Should Veterinary Homeopathy Be Offered as a Treatment Option?Written by Dr. Jeff Feinman
Pet owners are looking for veterinary care across the entire spectrum of what’s available.
Some want what is the current "state of the art" regardless of price and prognosis. Others think spending thousands on a pet that has been diagnosed with a terminal disease is crazy. The problem, from a veterinarian’s point of view, is that we need to give the same information to both.
I try to inform my clients about the range of options available to them, but unless I’ve worked with the owner before, I’m bound to rub someone the wrong way at one end of the spectrum or the other. If I’m dealing with an "it’s just an animal" type and mention the option of chemotherapy for cancer treatment, I’ll likely get a "you’re just in it for the money" look. When I bring up euthanasia as an option to a "let’s do everything possible" client, I may be accused of giving up too soon. Most pet owners fall somewhere between these two extremes. They are interested in hearing what’s available to them, but will quickly exclude those alternatives they deem unreasonable.
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Dr. Jeff's thoughts about providing treatment options can be read as comment #1 to the article and will also be reproduced at homevet.com
Jeffrey Feinman, BA, VMD, CVH, holds both molecular biology and veterinary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998 he further advanced his training and became the first Certified Veterinary Homeopath in the state of Connecticut.
Dr. Jeff is devoted to teaching both pet owners and other veterinarians about homeopathy and optimal pet care. He and his wonderful wife (and practice manager) Amy live with Chi and Tigger their adopted Rex cats and Vanya their rescued Standard Poodle.
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