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Is this the end of complementary treatments? I hope not!!

March 25th, 2018

We all want the best for our furry friends, and we are bombarded all the time with information on what to do and what not to do, and it can be very overwhelming…

For myself and my dogs, I always choose a holistic view on any health problems. I know if I have a headache it means I could be dehydrated, so I reach for a glass of water first instead of a tablet. I know when my old Rosie is nibbling her feet, it doesn’t mean she has skin problems but it could be arthritis bothering her? (Well, she is almost 13.)

I am a big fan and supporter of complementary therapies. Homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, tuning fork therapy, and many more, so I was therefore saddened by the recent statement from the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) stating that we should now not use homeopathy or complementary medicine before first using conventional medicine.

How sad is that?!

But it isn’t too late to act. The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, and the supporters of homeopathy and complementary medicine, are meeting on the 16th of April to show their evidence and support to the Royal College, and to tell them how animals have benefited enormously from CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) and to fight to save our choice.

The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons was formed in 1982, to advance the understanding, knowledge and practice of veterinary homeopathy. It aims to stimulate professional awareness of homeopathy and to encourage and provide for the training of veterinary surgeons in the practice of homeopathy. It is an open forum for the various differing approaches to the subject of veterinary homeopathy and its application, allowing for constructive interchanges of ideas. The Association has a written constitution, adopted in 1988, and members follow a Code of Practice, adopted in 1998, which is regularly reviewed.

I am supporting this event and planning to attend the meeting. If you can join that would be great! If you can’t please visit the website http://www.bahvs.com/ to see other ways to help support this cause.

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