Letters from Clients, Reports & Testimonials
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You will find here some letters, comments and feedback written or relayed by clients of the AVMC. We are very grateful and privileged to have received them and grateful for the learning with which they have helped us. Each of these patients has been a precious friend and it is a great pleasure to be able to assemble these memories. Furthermore, many of these wonderful creatures have now moved on and the words on this page can in some part act as a memorial to their inspiring lives.
If you would like to add a comment of your own (or a case report), which may be of help or encouragement to others, please use our ‘testimonials’ box.
[N.B.: Please note that the Alternative Vet is a very busy practice and so, regretfully, we are unable to answer urgent questions or take ongoing case reports via the internet, that require a response. If it is non-urgent, a letter may suffice.]
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Garrison Savannah (1991 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner)
Dog – back problems (tongue-in-cheek)
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“Most gigantic difference in him – totally different horse – no longer so tricky – absolute joy to work with him now – brilliant!”
This horse was first seen on 10th July 2012. He was proving very difficult to train and, 20 minutes into work, would kick at his belly. Despite several efforts to date, no solution had been found. His saddling was exemplary. This is a very talented horse, in very skilled hands but was not reaching his potential.
Treatment was manipulation (chiropractic – he’d apparently had this before without improvement) and homeopathic.
This very positive report came in 17 days later.
Referred for homeopathic treatment on 17th November 2011.
Kept reasonably well throughout the interim.
Reported kidneys swollen 14th February 2012. Homeopathic prescription changed.
Seen by vet on 7th June 2012 – put on weight – very well in self – vet very impressed and asked the client to be sure to pass on how impressed he was.
Letter April 2012 – “It gives me great pleasure to drop you a quick note regarding my dear old pony. As you know, my pony had received a great deal of conventional veterinary treatment and, as a result of tooth removal, had been left with very difficult sinus problems that caused him a great deal of pain and debility.
I am delighted and amazed to report that, after your treatments and kind consideration, Mr C started slowly but surely to improve. He is now bright, interested and looks so different from the ‘sad old sack’ you came to see a few months ago. Mr C seems to appreciate his natural diet and looks a picture on it, with a great coat and far improved physical appearance.
My pony has now finished the homeopathic pills you sent me. Should he have any more? Do you need to visit again? I should say that the (smelly) nasal discharge has now dried up.
Many, many thanks for bringing about the return to better health for Mr C!
Best regards . . . . . ”
Note: Mr C was first seen for homeopathic intervention at the end of January 2012. His tooth was removed at Newmarket in May 2011 and he had suffered with his sinus problem ever since.
Letter 29th March 2012: L—- took a massive turn for the worse ten days ago and, although we tried, she took another one last week and I had to let her go.
Her specialist said to me “She’d beaten the odds”. My vet said “She was the Comeback Queen”. I strongly believe your help made a big difference to her life.
We first saw L—- on 13th August 2009, after pancreatic tumour removal. She kept very well in the interim. She died aged 12. We wish her human all the very best.
I just wanted to update you on my horse’s progress following the treatment for his sarcoids.
As already reported to yourself, the large, problematic sarcoid came away within 13 days and 3 treatments. I cannot Thank You enough for this. . . .the ‘eggcup’ like hole it left behind ‘glued’ together within hours and has been healing beautifully. I have been flushing it with mild Hibiscrub solution and spraying with Chlorhexidine spray and it is now almost completely healed – as though nothing was ever there. I’m just delighted. . .and amazed!!! He is really well in himself and life is so much better now I am not constantly worrying about that wretched growth!!! I do have a question though about the remaining, smaller sarcoids. . . .they are, at present, small and causing no problems and have not changed either in a good or bad way. I am not unduly concerned about them since they are small fry in comparison to what we have just dealt with but wondered whether I am maybe being a tad too unconcerned! I know your advice was to leave alone now and I have, just wondered is it a case of waiting to see if any get rapidly larger again and then go through the same treatment again? If you recall there was a small wound that had been left where a sarcoid had dropped off prior to your visit, following use of an ‘over the counter’ homeopathic tablet. . .that particular sarcoid had been gone some considerable time but has never healed like the one that came away with your treatment. In fact it is now looking quite inflamed and possibly increasing in size a little. Again I wonder if I should still be ‘leaving alone’ or should he perhaps have a ‘management’ dose of the same remedy or something else you might recommend. I have been able to avoid any fly contact by use of a sheath cover and also I have some breathable foam dressing that I fit over the wound and it keeps it fly free, so I am pretty sure it is not fly activity that is making it angry-looking. I await your advice on further management but once again I just want to say how grateful I am to you. That sarcoid had caused so much stress and anxiety for so long. What you achieved for my horse is nothing short of miraculous!!! We can never Thank You enough.
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.
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.
There follow extracts from two successive emails from a client with an Appaloosa* horse with Recurrent Uveitis or Moonblindness (first holistic treatment 13th March 2012). At the time of examination, having had steroid drugs, cyclosporine and NSAIDs, Luke was screwing up his eyes so that examination was nearly impossible but, when the acupuncture needles were inserted, he opened his eyes wide.
The day after his first acupuncture treatment: “Thank you for coming to see Luke yesterday. I was very happy with the results of your acupuncture treatment! His eyes are still nicely open.”
The day after he started on his internal medication (homeopathic): “Luke started on his medicine straight away, last evening. I am giving him 6 drops on a tiny square of bread, twice a day. Today his eyes looked better than they have since the beginning of the year, open, alert, and much less weeping and discharge. It’s really good to see him – he seems much more lively and am sure he’s feeling better – and so I feel much better too!”
