AVH 2014-Homeopathic and Holistic Treatment of Rescued Animals

Vet Homeopaths + General Holistic Vets = Winning Combination

There were many great talks at this year’s Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) conference in Portland, OR. Before discussing one in particular, I want to express my deep gratitude to Helen Rich and her On the Wings of Angels Rescue (OWAR).

rescue dog homeopathic treatment by certified vet homeopath Dr. Jeff Feinman

Maggie is one of the many beautiful dogs who found a forever home thanks to OWAR!

Their generous support helped AVH host a standing room only reception at the conference. Many vets who are not yet treating their patients homeopathically and who are not AVH members attended. Interest in veterinary homeopathy is growing!

Boy were we gratified to see this overwhelming turnout. I was in the hall outside of the room welcoming the newcomers, and they just kept pouring in. The room was packed to overflowing.

After an introduction by Dr. Pitcairn (an AVH co-founder) time came to show everyone what homeopathy can really do. Our beloved companions deserve the best treatment. The fantastic presentation, “10 Reasons to be a Homeopath” used cured cases to show how we can all do just that.

After the presentation, we held a raffle that included educational webinar recordings. These were chosen to help new homeopathic prescribers treating acute conditions. Thanks to Whole Health Now for donating these great educational DVDs.

A great time was had by all and we look forward to doing it again.

Thank You to Helen Rich

In honor of Helen and her very fortunate rescued animals at OWAR, I’d like to excerpt the great talk given by my friend, colleague and natural rearing breeder of Bernese Mountain dogs Dr. Sara Fox-Chapman. She spent almost 2 hours discussing common problems encountered in the shelter situation.

She started her presentation with a few mind-numbing facts.  Rough estimates by the Humane Society of the US show that at least 6-8 million dogs and cats are cared for by animal shelters every year. Many of these unfortunate animals are euthanized due to serious medical and behavioral problems.

Not at OWAR though! In fact, they will even rescue death row, blacklisted and “unadoptable” animals. Homeopathic medical treatment, loving care and expert behavioral modification and training by John Jones and his team truly work miracles.

Certified vet homeopath Dr. Jeff Feinman works with the dogs rescued by Helen Rich's On The Wings of Angels.

John helps build new homes for the fortunate OWAR dogs in many ways!

Forever homes often welcome these rehabilitated beautiful beings.

Many of the animals that end up in shelters come from horrible situations like puppy mills and hoarding homes. Fortunately, veterinary homeopaths have the tools that can help.

Homeopathic Medicines For Behavior Problems

The most common problem encountered with shelter animals is behavioral. Dogs that are difficult to handle are often classified as “aggressive” and unadoptable. Even though they can be helped. Over-exuberant, unhousebroken pups and those with inappropriate elimination can be difficult to adopt.

Unsuccessful conventional treatment of inappropriate elimination by cats is one of the most common reasons for cats to be given up to shelters. Homeopathic treatment not only succeeds in helping many of these cats but can also prevent the problem.



When first entering the rescue shelter, many of the animals are understandably wary and fearful. Some are terrified. It must be unbelievably scary to get transported by strangers to a new strange place. To make matters worse they then get thrust into a new place with a others who are screaming, barking and hysterical.

Oral Bach flower essences and Zylkene can help this transition tremendously. Smelling lavender oil and the Young Living Oil Peace & Calming are also very helpful.

Unfortunately though some poor pups are so scared that these mild modifications are not enough. For them, homeopathic medical intervention is necessary. Fear can manifest in many ways. Optimal homeopathic treatment matches the signs and symptoms of the patient with the medicine.

Certified vet homeopath in Weston CT Dr. Jeff Feinman helps dogs overcome their fears.

Chloe was petrified when she first arrived at OWAR

Aconitinum napellus is often needed by the scared, restless and thirsty rescue. One or a few doses of 30c dissolved in water often provides immediate relief. Sometimes though, the fear is so great that oral dosing is not possible. In these cases just dissolve the pellet in a spray bottle. Mist as needed.

