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These are a few of AVMC’s dog patients. More examples will be added later. While some of the described responses may seem surprising, they are genuine, 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. We have the full records of each of these cases.
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 cases have been treated holistically, in some cases with an integrated program of different therapies. 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.
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).
- The body must have a relevant capability or mechanism for cure (or improvement).
- 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.
The clinical research report of the Kennel Cough study involves dogs.
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.
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 – 13¼ y.o. female Italian 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)
Zara was presented on the 15th October 1986, with osteosarcoma of the pelvis. The symptom showing at the time was lameness of the left hind limb. Zara had been seen by a national oncology referral centre and diagnosed with osteosarcoma. A hopeless prognosis had been given. As things turned out, homeopathic treatment provided a good response.
On the 6th November, Zara was reported as ‘very well in herself’. On the 12th March 1987 the report was: ‘fantastic miracle – on all fours since Christmas – zest for life is enormous’. In May 1987, repeat X-rays were taken at the same centre. The lesion was shown to be regressing well. The specialist vet was delighted and sought permission for a biopsy. This was (understandably) declined, on grounds of safety.
Zara’s ‘owners’ have since expressed their extreme joy for the fact that Zara went on to lead a normal life and died in healthy old age.
Osteosarcoma is arguably the most feared of canine cancers. We have seen several cases resolve, coincidental with homeopathic input. It is, sadly, not possible to see this sort of success in all cases. The ‘conventional’ outlook, however, is hopeless.
Misty was presented in the mid 80’s, with a bilateral, full length (multiple) and severely ulcerated mammary carcinoma. She had understandably been given a very bad prognosis.
The stench from the lesions was extremely foul. The discharge was ‘rotten’ (putrefactive).
After homeopathic treatment, the cancer was rejected and the extremely large wounds healed over, with little to show for the disease. The veterinary surgeon, who shared the case, admits to having been amazed at her recovery and the quality of healing.
This case shows that even a much-feared cancer can resolve, that conventional prognoses are not always valid, that stench and ulceration do not necessarily represent a bar to resolution and that ultimate healing can be remarkably complete. No one can promise cancer cures but such cases can offer reasonable hope, for those that follow.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Halo was brought up from Dorset on 1st August 1987, with severe juvenile pyoderma and swollen head and face. There was extensive ulceration of the face. It had all started with a ‘bump’ under the eye, at 8 weeks-old, possibly as a result of vaccination. This lesion had been treated with antibiotic eye ointment and cortisone. She then ran a temperature and swellings appeared below the ears. This had been described as an ‘allergy’ (‘eaten something’). Although the ‘owner’ had been advised that the pup would be fine in the morning, she was in fact suffering a ‘middle ear’ problem the next day. The lesions spread all over her face and head. She had been on antibiotic ever since, to no avail. Her head and face lesions had worsened meanwhile, with a very poor prognosis.
This puppy responded well and promptly to homeopathic treatment alone and I had to see her for a back problem in November 1992, for sickness in May 1994 and in October 1998, with a liver crisis. I last heard from her in August 2000 (13 years-old), for a slight but recurrent ear problem which always responded well to homeopathic Hepar sulph.
This case illustrates a good response to homeopathy in a case carrying a grave conventional prognosis. It also shows the power of the homeopathic response to throw off severe pyoderma. I have several similar cases of puppies condemned with ‘terminal’ head gland disease, who responded to homeopathy.
Presented 10th November 1988, with intermittent right fore lameness since May, this patient had been referred to a Veterinary College and had undergone X-radiographic examination. He had received three different sorts of antibiotic along with steroid. He was helped very well by homeopathy and acupuncture, winning shows in the Spring of 1989.
I had diagnosed eosinophilic myositis, by deduction, since there were few other possibilities for the occasional slight lameness that would recur from time to time. This is a form of auto-immune disease. In June, this was diagnosed by the attending vet and, again, Fraser was referred to the Veterinary School.
The diagnosis was confirmed by the Veterinary School, who put him on 80mg of Prednisolone daily. The client reported that this had nearly killed him within two weeks. In fact, the ‘owner’, who was not yet determined to follow a homeopathic route, did seriously consider euthanasia. Among the symptoms caused were severe weight loss, soreness in all four limbs, loss of balance, thick nasal discharge, spots filled with pus on muzzle, deep hollows above the eyes, skull bones protruding, split pads, pus-filled sores on pads and surrounding skin etc. She reported all this in a very sad and angry letter to me in August, asking if I could become involved again.
The dog went on to recover fully, clinically, on homeopathy and acupuncture. He was then winning shows throughout his life until he was put down on 14th February 2000, aged nearly 13 years. I received a lovely Christmas card with a note and a photograph of him, on 16th December 2000.
This case illustrates the dangers of drugs, where there is an idiosyncratic sensitivity. It also shows the power of homeopathy and other natural medicines to deal with very serious disease.
Ruff: His story is recorded at: http://www.owlhouse.co.uk/homeopathy.htm
First seen at the AVMC on 8th December 2005, this dog had been diagnosed with prostate hypertrophy with rectal/perineal herniation (which is a predictable sequel of prostate hypertrophy). The vet had recommend a surgical/chemical approach but the client hoped to avoid this if possible.
He was given homeopathic Thuja and Sabal serrulata, with herbal Psyllium husks. He was also given a course of oestrogen.
Reported 21st December:– “brilliant – new dog! – much perkier – swelling gone down – passing stools normally – much more his old self – very pleased and will keep in touch“.
There are occasions when it is judicious to use some conventional techniques, to prevent further pathology developing while the homeopathic medicine is given time to work.
First signs were recorded in April 2004 – Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in ears. He was first seen at AVMC on 20th October 2005. His coat was dull and flaky, his eyelids were swollen, infected and hairless. His skin was unhealthy in appearance, with pyoderma. His ears had been bad, from time to time but were not on this occasion.
He was given homeopathic Sulphur 30c. Four days later, he showed an aggravation (24th October). We stopped remedy and it settled by 26th October. On 27th October, he was frantically scratching again, so was given a single dose of Sulphur. By the 28th, he had again improved.
31st October – reported improving.
8th November – reported improving.
11th November – reported had to give the remedy again on Tues & Thurs and has three red areas (back/top of leg). We prescribed Sulphur 200.
17th November – reported doing very well – brighter in self – getting back to old self – getting a bit naughty now – delightful.
24th November – reported hair stopped falling out – crusty patches on back – repeat Sulphur 200.
30th November – reported all scabs and crusts settled – fur acquiring a healthy sheen.
12th December – reported needed to repeat the Sulphur 200, as had a couple of spots come up on Saturday – they cleared up in response – hair thicker and softer – very pleased.
2nd August 2006 – reported has had occasional flares and responded well to doses of Sulphur 200, on each occasion. Doing really well at the moment and very pleased with him.
In this case, we see the recurring theme of therapeutic aggravation, followed by improvement when stopping the medicine. The duration of action of the remedy is noticeable, in this case and is increased by increasing the potency.
First seen at AVMC on 2nd September 2004, with arthritis – he had seen and been assessed by an orthopaedic specialist practice (see notes below).
He had a history of lameness for a while. At first appointment, he was described as a “right old mess” – can’t get right – going steadily downhill – periods of acute pain – steroid/Rimadyl relax him off but overall becoming worse. Furthermore, he won’t stop moulting.
He had a ‘mini fit’ 3 – 4 nights earlier (has fits about once yearly. He had suffered arthritis in both stifles from age 3 (sudden onset, possibly from a cruciate injury?). He had watery eyes more often than not. He was a smelly dog, which was temporarily helped by bathing. A ‘lump’ suddenly developed in the left triceps, about 3w previously. He ‘starts’ suddenly.
He was on 2 Rimadyl tablets per day. Homeopathic Ruta and a magnetic bed had not helped.
Examination revealed lumbo-sacral issues, possibly from spondylosis.
Treatment was chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, LASER and homeopathic Phosphorus, Calcarea fluorica, Kalmia and Sulphur.
He was seen again on 9th September and was reported as worse. The acupuncture and LASER were repeated and the Sulphur and Calcarea were stopped.
He was seen again on 4th October, on which occasion he was reported as ‘much improved!’
The brown patches and the moulting were much reduced. Homeopathic Iodum was added.
In November 2004, he was reported as very good (dashes around like a two-year-old).
