The team of experienced veterinary professionals at Fundy Animal Hospital offers dependable and effective homeopathy and laser therapy for pets in Saint John. Homeopathy can be used to treat many illnesses and diseases. The medicines or remedies used in homeopathy consist of minute doses of natural substances, which are taken from plants, animals or minerals.
“The physician’s highest and only calling is to make the sick healthy, to cure, as it is called. The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health; that is, the lifting and annihilation of the disease in its entire extent in the shortest, most reliable, and least disadvantageous way, according to clearly realizable principles.”
- Dr. Samuel Hahnemann
“It is the sole duty of the physician to heal the sick. It is not his sole duty to heal the results of sickness, but the sickness itself.”
- James Tyler Kent, MD
Brief Explanation of Homeopathy
Homeopathy started about 200 years ago with a discovery by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann. Wondering why quinine was useful in malaria, he took the medicine himself and found that when given to a healthy person, it temporarily produced the symptoms found in malaria. While the term “homeopathy” literally means to “treat with a similar disease”, the term “allopathy” means to “treat with other than the disease” and is used to denote the standard medical approach of today, which attempts to counteract symptoms. For example, a patient with diarrhea may be given a drug that slows intestinal motility.
To better understand how homeopathy works, let us consider two aspects of a disease. First, there is the immediate cause, such as a bacteria, virus, toxin or internal immunological activity. Second, there is the patient’s response – his/her reaction and defenses, such as fever, inflammation and discharge. These are the body’s attempts to eliminate pathogens and toxins and to heal the tissue. While homeopaths do not ignore immediate causes, such as infection, their primary focus is on the patient’s attempts to respond and heal. Their aim is to strengthen the patient’s defenses for recovery.
Dr. Hahnemann found that substances could be used to stimulate healing by applying the principle of “like cures like” in very specific ways. He would give the patient a substance that would gently nudge their system in the direction of the “disease”, reproducing the same (or almost the same) syndrome or a whole set of particular symptoms in a mild form. He found this to be a very effective way to stimulate their natural defenses.
Most homeopathic pharmacists carefully prepare these many substances in a time-tested manner that enhances their usefulness while minimizing potential harm. They carefully dilute them to eliminate toxic effects, at the same time shaking or grinding them in a way that energizes their helpful effect. In summary, homeopathy stimulates the healing process by temporarily establishing an artificial disturbance of health with medicines.
While simple, in theory, this process requires skill and experience, particularly in chronic conditions. A homeopathic doctor carefully evaluates the changes that occur after the use of each homeopathic medicine; in this way, the patient can be guided to the recovery of their health over the weeks or months necessary for the body to repel the disease and regrow damaged tissues.
Lasers have been used in human medicine for over 30 years, but are just beginning to appear in the veterinary field as Veterinary Care Professionals and animal lovers learn more about the benefits they can provide. Laser therapy has several benefits over traditional pain and mobility treatments, including the rapid disappearance of pain, even that of neuralgic origin. During therapy, the patented delivery system synchronizes superior energy frequencies delivering superior results in less time.
The versatility of the laser allows us to treat sore muscles and joints, degenerative joint conditions, neurological pain, chronic non-healing wounds as well as anti-inflammatory conditions.
Some of the many disorders that respond to laser therapy include:
Numerous skin conditions
Post-surgical pain relief and increased healing
Otitis (ear infections and inflammation)
Degenerative joint disease
Contact our clinic for homeopathic and laser treatments for your furry friend.