Had I known four years ago what I know today, Tug would have seen a Certified Veterinary Homeopath the very first day I adopted the sweet old tom-cat at age 14.His chronic disease was evident at the time, but conventional veterinary treatments seemed to be managing it pretty well.Then, at age 17, Tugís chronic disease became a life-threatening crisis, and an alternative-minded conventional veterinarian recommended a Certified Veterinary Homeopath. In the course of our initial two-hour consult, the Certified Veterinary Homeopath told me that it was unlikely that she could actually cure Tug given his age and the level of his deep-seated chronic disease.Tug simply didnít have enough time left for the extended treatment that would be required to undo the years and years of chronic disease.The best she could promise was to make him comfortable for whatever time remained.
After seven weeks of refusing to eat without assistance, Tug began eating on his own a mere six hours after I administered the remedy that the Certified Veterinary Homeopath prescribed.Thirty-six hours after implementing her nutritional advice, Tugís seven-week battle with raging diarrhea abruptly ended, and his stools returned to normal.But I should have seen her sooner, much sooner, years sooner.Tug died just a few days shy of his 18th birthday.
I write this article in loving memory of Tug, and with the hope that it might inspire others to do what I failed to do, to avail themselves of the powers of veterinary homeopathy sooner rather than later.
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While there are many differences in the approaches of conventional (allopathic) and homeopathic veterinarians in the treatment of their patients, the most distinct difference between the two is simply the medicines they use.Homeopaths use substances that produce similar (ďhomeoĒ) symptoms in a healthy subject.Allopaths use substances that produce other (ďalloĒ) symptoms in a healthy subject.Homeopaths do not use suppressive (antipathic) substances.Allopaths do. In their Textbook of Veterinary Homeopathy, Saxton and Gregory give us these examples:The treatment of diarrhea with a constipating agent is antipathic.The use of antibiotics is allopathic.The use of arsenic [in therapeutic dilution] is homeopathic.
Much of conventional veterinary medicine is suppressive, eliminating the symptoms of a diseased state, but not eliminating the disease state itself.With suppression and without cure, the disease state becomes chronic.It festers and drives deeper.Eczema becomes asthma becomes emphysema.
Homeopathy takes the flow of the disease state and tickles the body, the mind, and the vital force of the total being into self-healing.In the case of deep-seated chronic disease, symptoms and remedies change as the layers of the disease state fall away gently, slowly, and curatively.
Working with a Certified Veterinary Homeopath
A Certified Veterinary Homeopath is not only devoted to veterinary medicine, but to a particularly complex specialty.As with any medical specialty, it takes years of dedicated study and practice, but it also requires the development of a very special intuitive understanding of our petís behavior as it relates to health and well-being.
In working with a Certified Veterinary Homeopath, you and your pet do not relinquish your relationship with your veterinary allopath.You still need your veterinary allopath to perform tests, procedures, surgeries, and after-hours emergency care which your Certified Veterinary Homeopath may not be set up to provide.But, as you work with your veterinary allopath, always remember that it is not advisable to combine allopathic treatments (or flower essences or herbal extracts) with homeopathic remedies without first checking with your Certified Veterinary Homeopath.Life-threatening after-hours emergency treatments may, of course, need to be the exception.
Do not be discouraged if the nearest Certified Veterinary Homeopath is located at some distance away.After the initial office consult, most of your consults will be by telephone, and remedies will arrive by mail.You will likely find consults with your Certified Veterinary Homeopath to be as much a therapeutic experience for you as for your pet.Your observations of the nuances of your petís condition and behavior are important to a Certified Veterinary Homeopath.You are an integral part of the process.
Do not be discouraged when you hear the hourly consultation fee charged by your Certified Veterinary Homeopath.Certified Veterinary Homeopaths do not support themselves by fees from costly tests, procedures, surgeries, and the dispensing of expensive medications.They make a living by dispensing their hard-earned expertise, and their fees are modest when you compare the results.
Do It Now
You should not wait until you are confronted with an acute, chronic, or life-threatening condition to consult with a Certified Veterinary Homeopath.Your Certified Veterinary Homeopath can help you make decisions about early holistic pet care including diet, non-toxic parasite and pest control, minimum vaccination protocols, and behavioral issues.Moreover, an early, on-going relationship with a Certified Veterinary Homeopath allows for timely recognition of the need for preventive treatments, for customized constitutional remedies to mitigate the development of acute and chronic disease.
A listing of Certified Veterinary Homeopaths can be found on the website of The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy at www.theavh.org.Donít wait until itís too late.Log on now.Call and schedule an appointment.Tell them Tug sent you.
Rest in peace my sweet, sweet boy.
This article by Kristina Dow appeared in the June 2010 issue of 'Our Berkshire Green'.