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Homeopathy for your livestock.

Countryside: In the Jan/Feb 2006, I cringed when I read the article "'Wry Neck' Could Mean Listeriosis," by C.E. Spaulding, DVM. In it, Sandra of Nebraska stated: "One of our does seemed to be a perfect mother. She had large, healthy litters and cared for them well. She was quite reliable until her last two litters. She scattered the young all over the cage, scratched them rather badly and refused to care for them." Dr. Spaulding's response was: "Yes, some does do get extremely 'crabby' and take out their frustrations on their young. Butchering seems to be the only cure."

As my 70-something neighbor would say: Bull butter! Let me quote another veterinarian: "Most mothers take to their babies immediately after delivery is complete. At this time the mother cleans the infants and begins to nurse them. Occasionally, a mother will not be so enthusiastic. Some will ignore the babies and want attention themselves, some will even be aggressive towards the infants, and some will simply ignore their young. Consider Sepia first, especially for mothers who show no interest in the babies." (Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals, Don Hamilton, DVM, North Atlantic Books, [c]1999)

Homeopathic remedies are not species specific. Therefore, Dr. Hamilton's advice about Sepia for cats and dogs would work equally well on sheep, rabbits, humans, etc. exhibiting the same symptoms. The symptom "picture" is key in homeopathic prescribing, so be sure to observe your doe (or other pet) carefully before making a final choice on which remedy to administer. (For humans, prescribing is much more complex, and you need to learn about homeopathy through books or classes. Otherwise, consult a professional homeopath.)

Sepia, a homeopathic remedy made from cuttlefish ink, has an affinity to females and their unique problems. For a general picture of Sepia symptoms in animals, I offer the following: "Portal congestion and stasis are associated with this substance, along with disturbances of function in the female genital system. Prolapse of the uterus may occur or a tendency thereto. It will regulate the entire estrus cycle and should always be given as a routine preliminary remedy in treatment. It also has an action on the skin and has given good results in the treatment of ringworm. Post-partum discharges of various sorts will usually respond. It is also capable of encouraging the natural maternal instinct in those animals which are indifferent or hostile to their offspring." (Dogs: Homeopathic Remedies, George Macleod, MRCVS, DVSM, Vet FF Hom, Homeopathic Development Foundation, [c]1983)

So, if your prize doe acts like Sandra's of Nebraska, know this: butchering is not the only cure. I encourage you to read the cited books in this article. There are many more available on animals as well as humans.

--Barbara Henrickson, West Virginia
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Title Annotation:Livestock health
Author:Henrickson, Barbara
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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