*Appaloosas appear to have a special susceptibility to this condition and we recommend regular eye checks for them, to try to prevent missing early signs.
F – – – – is doing very well indeed. I enclose latest blood results for your interest. . . . . . . . . . Many thanks for all your help with F – – – – ; she is blossoming under your care.
Background: F – – – – is a female Birman cat, now 19 years old at the time of writing. She was first seen for holistic treatment in March 2008, at 15 years old. At the time she was suffering autoimmune disease and she went on to develop chronic kidney problems. It is good to hear how well she is doing. In fact, she is under homeopathic treatment alongside conventional input from her local practice. This is a case of teamwork and integrated care.
I honestly cannot tell you how grateful I am for your support and care. Lola and I would be lost without you. [a case of Renal Dysplasia]
L— is still bouncing! The Merc. sol. is a miracle – long may it last.
August 2010 – We wish L— all the very best.
All of us at – – – – – would just like to say thank you for your kindness and understanding towards living creatures (and people!)
Long may you continue your amazing work!
July 2010 – Thanks H & K – a word of encouragement goes a long way, when you travel a rocky road.
I thought that I would let you know that R***** has not had any pain relief (NSAID treatment) since Sunday a week ago. He has been alert and happy, more mobile even having short bursts of “running”! So, it was great advice!
I am delighted that he is so good and only sorry that he had been on the medication for so long – one trusted the vet!
Thank you for helping us to see that things could be so different.
We look forward to seeing you next week.
The ‘advice’ mentioned refers to a discussion prompted by the client asking about the need for ongoing NSAID therapy. Our response to this was that the only way to find out how much it was helping or hindering the dog was to reduce it gradually and monitor. However, R***** became much brighter very quickly, prompting the client to risk stopping the drug altogether, abruptly. N.B.: This client very wisely asked whether there were any dependency or addiction issues with the drug, before taking this step.
Information: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) will not help dogs who have no inflammation. In R*****’s case, it seems that his disabilities were not due to arthritis. Drugs can have negative effects, sometimes serious, so if there is no benefit from them to offset this risk, then giving them may be unwise.
We recently received this heart-warming text – we have published it unabridged and unaltered, as it speaks from the heart and would lose something in editing. Fern has her own website and a book. She was an enthusiastic and cheerful person, with whom it was a delight to work.
“Do you believe in miracles?
When Fern and I came to see Christopher, it was to visit that epitome of despair known as The Last Hope.
Our (traditional) vet had been wonderful, fighting tooth and nail to help my beautiful puppy, but all his valiant efforts had proved useless. Slowly, Fern was dying. National, even international top experts in digestive disorders could do nothing to ease Fern’s bizarrely random and steadily worsening bloating and she now existed on two tablespoons of an egg, sugar and Farex ‘cream’ fed every 1-2 hours, dependent on her state of bloat.
Mr. Day immediately admitted that cure was impossible. Instead, he promised to “Teach her to live with it.” Given our circumstances, this surely would be a miracle for Fern to survive?
Did I believe in miracles?
Fern died aged 10½ years, a good age for a Flatcoated Retriever. She bounded through life with unbridled enthusiasm, humour and joy. She won in the Show ring and earned many places in KC Open Agility competition.
Yes, I believe in miracles and I will never be able to thank Christopher enough for the miracle he wrought and which lasted ten wonderful years.”
Thank you for your time on Monday (and so much of it), with D—–s. For the first time someone wanted to know about my dog, as well as his symptoms. …
(There then followed some details that were unavailable at the session).
Thank you again
“Reg is keeping well, in spite of some very hot days and nights but he doesn’t walk very far nowadays. The occasional sight of a black cat in the cottage garden opposite seems to take years off him!
We are most grateful to you for all that you have done for Reg over the past six years. We have been much impressed with the happy atmosphere prevailing in your surgery. Most of the visiting patients seem to sense this – Reg certainly did!
With best wishes from the four of us, to you, your family and your helpful staff, and renewed thanks.
Enclosed are some photographs, which I thought you might like to see.
The rest of the family you’ve not yet met. Thanks again for all your help
February 2000 – Diet
Suffice it to say that my two dogs have now made the change to ‘real’ food and seem to be enjoying it. B—-’s crusty nose is looking blacker and shinier than it ever has, if that is anything to go by. L— is slowly beginning to look a bit less spherical, so it’s worth the effort. I am, though, being labelled a crank at home!
This comment found on guardian.co.uk
“As a television producer, I have made films on both conventional and homeopathic medicine. One that helped convince many sceptics was the story of Chris, a homeopathic vet from Oxford, who enjoyed great success treating a wide range of animals. In his work, it was obvious that no placebo affected the outcome.”
Newcastle upon Tyne
Following acupuncture, his right front leg is looking good and all his joints seem freer from discomfort. The right hind leg is, however, still very weak. He is still on Rhus tox. 1M daily, and is better in the mornings than the evenings.
The Rhus tox. seems to be most effective if given at midday, rather than mornings or evenings.
The exciting story of this 1991 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and runner up in the Grand National of the same year, is told in Jenny P’s ‘The Autobiography’, published by Partridge in 1998. His response to natural medicine and his resultant performance have slipped into legend. His mother’s record of Mark P. also winning the Welsh Champion Hurdle that same year, on Wonder Man, with a broken pelvis and treated by (veterinary) acupuncture is part of that legend.
Daily Telegraph report with quotes: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/1991/03/15/shoaks15.xml
Obituary: Garrison Savannah has sadly moved on (2005):
Horses that ‘bleed’ can obtain relief. The BBC has an article on ‘Bleeders’: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/1131310.stm although the author of this particular item appears to have misunderstood about the homeopathic preparation of snake venoms, which are totally safe in their extreme dilutions.
