Complimentary medicine, in particular Homeopathy, can play a very large part in the successful rearing of our animals. Homeopathy is basically the providing of remedies to assist a dog to regain health by stimulating the body's natural forces of recovery. They concentrate on treating the dog, rather than the disease. If your dog is sick or injured, veterinary advice should always be sought. Homeopathic remedies can come in very handy during emergency situations and when veterinary care cannot be reached. Homeopathy is also very useful in supporting conventional treatments and the overall health of your dog. They can be used singularly or in combinations. Combination remedies are simple and easy to use and can be applied to a wide variety of issues without any danger of side effects. Homeopathic Remedies are safe, easy to administer and have no harmful side effects. They will not and cannot counteract a Veterinarian’s conventional treatments nor should be used as a substitute for Conventional Veterinary care.
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) is the father of homeopathy. In 1779, after graduating from medical school, Dr. Hahnemann started his own medical practice. He abhorred the typical medical practices of the day, like bloodletting, the use of toxic chemicals, and purging. He began homeopathic experiments in 1790 and his mission to provide healthcare using the principles of "Similars." A species of South American tree-bark (cinchona) was being used to treat malaria-induced fever and a great breakthrough when Hahnemann ingested the bark and discovered that it caused symptoms similar to malaria. He continued his research into "cures" and the idea of "similar suffering," and began compiling his findings. Similia similibus curentur, the Latin phrase meaning "let likes be cured by likes," is the primary principle of homeopathy.
A pilot study was published by the British Homeopathic Association in 2007 which found that the most commonly seen conditions by homeopathic vets are arthritis, atopic dermatitis, lameness, epilepsy, diarrhoea, aggression, fear, pruritus, hyperthyroid and kidney failure. The study included dogs, cats horses and some other smaller animals. A total of 767 pets took part in the study and according to owners, the health of 80% of the animals that took part in the study improved.
If it does no harm and it might help support conventional treatments and the overall wellness of your dog – perhaps Homeopathy it is worth a closer look for your canine companion.