He was seen again on 13th January 2005. The report was that he had been wonderful two days earlier but now his head was ‘stuck down’. He does this from time to time, as if in neck pain. He had a lovely black coat; the brown discoloration had cleared completely.
He was found to have severe lower neck pain, on examination. He was given chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture and LASER. He was also given homeopathic Cimicifuga and Hypericum.
There were good reports through January 2005. In March 2005 he was reported as very good but last 2 weeks lame in left shoulder. As he came from a long way away, further visit to the surgery was deferred. He was again given homeopathic Cimicifuga and Hypericum.
He was reported as better within couple of days. April 2005 – reported good days and bad days.
Seen again on 2nd June 2005: chased a rabbit well, 2 days ago, had very good days for the last 5 days. He was found to have several spinal misalignments, with severe pelvic and neck misalignments. he was given mild traction, chiropractic manipulation, LASER and acupuncture. In view of some return of skin signs, he was again given homeopathic Sulphur.
On 6th June, he was reported as a different dog, bouncing and sensational but that there were prostate problems looming (blood in urine). He was given antibiotics by the local vet.
On 16th June, the report was: very depressed about him. Prostate & lameness again. Considering euthanasia. Advised that he would need to stay on Kalmia and Cimicifuga. There was prostate & chiropractic history in July & early August.
On 23rd August, reported: Very well indeed.
On 21st October, reported: Had very good period, looking good, required two chiropractic sessions 6 weeks and 3 weeks ago.
On 3rd November reported: Still doing well!
On 29th November reported: Doing very, very well. Has never known such a long period when he wasn’t lame. Still giving Kalmia and Cimicifuga twice daily. Will take it on own shoulders to reduce and keep in touch – will bring to see in New Year for check up and once over.
On 12th December 2005 reported: Tried reducing Kalmia and Cimicifuga to once daily but definitely better on twice daily. Increased again.
In homeopathy, it is commonly said that remedies should only be given for short periods. However, this case shows that it is not always the case. Each patient must be treated as an individual. In Bartie’s case, we can propose a chronic neck lesion, that will never clear but the pain is well controlled by homeopathic medication. The observation that the medicines need to be given twice daily show that there is a clearly definable response to homeopathic remedies in this case.
Cassie – a 4 year-old Irish Wolfhound spayed bitch (brindle) – Skin problem
Cassie was first seen at AVMC on 15th June 2001. There was a weeping skin lesion over the entire ventral throat area, seborrhoeic, red, rugated, sore and very itchy. It had been going on for 18 months, at least and was described as a ‘bacterial infection new to the vet’. Unsurprisingly, steroids and antibiotics had achieved reasonable apparent clearance on each occasion, only for it to come back worse after the drugs were stopped. The ‘owner’ said the only thing that had properly helped to an extent was the homeopathic Sulphur she had home-prescribed. The picture was a Sulphur one. Morgan Bach was chosen, not least because of the ‘fire & brimstone’ appearance of the patient’s skin, the itch and the reported positive effects of Sulphur. The history became history, in a surprisingly short time.
By 31st July, reported as ‘tiny bit flaky on throat – all seems to have settled down now and more or less 100%’. There was a wheat-triggered flare-up in May 2002, which settled with repeat doses for a few days.
A letter was written, soon after: “As you can see, progress has been astonishing and she is well on the way to recovery. You have a convert to homeopathy. Cassie’s ear still has a waxy discharge but nothing like it was previously. On the basis that it was the first sign that we observed, I assume that it will be the last to disappear.”
This case was remarkable, not least because the dog had been referred to an eminent referral hospital in East Anglia and £2,500 had been spent, prior to homeopathic input. The problem had appeared to be entirely non-responsive to conventional input.
The client has alluded to the phenomenon of ‘Hering’s Law’, which suggests that signs and symptoms should disappear in the reverse order of their appearance. There is a further letter from the client, reproduced in the ‘testimonials’ page, written four years later, since the client so strongly wished this case to be recorded for posterity.
Truffle was first seen at AVMC on 17th November 2005. The veterinary notes described: ‘Severe Osteoarthritis’ in right carpus in vet’s notes.
(Incidentally, the vet was not at all keen on referral, said should save her money & get more Prednoleucotropin)
The causation was a road traffic accident, when Truffle was a pup.
Truffle was on Prednoleucotropin twice daily.
At the homeopathic consultation, Truffle was given Ledum, Calcarea fluorica and Thuja.
Reported 29th November: Appears to be making good progress. The Prednoleucotropin is now reduced to one every 36 hours. Truffle is looking better in herself.
Reported 9th December: Still making really good progress. The Prednoleucotropin is now reduced to one every 48 hours. People are saying how good she’s looking.
Reported 23rd January 2006: Doing really well – no Prednoleucotropin since Christmas & running around like a puppy. Very pleased with her!
This story illustrates that a conventional prognosis is not always accurate and that prejudice against homeopathy is not well-founded. The consistent reduction in the requirement for the anti-inflammatory drug and the report of ‘looking better in herself’ were clear early indicators of a successful treatment.
First seen at AVMC on 13th July 2006, with colitis & chronic diarrhoea, with v. poor condition (bony appearance).
The problem had started on 26th May 2006 and there had been problems ever since. Daisie was ravenous and flatulent.
Vaccination: October 2005; Spayed before her first season. She had been fed on a fresh organic diet.
She visibly liked cuddles, liked warm, had little thirst, ravenous appetite, few fears, barked at animals on television.
Her left ear was crusty but not smelly. She had right pelvic misalignment.
Prescription: Homeopathic Pulsatilla and Mutabile.
On 17th July a faecal sample revealed possible E. coli.
Reported 19th July 2006 – Daisie is SO MUCH BETTER it’s amazing – no diarrhoea since 24 hours after being seen. Different dog, energy levels brilliant, gaining weight, symptom-free.
21st July: Slight ‘blip’ – twice in night asked to go out – normal motion each time – this morning motion a bit soft plus mucus (gave 2 lamb bones yesterday).
24th July – Fine since telephoned – stools either 100% or just tiny bit soft, much better in herself, vomited tiny bit Sunday morning – bit of potato & chicken bone.
27th July 2006 – Doing really well. Every now & then, does a very firm stool with a bit of mucus/slime coating – otherwise all normal – great in herself – energy like you wouldn’t believe, even in this very hot weather – definitely put on weight – will carry on and keep in touch.
14th May 2007 – seen for residual skin problems (recurrent eruptions, non-severe, with rumbling ear problems) Prescribed homeopathic Thuja. The ‘owner’ is nonetheless delighted, as the dog is so well, in such good condition and has no problems with bowels/digestion.
This case illustrates ‘Hering’s Law’, in that the skin problem is almost certainly related to the diarrhoea and is a more ‘superficial’ expression of the disturbance in health. This progression form ‘internal’ to ‘external’ signs is very encouraging for the prospects of a long-term cure.
Dazzle – male Dachshund – inveterate skin problem
First seen at AVMC in August 2003, with referral letter and case notes as follows:
“Between 1999 & 2001 our records show that Dazzle was seen several times for skin problems. Prednisolone 1mg and Tribrissen were tried along with Viacutan. The ‘owner’ was advised not to have the dog sleeping on their bed and Dazzle’s diet was discussed” (prior to computer records at the practice, presumably).
28.01.02 – anal glands full and skin problem flared up again – expressed anal glands and given Antirobe 25 mg twice daily.
26.07.02 – Dazzle presented with ventral alopecia and itching – ‘owner’ not keen to give steroids so gave Atarax 10 mg three times daily, along with Episoothe shampoo and Viacutan pump.
22.10.02 – anal glands expressed.
09.05.03 – Frontline dispensed.
30.06.03 – skin flared again – advise try steroids and keep reducing dose – gave Marbocyl 20 mg ½ twice daily for 10 days and Prednisolone 1 mg twice daily initially, along with Episoothe.
18.08.03 – presented for homeopathy. The referral letter stated: “Dazzle showed improvement with most treatments. However, as records show, relapses occurred frequently, so he obviously had a problem with an allergy to some commonly occurring allergen,”
At AVMC, we did a skin scraping and found ringworm (Microsporum gypseum). We had given Thuja 30c, at the first meeting. This failed to help and, when ringworm was discovered, we gave Bacillinum 30c. Things improved well, with a flare-up when warmer weather occurred in September. We gave Pulsatilla 30c. Improvement maintained throughout October but started to slip back at the end of the month. We reverted to Bacillinum 30c. At the end of November, we gave Arsenicum 30c, as things failed to improve again. This produced excellent improvement all through 2004. Christmas card in 2004 was very upbeat. We heard in mid-February 2005 that he had hurt his leg in January – vets gave Metacam – rash returned and he started scratching again. Home-prescribed repeat of the Arsenicum and stopping the Metacam produced a prompt result.
