Animal Health

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Why Natural Treatment for Animals
How can I help my animals?
Safe Natural Remedies for Animals
Bovine TB and other farm animal problems
Pet vaccines
Animal Links
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THIS PAGE is work in progress. What will you find here? Some discussion of aspects of animal health that I believe are significant. What will you NOT find here? Lists of remedies for ailments of your cat or dog. But don't stop - have a look!

Why Natural Treatment for Animals

Animals are our companions on this Earth. Animals inhabit all regions of the earth, from elephants in the Congo to bacteria in the Antarctic ice (yes, really), from eagles in the sky to moles in the ground; wild animals, farm animals, and domestic pets.

Animals have been involved in every aspect of human life. They are our friends, they work on our farms, they provide food. They are unwittingly involved in medical research and the production of vaccines, in warfare, and in industry and entertainment. They eat and recycle food into the soil. Above all, they are part of the natural order of the earth.

The category 'animals’ of course includes all insects, spiders, bacteria, fleas, nematode worms and other small beings that we may not immediately think of as animals. But on this page, I am considering the larger animals.

Animals suffer many ailments, some induced by humans, and animals deserve the option of the best natural treatments, just as people do.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: In the UK it is illegal for anyone who is not a vet to treat animals. This is strange, because in UK law, anyone can offer human treatment!  Let me be clear: I cannot treat your animals, but I can talk to you about them.  Please read on...

Here is what I can do:
  • I can discuss your animal’s health without suggesting medicines.
  • I can supply you (not your animal) with homeopathic medicines of your choice, or suggest pharmacies which can do so.
  • I can suggest websites or books for you to look at.
  • I may be able to recommend practitioners for you to visit.
  • I can recount interesting case histories I have heard - and I would love to hear your experiences.
  • I can tell you of many natural remedies, such as colloidal silver or glucosamine, with interesting results in cases of animal illness. I cannot legally recommend them for your animal, any more than I could recommend something for a human whose health background is unknown to me, and I do not sell them.
ALWAYS seek qualified veterinary advice before deciding on any treatment for your animal.

Vets and Healers
In the UK, some vets also have homeopathic training. This varies: some vets treat superficially with a few homeopathic remedies for specific ailments, while others treat more deeply, taking individual details before prescribing.
There are also some animal healers, horse whisperers etc. who are not vets, whom you may discover by local enquiry.
Some vets also use other therapies to help animals: See Animal Links.

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How can I help my animals?

homeopathy for animalsAlthough many companion animals, on the farm and at home, are special varieties bred for certain characteristics, they still share the needs of their ancestors. It may be hard to assess whether an animal is ‘happy’ as we would term it, but in my opinion, it is healthier for an animal to express any ability that it possesses. A grazing animal should graze, a carnivorous animal should eat meat, a bird should fly and a turtle should swim. This is not rocket science, it is common sense.

If we keep animals in conditions significantly different from the natural, we must expect trouble. This is especially true of highly-bred animals which lack the natural adaptability of their forebears.


Check out your animal’s diet and living conditions. Could you do more in the way of space, walks, food, exercise, variety? If you value your animal for its intelligence and emotional response, then compare how you would feel in its circumstances. Maybe, for a goldfish or a locust, confinement is not too cruel – I am not sure. For smart creatures like dogs, horses, pigs, parrots and elephants, confinement or other unnatural conditions must be torture. And how would you like to live on, say, baked beans every day of your life?

common senseNatural remedies can help many conditions for animals, in conjunction with common sense measures, and healthy living conditions for that animal. Many natural therapies have specialist branches for animals, eg. homeopathy, acupuncture, Bowen technique and osteopathy.

Specialist knowledge is invaluable, and prescribing on your own may be dangerous. It is essential to know what is normal for an animal before you can assess what is abnormal. Also, many animals are radically different from humans, for example, certain drugs, food or essential oils may be toxic. What helps us humans may harm our animals, so don't make assumptions.


Homeopathic Medicines for Animals

With appropriate veterinary advice, you may have selected a homeopathic medicine for your animal. Use homeopathic medicines in the potencies 6 or 30, widely available in health shops and pharmacies. The small sucrose or lactose pills dissolve easily: dogs and horses usually enjoy them direct in the mouth, other animals can take them in their drinking water.

One or a few pills will medicate a drinking bowl or a water trough, but it should be renewed in fresh water each day as long as dosing continues. I have heard of homeopathy being given to poultry via an atomiser spray, and I use remedies for my own ducks in this way. Please take qualified advice on how long to continue dosing.

Homeopathic or herbal?
Homeopathy is safe and non-toxic for all animals, but specialist knowledge of the animal is still necessary for good prescribing. Never assume that indications for use in humans are transferable to animals.

In humans, Arnica is widely used for bruising, injury, over-strain or tiredness. However, it must be used in homeopathic doses to be entirely safe. Herbal doses such as creams or drops may cause certain animals to have an adverse reaction. The same apples to many natural remedies. Never assume they are safe or appropriate for animals.

