Many people want to know about using homeopathy with their animals, whether domestic pets or livestock.
While there are quite strict veterinary regulations in Australia around what a homeopath is allowed to dispense remedies for and what you can treat at home, there are many situations where homeopathy can change outcomes and save lives, even when you are working with your vet.
We’re very lucky in Hobart to have an amazing holistic vet who is great with homeopathy, herbs, acupuncture and all manner of other interesting modalities. If we have a real concern about our animals, we’ll drop in to see David, have a chat about what we want to do and get some advice. We can’t all be that lucky, but we can always have remedies on hand for first aid situations and minor ailments and a consultation with your vet can make sure you’re on track with those more tricky problems.
I’ve been using homeopathy with my animals for more than 30 years. I started giving remedies to my cat and from there, having no children at the time, I was hooked on homeopathy and all my pets were treated! I gave remedies to the cats, the dog, the chooks and even the goat. I did a short course on homeopathy for humans and I worked out how to apply it more precisely to animals. I hadn’t quite figured out how to give homeopathic tablets (quite big and more common in the UK than Australia) to a chicken, but once I realised you could make up remedies in liquid, I was sorted!
So do you need special animal remedies? No.
Do you need special animal books? Not really.
Is it any different giving an animal a remedy than a child? Again, not really.
If you are an observant pet owner – and many definitely are – you can manage the niggly things pets get yourself, or you can see your vet and use homeopathy alongside whatever they might give you. Things like anxiety about going in the car, sore ears, upset tummies and similar.
I’ve probably saved thousands of dollars on vet bills over the years with simple prescriptions and homeopathy certainly saved our dog’s life.
Our beloved Springer Spaniel, Joss, had been to Australia and back with us a couple of times. When we came back to Perth in 1995, he came with us again. The upside was that we had our Joss. The downside for Joss was the immunisations, the trauma of the trip and probably the quarantine – six months in the UK when we had gone back with him previously!
Poor Joss fell desperately ill just after our son was born in 1996. His skin was covered in sores and the pads erupted and peeled off his feet. He was in a bad way. Such a bad way that the vets told us we should have him put down.
But I was not convinced and having done two years at homeopathic college, on top of my ten years in interest in homeopathy, I set about reading my books and working out remedies. That’s the point when not only did I learn about remedies like Merc Sol and Nit Ac for the physical symptoms he was suffering, but I understood more about miasms (I’ll be blogging about this topic soon) and vaccination detoxing.
Joss recovered and went on to live a further 9 years! He became deaf and almost blind in his later years but he still loved his walks and his food, so we kept going with remedies as required. Eventually the night came when we knew we had to say goodbye and my very good friend, who was a homeopathic vet, came to our house and gently put him to sleep. Dear Joss, I learned so much from treating him and of course from loving him!
I’ve treated many animals over the years for a wide range of conditions. Animals respond so well to homeopathy – they don’t know about placebo so we can be sure this is not the reason it works.
Homeopathy is particularly good for mental/emotional issues and phobias in pets. I remember treating a Jack Russell for fear of thunderstorms and another little dog for hatred of passers-by. I’ve also treated lots and lots of joint problems in older dogs and lots of skin rashes. I’ve treated everything you can imagine – not because I know everything about animals – but because with a little careful observation, thirty years’ experience of using homeopathics and some lateral thinking, homeopathy is easy to apply, is low risk and above all is natural.
Jasmine, our Maltese Cross, is mostly a Pulsatilla girl, as are a lot of small dogs, but she always needs Arsenicum if she figures out one or both of us are going away. She gets so anxious and clingy, thirsty for sips and is often worse around 1-2am when she might wake and wander around restlessly!! One dose works a treat!
My most recent treatments have been with the neighbour’s cows; a calf with scours and a cow with mastitis. We used remedies alongside veterinary treatments (which we were all convinced were not working) and saved the calf and saw the cow improve overnight. Simple remedies, simple application and no different to treating diarrhoea in a baby or mastitis in a mum.
When I lived in Perth I extended my knowledge of treating animals when I ran a six week course for the ladies at the native animal rescue. Now that was interesting, but again it’s really no different working out remedies for a kookaburra or a joey than for a cat or a dog.
The remedies are the same for humans and animals and you can choose to use drops or pilules depending on the pet. My dog will sit down and practically open her mouth if she sees a pilule, but the cat is better with drops. If you’re treating wild birds or lizards, for instance, a couple of drops straight on the head or the beak/nose is easier than trying to get remedies in the mouth and I’ve certainly saved many birds with a couple of drops of S.O.S. (our own version of Rescue Remedy) after they’ve hit the window.
The biggest health problems in domestic pets these days, as with people, are diet and over-vaccination! In the UK and USA many vets are now going to three-yearly immunisations for some shots and they’ve done a lot of their own research on the detrimental effects of vaccines. Certainly immunisation and diet are responsible for most skin conditions and many cancers in cats and dogs, so do some reading and find out the best diet for your dog or cat – it’s certainly not dry food from a bag!
Veterinary medicine is very big in the UK. At one time it was bigger than homeopathy for humans and there was even a homeopathic hedgehog hospital! I also noticed with amazement recently that a lot of the Fontera dairy farms in New Zealand are using homeopathic support with their cows. Now that’s amazing!
There are some really good homeopathic veterinary books out there. George McLeod, who pioneered homeoprophylaxis (homeopathic immunisation) for pets more than 40 years ago, is a homeopathic vet, who’s written some very technical books on most domestic animals. There are also some more simple books like Don Hamilton’s “Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs” which also covers diet and natural medicine, as well as the homeopathic side of things.
If you are already using homeopathy with your family, then it seems logical that at some stage you will extend this to your pets! A basic home remedy kit will get you started and you always have the backup of your vet if you need more in depth help and, yes, I do treat my clients’ animals from time to time.