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The news you hope to hear – the story of an itchy puppy

Evening all … I had a phone call from a client this morning – she’d got a new puppy a month ago and his skin was red and itchy;

She’d tried a few things and had thought he was allergic to the grasses she had around her property and could I suggest anything …

I always start with what the animal eats … I knew she had been raw feeding her dogs but thought I’d best check

Yes … puppy was being raw fed .. and just in case she’d put him back on the dried food the breeder used to feed him … no change what so ever …

Did anything else change a month ago?? nothing noticeable;

 

Had he just had his puppy vaccinations??

Not directly before but he had reacted when he had the last one …

As I had treated another of her animals – she did have some onhand …

 

So as a starter I suggested she try the sulphur remedy …. it’s a very common skin remedy plus it is also commonly indicated when tImagehere are issues from vaccination – not entirely classical homeopathy but always worth trying 

Less than 10 hours later I received a text

OMG is it possible it could have worked so quickly?? she asked he was not as red, he was less itchy and was so much happier!

Yes it is possible especially in young animals and in issues that have only been around for a relatively short time

we didn’t find exactly what he was reacting to but the symptoms were similar to what sulphur would cause;

one very happy client, patient and homeopath 🙂

her final comment .. I have never seen him play this silly before – it’s wonderful

It is great when you relieve an animals discomfort so quickly

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Epileptic Dog

Homeopathy is a complimentary health modality that is for animals and humans. It has been practiced for over 200 years and is based of the Law of Similars. This law is one where what can cause an im-balance or dis-ease in an individual then that substance can help the body rebalance itself back. It operates on the principle of a gentle progression and causing no harm.

I got involved in homeopathy for animals over a decade ago. Our beloved blue heeler was diagnosed at 3 with being epileptic.

She would just stop and be staring into space and then start drooling and circling. Although she could only respond in a very small way she was not able to walk a straight line. This started out happening only every now and again but then it was happening many times a day. They were diagnosed as being only petit mals as she didn’t lose consciousness or control of her bodily functions but there was no guarantee of what they would progress to or what risk she would be in at the time of a seizure.

The common conventional treatment has known side effects of sedation, lethargy, excessive drinking, eating and urination. Plus the liver function has to be regularly monitored as it can cause irreparable damage to the liver. To us the cure sounded worse than the disease so we went looking for an alternative.  Grace 002Our dog was controlled by homeopathy for over a decade until she finally succumbed to old age. She had the occasional fit may-be 3 or 4 a year but that was all and I have been told by a vet that even with conventional treatment 1 a month is acceptable.

My experience with less lead me to 4 years of training and a passion for helping animals back to health via a gentle modality.

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Saddle Up – Franklin County News

So pleased it was published; A basic over view of Homeopathy, how it can be used and how it has been used specifically with horses.

Have a read 🙂

Saddle Up – FCN

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Sick Pussy Cat

Why is it so hard to treat your own animals?? My little, or rather not so little, gypsy cat decided to not be well this week … She’d been a little off colour over the weekend … curled up sleeping in the garage and not wanting her dinner … but as she is such a gypsy I just put it down to her sulking for some reason and being fed elsewhere … then Monday morning I came in to get dressed for work and her she was the end of our bed!! Now as you may have seen … Pippa tends to think of our bed as a no go area so that raised a little warning flag … but cats will be contrary cats … a bigger flag was raised when she was still on the bed when I got home from work!! … OK … search the body … nope nothing obvious … eyes clear and open .. no discharge from anywhere I could see … where to now??? Forced her to have some water … and she just took it!! So instead of putting my animal homeopath hat on … I put on my concerned pet owner, or is that slave as it’s a cat?? … and I phoned a friend who has a cattery … her suggestion tempt her with something smelly to eat and see if she does … and she had some high protein gel if that failed …

I did give her some gunpowder … homeopathic anti-biotic … and some arsenicum … good for stomach upsets and poisoning …. again she took it … Fred got up on the bed to keep her company … and was happy to eat the biccies I bought in for Pippa … and Pippa ate one … she did manage to get up and wander off outside … assume to toilet … but back she came to bed … no playing no chatting … highly unusual …

More water droppered into her mouth before sleep time and she slept all through the night … normally the cats are up at 4:00am and off out playing … not for her …

Still no change in the morning so again more water and remedies … still no sign of injury or infection … just off colour … especially bad hang over being the teenager she is???

she did have some more biccies in bed but very few …. that evening she did eat some meat when I took her to her plate but still no playing and very little chatting … but I did have her sleeping with me which was nice

Fred resorted to bringing the kittens home from next door so she had someone to play with … slowly she did get chattier and wouldn’t let me feed her water

This went on all week … but Saturday came and she seemed back to normal … I came home from work to find white fur all over the carpet so obviously back to playing … still none the wiser what was wrong but crisis over … and best part … she’s still sleeping with me!!

