Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Quite a few years ago, I had my first accidental introduction to the fact the an animals nose is like a thermometer for a pets nutritional health and not just it's temperature and well being.  A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel attended my practice with terminal cardiac failure.  The main reason for the referral was not to help with the heart condition, but to see if I could do anything for the patients appetite.

As it turned out this was one of the turning points in my understanding of  how simple supplements could turn a patient around.  I decided that Brewers Yeast was full of B vitamins including Vitamin B 12 (commonly known or seen to be an appetite stimulant).  In addition I felt that the dog could do with some multivitamin and suggested that nettle and kelp were a good source of many nutrients.  I also suggested they try the dog on some fresh meat and ideally green veg blended into the food and either fish oil or flax oil (turns out the dog liked the latter or as I now know was self selecting the best supplement for itself)

The result was rather astounding as the owners insisted on coming for a repeat appointment just so I could see how well the dog was doing! When I saw the dog I too was amazed at the patient at the first consult was suffering from weak legs and really looked like a lost cause. The owner also pointed out that the dry cracked pale nose now just six weeks later was starting to become darker much less cracked and had a bit of a shine.

I was fascinated and now wanted to know what had turned this pet around not just in physical appearance but also when I listened to the heart it too had improved with no additional drugs! This was my first lesson in the true power of natural supplements.  Over the years that followed I discovered the benefit of fresh meat for heart dogs providing the amino acids L-Carnitine, Taurine and Co Enzyme Q10 in their natural all of which can distinctly help with DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy)! Co Enzyme Q10 is depleted by some heart drugs and this in turn leads to cardiac failure as can the loss of many other vital nutrients. Thus the improvement in the heart, but it was a picture in Patrick Holford's book the 9 day liver detox diet that later put together in simple terms what I had learned in college.  The drugs the dog was on needed nutrients to help them be metabolized (broken down) in the body at the cost of the dogs health.  The diuretics were leaching potassium (along with zinc and many other trace nutrients due to the increased water through in the kidneys) while thickening the blood by dehydration to draw fluid out of the lungs something the flax oil helped by thinning the blood somewhat and helping fluid retention in the right rather than the wrong places in the body.  The Brewers Yeast helped replace some of the lost nutrients affecting coat and nose colour along with the Kelp providing replacement potassium copper zinc magnesium and calcium all of which led to the nerve conductivity in the muscles improving leading to better walking! The trace minerals in the kelp and nettle also helped colour the nose as do berries such as Blue Berry and many other dark berries.

Some times a nose is just black and sometimes a nose is just plain pale, but sometimes it is a sick nose that used to be dark and shiny and that can make all the difference.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016


It was so nice to get a call from Mary Kelly yesterday 28 Jue 2016 to say get the Irish Farming Independent and read it and tell me if it is ok for me to read it.  Mary with Gerry her husband and their son Derek held an open day on their farm during which they explained, that they integrate holistic medicine to reduce their dependence on conventional drugs, among many other things about how they do their organic farming .  What many people will fail to realize is the courage this has taken in terms of trusting that modalities like homeopathy would work effectively for epidemics such as Rota Virus and Corona Virus with the inclusion of Nosode remedies among many other problems they have dealt with on the farm as does any other farm on a day to day basis from retain placenta to injuries and mastitis without the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and like all farmers they work 7 days a week  365 days a year,something many of us do not truly appreciate and in Mary's case that is on top of having studies to be a homeopath for the last few years!


The Kelly Family have not only manged to integrate a low or no residue approach into their farm successfully, but in doing so have actually managed to reduce the overall animal death rate phenomenally!  They are an example as to why the current possible move to dilute the regulations by raising residue limits, so that more drugs rather than less may be used on farms to speed up the number of farms available to "Organic status" .. As someone who in the past had a period of severe chemical sensitivity I take my hat off to what Gerry Mary and Derek have achieved, but even better is to know from helping other organic farmers that they are not alone.  Local to me there is a wonderful Organic Farm run by John and Sarah Devoy, who have had to expand, as they could not keep up with demand for their organic and truly free range eggs.  It is lovely to see animals having a chance at a life as the Organic Standards in Ireland currently promote a method of farming which is much less intensive and so less stressing for the animals kept there.

