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    Dr. Bells!! Does anyone know anything!! Please Help!!

    Right, i live in Australia, and we are intersted in getting some Dr Bell's, VMW..

    It's a first-aid for animals displaying symptoms of shock, exposure or sudden illness.. It's apparantely a very good medicine for horses with colic. Does anyone know anything about it. I think Dr Bell and his product are in Canada.. If anyone can give me a website that would be greatly appreciated!!

    thankyou sooo much.

    luv hayley. xxoo



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    Dr. Bells VMW

    Has any one any current information on where to purchase this product, I am aware it is made in Canada, but can't find where to purchase it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    I found them at 123tack.com.I think it is the one you want. I knew them as bell drops. We used them on horses with colic.

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    What does this product actually DO? I have never heard of it, but I would be interested to have some on hand, just in case, of course!

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    Say, I’ve been looking for Dr Bell’s (or something similar) as well. It was readily available until about the mid 90’s then mysteriously disappeared. I have a package from the “original” Bell’s which was distributed by May & Co in Canada. Here’s something I found recently from Cloverdale Pharmasave in Surrey, B.C.:
    “For COLIC
    Dr. Bell’s Wonder Drops
    (see ABCD Complex below)
    ABCD Complex (the old Dr. Bell’s Wonder Drops): The original Dr. Bell's Wonder Drops had been discontinued in the 90’s by the manufacturer for no given reason. What we sell these days is a mixture we ask our laboratory to make for us, with a formula based on the original Dr. Bell's. You can look at our version as the "generic Dr. Bell's". We call it "ABCD Complex". Dr. Bell's Wonder Drops is an old folklore medicine, never scientifically proven, but seems to be effective for colic, shipping fever, agitation, and stress. Being homeopathic, it does not produce any side effect. People who look for it knows exactly what it is and how to use it. Costs about $30 (Cdn.) for 30 ml. (about 1/3 of the cost of the original). Each dose is 3 - 5 ml. directly into the mouth. Contains homeopathic Aconite, Belladonna, Columbrina, Digitalis in homeopathic (not chemical or allopathic) forms, hence does not call for a prescription. (note: Columbrina and Nux Vomica are the same thing.)

    Thanks to ghost horse for the lead to 123.com regarding their product with a similar name (acronym B.E.L.L.). I emailed that company but haven’t received a reply yet.

    Caution (and I apologize if I’m “preaching to the choir“): I’ve read claims that this “cures colic”, but it’s important to know that “colic” isn’t a diagnosis per se. The symptoms may be caused by anything from mild gas or a slight impaction to a constriction of the intestine, so to believe that something “cures colic” is misleading. Without a veterinary examination, you won’t know the cause of your horse’s pain. I know folks who have had success with Dr. Bell’s (and in the last 10 years using a few of the individual components along with Pulsatilla) in treating the “minor” causes. In those cases, it does clear up within a short time (less than an hour), but considering that each horse is different in expressing pain and that time is crucial if the cause is more serious, it’s best to have a veterinary assessment. Use the concoction to help relieve the horse’s pain and stress somewhat until the doc arrives . . . and take a few drops of Rescue Remedy for yourself.


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    and this from 123tack.com (their formula lacks the digitalis; perhaps consult with a homeopath to see what difference this would make):
    "Thanks for writing 123tack.com. I think that the B.E.L.L Drops Still have some belladonna in them but maybe not as much as before. The label on the bottle says “ This mixture is equal amounts of Fluid Extract Aconite, Fluid Extract Belladonna, & Fluid Extract Nux Vomica”. I hope this helps."

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    Smile Dr Bells

    Has anyone heard anymore of the Dr Bells drops.Iam trying to find the original Dr Bells product.Were there any other products in the range?
    Does anyone know any history of who Dr Bells was and who supplied it into Australia. It is the best product we have used on horses and would love to be able to get more.Thanks heaps for any help

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    Back in the 70's Dr.Bell's was found in almost everyones med supply box. When I worked at the PNE in Van I worked for an American that at some point was no longer allowed to bring the US version of it across the border. The US version of the original Dr.Bell's had Belladonna in it & that was the reason. The Canadian brand (same name etc) no longer had Belladonna in it.
    It became almost obsolete after that because most people believed (true or not) that it was the Bella donna that made the stuff effective. Personally I think with or without the Belladonna it masked symptoms more then "cured" them.

    Very few people I know these days have it as there are other more effective remedy's to temper the symptoms of colic.











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    Quote Originally Posted by shenanigans View Post
    Back in the 70's Dr.Bell's was found in almost everyones med supply box. When I worked at the PNE in Van I worked for an American that at some point was no longer allowed to bring the US version of it across the border. The US version of the original Dr.Bell's had Belladonna in it & that was the reason. The Canadian brand (same name etc) no longer had Belladonna in it.
    It became almost obsolete after that because most people believed (true or not) that it was the Bella donna that made the stuff effective. Personally I think with or without the Belladonna it masked symptoms more then "cured" them.

    Very few people I know these days have it as there are other more effective remedy's to temper the symptoms of colic.

    I too had this product in the seventies in my locker.

    I agree, there are better products out there today

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    Hayley, Just came across your query today. You probably rec'd many answers a long time ago. However, I will tell you a little about Dr. Bells. I had believed that it was a very very old product, however it may not be as old as I thought. I came across a small bottle of it this year in an old barn. The contact info it says, "Viosin(??) Veterinary Products Limited, Don Mills, Ontario (Canada) M3C 2H5." The use of this form of postal coding on mail in Canada came about in '69-72, so it can't date back any further than that. It is extremely toxic, the 4 ingredients being Aconite, Digitalis, Belladonna, and Nux-Vomica. The dosage recommendations on the bottle are in terms of mere drops on the tongue of sick animal.

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