Just like homeopathic practitioners for humans, veterinary homeopaths use specialized, nature-based practices to address the symptoms of health problems. The big difference, of course, is that veterinary homeopaths treat a wide variety of animal species. A specific treatment plan is created for each individual animal, whether the case is chronic or acute. And there are many benefits – it’s more cost effective than traditional veterinary care, it’s harmless to the environment, and it places a strong emphasis on the
effectiveness of the treatment. Another benefit is that treatment with homeopathy can occur through long-distance communication. I’ve treated animals all over the country and even horses as far away as Canada! Homeopathy is especially great for treating farm animals and livestock, since there are no chemical residues in the resulting meat, eggs or dairy products.
Another difference is that while humans understand the idea of a placebo effect, this is not the case with animals. They don’t have an innate understanding that medical treatment should result in healing, and many animals benefit from homeopathic remedies. The results can be amazing – for instance, when the symptoms of a chronic condition disappear and the animal begins to heal.
If you have your pet treated by a homeopath, it’s important to discuss with the practitioner what you have observed about the animal’s behavior and symptoms. In homeopathy, knowing about the events surrounding an issue can be just as important as the animal’s physical exam. Try to recall the details about what you have noticed as the pet’s condition has started or progressed. For instance, a horse might present with the behavioral issue of suddenly shying away from a puddle. The homeopath will ask specific questions about the incident and try to determine whether it’s the result of a bad experience in this puddle, or is instead a sudden fear of water in general. Another example
is a dog who becomes suddenly timid – is this a new, general timidity, or the result of a specific incident? These are different symptoms with different homeopathic treatments, and part of the practitioner’s job is to ask detailed questions about the cause and circumstances of a health issue, as well as the animal’s diet, shelter situation, social situation, likes and dislikes. All of this information helps the homeopath toward their goal of relieving the animal’s symptoms and ultimately curing the patient.
Written by: Brenda M. Tobin-Flood, D.Vet.Hom, Cert. C.N.
With a background in Animal Science, Animal Nutrition, Homeopathy and Natural Health, I can help you create a holistic wellness plan for your animal companions. Does your pet have an acute or chronic disease? I use natural curative treatments such as homeopathy, herbs and essential oils. Have any questions, or to schedule an appointment, call Satya Wellness at 978/430-6122 or book a consultation right here.