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Educator and veterinarian – homeopathic medicine, nutrition.

I have been a veterinarian for 45 years and focussed on nutrition & homeopathy for the last 30 years. At this point in my career I provide training and guidance in the promotion of optimal health and the use of homeopathy and nutrition as very excellent ways to do this. My primary activity is lecturing, writing, putting on seminars and training programs.

21 thoughts on “Educator and veterinarian – homeopathic medicine, nutrition.

  1. Thank you Dr. Pitcairn for starting this blog. I too am appalled at the prejudice that exists against Homeopathy without any regard for true evidence that it is not effective.
    Interestingly, there is a study occurring at the moment at McMaster University in Canada comparing nosodes effectiveness against those of vaccines. Dr. Mark Loeb’s hypothesis however is that nosodes do not work to provide immunity to diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, diptheria, etc. That there will be no measurable antibodies. But the way I understand nosodes to work is that there usually are no measurable antibodies, but instead they work to prevent disease at a certain point of exposure (as during an epidemic, for example), so I feel that the study is already flawed right out of the gate. Thoughts?

  2. Nancy, not a simple question. From the homeopathic perspective, a nosode (made from the product of disease) is expected to be protective against a certain class of acute illness, not all diseases. Dr. Hahnemann tells us that there are acute diseases, like Distemper, that do not change much from year to year. It is this type of disease in which nosodes can be effective, because of the non-changeableness of the disease itself the nosode is still similar to it. There are many diseases that are frequently changing, such Parvo, Flu, etc, and nosodes usually don’t have much use with them. That is not to say that homeopathy cannot be effective in preventing them, just that when the epidemic (or case) occurs, one has to find the specific remedy that matches that current pattern. In this situation it is not a nosode but a homeopathic remedy such as made from a plant or mineral or animal product. Does this make sense?
    In regard to “measurable antibodies” the nosode will not bring this about as it acts at an energetic level, not the physical level. It is also interesting in immunology that having such antibodies does not always equate with immunity. Often does, but not always as immunity is more complicated than that. Studies like this are flawed, as you say, because they are coming from a materialistic orientation which is not the perspective of homeopathy. So of course they can be incorrectly carried out — if the purpose is to show homeopathic effect.

  3. Hello! My 10 year old miniature Doberman was just diagnosed with diabetes. I am questioning how this even happened. He has been getting into lots of different foods that he should not have. We solved that problem by confining him to the kitchen while we are out of the home. The last things he had gotten into was about 1/2 of a bag of marshmallows a few weeks ago. That’s when I noticed the excessive drinking and urinating. Then about 2 days ago I noticed he was leaking urine where he would be laying. Since the marshmallows I had been making sure he has water and taking him out to urinate as often as he needed. After I saw he was leaking I took him to the vet. He hadn’t eaten his breakfast that morning and they took blood and urine. The blood work came back saying his blood sugar was about 500 and that he was diabetic. He has to get insulin shot twice a day. Still waiting on the urinalysis results. He has been eating the same brand food all his life, Health Extension. Could this be a result of all the foods he got into be a cause? Is this something that happens with age? My other question is how do I know by his actions if his blood sugar is high or low? I am going to change his diet to what I have read in your book and also add supplements. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. He is a big part of our family and we all love him as if he were human!! My children think of him as their sibling. Please if you could tell me what we need to do to help our beloved dog, Dewey. Thank you so much!
    Melisa

  4. Melisa,
    I wouldn’t think one marshmallow binge would cause any of this. I can’t say what the cause is for this, it could be more than one factor. I can say, however, that with my clients having a dog with this problem I first put them on a plant-based diet with no animal products. Feeding meat and other animal products is very toxic these days and I think causes many of the these health problems. I am not familiar with Health Extension food so I looked it up on line. Looks pretty good though they make the error of avoiding grains. I looked at just the original version and though the first ingredient was organic chicken, later ingredients were not organic. These included chicken meal, chicken fat, lamb meal, fish meal, eggs. So these are the things I would want to get out of his diet if were my patient. Check out the 4th edition of our book for specific guidance.
    With best wishes,
    Dr. Pitcairn

  5. Hello, I am looking in to alternatives to heartgard. So far, I’ve found a concoction that is made up of ginger root, black walnut, wormwood, andrographis, parsley root, and oat seed. It’s in a dropper form, called ‘HW protect’ from ‘only natural pet.’ I know that in your book, you say that you are reluctant to advise people to stop the use of heartworm preventative. But I’m feeling courageous and I’m on a mission to get my dogs as healthy as possible. One has mild seizures and the other has IBD. It just seems like the right thing to do. Do you know anything about this product, or have another that you would recommend?

    Thanks again,
    Liz

  6. Any info on acute lick granuloma?….REALLY NEED HELP!!! Afraid dog could loose his paw due to licking & the “raw meat” look…😢

  7. This problem is well addressed with homeopathic treatment. Check my website, drpitcairn.com, and the “Referrals” menu to find a veterinarian in your area that is trained in homeopathy. Good luck with this, wishing you the best.

