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Dr. Jeff Feinman

Dr. Jeff Feinman

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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This is an excerpt from Dr. Chambreau's wonderful "Healthy Animal's Journal".  It is a great way to learn how to keep a medical journal for your pet (which I also advise):

 

You have improved the diet and still your animal is not as healthy as you would like.  You are ready to find some approaches different from the conventional ones used so far.  As in the field of human health, there are many different approaches for healing.  Conventional medicine predominates in the Western world and is taught in most of the veterinary and medical schools.  More than 50% of people are now seeking holistic treatment options for themselves and now for themselves as well.

 

A Longer Excerpt From The Journal (which you can buy directly from Dr. Chambreau by e-mailing her at the above link):

 

This is an excerpt from Dr. Chambreau's wonderful Healthy Animals Journal.  Journaling for your pet provides invaluable information for your veterinary homeopath.

 Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of canines, and up to 80% of cases result from autoimmune (lymphocytic) thyroiditis.

Tempting as it may be to simplistically consider fleas as horrible insects, the bane of cats and dogs everywhere, poisoning your cat or dog in a vain attempt to wipe fleas out of existence doesn’t really make sense.

If you’re not quite ready to jump whole-hog into the home-prepared diet or you have several large dogs, these recipes offer a convenient way to provide many of the benefits of fresh foods and nutritious supplements while maintaining nutritional balance.

Issues in Nutrition– including Home-Made and Raw Food Diets: Nutrition and the Immune System

Integrating veterinary homeopathy into daily practice is very rewarding. It can both improve patient response to treatment and help your practice grow.

Store the bottle at room temperature away from direct sunlight, microwaves, cell phones or strong odors such as cooking smells or perfumes (especially camphor which is in some skin ointments and lotions).

Succus (hit the bottle against the palm of your hand or a book) the bottle each time before administering a dose.  Give it a good hard whack from a distance of 1-2 feet.  This will slightly change the potency of the remedy which helps it to be even more effective.  The number of succussions will usually be between 2-10.  Use 10 succussions for your pet’s first doses.

Take the dropper out of the bottle and replace any liquid that is in it back in the bottle.  Now take a fresh 1 drop (not a full dropper) and add it to 1 cup of distilled, filtered or bottled water (ideally use a glass or ceramic mug).  Stir with a spoon until well mixed.

1 teaspoon (=5 ml=cc) is the average starting dog dose whereas ~1/2 teaspoon (2 cc) is most commonly used initially in cats.  The dose will be individualized for each patient.  Fresh solution and a new glass must be used for each dose.

Give the proper dose using a teaspoon or syringe (whichever is easiest-clean syringe after each dose with boiling water).  If administration is very difficult, try mixing the remedy with a small amount of milk or cream in a bowl.  Do not give any other food or treats for at least 15 minutes before or after the remedy. 

Discard the rest of the water in the cup (Hint: it’s great for your plants!).

The Four Ps may quickly summarize what you need to observe, record, and report:

 

  1. 1. Prominent Symptoms

 

  1. 2. Persistent Symptoms

 

  1. 3. Peculiar Symptoms

 

  1. 4. Problematic (New) Symptoms

 

 

•Be observant. Remember, all symptoms are significant.


•Either keep a daily log at home or report in by phone or e-mail at least once a week during the active phase of treatment (when remedies are given more frequently) or if there is any change.


•Include when the last dose of remedy was given at the beginning of your report.


•Always report the immediate response (first few hours and days) to a dose of remedy.


•Any change of pattern is especially significant. For example, if after a dose your pet starts seeking warm/cool areas, eating more/less, sleeping better/worse or in new spots, etc. These changes are very important even if they don’t seem to be related to the primary problem. Report anything that’s different from normal.


•Changes in overall demeanor/mood, energy, interactivity, playfulness, willingness to go for walks, etc. should always be first in your report because these are the most important aspect of your pets’ daily life.


•Behavior changes, fears and anxieties are very important.


•If a symptom has changed after a dose please detail when and how it changed and whether it is now better or worse than before the dose.


•If you are giving any medications please include current doses in your update.



Reporting Symptoms:


•In your initial symptom summary please include:
when the problem began and what circumstances were associated with it or may have    brought it on.


all previous illnesses such as ear and eye “infections”, allergies/skin diseases, colds, skin    growth removals, urinary problems, etc.


what treatments were used and the results, e.g. “Boris woke up one morning after    being fine the night before with an ear “infection” with left ear redness and black thick    smelly discharge and we used Panalog ointment and he was better in two days but then    it came back in a few weeks”.


