Case Histories

Illustrative Case Histories

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There follow links to brief reports of a few of AVMC’s patients, sorted by species. More examples will doubtless be added later. While some of the responses may seem surprising, they can be repeatable and the explanation is purely pragmatic. It is true to say, of course, that these results are NOT achievable in every case but they do show the possibilities. Many ‘owners' have found the alternative approach to health very rewarding. We have the records of each of these cases.

Actual wording, received 27th July 2012:

“Most gigantic difference in him – totally different horse – no longer so tricky – absolute joy to work with him now – brilliant!” more info

The cases have been treated holistically, in some cases with an integrated program of different therapies (e.g. herbal medicine (herbs), homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic). Holistic vet work involves working on the whole patient, taking into account environment, diet and lifestyle factors that may impinge on healing capability. The holistic vet cannot draw lines around a particular problem or issue. He or she must widen horizons to take in the whole picture.

In the interests of transparency, we have also uploaded the results of ongoing case outcome monitoring, for interest. Click the link: Outcome Study.

N.B.: This study includes only cats, dogs and horses.

The recurring theme is recovery, apparently against the odds. However, it is a fact that three factors (and only three) affect the chances of cure (or improvement).

They are:

  • The body must have a relevant capability or mechanism for cure (or improvement) and the will to do so.
  • We must be able to find an effective medical stimulus for that mechanism (e.g. correct homeopathic medication).
  • We must identify and remove any possible obstacles to recovery.

The name of the disease is not in that list, meaning that the disease name does not define the chances of positive outcome. This fact may explain the apparently ‘unlikely' outcomes, in so many cases. A few are shown here, to illustrate the capability of the body to heal itself, when given guidance and appropriate stimulus and when the constraints are removed.

Herbal Acupuncture Homeopathy Chiropractic Nutrition Natural Holistic

We also have a small collection of ‘testimonial‘ letters, for interest. There are, of course, many of these that throw light on possible outcomes for certain diseases. We therefore recommend that you take a look.

If you have a case history relating to treatment received at AVMC, and feel that it might be helpful to site visitors, please feel free to submit it for possible inclusion on these pages. Use the Testimonials box or Feedback box or send an e-mail plus attachment to: admin

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The cases are organised by species. Click the required link:

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Minuet – 3 year-old Thoroughbred mare – Chronic Salmonellosis

Betsy – 3 year-old Welsh Pony female – Auto-Immune Disease

Henry – 8 year-old Hannoverian x Thoroughbred gelding – Severe Wound,
Serious Infection and Tissue Deficit

Chicken – a 7 year-old Thoroughbred gelding – Chiropractic case

Henry – a thirteen-year-old chestnut gelding – Inveterate skin problem

Impey – 17 y.o. Welsh Section A gelding – Losing condition & can’t put weight back on him

  1. D. – 4 year-old Mare, presented by Mrs – – – – of Cumbria – a Chiropractic case

Paparina – 10 y.o. Thoroughbred cross mare – Chronic maxillary sinus infection

Jessie – 21 y.o. Anglo-Arab mare – Urticaria and possible Cushings

Kalabre – 13 y.o. TB gelding – Collapsed pastern joint

Megan – 13 y.o. Welsh Section D mare – Skin problem

Merlin – Dartmoor Pony gelding – Chiropractic case

Monty – 5 y.o. Shetland Pony gelding – Chronic Laminitis

Morena – Andalusian mare – Arthritis, Navicular & Kissing Spines

Wizard – 25 y.o. Cleveland Bay X gelding – Chronic Corneal Ulcer

Red Fox – a 27 y.o. New Forest X gelding – Chronic Laminitis and Cushings Syndrome

Sophie – 12 y.o. German Warmblood mare – Chronic Skin Problem

Squirrel – a 16 y.o. New Forest Pony gelding – Chronic Laminitis

Bisto – 31 y.o. New Forest x Appaloosa gelding – Cushings, Laminitis, Asthma, Eczema

Chance – a 16 y.o. Welsh Section D gelding – Acute Laminitis

Chanté – 21 y.o. Welsh x Arab mare – Laminitis and Cushings syndrome

Big Mac – a 9 y.o. Miniature Shetland gelding – Laminitis and Sweet Itch

Harry – 9 y.o. part Arab gelding – Nodular disease

Winston – 21 y.o. Welsh Section D gelding – Head shaking (headshaking or head-shaking), COPD & itch

Garrison Savannah – Cheltenham Gold Cup winner 1991

Nicky – 9 y.o. Haflinger gelding – Navicular disease

Z—- – 9 year-old mare – Head shaking

E.B. – 16 y.o. Thoroughbred gelding – Urticaria & Head Shaking

Tammy16 y.o. Connemara mare – Chronic Laminitis without remission

Maverick – 10 year-old Cob gelding – Sweet itch and tendency to laminitis

Solo – Welsh Section D gelding – Navicular with subsequent fracture, skin disease, cough

(COPD), sweet itch etc.

