Each month Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers selected questions on veterinary issues. Dr.Khalsa is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, a Fellow and Professor of the British Institute of Homeopathy and has lectured both nationally and internationally. She is the co-author of Healing Your Horse: Alternative Therapies and Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog.
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
I have a question regarding my 10 year old Golden Retriever. He has some black scabs on his skin, under the fur. If I try to lift it off, there is white pus underneath. He has them on his back and now I am seeing them on his belly too. He is on a grain free diet and has chicken broth daily. He is also very bad tempered and attacks people, especially small children and delivery men. My question is, what can be done about his temper and his black scabs?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Hi Sue, First I would have his thyroid checked. Chronic skin infections and behavior problems can relate to hypothyroidism and Golden Retrievers tend to be hypothyroid as a breed. If this is the case treat with thyroid medication and then see how he does with his skin and temperament. If it fixes his skin problem you can use a Shen Calming Chinese Herb for a month orally. If this does not work I recommend a consult with me for then you actually need a consult to evaluate allergies.
Hello Doctor Khalsa,
Wonder if you could help my dog Harry. He is 14.5 years in general good health. Sleeps a lot, eats well, normal bowel movements but he pants a lot. This is new in him. We live in London in a very hot house as my husband is unwell and gets very cold. Harry might be lying down and starts panting, as this has no relation to exercise. He struggles coming up the stairs but manages. He used to run a lot in our long walks but for obvious reasons these walks are now shorter and Harry takes ages to finish them. He is happy. Any suggestions?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Dogs do not only pant when they are hot. I have no idea what breed he is and how much fur he has. Does he pant when outside in the cold? Also dogs pant when they are in pain. With his age and struggling I would find a chiropractor in London who adjusts dogs and get this checked out.
Dear Dr Khalsa,
My Border Collie just had two pups and her teats are red, very warm and swollen. She hasn’t been eating much or drinking. It appears to be mastitis and there is some edema. Can you suggest a course of action?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: So she is nursing her pups? You can use Belladonna 6x, 4-6 times a day and also Bryonia 6x three times a day. Is she making milk? If not you can give her dark beer to drink, dogs actually like it. I would recommend a veterinary check as she is not eating and drinking much. Also Sepia 30x for her uterus and Arnica 6x several times a day to tone and clean the uterus.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My 7 year old boy has been diagnosed with sebaceous adenitis. It’s been nearly 4 years. He was put on 150mgs of Atopica and 20,000 units vitamin A. His coat returned although a different texture. He looked great. His diet was changed to raw meat with veggies and apples.
Suddenly about 3-4 months ago his fur reverted back to falling out and losing softness and luster. It got progressively worse. The dermatologist vet checked his blood and absorption levels. Everything seemed fine but after 45 days nothing has improved. I was thinking of trying biotin. And maybe other vitamins etc. but don’t know which and the doses. Or maybe you know of something else to try. He’s still on the Atopica but it’s doing nothing. Vet says don’t take him off. I’m desperate. What can I do?
Sandra Ingrish firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Deval Khalsa: Atopica is a dangerous product. Below is an article I wrote on this drug and this would require a consult. I would suggest the stem cell targeting products that I use.
Nothing seemed to be helping Buffy – an affectionate buff colored Cocker Spaniel. His owner was interested in holistic avenues. She was referred to a dermatologist after she had tried everything, (even steroids) and nothing had helped. The dermatologist prescribed Atopica for Buffy and the improvement was almost immediate. She couldn’t understand why her holistic veterinarian and her local veterinarian (who was aware of her holistic leaning) had not prescribed Atopica.
The truth is that many veterinarians, both holistic and conventional, shiver with dread when they contemplate this product called Atopica . One of my clients, a nurse, contacted me after her veterinarian had suggested Atopica. She explained to me the strict rules and protective actions that a nurse needs to take when administering cyclopsporine, (which is the active ingredient in Atopica) to human patients were enough to make her very wary of using the product on her dog.
Atopica is a product that touts its efficaciousness with dogs who have allergies and other dermatological conditions. Most of my readers will know that allergies result from an incorrect response of the immune system to foods and environmental substances. For many years steroids such as prednisolone were used to decrease the ability of the immune system to function and thus relieve the allergies. It’s when steroids can’t and don’t work that Atopica is prescribed. Why does it often work so well? What does it do? How does it work?
Cyclosporine is a mycotoxin. Mycotoxins are harmful products produced by fungi. They are chemical in nature and are immune suppressing. Fungi rely on the mycotoxins they produce to kill any bacteria, other fungi, viruses and anything else that might compete with them. They suppress the immune system of dogs, cats and humans. Some examples of mycotoxins found in nature are aflotoxins, the most potent carcinogen on earth, and ocharatoxins- both produced by an Aspergillus fungi. Medical mycotoxins include Adriamycin, a chemotherapy drug and lovastatin, a cholesterol lowering drug.
The immunosuppressive effects of cyclosporine were discovered in Switzerland in 1972 and it was used successfully in preventing organ rejection in kidney transplants and later in liver transplants. Apart from transplant medicine, cyclosporine is used for a variety of skin conditions in both humans and pets. Of course, in transplant patients it suppresses the immune system so they do not reject their transplants.
The side effects of this drug include headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking hands, swollen bleeding gums, cancer, kidney failure, hypertension, easy bruising, hearing problems, yellowing of skin and eyes, loss of consciousness, vision changes, swollen glands, immune suppression and dizziness. Interestingly, these aren’t side effects at all, but rather symptoms of poisoning caused by this mycotoxin poison. Farmers are familiar with the deleterious effects that mycotoxins can have on animals that eat moldy grain containing mycotoxins and the symptoms all agree. In fact, death is one side effect listed on the feline prescription.
The literature for people states that their risk of infection will be higher when they are on this drug and to avoid people with contagious diseases or infections. Of course your pets will have the same increased risk for infection and cancer. You’re told to wash your hands after you apply it to your cat or dog in the instructions. Hell, I’d wear latex gloves if I ever had to apply the product.
Here’s an interesting tidbit. I was totally amazed when I heard it and it made my distrust of the pharmaceutical industry go way up. I had a client who worked in the laboratories of a prestigious pharmaceutical company doing tests to determine the side effects from many drugs. She told me that they do initial testing protocols to set up the study and watch when the side effects occur. Let’s say, for example, that after 90 days 40% of the rats develop cancer and 20 % go into liver failure. This information results in the company designing the study to last for no more than 60 or 70 days so that they can state that after that time they found that a minor % had minor side effects. I guess when you view it from their perspective it’s the smart way to do it. It took many years of my practicing medicine to fully understand that drug companies want to make money and not help or cure patients. If one pill would cure your high blood pressure what would happen to their monthly revenue if you stopped going in every 4 weeks to refill. Just so, no pet vaccination company brags that their vaccinations last for 10 or more years, because of the revenue that they would lose.
Nowadays, one out of two dogs will develop cancer. Every dog and cat needs an immune system that works and works well. And this is why veterinarians who care and also understand the mechanism behind how Atopica works shiver in their shoes. They wouldn’t use it on their dogs and cats and you shouldn’t use it on yours. For many of my veterinary friends, just the mention of this product makes us stare at each other in disbelief- speechless. That’s why I decided to write this for you today. Then you’ll know what we know.