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Homeopathy for Dogs and Cats

Homeopathy, is a specific form of alternative (holistic) medicine which was developed by Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., a German physician, in the late eighteenth century. At that time, people were being treated with poisonous substances to get the ďbad humoursĒ out of them by making them vomit, have diarrhea, sweat, salivate, and bleed. Many patients died from these treatments.

Dr. Hahnemann felt such practices were barbaric, and he stopped practicing medicine. While making a living translating books, he came across William Cullenís write-up on the action of Cinchona officinalis, the herb used to make quinine for the treatment of malaria. Dr. Hahnemann disagreed with Cullenís assertion that it was the astringency of the herb that had the effect, and, to prove his point, took a small amount of the bark himself. He developed symptoms of malaria lasting a few hours. Dr. Hahnemann repeated the experiment several times, each time developing symptoms that went away by the next day.

From this research, Dr. Hahnemann developed the Law of Similars, derived from an ancient concept used by Galen, Hippocrates, and Paracelsus. When a healthy individual is made ill in a particular way by being exposed to a substance, that individual may also be cured by being treated with the same substance. Practitioners using Dr. Hahnemannís homeopathic system are called classical homeopaths.

Many people mistakenly believe that the words holistic and homeopathic are inter-changeable. This is not true. Homeopathy is a 200-year-old system of healing that uses remedies based on the Law of Similars, which is the reverse of the allopathic, or conventional, medical system. Allopathic drugs act in such a way that they suppress symptoms, but in themselves, they donít necessarily cure disease. However, when used appropriately, homeopathy works with the body, not against it, promoting actual curing and not just suppressing symptoms. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the immune system, enabling it to complete the job it was already trying to do on its own.

When in crisis, the human body, as well as that of the canine or feline, speaks to us through its symptoms. Symptoms, produced by the bodyís attempt to heal, are windows to the internal process that should not be closed. All the symptoms, taken together, are referred to as the symptomatic picture.


Allopathic, or conventional, medicine usually applies the Law of Opposites to the treatment of disease. The medication prescribed by the doctor or veterinarian acts against the patientís symptoms, as described by such names as antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Allopathic drugs typically suppress symptoms but do not necessarily cure disease.

The Law of Similars means that the remedy that causes certain symptoms in a healthy person will cure the same symptoms in a sick person. For example, a bee sting (from the honeybee, apis mellifica) causes an area of swelling and redness in normal individuals. The swelling may be accompanied by itching and burning, which feel better from the application of cold, and the person isnít thirsty. In homeopathic dilutions, the remedy apis mellifica cures itchy, burning, red swellings that come on suddenly and are relieved by cold compresses, especially when the individual is less thirsty than usual.

The red swelling doesnít have to have been caused by a bee sting in order for apis mellifica to be an effective remedy; it just needs to fit the same symptom picture. It may have been caused by something completely unrelated, such as sunburn, allergy, vaccinations, or drugs.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste†Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her†Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog.†Celeste†is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join†Celeste†at†her website or on†Facebook.


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6:53PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

It's not just dogs and cats, we had a cow cured of eye cancer through the use of homeopathics.

9:49PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

My friend Dana Ullman has just written an article in defense of Homeopathy and the myths those so called scientists like to say about it. It’s well worth a read for all you ‘naysayers’ who prefer to believe in the lies of mainstream medicine.

4:58PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

I didn't used to believe in homeopathy, as I had not seen results from it, but it saved our cat's life this past July. She was dying of lymphoma (cancer) and had not eaten for a week and a half. After giving a homeopathic remedy prescribed by the vet, she started eating again within hours and now (in September) is continuing to do well and eating normally. You can read the whole story on my blog:

3:45PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

great article, thanks for sharing :)

8:41PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Celeste Yarnall got her PhD from Pacific Western University. It was unaccredited, sued by the State of California for fraud, and closed. Use your own judgment about the value of what she says about medical care.

7:41AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Fascinating. Nice read.

2:13AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Great article, concise and informative. I have taken my dogs to homeopathic vets in the past and will do so again in the future. I've seen results and frankly it just makes sense. When I go to my (traditional) doctor, she hands me pills which have a list of side effects as long as my arm. You're masking one problem and creating others in the process. And to me THAT doesn't make sense.

3:07AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Great article ... I am a big fan of homeopathy after being initially very cautious. My family have enjoyed many benefits from homeopathy where the allopaths have failed.

11:22AM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

Why don't some of you actually try homeopaths before you criticize them. I have personally used them and found them beneficial for sinus ailments and colds. Think about how long these remedies have been around compared to conventional medicines. If history had been different you would be going to the homeopathic store instead of the pharmacy.

9:57PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Great article, thankyou, very interesting and informative, thanks for your time with this, thumbs up!

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