Goat Cases

Building this page is an ongoing work

We shall report here a few of AVMC’s goat 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).

They are:

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.

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.

The goat cases:

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

First seen on 26th February 2007 with intractable and painful lameness (holding up the left fore leg and not weight-bearing) and a chronic ‘skin problem’.

History: This was a long-term problem, for which specialist referral to a veterinary school took place in March 2006.

Harry had been given occasional Metacam injections up to October 2006.

No diagnosis reached – no relief obtained – no change achieved during that period.

He also started skin problems, in about October 2005 – scratching, biting, sores over back, scaly hairless lesions around eyes and muzzle. It has become worse, over the intervening period.

The veterinary school found only ‘hyperkeratosis', with no cause identified.

The local veterinary surgeon recommended euthanasia.

Treatment & Progress:

At the first consultation (26th February 2007), chiropractic manipulation (especially lower neck and pelvis) and LASER treatment were performed. Prescribed homeopathic Psorinum.

He was seen again, at various intervals, for further hands-on work. He responded to treatment, with both problems, despite some ups and downs in the lameness between visits. Especially noticeable was early improvement in well-being and activity levels.

Eventual prescription: homeopathic Phosphorus and Nux vomica.

Report 21st May 2007 – doing very well – and skin is fantastic.

He has been seen since and needs occasional treatment for the lameness, with further neck manipulation. The skin started to relapse in June 2007 but appears to be coming under control again.

It would appear that Harry's lameness stemmed from a lower neck lesion that had evaded diagnosis. It is not uncommon, in dogs, horses, cats and others, to find the origin of fore limb lameness in the nerves of the brachial plexus, where they are prone to injury by a chiropractic lesion of the lower neck. Such problems present a real challenge to manipulation but, happily, many respond well.