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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2008-07-07 20:30:12 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Insulinoma symptoms don't seem typical

--- In, "merlnich" <merlnich@...> wrote:
> I'm hoping I can get some help to better understand what my ferret,
Fiona, is
> experiencing. ... At that time I was also taking my
> animals to a very holistic vet that used homeopathy and I wanted to
try and treat Fiona
> holistically and avoid surgery if possible. ... The other concern I
have is that I have put Fiona at risk by choosing to follow the advice
> the holistic vet. .. I am hoping to treat Fiona in a combination of
traditional and holistic
> medicine. The holistic vet did not discuss surgery with me as an
option and never used
> medicines such as Pred. He used homeopathy for about 99% of his
practice. ...

While I can't speak directly to what Fiona might require in terms of
conventional treatment, I did wish to make a few comments about the use
of homeopathy, with the understanding that this is my personal opinion
only. I have used homeopathy for the past 20 years with various pets
I've had with good results, however, I have never used it exclusively.

I think of homeopathy as complementary to traditional veterinary
medicine and not as a substitute. Hence, I consult with both a
homeopathic veterinarian and an exotics veterinarian. My exotics
veterinarian is my fuzzies primary clinician. The trick of course with
diseases like insulinoma is that the primary treatment (outside of
surgery) is prednisone, and steroids like prednisone are for the most
part contraindicated in classical homeopathy. That doesn't mean you
can't still derive benefits from using the remedies in combination with
conventional veterinary care. For example, if you do opt for surgery,
Arnica would support Fiona during the surgery and should help her to
heal quicker from it.

I suspect from what you describe, is that Fiona is displaying symptoms
of advanced insulinoma that perhaps are not generally seen because
untreated ferrets die before the disease progreses to that stage. The
homeopathic remedies may have kept her alive longer but alone were not
enough to adequately deal with the disease.

Your suggestion to use both I think is a sound one and has certainly
worked very well for me and all my pets. I do have friends at both
ends of the spectrum, a hard nosed scientist who scoffs at anything
alternative and an alternative health practitioner who doesn't have the
time of day for alopathic medicince. I think those are extreme
positions and deny the benefits that can be derived from each. The
challenge is to find a way to combine the approaches in a way that
promotes healing and does no harm.



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