(‘Rescued’ by the AVMC in 1995 and out ‘on loan’ at time of writing)
“I have now had Guinness for nearly two and a half years. We initially followed a careful fitness program of six weeks walking, six weeks trotting and only then into cantering work. I then found out his likes and dislikes. He loves cross-country but, although he will have a go, he dislikes dressage, which is a good thing as I also dislike dressage.
During our first year together we entered Hunter Trials, where we always had a clear round but were never placed, as our time was never fast enough. I was always very pleased just to get round. As we had been so busy jumping, Guinness had Christmas off for a much-needed rest.
In January 1999, Guinness very slowly came back into work, for our first Hunter Trial of the year. We had both worked hard for this season. We came second. Oh what joy! All the hard work had paid off.
We then entered a BHS Hunter Trial and were placed 5th out of 47 in our class. The first six have a place at the finals in Milton Keynes, to be held on 10th October, 1999.
In our latest competition, at Kingsclere, we came 11th out of 67 in the class. The next one is a team event on 29th August, followed by a ‘pairs’ cross-country event on 5th September. From then, we shall be jumping at home, as I do not want anything to go wrong before the finals at Milton Keynes.
I have never before had a horse in whom I can put 200% trust. Now that I have one, I think he is one in a million, and he could never be replaced.
Thank you AVMC, for the chance to work with this wonderful horse.”
A— (August 1999)
(Note: Guinness was ‘rescued’ from slaughter. He had suffered beatings, been rescued by a sympathetic dressage rider and had then succumbed to various crippling injuries which were sustained as a result of his inability to throw off his earlier traumas. The injuries were tendon sprain, hock and fetlock sprains and severe back problems. He was turned out at the AVMC and treated mentally and physically, until such time as he appeared to be a horse again. He was then offered on loan to various sympathetic homes but went lame on each occasion. We could not let him go, as he clearly did not want to leave his ‘holiday camp’. When A— came to see him, it was love at first sight for both. They ran across the field to each other. This was the happy result.)
It is with great sadness that I write this news, as my beloved K—– was put to sleep on November 1st. It started with a cold, loss of appetite and not wanting to go on. I do not need to tell you how devastated I was and still am. He had a wonderful life with us and gave so much all the time. He has left a huge gap in my life; he was truly my soul-mate.
He was about 21 years old, which must be unique for an FIV-positive cat. He had the best veterinary care possible, for so many years.
Thank you very much for your help with B–. Although he was walking so well after the acupuncture, we decided to see our vet before we went to Scotland, so that if he started limping again we had something to fall back on. She gave us Rimadyl, saying that it was the one least likely to have side effects, and the least likely to interfere with his homeopathic medicine.
He did not need to take it! He has been super, climbing mountains & walking long distances for 3 weeks and is still walking really well.
Thank you so much.
I would like to thank you for all you have done for A-D. Following your treatment in November she has resumed her racing career, and I am pleased to say that, to date, she is certainly back to her best. We have raced her on 10 occasions since the beginning of April and she has won four races, had three second places and two third places, only being unplaced once, when she had to pull up due to an incident in front of her.
Hopefully we will not experience any re-occurrence of last year’s back problems, but I feel it may be beneficial if you were to look at her again following the racing season, and I will contact you again later in the year.
Once again, thanks so much for sending the prescription so promptly. The medicine should arrive by Friday, 15 October, by post.
More importantly, your acupuncture certainly has worked wonders. We have seen a vast improvement in S—-. She hasn’t been so well for more than two months. She is much brighter in spirits and perky. She is willing to go out without any persuasion, not dragging her back legs and actually standing and walking around on all fours. She even goes into a quick trot at times. It’s just so exciting.
I took your advice. In the early morning, as she is a bit stiff, I have been taking her in the car to the park, avoiding the hard pavements. She has a short walk and a rest. By the evening, she is more agile and I take her by car to the green, for a brisk walk around the cricket pitch (it started with half-way round the pitch and, last Friday, she managed 3.5 laps round the cricket pitch). She had me panting for breath, I can tell you. Saturday, she was a bit stiff but we managed a short walk in the park. Sunday, a long walk in the park and did very well. Monday short walk.
Yesterday, was the big test. I walked her on the pavement, all the way to the park and back, with 10 minutes fast walk around the green. She trotted home at quite a pace (bar two stops for a rest). This is a great breakthrough and it’s all thanks to you. She certainly took her time and had me really worried these past few months.
Fingers crossed, things will stabilise or get even better. Once again, thanks a million.
P.S.: If you don’t mind, I would like to report this improvement to Dr. Clemmons, of Florida University, and tell him that acupuncture not only helps but does wonders for CDRM.
Thank you for your letter concerning R——-’s death. It was such a thoughtful and beautiful letter and touched me deeply. I appreciate that you took the time to write it and that you care. It was a great comfort to receive it.
Her death was peaceful and beautiful, and at home. She chose her time and I held her. I am so grateful for the time we had together and that I had the opportunity to say goodbye. In the short time we had together, she brought so much love into my life and has transformed me and others who came to know her.
Your support and wonderful diagnosis was paramount in her healing. She did a lot of work when she lived with me and could not have gone so far without your help and the powerful yet gentle effects of homeopathic treatments. A conventional vet would have given up on her long ago and I am so grateful that you do the work that you do and that you run your practice with so much love. It was a pleasure to have worked with you and to have experienced directly the fine quality of your healing. I know that R——- trusted you completely, as I do, and thoroughly enjoyed working with you. So many practices operate with the energy of fear; it was very special to us that yours is the energy of love.
