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Did you know that holistic treatment options are available for almost any condition your pet might have?


Holistic medicine looks at the whole patient, including his diet, home, heredity, and any other factors that influence his health. Most holistic medicines use natural approaches to healing.


My clients request holistic modalities for many reasons. Some just prefer a natural approach to their pets' health. Others are concerned about the side effects of drugs or surgery on their pets. And still others are told that there is nothing more that modern medicine can do for their pets.




Homeopathy: Using minute doses of substances found in nature, this approach can gently alleviate numerous chronic and acute conditions, including behavioral problems, medical conditions like Cushings Disease, gastrointestinal problems, liver disease, skin conditions, and heart and lung diseases.


Acupuncture:This ancient Chinese medicine uses fine needles to stimulate the body to alleviate conditions from chronic pain, skin, musculoskeletal and nervous disorders. Pets can get relief from such conditions as hip and elbow arthritis, chronic pain from disc disease, seizure disorders, lick granulomas, nerve injuries and dry eye.


Nutrition: Most pets suffer from subtle nutritional imbalances, generally related to eating processed diets. Many animals with diseases such as allergies, pancreatitis, hip dysplasia, and heart failure can improve with diet modification. We can help you design simple, individualized nutritional plans that suit your busy lifestyle and your pet's nutritional needs.


Herbs: We offer herbal therapies to support your pet with cancer, liver disease, heart disease, constipation, and other medical conditions.


Nutritional therapies: Supplementation with appropriate nutrients can assist your pet in disease prevention and healing. We carry a wide range of supplements to benefit your pet with conditions ranging from arthritis to cancer and heart disease.





Introduction to Homeopathy


Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is over 200 years old and whose healing abilities have withstood the test of time. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) discovered this system of healing, and spent the last 50 years of his life developing the principles that still guide us today.


The basic principle of homeopathy is "like cures like." Substances that can cause a set of symptoms in healthy individuals are given to sick individuals to cure them of those same symptoms.


For example, arsenicum album is a remedy derived from the poisonous mineral arsenic. This remedy is diluted and succussed (shaken), a process known as potentization, and given to healthy individuals (called provers) who record all of the symptoms that they experience. These symptoms include mental, emotional, and physical. When taking arsenicum, Hahnemann's provers experienced symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, anxious restlessness, pacing with extreme fatigue, and thirst for small amounts of water. These symptoms were worse from midnight to 2 AM. When the homeopathic veterinarian is presented with a patient with similar symptoms, she gives arsenicum album in potentized form to cure the patient of its problems.


The Remedies


Remedies are made from animal, vegetable, and mineral substances. Animal substances are made from such things as snake venoms, scabies pustules, honeybees, saliva from a rabid dog, and the Spanish fly. Vegetable remedies are made from the plant kingdom and include the club moss, the windflower, poison hemlock, and the toadstool mushroom. Mineral remedies are made from any of the elements in the periodic table and their salts. These include table salt, copper, phosphorus, sulfur, and calcium.


When given in the raw state, many substances are toxic, and others are inert. Hahnemann found that by diluting and succussing these substances, a process known as potentization or dynamization, these substances actually became stronger in their healing effects while milder in their side-effects. Today we use substances that have been diluted 1:100 over 100,000 times! Yet the more a substance is diluted, the stronger it actually becomes, as it retains an energetic imprint of the original substance.


General Principles of Homeopathy


Homeopathy is a holistic medicine. It considers all of the symptoms that the patient expresses, including mental, emotional, and physical. For example, a dog who gets lost in the house is expressing a mental symptom. A cat who urine marks every time the owner goes on a business trip is expressing an emotional symptom. And a dog or cat who has a yellow left-sided nasal discharge that is rubber glue consistency is expressing a physical symptom.


Homeopathy also looks at the possible environmental causes of an animal's problems. For example, certain remedies might be considered for a cat who has never been the same since his housemate cat died. Or, other remedies might be considered for a dog whose problems arose after experiencing a vaccine reaction as a puppy. The relation of the pet to its environment- its housemate animals, its guardian, and its living conditions including diet and medicines/vaccines/ pesticides- is very important.


Characteristic symptoms are very important in narrowing down the search for the simillimum, or the one remedy that will cure the patient. Most illnesses cause "common" symptoms in each patient. For example, a dog with kennel cough will have bouts of a hacking cough that ends in a gag. The dog usually has good energy levels and appetite. Certain "characteristic" symptoms of kennel cough include low energy levels, a cough that comes on every day at midnight, a cough that is only worse going into cold air, and a cough that causes the patient to vomit.


