The short answer is Yes. Homeopathy has been found to be one of the best holistic and safest treatments for many humans, but not only humans can benefit from this therapeutic method; increasingly there are more and more veterinarians who are using homoeopathy for dogs, cats, horses, and many more species.
Veterinary homeopathy is a safe, effective and powerful form of medicine, and all sorts of animals can be treated, whether they are companion animals, working animals or farm animals.
Homeopathy uses the principle discovered and developed by Dr Samuel Hahnemann in Saxony during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He discovered that homoeopathic treatment to his horse’s eye solved the inflammation, and afterwards discovered that the same methods could be applied to other animals.
These days many veterinarians choose homeopathy due to the chronic and recurring nature of many ailments in animals because the idea behind using homeopathy is to strengthen the immunity of the animals and treat the disease from the root cause.
According the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, any problem that can be treated conventionally can also be solved with homeopathy, but with the added advantage of no toxic or secondary side effects. This is why we can even use homoeopathic medicines in ecological farm animals used for human consumption e.g. meat, milk, eggs. Recurrence rates are also almost minimal or negligible when homeopathy is used.
Examples of diseases in animals that respond very well to homeopathy are: skin allergies, ear infections, asthma, IBD, epilepsy and many other conditions. Homeopathy can rapidly treat acute diseases like traumatic injuries, infections and poisonings as well.
So how do you ‘interview’ an animal to establish its ailments?
An interview in homoeopathy in animals follows exactly the same principals as with humans; the veterinarian will conduct a careful and thorough consultation with the owner/carer. By posing questions to the owner a complete ‘history’ is taken, gaining information about the nature and frequency of the symptoms, time of occurrence, possible aggravating and ameliorating factors, about the pet’s overall demeanour and behaviour.
From the answers and findings the vet will be able to recognise the particular symptoms from which the animal is suffering and be able to identify the problem. Furthermore they will do a full physical examination and if necessary will use additional diagnostic methods, to correctly diagnose the problem. On this basis they will be able to prescribe the correct homoeopathic medicine that will stimulate the organism in the healing process.
Can we treat all illnesses with Homoeopathy?
It all depends on the severity of the disease or pathology, and the ability of the animal to respond. Even pathologies that require surgery can be complemented with a homoeopathic treatment.
Please feel free to come into the clinic if your pet is suffering from any long term or chronic illness and would like to find out how homoeopathic medicine can help your pet.
Article supplied by Clinica Veterinaria El Puerto in Javea. English Spoken. Av Lepanto No 8, Local 10. Tel 96 579 3551. Emergencies 657 823 784. www.elpuerto-veterinaria.com.