Veterinary practice is very similar to pediatrics in general, and pediatric animal patients can be a special challenge. Fortunately, a wealth of helpful homeopathic medicines is available to help animals in their early days of life.
Conventional drugs offer limited options for treating the young animal, and often only suppress symptoms, worsening the overall condition or resulting in “side effects.”
Young animals are challenged in many ways, as they develop their innate immunity to various pathogens and develop a healthy gut microflora. Various homeopathic remedies have special import in helping this process, stimulating the animal’s vital force to perform in the best way possible.
Major anti-miasmatic remedies can strengthen the constitution of young animals, and address a variety of common signs of illness. Among the most useful are Calcarea carbonica and Sulphur, each covering almost every pediatric symptom imaginable. Often, a single dose of 30c or 200c will stimulate a rapid, sustained healing response in a young animal, if similar to the symptom totality. Belladonna, Mercurius, Silicea, and Arsenicum album are very helpful as well, and may be needed in higher potency in some situations.
Two of the most useful remedies for young animals might be Chamomilla and Nux vomica, for covering a dozen or so common illness symptoms, such as gastrointestinal, respiratory, or febrile disorders.
Knowing a few of these remedies very well will help treat many pediatric troubles.
Dr. Todd Cooney graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked in private practice, and as a USDA veterinarian. After almost 20 years of conventional practice, he took Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy and changed the way he viewed health and disease. He began to use homeopathy in his practice before he had even finished the course, and now uses it exclusively on all his cases. His practice is located in north-central Indiana. He also does long distance consulting, and serves as an instructor for the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy.