A Skin Complaint in a Dog

by a veterinary surgeon from Hertfordshire.

Acute moist dermatitis is a common condition in our canine patients and, while we know that it may have many underlying causes and predispositions, acute treatment usually presents few problems.  We are aware of a case, treated once before by a homeopath, which followed a rather uneven course to recovery as the owner stopped and started the conventional treatment that had been given and patchily followed the homeopath's advice at the same time.  The owner was informed that she should not in future compromise treatment by the involvement of a homeopath muddying the waters, so....

Some time later, the animal presented with a 5cm AMD lesion on top of its head.  This time the owner went to one of the South-East's best-known homeopaths and we have not treated the case, but we have had eye-witness reports of the animal's condition from a VN.  After a week the condition had spread over its entire head and shoulders.  None of the basic cleaning regime was done.  Apparently this deterioration is all right because "it's the poisons leaving the system" and healing might take 6 months!  As others may recall, homeopaths often excuse deterioration after treatment in this manner.  The owner was then taking the dog every 2 days to see the homeopath, because he was "going to help them see it through".  Subsequently the process spread along the dog's entire dorsum.  The dog was reported to be depressed and sat rigid in an apparent effort to minimise the pain caused to it by movement.  So much for the bleating from the homeopaths about it being hard to conceive of harm being done by failure to access proper medicine.  And was the homeopath embarrassed by this case?  No he wasn't because it's all going according to plan, and by the way he's now getting to see the client every two days with the opportunity to charge more money.  But of course homeopaths have no vested interest, do they?  The story concludes with an eventual resolution after the prolonged suffering caused by this effective absence of treatment, so there was not the opportunity for a conventional vet to regain control and report the various culprits to the authorities with first-hand evidence.

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