You were also a great support to me throughout the last months. Thank you for being in such close contact with me and for never giving up.
I hope that we will work together again one day, although I’m not planning on any more animals for a while.
I have the pleasure of enclosing a photograph of Polo and her lovely filly foal. Thanks to your wonderful pills, the mare has the best udder she has ever had! Gallons of milk and doing the foal really well! Thank you so very much. Your medicines really do work miracles.
I have had such superb results for my horses and dogs from you over the years.
Would you very kindly help with another matter? I am …………………….
Polo is a mare who had lost her udder and milk, having gone a week overdue in June 2007.
It’s time to close the file on D—- the dog. His demise was assisted on 11th April. He spent a long time fighting but his liver had packed up and he began bleeding. It’s very sad of course. It’s unlikely I shall choose to go through it all again, with another animal.
However, the bright side in all my charges has been an introduction to the value of homeopathy and holistic care, inspired by the great man, yourself. My total admiration for your work, personal thanks to yourself and all the staff.
When I am rich I shall donate vast sums of money to your practice but, in the meantime, be content with the honorary title of ‘Sir ——————–’
With the spirit of T——, B—- and D—-
I am writing to express my sincere thanks to you for visiting and treating P—–, on 9th July, at Stowe and for inviting P—– and me to the saddle fitting centre, last Thursday.
As you know, I was not convinced that the course of treatment recommended by our vet. was the right one for P—–. However, I could tell by the way P—– behaved, when he first met you, that I had made the right decision. Your approach to P—– as a whole, rather than just the lameness in his near foreleg, was new to both P—– and me but it is definitely the right way forward. It’s so obvious, looking back now.
I moved P—– to a new livery yard, near Bicester, on 18th July and turned him out in a 10-acre field, with 8 other geldings. He is now beginning to come to the gate when I call him for his twice-daily dose of tablets. The change in him since your visit is amazing. He is a lot happier and so am I. A few months ago, I was reluctantly considering selling him, because he was becoming too much for me to handle and was proving very difficult to catch in the field, prior to his treatment.
Thank you for allowing me to bring my friend with me, to the saddle-fitting centre. It was very interesting. I am still amazed at the improvement in P—– when ridden in the new saddle. I cannot thank you enough for finding the faults in my original saddle, which I must admit I had not realised, until you pointed them out to me. Thanks, too, for giving P—– and me the opportunity to see what a huge difference a good saddle can make to a horse’s performance.
Another thank you, too, for recommending the Bach Rescue Remedy when travelling him; it helped us both enormously.
We know it’s been a long time since our last report but we thought you should know that you had now managed to cure her, without knowing it. When we brought her to see you back in ’96 you recommended we didn’t vaccinate her any more, as this may have been a problem. We couldn’t comply at the time, as we also had a breeding bitch and, according to regulations, we had to have all dogs vaccinated. Now we no longer have a breeding bitch, so this year we didn’t have her revaccinated and we followed the diet you recommended back in June ’96.
Now we have a very healthy dog. She was on her deathbed, losing 2 kg per day. Now she’s fine. We want to pass on our heartfelt thanks. We left it so long to let you know, since we thought it might be tempting fate if we told you sooner!
“R—, a 23 year-old pony who was a ‘strangles’ contact. She had not been revaccinated for 15 years, being a long-standing patient of yours but only suffered very transient illness, in a yard in which the other horses were suffering badly, from a severe strangles-like outbreak.
Further to my telephone to your practice a week ago, when you advised that I should put R— on Hepar sulph., I had no need to do so. During the day, she decided to be well again. When I went to the stables in the evening, my friend, who had attended her in the morning, said she’d eaten all her hay and had drunk a lot of water overnight.
Throughout the day R— had wandered about in the yard and had eaten and drunk as much as normal. I have been taking her out grazing in hand this week and she’s been tucking into the grass like anything. I put her in the field yesterday for two hours and she enjoyed that and came in very muddy. She was actually 23, on the 28th April (Tuesday) and, although she’d worried me a week ago, I thought she looked great on her birthday. That’s not bad for a pony, about whom I previously rang you (when she was 8) to come and put down for me, as she was so ill. She’s wonderfully well. Many thanks.
Look – here is proof that Remy is well again! This picture was taken on 28.4.98 and she is 23 years old! Looking a bit skinny after her recent slight illness but getting better in leaps and bounds. Many thanks to you all for your attention over the years and especially over the last month.”
Ruff has always been an active and healthy dog but had one particular problem. Every summer he suffered from dreadful itching. He scratched, chewed himself, rolled furiously – anything to relieve the maddening discomfort. Poor Ruffie. The first stop was to our local Vet who did his best with conventional treatment. To relieve the itching Ruff was given a steroid injection which appeared to clear the problem almost immediately. But the following year, the same problem, and he was given the same treatment. Again apparent relief. But shortly after the injection Ruff began to develop a bald patch on his neck. This was spreading fairly rapidly and the Vet had no solution. Ruff was sent to the local veterinary hospital for expert advice. A specialist and 4 students examined him. Ruff hated it. He was frightened being prodded and poked by 5 strangers, and became quite aggressive. Various possibilities were discussed but no helpful recommendations were made.
Meanwhile the patch grew, spreading across his back – no irritation, no inflammation, just a growing area of hairlessness. Just when options appeared to be running out, a friend recommended homeopathy, and specifically Christopher who, it appeared, had worked magic with her cat. So the next stop was Chris’s homeopathic surgery, Ruff sniffing around the office and feeling perfectly at home, and me doing what every pet ‘owner’ loves to do- talking about their pet – its likes and dislikes, emotional problems, idiosyncrasies (and there were plenty of those), eating and sleeping habits, social interaction, and so on. The approach was so different – relaxed and non-threatening, not only for the ‘owner’ but more importantly for the pet. By the time the chat was finished Ruff was perfectly happy to be examined.
