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Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs

A growing number of veterinarians are turning to homeopathic veterinary medicine as a safe and effective alternative to conventional veterinary practice.

Homeopathy for Veterinary Practice Don Hamilton, DVM - "Unfortunately too many people, being unaccustomed to a holistic concept of health, use homeopathic remedies in a decidedly allopathic manner; i.e., they choose a homeopathic remedy the way they would choose a drug, without taking into account the totality of the patient's symptoms and conditions."

Dr. Hamilton tells you what you need to know to treat acute and minor health problems homeopathically (chronic illness needs to be treated by an experienced veterinary homeopath): how to take a case, choose a remedy, handle and administer remedies, select potency and repetitions, and recognize signs of a cure or partial cure as well as the signs of suppression or a non-curative aggravation (contrary to popular belief, not every aggravation signals a positive healing crisis). He also covers the very important subject of eliminating obstacles to a cure (e.g., low-quality processed foods, vaccinations, unnecessary stress).

Dr. Hamilton also includes a Materia Medica that, while brief, is very accurate. Those with a serious interest in homeopathy will probably want to invest in at least one comprehensive materia medica and repertory though. Like the previous reviewer, I disagree with Dr. Hamilton's views on purebred dogs. IME, it's simply a myth that mixed breeds today are inherently healthier than purebred dogs. Our German Wirehaired Pointers are naturally reared and in excellent health!

This book is an understandable introduction to veterinary homeopathy for the beginner. Dr. Hamilton explains the history and theory of homeopathy in such a way that virtually anyone can grasp the basic principles. However, this is not just an introductory text. It is also a great reference tool for the more experienced animal guardian. Part One covers Homeopathic Principles, including an introduction, the nature of disease and the nature of cure. Very important tenets of this modality, and very different from allopathic medicine. Part Two provides step-by-step guidance on treating animals with homeopathy. It also explains when NOT to treat your animal without the guidance of an experienced homeopathic practitioner. While Part Three discusses vaccinations and the role they play in the health and illness in our companion animals. Part Four is the Materia Medica, which describes the individual remedies.

Homeopathy for the Herd

C. Edgar Sheaffer, V.M.D

Over the past 50 years, a dangerous set of technologies has crept into beef and dairy farms and ranches. Technologists have succeeded in pushing the pounds of milk that can be extracted from a cow higher and higher and throwing pounds of weight on beef cattle faster. But it came with a price. The average age of dairy cow 'burnout' has dropped for almost a decade. Infections are rampant. New diseases and health maladies have appeared. Drug use and vet bills have skyrocketed. The healthfulness of milk and beef has been questioned.

Homeopathy for the Herd In this breakthrough book subtitled A Farmer's Guide to Low-Cost, Non-Toxic Veterinary Cattle Care, Dr. Sheaffer passes along his hard-learned knowledge - in language farmers can understand - of how to care for the herd in a healthy, holistic manner. Utilizing homeopathy - an effective, non-toxic form of medicine derived from herbs and other natural substances - as well as other healing alternatives, he will teach you to truly understand the cause behind a disease condition, and then how to treat the entire animal for that condition.

Using case studies and practical examples from both dairy and beef operations, Dr. Shaeffer covers such topics as: creating a holisitic operation; organics and homeopathy; prescribing; mastitis and fertility-related problems; and the Materia Medica, keynotes and nosodes. Also includes a convenient section that lists specific conditions and remedies.

Dr. C. Edgar Sheaffer is one of the top veterinarians in North America practicing alternative care for ruminants. He lectures widely on innovative, low-cost, natural methods of maintaining herd health. He has consulted with operations small and large, and for many years has conducted herd checks for the Amish and Mennonite farmers of east-central Pennsylvania. He studied in Gettysburg College and Penn State, ultimately graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His life changed when he attended a seminar by British veterinary homeopath George Maclod, who later became Dr. Sheaffer's mentor in this specialized branch of veterinary medicine.

