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Homeopathy and Wildlife Trauma


Wild animals are commonly admitted for rehabilitation with health problems. Many of these conditions are a result of an injury, such as a fall, blow, or puncture.  The animal may arrive in shock, dehydrated, emaciated, in respiratory distress, or having seizures. Wildlife rehabilitators provide quiet, heat, fluids and basic first aid - as well as effective rehabilitation care, such as appropriate diets and facilities. They work closely with veterinarians to ensure the animal gets the appropriate veterinary care.

Like many others in the last decade, wildlife rehabilitators have become more aware of and interested in alternatives to conventional medical practice. This does not mean that they are turning away from conventional veterinary care, but rather considering a wider range of options that might help their wild patients regain health and return to the wild more quickly. Many of these health care modalities, or approaches, are considered complementary to conventional western medicine. They include homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, botanical (herbal) medicine, and flower essences.

Homeopathy has attracted especially high interest from the wildlife rehabilitation community. Homeopathy has been used widely and safely around the world for 200 years with people and domesticated animals. Many rehabilitators using homeopathic first aid with wildlife have found it to help the wild animals recover and be released more quickly.  It is relatively inexpensive and easy to administer. Classical homeopathy is also very different from medical practices that most North Americans are familiar. It takes study and special resources to effectively use this powerful and complex modality.  

Rehabilitators interested in using homeopathic first aid with wildlife are encouraged to become familiar with and follow basic homeopathic principles. They are also encouraged to consult with a homeopathic veterinarian. While homeopathy may be used safely, it should not be considered a ‘quick and easy fix’ or used to the exclusion of veterinary care.

This website suggests a variety of ways to learn about homeopathy. To start with, it offers a variety of articles on homeopathy with wildlife, both introductory and advanced. It suggests books and links to homeopathic organizations (including veterinary associations). Articles on homeopathic first aid tips for wildlife and how homeopathy with wildlife is different are provided. Several articles also provide case studies when homeopathy has been used with wildlife.


Articles related to Homeopathy and Wildlife

A Collection of Homeopathy and Wildlife articles published in Homeopathy Today.

This is a collection of five articles that provide specific cases on the successful use of homeopathy in addressing acute trauma care.

Beyond Conventional Allopathic Medicine:
Options Considered by Wildlife Rehabilitators

Rachel Blackmer, DVM, Shirley J. Casey and Allan M. Casey, III

This article explores the overall and growing interest in "alternative" and complementary health care for both humans and animals, leading to a discussion of some of the reasons wildlife rehabilitators are increasingly interested in learning about the potential benefits to injured wildlife of employing health care methods beyond more conventional, allopathic practices.  The article also identifies several complementary health care treatments used by veterinarians as well as considerations of limitations and risks.  The authors strongly recommend that rehabilitators interested in these complementary modalities work closely with their veterinarian if they want to consider and use any of these modalities with wildlife.

Considering Homeopathic First Aid for Wildlife

Rachel Blackmer, DVM, Allan Casey, and Shirley Casey

This article briefly describes classical homeopathy, some basic principles, and the science behind it. It goes on to state that rehabilitators have used homeopathy with thousands of wildlife cases and a wide range of species since the early 1990's. In some cases, the rehabilitators and their veterinarians have reported extremely positive results. In other cases, rehabilitators have reported inconsistent or poor results. The article describes some of the reasons that homeopathy might not be successful, such as lack of familiarity with what is normal for the species, limited case-taking, poor repertorizing skills, lack of homeopathic books, or not working with homeopathic veterinarians. The article closes with a comparison of the learning curve of using homeopathy with wildlife and the early days of wildlife rehabilitation when results were also inconsistent.

Reprinted from the NWRA Quarterly , Autumn, 1999 (including corrections from NWRA Quarterly, Winter, 2000) with permission of NWRA.