The first discovery was a misalignment of a vertebra which was causing Ruff to lift one back leg while running. A rapid adjustment was made, Ruff squeaked with surprise (as the misplaced vertebra popped back into place) and then he turned and licked his doctor. A dog’s way of saying thank you. And the skin problems? From our discussions, Chris had identified the likely cause of both the skin irritation and the bald patch.
Firstly the skin irritation was possibly caused by diet.. Ruff had been fed predominantly tinned and dried food, just as the majority of dogs are fed and it seemed likely that this was the underlying cause. So what should we feed our dogs? Fresh food, meat, tripe vegetables , rice- a good mixed diet – all explained in ‘Feeding Dogs the Natural Way’ by Christopher. To calm the skin Chris prescribed Sulphur. The combination of diet change and a short course of the Sulphur remedy has proved a great success. Since then Ruff has hardly been seen to scratch apart from the occasion he acquire a flee!
And the bald patch? It was suggested this was a likely side effect of the steroid injection which had been administered to stop the itching. Suddenly it seemed obvious as the patch had spread from the point that had been injected. But nobody else had spotted it. The patch disappeared within a month. Most visits to the Vet for domestic pets involve some sort of dermatological problem. Homeopathy can mean a cure without any side effect – and hopefully no ongoing expense!
Ruff has also been switched from an annual vaccination against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus to a homeopathic nosode giving the same protection without the side effects that can accompany the conventional vaccination.
When big Cassie arrived, little Ruff was so upset and jealous, which is a common problem when introducing a new dog into the home. He was prescribed Lachesis to help calm him and overcome his jealousy. He’s a great deal better now, though inevitably, some quarrelling still goes on.
And Cassie – in the short time she’s been here she has already benefited from Chris’s ministrations and from homeopathic remedies. She’s a ‘long’ dog with a spine susceptible to ‘slippage’ On arrival she had a rather more obvious distortion than Ruff’s which Chris quickly manipulated into place, and just as Ruff had done, she said thank you with a big lick.
Cassie had been starved and neglected with no experience of being a happy, carefree puppy. Chris prescribed Sepia to help rebalance her female ‘workings’ and Phosphorus to calm her and help her enjoy life again. Only months later Cassie is a beautiful, loving animal, winning prizes at the local dog shows, and charming everyone who meets her. I shall never cease to marvel at the forgiving nature of animals. She has a slight runny eye problem which we seem to brought under control using Euphrasia.
Homeopathy and a good natural diet have worked for both these dogs on a range of physical and emotional problems which could otherwise have been very difficult to treat using conventional treatments. The animal medicine cabinet contains an ever growing range of remedies to use in case of similar problems occurring.
N.B. Amazingly, pet insurance, unlike most medical insurance policies for humans, includes homeopathic treatment for the insured animal.
Firstly, thank you for your positive and pragmatic advice last week – without it we would have continued to think that Henry was a dead dog walking and we would not have pursued any further surgical treatment. ——– We visited A & A and they recommended N. D. R. ———-
So today we have just returned from there – the ultrasound indicated, as you suspected, that the tumour was confined to the spleen. They did some further X-Rays to check Henry’s lungs were clear and then operated. They discovered that the tumour was solely on the spleen – the size of a small grapefruit and there appeared to be no sign of spread to other organs. Henry has apparently come round and is looking quite perky. —– All in all far, far better than we anticipated a couple of weeks ago. ——– We told both A & A and N. D. R. that we had seen you and we quoted you to both practices (I won’t embarrass you by telling you how highly we praised you and your methods but hopefully your ears were burning) – they both knew of you and agreed completely with your prognosis and suggested way forward.
I would have no hesitation in recommending both these practices – the vets are lovely, they are both quiet, confident, calm, efficient and give very balanced advice and judgement. Within their respective fields they seem to really know their stuff.
My wife and I always feel an air of reassurance and calmness when we visit you – even the dogs seem to sense that they are in good hands when they are with you and I have to say that we feel much the same about A & A and N. D. R. now – Henry is very relaxed with both of them (something I can’t say about him at our local practice). I can’t say that it’s something I wanted to test but we do seem to have discovered a trio of vets in you, and them, that should sort anything out – bones, muscles and soft tissues from them and general well-being from you – not a lot else we need really! — Once he is up to strength, we shall bring him up to you again to check what we can do further in homeopathic terms, to assist —- we would prefer your alternative methods to aid his full recovery if at all possible.
N.B. patient’s name changed, for confidentiality reasons.
a name=”024″>”I have just discovered your truly excellent website! I have only touched the surface but felt I had to stop delving into it and write to you with congratulations (and awe!)……………”
“You need to take your beloved cat to The Alternative Vet in Oxfordshire where the homeopathic vet, Christopher D, has his practice. I called him, just before Christmas, on behalf of a friend whose elderly dog was seriously ill ……………….. three months on, that particular animal is still doing well and is a great deal less stressed by his condition.
The therapies Day and his colleagues will use include herbal medicine, flower remedies, acupuncture, homeopathy and natural diet – and I was deeply impressed when I was asked to bring a urine sample collected from my dog the first time I took her there, having never had this request from any vet in the past. I was also impressed that, despite being notoriously vet-shy, she trotted happily into his consulting room and really liked him.”