    Dr. Pitcairn

  8. Lina,
    There is on one treatment for this. Best to work with a homeopathic veterinarian that can find the best remedy to administer. Check our website, drpitcairn.com, and use the menu “referrals” to find someone near you.
    Good luck.
    With best wishes,
    Dr. Pitcairn

  9. Lina, if I have not already applied I suggest you contact a homeopathic veterinarian that can treat this with the use of that method. There is a list of those willing to take on new clients on my website, drpitcairn.com. Check the menu item “referrals.” Good luck with this. I know a difficult one to deal with.
    With best wishes,
    Dr. Pitcairn

  10. What would cause a cat to rub it’s right ear on the ground? Ears look clean….. Loved it when I rubbed his cheek below his ear. Not scratching his ears. Seems more comfortable when ear is warmed up. thank you

  11. Cristina, obviously must be a sensation there. Could be itching or crawling feeling. I don’t know why it is happening. You could have ear examined for mites but it may not be anything detectable.

  12. Hi dr Pitcairn
    My dogs have been on vegan homemade food for 6 weeks. Everything is great. 2of my dogs have normal feces twice daily. The third dog goes another 4times a day. Should I be concerned
    Thanks Dee

  13. Dee, I don’t see that as a symptom of illness in itself. It could mean the bowels are over-active but there would need to be more determination of that to make that decision. You can check the stools and make sure no food coming through undigested. If you are uneasy with it, have your vet do an exam. Good luck.

  14. Dear Dr. Pitcairn, I am now seeing Dr. Lisa Pesch in Rohnert Park, CA. I started using the one on one diet from your Third Edition. My 12 year old Shih Tzu was dx with MVD stage 3- 12 months ago. Per UC Davis recent visit, condition is static. 3 weeks ago I started making the one on one recipe using turkey breast or turkey thigh (fresh gound from butcher) You indicate to add more oil when using turkey or chicken. How much more oil?? Dog is hot.
    By the way, her energy has doubled!
    Thank you so much for your time.
    Gloria Hubbell

  15. Gloria, I am glad to hear her energy is improved. Good sign. Regarding amount of oil to add, I would start with an additional 1 tablespoon to the recipe. See how that goes. You might also look at the 4th edition of our book as we reworked many of the recipes emphasizing plant-based diets and see amazing responses in many ill dogs.
    With best wishes,
    Dr. Pitcairn

  16. Dear Dr. Pitcairn,
    Thank you so much for the tip on the oil for the Shih tzu. Since she has MVD, in using the one on one diet, would barley, millet or quinoa be a good rotational grain as I am currently using brown rice.
    Again, thank you for your guidance.
    Gloria Hubbell

  17. Hi again Dr. Pitcairn
    Amazon just dropped off 4th edition. What recipe most resembles one on one? I know I can use more vegetables. I like to double batch and freeze. I can cut down on the turkey.
    Lots of reading to do..
    Thanks so much.
    Gloria Hubbell

  18. Dr Pitcairn, I was hoping you could give me some insight to my current situation. My dog, Stone, is about 2 and a half years old. For the first year and a half that I had him, he ate regular kibble (I believe it was chicken and rice flavor). In December of 2018, he began to have diarrhea all the time and began to lose weight. I remember when I first got him at 8 weeks he also had diarrhea and was vomiting all the time, which his vet treated with antibiotics numerous times. I took him to the vet and they said I should try changing his diet to a different kind of meat because maybe he was allergic/becoming intolerant to what I was feeding him. They also tested for things like worms and such. I found this healthy pet food store and they suggested I give him goats milk and this herbal tincture along with a combination of turkey kibble and wet food. I tried a few different kinds of meats for him and still he had constant diarrhea/super soft stools. One day I thought why don’t I try a vegan diet, upon research during this time I did not even know dogs could be vegan. So I tried the homemade meals from Compassion Circle(which also comes with the supplements). Still nothing changed. So with no help from the regular vet, I sought out a vet who practices a combination of Chinese and Western medicine. She ran a Dysbiosis index and found that he had almost no healthy bacteria in his gut. She also diagnosed Inflammatory Bowel Disease. So she suggested I feed him homemade meals consisting of chicken, rice, a root vegetable and greens 3 times a day. He has been eating this for about 5 months along with probiotics, multivitamins, and something to settle his tummy. He has gained back 10 lbs of the 20 lbs he lost. When he first began to get sick, he also became very aggressive. She treated him with an herb called Lyssin. His aggression is almost completely gone now (he only has slight aggression in my apartment building because he is territorial). He used to growl at every person and dog that even looked our way. So while I am happy that he is feeling better and looking better, I am still curious as to why he couldn’t have gotten better on a vegan diet. His vet says he cannot digest the vegan proteins and that he needs white chicken. She also says the homemade diets by compassion circle I was making for him are not adequate because you cannot be certain of all of the nutrients being correct. I feel that it’s the same thing with her suggested diet. I would really like a second opinion on this if you have the time!

  19. I am very sorry to hear of your difficulty. I cannot say for sure as to the cause but I have seen patterns like this — some chronic physical problem coupled with a change of behavior — as an effect from vaccinations. I would treat with the homeopathic remedies suitable for what we call “vaccinosis” and usually have the problem resolved which would support the idea that the vaccine was the original trigger. The remedy you have used, which did have an effect — Lyssin, is a remedy made from the Rabies disease and often needed for treating vaccinosis from the Rabies vaccine. Since it has not completely resolved there may be another remedy that still needs to be used. I suggest you work with a veterinarian trained in homeopathy and you can find a list of these on my web site on the referral listing. I wish you the best. I do think he can be made to be very healthy so don’t be discouraged.
    With best wishes,
    Dr. Pitcairn

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