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"Harmony in life and living, homeopathy for health and healingSM"
- Feed the freshest, most natural diet possible. Use bottled or filtered water. Try not to rely solely on highly processed (canned or dry) food. Fresh food, including beef, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruit, Vital Essentials frozen pure raw meat, Bravo blends, etc. is best. At a bare minimum use a high-quality natural diet (like Wysong Archetype, ZiwiPeak, Honest Kitchen, Orijen or Petguard) mixed with fresh food at every meal.
- Minimize vaccinations. Over vaccination is harmful and can predispose your pet to allergies and autoimmune disorders like thyroid disease, and anemias, and may even cause cancer. Scientific research is in progress to determine how many, and how often, vaccinations actually are needed. This research was stimulated by the direct correlation between malignant cancer and vaccination in cats.
- Maximize fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation. This is an extremely important and often overlooked part of raising a pet. Certain animals will not thrive without sufficient activity and exercise.
- Adopt a broader view of health and disease. Becoming healthy (or getting ill) is a process. An individual symptom is only one small part of the disease gestalt. Never suppress the body's attempt to express itself through symptoms. Doing so greatly decreases the level of health and predisposes to more serious problems later.
- Assume control over your pet's health care. Learn the difference between suppression, cure and palliation. If you don't have a local veterinary homeopath, find a veterinarian who will respect your desire to work through your pet's symptoms instead of suppressing them. Consult by phone with a homeopath who will use all of the information gained from all sources to appropriately treat your pet.
- Learn more from the pet care and training articles in the new pet, vaccination, diet and homeopathy libraries. You can also consult directly with Dr. Jeff by becoming a new client or through HomeVet forums.
- For more detailed information, read Drs. Pitcairn and Hamilton's guides to nutrition, homeopathy and holistic healing.
"Harmony in life and living, homeopathy for health and healing"
Homeopathy (home-ee-AH-puh-thee) is the branch of medicine based on the principle that disease can be cured by strengthening the body’s natural defense mechanism. This is in contrast to traditional (allopathic) medicine, which uses drugs to suppress symptoms.
Q. Can homeopathy help my sick pet?
A. Absolutely. Both homeopathic health maintenance and sick pet-treatment have been extremely effective in my practice. Homeopathic stimulation of healing by the body has helped millions of individuals. I was extremely excited when I first discovered homeopathy. I still wonder why we are not exposed to it during medical/veterinary school. MD homeopaths, even before antibiotics, saved most of their patients in highly fatal epidemics of cholera, Black Plague and Spanish Flu.
Q. Can homeopathy help my healthy pet?
A. I love this question!! Because there is no better way to be proactive about health maintenance than homeopathic treatment. Ideally you'd start treating your healthy pet at a young age. However, homeopathic treatment can help prevent future dis-eases at whatever age it's started.
Q. I get worried when my pet gets sick. What should I do?
A. Don't worry, but also don't wait. I am in frequent contact with my clients. Between e-mail/phone consultation and in-office examination, I strive to address abnormalities right away. It is very important to realize, however, that symptoms are not bad. In fact, they are the homeopath's best friend. Symptoms are a result of an imbalance in the physiological mechanisms of the body. Some internal or external stressor (e.g. a bacterium, virus or other infectious agent, physical or emotional trauma, an environmental toxin; or the cancerous transformation of previously normal cells) has caused the body to "react". This reaction may or may not be measurable with presently available diagnostic tests, but it is the cause of abnormalities in your pet.
Q. I already have a holistic vet. S/he says that we need to get rid of the symptoms. I don't get it. I thought you just said that symptoms are good.
A. Symptoms ARE good. Unfortunately, though, they are sometimes interpreted incorrectly. Most "holistic" veterinarians are not trained in homeopathy. Holistic medicine merely describes a method of looking at the body. Even a "specialist" who treats only with modern, potentially toxic drugs (e.g., an oncologist) can be considered holistic. Some holistic vets don't understand the importance of symptoms and therefore they use many different therapeutic methods to eliminate them. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) lists 35 different methods used by members to eradicate symptoms. When viewed in their correct context however, symptoms can offer an invaluable glimpse into the inner working of the body.
