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When this one bites, you lose a finger!

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Youri is an Amazon parrot. (green parrot with red on the head)

She had become somewhat anorexic and only ate one day out of two. Parrots commonly react with either anorexia or feather picking due to any stresses they perceive.

In this case, it was not a perception of stress that set off Youri’s problems: I was told she had regularly changed owners in the last few years. For most pets that is somewhat of a problem, for parrots this is even worse as they usually keep a very strong relationship with one person out of their owner’s family (they have life long couple behaviour in nature).

Amazon parrots don’t always make the best of pets. They are not as friendly as the grey parrots.

Like most amazons she is not the most friendly of parrots and she has some extra unpleasant characteristics. Already the previous owner warned that she does not like men.

She lives up to a reputation: she will call the husband in her new family to come for a scratch. She will really enjoy this for 5 minutes but then suddenly tries to bite him. It is best to retract your fingers in this case because a parrot beak is as strong as a tin opener. She even charges him when he comes too close to her.

She is quiet and sleeps a lot.

She always shouts when the owners are at table; she wants to join in the meal. She especially likes chips.

Not much information in this case so we do with what we have:

I used the two following rubrics:

Mind, aversion to men (women): this was quiet clearly observed by different persons.

Mind, homesickness: It is difficult to know whether an animal is homesick; this rubric is used to indicate anything that has to do with ‘change’ and a reaction following this change; it is also larger than ‘ailments from homesickness’.

It is important to understand that the rubric is not used in its most homeopathic sense in this case. It would be more homeopathic if the patient appears to react at the least change: where the symptom becomes ‘strange, unusual or bizarre’.

Out of the four remedies (Nat-m, puls, sep and staph) I chose for Sepia. She received a 200K dose which sorted the problem in a few days and allowed Youri to become a normally behaving pet.

Out of the four remedies, Sepia has the most chance of showing ‘roughness’ in its behaviour. In veterinary cases the remedy is indicated when you have a situation of: I like you/I don’t like you. I like you close but not too close, it is all a little dubious. Sepia is rather unsure about its relationship with others, especially with matters that relate to reproduction.

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Edward De Beukelaer

Edward De Beukelaer, DVM mrcvs, practices classical homeopathy for animals in the UK (Wiltshire and Gloucestershire). 5 St David's Way Marlborough SN8 1DH 07786213636 c/o Riverside Veterinary Centre, Marlborough, Wiltshire, 0167205140875 Severnside Veterinary Group, Lydney, Gloucestershire, 01594 842185 Visit his websites: and

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