“In September 2002, I took Becky to see Christopher, at the Alternative Vet, to discuss an alternative to her annual booster vaccination (nosode). She was, as far as I was aware at the time, a normal, healthy and happy dog, although I did sometimes think that she might not have been quite as active and agile as my previous dog, at the same age. I put that down to breed difference, since the previous one was an Irish Setter.
Christopher D was watching Becky, as we spoke about the nosode treatment, and he said, at the end of the discussion, that he thought she appeared rather ‘old’ and serious for her age. He asked permission to look at her back, which he thought looked ‘wrong’. He then manipulated and corrected any problems he found, which Becky appeared to enjoy. The main problem found was near the base of the spine (lumbo-sacral joint and pelvis).
Becky was very quiet on the way home in the car. She slept most of the evening but, next morning, what a wonderful surprise I had. She was like a different dog – bouncy, happy and lively. I was so pleased that I took her back, a month later, for Chris to see what an incredible difference he had made to her life. Through his experience and just a few minutes observation, he had noticed her problem. He then successfully treated it and it has not recurred, all without resorting to any kind of drugs, surgery or anaesthetic.”
“Medical History: Annual inoculation. The skin condition illustrated in the photographs started in November 1999. Various treatments, including steroids, had resulted in little effect.
Cassie was referred to Newmarket Veterinary Hospital on the 13th July 2000. Various treatments were undertaken, including further courses of antibiotics and steroids. These had little effect and comprehensive skin testing was undertaken but the results were inconclusive. Treatment continued but the condition failed to improve.
£2,500 had been spent, by now.
On the 7th June 2001, Cassie was referred to Mr. Day and a consultation was arranged for the 15th June 2001. Cassie’s diet was changed and homeopathic Morgan Bach tablets prescribed. Within a week there was a marked improvement and after two weeks the condition had completely disappeared.
The condition has re-appeared from time to time but a further short course of Morgan Bach resolved the complaint.
There is no doubt that the diagnosis and treatment by Mr. Day enabled Cassie to live a full and contented life. Cassie subsequently died aged eight.”
Christmas Card 2005: “It’s hard to remember Daisy as the very poorly kitten I brought to see you in 2003 – I wish you could see her now – fitter and livelier than all our other cats put together!”
Christmas Card 2006: “Daisy, whom you treated in 2003 (now three years old), continues to be our fittest and liveliest cat and a tremendous character!”
I was overwhelmed to get your letter about our goose, Eddi. I confess I searched the envelope for a bill, but found none! It was so kind of you to write and I’ll always appreciate it.……. I do thank you for your care of Eddi and for your wonderful letter.
Very best wishes
J T of Thame – February 2004
Holly P—–, 16 y.o. Border Collie bitch – 1st seen at AVMC on 17th May 2006 – complaint: “difficulty getting up”.
Examination – no palpable evidence of arthritis – manipulated spine (lumbar) and pelvis (rhs) (and advised homeopathic Rhus toxicodendron).
Report by letter – 14th June 2006:
“I regret to inform you that I have a serious complaint about your treatment of my dog, Holly and I shall be taking my concerns to your governing body.
The dog was presented to you, with all her veterinary records, for treatment, as she was having difficulty jumping approximately 15 inches into her chair.
Four days after you manipulated her spine, I took her for a gentle stroll, appropriate for her age, around the fields. She then saw several rabbits and, instead of ignoring them, as normal for her, she set off at a gallop, slowing to a brisk trot and vanished into the bottom of a 15 foot deep hedge, concealing a huge badger sett. After calling for her for some time, I heard a strangled yelp. Convinced that she had somehow become trapped, I felt my only option was to go in after her. This entailed lying on my stomach and crawling, commando-fashion, into the base of the hedge! I crawled up and down the hedge, all of which seemed sharp or prickly, until it became obvious that I could go no further and I crawled out. Feeling I needed help, I decided to ring my husband – then discovering that I had no mobile ‘phone.
Leaving my car where Holly would find it, I leapt on the quad bike and rocketed into the road and stopped a passing motorist, demanding his ‘phone. As I looked (and had been) as though I’d been dragged through several hedges, he looked rather alarmed but nonetheless lent me his ‘phone. I rang my husband, which then meant that A—– S—— was obliged to close his business, in order to bring my husband home.
Once my husband arrived, I tore home to get my ‘phone and shortly received a call from Stokenchurch!
The yelp was not a trapped dog but signalled a ‘view halloo’ of a muntjak. She had pursued it into the neighbouring farm and out into the village. Apparently, she had a contretemps with a bull terrier – when released, she lay down in the middle of the road and suggested a lift home would now be ‘in order’. She was unscathed but I was scratched, weary and traumatised.
I am sure you will agree that this is an appalling case of ‘OVER-IMPROVEMENT’. I shall be expecting a handsome rebate in my account, if only to cover the cost of sticking plaster, embrocation and the strong drink.
P.S. The dog is 16 years old. The ‘owner’ is 76 years old.”
Please find enclosed payment for the laboratory fee (blood sample). I would also like to thank you so much for trying to help Monty and for the kindness you shared with us. I do hope more veterinarians will take an example from your practice. I shall certainly share my experience with others.
Yours very sincerely H & M D of Walsall – February 2004
“On a more personal note, my mother-in-law’s dog, Elsa, who was very successfully treated by you several years ago, finally passed away in November. My mother-in-law was always very grateful for your treatment.
For context, here is an extract of the original vet letter back to this vet (N.B. this vet is CertSAOrtopaedics):
Dear J- – –
Ref: Elsa, Old English Mastiff bitch
……………. The lameness on the left fore is very pronounced at present with loss of muscle mass in a few particular muscles anterior to the scapula. Triceps and infraspinatus appeared to be over developed by comparison.
