Clinical homeopathy employs the use of:
Isopathy – the prescribing of potentized remedies based upon their biological similarity to the disease*; this category used to be separated into several more distinct ones, however most clinical practitioners combine targeted treatments (except conventional drugs and homeopathic “vaccines”) into this one category. Isopathy was originally based upon the Law of Equals; in effect, however since a potentized remedy is used it no longer is an “equal” but becomes a “similar” – we can still refer to it as “like treats like”. This category can include organotherapy as well as specific disease* treatment. An example would be to use a potentized version of Herpes Zoster to treat the actual virus; another example would be to use Insulin in a 12C potency to suppress the production of insulin in the body (the potency determines whether there is an action of suppression, balance, or stimulation when it comes to specific organs, i.e. “organotherapy” – however it still acts under the Law of Similars).
Tautopathy – the prescribing of potentized remedies based upon their chemical similarity to the disease*; this is generally the approach used to remove the effects of conventional drugs. An example of this would be to give potentized steroids to remove the effects of the drug.
Homoprophylaxis – the preventative treatment of constant disease*; includes the use of nosodes as an effective, and is a completely viable alternative choice to conventional vaccination. Some of the same substances that are used in Isopathy may be used in Homoprophylaxis – however they are given as a preventative measure as opposed to treating a disease* process. Therefore, this application recognizes there are certain diseases* that remain constant and have the potential to infect those that are susceptible – a good example would be Chicken Pox in humans or Rabies in animals.
We can also utilize the broader scope of homotoxicology; this is an indication-oriented approach and holds that the processes, syndromes, and manifestations that conventional medicine views as “disease” all have a biological basis – in other words they are natural, teleological processes that serve poison defense and detoxification. (Please note that homotoxicology is NOT a “purging detox” and is completely suitable even in very advanced cases.)
In all situations, I try to ascertain the disease* etiology as defined homeopathically; this is known as treatment from the tonic (or constant) aspect. Homeopathic prescribing based upon symptoms alone is known as the pathic aspect; this is how “classical” homeopaths prescribe. Treating the symptom picture is fine, but as Hahnemann taught, we need to first attempt to discover and treat the underlying cause(s).
Note that “homeopathy” is included in most states’ veterinarian practice acts (USA) and therefore a non-licensed practitioner cannot legally “treat” you or your animal with homeopathy. However, in most states you have the power to do whatever you wish concerning your own medical treatment or those of your animal (human children are, unfortunately, a totally different area and subject to restrictive laws in most if not all states). Non-licensed practitioners act as consultants, and can therefore educate you about and make recommendations for homeopathic remedies. It is up to you to actually utilize anything suggested in consultation.
All remedies are perfectly safe to give to any animal.
* Disease here is not defined as conventional medicine does; nothing here should be construed as the diagnosis of disease as conventionally defined. Homeopathic “diseases” are much different than conventional ones and will never call for any allopathic drug. In fact, it is the allopathic drugs that cause many of the diseases as they are defined homeopathically!