Should I choose a Homeopathic Vet?

Choosing a vet for your dog and other pets can be a tricky business but with more homeopathic vets appearing across the UK should you consider using one and if you do where can you find one?

Homeopathy is one of those subjects that certainly divides opinion. On one side of the fence you have those who say it is nothing more than a placebo with no scientific proof to back it up and on the other you have those who have full confidence in the remedies, tinctures and other products used and the core homeopathic principles of looking at the whole being rather than just the disease or aliment. Only last year there were calls for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to ban the use of homeopathy in the treatment of animals, something which caused fierce option from homeopathic vets and others who recognise the benefits of this type of treatment. However there are many who have found at homeopathy has succeeded in curing or certainly improved the health of their pets where traditional medicines and treatments have failed, especially in conditions such as skin complaints and chronic conditions. You can also find many traditional vets now offering a range of alternative treatments such as acupuncture as part of their services and with so many of us looking for alternatives to drugs for both ourselves and our pets a homeopathic approach is something that appeals to a number of people.

What is a Homeopathic Vet?

Anyone who wants to use homeopathy to treat animals must first complete the traditional training to qualify as a vet. However once they have achieved this a homeopathic vet will then go on to further study recognised by the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons to qualify as Veterinary Member of the Faculty of Homeopathy (Vet MFHom) enabling them to accept referrals from other practices.

Once qualified a homeopathic vet will offer treatments made from highly diluted substances which closely match the symptoms being seen as the principle of homeopathy is “let like be cured by likes” Because these remedies are so highly diluted it is said that there is no toxic side effects for the animal or residues left within the body. Vets using this approach also believe that in order to effectively treat an illness it is necessary to look deeper than the symptoms that they are being presented with and diet being a crucial factor. This means that during a consultation a homeopathic vet will ask questions not only about your pets condition and diet but also their lifestyle, home environment, character history and other aspects of your pets life before coming up with a treatment plan.

Where to find a Homeopathic Vet

If you decide that you would like your dog or other animal to be treated be a homeopathic vet then your first port of call should be to the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons. Not only does their website include a wealth of information about the subject but it also has a veterinary practice locator. You may find that some practices only offer complementary and alternative treatments taking referrals from other practices while others combine homeopathy with a more traditional treatments. You should be aware though that if your dog is under the care of another veterinary surgeon it may be the case that a homeopathic vet will ask for a referral before agreeing to see your pet.

Homeopathy does have some very high profile followers with the Prince Charles recently saying that he uses homeopathic remedies to treat his cattle but ultimately selecting which vet to use comes down to personal preference. If you are considering using a homeopathic vet it is worth arranging an appointment with them to discuss their approach and how this will suit you and your dog before making a firm decision. You will also find more information on the websites listed below.

The British Homeopathic Association www.britishhomeopathic.org
The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons www.bahvs.com