THE SUPERIORITY OF HOMOEOPATHY IN VETERINARY PRACTICE. A recent graduate of one of our colleges was greatly surprised at seeing me treat cats successfully by homoeopathic measures, he having been taught by his professor of small animal practice that there were only two medicines to give a cat, one being santonine and the other mineral oil, somewhat abbreviated materia medica.

Homoeopathic Veterinarian.

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.

Plumbum : It is most effectual in cases due to impaction of hard, dry faeces, shaped like balls and generally black in color; the anus instead of beings protruded as in Nux v. is constricted.

Belladonna : A swollen and very bright red condition of the conjunctiva; a firm, hard, resistant swelling in the abdomen on the course of the large colon, with the indication of sharp griping pains at one particular spot, recognizable by the horse pointing with his nose to the same place. These are just a few of the remedies which may be indicated but there are a host of others.

In spasmodic or flatulent colic one has to draw from the following list of remedies: Aconite, Colocynth, Veratrum, Chamomilla, Dioscorea, Iris versicolor, etc.

In regard to disease of the respiratory system of the horse of course we have the usual “run of shad”. Occasionally we get a regular epidemic of equine influenza and in times past, when the horse population was much more abundant,great economic losses occurred. In the place of the various serums and bacterins homoeopathy has a vast number of curative remedies to offer. According to their indication the following remedies will usually carry any given a case to a cheerful ending:.

Aconite, in the very early stages; Arsenicum iod., nearly a specific in many outbreaks; Gelsemium, Nux v.; Rhus t.; movement seems to afford relief, the exact opposite of Bryonia. All of such cases respond beautifully to the indicated remedy without having to resort to the hypodermic syringe. Other remedies which might be indicated are: Eucalyptus; Antimonium tart., When the cough is loose, though attended with a good deal of oppression and apparent difficulty; Lachesis, when the swelling down the legs and along the abdomen persists and increases, ultimately resulting in the oozing of drops of blood and bloody serum through the skin. Sometimes, in such cases, Crotalus.horr. may be indicated.

And now we leave the horse and say a few words in regard to mans loyal and devoted friend, the dog.

This faithful creature is heir to all the ills that effect his manner.

I am often asked why I took up the treatment of dogs in preference to people. I always counter with the remark so truly spoken, the more I see of people the better I like dogs.

By the “old school” these little fellows are more than put through their paces, including a lot of unnecessary suffering, but once again comes homoeopathy to the rescue. We will take for instance the so-called distemper of dogs. This really is a combination of toxins and presents a truly toxaemic picture. Anti- distemperinum caninum will surely immunize animals given it is a series of degrees of potencies of this remedy. Futhermore I have proven beyond and measure of doubt that the immunization of puppies can be started in utero before the birth of the puppies by administering this remedy to the pregnant dam. The various serums of the present day seem to act prophylactically in some cases, but a vast number of cases that I am called upon to treat have had the serum. There must be a hole some where.

Another class of animals is the cat, and this above all other respond beautifully to homoeopathy. Give a cat one dose of “old school” medicine which has any disagreeable odour or taste you are sunk before you start, as they usually start pernicious vomiting and keep it up till death closes the scene. A recent graduate of one of our colleges was greatly surprised at seeing me treat cats successfully by homoeopathic measures, he having been taught by his professor of small animal practice that there were only two medicines to give a cat, one being santonine and the other mineral oil, somewhat abbreviated materia medica. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to be privileged to apply this wonderful healing art to our little dumb friends. NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.


DR. FARRINGTON: I could take an hour on the treatment of animals, because in my more than forty-three years of experience I have treated a great many, all the way from canary birds to big horses. The doctor has given us some very interesting things.

One difficulty was that there didnt seem to be any good book from which sufficient information could be had in the treatment of animals.

I have usually gone on my own. Like children, animals are both difficult and easy to treat, difficult because you have to depend on your own observations, and easy because so few remedies are indicated and they act so quickly and so profoundly.

In the summer of 1928 I treated a little black dog for paralysis of the hind extremities. The dog was fifteen years old, and the veterinary said nothing could be done for it. A single dose of Alumina metallicum 200 got the little dog on its feet, to the great delight of the old lady who owned it. When my family and I went to Europe, she sent me a check for 100, and said, “This is from Chico to make your trip more pleasant.” She left for New York on Monday, and Chico was still toddling around. She was to sail on Saturday. On Wednesday, little Chico died. I still had the check though, although I hadnt cashed it. I telegraphed her before she left that little Chico had passed on.

When I was practicing in Philadelphia, I had charge of the animals on one of these de luxe farms. You know how these blooded Guernseys and other fine cows become ill. They are very susceptible. I used to take care of them when they had lost their calves, had retained placenta, or some other ailment.

H.B.F. Jervis