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Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy and its Benefits:

Homeopathy is based on the premise that “like cures like.” A system of medical practice that treats a disease (especially by the administration of minute doses) of a remedy that would in larger amounts produce in healthy person symptoms similar to those of the disease. 

Animals that are treated using homeopathic remedies often emerge from illness stronger and fitter, since it is the body itself correcting the disease, rather than a synthetic agent. The remedy given to the animal triggers a healing response in their body. It enables their immunity to engage without the suppressive, pain-masking attributes or undesirable side effects of conventional medicine.

Homeopathy treats the individual as a whole, not just the disease; and therefore it may resolve everything from behavioural issues, chronic illnesses, autoimmune diseases, skin conditions, arthritis, and post-operative trauma to palliative, and bereavement.

An initial homeopathic consultation for chronic illnesses include an in-depth case-taking procedure to prescribe the animal’s constitutional remedy accurately. During this process, all past physical, mental, and emotional history will be incorporated into the the case along with presenting symptoms. This initial consultation takes between 30 minutes to an hour, and lays the foundation for continued research into your pet’s case.



Foundation Principles of Health

Conventional medicine is designed to formulate a pill for every ill. The remedy for our ailments can be laughter, fresh air, warmth, touch, blessings, poultices, creams, teas, herbs, food, family, and often it is within our own thoughts.

Physical changes in our body represent one realm. A disease goes animal’s into our psyche. We have the power to heal ourselves by our own thought patterns. It is the first element of mind, body and spirit.

New research has given us more insight into prayer, blessings, cooked food, and rituals of happy people. Healing by dreams, intention and our own hands are now gaining rank as tools in our medicine cabinets.

We overlook the foundation principles of good health which are good nutrition, moderate exercise, good sleeping patterns, and happy thoughts and being part of a community.

Holistic medicine applies this paradigm to raising our pets.

If we provide healthy food in the form of real food and not highly processed foods.

Activity and exercise for our foraging pets. In the wild our canine friends would spend 10-12 hours a day hunting for prey, foraging for food. Now they may receive one hour a day of outdoor activity. It is often restrained to being on a leash or in a small yard. Mentally they need to be challenged. They are driven to explore new territory, track animals and interact in a pack. We take them from their canine families way too young, isolate them from their canine friends and limit their access to natural environments.

They willingly come into our lives, but there is a sacrifice on their part. We need to provide a high level of mental activity for dogs especially various breeds.

We need to recognize as the share our spaces that also share our emotions. So when we are scared, upset, tentative, afraid, they will pick up on those feelings. It much the same as when we walk into a room where the tension is high. They are not immune; they are like our children in that they take on our emotions. It can manifest in their mental form with anxiety, suppression depression, grief, and abandonment.

When we optimize our pets health, we need to give them support at various emotional times in their lives as well as our own. When we fear, it is like a negative prayer. Using positive words with our pet will make our pets happy as it does with our children, our partners, our friends, and co-workers. It is not to say discipline, and a few chosen phrases cannot be used to guide our canine companions but following with words of encouragement following a task strongly enforces the behaviour. In the example of a negative name for our pets and repeated use of their name can send that message of bad behaviour.

Sleeping habits are also overlooked. If we are overtired given too much stress, it builds up. Many of the diseases we see are made worse by stress causing healing to be slow in a stressful environment.

A community is not to be overlooked. A dog has a human pack but incorporating a canine pack can increase the mental stimulation as well all understand the value of friendship.

In discussion with my clients, I access their level of health. I use four stages to group my patients:

Stage One Health

Natural exposure of the immune system without external agents or pollutants and also without unnecessary suppression of symptoms by powerful drugs. They will recover on their own.

Stage Two Health

Normally healthy animals but over worked, stressed, and victims of pollution. They can return to health with natural air, rest, good food, and homeopathy. Not life-threatening.

Stage Three Health

Chronically ill patients with, e.g., asthma, IBD, etc. Maybe life-threatening. Use homeopathy to get back to stage two often with a constitutional prescription. Rarely gets colds because defenses are overstimulated.

Stage Four health

Terminally ill patients. The defences are exhausted. Palliative.

I use this grouping to help me decide what modalities of care are needed. The foundations are good nutrition, a healthy environment, and proper exercise. If a patient comes in with something in stage one, the animal will recover on its own. I will evaluate the diet and environment and make suggestions based on the situation. I may recommend a raw food, cooked food with supplements or at times even a processed food depending on the level of health.

In stage two this is where I can introduce methods such as homeopathy to help the patient recover from stress, illness or toxin exposure. The animals response very quickly because energetically they are healthy in terms of their immune system response.

In stage three the expectation for a return to health can be achieved but it is a slower process as there has been repeated chronic illness. This is a level where I will prescribe on the constitution and may use conventional methods if the situation becomes life-threatening.

In stage four when our aim is for palliative I can adopt many modalities for management. I can integrate homeopathy and conventional practices to help maintain the animals health for management of quality if life in the last remaining days.

If you would like to book an appointment with Dr. Loridawn Gordon, please give us a call at 902.461.0951


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.