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Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals [Paperback]

Don Hamilton D.V.M.
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Oct. 20 1999
In this book, Dr. Hamilton carefully and clearly lays down the essential knowledge needed to use homeopathy successfully. To read this book is to prepare you to help your animal with the many day to day vicissitudes of life...take some time, read this book carefully, and learn of one of the greatest discoveries in the history of medicine. We are fortunate to have a healer of Dr. Hamilton's stature take us on this journey.
-From the Foreword by Richarad Pitcairn D.V.M., PhD

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"This wonderful, compassionate book convinced me to use only veterinarians who use only homeopathy. Read it. You'll see. You will agree."
-Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson

"Dr. Hamilton offers a clear, comprehensive, solid foundation in veterinary homeopathy that allows it to be accessible to animal guardians. It is an extremely valuable contribution to the field of veterinary homeopathy."
-Allen Schoen, D.V.M., M.S.

About the Author

Don Hamilton, D.V.M., is a conventionally-trained veterinarian who has been practicing medicine for twenty years. He has been practicing veterinary homeopathy for thirteen years and as taught in the professional homeopathic veterinary course sponsored by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. Hamilton did his arly training in homeopathic veterinary care with Dr. Richard Pitcairn; he has studied with world-renowned homeopaths such as Francisco Eizayaga of Argentinam Rajan Sankaran of India, Alize Timmerman of the Netherlands, and Jungian homeopath Edward C. Whitmont of the U.S. He maintains a practice in New Mexico.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vital for every pet owner/guardian. Aug. 15 2002
This is probably the best homeopathic veterinary book for pet owners/guardians in the market.
In the first part, Dr. Hamilton explains the basics of homeopathy and how the rules apply to home caring for a sick animal. He even gives instructions on how to medicate your animal, since the administration of homeopathic remedies differs from allopathic ones.
The second part is a detailed and easy to follow Repertory, meaning that conditions by system are presented and remedies are suggested according to symptoms. This is followed by special conditions, such as pre surgery and after surgery care, heat-stroke etc. The section ends with a Materia Medica adapted to the animal symptoms.
This book has been a great resource for my cats. It does not replace the veterinary care of a trained homeopath, but it can be vital in cases of emergency. I used it at least on two occasions with my younger cats, and the both recovered in a matter of hours. One of them, my younger kitty had been ill for months, and both my homeopath and my allo vet had not been able to help him. Fed up by the failed attempts, I went through the pages of this book, until I stumbled on a remedy that seemed to fit perfectly. And it worked! My boy has been healthy ever since.
Now I keep it close to my bed for easy access.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small doses=Big medicine July 6 2002
Before I read "Small Doses," as far as I was concerned, the jury was still out on homeopathy. It seemed a little too "out there" to accept. But Dr. Hamilton's book, with his explanation of why and how he thinks it works, along with case histories, a materia medica, and a review of body systems, convinced me that there's something very powerful going on in a homeopathic cure. And his argument against vaccinations is cogent and convincing.
Dr. Hamilton uses a combination of allopathic (modern) and homeopathic as well as other modalities like herbs in his treatment. I admire his willingness to go the extra mile with his clients. He is someone I would trust with my animals.
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I had been looking for a detailed guide to homeopathy for help for the itching one of our dogs had. Wow - talk about excellent guide. The introductory chapters on homeopathy are excellent.
The real help came when my same baby started having serious liver problems and I didn't know why. With an ALT of over 500, it wasn't looking good. I wasn't comfortable with giving her the special dog food containing Ethoxyquin(pesticide in dog food?? - don't think so). The book recommended Milk Thistle. After talking to the vet, my husband and I began a natural diet and milk thistle immediately. Within a month the ALT was down and in another 2 weeks she was back to normal. Mind you, my little girl is 14 so I can say this book has been a lifesaver. This book along with consulting your vet is definitely worthwhile. You can't go wrong getting this book for your furry friends.
It's now April 2003 and now she has a bad heart murmur. After consulting the book and doing more research, found that CoQ10 has been very helpful in alleviating (and in some cases reversing) heart disease in humans. I've given her 1 10Mg CoQ10 tablet a day and after a week, she is showing improvement. One sign of a heart murmur is a hacking cough. Her coughs are not as frequent now. This book was certainly worth buying :-).