Treatment of similar cases of OCD in the past has resulted in varying outcomes, mostly positive with a good number very successful, so I hope that will also apply to Elsa. Against her is her size and weight, coupled with her enthusiasm.
I have given Acupuncture by laser, coupled with direct LASER therapy (IR.50). I have supported this with homœopathic Ruta and Calcarea. I have asked for a report in about ten days, at which time I may suggest further LASER, depending upon responses. …….
“Whilst returning the invoice and payment for recent work, I wish to say a very grateful ‘thank you’ for your personal letter, received after the sad loss of Erin. I am certain that, without your help, she wouldn’t have had such a long and happy later period to her life with us. You really gave us eighteen months together, which we didn’t expect but for which we shall be eternally grateful. During this time, she happily enjoyed each day, never missing her daily exercise, playing with the younger ones, chasing rabbits – also enjoying three holidays in Southern Ireland. Those latter months were so very precious and have left us so many happy memories.
My kindest regards and grateful thanks
I was moved by your kind letter about Lottie. I was going to write to you to express my gratitude for the wonderful way in which you treated her and took such an interest in her welfare (one among thousands which you must have treated). My daughter and I give you infinite thanks for literally doubling her life since that first terrible disc damage, seven years ago when she spent a month in your consulting room and four months later walked again.
Once again true, true support and understanding. Thank you for your lovely letter and a huge thank you for your time on the telephone, on Monday. I managed to learn a lot, although I do think I rambled at you a bit too much – sorry!
It is so reassuring chatting to you about such issues – thank you for being such a strong believer – I can then dare to trust my own instincts.
Your office was so, so supportive on Monday, when I was in a mess – really took the time and truly cared.
Thank you for your help with my mare, treated for chronic abscessation of the feet.
Both the abscesses and the sarcoids/warts have responded. The sarcoids are shrinking and she has completely stopped the abscessation.
I came across this interesting thread, the other day … it is from 2003 but is a very fresh topic (vaccination).
Bumble has now been renamed ‘Naomi’ – after the Supermodel! It is simply unbelievable. Up until about 6 weeks ago, we were seriously discussing the possibility of having to have Bumble put to sleep, – her skin was still so bad and she was clearly in distress.
Her veterinary records from our vets should indicate how bad her skin was. However, neither they nor you saw her at her absolute worst point, which was after Christmas, about four weeks after she had come off steroids and started the homeopathic treatment. She definitely got worse before she got better. She was literally covered in lesions, all bleeding and leaking pus. There was practically no area of her body that was clear.
Then all of a sudden, from the top of her head and back down – her skin started to clear. Her coat is now thicker and in really good condition. She has now only a couple of lesions on her. I would never have believed it possible.
I do not like to tempt fate, but it really does seem as if we have turned the corner.
This case illustrated beautifully two important possible sequelae of homeopathic treatment – one is ‘worse before better’ (although this is usually accompanied by an increased well-being) (homeopathic therapeutic aggravation) and Hering’s Law, which describes the order in which symptoms and signs recede.
Again, thank you and your ladies for your splendid help for Paddy. I hope to have dealings with you in the future.”
Reported put foot to floor for first time in ages, as left the premises! She had received LASER, ACA supplement, homeopathic RRA3 30 and Calc. fluor. 12x.
Later (autumn 2003) used Dulcamara then Conium.
Letter 2nd November 2005:
This is to let you know that sadly we have lost our Poppy. We would like to thank you for all your help. We have been with you for over 3 years; this is nearly all extra time that we have been able to spend with her.
Again, many thanks.
3 y.o. Thoroughbred colt – laminar fracture of vertebra – a rare fracture affecting the vertebral joint
Six weeks rest had been recommended but he was still in trouble six months later, when AVMC was contacted. He then received spinal manipulation, acupuncture, LASER therapy and homeopathy. He was put onto a more natural diet, to aid healing.
“I just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for your help with this colt, who you will be pleased to know won on his second start this season, in a valuable handicap stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
It was a great result for everyone who has looked after this colt during the 20 months he has had away from the racecourse and so very satisfying to see him come back in such good style. We are all hopeful that he can go on to even bigger and better things and realise his considerable potential.
with kind regards ……”
By the time he came, he was not obviously lame at the front, owing to severe lameness of his RH. Assessment revealed cruciate ligament damage in the right hind, with poor conformation of both stifles, along with chronic changes in both elbows, presumably from developmental problems. He received Homeopathic, Acupuncture and Chiropractic intervention from that time.
Sirius was referred to a senior Orthopaedic Specialist, in August 2004, in order to ensure that all avenues had been explored and that opportunities for intervention were not lost.
The report was not as gloomy as it might have been, activity and quality of life having been restored / preserved, despite extensive pathology.
Quote from Orthopædic Specialist’s report – August 2004
On clinical examination, Sirius was lame on the right hind with a thickened stifle but no obvious pain or instability on manipulation of the joint. Both elbows were thickened, with a limited range of flexion.
Radiographs of both elbows showed advanced osteoarthritic change with extensive periarticular osteophyte formation, which has occurred secondary to elbow dysplasia associated with osteoarthritis dissecans/fragmented coronoid lesions. The elbows are stable and pain-free and, at this late stage, there could be little to be gained from arthroscopy or arthrotomy and surgical removal of the OCD/FCP lesions.
Radiographs of the right stifle show osteoarthritic change which has occurred secondary to chronic breakdown of the cranial cruciate ligament. Sirius has an excessively steep tibial plateau angle of 30o in both stifles (normal 21o) and it is this conformation fault which has predisposed him to cruciate rupture at an early age. It is quite possible that the cruciate ligament in the left stifle may also rupture at some stage.