It is not uncommon to see rapid improvements in cases that have proved troublesome for several years prior to homeopathic intervention. Dazzle’s case is also not alone in showing a later relapse after drug intervention for another problem.
1st seen 18.08.05
Acute lumbar pain/spasm, only partially relieved by NSAID – with consequent lameness of right hind leg.
“Out of hours emergency – acute back pain (18th July) – injected with Rimadyl and Vetergesic. Radiographic investigation the next day showed lumbar disc disease – twice daily Rimadyl. On 22nd, she was reported as more comfortable but lame in the right hind leg. There was pain on extension of the right hip but no neurological deficits.”
Examination at AVMC on 18th August revealed severe lumbar pain and spasm with pelvic misalignment. There was severe bending of the spine (scoliosis). Upon manipulation, the pelvic misalignment proved very refractory to correction. It was a most complex and unusual case but did eventually respond to unusual manipulation methods, particularly involving a lot of work on thoracic and lumbar spine. There was also muscle loss over the right hip, possibly indicating a relatively long-term problem, that had suddenly become acute.
Apart from the manipulation, treatment consisted of LASER therapy and Acupuncture-by-LASER, supported by homeopathic Ruta and Arnica.
At a revisit on 25th August, she was definitely feeling better but was ‘guarding’ in her lumbar region. LASER treatments and manipulation were repeated.
On 1st September, she was much better. Some lumbar spasm was still detectable but she was apparently normal in behaviour and activity.
A fourth appointment, arranged for 8th September, was cancelled, owing to such improvement that it was considered unnecessary.
This case illustrates that spinal and pelvic manipulation can play a large part in solving problems that pain-controlling drugs alone appear unable to resolve. An integrated combination of natural therapeutic inputs was instrumental in bringing about what appeared to be a satisfactory cure.
Referred to AVMC in March 2004, with severe lameness and muscle loss of the left forelimb, with crepitus on flexion of the elbow.
Jed showed a remarkable response to natural therapy in the face of extensive pathology and a very bad prognosis. The letter from the orthopaedic specialist (November 2004) is self-explanatory. The course of treatment had been quite short, at this stage.
Report from orthopaedic specialist November 2004:
“Jed showed no evidence of foreleg lameness when examined this morning. Miss G told me that the dog had normal exercise tolerance, no morning stiffness and only occasional stiffness after a lot of exercise. Her main concern was the crepitus, which can be felt on manipulation of the elbows.
Both elbows are thickened with a limited range of flexion but no pain on manipulation. Radiographs show advanced osteoarthritic change with periarticular osteophyte formation. There is flattening and deformity of the medial humeral condyles, indicating that the elbow changes occurred secondary to osteochondrosis during puppyhood. There are no obvious free fragments within the joints. Radiographs were also taken of the hips and these are normal.
I have reassured Miss G that, although Jed has elbow arthritis, this is not causing him any serious clinical problems at the moment. Flare ups of lameness have settled down with a few days’ rest and your homeopathy / acupuncture. There is no indication for any anti-inflammatory treatment or surgery at this stage. However, if bouts of lameness should become more prolonged and unresponsive to homeopathic management, then I would suggest use of Metacam or Rimadyl, perhaps in combination with one of the nutraceuticals, such as Synoquin or Cosequin.
Thank you for the referral.“
Jed is still active and well, on occasional acupuncture and regular homeopathy, as at July 2007, without recourse to drugs or nutraceuticals.
Jed illustrates for us that, even with severe identifiable pathology, a good level of welfare and lifestyle is possible. He shows the apparent paradox, whereby very bad X-Ray lesions may not necessarily be reflected in the patient himself. The benefits of properly integrated homeopathic and acupuncture inputs are amply demonstrated. The case also demonstrates how an orthopaedic specialist can be very open-minded about the use of natural medicine, such as homeopathy and acupuncture.
Hako – 7 y.o. Dalmatian x Pointer – abscess on spine – a rare condition producing pain and hind limb paralysis
First seen at AVMC on 17.10.03: Had already improved to a good degree (but not completely recovered) on antibiotic but the worry was that signs would return, after antibiotic was stopped. Homeopathic and dietary input was made. He staged an uneventful and full recovery. Later X-Ray pictures confirmed the good result.
27.10.03 – 10-day report: “Much more active – obviously feeling much better – coat feels and smells better – some ‘clicking’ on movement but moves well”
6.11.03 – 20-day report: “Much more active and happier in himself – trots everywhere – obviously looking and feeling good – missed a day of antibiotic and seemed worse that day – will be on antibiotic until end of November”
4.12.03 One month after that, having had a week off antibiotic: “Doing extremely well – very fit dog – putting weight on back legs – will be X-Rayed next week”
22.07.04 “No pain in back and has made a full recovery – X-Ray taken in December showed minimal spinal lesion persisting – nothing to worry about – it doesn’t bother him at all”
While such a case does not prove that homeopathic intervention was instrumental in the final recovery, it is recorded here to show that there are cases in which conventional input is continued alongside homeopathic input. The final result is what matters, not who or what can claim the credit.
Came to AVMC on 17th October 2005 with a diagnosis of ‘skin allergies’.
History: Rescued end of August 2003. Vaccinated at Rescue Centre. Puppy in poor condition. Castrated 30th December 2003. Mild conjunctivitis at the time, treated with Maxitrol. Vaccination Booster 22nd September 2004. Seen for pruritus (itch), crusting over back, redness (erythema) at tail base, with some wet eczema on 10th May 2005 – given Rilexine and precautionary Stronghold. On 17th May 2005, more comfortable but crusting spreading to tail. 20th September 2005 – Vaccination Booster.
Skin still not good, at time of presentation at AVMC and was very dry, although the previous lesions were not obvious. However, there was pronounced conjunctivitis, redness of the muzzle and red ‘spectacles’. His elbows were callused, despite his tender age. These signs were suggestive of possible auto-immunity.
Homeopathic Sulphur was started that day.
2nd November 2005 – reported less itchy and eyes redder. Hair growing back in. Morgan Bach added.
30th November 2005 – reported coat much better. Eyes now red all the time, not just when tired – much less scratching. Instructed to stop medicines.
6th December 2005 – reported doing very well – eyes hardly red at all – skin improved (back to normal) – no scratching.
24th January 2006 – reported skin flared again, mostly around tail and back, and very itchy – eyes red again. Instructed to re-commence remedies.
30th January 2006 – reported less redness.
15th February 2006 – fur still dry and flaky – homeopathic Thuja.
6th March 2006 – reported great improvement – fur growing back again and hardly scratching – rolls on back a lot, as if still feels itchy.
8th March 2006 – greatly improved but by no means ‘cured’ – still has pink patches on belly and rolling on back a lot – feels that, if left, he would relapse very quickly – instructed to re-start Sulphur and Morgan.
27th March 2006 – reported much improved – fur regrown completely – no red patches – just a bit dry and itchy – skin and coat should be oily.
12th May 2006 – reported rolling only occasionally, now – all fur grown back.
25th May 2006 – eyes became red again, so had stopped medicines – coat much better but small red patch by tail – moulting heavily now – restarting remedies.
31st May 2006 – relapsed – instructed change régime of the same medicines.
19th June 2006 – reported still has bald patch on tail but not red and raw – very itchy on back and sides – improved since change of frequency of remedies – add herbal cream.
26th June 2006 – reported cream has helped the patch and hair is re-growing – skin is sensitive – no new raw patches.
30th June 2006 – reported still itchy but redness clearing and fur re-growing.
12th July 2006 – reported doing much better – skin cleared up – strong scratch reflex but not scratching at all unless touched – coat grown back but dry again.
19th July 2006 – reported still doing well little scratching – coat fine and no sores.
7th August 2006 – Doing very well – moulting again now but all fur back and no sore areas – still scratches when groomed but not at all otherwise – rolls a lot.
This case is clearly seasonal but appears to be well-controlled. It also shows the importance of close and regular contact, so that prescriptions can respond to changes in a timely fashion. However, the homeopathic input has continued to be necessary. No report yet received in 2007.
