Pastures New

Sheep en route to fresh grazing, caught in stormy light.


Christopher Day MRCVS

Holistic Vet at the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre

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While we can usually reckon on mid-July to mid-August as being a reasonably quiet time for lush grass growth, this year anything could happen! We’ve had so much wet and now warm weather is forecast, so we may have an abnormal grass spurt.

Be on the lookout for stiffness, short stride, difficulty turning tightly or unwillingness to walk on hard surfaces.

Homeopathy is a wonderful stand-by treatment for laminitis. Acupuncture may also be useful. We advise feeding no cereals or sugars and, in some cases, even hay can also provoke laminitis or obstruct its resolution. We rely on herbs to supplement nutrition.

Even chronically mis-shapen hooves may be able to improve with judicious trimming and long-term homeopathic treatment by an experienced homeopathic vet.

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Grass seeds!

We are coming to the time of year when grass seeds can cause pain and suffering to our dogs. It is particularly spaniel types that suffer badly from this problem, whether in the feet, in the ears or elsewhere in the body, but any dog can fall prey to the problem.

The two main species of grass of which to be wary are:

Bromus sterilis:









Hordeum marinum:









Happily, we have never had to operate (perform surgery) to remove grass seeds from dogs, when they have become embedded in the tissues; we use homeopathic medicines, with success to date. The body rejects them without the damage caused by surgery.

Particular danger arises when the seed heads ripen and become dry, if they are mown and lie on the ground and dry or if the grass is sprayed and dies, causing the seed heads to dry.

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