I've even had people tell me, "I'll give you three months to fix my dog." Which surprises me, because you gave the last vet 12 years and they couldn't do it. Your dog only got more broken!
Detoxification and the restoration of health take time. I am as impatient as the next person, and probably the wrong kind of person to become a homeopath. Homeopathy requires patience and careful observation. It requires slowing down and thinking, rather than the knee-jerk reactions of conventional medicine.
You can detoxify quickly. You won't like it, you will feel like crap, and wish you would just die already. I try not to do that with my patients. Our pets did not ask to be pumped full of vaccines and to have toxic chemicals poured on their bodies while they are offered artificial foods to barely sustain themselves. It is not fair to ask them to get over it and detoxify now, today.
People come to me because they love their pets. We all want to see the animal's health improve quickly. The miracle stories of rapid restoration of health spur us on to want that for our own pets. I want that for my clients' pets as well. I want it for my own pets.
And yet homeopathy teaches us that in this nonrandom universe, the body is moving at its own pace. It alone knows the order of importance of tissues to detoxify. We are along for the ride, supporting the vital force and correcting course as necessary - but we are not the drivers here.
True health takes time. Not everyone has the mindset for that.
20 years as a veterinarian and 15 years as a homeopath have finally taught me that the restoration of health takes time. And that's not a bad thing. Symptoms wax and wane, and this is where your holistic vet is a true asset - because you need someone who is looking at the long term trend that you can't see from where you are in the trenches. When you live with your dog every day, it's hard to feel like progress is being made when it's been three months and he's still itchy. That is when you need to go back to your holistic vet who can point out the details that signify improvement. Even though, yes, he's still itchy. Because eventually he won't be, and those days of antibiotics and steroids will be a distant memory. Persistence is the key to success with a holistic approach.