First seen at AVMC on 10.04.06
Liver tumour had been found by ultrasound and B/S (results & pictures on file). Biopsy suggestion had been declined.
The tumour may have been cortisol-producing – Mick is greedier – otherwise symptom-free.
Examination: coldish, pale, heart not brilliant.
Prescribed: Homeopathic DCV (Digitalis compound remedy) / Phosphorus / Asterias / Hydrastis
20.04.06 reported more lively & interested.
Quite tired, sleeps a lot, back leg still weak (not full weight, when standing) – less panting, colour much pinker – enjoys new diet (changed to natural feeding from Hills i/d)
11.05.06 – reported dribbling urine when relaxes (offered Equisetum & Clematis – not wanted yet)
19.05.06 – anaemia fine but panting a lot – vet: nothing abnormal found (To normal etc.) except heart rate 120 – possibly cancer spreading from liver – put on Oxytetracycline antibiotics. (We added homeopathic Carbo veg., Carcinosin and Tub. bov.)
24.05.06 – dribbling now leaks whole bladder full! – stop latest prescription and will now try Equisetum and Clematis)
02.06.06 – dribbling less, despite restarting Carbo and Carcinosin (as happier on them).
14.06.06 – night of panting lots – went to vet as feared felt more nodules on liver – blood sampled – improved after 1 hour. Alk Phos is 50 x normal – ‘owner’ is very worried.
14 or 15 .06 seen again – heart regaining healthy rhythm – was anyway better next day, after above scare – no change in medicines.
06.07.06 – looking good – asked for more help with breathing (gave homeopathic ‘Heat Drops’).
12.07.06 – looking very good – if didn’t know he had cancer, would think nothing wrong with him.
16.08.06 – went on holiday on Saturday seemed fine – Sunday very lethargic and looked very rough – pale, wet himself, rapid breathing and unsteady on legs. Vet thought bleed from liver tumour and gave B12 & Anabolic steroid – abandoned holiday. He improved but any exertion caused heavy panting – gave homeopathic Carduus.
04.09.06 – back to normal self – fantastic for 14½ y.o.
02.11.06 – absolutely great – ‘owner’ delighted with him.
13.11.06 – still dribbling on & off – no obvious pattern – fabulous otherwise – advised stop Phosphorus start Causticum).
27.11.06 – dribbling much worse – stop Causticum. Also developed rash on tummy last few days – vet prescribed Advocate for other dog’s mange – possibly same thing.
18.12.06 – skin settled OK without Advocate – ticking along well.
01.03.07 – reported really, really good – ‘owner’ absolutely delighted with him – still a bit of urine-dribbling – coping OK with that.
30.04.07 doing really well – now 15 years old – fabulous – just had a really good holiday & full of beans – please re-supply.
Experience has shown us that liver tumours usually respond well to homeopathic input.
Fern – Flatcoated Retriever – Persistent Bloating – Intestinal Motility Disorder
Fern was presented to the AVMC on 20th June 1992. She had been diagnosed with intestinal motility disorder, in which there is absence of peristalsis (automatic bowel muscle activity), with bloating. She was exhibiting coprophagy (eating dog faeces). She was very thin, lacked energy and looked very unhealthy. She was being fed on liquids, in small quantities, many times per day. She was not expected to live for long. However, she was a determined and very ‘vital’ pup.
She was treated with homeopathic Phosphorus and supporting remedies.
3rd July 1992 – reported to be more like her ‘old self’.
4th August 1992 – reported to be happy and energetic.
21st August 1992 – reported bloats less often and less severely. Gut noises returning. Still eats other dogs’ faeces – prescribed Gambogia and Cinchona.
29th September 1992 – largest distensions appear to follow her Eukanuba meal.
2nd March 1993 – reported not as good as last autumn, when was on Gambogia etc. – advised to revert to that prescription.
6th April 1993 – has reverted to good state of last autumn.
Fern still had a way to go, however, when the reports ceased (see testimonials and letters page).
In July 2001, we saw her again, with tendonitis of the right fore. We gave acupuncture, which was successful. However, she also had a cough, which turned out to be due to lung cancer. A book was written in her memory, after she died, aged 10½ years, having enjoyed a very active life, including a successful competitive Agility career.
First seen at AVMC on 5th May 2000 – Hip Dysplasia clinically worse right hind – given homeopathic Phosphorus, Calc. fluor. 6x, Colocynth, RRA 30, Vitamin C 500 mg, ACA powder.
Deferred acupuncture, in view of distance.
22.05.00 – can’t keep him still! – very difficult to restrict walks etc. – tears around like a lunatic – thinks getting better every day.
25.05.00 – cystitis, miserable – diet discussion ref. alkaline urine.
22.06.00 – doing fine.
12.07.00 – very very well – on holiday in Ireland.
17.08.00 – injured tendons in LF foot, while in Ireland then very lame RH – very worried about his hips again.
29.09.00 – see again – urine retention – found prostate – homeopathic Sabal serr. 30c, Pulsatilla 30c – urine pH 6.
12.03.01 – see again – worse LH – adjust pelvis.
DATE – LH adjust pelvis again – acupuncture and LASER – add homeopathic Guaiacum.
16.06.03 – see again – wrong LH adjust, acupuncture, LASER and had eczema – antibiotics help – skin b/d ulceration spontaneous endogenous – stop Phosphorus & Guaiacum.
07.08.03 – he’s wonderful – just been to Ireland on holiday!
10.11.03 – pretty good but now has a youngster who flies about – Midleton is slower than the new dog and has less muscle over hind quarters.
22.01.04 Sores on skin – had in summer and eventually cleared up with antibiotics but returned just before Christmas.
24.01.04 – see again – raw patches on 2 feet – vet two days ago said cuts – ‘owner’ disagreed – scraping negative. Vet recommended 8 weeks of just JWB food – ‘owner’ declined. Spontaneous ulceration but not deep – prescribed probiotics and stop Guaiacum & Phoshorus again for now.
14.04.04 – two weeks after visit went into kennels – came out with mange – OK now. Currently very fit & well – vet can’t believe how well he is.
15.06.04 – wonderful – very well indeed – Glucosamine suits him.
06.10.04 – still doing well – skin clear as long as uses Stronghold every month. Glucosamine helped him a lot.
04.11.04, 20.12.04, 22.02.05 – reports of how well he has been doing, then:
26.05.05 – doing very well – wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with him, most of the time (now 8 y.o.).
01.07.05 – doing very well.
18.10.05 – please resupply large Calc fluor. 6x – doing very very well – to see him running and jumping in the car, when local vet said he’d need a hip replacement by the age of two, is wonderful and he’s brilliant now, thank you.
25.11.05, 24.02.06, 11.05.06 – still doing very well.
06.09.06 – amazing really, considering how bad his hips are supposed to be – doesn’t restrict him at all.
22.11.06 – brilliant – can’t believe there’s anything wrong.
08.01.07 – still doing well.
16.05.07 – doing wonderfully – found local osteopath to keep him straight.
06.06.07 – still doing very well.
Some cases require a lot of work to establish a healthy and sustained balance. Seven years on, it’s wonderful to receive ongoing good news.
Referred skin problem February 2003
“Lucky has a history of pruritus (itch) since November 1998 (September booster!). A blood test was taken in August 2002 and confirmed diagnosis of flea-allergy dermatitis.
Lucky responds well to steroid treatment. However, for the long term, Mrs Negus is keen to explore the use of alternative treatment.
Please find enclosed full medical history and test results. Thank you for seeing this case.“
Prescribed homeopathic Pulsatilla – responded well
Relapse April 2003 – Pulsatilla failed to help this time – prescribed Sulphur and Morgan Bach
June 2003 – doing very well indeed!
Lovely letter received January 2005:
“Update two years on:
Thank you – count Lucky as one of your 100% successes. Irritated skin is a thing of the past and his tummy fur is luscious.
He hasn’t had a flea treatment in two years (only lavender oil). The only thing guaranteed to flare his tummy skin is a field of buttercups, esp. when in flower. I always wash his tummy, legs and feet of mud or dust, whatever the season.
As Lucky is approx. 10 years old now, he has a little arthritis. A magnetic collar has helped this.
