Personally, I don't understand the concept of homeopathic medicine. But this makes me wonder why the AVMA feels so threatened. First RAW diets, now homeopathic. What's next? Is homeopathic medicine doing harm to animals? If so, how? And where is the proof of that? Or is it much like human medicine in that keeping people sick is a business. I'm sure that statement will cause it's own argument but there are many doctors that I've had that discussion with and they agree that the money in pharmaceuticals is in keeping people on the medicines, not curing them.
I've NEVER worked with a doctor (Vet) that didn't want to cure their patient, knock on wood maybe I've just been lucky. You're right, pharmaceutical companies rule the research industry just as Hill's rules the nutritional aspect of veterinary medicine. But unlike nutrition, which in my opinion IS under-researched in favor of more natural diets like RAW, there is merit behind most medications. Medicine A cures disease A 90% of the time, it's probably a good choice.
As I said before, I work in an area where homeopathic and eastern medicine is the largely accepted want. Therefor, we do see MANY clients that want to go the more natural route over medications. And we see patient's die that IF treated medically, maybe they could of lived? But maybe not? So it's hard to say for sure. We CAN'T say for sure. But I always tell people, when they ask me if their animal would get better without the medication, "MAYBE. We can't say for sure. But it is a lot more likely that your animal will get better WITH the medication."
Like the aspiration pneumonia case where the owner kept trying to wean his dog off antibiotics to see if the dog's immune system would compensate and kept asking us about natural supplements, despite us giving him clear deadlines as to medication use and rechecks. 6 months later and his dog STILL has aspiration pneumonia, if not slightly WORSE and now harder to treat because antibiotic resistance has built up. And keep in mind, we weren't just throwing random antibiotics at him. We had done a tracheal wash and cultured the bacteria, we KNEW what was growing and what antibiotics would treat it.
Then you have the flip side, patients with a very poor prognosis and you don't even really recommend medical treatment anymore because you know the animal isn't going to make it. But the owner's keep pushing because they haven't tried such and such natural remedy yet that cured their great great grandfather of some common cold 100 years ago. And now the animal is just suffering and probably should be euthanized, but you can never tell a client that because no one can make that choice for them. Of course, this happens with medicine as well.
THOSE are ways homeopathic medicine can and do hurt patients.
There is the other side of course, over-vaccinating and recommending prescription diets for EVERYTHING and throwing broad-spectrum antibiotics at every litter abscess, therefor causing antibiotic resistance to build up. The medical world isn't perfect. But I've never seen it out to intentionally harm your pet or keep them sick. And maybe I'm just lucky because I work with board certified specialists and NOT run of the mill general practice doctors.