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Homeopathy as an Alternative Therapy in Dogs & Cats
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
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Homeopathy is the system of medicine which determines the underlying energy pattern of the animal, and what can be done to bring the energy level back into balance. Homeopathy was used by the Greeks, long ago, and was formalized by a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700's.

There are six basic principles of homeopathy according to Christina Chambreau, DVM, a veterinarian who practices homeopathy:

  1. The body heals itself by producing symptoms in an attempt to recover balance.
  2. An energy imbalance exists prior to the development of physical symptoms.
  3. Disease is an ongoing process which started at birth; it is not just separate, acute episodes.
  4. To produce healing, all symptoms and the individual animal must be taken into account. Disease could be likened to an iceberg; we may only see the symptoms above the water, but there is also a lot going on beneath the water.
  5. 'Like cures like.' Homeopathic remedies cause symptoms similar to the symptoms the animal is showing. For instance, an animal that has vomiting and diarrhea would be treated with a plant, mineral, or animal substance which causes similar symptoms. The remedy would be stronger and similar to the imbalance observed in the animal, and would replace the illness, causing a cure.
  6. The goal of homeopathy is to cure not only the symptoms of disease, but all changes in the energy balance of the animal.

The type of remedy is determined by first identifying the severity of the symptoms, and subsequently identifying which will be treated first. Then, the study of a number of reference books explaining the many properties of the various remedies will help determine which remedy to choose.

Homeopathic remedies are extremely diluted solutions of assorted herbs, animal products, and chemicals. The more dilute the substance, the higher the potency. That is right; it may be confusing, but the more dilute the remedy, the higher the potency, and the less frequently it is given.

Homeopaths often recommend natural diets, eliminating any type of processed food. They also advocate vaccinating as infrequently as possible.

For more information, you may wish to contact:

Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
Larry A. Bernstein, VMD, Treasurer
751 NE 168th St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
305-652-5372 (Practice) (Home)
866-652-1590 (Office)
305-653-7244 (Fax)

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