Kind regards and thanks for your help during the grim months for Lucky and his worrying ‘owner’. Even our vet has had to eat his hat on this one (we were on the downward spiral of steroids and Frontline before). I have avoided any more vaccinations, too.”
Poppy – 3 y.o. Jack Russell Terrier female – Chronically infected, swollen, ulcerated right fore foot
Presented at AVMC October 1993, with a grossly infected, inflamed and misshapen foot. The only choice that had been offered to the ‘owners’ was amputation of the limb, after persistent and worsening (deepening) infection in the foot, including the metacarpus and progressing up the limb, despite rigorous surgery and antibiosis. Septic arthritis was also diagnosed.
Homeopathic treatment achieved satisfactory resolution (although not a cure) within a few months. The resolution was preceded by a rapid and necessary increase in well being. Despite the very acceptable level of ‘cure’, the nails never regained full health on that foot and there was occasional oedema of the axillary lymph node, testifying to the fact that it was not a 100% ‘cure’. The dog remained sound, however, and entirely happy since 1994, with very occasional slight lameness, which responded promptly to a change of homeopathic treatment. Antibiotic was not found necessary. poppy never regained a full hair covering on that foot.
This case illustrates the ability to clear or obtain satisfactory resolution of deep and worsening infection, without the use of antibiotics. It also illustrates again, the differing prognosis under homeopathic therapy.
These brief notes cover the period prior to March 2001. At that time, a serious and life-threatening lesion developed in the other front leg, diagnosed by one orthopaedic specialist as osteosarcoma. After a long battle, defying all offered prognoses, Poppy finally succumbed three years later, to kidney failure in January 2004, at over 13 years-old.
First seen at AVMC on 8th March 2007, with ‘epilepsy’.
History: 2 episodes, Nov & Dec 2006.
Both fits appear to have been ‘brought on’ by strenuous exercise.
Vaccination June 2006.
Started phenobarbitone 14.12.06.
Very sedated by the phenobarbitone & put on weight, hence reason for homeopathic enquiry.
Examination: significant scoliosis – responded to pelvic adjustment.
Very ‘mardi’ – look at her for too long and she ‘melts’.
Gave homeopathic Pulsatilla.
30th March2006: lot better – much brighter – more her old self – still quite weighty – no fits seen – returned to agility work.
9th May 2006: seems fine – no fits – very well & bright.
16th May 2006: lost a little weight on new feeding régime – great improvement in agility – back to her old self – still lacks confidence & needs re-assurance.
At this point, we warned of the possibility of the ‘anniversary phenomenon’, thyroid, possible need for increased potency of Pulsatilla etc. The ‘anniversary phenomenon’ has particularly been observed in epilepsy cases, although not exclusively so. Problems can ‘inexplicably’ return at or very close to the anniversary of their first appearance.
A nasal carcinoma had been incompletely removed on 15th June 2006.
Had been presented to vet on 6th June with history of sneezing for 2 weeks with right-sided epistaxis (nose bleed).
Vet found mass protruding from the medial wall of the nasal planum.
Histology – Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Had been on Soloxine for hypothyroidism sine 2003.
Vaccinated annually end July/beginning August.
Bright and alert and ‘owners’ averse more drastic surgery.
26th June 2006 prescribed homeopathic Nit. ac. 30c and Carcinosin 30c
3rd August 2006 reported still sneezing & epistaxis – added Ipecacuanha 30c daily, prescribed as a ‘local’ supporting remedy.
10th October 2006 – noticed small lumps emerging from nostril – panting/snorting a lot.
Seen again 16th October 2006 – no nasal bone changes detected – growth quite large – dog apparently happy and well – only occasional slight nose bleed.
Added Asterias 30c (had already run out of Ipecacuanha).
13th November 2006 – reported tumour appears to be shrinking – nostril wider open.
21st November – reported tumour almost disappeared – swelling gone down.
Photograph 21.10.06, 03.11.06, 19.11.06 (& later photos arrived that had been taken ~ 14.11.06).
Long history of treatment at AVMC, since first seen in 2002 – lifelong pancreatic insufficiency, allergies and mammary tumour (also a dramatically-spurting haemorrhaging wart on left elbow, during 2006).
Contacted AVMC 4th April 2007 – deterioration over Easter w/e – collapse and jaundice night before (3rd April).
Unable to stand – passing small amounts of very concentrated urine – drinking but off food.
Vet did blood sample – centrifuged it – evidence of multi-organ failure and pressurised for euthanasia.
We decided to see her at AVMC as soon as possible – came that afternoon (3-hour journey).
Sophie’s tail gave a little wag when the car door opened but she could not lift herself on the car seat – head tilt to right – nystagmus – severe jaundice showed in ears, eyes and mouth.
Prescribed homeopathic Causticum – Conium – DCV (Digitalis compound remedy) – Kali chlor. – Cinchona – Carbo veg. and report tomorrow.
5th April 2007 – much brighter in herself – membranes less yellow – taking Manuka honey and multi-vits but no solids – some efforts to rise.
6th April 2007 – improving – drinking well – urine very dark and some blood – gums pinker – eyes still show yellow – chest rattles – efforts to stand.
7th April 2007 – still improving – managed ‘wonky’ stagger – passing more urine – some blood with small clots – eyes yellower – head less tilted – much brighter.
8th April 2007 – distressed erratic laboured breathing – tendency to panic – tried to get outside – collapsed – huge amount of urine (normal?) – bright in self – drinking normally – gave homeopathic Arsenicum.
9th April 2007 – good night – orangey/yellow nasal discharge (rhs) – mammary growth now showing yellow discharge – dark purple & sore-looking – bright in self – calm – blood in urine.
10th April 2007 – much better today – eaten normal breakfast – drinking normally – moving more – trying to stand – ½&½ blood & urine – right back leg no movement still – blood sample results arrived from vet – again pushed for euthanasia.
11th April 2007 – much, much better – eating pretty much as normal – much less blood in urine (~25%) – tries to stand quite often – muscles in left hind leg twitch – no sign of movement in right hind.
12th April 2007 – S/A – jaundice still – u/s confirmed it – still off hind quarters – very bright – Acupuncture – revert Phosphorus & stop Causticum.
13th April 2007– much better this morning – still unable to make standing – but when helped up took about 5 steps – urine looks clear again today – difference in one week is amazing.
16th April 2007 – mammary tumour more inflamed – getting agitated about it now – much stronger at front though no improvement in hind quarters – drags self along – Nit. ac. 30c.
17th April 2007 – much better today – mammary tumour still looks bad – purple patch under skin – moving on her own and wandering about
19th April 2007 – S/A – not looking jaundiced – urine sample no bilirubin! – gets up & stands – weak right hind – tumour large, circumscribed and settling – Acupuncture.
26th April 2007 – S/A – Walked into consulting room! – acupuncture – minor manipulation – S/A at owner’s discretion.
30th April 2007 – was doing extremely well – acupuncture helped – more confident walking – nearly normal in house – last night restless – green discharge right nostril – sleepy but eating ok – urine looks clear – possibly ‘stuff coming out’ – Pulsatilla.
1st May 2007 – huge improvement – much better in self – just a bit rattly still.
2nd May 2007 – walking is very good – was quite breathless in night – bit wheezy again this morning – possibly overdid things yesterday – cancelled appointment as so well.
10th May 2007 – S/A – walked down drive! – backing off water, when offered – still has pronounced head tilt – acupuncture and LASER – Anguilla & Xanthium.
14th May – been quite well over weekend – walked 400 yds yesterday and willing to go further – eating normally – sleeping through night – continence fine again – much stronger – balance good – head straighter – some visible blood in urine.
21st May 2007 – still doing well – had a really good weekend – cancelled appointment for this week and will aim for monthly treatments, to keep her on track.
23rd May 2007 – Sophie much better – walking normally round house – went to work yesterday – managed ⅓ of normal walk, yesterday – only slightly breathless – incontinence OK now – slight green discharge left eye.
25th May 2007 – Sophie very, very, well indeed – extremely good in herself – possibly better than before this latest illness – ‘owner’ convinced it was liver toxicity from long-term Glucosamine supplementation – walks much better – keen to go without harness – negotiates steps – head much straighter.
31st May 2007 – mammary growth hotter and purple-pink at present – otherwise very good and eating more normally – stools better – formed and more normal colour – still some blood in urine (just a few mucusy drops at end of stream) – breathing is good – sleeping well – walking more steadily – head more level.