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Essay on the Single Remedy

In Classical Homeopathy, a Single Remedy is Prescribed at a Time. Discuss the Historical, Philosophical/Theoretical and Practical Reasons for this Practice.

In S Shelton’s lecture (2005) on the history of Homeopathy Samuel Hahnemann is attributed to being the father of classical homeopathy. Hahnemann (2004) published his Organon of Medicine in 1810 and in it stated “the highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensive principles”. To me this statement epitomises the philosophy of the single remedy and individualising the remedy to the person and their symptoms not the diagnosis of disease. In this essay I will discuss the historical, philosophical/theoretical and practical reasons surrounding the methodology of the single remedy. 

S Shelton (2005) stated that Hahnemann was a very scientific man, well versed in the classics with medical training. He had trouble accepting the remedies of his time in that they quite often did more damage to the patient than curing them. He stopped practicing medicine and went on to translating books. In this period of his career during the translation of William Cullen’s book where Cullen stated that Cinchona (quinine) was a cure for malaria because it was “astringent and bitter”. Being of scientific mind Hahnemann argued with this as there were many solutions with the same bitter and astringent properties. He set about to prove that it was something specific about cinchona.

Provings, which continue today, are the scientific method of a healthy individual being given the remedy and the individual’s results being recorded, Shelton (2005). These results are not only physical symptoms but mental and emotional ones as well. Hahnemann experimented on his family and friends and repeated the experiment several times but the results were the same – if cinchona was taken by a healthy person then they exhibited the symptoms of malaria. He proposed that if a solution can create the symptoms then it can cure the symptoms – “Similia Similibus Curentur” – let likes cure likes.

Hahnemann was convinced that for each person’s dis-ease, (imbalanced state of health), there was a matching identical solution that would create the same symptoms in a healthy person and that a single remedy can cure that person’s dis-ease. Many following homeopath’s have reiterated Hahnemann’s findings. Kent (2004) lectures state “… Hahnemann distinctly declares that the phenomena of cure depend entirely upon fixed law, the law of similars or the law that governs Homeopathy”.

Hamilton (1999) discusses the primary and secondary effects of the remedy “… the primary effect is so similar to the disease in existence, the secondary effect will be similar to the body’s attempt to rid itself of the original illness”. Roberts argues that “Selection of the remedy on the basis of diagnosis may, and probably will, fail completely. However the symptoms of the patient are an infalliable guide …”.

Dr. Elizabeth Wright states Hahnemann’s four fundamentals as being:

  1.         I.    The proving of substances to be used as medicines, on the healthy.
  2.       II.    The selection and administration of so-proved medicines according to the Law of Similars.
  3.     III.    The single remedy.
  4.      IV.    The minimum dose.

Fundamentals 2 and 3 go hand in hand as there can only be one remedy that is ‘similar’ to all the symptoms to be able to cure.

In Julie Andrews lecture we discussed the pros and cons of using over the counter remedies, including combination remedies and remedies prescribed by a qualified homeopath.

There are advantages to the over the counter remedies, they appear to be more acceptable to the general public if they are sold in a mainstream store. They are also easily available and therefore allow greater speed and urgency of treatment. However the prescribing of them is philosophically closer to allopathic methodology than homeopathic. When purchasing a remedy over the counter, there tends to be limited consultation and the basic physical symptoms are being treated not the individual as a whole.

Potentially two issues could be treated at once using a combination; a sprained ankle received from a fall; but Gunavante argues that “Since we do not know the effects which more than one remedy given at a time (in combination or alteration) can produce, it would be manifestly unscientific to administer remedies in mixture or in alternation”. The more appropriate Homeopathic method of treating a situation like this would be to treat the primary condition first and then follow up with additional remedies as the symptoms present.