In evaluating the patient's symptoms, the homeopath pays special attention to the modalities, or what makes a symptom better or worse. For example, a cat might experience a recurrence of an upper respiratory infection every time the weather changes to cold and rainy. An arthritic dog might be most sore on hot humid days, and feel better bathing in a cold pool. A cat might experience asthma attacks only at 3 AM. And a dog might have an epileptic attack only on a full moon.



Homeopathy Appointments with the Holistic Veterinarian of Nevada


Dr. Carol Jean Tillman completed the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy with Dr. Richard Pitcairn in 1997, and has continued annual continuing education courses in homeopathy.


As you can see, the nature of the homeopathy consultation is very different from a regular office visit! The first consultation is very comprehensive, and usually takes about one hour and fifteen minutes. During this time, if Dr. Tillman feels that your pet would be more likely to benefit from another modality, including conventional medicine, she will discuss this with you.


It is very important to have ALL previous medical records with you at the first office visit. This includes any labwork, X-rays, and handwritten or computerized medical records from previous veterinarians. It is also helpful to compose a brief timeline of all of your pet's problems, starting as early as possible in the pet's life. Include in this timeline any vaccination, medications, and other treatments that your pet received for any conditions. Most important, bring your observations of characteristic symptoms and modalities, as discussed above!


To schedule an appointment, contact the Holistic Veterinarian of Nevada, Dr. Carol Jean Tillman. Due to the amount of time that will be reserved for your appointment, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time your appointment is scheduled. This deposit is refundable ONLY if your appointment is cancelled with over 24 hours notice.




To learn more about homeopathy, visit: http://www.naturalholistic.com/nhpc/html/extra_credit.htm


Info on Raw Diets from Wilmington Animal Hospital, Dr. Shelley Epstein, a fellow veterinary homeopath.


    "Anesthesia Free Teeth Cleaning for Pets"


Article:Pros and cons of anesthesia-free dog dentistry
November 4, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle (
This article appeared on page E - 9)

Q: I'm reluctant to put my dog under anesthesia to get his teeth cleaned and have heard of anesthesia-free dentistry. This sounds appealing, but what are the pros and cons?

Ask The Vet »Dr. Carol Jean Tillman, Holistic Veterinarian of Nevada,

PROS: Anesthesia-free teeth cleaning is done for those patients that are intolerant of anesthesia because of health issues, breed (brachycephalic breeds such as bulldogs, pugs, etc.) or hypersensitivity to anesthesia, which can occur in the sight hounds such as greyhounds or Afghans.

Cleaning teeth in an awake patient requires patience from both the veterinarian and the patient, and therefore is not as thorough as if the patient were under anesthesia. Some dental issues may not be identified in an awake patient, since X-rays are not taken.

But if there are no loose teeth or deep gingival pockets, and the patient is cooperative, a fairly good cleaning and polishing can be done.
Anesthesia-free teeth cleaning is recommended every three to six months.

If the teeth cleaning is not done by a veterinarian, some problems may not be identified or diagnosed. Therefore, it is important that the cleaning is done by a veterinarian or a technician under the supervision of a veterinarian.
Robert Yelland, DVM, Dental Services, Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital/Special Veterinary Services, specialvetservices.com.
CONS: Anesthesia-free dentistry is purported to be a treatment. The disease being treated is manifested by the presence of gingivitis, calculus (tartar) and possibly halitosis.
It's the most commonly diagnosed disease in veterinary medicine. More than 80 percent of pets older than 4 have it.

If we take our pet in for a treatment, we want it to be scientifically correct and do something to eliminate the disease.

The problem with anesthesia-free dentistry (basically scraping the tartar off the visible part of the tooth) is that it leaves plaque below the gum line, and that is where the damage is occurring. There is no way to remove this hidden plaque in a pet without using a general anesthetic.

The problem with leaving subgingival plaque is that the teeth look clean, so one forgets about this ongoing disease. Eventually, the disease becomes irreversible, and the only alternative is extraction or other expensive oral surgery.

I can sympathize with anyone who is concerned about subjecting their pet to a general anesthetic. Like most medical treatments, there is risk involved. One must always balance the risk against the potential reward, which is, in this case, a pet that is pain- and disease-free.

The risk of anesthesia can be managed by a good pre-operative examination, including blood chemistry, intravenous fluid therapy, gas anesthesia, electronic monitoring and temperature control. For more information see the American Veterinary Dental College position statement at links.sfgate.com/ZILG

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