In the summer of 1984 in Lyon, where I gave homeopathic lectures, I saw a male Yorkshire coming from Nizza, about 8 years old, for epileptic fits.
The clinical observation doesn’t really bring many symptoms : the dog is rather lean and shows lustreless, falling fur. He is rather restless and anxious, cross especially in the morning, but follows his master step by step in the evening.
Before convulsing he looks somewhat disturbed and sometimes stumbles. His master says ‘he looks like he’s having vertigo. He loses urine when he has a fit’.
How does he react when somebody is sad or ill, in the family ? ‘He doesn’t bother’.
What about weather or bathing ? ‘He doesn’t care. But there is one thing we cannot understand ; when we are on holidays, in the mountains, he has many more fits than at home in town. There he likes having a walk in the evening.
Vertigo; EPILEPSY, before (8)
Generalities; CONVULSIONS; epileptic
Bladder; URINATION; involuntary; convulsions, during (11)
He is not jealous and rather mild, lets himself be examined without protesting. Hyoscyamus can be left aside. Wet weather doesn’t especially disturb him and he isn’t really sympathetic, so the dog gets Plumbum metallicum C 30.
Two days later in the evening I received an angry phone call: the Yorkshire had taken the remedy a 11 a.m. and had seven epileptic fits in the afternoon, which let him completely exhausted.
Such a tremendous aggravation let me think that I was very near to the true solution. I had to find another leaden salt. There was one single peculiar symptom ( corresponding to § 153 of the Organon ), that I had not understood and therefore had not taken into consideration. A Yorkshire is a small dog, and this special one felt well when he was on a walk in town in the evening traffic jam, with his nose not far away from the exhaust pipes of cars. In these times people used leaded gasoline in the cars. Plumbum tetraethylicum 30 C solved our doggy’s problems for months, maybe even longer because his masters didn’t give me any further news.
Using Homeopathy means that you need to learn, observe and stay logical. But some luck and reflections are always very useful.