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​Symptoms of Psora

Signs of Chronic Illness in Dogs

On your own you can observe symptoms of early chronic illness in your own dogs.  Go through the list, and if any of your dogs/cats have any of these symptoms, my suggestion is to email me for a Questionnaire, because your dog does have symptoms of illness.

For the definition of the homeopathic terms see below.

Latent Psora in Dogs

1)    Poor development; uneven, small body; irregular or small teeth.

2)    Hair does not grow in well; thin, poor color; loss of undercoat; dry, lusterless hair.

3)    Doggy odor; skin odor; oiliness of the coat.

4)    Itchiness, even mild itchiness, without evident lesions.  Tendency for base of tail to be first affected area, or the feet.

5)    Licking front feet excessively; licking them for long periods, especially in evenings.

6)    Ears have oily dark brown discharge.  Oily, itchy, warm to touch.

7)    Conjunctiva (the clear membrane that covers the sclera, white part of the eye, and lines the inside of the eyelids.) too pink; mucous in corners of eyes; rubbing eyes on furniture or bushes.

8)    Stiffness, restricted movement of rear legs on running; difficulty rising from the floor; joint pains, pulling up of the rear legs, muscle cramps, also called a charley horse.

9)    Hip dysplasia and associated symptoms.

10)  Nose too dry on surface; cracked; loss of pigment; watery discharge drips out, especially when eating.

11)  Tendency to too-soft stools or even diarrhea; often happens with change of foods; occasional mucous or blood in the stools. 

12)  Offensive flatus (gas).

13)  Constipation; circling or walking around before or while having a bowel movement.

14)  Anal gland problems—leak, don’t empty on their own, get inflamed.

15)  Scoots bottom on floor or ground.

16)  Nails not healthy—distorted, brittle, crumble, fall off

17)  Eruption between toes; fistulae  (Fistula =  An abnormal duct or passage resulting from injury, disease, or a congenital disorder that connects an abscess, cavity, or hollow organ to the body surface or to another hollow organ.) Eruption between toes is often thought to be a foreign body, but is not.

18)  Craving for manure, dirt, rocks, sticks; eating grass excessively.

19)  Excessive, especially ravenous appetite; overweight as a result, if food is not restricted; malnutrition

20)  Cachexia: won’t eat or wants to eat little and often; malnutrition.

21)  Coughing, asthmatic tendency, even though not full display of asthma; acts as if something caught in throat.

22)  Dark discharge around the base of nails.

23)  Mental symptoms:

          a)  Fears—of noise, storms, people, crowds, wind, to be alone.

          b)  Suspicion of people at door, of other animals.

          c)  Unfriendliness.

 d)  Tendency to bite or act aggressive; to hunt other animals (cats especially, but also poultry, sheep, ducks, chickens).

          e)  Destructiveness of surroundings, especially clothing, blankets.

          f)  Mentally slow, difficult learning or remembering.

          g)  Nervous hyperactivity.

          h)  Staring off into space at nothing in particular...or at a blank wall; snapping or swatting into space; licking the air. 

 Samuel Hahnemann = a medical physician (1755 - 1843) the founder of homeopathy.

Psora = Dr. Hahnemann was able to determine that there was one very common form of chronic disease and though this condition manifested in many different ways, it was still the same disease in all these patients. The "different ways" that the chronic condition showed up in conventional allopathic medicine are called "diagnosis" in which a disease is considered to be named and seen as a discrete and separate illness unconnected to all the other diagnoses that may be made. Dr. Hahnemann was able to show this was not the accurate understanding of disease, that actually they were all the same condition taking these different forms. He called this condition "psora" and identified the most common form of it as a skin itch, at least at the beginning, and that this itching condition would then go on to develop other forms of internal illness.

Miasm  = Hahnemann called the class of chronic illnesses "miasms" which is (for us now) an older term that refers to something like a contamination that has affected the individual.  He identified 3 miasms, the one called psora, the chief and most important one and the focus of this article.

Latent = dormant, quiescent, veiled.  Latent emphasizes the hidden character or the dormancy of what is named: latent qualities, defects, diseases.  The potential exists in an as yet undeveloped state, but is thought of as capable of coming into full being or activity at some future time.

The reason this theory of latent psora is so critical…and the reason for this article is…because  every day as guardians of your animals you see these symptoms or signs of disease and often don’t recognize that they are systemic disease. Or if you do, and you take your animal to an allopathic veterinarian who doesn’t acknowledged the symptoms you observe, most often you are told: “It’s really nothing,” or “Wait and see what develops,” or “You are probably just imagining things,” or “You worry too much.” Or worst of all, your dog receives an antibiotic injection and pills to give every day so that these wonderful symptoms that your animal’s body is presenting are now suppressed, never to be seen again…until the drug wears off…and then back again to be given even stronger drugs.

Anyone reading this article is very definitely concerned about the health of their beloved companion, and you want to act early on any ailment that you observe.

When you see these symptoms, you know your animal needs homeopathic attention, and that the signs/symptoms you are seeing are not simple, acute illnesses that will go away on their own. It is typical of these chronic illnesses that they continue indefinitely, and though they may be allayed by use of drugs, not really cured in the same way that homeopathic treatment can permanently remove them.  

The following is from Dr Pitcairn's Writings

  Psora can exist in 5 phases:

1)  Primary manifestation—skin disease, terrible itching or itching eruptions.  Can sometimes be small areas of involvement with milder itch.

2)   Latent psora—from inheritance, or after the initial primary manifestation, or after palliative or suppressive treatment.  Symptoms are mild, common, often not noticed.

3) Active psora—skin symptoms are a noticeable problem, persistent, progressive, recurrent.  Skin includes the outer covering of the body (in general), the ears, eyelids, and conjunctiva  (the clear membrane that covers the sclera (white part of the eye) and lines the inside of the eyelids), hair, orifices of the body.

4)    Secondary psora—focus of the disease has moved to the interior of the body with involvement of tissues and organs other than the skin.

     *The condition becomes more complicated.

     *There is more interference with and loss of function. (like digestion for example.)

     *The senses are especially affected—sight, hearing, sensations.

5)   Developed psora—Secondary psora has become advanced with development of pathology, loss of organ function or organ failure.  Several parts of the body have been affected, history of repeated treatment, evidence of deterioration.

The  above list of common symptoms, as seen in dogs, is typical of latent chronic disease that is relatively "quiet" and not yet manifesting in fully developed illness. They are signs that such development is possible and indications that measures are to be taken to improve health through nutrition and homeopathic care…and not with vaccines, drugs, chemicals, and pet foods.

Pat McKay:   These signs, as listed, are all minor presentations and in themselves would be dismissed as common or considered to be insignificant by most veterinarians.   They are not insignificant.