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Vitality Vetcare

Phone: 02 6687 0675
4a Ballina Rd Bangalow
NSW 2479 Australia

Integrative Medicine

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There is no line between conventional and natural therapies.

Our priority is what is going to be of the most benefit to your animal.

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We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

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Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems for a particular animal or group of animals.

 

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Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

We practice constitutional and acute prescribing looking at the animal as a whole not just the diagnosed disease.

The principle of homeopathy is 'like cures like' ie a substance taken in very small amounts can be used to treat symptoms which are similar to those seen if the substance is taken in large amounts.

Herbal and homeopathic medicines can come from the same plants but are prepared and used in different ways.

Download our information handout on giving homeopathic medicines.

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Why Use Homeopathy?

Dr Megan Kearney and Dr Douglas Wilson at Vitality Vetcare, Bangalow use homeopathy because it works!

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems either on its own or integrated with other treatments, according to what is appropriate for a particular animal or group of animals. Homeopathy is cost-effective and easy to administer. Dr Kearney and Dr Wilson have done extensive post-graduate study in veterinary homeopathy and are Veterinary Members of the Faculty of Homeopathy (VetMFHom) UK.

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a medical system based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ ie a substance taken in very small amounts can be used to treat symptoms which are similar to those seen if the substance is taken in large amounts. An example of this is to imagine what it is like to cut up a strong onion. You may experience watery stinging or burning eyes, sneezing, runny nose and headache. If you had a cold or hay fever in which your symptoms were similar to those experienced when cutting up an onion, you could take a homeopathic medicine made from an onion to treat those cold or hay fever symptoms. 

What are Homeopathic Medicines?

Homeopathic medicines come from plants, animals and minerals. They are made by repeatedly diluting and succussing (vigorously shaking) a preparation of the original substance in a solution of water and alcohol. The medicine can be made up as tablets, pillules, drops or sterile solutions for injecting. Homeopathic and herbal medicines may come from the same plants but they are prepared and used in different ways.

What happens in a Homeopathic Consultation?

A homeopathic consultation is different from a standard veterinary consultation.  Your vets at Vitality Vetcare require more detailed information about how your animal is affected by her condition, what is characteristic about her behaviour and how she is affected by external stimuli such as the weather, temperature, time of day and season. Dr Megan Kearney or Dr Douglas Wilson may spend extra time working up the case after the consultation before a homeopathic medicine is prescribed. This medicine will be unique to your animal and may differ from what is given to another animal with the same condition.

Homeopathy has a holistic approach and treats your animal as a whole not just the disease. Veterinarians practising homeopathy make clinical decisions on the best treatment approach for an individual animal or herd which may include homeopathic and/or pharmaceutical medicines, dietary and husbandry changes and other complementary therapies or surgery when indicated.

Qualified & Experienced

Dr Megan Kearney and Dr Douglas Wilson have both achieved one of the highest veterinary qualifications in homeopathy which is Veterinary Membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy (VetMFHom) and have been practising for many years. Membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy requires completion of an accredited course, submission of case studies and passing written, oral and practical exams. They are two of the main teachers of homeopathy to veterinarians in Australia.

Which Conditions can be Treated with Homeopathy?

Animals with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions may be treated with homeopathy. Dr Kearney and Wilson may prescribe a homeopathic medicine on its own or with other therapies according to the needs of your animal. For example, a dog with a skin allergy may benefit from homeopathy as well as changing his diet and eliminating fleas.

A pilot study published in 2007 found that the conditions most commonly seen by veterinarians practising homeopathy in the UK were arthritis, atopic dermatitis (skin allergy), lameness, epilepsy, diarrhoea, aggression, fear, pruritus (itching) and kidney failure. The animals treated were mostly dogs and cats but horses and exotic animals were also patients. Click here to read the Veterinary pilot study 2007.

A paper published in 2010 found that the chronic (long-term) conditions in horses most frequently treated with homeopathy by veterinarians in the UK were arthritis, headshaking, laminitis (foot inflammation), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (similar to asthma), sweet itch (Queensland itch), dermatitis (skin allergy), sarcoidosis (a type of skin tumour) and Cushings syndrome (a hormonal condition). Click here to read the abstract

Research

There is a small but growing body of research on veterinary homeopathy. Papers which have been published recently in peer-reviewed veterinary journals include:

Effectiveness of the homeopathic preparation Zeel compared with carprophen in dogs with osteoarthritis Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 2011;47:12 http://www.jaaha.org/

Efficacy of homeopathic and antibiotic treatment strategies in cases of mild and moderate bovine clinical mastitis Journal of Dairy Research (2010), 77:460-467  http://journals.cambridge.org/

Homeopathic prescribing for chronic conditions in equine veterinary practice in the UK Veterinary Record 2010;166:234-237 http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/

Pilot study of the effect of individualised homeopathy on the pruritus associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs Veterinary Record 2009;164:364-370 http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/

Opening Hours

8:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri and
8:30am-12:00pm Sat.

Consultations by appointment.

After hours emergencies please call: 6687 0675 or 0448 870 675 Mon-Thur

Weekends & Public Holidays, North Coast Emergency Vets 0424 054 056

 

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