Despite all these orthopædic problems, Sirius is coping very well at present. He is very active, taking 2 miles walking per day and swimming. I have suggested that the homeopathic treatment and nutraceuticals should be continued. If we get to September and the right cruciate is still causing lameness, then I recommend Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy (TPLO).
Please let me know. Thank you for the referral.
Sirius was treated at the AVMC again and was seen again by the specialist in January 2005:
Further to my report of August 2004, I examined Sirius for possible TPLO surgery on the right stifle.
Sirius has continued to exercise fully, with no lameness problems except for occasional transient bouts of stiffness. On examination today, he was sound in all paces, the right hind was well-muscled and, although the stifle was thickened, there was no pain or instability on manipulation of the joint.
I do not feel that there is any indication at present for any form of surgical intervention. He can be allowed to continue with his regular two-mile walks but should also continue with your homeopathic treatment and the nutraceuticals. For his elbow and stifle arthritis.
If, at a later date, he should have a flare-up of stifle lameness, which fails to respond to medication, then I would be pleased to see him again for possible surgery.
It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that we had to say goodbye to our beloved G—–, last week. At 16½, all four legs were finally letting her down but, even on the last day, she managed a little walk down the lane with her usual spirit.
I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the family, to thank you for all you have done for her, over the years – you gave her a quality of life she could not otherwise have achieved. Please also thank C——- for her kind help over the telephone.
Again, many thanks & kind regards
J. S. of Solihull.
Gillie was first seen at the AVMC with arthritis in March 1998. She was eventually put to sleep in March 2004, aged 16½.
Tyler – Labrador X – first seen at AVMC 25.04.03, @ 8 y.o. – Bone tumour in jaw – diagnosed by X-Ray
Homeopathic Phosphorus, followed by Sulphur, followed by Silica.
Recovered, swelling reduced – symptoms disappeared (i.e. swallowing, pain etc.) very quickly.
Kept very well indeed until October 2005. Euthanased early November 2005.
Decline coincided with Tyler’s ‘owner’ being hospitalised with hip replacement.
Letter 5th November 2005:
Thank you so much for your lovely letter and for being there. Thanks to you, Tyler lived for another two and a half years which, I know, surprised our local vets. He was my guardian angel dog . I miss him terribly.
“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.”
Mara was seen in April 2004, because of her shoulder dysplasia with associated lameness. This responded well to homeopathic treatment. However, in early 2007, lameness became a problem again. Mara was given chiropractic and LASER treatment in May 2007. In August 2007:
“After the LASER treatment, Mara limped badly the next day. The day after that, she didn’t limp and has generally been better. We have not been able to bring her since” (Mara comes from 150 miles away).
I hope you get these pictures ok. They were taken last Sunday evening. We had just been for a ride up the wood, our second ride over the weekend. Red would not stand for his photo and managed to bite my thumb …….., his zest and enthusiasm are endless. I think it is time I bought a riding hat!
I began healing on Red a few months ago, and despite no faith in myself, Red has had enough faith for us both, and he tells me when he needs healing and when he has had enough. I now only offer him healing once every few days.
I am bracing myself for the frosty weather though!
His feet look lovely, and we only take the minimum amount off his sole each time his feet are trimmed (approx every 3 weeks), as I figured this may help him stay sound and it has – I even rode him the day after trimming last week. I was reluctant to ride him too often as he is a bit lean, but he has changed behaviour since I have ridden him more, he is calmer and much more affectionate, he almost looks a better shape too! I am now hoping to clip a bit of hair off from between his back legs and chest as he gets a bit warm with the mild weather, his coat is thicker but no more long fluffy hairs, and some of his old markings have reappeared!
We both owe you so much. You showed us another way of managing illness and lifestyle, and if it was not for you things would have turned out differently for sure. You also taught me to have faith in Red, and that is what I tell him. I tell him I trust him, and there is less mollycoddling and more partnership between us.
Anyway I am sure you have lots to do and I am waffling on. If ever we can be used as a case study to help someone else, please use us, we would be so lost without you, and Christine.
Thank you so very much for getting us to where we are now.
Please send more of your Mastitis Nosode – We are still getting good results.
dairy cows – dairy cow – dairy herd – mastitis – mastitis in cows – dairy herd mastitis – nosode – mastitis nosode – mixed mastitis nosode
“Yippee! 1000% improvement! Different horse completely, Instructor couldn’t believe it when saw him move – on the right hand side of his wither, he used to sweat profusely and now not sweating at all! Will be in touch if he needs manipulation again.”
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.
Well, N—- is much improved since our visit to you on 17th December. He’s a different dog, enjoying his new food and much more like his old self – more alert and generally contented with life. ………. I find your book on Feeding Dogs very helpful and packed with information.
Even an old dog can learn new tricks! This message came 19 days after the consultation and his change to a natural feeding program. Inflammatory bowel disease can be a stubborn and distressing problem but usually responds well to diet and homeopathy.
From the day we received him into our family, he suffered from diarrhoea with horrid blood and jelly-like faeces. We went to two mainstream vets, who were unable to help him. Then we came to you for help and, after only a few weeks, Bertie was passing normal stools. . . . . Thank you for all the trouble you took.
Bertie had suffered chronic diarrhoea and poor condition for well over a year, yet was able to stage a recovery. The challenge with chronic diarrhoea appears to be not just the elimination of undesirable organisms from the bowel but also to stimulate the regeneration of the ‘villi’, those all-important microscopic ‘fingers’ that project into the lumen of the bowel and enable efficient absorption of nutrients.