Q. How does knowing all of the details of my pet's symptoms help the veterinary homeopath?
A. Unlike allopathy, which often considers disparate symptoms to be unrelated to an animal’s “condition”, homeopathy views all of the symptoms as part of the disease process, which help elucidate the state of disequilibrium of the body. The more precise your description of the symptom, the more it can help your vet homeopath. For example, telling your doctor "my dog has diarrhea" is only marginally helpful. However, including details about the physical appearance of the stool, the frequency and ease with which it occurs, and any other pertinent information is extremely useful. Writing down details of the symptoms as they occur is the best method for collecting data. I ask my clients to keep a journal or plog (pet blog).
Q. But my doctor said that my pet doesn't get symptoms. Now I'm really confused.
A. That probably is because symptoms are typically considered subjective. Since our patients can't verbally tell us what is wrong, the convention in vet med is to use the word "signs" instead of symptoms. But I'd hate to be the one to tell the mother of the screaming (pre-verbal)12 month-old that she doesn't have any symptoms.
Q. Are modern drugs used during homeopathic treatment?
A. Yes and no. Like traditional drugs, and unlike vitamins, herbal supplements and other commonly used natural products.homeopathic drugs ("remedies") are regulated by the FDA. Homeopathic remedies are derived from plants, animals and minerals. They are then subjected to strictly controlled procedures that bring out the medicinal properties of the original substance. There are currently about two thousand substances whose specific effects on the body have been described. Examples include minerals like sulphur, plants like poison ivy, and animal products like bee venom. These natural drugs are in everyday use throughout the world, but are not patented like modern pharmaceuticals.
Q. Are homeopathic drugs as scientific as modern medicines?
A. Great question, and the answer is very surprising indeed. Homeopathic remedy use is actually much more scientific than the frequently hit-or-miss prescription of conventional pharmaceuticals. Conventional drug use is often dictated by some vague symptom or "syndrome" where it has been shown to help in other similar situations. Homeopathic drugs, however, are strictly individualized based on the well-documented effect of the substance in a healthy body. This understanding of the importance of the effects of a drug on a healthy body is one of the many breakthroughs that led to the scientific medical framework of homeopathy.
Q. Why is it important to understand drug effects on the healthy body if my pet is sick?
A. Another great question. Conventional medicine is referred to as "allopathic medicine" for a very good reason. As mentioned above, the drugs are sometimes used mainly based on the results of others and marketing information from drug companies rather than any guideline. Allopathic drug effects are unrelated to, and therefore may bear no similarity to the symptoms produced by the underlying imbalance (a sick pet). This leads to the importance of another breakthrough (first by Hippocrates in 400 B.C. but then codified by Samuel Hahnemann, MD in the nineteenth century). Many internal imbalances can be naturally healed by the amazing recuperative powers of the body. All that is needed is some way to "show" it how to heal. Homeopaths have a huge amount of data that document such recoveries. By knowing the proven effect of the homeopathic remedy on a healthy body, we can provide such a template for healing. This "like cures like" principle is the one that Hippocrates and many other notable physicians (guided by the "Hippocratic Oath") have recorded for centuries.
Q. It sounds like you are totally discounting the miracles of modern medicine.
A. Not at all. Some amazing breakthroughs have been made in the past few decades and properly trained homeopaths know how to incorporate them into a truly holistic treatment program. We are extremely fortunate to be able to benefit from the best of both worlds. This is what integrative veterinary medicine is all about. Biochemical blood and urine testing, radiographs, ultrasonography, CAT scanning (sorry, I couldn't resist), etc. are all extremely useful because they let your veterinary homeopath quantify internal physiological changes that you may not be otherwise observable.
Q. How do you choose which homeopathic remedy to prescribe for my sick pet?
A. The prescription of a particular remedy is based upon the totality of symptoms of the individual. Persistent, Prominent and Peculiar symptoms are the key to proper treatment of your pet. It's easy to understand why the first two Ps are important. Peculiar symptoms (like diarrhea that causes your pet to wake from a sound sleep early every morning while s/he has no bowel problems the rest of the day) are especially important because they are often very characteristic of your pet's individuality, and function as a critical piece of the internal disease puzzle. (They don't call us Sherlock Homeopaths for nothing).