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Colloidal silver

A natural anti-microbial, offering help against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Easily applied as a spray, it is also available in bottles.

Colloidal Silver is clear, tasteless, odourless, painless, non-staining and non-greasy. It can be painlessly applied externally to skin, nose, mouth or eyes (as spray), for superficial infections. Any condition persisting more than a few dasy should be diagnosed by a vet. I have used it on myself, and treated ducks and cats of my own, and recommended it for my clients, even babies. But I cannot recommend it for you if you are not one of my clients.

It can also be taken internally but do not overdose. Although the amounts of silver are tiny, an overdose is toxic, and special care should be taken with small animals. Do not continue use, unsupervised, for more than a week.

Look for a product in an atomiser spray (or put it into your own spray bottle) and always check the use-by date.

Glucosamine

A natural booster for connective tissue health and joints, used by many humans with arthritis or other connective tissue problems. A supplement helps boost the body’s natural production of this glyco-protein. Humans are advised to allow 2 months for results. Does not interact with prescription medication.
I have heard dog owners say it has helped their dogs. I have no direct experience of this.

Magnetic Treatment

May assist a variety of aches and pains, including rheumatism or injury, in humans. See Bio-flow (Links) for details of their suggestions for magnetic dog/cat collars, and leg bandages for horses, as well as human applications! Magnetism works by assisting the oxygenation of the blood, and is used in some human hospitals. I believe Bio-flow offer a money-back guarantee.

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Bovine TB, Foot and Mouth, and other disasters
These diseases cause catastrophic damage to dairy and beef farmers, and threaten culling of the UK badger population. In other countries, they have been, and are, managed differently.

My own opinion is that we would benefit from an emphasis on positive long-term health for our animals. We must co-exist with various diseases. Neither humans nor animals can be isolated, and the healthy animal/human best resists disease. Environmental evidence has not been sufficiently discussed.


The Soil Association agrees that no single factor is likely to be responsible for Bovine TB. “Some argue that changes to the genetic make up of modern cattle breeds, with the focus on high yields and productivity at the potential expense of other traits, may have also resulted in a breeding pool that is more prone to infection with the disease.” Organic Farming magazine, Autumn 2007.


Some research on Bovine TB:

Animals are probably more likely to be infected when they are poorly nourished or under stress. Growing heifers and younger cows are most at risk.
Griffin, J. M. Martin, S. W. Thorburn, M. A. Eves, J. A. Hammond, R. F. (1996):


There is evidence that more intensive dairy farms have a higher risk of infection.

Griffin, J. M. Martin, S. W. Thorburn, M. A. Eves, J. A. Hammond, R. F. (1996):

A case-control study on the association of selected risk factors with the occurrence of bovine tuberculosis in the Republic of Ireland.

Preventive Veterinary Medicine 27: 1/2, 75-87.

Infection in housed animals is usually by inhalation.

Costello, E. Doherty, M. L. Monaghan, M. L. Quigley, F. C. O'Reilly, P. F. (1998):

A study of cattle-to-cattle transmission of Mycobacterium bovis infection.

Veterinary Journal 155: 3, 245-250

“Maize is a favourite food of badgers and there is growing evidence of links between the feeding of maize to dairy cattle and the incidence of bovine TB infection. Dick Roper believes there is a correlation between the growth of maize cropping and bovine TB outbreaks in the West Country. He believes there is a link between the outbreak of TB among badger populations and mineral deficiencies that can result from a maize-based diet.”

Organic Farming magazine, Autumn 2007

“It is not just the nutrition of the livestock which needs attention but, probably more importantly, the nutrition of the crops that provide the feed.” Written evidence from the Soil Association to the Royal Society, for the inquiry into infectious livestock diseases, January 2002; many references.

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Pet Vaccines

animal innoculationThere is debate about these, as there is about human immunisations. Reliable information is hard to come by, but it is likely that pet nutrition is connected with pet health, as it is with human health . The diet of cats, dogs, cage birds and other pets is significantly different from a natural diet, and living conditions are significantly different from wild conditions. This must have some effect.

Some pet diets are absolute rubbish, and bear no relation whatsoever to the natural diet of the animal. It would be strange if this did not affect health. Add to this, many pets are subject to the same pollutants as their owners: exhaust from cars; mobile phone and other electromagnetic radiation; chemicals in diet and shampoo; Teflon from carpets.

Consider your pet's health with the same care you would your own.

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Animal Links

Geoff Johnson, VetMB MA MRCVS VetMFHom RSHom PCH
A very experienced and highly qualified Homeopath & Vet, covering Taunton, Somerset and the South West.

Some vets use natural therapies to help animals: homeopathy, acupuncture, Bowen technique, osteopathy and reflexology to name but a few.

2 good sites on animal health especially cat/dog diabetes:
British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons
www.bahvs.com/

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

http://www.ahvma.org/

Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists
http://www.abva.co.uk/

This natural medicine centre offers some free advice:
http://www.naturalmedicinecentre.co.uk/

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