. Homeopathy remains scientifically unproven.