13th June 2007 – doing very well – less blood visible in urine – walking much better (walked over a mile on the beach on Sunday) – much stronger – mammary not bothering her.
15th June – mammary growth much paler – sore from the bleed is healing well – tummy good – eyes much clearer and brighter – very good in self & extremely bossy!
Sophie continued to do pretty well, with ups and downs, through July, August and September but collapsed and died on 20th September at about 14 years old. She had remained quite good, right to the last day, when she had become breathless.
14th May 2007
Sophie is a ‘mature’ Spinone with lifelong pancreatic insufficiency, both cruciate ligaments repaired @18 m.o. and 3 y.o.), allergies and mammary growth. Her overall health has improved immeasurably since coming to you in 2002 and, overall (with one or two upsets) she has a pretty good quality of life.
The latest problem began with intractable incontinence, which refused to respond to treatment. When it worsened dramatically we asked the local vet to take a blood sample to aid diagnosis. Unfortunately, the day before this was to be done, Sophie’s condition deteriorated and that night she went off her legs.
When the vet arrived to take the sample, Sophie was clearly unwell, being jaundiced and unable to stand but I was shocked when (without an examination) the vet declared that she probably had organ failure and would like to put her down, within a few minutes of arriving.
I refused but, an hour later, the vet rang again and repeated the request for euthanasia. I refused and contacted the AVMC. After a brief discussion, we arranged to meet Chris at his home, in the late afternoon, when he had returned from his rounds. As the journey from Wales would take about three hours, I was glad of the remedies Chris suggested, to keep her going (Carbo veg., Phosphorus and Arsenicum). At one point, sitting in the back of the car with her during the journey, I thought she was going to die, as her membranes looked terribly pale and her breathing was very shallow. To my amazement, she wagged her tail as Chris opened the car door and seemed to have recovered slightly.
Chris examined her in the back of the car and said that the lopsidedness of her head suggested that she had suffered a canine stroke’. By this stage, he said, she looked too alert and ‘involved’ for him to suggest euthanasia. We returned to Wales with remedies and instructions, as ever, “to stay in close touch”.
The next day, she was much better. I continued to give her liquids (Manuka honey in water and chicken stock) and Sophie gradually began to recover.
When we returned to Chinham House, the following week, Sophie was still unable to stand, so Chris gave her acupuncture. Sophie continued to improve, convalescing in the lovely Spring sunshine on the lawn, and her mobility slowly improved, much helped by a rear harness (from a firm called Dogmobility), which gave her confidence and support, when attempting to stand. The following week, with help, Sophie was able to walk into Chinham House. By this time, the blood test result had arrived from our local vets, giving liver failure as a reason for her collapse and again recommending euthanasia. The reason for Sophie’s illness became clear at that point – I had been giving her a common joint supplement (Chondroitin and Glucosamine) daily, prior to her collapse – since her illness I had stopped giving her supplements and her continence returned to normal, which suggests to me that she had developed an intolerance to the supplement.
At this point, five weeks after the original ‘stroke’, her general condition continues to improve. Sophie is eating normally and we return regularly to Chinham House for acupuncture and chiropractic care for her back. Sophie can manage short walks and is obviously pleased to be ‘out and about again’.
At 13¼, Sophie will obviously not be with us for much longer, so it has been really great to see her improve so much and it does show what can be achieved with homeopathy and holistic care.
Letter from vet:
Please find attached the blood results for Sophie – the ‘owner’ has been informed and euthanasia has been recommended.
(only abnormal levels recorded)
MCV: 58.3 (65 – 75)
Alkaline Phosphatase 6666 (0 – 135)
ALT: 2276 (0 – 40)
Bilirubin: 139.1 (0 – 5)
Globulin: 44 (18 – 38)
First seen at AVMC on 6th March 2000, with spay-incontinence and behavioural issues.
Resigned to Propalin, in the end – as we never helped the incontinence (some do respond & some don’t!).
She was seen more recently for lameness (3rd May 2007) .
Injury/lameness left fore leg about 2 months ago – very lame – severe muscle wastage – first saw vet 13.03
Up & down since but getting gradually worse overall.
R pelvis misalignment and rotations in centre back – slight click on manipulation.
The muscle wastage was not like neurogenic atrophy, ]more like exercise atrophy.
Treated with Acupuncture-by-LASER and offered to see again to repeat the treatment.
Prescribed homeopathic Ledum & Phosphorus.
15.05.07 Tess initially seemed worse, then rapidly better over the w/e – now it is difficult to discern any limp at all – we’re obviously pleased with progress.
16.05.07 Cancelled provisional follow-up appointment, as so well.
The speed of recovery in this case was surprising since, generally, two or three treatments are needed.
First seen at AVMC on 08.02.02 with ‘kidney problems’ – mild renal dysfunction and some stiffness, (so vet querying whether trauma to kidneys) – hyporexic, lethargic, pu/pd – on Hills k/d, antibiotics, anabolic steroid.
Prescribed homeopathic Phosphorus 1M and Kali chlor. 6c.
Reported 22.02.02: doing really well, no more problems with waterworks, coping well with going to work with ‘owner’, working on diet.
Reported 20.03.02: continuing to improve, very sprightly, no recurrence of problems, very pleased with him,
Seen again 16.03.06: doing really well, no problems since, looking loads younger (at 11 y.o.!) but stiffness now worse.
Gave chiropractic manipulation, Phosphorus 30c, RRA 30c, Vitamin C – reporting two weeks.
17.05.06 – reported blood and mucus in faeces (colitis?) – appetite reduced – advised stop remedies.
30.05.06 – less mucus, less sloppy but not right – prescribed homeopathic Lycopodium and Morgan Gaertner.
26.06.06 – generally OK but attacked by a dog last week – fishy smell from back end and leaking mucus – tiny amount of blood in stool – advised stop remedies – start Phosphorus and Gaertner and suggest have vet check anal glands.
06.07.06 – Anal glands weren’t right – lot happier since done – odour reduced – generally perkier – stools more normal lately.
19.07.06 – slight limp again and upset stomach over the weekend – had been much happier and is better again today – motions normal – eating well.
13.09.06 – ran out of Gaertner and stools bad again – mucus and blood – mood OK – not limping.
06.12.06 – motions wrong again – very well in himself – stop remedies.
13.12.06 – stools completely cleared but odour returned – eyes red with mucus discharge – used to get this but hadn’t for ages – restart remedies.
20.12.06 – doing much better – smells better – no blood or mucus – eyes improved.
26th January 2007 – very well – no symptoms at all – stools fine – full of energy – left eye fine – right eye slight discharge – not bothering him.
21.02.07 – eyes cleared now.
09.03.07 – had reduced remedies and symptoms just starting to show – reverted to once daily and will keep in touch.
17.05.07 – experimented with frequency and found that needs once daily – deteriorated on ‘every other day’. Fine again now.
This case, among others, shows how overuse of remedies can lead to exacerbation of apparently ‘cured’ symptoms. It also shows that perpetual use of remedies is sometimes necessary, to maintain health. Furthermore, this patient suffered many apparently unconnected symptoms and problems but, in homeopathy, we are not at all certain that such things are unconnected – in fact, it seems more probable that they are indeed connected.
First seen at AVMC 30th April 2007
Apparently normal terrier in consulting room – warned not necessarily a treatable problem.
Prescribed Tarentula hispana.
14.05.07 – reported DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE – much quieter – almost strangely shy – not frantically rushing about and barking – not interested in attacking other dogs – not humping cushions – looks fitter – coat smoother – becoming a much nicer dog with other people.
This case illustrates (by virtue of the physical improvement) that some behavioural problems have a basis in a medical issue. When that is the case, they are more likely to be treatable/curable.
First seen at AVMC on 19th August 2002 – spindle cell tumour on paw (LH) had been removed – pathology report said some cells left after operation and therefore ‘likely to recur locally’ – chemotherapy had been discussed.
Prescribed homeopathic Thuja.
Rapidly developed watery eyes – changed prescription to homeopathic Argentum nit.
Later in August, bilirubin in urine, S.G. 1.005, prescribed herbal milk thistle, and homeopathic Carduus, Chelidonium & Ptelea.
Telephone message 28th November 2005: Doing really well – just had urinalysis done – all stable – bilirubin between + & ++, trace protein, S.G. 1.030, pH 6.5 – now been 3+ years since diagnosis of spindle cell tumour & fighting fit! Local vets amazed – will carry on and keep in touch.
