Care of animals: meet Carole Morin

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What is a naturopath for animals?  She’s a health practitioner who has studied one or several natural medicine specialities and then specialized in animal care. For me, I’m a specialist in phytotherapy (therapy by plants) and aromatherapy (therapy by essential oils) and my main practice concerns our 4 legs friends: dogs and cats. Sometimes I care for ferrets too, because it is a canine animal also, but it happens rarely because I’m not expert with this animal. To practice in this profession you have to study for 6 or 7 years.

 Which kind of animal do you care for the most and for which pathologies? Pathologies which we deal with are varied. In the dogs, the demodecies (cutaneous disease related to an acarina named Demodex, near to the Scale into human) dermites, parvovirus disease (hemorrhagic Gastro-enteritis, more known under this name but it is a viral disease very very serious thus one keeps the suffix “virus disease” in our jargon!!) osteoarthritis, rheumatisms, all disorders osteo – articular, cough of kennels etc… the most frequent diseases all in all. For the cats, it is similar. Coryza, tinea, skin troubles, FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency virus) or AIDS of the cat, and more frequently than in canine, psychic disorders. But all pathologies can be considered and a therapeutic protocol can be drawn up. In the cat-like servants, only leucosis remainsinsoignable. But it is it also in allopathy. To the difference in the terribly expensive treatments like Interferon, we contribute the cat leucosic to live about well and without too many pains, but the final cure remains impossible to obtain last a certain age.

How are the consultations?  For me, most of the time they are from far away because I care for animals from all over France, Switzerland, Canada…. I begin to take care of the animal after the diagnosis of the veterinarian so it’s not an obligation that I see the animal. But people who live not far from me like to come to me, after seeing the veterinarian, to introduce the dog to me. When I take care of a cat, the cats don’t move, because that causes too much stress for them. Sometimes I help an animal after a surgical intervention so it can feel much better quickly and in the best conditions, or before the intervention to avoid any risks caused by anasthesia and to protect it’s immune system. Sometimes I complete the antibiotic treatment given by the veterinarian and I use plants to speed up the cure.

Where and how much are the consultations?  I ask for 20 euros for one month. Of course the owner of the animal has to buy the remedies as I tell him. But such remedies aren’t expensive. In France, for example, one homeopathy dose cost less than 2 euros.

Which kind of care do you suggest?  Phytotherapy (plants), aromatherapy (essential oils), kaolintherapy (kaolin) and a little homeotherapy for a base treatment or for an urgent crisis: diarrhea or frequent vomiting for example.

A happy cat….

© Carole MORIN

Which kind of hygiene do you prescribe for cats, dogs and maybe for other animals?  I think that each animal need to be respected regarding which kind of animal it is, so each owner has to find out before what their animal needs from their ethogramme (the behavior of each kind of animal).

Where do your remedies come from?  Everyone can find my remedies very easily: in a pharmacy, in specialized shops or online because I work with a phytotherapy and an aromatherapy e-shop. I make only one remedy myself. It’s a specific carefully proportioned preparation with magnesium chloride and green kaolin. I use it every day for everyone in my family and my animals, it’s very useful.

What about your relationship with veterinarians? The 100 % allopathic veterinarians are totally oblivious of me. Other veterinarians, who are open minded are often interested in my practices, they buy some of my magazines to « have a look » and often, contact me to do an internship to learn more. Actually in France, 2 veterinarian hospitals work with me, very closely. It’s very good for the animals and for the owners. Generally, I send a report about my observations and treatment to the veterinarian who normally treats the animal, unless the owner says not to do so, but this happens rarely.

Do you have animals?  Yes, and I can’t live without them. I have 8 cats, 1 russian hamster, and when it’s possible, I take care of stray dogs in my village and my husband is passionate about aquariophily. I give shelter to baby birds that have fallen from their nest before my cats eat them. I take care of them as is possible before they are able to fly by themself. But they stay in the bathroom, where there are a lot of plants, a window with a metal grill where they can rest, but they are never in a cage.

Which kind of experiences in your past have steered you in this direction?  I can say that I was born a little like this. My maternal grand mother knew kaolin very well and used to take care of us – my cousin and I- when we spent holidays with my grandparents. I’ve alwaybeen passionate about nature and from very early on I wanted to learn about what nature could teach us. It’s treasure are so many. I’ve been a veterinary assistant too, but I didn’t enjoy the veterinarian techniques at that time. I felt that it was possible to do it differently, to discover and to begin to use different types of treatments for our domestic friends. Anyway, I always wanted to do a medical job, to take care of animals, but not in the conventional sense. I think that now people understand very well the long term side effects of allopathic medicine. What is so great is that we don’t have these types of secondary effects with plants. But you know, using plants as a remedy is a very old practice, as old as the world. It is necessary to return to this way now, because we are in the 21st century.

 

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and read her book  « l’aromathérapie et la magnésothérapie chez le chat familier« .