C. Edgar Sheaffer, VMD
Perhaps you are going away to college or to trade school, or an extended mission trip. Perhaps you have an upcoming internship at another farm or city. Your goal should be to take resources and a homeopathic first aid kit to be prepared for possible future health challenges.
Livestock can also be supported by the same medicines that people access from their homeopathic kit. For example, new arrivals under stress will acclimate faster with a dose or two of Aconitum napellus. One animal can be dosed individually while groups and herds may be medicated by making a stock solution in a clean quart jar or gallon jug. To complete the process, stir the homeopathic medicated stock solution into the drinking water supply.
Certain patients are bound to be uncomfortable travelling by air, boat, van or trailer. The symptoms range from dizziness, to nausea, to salivating, vomiting or diarrhea. A homeopathic solution can be at your finger tips. A brother has eight year old male Skipperky dog, rescued six years ago. This dog cannot be boarded at a kennel, but does not travel well either. To resolve the situation, a motor home was purchased. On a recent three week tour visiting family in the west,
Rescue Remedy and the medicines from the homeopathic kit were on hand daily to be given when needed.
1. Cocculus indicus – the patient experiences nausea, vertigo and confusion with a tendency to faint. Small animals show drooling and vomiting; large animals are restless, unsteady on their feet, and show sudden onset diarrhea. People report experiencing vertigo and confusion with the inability to sleep. On closing the eyes, she is startled by intestinal cramps or frightful dreams.
2. Nux vomica – motion leads to overstimulation of the spinal nerves, sensation as if she has been suddenly poisoned. Symptoms reported are headache, bloating, constipation, nausea, and fainting always made worse from riding in a carriage. One can only imagine what animals experience in a trailer, boat or airplane.
3. Argentum nitricum – patient is fearful of many specific situations like narrow places (cages, horse trailers) high places, flying, with an impulse to jump out. There is diarrhea with pain in the stomach radiating to other areas of the abdomen and a headache on one side, better from a tight wrap.
Kathy’s mare was trained in dressage and an excellent mount for pleasure and trails. Long overdue for more training, Kathy questioned how she could be taken to a clinic several hours away.
“When we transported her five years ago, she tried to turn around in the trailer while we were moving, and arriving at the destination, we
found her covered with sweat and diarrhea. The show vet administered a tranquilizer and we trailered her home before the drug wore off.”
Preventative therapy consisted of two approaches: Fastrack Equine Gel (The Conklin Company) daily to prepare the mare for stress and to protect the intestinal mucosa.
Rx: Argentum nitricum 200C daily for three days before the clinic and to be continued throughout until returning to the home farm.
Result: Three day of successful training with no episodes of fear, or vertigo, or diarrhea.
TICKS/ VECTOR - BORNE DISEASE
The Twenty-first Century diseases on the increase are those related to biting and blood-sucking arachnids and insects. Formerly, these disease conditions were thought to be confined to the tropics and third world countries. Ticks and mosquitos appear to be the greatest offenders in North America. For excellent information about Lyme disease and one personal struggle, we refer readers to Janisse Ray’s two part article in Acres USA, August 2011 and September 2011.
In the past twenty years our consulting veterinary practice has helped numerous dogs, horses, and other animals with a natural and homeopathic approach to treating and preventing vector-borne disease.
What do we know for sure about Borreliosis or Lyme Disease?
1. No tick should be considered clean or sterile. There are all suspect of carrying a contagion.
2. Ticks, mosquitos and biting insects can transmit microorganisms along with venom when they bite.
3. The Lyme spirochete acts differently than a virus or bacteria in the patient’s body. It does not stay in the blood more than one or two days; very quickly, the spirochete hides in the joints and fascia.
4. Immunity to the Lyme spirochete is likely be non-cellular compared to the cellular immunity that the body builds against a bacterial or viral pathogen.
5. In human beings, the characteristic red skin lesion appears 2 to 30 days after the initial tick bite. Fewer than 50% of people bitten by an infected tick develop the typical bull’s-eye reaction. In animals, dark skin (pigment) and thick hair-coat often obscures the red bull’s-eye appearing eruption.
