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A warning against “unscientific” homeopathic treatments have been issued by Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). They said that animals continue to die from a few preventable diseases as veterinarians administer homeopathic treatment to those animals. These veterinarians harm livestock and pets when they put their trust on mythical claims and not standard, traditional methods. The situation is now so dire that thousands of veterinarians have lent their signature to a petition where they expressed their reservations concerning the efficacy of homeopathic treatments for animals.
Homeopathy and uselessness
Homeopathic practitioners believe in the efficacy of non-standard treatments. These are based on the use of extremely diluted substances. According to them, the result will be that the body can heal itself. A popular practice in this regard is nosodes use and not proper vaccinations. This practice involves providing pets pills coated with sugar. These pills are made from the bodily fluids and tissues from a diseased animal. The list of sources includes saliva, feces, discharges, blood, and pus. According to the RCVS, administering such kind of medicines leave the pets in extreme and “unacceptable” pain.
The bedrock of homeopathy is “like cures like”. It means that if a substance causes a few certain symptoms, then the same substance can be used to remove the same symptoms. Such treatments can be promoted by celebrities, but endorsement by famous people does not mean the drugs are an effective one. Multiple clinical trials have proven that no real benefits can be enjoyed by animals post homeopathic treatment. Users generally enjoy a “placebo” effect. It means that they feel less pain as they want their medicines to work. The statement by the RCVS comes after a petition where the organization has asked the college to prohibit veterinary surgeons from actively prescribing homeopathic treatments.
Not for any living being
Chris Tufnell, the senior vice-president of RCVS, said that dogs treated with homeopathic medicines die from preventable conditions like parvovirus. The condition of the pet is extremely painful and it can be wholly preventable. The RCVS has advised that homeopathic treatments if done, should be carried out alongside standard veterinary treatment procedures and not replace the latter. This must be done to protect animals. Such treatments must be regarded as complementary practices and not as an alternative to the treatments for which there is a certain recognized evidence base. The treatments are based on sound scientific principles.
As per the RVCS, it is important to protect animals’ welfare as veterinarians have a commitment to their profession. The public should observe and understand that any kind of treatment which have no scientific base must not impede treatments which are effective and observable by science.