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A good sized book, with good binding & paper. The printing is clear, font type & size well selected & adequate.
Dr. Hamilton begins by explaining how as a veterinarian, he grew he grew increasingly frustrated with the limitations 'modern' veterinary care; of how he was often only able to provide temporary relief, with ailments returning time and time again. He tells of his exploration into alternative veterinary medicine and how by the mid/late 90's, he had become convinced of the benefits of natural/homeopathic sustenance, prevention & treatment.
The book is essentially divided into 2 sections:
a) The 1st Section contains a reasonably detailed summary of the history of homeopathic care & sustenance, its nature, philosophy and development. Dr. Hamilton carefully explains the theories and principles behind homeopathic care, of how it deals with the entire being (pet or human), seeking always to identify and treat root causes of ailments and diseases. He expresses his concerned that 'modern' medicine is too often symptom oriented, and drugs are prescribed to suppress symptoms without curing the ailment itself. With symptom suppressing medication, relief is temporary and over time, ailments often reappear in even more virulent forms.
Dr. Hamilton cautions the reader of common pitfalls faced by beginners and emphasises that proper homeopathic care requires much careful & systematic observation.
He tells how homeopathic care is deeply rooted in human civilisation and quickly dispels any notion that homeopathic remedies are 'quack' remedies based on old wives' tales.
(b) The 2nd Section consists of a series of chapters which carefully details common disorders and diseases afflicting our dogs and pets.
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I've read dozens of animal care books, and this particular book--which was highly recommended to me by a holistic vet--is among the finest. Hamilton's explanation of the concept of homeopathy is one of the most cogent and understandable that I've ever seen, yet his prose is sufficiently infused with detail so that the reader walks away with more than just a surface understanding of this beautiful practice. Hamilton shows great responsibility and care with ensuring the reader is adequately informed on when it's critical to consult with a holistic vet and not try figuring it out on one's own. Finally, his detailed discussion of the risks of vaccination and the consequences of a poor-quality diet raise the level of the usual "zealot versus non-zealot" debate over these crucial issues to animal health. If nothing else, any loving animal guardian would do well to read even just those chapters in his book to gain a greater appreciation for the relationship between diet/vaccinations and overall health. I might have been skeptical of these concepts before I had switched my own cat over to a totally fresh, raw diet and seen first-hand the remarkable change for the better that ensued. Hamilton deserves high praise for this work, which I suspect will remain a staple "must-read" for years to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book is very good, but you have to be an experienced user
Published 2 months ago by SB
5.0 out of 5 stars Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals
This is a good book to have if you are already somewhat familiar with homeopathy, which works amazingly well on everyone. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Red the Wonderer
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and informative
Very helpful for any pet owner wanting to give their pet a healthy alternative! Easy to read and locate specific items.
Published on Feb. 6 2010 by Natural Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
I just had the book for a couple of days, but it has already come to use. really serious work! recommended for all serious homeopaths and veterinarians and people with animals! Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2002 by H. brun
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I had the opportunity to join in egroup discussions with Dr. Hamilton but at the time was unable to let him know I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS BOOK because I'd not purchased and read it... Read more
Published on July 21 2001 by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Understandable Guide to Homeopathy
This book is an understandable introduction to veterinary homeopathy for the beginner. Dr. Hamilton explains the history and theory of homeopathy in such a way that virtually... Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2000 by Shannon Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been searching for a book like this for some time
My family's first means of addressing medical problems is with homeopathy. For some time now, I've been looking for a text book I can use to treat my own pets acute conditions... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2000 by Unique ViewPoint
5.0 out of 5 stars The section on vaccination alone makes the book worthwhile!
Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs is a comprehensive overview of homeopathic treatment of acute conditions that affect cats and dogs. Read more
Published on March 27 2000 by Barbara Cicognani
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