6. It is important to remove a tick as quickly as possible. Care givers should wear gloves and use careful technique pulling straight out with special fine pointed forceps that will not force more venom into the patient, be it human or animal.
7. Few patients are cured of Lyme disease by antibiotics. Short term antimicrobial therapy (14 days) can very helpful early after infection has first occurred. There is no justifiable reason for dosing with Doxycycline longer than two weeks. However, patients taking a holistic treatment should continue for two or three months or longer.
8. A high percentage of patients under conventional treatments will relapse within one year. Dogs that are vaccinated annually usually do not relapse with clinical illness. However, most vaccinated dogs will remain positive on the (in office) Snap test.
9. Dr. Richard Ford, who is considered an expert in Lyme Disease and similar vector-borne diseases recommends that veterinarians vaccinate dogs with only the recombinant MLV Lyme vaccine.
[Zoonoses: How Real the Threat? and 2012 Vaccines and Vaccination. Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVPM(Hon). North Carolina State University. Raleigh, North Carolina. August 2012]
10. Many dogs and horses that have continued on a holistic program stay symptom free, and Western Blot scores tend to decrease over time. A small percentage of dogs on holistic therapy will remain positive on the Snap test. Our therapies may include oral homeopathic and herbal medications, and nutriceuticals such as Fastrack (the Conklin Company), topical Restorative Balm, grapefruit seed extract, and homeopathic Lyme nosode. We do not prescribe corticosteroids in any form.
PREPARED FOR PREVENTION
The following homeopathic medicines should be in your kit to be used as an aid in prevention of tick or insect borne disease.
Ledum palustre – wound is painful but not always hot; pain relieved by cold applications and ice. Take higher potencies
orally and apply lower potencies topically in form of pastes, gels and liquids.
“In Sweden a decoction of Ledum is used for freeing oxen and pigs from lice. This anti-parasitic action led Dr. Teste to consider Ledum as a remedy for bites and puncture wounds…The success which has attended this use of Ledum in mosquito bites, stings of bees and wasps, rat bites, needle pricks resulting in whitlows, confirms the observation. Redness, swelling and throbbing in point of index finger from the prick of a needle: Ledum cured a felon (painful infection at the end of a finger or toe) in a few days (W. P. Wesselhoeft). Teste relates a case of puncture wound: a young lady fell with an embroidery needle in her hand, and the hand was pierced through and through. The wound was serious. There was no hemorrhage, but he observed the intense cold which accompanies and characterizes Ledum fever. Within a week Ledum cured the patient.” [A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke, MD. vol. II, pg. 2]
“Our dog had a high titre for Lyme disease. Two months after dosing her with Ledum 1M once weekly, the numbers and Western Blot had dropped into the negative range. The veterinarian had never seen a sharp decline of Lyme numbers in such a short time. K. D. New York.
2. Hypericum perforatum – Indicated for punctures and injuries at the end of nerves (toes, tails, teats, fingers); the patient is very sensitive to touch after accidents, or dental work. The homeopathic preparations reduce pain and clear the side effects of anesthesia. Do not dose with
Hypericum before anesthesia!!! Recommendation after surgery or dental proceedures: three or more times daily for two or three days.
3. Apis mellifica – Wound is hot, red, puffy and painful and pain is relieved by cold applications. Dose orally every two or three hours for up to 5 doses.
4. Urtica urens - Wound develops a stinging and itching rash, relieved by warm applications. Dose every three hours for up to five doses.
5. Arsenicum album – Wound develops into a pustular eruption with offensive odor that is better from hot soaks. Dose every two hours as needed.
6. Lachesis muta – Dark blisters or pustules which become purplish blue in color and bleed easily. Wounds calling for Lachesis muta and Arsenicum album are purulent and become gangrene-like in appearance. Dose hourly as needed.
NATURAL ALTERNATIVES FOR PREVENTION
Buzz X – Herbal spray prepared to help large and small animals that are annoyed by mosquitoes and attacked by ticks. It may be applied as frequently as necessary. Please protect the eyes from the mist.