Exploring the Concept of the Minimum Dose:
Wildlife Rehabilitators Consider Homeopathy

Rachel Blackmer, DVM, Janice Facinelli, DVM
Shirley J. Casey and Allan M. Casey, III

Homeopathy is an approach to medicine that works to strengthen the body's ability to heal itself. It has been used around the world by homeopathic practitioners for almost 200 years and is considered a primary health care modality for millions of people. While initially developed for and used with humans, it has become an increasingly popular treatment for owners of livestock and companion animals. In recent years, it has become a topic of increased interest by wildlife rehabilitators, and has been presented at national wildlife rehabilitation conferences and other forums.  The authors provide introductory material on classical homeopathy and its scientific foundation. Some of the factors rehabilitators consider when deciding whether or not to pursue the use of homeopathy for first aid with wildlife are also discussed. Rehabilitators are strongly encouraged to study identified resources and work closely with homeopathic veterinarians. A bibliography and resource list are provided.

Finding and Using Holistic Veterinary Services for Wildlife

Janice L. Facinelli, DVM, Shirley J. Casey and Allan M. Casey, III

With the emerging and growing interest in holistic medicine in the USA, many wildlife rehabilitators are also increasingly interested in exploring the benefits of alternative and complementary health care for the animals in their facilities.  Wildlife rehabilitators interested in acquiring such services for wildlife would greatly benefit from the expertise and assistance from a veterinarian who is knowledgeable and skilled in holistic veterinary medicine.  This article will suggest several ways to seek out and work with veterinarians providing such services.  It will also discuss how the subject might be raised with conventional allopathic veterinarians that are not yet working with alternative and complementary health care modalities.   References and a list of holistic veterinary associations are included.

Homeopathic First Aid Tips for Wildlife

Shirley J. Casey, MBA and Betty Jo Black, DVM

Wildlife rehabilitators have expressed increasing curiosity about the use of homeopathic medicine with wildlife. This chapter briefly describes reasons for interest in and background of homeopathy. Fundamental homeopathic principles and processes are briefly described as they relate to acute wildlife trauma, as well as four wildlife cases. Some homeopathic medicines that are used with acute first aid situations are provided as examples. Rehabilitators are strongly encouraged to work closely with a homeopathic veterinarian. Since homeopathy is a very complex and powerful medical system, also called a modality, rehabilitators are encouraged to seek additional information through publications and training. Tips on getting started with the most basic homeopathic first aid are offered. The chapter closes with lists of additional resources.

Homeopathy With Wildlife Is Different

Shirley J. Casey

Homeopathy has been used with humans for over 200 years, and domesticated animals for almost as long.  The extensive use of homeopathy with wild animals, on the other hand, has been considerably shorter. As the use of homeopathy with wildlife has grown, it has become clear that there are some key differences from treating domestic animals. After a brief overview about wildlife rehabilitation, some of the key differences are described, followed by some specific wildlife cases. This article was published in the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, Conference Proceedings, September, 2002.

The Car Key Analogy - a Simple Way to Remember  New Concepts

Shirley J. Casey

Many people new to homeopathy often struggle with some of the key differences between an energetic modality such as homeopathy versus pharmaceuticals. Here is an analogy that helps people better understand (and remember!) some basic homeopathic concepts.

Jumping To The Rescue

Shirley J. Casey and Allan M. Casey, III

Wildlife rehabilitators provide aid to a variety of wild creatures in a multitude of ways. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators are becoming more recognized for having specialized skill, expertise, and facilities. They can help prevent or reduce wildlife problems. They also provide direct care for wildlife in distress. While the media has given attention to rehabilitators working with some "high profile" wildlife species, such as bald eagles, marine mammals, and sea turtles, some rehabilitators work with smaller, less known species that may also be at risk. This article describes work by WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation with a variety of activities and new techniques involving the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei). This tiny, hibernating jumping mouse that lives on the front range of Colorado and Wyoming was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1998.

