An increasing number of vets are studying and using homeopathy. Homeopathic treatment of disease is an essential element of organic farming and practitioners report good results. This has allowed farmers to incorporate a limited amount of homeopathic prescribing into their day-to-day health management strategies, particularly in organic farms where the use of antibiotics is limited.
Homeopathy, as practised by a genuine homeopathic vet, is a truly holistic therapy, working with mind and body in the context of the patient’s environment and lifestyle and has been used in animals for at about 200 years. All species and all types of animals respond, from cats and dogs to farm animals, from horses and ponies to wild animals, from buffalo to goats, from birds and reptiles to fish. Organic farmers rely upon it as an effective, safe medicine which does not give rise to drug residues in meat, milk or eggs. Conventional farmers also make use of its benefits. Among its other benefits, of especial importance in farmed animals (food animals), is the fact that it cannot provoke ‘antibiotic resistance’ in bacterial populations. Furthermore, competition horses and dogs can be given homeopathy without risk of falling foul of competition ‘doping’ rules. While the use of veterinary homeopathy can clearly optimise physical appearance and performance, by improving health, it cannot produce ‘supernormal’ performance, in the way that a drug can.
In individual animals, experience shows that many chronic and refractory diseases can respond, where conventional medication may have failed. Injuries and acute illnesses also respond. In groups, herds or flocks of animals, in-water medication can treat large numbers of animals safely, easily, cheaply and effectively.
Skin disease, arthritis, auto-immune disorders, bowel disease, epilepsy, heart problems and behavioural conditions are frequent callers but many other diseases respond. A selection of the type of conditions homeopathic veterinary treatment can be employed are:
Abdominal Pain (Colic), Abscesses And Boils, Acidity, Allergy, Amoebiasis, Anaemia, Anger, Appetite Loss, Arthritis, Ashthma, skin disorders, anal gland problems, behavioural problems, cancer, canine epilepsy, cardiac failure, cervical spondylopathy, chronic cough, chronic diarrhoea, colitis, corneal ulcer, cruciate ligament damage (anterior cruciate), dermatitis, disc disease, DJD, dry eye, eczema, elbow dysplasia, encephalitis, heart disease, hip dysplasia, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), interdigital cysts, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), itchy dog, joint ill, liver problems, meningitis, non-healing fractures (non-union fracture), non-healing wounds, otitis (ear problems), pain control, paralysis, poor condition, sinusitis, spondylitis – spondylosis, sprain, tendon and ligament injuries, vestibular syndrome (canine stroke), wobbler syndrome, wounds.
Species and types of animal treated: horses, ponies, goats, donkeys, mules, cats, dogs, cattle, pigs, sheep, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, tortoises, poultry (domestic fowl), cage birds, budgies, canaries, budgerigars, parrots, parakeets, macaws, birds of prey (raptors).
Far from being a ‘folksy’ and weird system of esoteric medicine, veterinary homeopathy has gained its spurs and its use is increasing rapidly, as people realise what it has to offer, whether as a ‘first-aid’, ‘first-line’ or ‘last resort’ medicine.