Q. But my pet seems fine except for occasional minor problems. My vet says that these are normal.
A. Hmmm. There is often a fine line between a common symptom (like itchy skin and hot spots in Golden Retrievers) and the normal state of vigorous good health. The article, "Is This Symptom Normal (or common)", addresses this more directly. The goal of homeopathic treatment is to achieve the highest possible level of health, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Young animals and those with minor problems can benefit the most from homeopathic treatment.
Q. Can my very ill pet still benefit from homeopathic treatment?
A. Absolutely! Unfortunately many of my clients don't find my practice until their pets are extremely sick. Many of these patients already have severe diseases, multiple organ failures, or cancer. Homeopathy can help these pets live better lives, but there are limitations. Because homeopathy relies on the natural healing abilities of the body, advanced pathologies such as cancer and crippling arthritis, can rarely be fully reversed. However, animals who suffer from such conditions will often become stronger and more comfortable, and have a better quality of life. In addition, surgical intervention may still be required when appropriate (such as for traumatic diseases).
Q. I heard that homeopathy can't possibly work.
A. Because the homeopathic drugs are too dilute for us to presently quantify the molecularly active ingredients in them? Or perhaps you heard that it can't work because it can't possibly be explained. These are totally understandable statements coming from people without scientific training. Luckily for us, scientists are trained to have open minds. Many of the technologies that we take for granted today were unthinkable just a few years ago. Technological breakthroughs abound. Quantum physics has described a whole new paradigm for the universe. Unfortunately, medicine has lagged far behind. It doesn't really matter if homeopathy works by quarks or nanoparticles or... It just works. Millions of patients throughout the world (including Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, C. Everett Koop, etc. etc.) will attest to that fact.
Q. My pet has Lyme Disease, hypothyroidism and arthritis. Can you help him?
A. I don't know. Often, but not always. Response to homeopathic stimulation of the body depends on many factors. Age, repeated suppressive treatments and surgeries, long-term use of medications, structural changes in the body, etc. all influence the individual's ability to respond to homeopathy. In fact, that is the key right there. It is determined on an individual basis. Not by disease name. For this reason I can not answer the popular question “My pet has disease X--which homeopathic remedy should s/he take?” In the course of an in depth interview and exam (for local patients) I will form a complete picture of your pet’s current state and begin treatment. By carefully evaluating responses over the course of a few months (in chronic disease cases) I will be able to prognosticate more accurately.
Q. I understand that it can take awhile to figure out a chronic case. My pet has only been sick for a week. That should be easy, right?
A. Ah, I wish that was always the case. True acute diseases do indeed respond very rapidly to homeopathic treatment. Unfortunately, most newly arisen problems are not true acute problems. They are acute flare-ups of the chronic imbalance that has been going on for awhile. These patients also fall into the chronic disease category.
Q. Would you give me an example of what I can expect from homeopathic treatment?
A. Of course. For example, let’s say the young chocolate Labrador Retriever “Jake” has been lethargic, depressed, and not eating well for a few days. He has never been sick before. He is usually very active, extroverted, and gobbles all of his food. He has green-yellow pus coming from both eyes, and has a hacking cough first thing in the morning and when going outside. After coughing he will often spit up a little yellow phlegm. “Jake” is given a homeopathic remedy which can produce these same symptoms in a healthy pet. In a few days he becomes more active, regains his appetite and wants to go out and play again. There is still some coughing, but over the next week or two that symptom gradually diminishes. Notice that the natural healing process is gradual, unlike when a drug is used to rapidly stop an individual symptom.
Q. Is homeopathy safe? What should I watch out for when my pet is being treated homeopathically?
A. Yes, Homeopathic preparations are extremely safe because of their highly diluted form. In fact, some of my clients bring their pets because they are unable to tolerate any other drug. Nonetheless, frequent repetition of a dose without the advice of a professional is not recommended. It's also best not to make any major dietary and environmental changes when a homeopathic remedy is first administered. Try to avoid exposing your pet to stressful situations. It is very important for me to be able to properly evaluate the solitary effect of the remedy. Even some foods can affect the dose. Try to avoid giving remedies with food. Give them at least thirty minutes before or after feeding. Do not handle the remedy.