 In an emergency situation a combination remedy, that is readily available from the chemist, could well be appropriate but to achieve a full return to health, and to recreate natural balance an individualised single remedy is the only way to go.  The combination remedy is unproven and potentially deals only with the symptoms not the true imbalance. Homeopathy is a science and as such we should remember that when we are prescribing and follow the principles set by the father of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann.

 Bibliography

Andrews J. Year 1 Lecture ‘Single vs. Combination Remedies’, BOPCollege of Homeopathy, 1st May 2005 Auckland

Gunavante SM. (2003) Introduction to Homeopathic Prescribing, B. Jain Publishers (P) Ltd., New Delhi 110055

Hamilton D. (1999) Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals, North Atlantic Books, Berkley, California94712

Hahnemann S. (2004) Organon of Medicine, Indian Books & Periodicals Publishers, New Delhi 110055

Kent JT. (2004) Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy, B. Jain Publishers (P) Ltd., New Delhi 110055

Roberts H. The Principles and Art of Cure by Homeopathy, Indian Books & Periodicals Publishers, New Delhi 110055

Shelton S. Year 1 Lecture  ‘History of Homeopathy’, BOPCollege of Homeopathy, Auckland, 5th March 2005.

Wright E. (2004) A Brief Study Course in Homeopathy, B. Jain Publishers (P) Ltd., New Delhi 110055

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To vaccinate or not

A contentious and controversial issue when discussing the vaccination of children – not quite as divisive as the Springbok Tour in the 80’s but quietly rating fairly high

I’m not going to discuss the vaccination of children but I am going to raise the question in regards to the vaccination of pets. Vaccination is where your pet is exposed to either live or generated bacteria that lead to disease in a small and controlled manner which encourages your pet ‘s immune system to build a defence against that disease so if they are exposed to it in the real world they can easily combat it and not be fatally effected.  For additional information please refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccination

More and more people are questioning the vaccination regime – the majority of conventional veterinary medical practioners will advise to vaccinate and many advise annual boosters – but is it really necessary? I have been told that vaccinations now last 2 -3 years and yet an annual reminder is sent out by many vets – are they using a different type of vaccination? – Is it not as long lasting or dare I ask – is this a revenue stream? – A practice not questioned and in my opinion not necessarily looking out for the pet’s best interests. Vaccination is one of those emotive things – you must keep your vaccination certificate up to date if you are a loving caring owner.

This vaccination certificate is a vital piece of paper when booking your pets into kennels and catteries –  the reason being so that your pet does not put other pets at risk – I myself am at a loss how this works – pets who have been vaccinated are endangered by your non-vaccinated pet – how does that work? Your pet without increased immunity and not exposed to the disease will infect those that are supposed to have increased immunity and have been exposed to the disease – my logic would suggest it is actually your pet that is at risk – not theirs

I vaccinated my older cat, who had appeared healthy, for cat flu as he had to go to the cattery – Noddy returned from the cattery with cat flu … he never really recovered and proceeded to suffer from diabetes and eventually lost the battle against it – I can’t blame the vaccination but I do question if it actually put his system under stress for no reason which meant he succumbed to another illness – we had wild cats next door who suffered from cat flu so he had been exposed and hadn’t contracted it until he was vaccinated – and then we had the kitten who wandered in from next door very ill with cat flu … she survived it – so logic would say that her body had immunity from it and yet the vet said she had to be vaccinated for it …..

Another friend has a dog who every year would get vaccinated and within a week was back at the vets for prednisone as she was scratching constantly – the possible link between the vaccination and the scratching wasn’t identified until she phoned me asking if I had something to help her instead of using a steroid – I gave her a homeopathic remedy called Dog Vaccine and the scratching ceased – now I can’t show causation or even cure but the coincidence is compelling. Please note the remedy Dog Vaccine is only useful for the ill effects of vaccination not as a replacement for vaccination.

A British Vet, Don Hamilton, who is also a Homeopath suggests in his book “Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs” 1 that it is a little more than coincidental – he has seen a link between vaccination and ill health and suggests that vaccination should only be done when all the criteria below are met:

  • The disease is serious – even life threatening
  • The animal is or will be exposed to the disease
  • The vaccine is known to be effective
  • The vaccine for the disease is known to be safe

His published experiences are a number of years old now and medical science has progressed but his recommendations still have merit. There are still side effects being shown from vaccination or vaccinating when there still should be immunity.