•Describe all mental and emotional conditions and changes such as likes and dislikes, desires, fears, timidity, apathy, irritability, aggression, changeable mood, whether easily startled or starting from sleep, or from noise or being touched, whether better or worse from diversion (e.g. seems better from a ride in a car), reaction to contradiction (e.g. what happens when you try to stop an objectionable behavior), better or worse in company, especially quiet or “talkative”, interaction with others of the same species vs. interaction with people, etc.


•Are there any conditions that seem to come on with the main problem? For example are there loose bowels whenever the scratching gets worse? Is there seeking of quiet warm spots when the discharge worsens, etc.?


•Does the problem come on at a specific time, season, phase of the moon, temperature/barometric pressure etc., e.g the stiffness is worse when it is humid..


•How is the appetite? Excessive, picky, anything special that is desired or disliked, e.g. specific foods that are salty, sweet, fatty, sour, spicy, eggs, ice cubes. What about indigestibles like dirt, rocks, sand, stool, pencils, etc. What about thirst? Is there thirst for large quantities at one time, small frequent quantities, little thirst. Preference for cool fresh vs. room temperature or warm water? Preference for water out of the tap or hose or toilet? Any sloppy drinking (does the water go all over the place after a drink?).


•Do the symptoms remain the same or do they change character or shift from place to place?


•Write the time of day, night, month or season that the symptoms are better or worse. Are symptoms better or worse before or after eating, sleeping, moving, resting, when occupied? Anything that makes the symptoms better or worse is very important.


•How is your pet affected by different kinds of weather, by cold, heat, storms, thunder, snow, being at the seashore, etc.?


•For external conditions of the skin, coat, nails, etc. please tell the exact location, color of lesions, whether dry or moist, thick or thin, scaly, pimply, presence of warts or growths, appearance of skin overall, is it itchy and is it better from scratching or does that seem to make it itch more? Does heat, cold, exercise, wearing a collar, etc., make it better or worse?


•Describe any discharges (nose, eyes, vaginal, penile, etc.). Is it scant or copious, thick or thin, sticky, what color, any odor, causing irritation to the tissues, color of the stain and what makes it better or worse.


•Any urinary discomfort, straining before or after urinating, licking of penis/vagina before or after urinating, any odor to the urine, color, how frequent is the need for urination and is it urgent, any accidents or incontinence in the house?


•Bowel condition: color, odor, hard, dry, large, pasty, bloody, frothy, slimy, thin, watery, slender, flat, etc. How often, at what times is it worse or better, or how is it affected by certain circumstances; is it difficult, incomplete (passes a little then keeps trying), urging without results or stool slips back in. Are loose bowels of a watery, pudding, or semi-formed (come out in a shape but when cleaned up there is some left on the ground) consistency? Does diarrhea come shooting out like water, is there a gurgling or popping noise along with the stool?


•If your pet is an intact female; how old was she when she first came into heat, how far apart are the cycles, are there any behavior changes or physical symptoms that accompany heat, what is the vaginal discharge before during and after the heat cycle look and smell like? Has she ever been pregnant? Did she breed and conceive easily? How did she carry, any problems delivering? Did she have plenty of milk, any problems associated with nursing?


•Any male or female sexual issues? Trouble breeding, masturbation, excessive mounting behavior, penile or vaginal discharges related or unrelated to heat?


•In general what are the effects of heat, cold, bathing, lying down, walking around, first getting up? Unusually tired or excited by company or being left alone? Wanting to be held/clingy vs. wanting to be left alone, looking for dark, quiet spots.


•Any trait or habit that is different in this individual compared to others that you have known is especially significant.

 

To help me efficiently evaluate the prescription your pet has received, please monitor the following symptoms. Any or all of them may apply to your pet. Please keep all of the details in your journal, and send me a short update 24 hours before our appointment.

This list of potential symptoms was requested by some clients to help them keep track of their pet's progress. There are other practice handouts to explain the updating process in more detail.

Please always list % improvement, worsening or no change of these symptoms in your update. In some cases (like itching) it is also helpful to quantitate the symptom on a 1 to 10 scale. 1 being normal. 10 being excessive. For example. If your pet is constantly itching to the point of bleeding and unable to sleep, play, or enjoy any of life's normal activities, this would be a 10/10 itch level. A normal (occasional) itch level would be 1/10.

 

 

Energy

Mood

Discharges

Discomfort

Itching

Length of Sleep

Dreaming (how?)

Sleep Position

Overnight waking

Thirst (amt and frequency)

Appetite (picky?)

Cravings/Aversions

Temp. preference change

Seeks solitude

Clinginess

Interactivity

Desire to exercise

Ability to exercise

Lameness

Ease of getting up

Ease of lying down

 Stool nature and frequency

Vomiting

 Respiratory

There are lots more. Some will apply to your pets' current condition. Some will not.

I suggest keeping your own list to use whenever you update. Please review the other handouts in this area to learn more about monitoring your pets' symptoms and progress during homeopathic treatment.

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