What to Expect from the Homeopathic Consultation
Homeopathic veterinary work differs widely from the more ‘usual’ type of veterinary work, not least because of the different consultation process used by the homeopathic vet. Homeopathy (homoeopathy) is a form of holistic medicine, meaning that the whole patient has to be taken into account, mind and body, not just the presenting symptom or sign. In addition, the living environment and lifestyle have to be examined, with different implications for each species, each household and each patient. The veterinary surgeon should also be constantly observing behaviour in the consulting environment. It is very demanding work but also very rewarding.
This process results in a full head-to-tail examination and a lengthy discussion of character, behaviour, habits and lifestyle, diet, environment and management. A homeopathic prescription is based upon an assessment of the relative importance of physical build, character, causality, symptom picture and severity of the disease or problem. If family information is obtainable, that should also be taken into account.
Previous medical history, current drug or medicine usage, vaccination history, use of worm and flea chemicals and the results of any diagnostic tests (bacteriology, parasitology, urine samples, faecal samples, blood tests, X-Rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, biopsy etc.) are also to be taken into account. Communication with your regular veterinary surgeon is therefore a ‘must’. It may even be that further tests will be recommended. It has often been said that homeopathy ignores the actual diagnosis. This could not be further from the truth, since a homeopathic assessment includes the conventional diagnosis but a different emphasis may be placed upon it. Very often, a conventional diagnosis simply describes (often in Latin) the signs and symptoms and the patient’s response to disease, rather than the disease itself. Furthermore, meaningful homeopathic input can still be made, even in the absence of a firm conventional diagnosis, by virtue of all the additional information that is gathered and taken into account.
As this process is time-consuming, time is allowed for the patient to settle in the environment and to demonstrate behaviour patterns.
For horses and ponies, we normally travel to their homes. Please have the horse or pony clean and dry, ready for examination, with feet picked out, clean and free from hoof oil or other applications. Please have the saddle ready for examination, if the problem is to do with the locomotor system. For other conditions, a saddle check is available on request.
Success will always follow, if three things come together:
- The patient must have a healing capability with regard to the particular illness suffered.
- The correct homeopathic stimulus to healing must be applied.
- The obstacles to recovery must be removed or minimised (hence the detailed investigation of lifestyle, diet and environment).
In addition, at the AVMC, each animal has a full chiropractic-type back check and is assessed for the possible benefit of other therapies (e.g. Acupuncture, Herbs, Bach Flowers etc.). Of course, ‘hands-on’ therapies are not available via Video Consultations.
It is obvious that this is a longer process than a more ‘normal’ veterinary consultation and, while we try to keep to time as much as possible each day, that is not our top priority. Therefore, it is not impossible to have periods of running late on some days. We apologise for this in advance but we are unable to prevent it, without cutting patients short of the time they need.
It was once said of Mr Day, during a local radio program (BBC Wiltshire Sound), by a vet who proclaims himself to be ‘anti’ homeopathy, that Mr Day only has success by virtue of the time he spends with his patients. That can surely be no bad criticism but, if it is true and if it is so easy, one feels like asking why do not all veterinary patients have that time spent on them?
If homeopathic vets (homoeopathic vets), acupuncture vets and holistic vets are prepared to spend extra time and if that benefits an animal, who would criticise it?
We regularly visit an area stretching from Wales to London, from Devon to Kent, from South to North Midlands and from Bristol and West Midlands to the Wash and East Anglia.