A healthy pet will fight off infections and build its own immunity; when they’re young and vulnerable it may be appropriate and sensible to vaccinate but are they actually at risk?  Are they likely to come into contact of life threatening diseases?  It is not simply a decision to vaccinate or not you are legally obligated to ensure your pet’s health – if you choose to ignore a vet’s advice to vaccinate a plan must be put in place to ensure your pet remains healthy and risk free. They must be fed a good healthy diet, access to clean water, regular exercise – basically kept at the peak of health – and seeking veterinary help at the first sign of any distress or ill health.  An alternative is homeopathic protocols which can be used as an alternative to vaccination or in conjunction with vaccination to reduce the potential side effects – such as in the post-vaccination itchy dog.

Under my professional code of ethics I cannot tell you what your decision should be in regards to vaccination nor do I want to – my aim is to raise your awareness and invite your questioning of your current vaccination regime rather than just going along with the status quo – just because –

As in the case of the vaccinating children the vaccination of pets requires investigation, great thought and a non-emotive decision process – evaluating the risk of vaccinating or not and what protocols you can put in place to counter act any ill health as a result of your decision. Unlike children pets will hide ill health so a heightened awareness is required.

Thank-you for taking the time to read my article and I hope I have piqued your interest to investigate further and make an informed decision on vaccinating your pet. If you would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact me either on Katrina@animalhomeopath.co.nz

1 Hamilton DVM, Don, 1999, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California 94712, ISBN 9 781556432958; ‘Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs’

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Homeopathic Remedies

I hope your month is going well, this page is where I will provide some helpful tips, let you know about exciting events and answer your questions.

Homeopathy works on the premise that like helps like and what can create symptoms in the body can relieve symptoms in the body. It is a very holistic treatment and the remedy required for chronic conditions is specific to the individual and how the symptoms manifest specifically in them. First aid situations respond well to homeopathy as well.

I have a number of combination commercial homeopathic products available – these are Tagiwig and BioPet. These are general remedies that can be used – they have a high percentage chance of helping as they are a mixture of the most common remedies used for that specific ill-health. Some patients will not respond to common remedies or the actual ill-health may be displaying as a different ill-health. The organ support remedies are great for helping with problem areas.

Homeopathy can always be used in conjunction with other modalities including conventional medicine. In the case of organic farming – homeopathic medicine is one of the modalities that can be used as use of conventional medicine precludes the animal from being sold as organic. In horse racing conventional medicine is not allowed close to a race but homeopathic is.

Number one homeopathic remedy to have in the house is Arnica – it’s also the best known remedy and can be used by both human and animal … for any accident and especially head knocks.

Rescue Remedy is also a great help when changes are happening in the household or there are upsets; these changes could be as simple as the kids returning to school after the Christmas holidays, more distressing such as moving house or as traumatic as losing a member of the household.

Both Tagiwig and BioPet have first aid combination remedies which contain the best for addressing bumps and cuts plus shock – great to carry with you as the initial first aid prior to any other assistance

In the case of insect stings or puncture wounds ledum is a good choice but specifically for a bee sting apis is a good choice.

There are so many suggestions for possible remedies to have on hand. The one remedy that can help in the majority situations is the constitutional remedy. This is the one remedy which is the most similar to the holistic view of the patient. A full consult is required to solve this puzzle.

As with humans all health issues will respond to eating the correct food. I had a wonderful example the other of a poor dog that was suffering terribly with itchy skin. Her health was at risk because of continual prednisone use so they came to see me. I suggested that a change diet to raw food would be a great start and that we would do a full consult for the best remedy to help in the coming week. They returned the next week with a different dog. The itching had reduced to what appeared to be a normal level and instead of the consult it decided best just to wait and see how the diet change went, an amazing result.

I’d love to answer your questions either in person at my clinic, via comments on this blog or via my website www.animalhomeopath.co.nz  … look forward to hearing from you.

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Is your dog itchy??