Q. I've heard that my pet has to get worse before it gets better when treated homeopathically. Is that true.
A. No. If your pet is very sensitive to the chosen remedy sometimes a slight worsening of a symptom may occur. This initial aggravation is a sign that the body is responding to the remedy. Even if a physical symptom gets transiently worse your pet overall should start to feel better almost immediately. Any homeopathic aggravations will subside quickly followed by recovery. Worsening during treatment may indicatea need to lower (or change) the remedy dose or it may indicate progression of the disease process.
Q. Is there anything that my pet should avoid while being treated homeopathically?
A. Do not give any other medications unless your veterinary homeopath has approved them. This includes topical salves (for the ears, skin or eyes). These may suppress important symptoms and interfere with the remedy. Avoid any other homeopathically-prepared remedies such as those in any combination "natural" products. Even acupuncture and magnet therapy can interfere. Bach flower remedies, some nutritional supplements, some herbs, and chiropractic care work well with homeopathy. Vaccinations are not compatible with homeopathy. During active homeopathic treatment, your pet will not be vaccinated. Vaccines create their own imbalances within the body, and will interfere with the effect of the remedy. I will provide a waiver which should be acceptable to the kennel if boarding becomes necessary during treatment. Blood tests can be performed which will indicate whether certain vaccines are necessary. Dr. Jeff will discuss all of this in detail during your pet's initial evaluation.
Q. Is there anything that I can do to help my pet heal during her treatment?
A. Definitely. You can help your pet live the best life possible. Fresh and varied diet, plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and grooming/massage will all help. Most important is to give your pet plenty of love.
Q. What should I expect from the homeopathic treatment of my pet?
A. There are several possibilities. My goal is always overall improvement in the quality of your pet's life. In cases without end-stage structural damage to the body you can see total resolution of the problem. Your pet's life can be improved however, even in severe cases. In most cases your pet can experience gradual improvement over time weeks-months. In some (usually early) cases, your pet may experience an immediate and perhaps dramatic improvement within hours-days. The speed of recovery depends in part on how long your pet has been sick. The last and hardest possibility which requires perseverance is that your pet may not have any, or only a partial improvement and may require a different potency or remedy.
Q. Can there be any side-effects from homeopathic treatment.
A. No (as long as properly attenuated homeopathic medicines are used). Side-effects are seen when pharmaceuticals have a physiologic effect other than the one for which they were prescribed. Because homeopathic drugs are so diluted, there can be no direct side-effects. The response by the body to the homeopathic remedy may however seem like your pet is experiencing a side-effect. For example, a very beneficial, "curative", homeopathic remedy can be associated with increased discharges from the eyes and nose, rashes, loose stools, etc. At the same time however, your pet should feel better and may even seem "cured" of the initial symptom. This is how the body works. Some people like to think of this as a detoxification of the body.
- How Dr. Jeff and Homeopathy Work to Help Your Pet
- HomeVet.com homeopathy library
- HomeVet.com homeopathy forum
- Is There any Scientific Evidence that Homeopathy Works?
- Beyond Flat Earth Medicine by Dr. Tim Dooley
- Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs by Dr. Don Hamilton
- Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Richard Pitcairn
- The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People & Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy by Dana Ullman
- Impossible Cure by Amy Lansky
Dr. Jeff Feinman
Please note: The information provided here is intended to supplement the recommendations of your veterinarian. Do not disregard veterinary advice or delay treatment based on information on this site. Nothing can replace a complete history and physical examination performed by your veterinarian. -Dr. Jeff
The very best way to update Dr. Jeff prior to your appointment is to use the web update form. If for some reason you are unable to submit it, and to help organize your thoughts prior to updating, you can also review the general guidelines below:
Writing complete and succinct updates during the homeopathic treatment of your pet will help ensure the best, fastest, and most gentle course of therapy. In addition, brief, well organized updates allow faster, and less costly, determination of the treatment.
Your updates will both provide important observations and become part of your pet's medical record. The electronic record initially (before being double-clicked) only displays the first few lines of each entry. Therefore, please include the most important information at the beginning of your update (remedy name and doses and overall progress or new problems). In this way, the records can be most efficiently scanned to help determine your pet's current overall level of health trend. Try to keep your updates short.
The following information will help the updating process. If you would like further clarification please feel free to either comment on this article, post a message in the homeopathy forum, or e-mail me directly. This document will be modified based on your feedback.
- Please limit your updates to once weekly (unless we have decided that more frequent updates are needed due to your pet's condition).
