Each month Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. will answer 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. Send your questions to [email protected]
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Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My kitten is just under 1 year old. The vet said that the trochlear groove is too shallow, which will allow her patella to dislocate. Is there anything that could be done homeopathically to build up that bone?
Ruta grav is a homeopathic remedy that is specific to the knee and you can try this. We could have used cell salts at a younger age (you could try them now) when things were in the formative stage but I do not know if it would work well at this stage.
I have a 9 year old cat who is frightened of both wind and thunderstorms. She runs and hides at the first sigh of a storm. She’s overweight, doesn’t play anymore and is introverted. Have you any idea what remedy my help her?
Well Loretta, in this case we have to ask some questions. When did she stop playing? How long has she been frightened? Did she have a Rabies vaccine? If she had a Rabies vaccine and the fear of thunder began after that, Lachesis would be the remedy.
My dog has hypothyroidism and is on allopathic treatment. Can homeopathy be of any help in this condition?
Not really. Usually dogs are only diagnosed as hypothyroid when it is pretty severe and by that time the remedies do not help much. Plus you have to test and retest all the time to see if the remedy and supplements are working and that can get very expensive. Lastly, it is pretty easy to treat conventionally and you are just supplementing thyroid anyway and it gives your dog a better quality of life.
Dear Dr Khalsa,
A cat got vaccinated and two days later, the owner noticed swelling around the anus that turned out to be an anal gland infection that caused an abscess. The vet cleaned the wound out and there was little discharge. The cat is young and was healthy and usually playful and affectionate. Now he is: lethargic, listless, gets up only for food, water, or litter box (does not use the box if anyone is watching- always been shy with company in the toilet) aversion to movement , aversion to being touched or held, stools small, dark, hard (may be constipated, or unwilling to pass stool due to pain) little appetite or thirst the wound is inflamed, but no discharge, anus is open with a raised triangle of skin around it (photo below – hopefully it comes through) As the symptoms came on following the vaccination, should the cat be given Thuja or Silica? Or Hepar sulph? Another remedy?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
The first question I would need to ask is which vaccine or vaccines were given at the time? The Rabies vaccine contains the Fibrosarcoma cancer virus and a significant number of cats get Fibrosarcoma at the site of the vaccine. Veterinary students are taught to vaccinate in the leg and now the tail so they can simply amputate if the cat gets fibrosarcoma from the Rabies vaccination. Feline booster shots also have feline kidney tissue in them as one of the mediums that is used to nurture the virus components and keep them alive. This often causes a chronic inflammatory response in the cat’s kidneys which shows up in many cats as kidney problems at about 10 years of age. (Remember, it is easy to live with one kidney, which is in effect 50% kidney function.)
I would give Belladonna 6c or 6x 4-6 times a day for 2 or 3 days at first and see how he does. If he improves and feels better you can go to Thuja for good measure. Thuja 6x twice a day for three weeks Lachesis 30c one dose if it was a Rabies vaccine.
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
We have a half lab/half blue heeler that is 7yrs old. I took her to the vet yesterday for a large lump on her front leg. She’s got two non-malignant tumors on the right leg, knee area. They are aggressive in growth. We ended up having this large tumor removed from our dog’s leg as it was impeding her walking and causing her pain. The vet was expecting a 30 minute surgery and it was 2 1/2hrs. The tumor was large and aggressive and had wrapped itself around the leg nerves and tendons. She was unable to get the entire tumor but got as much as she could. We chose not to biopsy due to cost but it appeared to be benign. She said it would return and the next course of action would be to remove her leg as it would continue to return with each removal. Well, it’s been 3 months since surgery and the tumor is growing again at a fairly fast pace.
Patti in this case a biopsy would be very important. Lipomas are, in effect, the only benign tumors that appear this way and they would be treated in a completely different manner than – let us say- a nerve sheath tumor. You actually cannot say that these masses were benign without a biopsy as we have no idea of what kind of tumor it is. The type of cancer is very important in choosing an effective holistic therapy.
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
I am looking for a good remedy for two situations. One my dog has arthritis in her back hip, she is 11 and I am wondering what I could give her to help as time moves on. Also my brothers dog started losing her teeth and they found out she has cancer in her mouth. I am wondering if there might be a good remedy for that as well. She is 7 years of age.
Dr. Deva Khalsa
There is often no one remedy for cancer. It sounds like malignant melanoma. There are other holistic things one can do but it would require a detailed consult with a veterinarian such as myself. As far as arthritis, one has to ask what the symptoms are. You can use Rhus tox if she is better after moving around. You can use Bryonia alb if she is better after resting. Sometimes chiropractic adjustments or acupuncture helps with this. Also, a product called Myristin for Dogs is an herbal combination with a special component that is also often very effective and helpful.
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