Welcome and Thank You for your interest in Homeopathy.
As with all good things in life, Homeopathy requires patience. I make it a top priority to relieve your pet’s discomfort in a timely manner; however, you must consider that the disease manifesting itself at present did not develop overnight. Please try to understand that the majority of disease that we see today is due to a genetic imprint, destined to manifest itself sooner or later. Also, if drugs were used previously to treat the current condition, it is likely that some of the underlying symptoms are being masked or suppressed, and so finding the appropriate Homeopathic remedy may take some time. The goal is to bring about a rapid and gentle recovery, through patience and careful observation of the symptoms that arise and disappear in reverse order of their occurrence.
What to Expect:
During the first visit, we will discuss all the symptoms your pet has previously suffered. After a careful review of your pet’s complete history the doctor will prescribe a homeopathic remedy.
Following the treatment instructions, closely regarding the remedy, is vital to a successful outcome. Please be advised most remedies are given only one time (one dose) while some liquid potencies are given daily. The doctor will advise you as to the protocol best suited for your pet.
Usually a change will be brought about within days or sometimes weeks of treatment. On occasion, the symptoms may worsen at the beginning of treatment; this may last for as little as a few hours or as much as a few days and in some chronic cases a few weeks. If there is no improvement in the more significant symptoms i.e loss of appetite within three days of taking the remedy, please call the office. In more critical cases (i.e. bloody diarrhea) we expect a more rapid response to a remedy; therefore, it becomes necessary to follow the case more closely, with frequent phone consults –sometimes every two- or three-days.
Do not continue giving a remedy daily unless the doctor advised you to do so. Often times, if a remedy is repeated too often, an aggravation of the disease’s symptoms will occur and the curative process will cease, causing the patient to revert back to the original diseased state.
As mentioned, the remedy typically can take several weeks to bring about improvement in your pet’s condition; you must therefore remember that patience is part of the treatment.
Follow-up phone consults or visits are necessary for evaluating and assuring the progression of cure is in a positive direction.
The initial visit, $340, will cover the next 3 weeks of therapy as some cases require daily or weekly re-evaluation. After the 3 weeks if needed there will be a re check fee of $120 dollars every 2 weeks. Most cases require monthly re-evaluations until the case is resolved, it is difficult to predict the
length of time necessary to cure a long standing disease.
Phone consultation is available for $85 when only a 5-15 minute conversation is necessary to evaluate the symptom progression and prescribe a remedy.
We request that you please call us with your concerns and leave a short message for the doctor. We will set up a phone consult time for you to discuss your concerns with the doctor. During the re-check the doctor will speak at length about your pet’s condition. It is important to write down the changes you see and report them to the doctor on the follow up visit.
It is also important to understand that the phone consult is part of the homeopathic treatment. Depending on the reaction to the remedy, we will wait or proceed with a new remedy or possibly increase the potency of the current remedy treatment.
Phone consults will be charged according to time spent on the phone with you and off the phone working up the case to find the appropriate remedy. Sometimes, for example, a work-up is necessary to find a new remedy. It will be necessary to have a credit card on file for follow-up phone consults which may be needed during the course of treatment. Minimum cost is $85 dollars for the first 5-10 minutes and up to $120 for half-hour phone consults which include time spent off the phone working on the case to research the subsequent remedy.
The re-check visit can be scheduled for 4-6 weeks after administration of a remedy. The doctor can then re-evaluate the case. Often times the greatest improvement is seen 3-4 weeks after the treatment. This is therefore the optimal time to re-evaluate the effect of the remedy on your pet.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is the principle that like heals like or “simila similibus’ as Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) the founder of Homeopathy would describe its mechanism of action. Dr. Hahnemann’s premise in curing disease is to give the ill patient a potentized (diluted) dose of medicine–the same medicine that would cause identical symptoms of disease in a healthy patient should repeated dosing be administered. This is commonly known as “proving”. Hahnemann tested substances for the effect they produced on a healthy individual and tried to deduce from this the ills they would heal. The notion behind Homeopathy is not to just target and remediate the single most recent symptoms, as most symptoms are due to a patient’s response to a larger systemic problem developing from within, but to treat all the symptoms including those that have become less troublesome over the years.
It is necessary to consider the recent symptom or acute complaint and the old, historical, past symptoms which may have disappeared over time or changed with the use of cortisone, antibiotics or sometimes even, the excessive use of vaccines.
For those new to the medicine of Homeopathy I recommend a short book entitled “Beyond Flat Earth Medicine” by Dr. Timothy Dooley. For a more comprehensive explanation and the specific application of Homeopathy in animals, Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s “The Natural Dog and Cat” is unparalleled.
Homeopathy Instructions and Administration of the Remedy
Congratulations on furthering your interest in Homeopathy, and in choosing our practice to care for your best friend. As with all good things in life, Homeopathy is a science that requires patience. I make it a top priority to relieve your pet’s discomfort in a timely manner; however, you must consider that the disease manifesting itself at present did not develop overnight. Also if drugs were used previously to treat the current condition it is likely that some of the underlying symptoms are being masked, and so finding the appropriate Homeopathic remedy may take additional time. The goal here is: with faith and persistence, we will work together to do our best to bring about a rapid and gentle recovery.
What to Expect:
After a careful intake and investigation of your pet’s complete history, I will prescribe a homeopathic remedy. Following the treatment instructions closely regarding the remedy is vital to a successful outcome. Usually, a change will be brought about within three to four weeks. In more chronic cases it becomes necessary to follow the case more closely–sometimes at two or three-day intervals—so that the pet’s reaction to the strength of the remedy can be more closely observed.
As mentioned, the remedy typically takes several weeks to bring about improvement in your pet’s condition; you must therefore remember that patience is part of the treatment. Sometimes the symptoms will worsen at the beginning of treatment; this may last for as little as a few hours or as much as a few days. If there is no improvement in the more significant symptoms within two days of taking the remedy, please call the office.
The re -check visit can be scheduled for 4-6 weeks post remedy. In the case where you have seen no noticeable improvement in your pet a phone consult will be scheduled; the doctor can then re- evaluate the case and may then prescribe an alternate remedy. Often times the greatest improvement is seen between the three weeks after the pet has begun the treatment and the sixth week; this is therefore the optimal time to evaluate the effect of the remedy on the pet.
“My pet Cody has an improved appetite and has stopped vomiting but he’s still drinking a lot; should I be concerned?” This is a typical phone message that we receive after treatment has begun. During the re-check we will speak at length about your pet’s condition; if however you feel that a phone consultation is in order beforehand that you are encouraged to call the office for an appointment.
Please be advised most remedies are given only one time (single dose); however some liquid potencies are given daily. The doctor will advise you as to the protocol best suited for your pet.
Do not continue to give a remedy daily unless the doctor advises you to do so . A remedy that is repeated too often can result in a flare up of the symptoms of the underlying systemic imbalance, which could cause the curative process to cease and the patient to revert back to his or her original diseased state. Follow up phone consults and/or visits are thus critical in evaluating and reaffirming the prescribed remedy and assuring the progression of cure is in a positive direction.