- Please write your update in the body of an e-mail.
- Use dates (not days of the week).
- No attachments.
- No formatting (bold, bullets, tables, etc.).
1-All updates should start with your date of last appointment, and which (if any) homeopathic medicines and what doses were given, and when.
If there is a new or particularly problematic symptom, please include it at the beginning of the update, e.g. recent vomiting, diarrhea, itching, etc.
2-Was there any immediate response to any of these doses?
e.g. "3/5/12 Sul 30c 10/1 (10 succussions of the bottle, 1 drop from it added to 1 cup of water)-5ml, after which he uncharacteristically fell deeply asleep for 3 hours and then woke and ran around energetically", or "After the dose, the next day both eyes started discharging white mucus that had to be wiped out 3x a day".
3-Since the dose(es) which symptoms are better, worse, or unchanged?
It is very helpful to report all of the relevant symptoms in each report. Use the 4 Ps (Problematic, Persistent, Prominent and Peculiar) to help determine which are the most important symptoms to report. Try to quantify the degree and timing of changes before and after the dose. For example, normal may be 100% or 10/10 vs. 50% or 3/10 before the dose.
Here is an example of a very useful actual update during the cure of a dog with pneumonia. The original version that follows is less helpful:
Here is the very helpful version: "Only 1 dose Phos LM 1 10/1-1 tsp. since our last appointment. He is 75% better overall since the dose. A three minute coughing fit and restlessness were seen immediately after the dose.
Since the dose:
Better-cough (2x daily vs. 2x/hour), energy (8/10 vs. 2/10) and appetite (10/10 vs. 3/10).
Worse-Diarrhea accident in house (first time ever for any accident) overnight @2am.
Unchanged-itching, ear redness, vomiting, drinking, clinginess"
Following your summary you can include any germane details.
I will also probably ask (for almost every pet at every appointment): temperature preferences, change of favorite areas in the house , changes in sleep position (and dreaming), preferring to be alone or clingy, new cravings, aversions, fears, itching, discharges, skin rashes and eruptions, etc.
Below, is the original version. It is too long and detailed. Also note that the dosing info and overall update is buried within the text. Please keep the detailed information in your home journal (or an online plog). That way it is available if I have questions.
10pm – Gave Remedy, I dribbled some of dose down his face.
10:05-11:00pm – He got up, resettled into more natural, comfortable position for a moment, then got up and resettled again to face us. Seemed more awake and alert, almost restless but without anxiety. Had a couple of shallow, wet coughs that were less intense than had been in the office and never cumulated to phlegm being brought up. General consensus was that his expression and energy seemed better than they have in a while; more relaxed and happy looking with a lot of eye contact and interest in what we were doing (and the idea of snacks). Very slight clear nasal discharge in right nostril and similar respiratory patterns as earlier. Started licking his legs, not biting, and settled into napping lightly on bed.
11:00pm – Got up and seemed unsettled. Didn’t take any drink, though stood near water. Didn’t seem to want to go out, seemed awkward. Started coughing heavily going through 4 or 5 cycles of a few coughs and then bringing up phlegm and then coughing again. Deep, wet coughs while he was standing, then he lay down while coughing and stayed laying down in that spot until I went to bed. His position was on cool, hard floor directly in front of cool draft with nose pointed towards cooler air. Room temp was about 65. Stayed in that place sleeping until I went to bed. Didn’t seem chilly at all, slept deeply. Woke just about midnight to cough again, just 30 seconds of shallow wet coughing with no phlegm being brought up. I believe this happened after he went from prone position to laying on side.
Overnight – Slept on floor next to my bed, normal spot for him. Didn’t hear him cough throughout the night.
Morning – Didn’t cough until after going outside and back into the house. This included a brief trot up a small hill. Coughed in kitchen while greeting my Mum (excited), a few full cycle coughs that produced phlegm. Seemed more interested in foster dog’s food than usual, had a few bites of kibble while I prepared. I offered him a plate of cooked chicken and he had no hesitation and ate the whole thing with more gusto than has been normal lately. After meal he went into the living room and rolled around on his back. This is normal celebration behavior for him after a meal, but we haven’t seen this in 3 weeks at least. He didn’t cough at all while rolling enthusiastically on his back. I noticed the playful foster dog was trying to engage him outside, which is new. He didn’t engage, but looked amused.
