This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.
You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
IMPORTANT NOTICE : The Information on this page is derived from information supplied by one of our suppliers - Dorwest Herbs. On 30th July 2004 Provet received a letter from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in the UK advising us that the text contravened the Law by making Medicinal Claims for Products without a Veterinary Marketing Authorisation.
At their request we have deleted specific text. Where we have done this we have replaced the original text with the letters VMD. This decision effectively prevents us from providing advice about the current use of homoeopathic remedies in veterinary medicine, even though this information may be available to you from other sources. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
The use of Homoeopathic Remedies remains controversial with many members of the Veterinary Profession, however there is considerable interest in Complementary Medicines in the general public, and these products are being increasingly used by Veterinarians all over the World.
What are Homoeopathic Remedies made from ?
A "mother tincture" is made from plant and mineral sources, or a mixture of one or more diluted in pure alcohol and shaken (called succussion). These dilutions are in scales of either X (decimal) or C (centesimal).
What strengths are they in , and what do they mean ?
Homoeopathic strengths (or potencies) are unusual in as much as the MORE DILUTED the "mother tincture", the STRONGER the remedy is. Thus a 3C which has only been diluted a little is the least strong, and a 30C which has been diluted a lot more is the strongest. The higher the potency, the quicker and deeper its reaction, although different potencies may have different effects. 30C is the highest potency that is normally available for self administration and is very effective for acute conditions.
The following Table lists some of the uses being made of Homoeopathy in VMD :
The following Table lists some of the Homoeopathic Remedies which are being used in animals :
The VMD given is the same irrespective of the size or breed of the animal, but the frequency of administration will vary according to VMD. It is preferable, but not essential, for homoeopathic VMD not to be given within 15 minutes of food or drink. If however the only way to give them is with food , then this is still effective.
VMD should not be touched by the hand, and should be administered straight into the mouth. A special dispenser is available for this purpose.
Much of the text in this article about Homoeopathy has been copied from, or is based upon, information kindly provided by Dorwest Herbs, and it is used with their permission.