5 April 2008

Homeopathy for animals under threat

From www.homeopathyworkedforme.org

Homeopathy for animals under threat – 22 March 2008

If you treat your animals with homeopathy then you need to know that the British Veterinary Surgeons Act is currently under review by a Parliamentary Committee and they are inviting information and comment. The homoeopathic vets are facing the same sort of attacks from others in their profession as homeopaths are, and it is vital that owners write to their MPs in defence of the right to treat their animals.

Letters to MPs and to DEFRA (especially those asking a question and therefore needing a reply) are actually noted and that it is surprising how few are needed to have an effect. Letters sent to the Committee should state that:
the owner has used homoeopathy;
the owner has found it to help the problem;
the owner would like to have the freedom to choose the type of treatment for their own animals;
the veterinary profession is not able to offer this service;
homoeopathy should be specifically included within the remit of the Act;
lay professionals should be able to treat animals.

You can get information about contacting your MP at: http://www.parliament.uk/directories/directories.cfm

At present, by strict interpretation, homoeopathy given to animals by anyone other than a vet or an owner is illegal, no matter how well qualified the practitioner, and only about 250 vets are qualified in homoeopathy. Apparently a survey in a vetinary magazine two years ago reported that 65% of owners want homoeopathic or other alternative.

Further information is available at: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/VideoPlayer.aspx?meetingId=1246



  1. As a veterinary student and someone who once worked in an animal shelter that used primarily homeopathy and alternative medicine, I can say there is very good reason to attack homeopathy.

    You may not like what I’m saying, but don’t misconstrue it as a personal attack. It is an attack on an ineffective system of treatment that often leads to animal sickness and death due to not seeing a vet.

    First, there have never been any peer-reviewed studies showing homeopathy is an effective medical treatment in humans or animals. The medically sound, experimentally controlled and statistically relevant studies that have performed show homeopathic therapy shows results nearly identical to placebo effects (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16125589). People seem to respond to homeopathy in a manner based on their belief that it will work.

    The tragedy with veterinary homeopathy is that the owner looks for signs of improvement and finds them because of belief, but the animal receives no such benefit. Placebo effects have no been demonstrated in animals, since you cannot tell an animal “this will make you feel better.”

    Second, the concept of homeopathy itself is seriously flawed. Homeopathy is based on “like cures like,” where substances that produce the same symptoms are used to cure those symptoms. Substances like heavy metals, plant extracts, or minerals are used to produce the homeopathic remedies. However, these are diluted with water and sugar or alcohol hundreds or thousands of times until there is no molecule of the original substance left.

    Homeopathy defies all known principles of biology, physiology, medicine, and the natural world. To quote one published paper on the topic, it is “scientifically implausible” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16165225).

    In my experience, many who rely on homeopathy do so by excluding allopathic (traditional medical) treatment. I know of a dog that died of a treatable bowel obstruction because the owner of the compound refused to have endoscopy and surgery, relying instead on those infamous white pellets. They tried all-natural diets, herbal tea pills, and acupuncture, but the dog died because he didn’t receive the treatment he needed.

    This happened all the time at the shelter I worked at. I finally left out of a deep sadness for the deceased animals. Never once did I see a homeopathic remedy successful cure or even alleviate symptoms.

    I urge people to do research on homeopathy and keep a critical mindset about it. It is dangerous. Not in the sense that it actively causes harm, rather, I find it to be quite benign. But rather, when someone thinks homeopathy is equal or superior to allopathic treatment, lives can be lost.

    I write this as a veterinary student, a vegetarian, and an animal lover. I’ll be the first to admit that modern medicine isn’t perfect and cannot cure all ailments. But just because allopathic medicine has flaws and progress to be made doesn’t justify using pseudoscience to treat our animal companions, or worse, ourselves.

    I’m aware you will write me off as a member of the veterinary “medical establishment,” but just trust that I have healing animals as my number one priority and I have examined homeopathy for several years only to conclude it does not work.

    Jackson (not my real name)
    Cornell University, Animal Sciences ’08
    Western University CVM ’12

    Comment by Jackson — 5 April 2008 @ 9:59 pm

  2. It appears to another attempt to check the growing popularity of Homoeopathy.The anti Homoepathy groups sponsored by pharma companies were claiming that Homoeopahty has only a placebo effect. When they are confronted with the proof that Homoeopahty works fine even in case if infants and animals their arguments fell flat. Because an infant or an animal can not distuinguish between a palcebo and a medicated pill.
    All cunning efforts of such groups should be thwarted by the Homoeopathy lovers !

    Comment by Purushottama — 6 April 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  3. here is a new blog concerning these subjects: http://limpyblog.wordpress.com/

    Comment by doctorlimpy — 9 April 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  4. We visited an organic farm recently and the staff proudly informed us that the animals were treated homeopathically. However, I do accept as with people there are emergency situations when conventional treatment is more appropriate. Integrated medicine may be the answer so that appropriate professional judgement can be made.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 14 April 2008 @ 2:04 pm

  5. I must say that Jackson’s arguments are one of the most straightforward, articulate and personally researched comments I have ever seen. The sincerity and compassion ring through. And yet, the response has been to accuse Jackson of dishonesty by being a shill for pharmaceutical companies. Extraordinary and shameful.

    Comment by Andy Lewis — 15 April 2008 @ 8:33 am

  6. Jackson’s comments are anecdotal.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 15 April 2008 @ 10:14 am

  7. Jackson, that was a good and well thought out post, however you will never convince anyone who is a proponent of homeopathy by reasoned scientific argument, you see they have faith, thats all they need.
    And as for comment number six .. all homeopathic evidence is anecdotal, it has never been proved to be the slightest bit effective by conventional efficacy trials.

    One of my own experiences with homeopathy was when one of my clients who was a dog breeder stopped using conventional vaccines and switched to oral homeopathic vaccine which was obtained by mail order from a homeopathic practitioner who lived some three hundred miles away and had never examined or seen any of the animals involved. Guess what the result was one year later? you got it! a number of deaths in the group which had been given the homeopathic vaccine from parvo virus.


    Comment by Scott — 16 April 2008 @ 4:32 pm

  8. Andy Lewis says:

    must say that Jackson’s arguments are one of the most straightforward, articulate and personally researched comments I have ever seen. The sincerity and compassion ring through. And yet, the response has been to accuse Jackson of dishonesty by being a shill for pharmaceutical companies. Extraordinary and shameful.

    How do you know that any of it was true? It has all the hallmarks of a concocted story to back up your prejudices, which probably accounts for your uncritical acceptance of it.

    Also nobody had started “to accuse Jackson of dishonesty by being a shill for pharmaceutical companies”. It looks suspiciously as though you expected Jackson to be attacked and had your support already prepared. You make it look even more fake than it did at first.

    Comment by Ohreally — 21 April 2008 @ 9:42 pm

  9. Just to clarify matters, comments 1 and 2 awaited moderation together unseen from each other, so it appears that response 2 attacks response 1, but is commenting on the article.

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 21 April 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  10. Thank you. I did not see comment 2 as a response to comment 1 anyway, and you have now explained why it was not.

    Comment by Ohreally — 22 April 2008 @ 9:56 am

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