I only gave the one dose based on changes I saw.
Temp before remedy yesterday at 5pm was 101.3 after it was 100.5
Temp at lunch today before remedy was 100.8
Time of accident in house was likely 2am or so. Should be noted that he ate more than he has been in the past few weeks at dinner and I had just started putting him back on raw.
He also seemed very tired this morning and didn’t get up until after I left for work. Not unusual for him to be sleepy in morning, but a little unusual for him not to get up to greet me.
Her next update: Better – cough (much better, 9), energy (much better, 8), Ease of breathing (7), Nasal Discharge (9)
Wose – Nothing
Unchanged – Everything else
Appetite – I was unsure if I should fast or not based on stomach issues. Have not fed since breakfast yesterday. Advice on feeding would be appreciated. Seemed interested in food this morning. I’m thinking cooked chicken/rice/pumpkin to get back on track.
Stool – Has not gone since yesterday @5pm that I reported. Have asked Mum at home to please watch if possible.
He was eager to get up this morning and was moving faster than he has in weeks without coughing. One brief coughing episode this morning, very mild, after movement. Also he hopped on the bed last night for the first time in weeks at bedtime, which is his normal routine (bed for a while, then floor next to bed).
My version (for the medical record):- Two doses Phos 0/1 15/1 1tsp. Better overall since the dose. Reacted to first by licking legs for 1 min then sleeping deeply on left side. Reacted to second by sleeping deeply through night. Temp before first dose (11pm) 100.6, before second dose (1am) 100.3 Temp at 8am 101.3.
These techniques include Dr. Jeff's medical record abbreviations (in parenthesis) to help you send succinct updates.
All of the homeopathic remedies prescribed by Dr. Jeff should be first mixed with 8 oz. of bottled, filtered, distilled, or reverse osmosis water.
All remedies should be succussed (whacked against the palm of your hand, a soft book, or a padded counter) prior to administration (see LM preparation handout).
Succuss the brown or blue bottle (typically you should start with 10 succussions).
If you are obtaining the remedy yourself please tap out 1 large pellet from the vial. If it is a remedy from one of the emergency kits obtained from Dr. Feinman, please tap out a few of the poppy seed-sized pillules into the remedy bottle cap. Add these to the cup of water.
Dr. Jeff prescribes homeopathic medicines in brown or blue dropper bottles. Homeopathic remedies prepared in brown bottles are usually "LM" remedies whereas those in blue bottles are typically "c" remedies
From the cup of water that you just made, please administer the prescribed dose. You can either use a neutralized* syringe or fresh teaspoon.
Certain patients are very sensitive to the homeopathic remedy. We therefore further reduce the dose by diluting the dilution that you just made up in the cup.
All of these double dilution (dd) methods start with the solution that you prepared as described above.
- A "regular" double dilution is made by transferring 1 teaspoon from the first cup (into which you added the homeopathic remedy) to a second cup of water. The dose is given to your pet from this second cup.
- Double dilution using the cup method (ddc): Add the remedy (from the brown or blue bottle) to the cup of water. Then empty out this cup (I personally give it to a plant). Into this "empty" cup please then add 8 oz. of water. Give the solution a stir using a fresh spoon (not the one that you used initially to make the first cup). Administer the dose from this cup.
- Double dilution using the spoon method (dds):This method of double diluting can be used when making remedies from pellets. It allows preserving the original cup of solution that you make (please always save the solution when you make it from pellets). Stir the solution with a teaspoon. Lift the spoon out of the solution so that everything empties back into the cup. Then please stir the spoon into a second cup of plain (no remedy added yet) water. Dose from this second cup.
- To prepare a dose for olfaction ("whiffing") prepare the remedy as a typical single dilution (in 8 oz. of water). Using a wide-mouthed cup/container is preferable. Hold the solution that you prepared under your pets' nostrils. When you see them flare a little, s/he has gotten the dose. It is sometimes helpful to lightly pinch the nostrils together as this usually facilitates whiffing.
These methods will facilitate gentle, gradual improvement in your pet's dis-eases.
Please read my article about the importance of the size of the dose if you want to learn more about homeopathic remedy dosing.
*Neutralize syringes, teaspoons and cups using boiling water or by running them through the dishwasher (which typically uses water above 120 degrees). Remove syringe plungers prior to neutralizing.
As always, please contact Dr. Jeff if you have any questions.
We all want our pets to maintain their health and recover quickly when sick. Towards that end, clear communication is critical. This is true for excellent healthcare of any kind. Communication is especially important for high quality homeopathic healthcare.
Timely replies to e-mails received by Dr. Feinman can therefore be very important. E-mail messages may not be received and may be inadvertently missed. To prevent the resultant problems and to facilitate communication, please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Call 203-222-7979 and leave a quick message whenever you send an update (please use my client-specific address at certifiedvethomeopath). This is critical as email messages frequently get delayed, e.g. in spam filters or lost in cyberspace. Please email Amy if you need the full address (which is not here in full to minimize spam).
- Include the word “update” in all messages you send (even if they are not full updates).
- Please avoid sending frequent short e-mails (vs. full updates) as this can slow treatment evaluation for your pet. If your pet is under active homeopathic treatment, always include the last used remedy name, dose and date(s) of administration, e.g. “Sul 0/1 10/1-1cc daily (last 12/2)”.
- Use the pre-appointment update format (name, date and exact dose of the homeopathic remedy; immediate response to the dose; and overall changes since the dose). Please see the update format document for more detailed information.
This format will allow faster reading and reply. Whenever e-mail communication requires more than a few minutes to read and analyze, a case analysis charge may apply. Case analysis is discussed in the Introduction to Dr. Feinman’s practice.
If you have an urgent situation, please do not rely solely on an e-mail message. Instead, you should act as though e-mailing Dr. Feinman is not available. If time allows, write down the details of the problem and then call Dr. Feinman or seek emergency care.
E-mail messages and updates will often become part of your pet’s medical records. They therefore may be read by other veterinarians, insurance providers, etc.
E-mail treatment recommendations and other information are individualized for you and your pet. This personalized information is not meant to be shared with others, on the web, e-mail lists, etc. Doing so will be considered a breach of confidentiality and will thereby terminate this agreement.
Please consider the environment before printing out e-mails.
I have read this document and agree with its’ terms. I would like to be able to communicate with Dr. Feinman by e-mail: _________________________________________________________________
Holistic Pet Care advice articles by Dr Jeff:
insights into the latest practice in holistic and homeopathic veterinary care for my current clients
As a Certified Veterinary Homeopath, all my current clients come to me for one thing; the highest quality homeopathic veterinary care and advice. Inevitably, I find many clients ask the same questions and share similar concerns, mainly due to a lack of understanding of the healing process. As a result, some don't have the confidence to persevere with homeopathic treatments, even when they are working well!
So, I've written a series of articles that provide all my clients (both pet owners and veterinary medical professional) with a straightforward guide to homeopathic veterinary treatments, and particularly the significance of symptoms.
Symptoms can be considered the "language" of the body, as they provide the main clues for understanding how the body is operating in both health and dis-ease. It is critical that you as the client and me as your homeopathic veterinarian join together to both foster and work through symptoms, and that involves each understanding what the other is saying! So, these articles are specifically to make that process easier and quicker, for the better health of your pet.
Just click to access these homeopathic vet treatment articles by Dr Jeff:
How to Observe and Record Symptoms and Responses
Which Symptoms to Monitor - a Checklist
How to prepare, Store and Administer a Homeopathic Pet Remedy
How to Make Up Different Types of Homeopathic Remedy Doses
How to Update Dr Jeff on Your Pet's Progress After a Remedy
How to Email Updates to Dr Jeff
One of the reasons I put my holistic veterinary practice online is that I have this wonderful avenue for sharing useful information. So, please feel free to request other useful articles, links, resources, etc, that I can create for you.
Love this information but not a client yet? See our page on How to Become and New Client of Dr Jeff Feinman (http://www.homevet.com/to-become-a-new-client-of-dr-jeff-feinman)
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. Prominent Symptoms
- 2. Persistent Symptoms
- 3. Peculiar Symptoms
- 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.
•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.
Length of Sleep
Thirst (amt and frequency)
Temp. preference change
Desire to exercise
Ability to exercise
Ease of getting up
Ease of lying down
Stool nature and frequency
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.