Gill’s helping cure animals, naturally
It has a long name and its supporters say it goes an equally long way to helping sick animals
A CAT that was tortured with fireworks has been nursed back to health.
Gill Schweizer, who lives in Woodchurch, says her skills in zoopharmacognosy helped to restore Pepper’s health after the Cats Protection charity took charge when his owners became too ill to look after him.
Pepper went missing in Greatstone on November 5 and was found days later, traumatised, the result of having a firework tied to his tail.
For Gill, it was a chance to put her skills to good use.
She explained: “Zoopharmacognosy is not something that you hear a lot about. It used to be called animal aromatics, but it is more serious than that would suggest.”
According to Gill, animals instinctively seek out naturallyoccurring curatives, namely certain plants to either chew, roll in or inhale.
It is the oil produced within the “little medical stores” within these plants that can, according to Gill, treat a variety of complaints.
Gill added: “Animals were selfmedicating long before man could stand upright.”
In Pepper’s case, severe trauma caused him to shy away, making it difficult for Gill to determine what he needed in the way of help. “I couldn’t get at him. I was lying flat between a scratch post and a litter tray trying to judge his eyes.”
In the end, Pepper was exposed to frankincense, violet leaves and rose, which treats resentment and anger. And now? “As far as I know, Pepper is doing okay. He was coming out and eating a bit more.”
Gill trained with Bath-based expert Caroline Ingraham – currently in Thailand working at an elephant sanctuary – and has worked with dogs and horses.
She said: “The results are fantastic to see, for owners, as well.
“If they do something for their dogs, for example, then they can build up a bond.”
Gill can be contacted on 01233 861443.
Gill Schweizer, who specialises in zoophamacognosy, with Portia