Homeopathy For Pets
Mrs Anne O’Reilly M.V.B. M.R.C.V.S. VetHFHom has been practising veterinary medicine by conventional and homeopathic means for over 23 years and attained her master’s degree in homeopathy in 2006.
When can Homeopathy be used?
As a veterinary surgeon Mrs O’Reilly will know when it is most effective to use homeopathic medicine as an alternative medicine or as a complementary medicine along side with conventional medicine.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that helps the body to heal itself. A veterinary homeopathic consultation focuses on the whole animal and homeopathic medicines are selected on the basis of all aspects of the patient their signs and symptoms. This means that each treatment – like an animal – is unique.
Homeopathy works in the principle of using like to cure like, in other words, it treats an illness with medicine made from a substance that would provoke similar symptoms in a healthy animal and, in so doing, stimulates the body’s own healing mechanism.
Most illnesses in animals will respond to homeopathic medicines and some can be treated solely with homeopathy.
The Homeopathic Consultation
A homeopathic consultation is very different from a usual veterinary consultation and you, the owner, are a very important part of the process!
The medicine prescribed will be unique to your animal and may well be different from that of another animal presenting with a similar condition. This is because homeopathy works by treating the whole animal and not just the condition.
During the consultation you will be asked lots of questions about you pet, including questions about:
- Current illness
- Past illness
- Behavioural characteristics
- Like & dislikes
As a result the initial consultation will last approximately an hour, and only when a complete picture of your animal has been established can the correct homeopathic medicine be prescribed.
The number of follow-up appointments required is variable, depending upon the animal’s condition and response to treatment.