However, the face of fear varies tremendously. Sometimes these pups (less so for cats) seem to want to rip your face off. These snarling, aggressive, wide-eyed patients can calm right down after Belladonna.

This homeopathic medicine also helps treat the cause of the problem. Many rescues were recently vaccinated for rabies. This vaccine has been associated with a state similar to that of a rabid animal.  Let likes be treated by likes.

Repetitive behaviors are also manifest by some new rescues. Ignatia to the “rescue”. This is often seen in the scared spinning dog. This pup may be cowering with fear at the back of the run or pacing back and forth. Any noise or visual stimulation then starts furious spinning, twirling or running around in circles. Frantic digging at the floor or bedding is another manifestation of the fearful Ignatia state.

Patients that would benefit from Ignatia are often tricky to individualize. They may be overtly aggressive at one moment yet seem to be pleading for help the next. Alternating and changeable states is characteristic of Ignatia.

There are many other homeopathic medicines useful for the fearful newly rescued animal   The most effective is often the one that best matches the totality of signs and symptoms of the patient. Not just the fear.

Stress Colitis and Other Diarrheas

Adapting to a new environment and new food can prove difficult for some rescued pets.  Fasting and a bland diet helps most. Adding canned organic pumpkin and other fiber supplements like Metamucil to the food is another easy trick. Sometimes though an individualized homeopathic medicine is needed to normalize the stool.

Arsenicum album (Ars), Pulsatilla (Puls), Mercurius solubilis (Merc), and Nux vomica (Nux) are 4 of the most frequently needed.

The patient needing Ars may also be quite fearful. Fear with diarrhea may be the only indications. Like Aconite, this animal may be very restless, pacing or not able to get comfortable. Their diarrhea can be profuse and frequent. Vomiting or spitting up small amounts can be seen just before, after and even during diarrhea.

The spitting up is often seen associated with drinking as these animals often drink frequent amounts. Not much though. Perhaps they don’t want to risk being caught in one place for too long.

Ars patients are often chilly but it is also often associated with diarrhea in hot weather.

Puls is another homeopathic medicine very useful for rescued animals with diarrhea worse in the heat. These are often very sweet animals but like Ignatia, can be very changeable. Unlike Ars, thirst is not prominent and in fact thirstlessness with the diarrhea is common. Mucous and straining are also seen as they also can be with any of the homeopathic medicines I mentioned but especially with the next two.

Straining, offensive odor and streaks of blood are typical of the pup needing Merc. Continued straining at the end of the stool is especially common. Human animals describe a “never get done” feeling.

Dr. Jeff Feinman uses homeopathic treatment to help dogs with diarrhea.

Griffie and Carson just got “done” and want to go home!

A horribly putrid odor that you can smell for hours and that sticks inside your nose is also especially characteristic. Variable amounts of blood in the stool are often evident. When there are large amounts of blood or persistent diarrhea its important for the rescue kennel workers to contact their vet.

Last but not least is the most commonly-used (historically at least) homeopathic medicine. Both rapid change of diet as well as the new environment can induce a Nux state.

These pets also often strain and may even spasm when they defecate. Vomiting with retching, especially soon after eating with rumbling in their abdomen or flatulence are often seen. Like Ars, the Nux patient tends to be chilly. They also often have sensitive skin and don’t like being touched. The patient that needs Nux is also oversensitive to and often have a recent history of drug treatment.

Drug treatment, vaccination, rapid change of diet and emotional stress are just a few of the hardships faced by the lucky dogs rescued by OWAR. Homeopathic treatment and proper training provide the tools to help these pups recover and find forever homes.

The AVH Foundation (AVHF) helps educate other holistic vets and pet owners. Your tax-deductible donations to the AVHF are invaluable.

We can all then help more rescued (and all) animals lead happy lives.

Dr. Jeff

President, Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy Foundation

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