Treating your pet with Homeopathy
Here at The Natural Vets homeopathy is one of our primary treatment tools.  It is a gentle, yet powerful medicine that works to deeply stimulate an animal’s own healing powers and bring them back into balance.

The origin of homeopathy
Homeopathy was originally developed by a German Physician, Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s.  At that time the principle treatment for malaria was to use Cinchona bark. Hahnemann found that if this medicine were given to a healthy person it would cause symptoms resembling those of malaria.  He postulated that the reason that the Cinchona was helping was because it was causing a similar disease state to the disease malaria.  This led to the theory of “like cures like” or the Law of Similars. Curing a disease with its similar was first proposed by the “father of medicine” Hippocrates in the 4th century.

Treating your pet with Homeopathy

How does it work?
Homeopathy works on the deepest levels of the immune system. Sickness or disease will only begin in a system that is unhealthy in some regard. Bacteria or viruses are easily dealt with by a strong immune system. Homeopathic medicine can stimulate the immune system to go back to a healthy normal state. It will not act as an anti-inflammatory or as a bug killer but will allow the body to act in this capacity itself where it was previously unable.  Homeopathic remedies are safe, working with the immune system towards complete health and cure. Homeopathic remedies can be safely used in newborn animals and even pregnant animals.

Homeopathic medicines
Homeopathic remedies are derived from plant, mineral and microbiological sources. There are around 3000 different remedies available for prescription by a homeopath. In animals we mainly use remedies in liquid form. Sometimes these drops may need to be given as a single dose only, or they may be continued for weeks. It is best to store the bottle away from strong light and heat, microwaves and electromagnetic radiation.

Giving the remedy
The homeopathic liquid has an alcohol base and this flavour may upset some animals. We prefer that the remedy is given straight into the mouth or onto the gums but be very careful to keep the dropper clean. Cats in particular will sometimes dribble after the drops are given. This can be avoided by putting the drops into some fresh water or even onto food if you are having difficulty.  Where pets require homeopathic remedies long-term we may advise to administer drops in their food or water as this is less stressful for your pet (and yourself!).

What does a homeopathic visit involve?
Homeopathy involves treating the whole animal and so a consultation takes much longer than a visit to a traditional vet. We ask questions covering a wide range of information about your pet’s health, family history and nature. These questions may include questions about when and why a problem started, whether your pet feels heat or cold, what foods are preferred, whether your pet is soft natured or angry and so on. Please don’t wash your pet before a visit, or clean their ears, as we will need to examine them in their natural state.

What can you expect?
We will prescribe a specific remedy to match your animal’s individual state. If we are accurate in this, things will begin to change. These changes may continue for many months after a treatment is given, as the body is finally able to repair itself correctly. At times after the remedy is given an animal will feel “out of sorts”. This is the repair process kick starting and we then expect an improvement in energy levels and wellbeing to follow.  With acute diseases that have been present for only a short time healing can be very rapid.  With a chronic disease that has been present for a longer time cure will often take months or sometimes years.  Several different remedies may be needed one after another before your pet is cured. Be patient – it is much better to seek cure than to merely suppress disease for a short period using conventional methods. If there has been no change in your pets health after 3 weeks please contact us as a new remedy or a change of strength may be required.  If things are changing and improving we may not need to see your pet again until improvement stops.

Homeopathic remedies are so dilute, do they really work?
Homeopathy, when prescribed accurately, is one of the most effective and powerful treatment tools we have experienced.  Dr Henry has been practicing homeopathy for many decades, and Dr Renee for 10 years now, and between them they have seen consistently astonishing results, often using homeopathy exclusively.  We may never understand how everything works in this world, but certainly results speak for themselves.

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