A Chronicle of Cure

Healing takes time.

It seems we are so used to instant results in a modern world that perhaps we forget how to assess normal clinical improvement. We are inclined to be impatient as veterinarians and animal owners alike, in a world where instant results have become the norm.

The main thing is to help the animal feel better in itself, in its energy and demeanour and then other symptoms can improve over time. This is the objective of treating animals with integrative medicine and homeopathy.

Suppressing symptoms is not curing.

When faced with a serious disease diagnosis it is understandably difficult to not panic about treatment options but time has taught me that healing takes longer than we often expect for a number of reasons, some of which I will outline.


With the over reliance on allopathic or ‘reductionist’ medicines, we have come to expect instantaneous responses and we are misled into believing that this is to be expected. It is not necessarily true when treating chronic disease properly. We can get fast responses when treating acute or sudden trauma and illness but with time and an integrative approach we can also cure chronic disease with homeopathy, targeted nutritional therapy and other non-pharmaceutical medicines.

It may surprise many veterinarians that a large number of animals walking into the consultation room on first presentation do not actually need anything more than a thorough physical examination and a gentle touch to reassure them that they are being heard and helped. Help comes in assessing the options for why the owners may worry that their animal is unwell. If an owner feels there is a problem then there always is; it is often just not as serious as we are primed to expect, except in true medical emergencies.

This does not mean that we do nothing for chronic cases but within the confines of a standard veterinary consultation, which is probably ten to fifteen minutes, there is not a lot of time to get the animal and the owner into a position conducive to gleaning any accurate information regarding the true health disturbance.

I encourage all veterinarians therefore to take more time to make animals and clients comfortable and observe all the time what the animal is doing. Make appointments longer even if that means charging more since people want value for money rather than just a list of expensive options. Animals will be trying to tell you what is wrong if you cultivate the art of listening.

You can also learn to listen through touch.


As a referral practice, many of my clients come to me dismayed by the range of expensive options outlined to them in the name of best practice. Best practice has become a bit of a threat to many of us in as much as we worry that if we do not offer imaging or pathology tests that we will be considered professionally negligent. I am not diminishing the importance of these practices in cases where there is a demonstrated need. Our job is to diagnose and treat disease and these two skills are intimately dependent upon each other when we are employing conventional medicines because a wrongly prescribed pharmaceutical can indeed be very dangerous. With the professional practice of homeopathy, where the threat of ‘wrong medicine’ no longer exists, we have a safer, effective and complete healing option at our disposal in cases where cure is possible. Holistic medicine originates from the ‘whole’ picture approach to disease and treatment options as we peel back the layers of influence that have contributed to maintaining a picture of ill health.

It is a false premise that many diseases are incurable and this seriously needs addressing so that my colleagues can regain their power as healers, strengthen their skills as physicians and feel happier about their abilities and the outcome and cost of their treatment options.

It is normal for animals changing from conventional medicines to natural medicines to experience what appears to be a worsening of disease symptoms. Misunderstanding this process accounts for a lot of the criticism directed towards the natural medicine approach.

The animal must learn how to use medicines differently and detoxify from the chemicals present in drugs. This can make them appear worse for a while and this is where the clinical skills of the veterinarian are crucial in identifying the strength and direction of the animal’s true response to therapy.

A homeopathic approach to disease treatment involves adding strength to the animal’s natural healing force and gentling or supporting them to cure. Years of vaccinations, antibiotics and chemicals need time to clear from the body.

Here is the example that inspired this post. It is a dialogue that occurs commonly in my practice during the course of healing over many months between myself, V (vet) and the owner O.

This is P, a cat with a skin disease that was considered to be incurable and had been on many drugs some of which caused life threatening side effects. Throughout the whole period the cat was valiantly exteriorizing her symptoms to the skin. This is the correct response and direction to cure but is almost always overmedicated, widely misinterpreted and without proper training in integrative medicine, completely misunderstood as such.

Homeopathic treatment, in this case, was sought as a last resort. Nothing seemed to be working and P was very distressed with intractable scabby and bleeding skin. Here is our conversation so that you can appreciate the effort involved.


Feb 2017

O: P is scratching herself bald underneath, it looks red raw and there are small patches of blood and bodily fluid on the cover where she sits. The nasty scabs on her ears fell off and exposed raw bleeding skin. I think this is the worst I’ve seen her. I applied some organic coconut oil to some of her fur but it doesn’t appear to have helped relieve the itch and she looks terrible. She’s uncomfortable and meows when picked up, which we avoid unless necessary. She’s still a personality and likes a gentle cuddle. I don’t know what to do next, please advise

V: there will be changes while she is still adapting to drug removal from her system and learning to use new medicines, (homeopathy).

