Animals and Homeopathy
Homeopathy works beautifully with animals (and very young children) – a counter argument to skeptics who dismiss homeopathy’s effects as placebo.
When we treat animals, we ask that their owners bring them to our clinic and use the side entrance to the east of our main door. (Kristin makes barn calls to treat horses and other large animals.) The initial consultation will take one to two hours. We will ask about medical history (a copy of veterinary records is helpful but not required), diet, vaccination history, behaviors, any fears, etc. As with humans, we will focus primarily on symptoms – when they started, specifics on their appearance, what makes them better or worse, and how your animal is affected by them.
Our goal is to get as much information as possible about your companion animal to understand their condition and what makes them unique. We do not diagnose or treat disease and will not be doing a physical examination of your animal – only a visual observation in our clinic setting. Since many animals are consuming diets that may be contributing to their chronic conditions, we may also make suggestions about improving the quality of their food. (See information on pet food and supplies.)
Once we’ve gathered and synthesized the information you’ve given us, we will recommend a single remedy that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional picture your animal presents. The initial follow-up consultation to assess the animal’s reaction to the remedy should be scheduled 4-6 weeks after the first remedy dose and can take place at the clinic or by phone. Further follow-up appointments may be scheduled as needed, although we recommend at least one follow-up consult per year.
As with humans, acute conditions will react quickly to a well chosen remedy, and chronic conditions will take more time to improve or heal. But there should be a visible improvement in energy and overall constitution of your animal soon after they take a well chosen remedy. Many owners are able to take over the ongoing treatment of their animals after we identify the appropriate constitutional remedy and potency. You may call us with any questions or if new symptoms appear.
We have seen excellent results with animals with a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. Contact us to see if your animal could benefit from homeopathic treatment.
Goldstein, Martin. The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat.
Graham, Helen & Gregory Vlamis. Bach Flower Remedies for Animals.
Hamilton, Don. Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals.
Lennihan, Begabati, Margo Roman, & Shirley Moore. A Healer in Every Home.
Pitcairn, Richard & Susan Hubble Pitcairn. Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.
Schultze, Kymythy. Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats.
Taylor, Beth & Karen Shaw Becker. Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs & Cats: Simple Homemade Food.
Dawn Huebner 651-480-8866 www.animalpsyche.com
Pet Food and Supplies
Good Sources for Pet Food and Supplies
Woody’s Pet Food Deli
Minneapolis and St. Paul – 612-208-0335
It’s a Pet’s Life: Your Holistic Pet Center
Plymouth – 763-476-7372
Chuck and Don’s Pet Food Outlet
Several Twin Cities locations
Twin Cities Natural Food Coops or
Whole Foods stores
Some Good Pet Food Brands
Acana or Orijen
Nature’s Variety Instinct
Stella & Chewy’s
Steve’s Real Food
Pet Food Label Reading
Ingredients to Avoid:
Meat by-products, by-product meal, or bone meal.
Chemical preservatives such as BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, or propyl gallate.
Sweeteners or artificial colors.
All cats and most dogs do better on a grain-free diet. Check labels carefully.
Ingredients to Look For:
Whole meat source (or single source meat meal) as first ingredient
Whole, unprocessed vegetables and/or grains (caution on corn, a frequent allergen)
When Switching to a New Food – Sensitive Dogs Especially:
For both dogs and cats, use glass, ceramic, or stainless steel bowls for both water and food. Avoid plastic bowls, which may leach harmful chemicals. When you introduce a dog to new type of food, start by (at each meal) mixing 1/4 new food and 3/4 current food. Feed for 2-3 days, then go to mix of 1/2 new and 1/2 current food for 2-3 days. Then go 3/4 new and 1/4 current food for 2-3 days, then all new food. The process of going to a new food should be gradual over at least 7-10 days, even more slowly for very sensitive animals. This process can usually go more quickly for alternating raw foods or for cats. Stop at any time if animal is reacting badly — e.g., diarrhea, vomiting. Save receipts — stores will usually take back any unused food your animal can’t/won’t eat and suggest another brand.
Homemade and/or Raw Pet Food
In order of good nutrition, pet foods can be ranked from most to least as follows: properly prepared raw food, properly prepared cooked food, high quality canned food, high quality dry bagged food. Contrary to what we have been led to believe, variety is healthful for our pets, so it helps to vary their diet. We can use a mix of the above types of food. Taylor & Becker’s book (see above, look for 3rd edition or later) offers recipes for homemade pet food that are carefully balanced for optimal nutrition and suggests ways to vary the protein, grain, or vegetable sources. Woody’s Pet Food Deli sells both raw and cooked food of excellent quality and variety. Nature’s Variety Instinct, Primal, and Stella & Chewy’s sell a variety of raw frozen food in patties for larger animals and medallions for smaller animals. Local companies Sojourner Farms www.sojos.com and Furoshnikov’s formulas www.cookforyourdog.com offer premixed grains and/or vegetables to add to fresh ground or chopped meat. Always avoid onions (toxic to animals) and citrus (too acidic), use little or no salt, and vary meat source – chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, rabbit, buffalo, and venison are all good options. Another local company, Swanson Meats, offers “raws for paws“. It’s good for pets’ teeth and calcium intake to offer raw bones periodically, but always raw as cooked or smoked bones may splinter. For animals as for humans, organic or pasture grown food sources are best when possible. To find whole food supplements specified in some of the recipes, Mastel’s Health Foods is a good source www.mastelshealthfoods.com. For supplements or ingredients in bulk, try Good Sources listed above.