The Potential for Using Homeopathic Medicines with West Nile Virus in Wildlife

Shirley J. Casey

Homeopathic medicines have been used effectively with epidemics since the early 1800’s. Over the last few years, an increasing number of wildlife rehabilitators have been using homeopathy with wildlife. When West Nile Virus was found in raptors in the late summer of 2002, several rehabilitators began consulting with homeopathic veterinarians on the cases. They then administered homeopathic medicines to raptors with West Nile virus (WNV), in addition to providing supportive care and appropriate rehabilitation support. While long-term results are not yet available, these rehabilitators reported improvements and recoveries in some raptor cases after homeopathic medicines. As a result of these cases, there is cautious optimism about the use of homeopathic medicine in treating symptoms resulting from the West Nile Virus. This short paper describes some of the symptoms being repertorized and some of the homeopathic medicines being considered. .


Articles on Homeopathy Wildlife Cases

Homeopathic First Aid with a Sample of Cases

Shirley J. Casey and Therese Bush

A growing number of wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians have seen successful results when using classical homeopathic first aid with wildlife. This paper describe some of the ways homeopathy is different from conventional allopathic medicines. Several wildlife cases using homeopathy are described, including head trauma, fractured leg, digestive problem, and eye injury. Rehabilitators are encouraged to obtain training and skill, and to work closely with homeopathic veterinarians in order to safely and effectively use this very complex and powerful health care modality.

Printed in Wildlife Rehabilitation, Volume 19, published by NWRA, 2000.

Success Using Homeopathy With Wildlife Trauma

Shirley J. Casey

The use of homeopathic medicines to treat acute trauma is growing rapidly with a wide range of wildlife species. Applying classical homeopathy has helped many animals recover more quickly and be released back to the wild faster than with conventional modalities alone. Following a brief overview of wildlife rehabilitation, a sample of successful classical homeopathy cases with wild mammals and birds are described. This article was published in the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Conference Proceedings, October, 2002.

Using Homeopathic First Aid in Treating Wildlife in a Field Setting

Shirley J. Casey and Allan M. Casey

Most of the use of homeopathy with wildlife trauma has been in a controlled environment, e.g., rehabilitation facility or veterinary clinic.  This article describes some of the challenges of taking homeopathy into sometimes unpredictable and difficult field conditions, as well as describing the successful results achieved. It was first published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association in July, 2001.

Homeopathic Success in Treating Poisoned Wildlife

Shirley J. Casey and Allan M. Casey

Wildlife rehabilitators see a wide range of health problems in native wildlife admitted for rehabilitation, including poisonings. In the last couple of years, some wildlife rehabilitators trained in classical homeopathy and working in collaboration with veterinarians have seen positive results in the use of homeopathy with some wild animals that were exposed to toxins.  This article describes several cases of those cases. Criteria required for successful use of homeopathy with poisoned wildlife are described. It was first published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association in October, 2001.

Homeopathic Gunpowder: Big Bang from a Small Remedy

Shirley J. Casey

It is not unusual for wildlife arriving for rehabilitation to have wounds. Rehabilitators work with their veterinarians on wound management protocols. Due to increasing concerns about the use of antibiotics, rehabilitators and veterinarians have considered the use of alternative protocols, such as homeopathic medicines. This article describes how homeopathic Gunpowder, a little known homeopathic medicine, was used effectively with several wildlife cases, including cat bites. While it is not offered as as substitute for antibiotics, the author suggests that homeopathic Gunpowder is worth considering as a part of wound management protocols.



Homeopathy Seminar Articles

Click to link to:

"Beyond Conventional Medicine"

"Considering Homeopathy"

"Finding a Holistic Veterinarian"

Also helpful reading is the "Survey of Conditions Seen in Wildlife Admitted to Rehabilitation"

2009 Seminars

San Diego CA, Feb 7

This practical, fast paced 1-day workshop helps people working with wildlife trauma to understand basic homeopathic principles and apply them in acute situations. For a brochure and/or to register, click here for a specific seminar location.





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