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Homeopathic First Aid for Animals

Tales and Techniques from a Country Practitioner 

The gentle and effective qualities that have made homeopathy such a popular remedy for humans make it the perfect treatment method for animals as well. This reader-friendly guide is an A-to-Z reference for treating almost any emergency that may befall our beloved animal companions. Practical clinical instruction in homeopathy and first aid is included for each condition, from broken bones to diarrhea, from poisoning to fleas. Special sections discuss caring for orphaned young animals and understanding how homeopathic medicines work. It makes the perfect guide for those who want to give animals the non-threatening, natural care they need.

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Homeopathy for Animals applies to many different animal species, including pets, horses, barnyard animals, even birds and reptiles. Real-life anecdotes from the author's 20 years of veterinary experience treating household pets and farm and wild animals make Homeopathy for Animals as entertaining as it is useful. The cases in this book show homeopathy in action on a level everyone can relate to, and the demonstration of how what is observed is turned into the means of remedy selection is particularly useful. This is a book that will certainly find a place in the market.

Goats thrive on fully organic natural care

Goat Care As natural browsers, they have higher mineral requirements than other domestic animals, so diet is a critical element to maintaining optimal livestock health. In Natural Goat Care, consultant Pat Coleby shows how to solve health problems both with natural herbs and medicines and the ultimate cure, bringing the soil into healthy balance. Topics include: correct housing and farming methods; choosing the right livestock; diagnosing health problems; nutritional requirements and feeding practices; vitamins and herbal, homeopathic and natural remedies; psychological needs of goats; breeds & breeding techniques. An invaluable resource for anyone with goats.

Homeopathic Treatment of Small Animals

Homeopathy for small animals A comprehensive survey of the principles and practice of the homeopathic treatment of domestic animals, with guidance for small pets and birds. For veterinarians, breeders and owners. Written by veterinarian Christopher Day, who has used homeopathy to successfully treat pets, farm and zoo animals since 1972. In this comprehensive guide, you will discover how small pets - including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, fish and birds - can benefit from homeopathic remedies. There is essential information about the principles and practice of homeopathy, as well as grounded guidance for owners, breeders and veterinary surgeons. Helpful advice is given on getting started with the remedies, on homeopathic first ad and on treating specific diseases. Many fascinating case studies show how homeopathy can make an important contribution to the wellbeing of small animals. Christopher Day is a qualified vet who runs a natural medicine referral center in Oxfordshire, UK. He has successfully treated all types of animals with homeopathic medicine, including horses, farm animals, zoo and wild animals of many types. He is Veterinary Dean to the Faculty of Homeopathy and Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons.

Dogs Homeopathic Remedies
George MacLeod Homeopathic Remedies for dogs

This book is highly recommended by the Journal of The British Homeopathic Association. and is a good resource for those with some experience in the use of homeopathic remedies. It's definitely not the first book on homeopathy you should be reading, as it will not tell you how to take a case, choose the most appropriate remedy, select potency and repetitions, and recognize signs of a cure or partial cure as well as the signs of suppression or a non-curative aggravation. For an excellent introduction to veterinary homeopathy, check out books by Dr. Don Hamilton and Dr. Christopher Day. Dr. Macleod's book lists some of the major remedies for a large variety of canine ailments (arranged according to body system) with a brief description of the symptom picture that would call for a particular remedy. Of course the list of remedies is not exhaustive and this book is not intended to substitute for looking up the remedies in a comprehensive materia medica.

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Veterinary Materia Medica and Clinical Repertory
G. MacLeod

 The materia medica catalogs only about 280 remedies (listed alphabetically). Each entry includes information about the remedy's origin, the major actions on the body systems, and some of the most common uses of the remedy. While the entries for some of the major remedies span over a page, other entries take up only a small paragraph, and Dr. Macleod concedes that there is much more that could be written about each remedy's actions and indications.

