Tino - Case report

Francesca Pisseri


Tino: Pointer male dog of indefinite age, part of a group of dogs seized for mistreatment and left in the care of Animal Liberation after a court sentence.

First visit: 29 December 2009.

Tino suffered from a severe form of melanoma on the right thigh, consisting of 3 nodules of 3-4 cm in diameter, infiltrated in the muscle tissue of the thigh and the perineum. He also had metastasis in the limbs and was judged inoperable. The clinical prognosis indicated a life expectancy of 4 months.

The seized dogs lived in overcrowded pens, were beaten with chains, were malnourished and the dogs fought each other for food.

Tino, just taken into custody, was very scared, skinny, expressionless, wary, he did not eat from the hand. He was shaking with fear if someone touched him, he kept the tail between his legs, he was sad and marginalized, frightened by people, especially by men. His sight was very poor, the ophthalmologic visit showed a previous chorioretinitis, resulting in retinal blindness. He was afraid of sudden noises such as the ring of the collar bumping into the bowl.

Sometimes, he tried to approach people but did not succeed because of  his shyness.

He had a great appetite. He had little interest in playing.

He was attracted to females in heat and tried to mount them.

During the visit he appeared vacant and wary of what surrounded him, though sometimes he showed curiosity and interest for people.


Prescription: Conium maculatum 3 LM, 4 drops both in the morning and the evening for 20 days, then once a day in cycles of 3 weeks.


Follow-up: after a 7 month long therapy (august 2010), the tumors did not grow in size and were cold to the touch. Tino was generally much better: he was eager to eat, he took the feed from the hand and he was excited to go for a walk.

When someone touched him, the shakes were less intense and frequent. He was less diffident with women than men.

During the visit Tino appeared to feel at ease, he was calm, interacted with people longing for strokes.

Conium remedy was administered for the whole life in addition with ozonotherapy. Tino was adopted by a volunteer who brought him outdoors in a park every day.

Tino died on September 2012.

The volunteers of Animal Liberation referred that during the last 6 month he lost weight but he was able to go out for a walk.

When he began to feel pain, painkillers were administered. After that, he began to lose blood and needed high doses of painkillers so it was decided for the euthanasia.

Tino lived 2.5 years more than the estimated life expectancy with a good quality of life.


Homeopathic Family: Apiaceae (Umbellifere). The characteristics of Conium are the difficulty  to communicate notwithstanding the great need to do it. The distance from the others represented by a physical and emotional paralysis in contrast with the desire to overcome it.

The selected repertorial symptoms were:





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