It is a great pleasure I assure you to stand before this Assembly and relate a little of my application of homoeopathy to the lower animals. The title to this might have been more aptly, Reminiscences of A Convert. The animals, equally with the human subject, deserve blessing that can be bestowed upon them by homoeopathy, and the fact that it does work so well and accurately upon them knocks on the heads once and for all the oft repeated argument that homoeopathy works merely by suggestion. If one selects a wrong remedy or gives a placebo the animal does not get well, but upon the receipt of the individual remedy the animal responds immediately and a sense of well being and restoration to health ensues.
It is not the easiest thing I Know about to become a convert after the old school methods have been drummed into one in ones comparative youth. Not alone is the change itself not easy but oneself from the rest of the veterinary world. However, after the first step has been taken and the amazing results begin to roll, in, the isolation is more than made up for and the resulting happiness is beyond human works. Burnett said in speaking of such a path taken by a convert:.
It is strange, but a fact nevertheless, that the art of healing, pure and simple, is not in great repute nowadays. Indeed, it is almost a reproach to fling oneself, body and soul, into the business of healing, and herein try to do better than ones father did. Nay, it is even dangerous for a man of good repute to strike out a new path in therapeutics, and try to cure what the “old school” has ever held incurable. If he does, he will seek to deride and vilify him. The reason for this lies largely in the history of medicine and mankind; bad wares have so often been brought forward as good wares, that no one may be blamed for looking with suspicion on all new notions.
We in the veterinary field have much more to contend with than you who practice on the one species. We have to contend with several kinds of species including herbivorous, carnivorous, and omnivorous. I well remember away back in my apprenticeship days attending a dance with a very charming lady, who said to me, “why, soon, you will be going around like Dr. So-and-so with linseed oil all over your clothes.” I assured her that when I started practice that never would linseed oil adorn my clothing, and it didnt.
We might briefly discuss the treatment of the horse and dog as these are the two species that interest me chiefly. The former noble animal is almost common ailments that one met with in this animal were the many forms of so-called colic. A veterinarian who wishes to attain a large clientele must be able to handle these cases with quickness and dispatch. Homoeopathy leads the fields in doing this. One of the most common forms of colic in the horse is faecal impaction of the colon.
I was taught to use gallons of linseed oil and indeed this was the only remedial measure ever thought of. If the case was too protracted resort was had to subcutaneous injections of eserine and pilocarpine (crude), and the suffering the poor animals went through was too bad to speak of. In this condition the animal suffers from subacute pain, continually looks around and puts his nose in the flank region, plainly indicating the seat of the trouble. Why all these gallons of oil combined with eserine? Homoeopathy comes forward with such remedies as Nux v., Plumbum and Belladonna.
Nux v. : Constipation is a most important indication, especially when accompanied by frequent ineffectual efforts at evacuation; a distended condition of the abdomen with flatus, hiccoughs and rising of gas or food; a prolapsed condition of the anus as the result of straining; the pains, while they may be more or less continuous, are certainly spasmodic.