It also depends on how much she will let you medicate or assist.

There is SOLUGEL from chemist that will be very effective and safe for healing the skin, better than coconut and I would use that for the time being especially ears and weeping areas.

If she is bright in herself and has good demeanour that is best sign for recovery.

If she is depressed or cranky we need to rethink.

There are other remedies I have but I know she is difficult to medicate so persevere with above and previous daily LacCan (homeopathy) for a while with thuja (homeopathy) three times a week.

I can see her if she doesn’t pick up but I am sure this is all part of the healing and as long as she is eating and basically in a good mood then that is the main thing.

( note: At this stage, P is not taking anything other than species appropriate raw food as medicine and homeopathy).

March 2017

O: Since I last emailed she has retreated to an indoor spot (spare bed) and sleeps; only venturing out for food and water and to sleep along side us, at night, from time to time. She rarely sits with us and is rarely social.  I have noticed her pupils are often dilated; I have heard that this may be due to pain? Her scabs are terrible but don’t appear to be oozing as much, this seems to be cyclic. She has groomed herself bald on her belly. I have applied the Solugel to parts on her head and ears and think it helps a little. Her appetite is good and she drinks the (homeopathic) medicated water well.

I am very worried she is in pain and wonder if it best to put her down, I hope you can reassure me but understand if we are naturally coming to the end. There is one week left of this 3 week period until I bring her back to you, hoping there will be some improvement by then. I will keep you informed.

V: I am going to deliver some new medicines to you today as I will be away until next Tuesday. When you get these there are directions for use and can stop the other.

I will review pending response. I know it seems like ages but she has not been on this new program for long and we can’t hurry healing.

2 weeks later March 2017

O:Since the new medicines P has improved in her behaviour and is much more sociable. She still has sores that are oozing a little. Her ears are much better now the nasty scabs have fallen off. How long should I continue with the Mez and is there a time you would like to see her?

V: That’s good news thanks.

The homeopathic medicines will be working for a month or so and is the main reason for her improvement. If you have any concerns about her deteriorating or new symptoms etc please let me know but these medicines work over time to restore her healing capacity and it takes time and vigilant intervention.

6 weeks following

O:I thought I’d let you know how P has progressed. She is hugely improved, her fur is soft and fluffy and appears to be growing back well, just a few scabs left now. I managed to add fish oil into her daily yoghurt ( which she goes bananas for). The troublesome ears are smooth and velvet like, she even attempted to play, which means chewing me! She’s eating extremely well and has become quite bossy and vocal. Just a few stool concerns, dark and hard with occasional diarrhoea, saw her scooting across the floor but no sign of worms. Started her on another round of protexin for a week in the hope it helps calm her gut. On the whole I feel quite positive, all thanks to you.

I’m still administering the homeopathic medicines (Card and Arn) twice each a week, I can’t remember how long I should continue and when to bring her back for a review, please advise.

V: That is very good news and I am glad P is feeling more comfortable.

The Ars200(Arsenicum) is the main reason for her improvement to this point and it will still be working to some extent.

These are real and permanent improvements but any signs of recurrence requires attention.

The protexin (green label) is a good idea.

May 2017

O: Just a quick update. I reduced P (homeopathic) meds to the Card 6(Cardus, milk thistle) only and the scabs are developing again, should I add the Arn 30 back in ? I have noticed occasional spots of blood on the wooden floor and on the cushion she sits on over the past month or so but I don’t know where the wound is, possibly from a claw which she gets caught.

V: yes you can use the Arn30 if you think it helps. It is good for injury.

I would also give P a single dose of the Ars200 today or tomorrow as well, just once.


This cat is currently doing very nicely in all regards after six months with a skin disease of years duration for which she was going to be euthanized. I have presented it here as an example of an integrative approach to healing and curing diseases that are deemed to be incurable. 

I know that many of my fellow veterinarians become despondent when dealing with these cases and I post these articles to inspire them to seek answers and advice from integrative veterinarians as to how they may incorporate simple and effective changes into their practices that can make the world if difference to them, their clients and the animals. All we are really trying to do is to add strength to the animal so that it can make a positive response and try to heal itself. The difficulty we have is knowing how best to do this.


My simple advice to my veterinary colleagues is as follows;

Vaccinate less, minimize the prescription of antimicrobials and other chemicals and recommend species appropriate raw foods that improve the gut microbiota as an essential healing tool.


Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, describes cure as “The physicians highest and only calling…” but also as the “….rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health…”


We should all continue to strive for this highest ideal in our calling as Veterinary Physicians.



Do not give up!

Do not give up —Never!

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 29, Agni Press, 2002



“Never give up”
Is the only secret
To achieve fulfilment
In life.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 38, Agni Press, 2004

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