Homeopathy is popular amongst many pet owners, since it is a non invasive natural form of treatment which has no side effects.
The treatment modality known as homeopathy has been around for many years, and was first identified in 1796. The person who first “discovered” homeopathy was Samuel Hahnemann, a German scientist. It was very popular – in the early 1900’s, there were 22 medical schools in America, where people could learn homeopathy. If a disease or illness can be treated with conventional medication, homeopathy may also help.
Hahnemann discussed the use of homeopathy in animals at the same time he was learning the effects of his remedies on people, so veterinary homeopathy has been around as long as human homeopathy.
Homeopathy takes the view that a disturbance in the body’s vital force is the cause of disease and illness. Disease is initially seen in the energy levels of the body, but then it shows up as a physical symptom that you can identify. Because of this, you can’t cure an animal of disease by just taking care of the physical symptoms, they must also be treated at the energy level.
Practitioners of homeopathy believe that by giving small amounts of the substances that cause the disease, the symptoms can be cured. This is often described as “like cures like”. The emotional well being, as well as all other aspects of an animal’s health, are taken into consideration when creating a homeopathic remedy. Because of this, each homeopathic remedy is unique, and is prescribed especially for an individual animal. This means that even if an animal has the same symptoms as another, they may need completely different remedies. People who study homeopathy say that disease symptoms shouldn’t be suppressed, since it is the body’s way of trying to heal itself.
Synthetic, plant, and animal ingredients are used to create the homeopathic remedies. These ingredients are diluted many times in distilled water or alcohol, and thoroughly shaken between dilutions . Although there are no active ingredients left in the remedy after the dilutions, the shaking is thought to activate the energy of the ingredients, and it is this energy that helps the body heal.
Homotoxicology is a slightly different branch of homeopathy. This treatment modality believes that diseases are caused by toxins, and treatment involves the use small amounts of remedies to remove these toxins from the body.
According to homeopaths, there are three things that can happen as a result of treatment. Firstly, the disease is suppressed, and will come back once the remedy is not taken any more. This is called palliation. The second possibility is that the first condition is suppressed, but a different and completely separate problem develops. The third possibility is that the condition is cured, and will never come back. The same can be said for most conventional treatments.
Pets can be treated using homeopathy for many conditions, including bruises, bites and stings, abscesses, and problems giving birth. However, because it works on an animal’s energy levels, many people find it particularly helpful in cases of emotional upset, such as separation anxiety or storm phobia.
There are many veterinarians that do not believe in homeopathic remedies, and it is a controversial subject for vets as well as pet owners. Because it is completely non toxic, you can try it on your pet without any fear of harming them. For conditions that are potentially dangerous and life threatening, such as preventing heartworm disease, it is important that more conventional medications are used.