eBook available:


Christopher Day MRCVS has been treating horses for more than forty years and has a special interest in their safe and natural feeding and nutrition. This eBook offers a simple-to-follow approach to providing your horse with a species-suitable, fresh and wholesome diet, which has brought health and welfare benefits to so many of his patients. In the author’s opinion, expensive and vigorously-marketed manufactured horse foods and supplements are not the best way to feed your horse for stamina, performance, musculo-skeletal health, immune resilience and a long, happy and active life. The horse is the archetypal vegan and thrives on fibrous foods. Christopher Day advocates feeding as close to Nature as one can, in this modern society. This eBook provides a simple guide to taking your horse’s health and well-being into your own hands. Your horse will be thankful for it, every day.

Homeopathic First-Aid for Animals

Our series of first-aid medicines is growing, over at www.facebook.com/AVMC.UK.

We have now reached medicine number 24 out of the planned 40.


24 – HYPERICUM (Hypericum perforatum)

(2nd Edition)

Prepared from the St Johns Wort plant.

Hypericum perforatum - St Johns WortHypericum’s main claim to fame, in first-aid application, is in the treatment of injury to nerves or injury to regions of the body rich in nerve endings (e.g. tail, digits, ear flaps). Typically, the pain is very intense and responds rapidly to a few doses of Hypericum. The medicine also appears to stimulate the healing of nerve damage. Typical veterinary scenarios are someone stepping upon a puppy’s toes, shutting a dog’s tail in a car door or injury to toes by abrasion.

Painful lacerations, grazes and excoriations also appear to become less painful almost immediately upon dosing with Hypericum.

In herbivore’s eating live St Johns Wort can damage the liver, leading to a condition called photosensitisation, in which white or pink skin can be burned (sometimes severely) even in subdued sunlight. Homeopathic Hypericum can bring about rapid relief from the consequent pain and appears to stimulate more rapid healing and resolution.

Recommended homeopathic potency: 6c or 30c. The frequency of dosing will depend upon the situation and upon the responses. Hypericum lotion is also available, to enable topical bathing of affected areas. The lotion is sometimes mixed with Calendula lotion.

Christopher Day MRCVS – http://www.alternativevet.org/homeopathy.htm#first-aid – August 2012

Herbal Verbals

We seem to have a series of rhymes about herbal medicines, over at www.facebook.com/AVMC.UK

Six medicines so far: comfrey, blue cohosh, dandelion, milk thistle, peppermint and marigold.




Modern Medicine comes from Herbs

It is not a widely advertised fact that a great deal of modern medicine has derived more or less directly from herbs (herbal medicine, herbalism, phytotherapy). The modern drug derivatives from herbs are ‘unique’ chemicals, manufactured in the laboratory, so they can be patented and make their ‘inventors’ a fortune. Nonetheless, although it seems to be fashionable to demonise natural and indigenous medicine, drug companies (multinational pharmaceutical giants) have to study traditional indications for herbal medicines in order to have some idea what their new drug may be able to do!

The foxglove that indirectly gives us Digoxin

Examples of ‘older’ modern medicines derived from herbs and still in use are ASPIRIN (from Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria or Willow – Salyx alba), DIGOXIN (from the Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea) and ATROPINE (from the Deadly Nightshade – Atropa belladonna).

The powerful chemotherapy drug Vincristine was derived from the Madagascar Periwinkle – Catharansus roseus formerly Vinca rosea). A modern veterinary liver drug called Denamarin contains Silybin, derived from the Milk Thistle – Silybum marianum). Morphine-type drugs (opioids) were originally derived from the Opium Poppy – Papaver somniferum). The list rolls on.

In my opinion, making patented drugs from our natural plant medicines is not necessarily a wise or safe route to follow. Certainly, side effects from drugs and deaths caused by modern drugs are legion (it is estimated that 100,000 Americans die each year from adverse effects of prescription drugs), whereas traditional herbal medicine is not plagued with such troubles.

Just remember, when modern medical folk make disparaging remarks about traditional and natural medicines, that modern medicine owes its origins, in great part, to the very medicines they deride.







The Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre was founded by Chris Day MRCVS in March  1987. He had already been using alternative medicine for his clients’ animals since 1972.

The AVMC is a second opinion and referral practice, in alternative medicine for animals. Chris Day operates totally independently of all commercial connections. He receives no kick-backs, retainers or percentages from any company or interest, whether it be involved in medicine, foods, saddling, insurance or other activity. In this way, he is able to retain his independence and the advice offered is the very best he can give at the time, free from commercial influence.

At the AVMC, our work has two main prongs – firstly, stimulation of the body’s own healing ability and secondly, removal of the potential obstacles to recovery. This is the meaning of holistic medicine. It means that for each species and each individual patient, we have to study lifestyle, feeding, housing, management etc.

The route to wellness for animals.

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Pastures New

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


Christopher Day MRCVS

Holistic Vet at the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre

Our main website is at: www.alternativevet.org


Summer challenges

We have been blessed with some summer this year – there may be more.

While the sheep in the picture seek the shade, it is worth thinking about some of the special challenges summer can bring to our animals:


The Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre has a large website (over 600 pages) of information and opinion on alternative medicine, holistic medicine, animal welfare and other animal-related topics.

Links: veterinary homeopathyveterinary acupunctureveterinary herbsveterinary holistic


Homeopathy – Medicine or Magic?

This was the question posed by the landmark BBC QED television programme that went out in January 1991, produced by Tony Edwards. I was proud to be a part of it (but it’s hard to believe how young I looked then!).

This programme looked at homeopathy, veterinary homeopathy, sceptical views and rational opinions. It was and still is an important and powerful piece of television and has now been uploaded onto Dailymotion. It’s well worth a watch:


visit our main website with over 600 pages of opinion and information on alternative medicine and animal welfare: www.alternativevet.org

You might like to look at our Dailymotion video channel: http://www.dailymotion.com/dogwoch2#video=xs13c3 or our YouTube video channelhttp://www.youtube.com/user/dogwoch2

also: www.homeopathic-vet.comwww.veterinary-homeopathy.co.ukwww.veterinary-acupuncture.co.uk - www.veterinary-herbal.co.ukwww.holistic-vet.co.uk - www.chiropractic-vet.co.uk - www.acupuncture-animals.co.ukwww.equineacupuncturevet.co.ukwww.veterinary-holistic.co.uk


Summer time (we can possibly mention that concept now) is the favourite time for cats to come home smothered in fleas!

Putting brewers yeast in the cat’s food and combing essential oils though the coat can act as a great flea deterrent.

Regular daily or even twice daily flea-combing is important, so long as you dispose of your ‘catch’ effectively. Electric flea combs may help.

Intensive vacuum-cleaning with a powerful vacuum cleaner, in areas frequented by your cat(s), is also important.

If you are not vigilant and diligent, a flea infestation of your home can follow, which can be a real nightmare. Fleas can multiply at a prodigious rate.

Chemical applications on the animal or in the home can be a risky business and we advise clients to avoid these if at all possible. The toxins can affect humans (esp. toddlers and children) and can be residual in your home environment.

Our main website (over 600 pages of information and opinion on animals, animal welfare and alternative medicine) is at: www.alternativevet.org

www.alternativevet.org/cats.htm and www.alternativevet.org/aromatherapy.htm

You may also be interested in: www.naturalfeeding.co.ukwww.holisticvetmed.co.ukwww.veterinary-holistic.co.ukwww.holistic-vet.co.uk


Great way to start the day!

Nice reports not only make life worthwhile, they also put a spring in your step.

Here’s a great one from yesterday, setting me up a treat for the weekend:

Most gigantic difference in him – totally different horse – no longer so tricky – absolute joy to work with him now – brilliant!

This a young and very talented dressage horse (in very experienced and talented dressage rider’s hands) who was proving almost impossible to train and would kick at his belly 20 minutes into work. Nothing that had been tried was helping. Seen on 10th July – chiropractic manipulation and homeopathy – report 27th July.

Work isn’t work when it’s such fun!

www.alternativevet.org/cases.htm for selected case histories

The image is of a different horse, of course, to protect the innocent!