North American Veterinary
“The treatment of sick animals resembles closely the treatment of young children in that it is purely and almost entire objective. Animals do not tell us what ails them; neither can babies, but their reactions to disease are manifested by various signs and symptoms to the watchful medical observer. Objective symptomatology is therefore of first importance in the treatment of sick animals as it is in the treatment of sick babies.
“Homoeopathy offers an enormous field for investigation in this direction and veterinary medicine offers a fascinating department of such research. Homoeopathic veterinarians have existed in this and other countries and many of them have achieved brilliant results in the realm of animal medicine. Hurndall in england immortalized himself so far as homoeopathic veterinary medicine is concerned by recording his professional experience in book form. One or two others have done the same. In Germany before the Great War, homoeopathic medicine was widely used by army officers in the treatment of their mounts and famous Hagenback of Hamburg employs homoeopathy in the treatment of sick circus animals. There was no particular sentiment about this; it simply paid, for losses from disease were lessened thereby.
“Many a homoeopathic physician has treated horses and dogs when veterinarians with the cruder, old school methods could do nothing. Most of us can recall successful results in animals after apparently suitable remedies in potencies had been given.”.
Experts from the Homoeopathic Recorder, June 15, 1927.
(There have been a few homoeopathic veterinarians in the United States. Three of our personal acquaintance have achieved success. However, neither of these hesitated to employ the “cruder” methods when necessary. One of these was a distinguished surgeon and quit the veterinary profession in middle life to study human homoeopathic medicine. He is now a well-known human surgeon. Another one of these three deviated only occasionally from the precepts of the homoeopathic school and yet retired in comfortable circumstances from his earnings.
The third one is still a young man. He prescribes homoeopathic remedies almost exclusively for febrile ailments and for the usual run of diseases requiring a continuous treatment, but practices surgery on a large scale and is one of the outstanding advocates of the stomach tube for horses and intestinal lavage for dogs. It is therefore undeniable that homoeopathic treatment, which simply means treatment that will do no harm, has a place in veterinary medicine, and certainly a better place than shot-gun medicine.) – The North American Veterinary, August.