G******** – 17 year-old Thoroughbred X – Sarcoids

K****** – 8 y.o. Irish gelding – Headshaking

O****** – 16 y.o. TBx gelding – Headshaking


Zara – 2 year-old Dobermann female – Osteosarcoma Pelvis

Misty – English Setter female – Mammary Carcinoma

Captain – 3 year-old Chocolate Labrador male – Hepato-Cutaneous Syndrome

Halo – 10½ week-old Sheltie female – Head Gland Disease

Fraser – 14 month-old male German Shepherd Dog – Eosinophilic Myositis

Ruff – a case reported on another website

Aru – 10/11 y.o. male German Shepherd Dog – Prostate Hypertrophy & Perineal Hernia

Barney – 5½ year-old Newfoundland male – Pyoderma and Pseudomonas infection of the ears

Bartie – 9½ year-old male Labrador – Arthritis and Skin

Cassie – a 4 year-old Irish Wolfhound spayed bitch (brindle) – Skin problem

Truffle – an 11 year-old female Chocolate Labrador – Osteoarthritis

Daisie – an 11 month-old female Boxer – Chronic Diarrhoea

Dazzle – male Dachshund – inveterate skin problem

Penny – 5 y.o. female Cocker Spaniel – Acute lumbar pain/spasm

Jed – 7 y.o. male Golden Retriever – Arthritis

Hako – 7 y.o. Dalmatian x Pointer – abscess on spine – a rare condition producing pain and hind limb paralysis

Ron – 2 y.o. male Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Allergic Dermatitis (possibly Autoimmune) Skin

Mick – 14 year-old male Border Collie X – Liver Tumour

Fern – Flatcoated Retriever – Persistent Bloating – Intestinal Motility Disorder

Midleton – 1 year-old male Irish Setter – Hip Dysplasia

Lucky – 7 year-old male Jack Russell Terrier – Allergic Dermatitis (Skin)

Poppy – 3 y.o. Jack Russell Terrier female – Chronically infected, swollen, ulcerated right fore foot

Rowan – 4 y.o. female Working Collie – Epilepsy

Shap – 10 year-old male Golden Retriever – Nasal Carcinoma

Sophie – 3¼ y.o. female Spinone – Collapse, Jaundice, Liver failure

Tess – 2½ y.o. female Border Collie from Leicestershire – Lameness left fore leg

Ollie – 8 y.o. male Labrador x GSD – Renal dysfunction

Wasp – 6 y.o. male jack Russell Terrier – Behavioural problems – aggression with other dogs

Bertie – 4 year-old male English Springer Spaniel – Spindle-Cell Tumour

Johnny – 6 y.o. male Greyhound – chronic lameness right fore leg

Questa – 12 y.o. female Labrador – Stiffness right hind

Rema – 5½ year-old female GSD – diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia

Tess – a 1 year-old Golden Retriever bitch – Parvovirus

Sam – male GSD 8½ y.o. at outset of treatment – CDRM

Jemima – 12 year-old female Dachshund – diagnosed with Bladder Cancer (with .pdf picture file)

Elvis – 7 year-old Lurcher – Heart Murmur, Anxiety, Fractured Leg

Harvey – 10½ month-old Weimaraner – chronic diarrhoea and digestive problem (colitis)

Danny – 12 year-old Golden Retriever – Suspect CDRM

Ellie – 2½ year-old Border Collie – Corneal Lipidosis / Corneal opacity

Sudio – 10½ month-old Labrador female – Severe Hip Dysplasia

Skye – 11 month-old Patterdale Terrier female – Autoimmune Haemolytic Anaemia (AIHA aka IMHA)


Daisy – 18 w.o. female tabby kitten – Chronic Diarrhoea

Jo-Jo – 10 y.o. male Birman – Kidney problems

Milo – 14 y.o. male semi-feral DSH cat – Diabetes

Ruckus and Rumpus – two litter sisters – 9½ y.o. female Burmese – Fits/Seizures

Jet – 5 y.o. female – Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)

Bianca – 11 y.o. female DSH cat – general immune problem

Big Boy – male neuter – severe skin problem with photographs

Sambo – Burmese male neuter – feline asthma



Harry – 18 m.o. male Pygmy Goat – Chronic Lameness


Koko – 30 y.o. Donkey gelding – Chronic Laminitis


Peppi – 7 year-old Lutino Cockatiel male – Beak & Feather Disease (PBFD)/Feather Pulling


If you wish to submit a case history, of an animal seen by AVMC, please e-mail while our feedback facilities are not functioning correctly.

These Case Records are of a selection of cases handled over the years. They have been selected from remembered cases or from those from whom we have received recent updates, thus drawing attention to them. These cases have been chosen to illustrate various points and to show the capability of natural medicine. They are presented for information, not in order to make any unreasonable claims, nor to ‘score points’ off any veterinary colleague. They are just a selection from our files, chosen to illustrate certain aspects of the work over the years in natural medicine at the AVMC.

They show:

  • that natural medicine can be very effective, even when chronic conditions have failed to respond to conventional drugs;
  • that the treatment is not necessarily dependent upon firm diagnosis;
  • that effective follow-up does not necessarily involve frequent visits to the surgery;
  • that appropriate intervals between remedy and report are of very variable length, depending upon the dynamics of the case – a remedy has to be given time before a response can be assessed;
  • that therapeutic responses are preceded by reports of increased well being; this is an essential prerequisite to real healing of illness;
  • that there can be ‘aggravations‘ preceding healing;
  • that there is reasonable expectation that many conditions which carry a hopeless conventional prognosis may respond to natural medicine methods;
  • that such responses can result in real resolution of the problem, with no need for further pain-killing, anti-inflammatory or antibiotic treatment;
  • that many cited cases had, by coincidence, already been the subject of referral to Veterinary School Hospitals, with unsuccessful outcomes, prior to natural medicine treatment.
  • We do not wish to enter into degrading and unprofessional arguments about the relative efficacy of homeopathy and other natural medicines versus conventional drug medicine. However, if one were to believe some of the vociferous and strident critics of homeopathy, all these cases would have recovered on their own and their recovery under homeopathic treatment is mere coincidence! Believe what you will; we'll continue to serve animals and animal welfare as best we can and try to ignore the insistent but bigoted and unscientific claptrap that is served up by those who choose not examine the results of homeopathic treatment, which are openly published in good faith here and elsewhere.
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