“We hike in the woods with our dogs in all seasons. Buzz X keeps the mosquitoes at bay, and has dramatically reduced the number ticks on us and our hiking companions.” A. L. Pennsylvania
Dr. Sheaffer’s Coat Conditioner – A liquid preparation for spraying or sponging unto the coat of large and small animals. Coat Conditioner improves the health of skin and hair, and aids in repelling fleas and other insects; it is helpful in eliminating lice from the coats of organic livestock.
“Ever since we have been applying Dr. Sheaffer’s Coat Conditioner twice weekly our pets no longer have fleas.” J. H. Illinois.
“The horses and dogs have such soft coats. We apply Dr. Sheaffer’s Coat Conditioner once or twice weekly. Our previous Culicoides problem has virtually been eliminated.” B. C. California
“My dairy cows had lice last winter. Some were so restless that they shook off the milking machines. Since I am certified organic no traditional chemical insecticides are available to me. We applied the Coat Conditioner twice in five days, and the results were remarkable.” A. S. Pennsylvania
3. Flee Away – Formulated for dogs and cats, this oral supplement can be added to food at the rate of one drop per pound per day. The nutrition of Flee Away includes organic apple cider vinegar and organic garlic; it improves the health of the coat while repelling ticks and insects.
Fastrack /direct fed microbial – Seventy-five to eighty percent of the immune system is connected to the GI track. Until recently, concern for GI health has long been neglected by conventional veterinary practitioners. We have observed that large and small animals receiving direct fed microbials have more efficient food conversion, improved production, and glossy coats. In addition, animals appear clinically to become more resistant to bacterial and viral infections.
“Our three year lab used to have hot spots spring and fall. It usually took weeks of antibiotics and Prednisolone to clear it, and often he would relapse and require more drugs. Last spring you prescribed Fastrack Canine gel. The hot spots healed in three days and did not come back. Thanks for introducing us to direct fed microbials.” C. W. Pennsylvania
HELP FOR BITES AND STINGS
It is always best for the homeopathic prescriber to choose a medicine based on the total symptom picture, rather than just shooting from the hip. One itchy horse responded to a combination of Fastrack Equine Gel, Ledum 200C and topical Coat Conditioner spray. Such severe cases require an integrative approach. Fastrack improves the health of the patient, the homeopathic medicine decreased the allergic reaction to the Culicoides, and the topical Coat Conditioner kept the dipterans off the skin.
Despite our best efforts, life can present us with some unexpected changes. Homeopathic medicine has answers unlike anything that conventional drugs can offer.
1. Ignatia amara – Physical symptoms after grief, anger, shame or disappointment. The human patient has the sensation of a ball in the throat or stomach. There is loss of appetite, and the oversensitive animal patient manifests sighing grief, or even a hysterical desire to escape – as from a cage or stall. Headache made worse smelling coffee or tobacco smoke; sore throat better from swallowing; empty stomach not relieved by eating; and thirst during a chill, are just a few of the contradictory symptoms that may be observed indicating a need for Ignatia.
2. Phosphorus – The patient identifies strongly with one friend or member of the family. When that person is absent a feeling of being on your own (deserted) becomes overwhelming. He/she becomes fearful and withdrawn and may actually become ill from the emotional stress.
3. Natrum muriaticum – The patient is melancholy and depressed with weeping and frequent headaches. She is angry, becoming more irritiable if anyone attempts to console her. The mucous membranes become dry with concurrent loss of taste and smell (and appetite). Coryza (nasal discharge) and other secretions resemble egg whites; anemia and emaciation results if the grief persists. The patient is worse in the summer and from the heat of the sun.
COMPARING ANIMAL AND HUMAN SYMPTOMS
There is an art that can be learned with homeopathy that is like no other medical discipline. Seeing an animal patient with physical, mental, and emotional symptoms can be very helpful when determining the best medicine for each case. For example, the prescriber can observe when the patient prefers shade over sun, or likes company verses being alone. Whether your patient is an individual or is a herd of animals, observation is the key.
Much of the information gleaned for the article used a text written for missionaries in the last century. [A Manuel of Homeo-Therapeutics by Edwin A. Neatby, MD and Thomas G. Stonham, MD. London, 1927]
Products and homeopathic medicines in this article can be obtained from the authors: 1-800-811-1266.
Submitted by: C. Edgar Sheaffer, VMD
Bonnie M. Sheaffer, VMD