Is your dog scratching more than what is normal??Image

This can be due to a number of things:

  • Allergies to food
  • Allergies to grasses
  • Allergies to Fleas or their treatment

 

It could even be an underlying condition that is worsened by the increase in temperature and the humidity.

 

There are several ways this itchy skin can be addressed and resolved:

  • Change of diet
  • Over the counter homeopathic remedy
  • Classical homeopathic consultation

 

I’ve successfully treated several dogs with all the above methods and sometimes it’s what fits in with your own life style or current circumstances.

 

There are few true allergies and it tends to be more a sensitivity to an external trigger that exasperates an on-going condition. The skin is the largest excretory organ so issues occurring internally may-be expressed externally.

 

  A change of diet can often help and I have found that dogs do well on the raw food diet. This is where the dog is only feed raw meat and bones. In very basic terms a dog’s stomach is more acid than a human so has fewer issues with the bacteria. Grain requires an alkaline stomach to digest so the stomach is confused when feeding both meat and grain. For more information on raw feeding please drop into Woofles Petfood shop in Kings St, Pukekohe or visit www.gourmetpetfood.co.nz. Feeding on raw food is no more expensive than feeding on a veterinary dry food.

 

The second option is a combination homeopathic remedy commercial product called Biopet Skin. This is a remedy made up of several homeopathic remedies that generally help with skin issues. It is not classical homeopathy, where a full consultation reviews the animal from top to toe inside and out and the individualised remedy is worked out but in a number of cases it may help reduce the impact on the dog. There is also Biopet Fleas and Biopet Grasses to deal with those specific sensitivities.

 

What I have found most successful is Classical homeopathy, where the remedy that is most suited to the dog’s physical, mental and emotional state is calculated out and prescribed. This option will take about an hour to an hour and a half. We can meet in the dog’s home or in my consultation area in Pukekohe. It is also possible to conduct a consultation via the internet but it really helps to see the dog. The consultation includes the remedy and may help address other issues the dog has. For further information please do not hesitate to contact me: Katrina 021 248 6156 or Katrina@animalhomeopath.co.nz or drop in to see me on Saturday mornings at Woofles in King St Pukekohe.

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Tear Stains on Dogs

I read this interesting blog the other day http://www.dogster.com/author/julia-szabo and she was talking about tear stains on dogs.

It was great – I’d looked before, for good information as it is something that I have had clients talk about in regards to their dogs. A number of them just assume that it is to be expected with white coated dogs but no … it does mean that there is something systemically not right – that the dog is in a state of dis-ease.

I have always treated the tear stains as a part of the animals picture of ill-health – I also believe there is a link between the eyes and the kidneys so will also look at a kidney organ support if there are no other detectable symptoms.

So if your dog has tear stains please take a closer look at him or her … they may not be in the best health possible.

I’d love to answer your questions or discuss further with you

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Homeopathic Flea Treatment

Thank-you Lynn for being so positive about the flea treatment I supplied to you. I am so pleased you haveImage a happy cat and dog because of it.

Conventional flea treatments can have side effects to the animals. The animal can get a rash or suffer ill health when they are used. There is concern about what a poison that kills little animals could be doing to the large animal.

The remedy that Lynn has had so much success with is Tagiwig’s Jumpies. It is actually a homeopathic and herbal mix.

Jumpies is a natural flea remedy that works well in combination with other flea treatments.  People find that by using Jumpies in conjunction with commercial products, that they help to support this process, assisting in keeping the animal flea free longer and can even increase lengths between applications.

Jumpies is one step in the on-going process of having a healthy, flea free pet.  You can sometimes find one product alone to successfully combats fleas.  Getting on top of the flea life cycle is the most important, this can be achieved by regular cleaning of bedding, vacuuming carpet and furniture, a healthy diet and good immune system are all what it takes to keep you pet flea free.

It is a gentle, natural, cost effective way to support your pet’s normal immune response when they have flea complaints.  It can be used with the peace of mind that you are not putting pesticides or nasty chemicals onto your pet’s skin.

Homeopathically Tagiwig has used the potentised cat and dog’s flea and also the human flea.  Herbally they use Rosemary, Thyme and Wormwood.

And for those pregnant animals – Tagiwig’s Jumpies P is available.

As Lynn has said I can supply Tagiwig just drop me an email on katrina@animalhomeopath.co.nz

 

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