First seen at AVMC on 27th February 2006, with lameness RF (since December 2005) – fed up with constant painkillers (Rimadyl etc.) with no improvement’ – stands without full weight on it, holds it up sometimes nodding at trot – lots of ‘stretching down’ at front end – improves with exercise, worse on hard surfaces – flaky skin on back.
Vet not delighted with ‘referral’ – left message on owner’s answer set, to that effect.
Very difficult to elicit any response on examination of the limb – pain found in pad of digit III – discussed X-Ray and discuss possibility of multiple causes of lameness – prescribed homeopathic Silica.
06.04.06 Doing really well – no sign of lameness – going for longer walks which he loves – skin on back much better.
15.05.06 Still doing really well.
05.01.07 Had been doing really well with occasional doses of Silica. Had relapse in November – not recovered – would like to come again.
11.01.07 Examined – repetitive response deep in toe but no heat or swelling – some loss of shoulder musculature – prescribed homeopathic Ledum.
22.01.07 No improvement.
25.01.07 Had X-Ray examination – shoulders, elbows, feet – nothing abnormal found – removed corn from pad, which vet considered to be the problem.
12.02.07 Since surgery, wound healed well but foot inflamed between toes vet prescribed Fuciderm gel.
05.03.07 Foot all healed – vet signed off but still quite lame on hard ground – fine now on softer ground, so some improvement.
05.04.07 Local vet gave painkillers again – no help.
19.04.07 Examined again at AVMC – he’s a real stoic so diagnosis or location of pain very difficult – suspect medial to shoulder, deep in musculature – gave Acupuncture and homeopathic Rhus tox.
23.04.07 More energy, trotting brilliantly, more relaxed but after 15 minute walk became very bad – struggled to get home.
30.04.07 Repeat acupuncture – big improvement since report.
14.05.07 No further improvement so used LASER and gave homeopathic Ferrum mur.
24.05.07 Very well in himself – bounces round garden – slow progress.
11.06.07 Doing well – success so far.
16.07.07 Doing very well – odd little ‘catches’ then continues walking – managing long walks with no problems – no limping.
What is not clear with this case is whether there were two problems in that limb at the outset (February 2006) or whether the second problem developed later or whether there was only one problem, that ‘shifted’. Johnny is a real stoic and gives so little away, when being examined. Whatever, the problem now appears to be on the mend, to the relief of all concerned.
First seen at AVMC on 30th January 2006, with stiffness/lameness right hind (had been on Metacam since December 2003)
Described as a ‘glutton’ – retired guide dog – had slid on ice when 18 months old – very stiff on rising, worse as older – became stuck under stile two weeks ago – holding up the leg and on Metacam ever since.
Muscle wastage on right hind – right pelvic misalignment – right stifle enlarged.
Gave LASER, chiropractic and homeopathic Ruta.
09.02.06 Seen again for second LASER – slept all the way home last time – very good – off Metacam completely for 5 days – holds leg up slightly for short while, on rising.
23.02.06 Seen again for third LASER session – definitely better – no Metacam since 5 days after first treatment – further improvement after second treatment.
07.09.06 Seen again as had slowed down badly – lameness/stiffness – had been really fine since last LASER session – no stiffness – breathing problem this time (sudden onset, slowing down and panting) – suspected agrochemical sprays – prescribed Pulsatilla.
16.07.07 Reported that she’s forgotten that she’s 13 years old! She’s behaving like a two-year-old.
The importance of chiropractic manipulation, as an adjunct to treatment, cannot be over-emphasised. Every patient at the AVMC is offered this, as a matter of routine. In some cases, it is the route to transformation, even in some long-standing problems. Questa responded well, then later fell prey to what we had to assume was agro-chemical contact. Homeopathic treatment brought about the necessary improvement.
Seen at AVMC on 15th March 2007 – vet not pleased that coming to AVMC nor about sending X-Rays – this was handled diplomatically – history of sudden and severe hind-quarter problem – diagnosed as hip dysplasia.
Corrected severe pelvic misalignment by chiropractic manipulation – no further intervention, no medication – appeared immediately to improve in gait and sitting action, even while still in the consulting room.
29th March 2007 – seen again – had been fine since last treatment (manipulation only) – on this occasion, had been attacked by Mastiff – manipulated atlas and lumbar, presumably injuries sustained in the fight.
Reported fine since.
Note: Rema lives in the same family as Ruckus and Rumpus (cats).
In many cases that we see at AVMC, often presented with quite serious diagnosis, performing chiropractic manipulation alone can be sufficient – ‘less is more’.
Tess had not received conventional vaccination as a pup but was given a course of ‘nosode’, to protect her from Distemper, Parvovirus etc.
23rd August 1991 – developed acute sickness and diarrhoea. Because she was not vaccinated, blood and faecal samples were taken by the local vet. She was taken in for a drip etc. We advised homeopathic Merc. sol.
25th August 1991 – better but not 100%. We recommended homeopathic Pulsatilla.
28th August 1991 – back to normal – many thanks.
9th August 1991 – local vet telephoned – very interested as tests came back positive for Parvovirus but Tess was now very well. He expressed a wish to test for Distemper, hepatitis etc. now. AVMC assured him of full co-operation*.
Tess later went on to be filmed at Pebble Mill. She lived until 8th September 2006, at 16 years of age.
* A joint paper was discussed, to be published to report these important findings. Later, however, the data were not forthcoming, so no paper has been published on this landmark case, which appears to be the most definite evidence to date, that a dog can be protected by ‘nosodes’, against Parvovirus (homeoprophylaxis). Tess had never become really ill and had recovered rapidly and uneventfully, without receiving any conventional vaccination.
CDRM had been diagnosed at unknown point, as the veterinary surgeon was very sceptical and uncommunicative and no proper information was supplied. A letter had been written to the ‘owner’:
“There may be a place in human medicine for homeopathy but I can see no benefit in veterinary medicine. Whilst I can’t endorse this course of action for Sam, I have no objection to your doing this if you believe it will help him.
The diagnosis of Sam’s condition is CDRM (Chronic Degenerative Radiculo-Myelopathy).
R.P.W. MRCVS (Hemel Hempstead)”
Sam was first seen at AVMC for homeopathy etc. on 03.01.03 – he was treated with homeopathy, acupuncture, laser and diet.
As is often the case with this condition, his response was difficult to assess but worsening seemed to slow. However, on 14.02.05 (i.e. more than two years later) reported “still ticking along – saw local vet recently and he was surprised how well he was doing”.
Sam was euthanased on 5th May 2006, at about 12 years old: “—- lying on garden path, unable to get up – many thanks for prolonging his life.” This was more than three years after he visited the AVMC and, as far as we can tell, nearly four years since diagnosis.
According to an authoritative article:
CDRM is is a non-treatable disease that progresses slowly and steadily.
Euthanasia is recommended once a non-ambulatory state is reached.
Most affected dogs gradually lose function in the pelvic limbs, reaching a non-ambulatory state within 6 months to 2 years after onset.
Non-ambulatory patients eventually lose thoracic limb function and may develop urinary and faecal incontinence.
This case is one of many CDRM cases treated. It is a serious and crippling disease which, if unchecked, will usually lead to loss of mobility within a year. While we have seen successes* with natural medicine at the AVMC, the success rate is not more than 50%. For reasons that are not clear, we usually see a greater success rate in dogs that start the illness when older than 9 y.o.
* In this disease, success usually means arrest or significant slowing, or with some reversal of the problem.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]
Jemima was seen at AVMC in April 2006, with haematuria (blood in urine). This failed to respond to homeopathic treatment by May 2006, so we suspected a bladder tumour. Jemima went away for a scan and a tumour was found. Jemima was treated homeopathically for this, with not much change until December, when the tumour started to break up. At the time, it was not clear whether this was a good thing but, in August 2007, the tumour no longer showed on ultra-sound scan. However, there was still some thickening of the bladder wall, so we were not sure that Jemima has won yet. She is very well, at 12½ years old.
N.B.: these pictures have been successively taken and drawn by at least three different vets in two different conventional practices.
Update December 2007: Jemima was scanned again during early December 2007. No lesion or abnormality was detected, so no pictures were sent to me. We dare to hope that she has overcome her disease and send her best wishes for 2008.
Elvis came to live with us in November 2003, with another dog, a Saluki called Loki. The two dogs were utterly devoted to each other, Elvis particularly so.
