HOMEOPATHY IN FARM ANIMALS
The figure of the homeopathic veterinarian in farm animals not only guarantees the health and well-being of the animal, but also contributes indirectly in safeguarding human health thanks to the use of remedies that do not have side effects and residuals in the products or in the environment.
In biological breeding and, more in general, in zootechnics that wish to follow models of environmental sustainability and ethics in human-animal relationships, the veterinarian’s contribution must coincide with other factors such as agronomy, zootecnics, ecology in order to consider all the components that concur in the equilibrium of the agro-ecosystem and to get a profound analysis of any possible causes that might impede that equilibrium. Therefore the importance of holistic approach in the homeopathic method is evident in the field of zootechnics as well.
For any acute or chronic health problems in single individuals the homeopathic method that uses a prescription for individual remedies is used. On the other hand, when a problem concerns more than one animal a “group” remedy may be prescribed to be administered to the entire group or a part of the animals.
APPLICATION OF HOMEOPATHIC METHODS IN GROUPS OF ANIMALS
In the case of application of homeopathic methods in groups, the animals are considered as a whole biological system and the disorders present are considered as an expression of a common pathological tendency.
This technique is particularly suited to those species where the group behaviour is homogeneous as, for example, in sheep, while in those species where there is a more marked individual behaviour as, for example, in horses, it is better to study each animal individually. Therefore it is fundamental to know the aetiology even in the case of application of homeopathic methods in farm animals.
THE HOMEOPATHIC EXAMINATION
Regarding the above-mentioned considerations, homeopathic examinations of farm animals must include an accurate evaluation of the animal and its environment from all angles: climate, soil, structures, feeding, man-animal relationship, behavioural dynamics within the herd.
Homeopathic symptoms are then gathered through talks with the staff caring for the animals and direct observation.
Clinical symptoms derive from the examination while the diagnostic findings may be examined more closely through laboratory analyses.
Analysis of the case and the prescription will follow an analogous course with that of pets.
The remedy will therefore be specific and different for each group and will have the effect of increasing general reaction capacities in the animals.
The choice of the potency in zootechnics may be based on practical or economic necessities. In fact, prescribing higher potency remedies allows for the reduction of frequency in administration and thus a reduction in the cost of labour.
ADVANTAGES IN THE APPLICATION OF HOMEOPATHIC METHODS IN FARM ANIMALS
Homeopathic methods in the field of zootechnics aims at reaching various objectives.
-absence of residuals in products of animal origin
- no environmental impact
- absence of drug resistance
- higher well-being in the animal
- low cost of therapy
- use in preventive medicine
- response towards the growing demand for animal products originating at sites that are ecologically sustainable and which respect animal welfare.