Clearly his book is meant to be used in conjunction with a more comprehensive standard materia medica. The materia medica of the nosodes also includes a guide to using nosodes therapeutically as well as prophylactically (though the effectiveness of the latter is somewhat controversial in classical homeopathy circles). Finally there is a brief clinical repertory that lists common ailments (no detailed lists of symptoms as is the case with more comprehensive standard repertories) and some of the remedies that may be indicated for their treatment. The list of remedies is by no means exhaustive, so further research may well be necessary to find the correct remedy.

Treatment of Horses by Homeopathy
George MacLeod Treatment of Horses by Homeopathy

This is an excellent book if you are considering using homeopathic treatment for your horse. Most common and some uncommon horse ailments are covered and suggested remedies and dosages are given. The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is that the author assumes the reader has more knowledge of medical terminology than it is likely the average reader will have. It helps to have a good medical dictionary at you elbow when you read this book.

Browse through the Holistic Animal Health bookshelf for additional wonderful Books and video on Natural Health Care for Animals, including: Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats, Aromatherapy, use of herbs in the holistic care of dogs and cats, Raising Healthy Pets: Insight of a HolisticVeternarian, Veterinary Chinese Medicine for Dogs and Cats, Animal Talk, and much more.

Natural Health Care for Your Bird

 Birds are ideal subjects for holistic care. They are especially sensitive to emotional and physical stresses. Based on what we have learned from wild birds and studies completed in the last 10-20 years, this book will help you provide your bird with a longer, healthier life. Each beautifully illustrated chapter is written from two viewpoints, one from the leading holistic avian veterinarian and the other from a bird owner's viewpoint. Holistic care is defined and the value of this type of care in relation to conventional western medicine is discussed. Other interesting topics include the physical bird, the emotional bird, nutrition and special holistic therapies.

In HOLISTIC CARE FOR BIRDS, authors McCluggage and Higdon address preventative care as well as spiritual and emotional healing. They begin with a brief overview of 'bird keeping' - Different birds have different needs.. Not all birds like to be petted while others may become miserable without constant affection. Sometimes the difference is species specific, other times it is related to the bird's treatment by previous owners.

Obvious physical problems may send you scrambling to the vet, but there are remedies you can keep on hand to deal with life's stresses and less serious physical injuries. For example, according to the authors, mild chamomile tea in the bird's water bowl offers a soothing aperitif following a bad 'out-of-cage' experience with the family dog or as a palliative for feather picking. Aloe juice used to treat human skin problems as well as Vitamin E and C can also be used to address bird wounds inflicted by cage mates.

The authors address a range of treatments for ailments as diverse as sore feet and broken feathers to heart disease. They do not eschew veterinary care, indeed McCluggage is a DVM as well as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Higdon has written a number of books on happy, healthy pets (Lovebirds, Quaker Parrots, etc.). The book includes a section on nutrition, as the best health care involves diet.

Homeopathy Today includes inspiring articles and testimonials from veterinarians and others who have improved their animal's health or saved their lives with homeopathy. If you';re interested in homeopathy, this is one magazine to get. Homeopathic remedies may be bought over the counter in all countries, and are being used to treat both human beings and animals. Each month it features articles and information from todays leading homeopaths. I wait for mine to arrive each month and then read it cover-to-cover! Published six times a year, each issue features articles by some of the world's best homeopaths on self-treatment for common ailments (e.g., hay fever, ear infections, and the flu); on the homeopathic treatment process and the philosophical underpinnings of homeopathy; and on specific remedies or diseases. Readers are kept up to date on the latest topics in homeopathic education, legislation that impacts homeopathic practice, conferences and workshops, reviews of new books, and much more. And each issue also contains at least one or two cure stories -- contributed by both practitioners and patients -- of their successful experiences with homeopathic treatment. In sum, there is material in each issue of Homeopathy Today that will interest everyone -- from patients to experienced practitioners. Highly recommended for laypeople, students, and professionals alike.