Elvis had been a cruelty case dog; he was woefully thin and covered with scars and he had epilepsy. From their behaviour, we realised that terrible things had happened to the dogs. We took them to see Mr Day, in 2004, when treatment began.
Despite our best efforts, Elvis has had a number of unpleasant experiences. His beloved companion Loki died, in March 2006, after a long struggle with illness. At around that time, Elvis was diagnosed with a heart murmur that became progressively worse, the more it was examined by the specialist. I guessed that the investigations were making his heart condition worse (he can be very nervous). It seemed unlikely that a dog who could chase deer for miles had a serious heart problem.
Elvis was treated homeopathically for the shock and grief of losing Loki. Within days, he began to recover. As the heart diagnoses worsened, Mr Day had devised a regime incorporating supplements (Taurine, L-Carnitine and Vitamin E) and homeopathic remedies that Elvis still has. He’s absolutely fine now and, although he is rarely examined, we know that the heart murmur has faded (it was grade 5, with cardiac enlargement).
In February last year (2007), Elvis broke his front leg very badly, chasing deer. He had a number of anaesthetics and two bouts of surgery, from which he recovered well. He also had homeopathic medicines. He’s coped particularly well psychologically; his recovery took more than six months but he never became depressed. He’s now running about as usual, between long, satisfied sleeps.
We don’t know how old Elvis is but we think about seven. We hope that he’ll be with us for many more (mishap-free) years.
27th October 2008 – update: Elvis running on Withernsea Beach in 2008 – he loves to run and is gaining in confidence.
Harvey – 10½ month-old Weimaraner – chronic diarrhoea and digestive problem
Harvey was first presented to the AVMC on 23rd February 2006. He had suffered chronic diarrhoea from September 2005 (vaccinated July 2005). He was in extremely poor condition, his coat was dull. He had been on Hills, James Wellbeloved, Burns and Nutro brands, persisting with diarrhoea despite dietary changes. He was passing profuse watery stools with blood and mucus, indicating colitis. He had a sad, dejected and unhealthy appearance. His family was near to considering euthanasia.
He was given homeopathic Arsenicum and Gaertner, supported by probiotic and followed by E. coli nosode.
He failed to respond until after the Nosode.
3rd March 2006 – much perkier and happier, bouncing when on walks – had diarrhoea today.
7th March 2006 – Absolutely great. Hungry all the time. Today passed a proper motion. On natural diet.
10th March 2006 – Doing really well – back to normal self – eating well – eats everything but won’t touch scrambled egg.
13th March 2006 – small amount of diarrhoea at the weekend – had some treats given by a family member.
15th March 2006 – everything settled well again.
20th April 2006 – bowels normal – much more cheerful and happy dog who enjoys life – no remedies since the beginning of April.
20th July 2006 – doing really well – brilliant – different dog – enjoying natural diet – bowels fine.
28th March 2007 – been brilliant but diarrhoea again this week – repeated medication.
29th June 2009 – reported doing brilliantly – “thanks for saving his life“.
Danny – 12 year-old Golden Retriever – Suspect CDRM
Danny came to the AVMC on 10th April 2008, with back legs tending to splay and showing a knuckling tendency. His stability on turning was reduced. There was no pain in his back. He failed to reposition his hind feet when they were manually placed upside down. Despite Homeopathic Conium, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Manipulation, no improvement was noticed. At the end of his course of Acupuncture, we started him on homeopathic Perhexiline (7th April). There was little improvement by 7th May and his ‘owner’ believed he was pining for his brother, who died in April. Homeopathic Ignatia (home-prescribed) was given. No improvement followed, so we gave him Natrum mur., on 5th June. This was prescribed because he had ‘withdrawn’ so much, supposedly from grief.
2nd July 2008 – reported feeling better, eating better and legs no worse.
29th September 2008 – the pills for his legs are definitely helping – he’s walking much better – please resupply.
7th November 2008 – doing really well – better than ever – enjoys walks and very lively – very pleased.
18th March 2009 – reported to have gone off his food and become withdrawn and miserable again, approaching the anniversary of his brother’s death. Natrum mur. was again suggested.
29th April 2009 – doing fine.
22nd June 2009 – doing very well.
24th July 2009 – 100% better, eating with gusto, walking fine.
Ellie – 2½ year-old Border Collie – Corneal Lipidosis / Corneal opacity
First seen 17th February 2011 – developed within two weeks of a vaccination booster in October 2010 (health check was good at the booster time). Homeopathic treatment started at the visit.
By March, changes were visible. By April, the fat deposits had spread out. By June it was not completely clear. By October, it was pronounced clear. However, almost exactly one year after the problem first appeared, the right eye showed signs. At the time of writing this report, we are hoping the same result can be achieved with that.
This would not be the first time we have seen health events at the anniversary of vaccination boosters.
Sudio – 10½ month-old Labrador female – Severe Hip Dysplasia
First seen 5th May 2011 – X-Ray images showed very severe Hip Dysplasia. Sudio was walking with a very weak, pinched and short action with her hind limbs. Her back end was unstable at rest and she preferred to lie down. Homeopathic treatment (alone) commenced at her visit, with a natural diet.
Interim positive reports were received, then this email:
7th August 2011 – I am sorry that I have not sent you a report on Sudio recently but it is all good news!
Sudio is a happy lively dog and no one can believe how much she has improved over the last couple of months. I am taking her swimming in local ponds and lakes a couple of times a week. She plays around and chases other dogs, ducks and fish for 10 minutes or so and thoroughly enjoys herself. I don’t let her play any longer so that she does not over tire herself. She is a thorough little water baby and does not hesitate to duck her head under water to see below if she wants. This exercise has helped to build her back end muscles and she now looks a lot stronger there.
Generally as you predicted the pills are giving her a much better quality of life and she is so much happier on them. She still does not always walk straight but she rarely limps and only occasionally have we seen her a little stiff in the morning after doing a little too much the day before. Compared to what Sudio was like before, even on the other vets painkillers, she is a new dog. It is lovely to see. So we are very pleased with her progress and so grateful that we brought her to see you and thank you so much for your help.
We are following your recommended diet as much as possible and being a Labrador she happily eats anything that is put in front of her. Taking the pills is no problem and she is used to the routine.
More interim reports were received.
2nd January 2012 – I am sorry yet again for my lack of reports. Unfortunately I broke my ankle in September and everything has been taking twice as long to do.
I hope that you enjoyed a break over the holidays and have a great New Year.
We continue to be very pleased with Sudio’s condition. I am back to taking her out for walks in the morning and she happily takes herself off around the woods chasing squirrels at a gallop. She seems quite fit and thanks to your excellent diet is still quite slim and trim. Over the Christmas holidays I was able to take her swimming in the local ponds on the days it was quite mild and she just loves it. We take her out in the afternoons and she enjoys playing with a variety of friends in the other local park. Generally she continues to be well, active and happy. Many people say that they cannot believe she is the same dog with the extent of problems that she has. So we continue to have nothing but good to report. She continues, touch wood, on an even keel and we have not noticed any off days. The only noticeable thing is that when she wees she splays one leg out further than the other. Otherwise you would not know she has any problems.
As ever we are very grateful for your help and time.
Self-explanatory letters. X-Ray pictures showed very bad Hip Dysplasia.
Skye – 11 month-old Patterdale Terrier female – Autoimmune Haemolytic Anaemia (AIHA aka IMHA)
Skye was first seen by AVMC on 12th August 2010. She had nearly died several times in previous month and was only being kept alive by blood transfusions and steroid treatment. She had undergone a bone marrow biopsy at a veterinary university, confirming adequate regeneration of red cells. However, regeneration (erythropoiesis) was unable to keep pace with haemolysis (destruction of red cells) and it appeared that the steroid was unable to arrest the haemolysis, hence the repeated need for transfusions. Skye’s was clearly a serious case.
Individualised homeopathic constitutional prescribing is vital for such cases. After a full homeopathic appraisal, it was discovered that Skye’s constitutional medicine was Natrum muriaticum. She was started on this immediately, supported by the ‘bowel nosode’ Proteus.
Skye was gradually taken off the steroids and required no further blood transfusions. She required no other homeopathic medication. Her blood count gradually rose to normal over the next few months and she is still alive and well at the time of writing (latest report March 2012).
We wish her all the best for a long and enjoyable life.