Pet potions

PUBLISHED: 14:17 26 July 2007 | UPDATED: 21:45 29 May 2010

I WOULD like to voice my thanks to Mercer & Hughes for arranging the open day on Sunday, July 15. I d also like to thank Ilse Pedler for our discussion. However, I must express how incredibly saddening it was to see our local veterinary practice having to

I WOULD like to voice my thanks to Mercer & Hughes for arranging the open day on Sunday, July 15. I'd also like to thank Ilse Pedler for our discussion.

However, I must express how incredibly saddening it was to see our local veterinary practice having to resort to woo-woo practices such as homeopathy, Bach flower remedies and even Faith Healing (yes, seriously!), none of which has ever shown any efficacy beyond placebo in properly controlled trials.

Especially sad given today's push for evidence-based medicine. I wonder if this is profit-driven, since it costs mere pennies to produce the little bottles of sugar pills and tap water, giving a very nice mark-up price when sold to the public.

I also wonder what Ms Pedler's fellow vets in the practice really think of this, not to mention the venerable Messrs Mercer and Hughes. What next: veterinary voodoo and animal astrology?

R.A.Omond

High Street

Great Chesterford

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