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Vaccine Free Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Contagious Disease with Homeopathy

 Homeopathy offers an inexpensive and effective treatment plan which can more radically improve the status of health on this planet for its human inhabitants than any other system of medicine has so far.

Not only is the information herein useful for the treatment of infectious contagious diseases but it also lays a foundation for deeper study into chronic disease. The philosophical chapters introduces the basic tenants of homeopathy, and overview of the immune system, and discusses vaccine injury in the immune system in the light of homeopathic philosophy. The clinical chapters cover: childhood eruptive disease such as chickenpox, measles, and scarlet fever: diseases that have a historical significance and/or raise concerns due to biological warfare, smallpox, anthrax, and plague: more common household illness of Haemophilus influenza, otitis media, influenza, mononucleosis, and pneumonia: sexually transmitted diseases of herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS and hepatitis, accompanied with an in depth look at the expression of human psychology associated with these diseases: five of the most common tropical diseases, yellow fever, typhoid, dengue fever, cholera and malaria providing sufficient information for prevention and treatment:. The remaining chapters cover homeopathic prevention and treatment for rabies, tetanus, diphtheria, mumps, and tuberculosis.

Are there Homeopathic Vaccines?

Many people have stopped vaccinating, but have started using homeopathic protection on an on-going basis. These remedies are called nosodes, and are homeopathic preparations of the different animal diseases made from the tissues of a diseased animal. Therefore they have not only the organism, but an animal's response to the organism. Some are using nosodes for each disease, and others are using combinations of all the diseases. This is still operating from a fear of getting something, rather than a proactive stance of "let's become very healthy so that even if we are exposed to a communicable disease, we will not get that ill." There is a lot of evidence for the success of using homeopathic remedies in people over the last 200 years to protect them when an epidemic is going on, but few doctors recommended on-going prevention, and certainly not repeated throughout the life of the person or animal.

Homeopathic Prevention Schedule

Dr. Chambreau DVM vaccination guideline recommendation is not to use nosodes this way. some people need to for their peace of mind or sometimes circumstances dictate the need for nosode protection. This schedule is for use in HEALTHY animals only, preferably not on any other treatments, especially homeopathic. I recommend ONLY using in young, healthy animals (0-1 years old)

One dose is 3 granules of the nosodes (homeopathic vaccine) given orally: At any age:

  • 1. Give one dose of 30c
  • 2. One week later, give one dose of 30c.
  • 3. One week later, give one dose of 200c and repeat in a month.
  • 4. One month later, give one dose of 1M, and repeat in six months if needed. Dogs: Usually only parvo and distemper. Cats only need feline panleukopenia. Puppies and kittens: Start at any age, even 3-4 weeks old, and even at one day if in a poor environment. Example: 3 weeks: 30c Parvo; wk 4: 30c Parvo; wk 5: 200c Parvo; wk 6: 30c Dist; wk 7: 30c Dist; wk 8: 200c Dist; wk 9: wait; wk 10: 200c Parvo; wk 11: wait; wk 12: 200c Dist; wk 13: wait; wk 14: 1M Parvo; wk 15: wait; wk 16: 1M Dist. Repeat 1M in 6 months and one year, if you feel it is needed. I recommend using these single nosodes rather than the combinations. Remember that nosodes are very useful in epidemics, given right after exposure. Vaccination is an important issue to grapple with, and I encourage you to read more, and listen to tapes on conferences. Make your own decisions and decide what you can decisions you can support in your clients.

Dr. Christina Chambreau D.V.M. is the founder of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and is on the faculty of the National Center for Homeopathy Summer School. She teaches and lectures at conventions, schools, clubs and to anyone who is concerned about improving the health of animals. She graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980 and has practiced veterinary homeopathy since 1983.

Holistic animal health articles by Dr. Christina Chambreau D.V.M.