What is Homeopathy and  How Can It Help My Pet?

by Patricia A. Cooper DVM at Cooper Animal Clinic

The practice of Homeopathy has actually been around for over 200 years since its development by German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the early 1700's. The basic principle of Homeopathy is "let likes be cured by likes." Homeopathy sees signs of disease, characterized by certain symptoms, as evidence that the body is out of balance and not working in a healthy way. Homeopathic cures are accomplished not by opposing the body's natural efforts, but by stimulating its own healing power.

Homeopathic medicines (or remedies) are prepared from plant, animal or mineral sources which are diluted many times to varying potencies. The remedy is a dilution - a microdose - that would, in a large dose, cause the same symptoms in a healthy animal. Careful consideration by the doctor determines which remedy most matches your pet's disease condition.

Most conditions, but certainly not all, treated by Homeopathy are chronic or long-term in nature. Quick results cannot be expected in these cases; healing may be very slow and gradual. Throughout the healing process, old conditions that have occurred previously may reappear. This is not a negative response but rather a healing reaction. Some past illnesses must be brought to the surface for deep healing to take place.

The most difficult part of Homeopathy is being patient. All too often, we expect changes to occur more quickly than the pet can be expected to respond. The Homeopathic remedies must be allowed a proper time for healing action to occur. What you should notice is a positive change in your pet's well-being. Your animal should show signs of having more energy, acting happier, and just being more pleasant to be around.