In the same way that people seek out alternative treatments for their own ailments, alternative care for animals has also become more attractive as a safe and less expensive treatment method. Increased demand for organic or biodynamically raised foods has also created a demand for on-the-farm veterinary care that’s sustainable and safe for both the animals being raised and for human beings as well. Unlike farmers who use treatment methods involving long term hormonal treatments and sustained antibiotic treatments which ultimately endanger us as consumers, those who opt to treat their farm animals with homeopathy know that their animals will live healthier lives, and will not pose threats to human health.
Homeopathy works beautifully for animals, both as a support for conventional veterinary treatments and as a means of treating a variety of chronic and acute ailments. For many interested in a simple, inexpensive and non-toxic way of keeping their pets fit and healthy and for dealing with simple complaints, classical homeopathy is an obvious answer. For others who are seeking treatment for pets who haven’t gained benefit for serious ailments with conventional veterinary care, homeopathy offers relief where nothing else can. These ailments include: cancer, hyper/hypothyroidism, feline leukemia, feline aids, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, chronic sinusitis, cystitis, ear infections, asthma, skin allergies, behavioral disorders, upper respiratory infections. stomatitis, seizures/epilepsy, arthritis, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, pemphigus, paralysis, intervertebral disc disease, “wobblers syndrome”, eosinophilic myositis, and mange, among others.
In the majority of my veterinary patients, the ailments have an iatrogenic origin–that means they’re suffering from some of the devastating effects of medication they’ve been put on, or from excessive vaccination which is a practice many conventional veterinarians have begun to reconsider. Homeopathy can be very effective in eliminating the need for these medications, and it can provide an excellent alternative support if you have concerns about the effects of repeated vaccinations on your pets. Again, every animal is unique and each animal has its own vital force that expresses itself via disease in a unique way–so the same kind of individualized treatment needed for human beings is required for each pet. Whole food nutrition can maintain good health and eliminate some of the difficulties created by poor nutrition and questionable ingredients used in commercial pet food. Using the two tools together can help you to ensure your pet’s health for a long time.
What to expect for your pet
I usually spend about an hour in my first meeting with you about your pet. I examine your pet and observe the way your pet relates to his/her environment: how your pet reacts to you and to me as a stranger throughout the examination. I’m also interested the way your pet acts, generally. I have a long intake questionnaire that I like to send out before we meet–and this is because the detailed information helps in homeopathy, even though it’s possible you’ve never been asked such questions by any vet before. That initial meeting is $95, and follow ups with in-person observation usually take place about four weeks or so after the remedy is given just to see the remedy results. Follow ups take less time than the initial consults and they are $55 per follow-up.
As with adult and children’s consults, I welcome and expect questions and feedback via phone or email, so that we can manage the case as well as possible between follow ups. Some chronic diseases resolve very quickly in some animals; and some require a bit more time and a series of appropriate remedies as the case changes and your pet progresses towards restored health.