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Dr. Newkirk discusses the use of homeopathy in chronic disease and as a preventive:
One of the major areas in which we use homeopathy in rabbits is chronic disease, for example in chronic urinary or respiratory illness. When treated allopathically, the long duration of the condition can result in the overuse, leading to possible abuse, of antibiotics. This often damages the intestinal flora and may weaken the immune system. The immune system needs to be boosted, the urinary or nasal passages detoxified and cleaned, and the ‘environment’ of the organ drained.
Conventional drugs can’t do that. No matter how good the medication is, unless the body is helping, the disease will remain. Homeopathy helps the body help itself. The potency administered depends on the condition of the rabbit. If debilitated and weak, low potencies must be used. If a strong vital force is present, then higher potencies are employed.
Homeopathy is also beneficial as a preventive. An immune-boosting remedy can be added to the water, for example, and this is very useful when there is more than one rabbit. Here we would use a lower-potency mixed remedy because we would not be treating a particular rabbit.
When a rabbit needs medical attention, tests and radiographs will help the veterinarian make a diagnosis and prescribe remedies and other considerations for home care. In addition to following the veterinarian’s recommendations, caregivers may wish to discuss an emergency kit for those times when medical care may not be readily available (e.g., the midnight hours). Below are some remedies that Dr. Newkirk feels are appropriate for an at-home emergency kit:
•Arnica montana (or, Arnica): For wounds and injuries new and old that result in bruising, bleeding (often with unbroken skin). Reduces shock. Used before and after procedures that may cause bleeding or bruising of tissue (e.g., surgery, dental care).
•Hypericum perforatum: For open wounds with damage to nerve endings; dulls pain.
•Ignatia: Helpful with grief. May aid in calming the digestive system.
•Lycopodium clavatum: Reduces gas and digestive upset; can be used in combination with Nux vomica. Also useful for urinary conditions.
•Magnesia phosphorica: Soothes muscle cramps (e.g., abdominal).
•Nux vomica: Reduces gas and digestive upset.
•Pulsatilla: Especially good for thick, purulent discharge (e.g., nasal).
•Silicea (or, Silica): Useful for abscess when fever is not present; helps promote discharge of pus and healing.
It should be noted that high and low doses of the same remedy may effect different healing, thus emphasizing the need for consultations with a qualified veterinarian. In all cases, treatment stops as soon as symptoms cease. Treatment periods will vary with the condition.
A temporary aggravation of the symptoms (sometimes referred to as a curative crisis) can occur after the correct remedy is administered but before the cure is completed. This tends to occur more often with classical homeopathic remedies and can be especially noticeable in chronic disorders.
HOMEOPATHY: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Homeopathy, with its tremendous power to heal, is not entirely harmless. This is especially true in chronic cases, long-standing cases, and those with pathological changes such as tissue destruction or deep lesions. Thus, having your rabbit treated by a veterinarian trained in homeopathy is very important. (Reference the resources via link to website) http://www.rabbit.org