A little word on Nosode Remedies.  These are homeopathics made from diseased material such the discharges from infection containing bacteria, viruses, protozoa etc. and diluted to the point that none of the original material remains so that they are completely free of all contamination unlike vaccines which currently all have adjuvants and many other materials to make them work.  I have lots of experience of seeing these ultradilute remedies work and have relied on them to protect my pets for years despite them living at a surgery where they were inevitably going to be exposed to highly infectious disease.  A study in Cuba some years ago went some way to demonstrating how effective correctly used Nosodes can be.  I wonder how long people would have had to wait for a Homeopathic Nosode if it wasn't so poorly turned in to profit.. Trials would only be for efficacy no one would have to worry about side effects, environmental contamination etc.  Linke to Cuba study below




Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease of major importance in the tropics where the incidence peaks in rainy seasons. Natural disasters represent a big challenge to Leptospirosis prevention strategies especially in endemic regions. Vaccination is an effective option but of reduced effectiveness in emergency situations. Homeoprophylactic interventions might help to control epidemics by using highly-diluted pathogens to induce protection in a short time scale. We report the results of a very large-scale homeoprophylaxis (HP) intervention against Leptospirosis in a dangerous epidemic situation in three provinces of Cuba in 2007.


Forecast models were used to estimate possible trends of disease incidence. A homeoprophylactic formulation was prepared from dilutions of four circulating strains of Leptospirosis. This formulation was administered orally to 2.3 million persons at high risk in an epidemic in a region affected by natural disasters. The data from surveillance were used to measure the impact of the intervention by comparing with historical trends and non-intervention regions.


After the homeoprophylactic intervention a significant decrease of the disease incidence was observed in the intervention regions. No such modifications were observed in non-intervention regions. In the intervention region the incidence of Leptospirosis fell below the historic median. This observation was independent of rainfall.


The homeoprophylactic approach was associated with a large reduction of disease incidence and control of the epidemic. The results suggest the use of HP as a feasible tool for epidemic control, further research is warranted.
2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Monday, June 27, 2016


It was a question from a lady name Terri O'Callaghan, who wondered what I or Geoff Johnson thought of the current petition to prevent vets prescribing homeopathy that has brought me back to ensuring I found time amid treating patients etc. to share the results of the work I do and it was an email from a client that followed immediately on that which is the basis of this quick blog.. Firstly let me say that in just on 30 years of using homeopathy I have never seen a single animal die as the result of administering homeopathy in fact the exact reverse has been my experience many animals have gotten better safely, efficiently and gently.  Who is better equipped to prescribe homeopathy than veterinarians with their vast knowledge of disease and who can recognize when an a patient needs urgent medical intervention for an underlying complaint that might best be dealt with by surgery.  Now on to Travel Anxiety. 

" Travel remedy worked brilliantly he slept the whole way home....a clever extremely sweet boy who is not fazed by anything.....his breeder raw feeds and no longer unnecessarily vaccinated, also allowed to run the hills in Italy...will call soon to arrange a visit

☺️ Amanda" (Amanda Marrow & Rollo) 

The Travel Remedy was a complex remedy based around some of the common Travel sickness remedies Borax Cocculus Petroleum Tabacum with some remedies to reduce anxiety  Avena Sativa, Passiflora, Scutellaria , Valeriana.  The advantages are speed of response, safety, efficacy with out side effects, ease of administration, no drug interactions to worry about especially in as Rollo has demonstrated in his Journey across Europe to Ireland. Over the years Homeopathy has helped many pets horses and humans over come their travel sickness, yes homeopathy is a trans species treatment working much the same way on all patients!

There are many simple things that can be done to improve travel anxiety using a holistic approach

  • start with putting the pet on floor of car or more particularly in the front foot well (which stops visual motion sickness as well as the pet can't see out) and also is closest to the lowest point in car which moves least,
  •  training travel sick prone pets with extremely short journeys followed by a reward. 
  • Gradually build up to longer journeys
  • use a little ginger in food (herbal) 
  • keep from looking out the vehicle windows
  • give only a little food before travelling  (also less cleaning!)
  • like humans there is an acupuncture/ acupressure point behind and above the carpus (the pet equivalent of the wrist) which can help reduce travel nausea and anxiety
  • Conventional medications 
There are many ways of administering homeopathy .. as a tablet, as a powder, spray, in the pets food, water or simply diffuse it into the environment by putting on bedding, a bandanna.