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.
Hi Dr Khalsa ,
My female Jack Terrier received her booster shot at 2.5 years for DDHPC plus rabies on the same day. She was also on monthly ivermectin for heart worms.
5 days after her vaccine she developed a limp, then it progressively became worse over the next few days developing nystagmus, circling, twitches, tremors and then full blown grand Mal and petit Mal seizures. She was treated with steroids and anti biotics as she was diagnosed with cerebro spinal meningitis of unknown origin .
At the same time I treated her with Nux Vom for first week and then belladonna and mercurius for about 3 weeks each. Seizures stopped with Belladonna but her nerves and muscles were already in advanced state of atrophy. When we made the vaccine connection, we put her on Silica for about 3 months and slowly (!) she got her motor skills back. Now she is beginning to walk but has torticollis to the right side, weak hind legs with ataxia. Red spots with water also appeared on her skin. Her right eye has strabismus and her left side is weak, especially the hind leg. She only walks in a clockwise direction as she has a hard time pointing her head straight. And more so to the left. I’m trying causticum now so far no big changes in past 3 days. She is also thirst less and sleepless. Is there anything you can suggest ?
I can send pictures and videos if needed
Denise and Bindi
Dr. Deva Khalsa: This is a very sad story. You are not the only pet owner who has had this kind of problem with vaccines. It is not at all that uncommon. After one vaccine with Distemper and Parvo after 16 weeks of age a dog is immune for life. She did not even need that DDHPC. The coronavirus part of the vaccine is ludicrous. It is for a diarrhea that only occurs in puppies less than 10 weeks of age. I suggest glutathione which you have to get with a script because it cannot be taken orally as it is just digested. I do not suggest the often sold glutathione precursors because they are not nearly as effective. Lachesis is an excellent remedy to use and you can use 30c three times a day for two weeks. If all this does not help significantly I would suggest you have a professional phone consult with me.
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
I have a Kerry Blue Terrier called Aoife. Since I had her from 8 weeks old she has had weeping eyes with redness. This is helped by keeping the hair short around her eyes. I was told to try puls or Silicea Puls helps temporarily. I have also tried Euphrasia, which gave the longest held improvement. I also tried Phos, which helped with her over reaction to noises in the house (fearfulness), but her eyes are routinely too pink and crusts appear. She wants company, liking to stand with her rump against your leg. She is inclined to mount people’s legs for about 1 month before she comes into season. She gets very overwrought (recently a bit snappy) when we come home. She gets very distressed when one of us leaves the house. She is very aggressive to other dogs (partly breed specific). She’s very quick to learn but these behaviours seem to be driven by strong impulses and/or fear and we don’t seem able to train her out of them.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I would go higher with the potency of Pulsatilla, such as 200c or 1m.
Dear Dr. Khalsa
I have an 11 year old pomeranian dog. Two days ago when he was having his food I saw an unusual seizure or tremor in his lower jaw. I tried to investigate his mouth but it was tender and he didn’t let me touch it. I found on his right lower lip some unusual discharge and the skin around the lip seems to be infected in a small part. If I try to touch his lesion the tremors start. His mouth was horribly offensive. He has lost most of his teeth because of age. But the premolars of the same side are decaying and seems to be putrid. Whenever he eats something, his lower mandible tremors . In the past he suffered from fits for which he is taking allopathic medication. He just got an attack this morning. Many times he get it during sleep and many times when awake. He gets it 2-3 times a month. Doctor please guide me what can be done for his tremors of jaw and his overall health.
Thank you for your valuable time.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: He may have a malignant melanoma or another kind of tumor in his mouth. You need to get to a veterinarian soon and get him a thorough oral exam.
My dog is a Chihuahua 5 years old and the regular Vet. said he has arthritis. I’m so sad because his little finger is deformed. He is on some regular dog medication but he cries after he takes it.
Dr. Deva Khalsa:
I’m not sure what you mean by his ‘little finger’. I’m assuming it is a toe problem. I also do not know what the dog medication is that he takes and cries after. Arthritis is not common in a toy breed at 5 years of age. There are some unusual joint problems that they can have and some can really be helped with homeopathy. Also, small dogs jump up on things and he may have a mal alignment in his vertebral column- in other words- his back may be out. I would suggest a visit with a competent orthopedic specialist who can check him out carefully and perhaps a visit with a chiropractor- who also treats dogs in addition to humans. Some holistic vets also do chiropractic work,
Respected Dr. Deva Khalsa,
I’m a regular reader of your column and many thanks for valuable help. I have created a few nests for sparrows (pic attached) a few years back and have witnessed grown up birds flying from the nests. But every year I also witnessed parent sparrows throwing little birds from nests for no known reason. These are red coloured and appears to be non viable. I also supply fresh drinking water every day for birds. Is it possible to give any homoeopathic medicine to the parents to stop them from throwing out the little birds?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I guess you could try Sepia which is for when a mother rejects her young. I would use 6th potency in c or x in the water.
My cat has been having a lot of congestion. It was in her lungs and we gave her an antibiotic a while back and I would rather not give her another one but now it just sounds like her throat and nose etc. are full at times and she tries to hack it up. What homeopathic remedy would clear this congestion up for her?
She is a warm kitty. She appears normal. It sounds like the congestion is behind her nose and probably running down her throat and she is trying expel it. It seems kind of like when humans have sinus infection. When I took her to the vet it was also in her lungs and her nose was running and now it’s more like a sinus infection. I know there is some sort of condition cats get that resembles a human cold…I’d say it is akin to that. She drinks and eats well and she just pretty much lies around all day. She used to be an active kitty until we had her spayed and now she just lays around. I suspect she is depressed right now because she can’t go outside where we live. I don’t think she has a fever. She isn’t that ill but it’s just a lingering sinus congestion that won’t go away and I don’t want to give her antibiotics again.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Sinus infections can be tricky to clear up as the sinuses are filled with miniscule compartments. I would suggest using a few remedies in conjunction. Antimonium tart, Hepar sulph, and Kali bic- together- in the 6x or 6c potency several times a day.
You can give this for a week or more up to 6 times a day and it may drain a lot in the beginning which is a good sign. If you see no results with this I would recommend the Mayway Chinese Herb, Huang Lian Ju Du Wan which is very good in clearing up chronic infections. You would give one or two tiny teapills two or three times a day.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My dog, a neopolitan hound, aged 3 years, has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. He had been left with a caretaker when he was young and had been ill treated and beaten up. Now he is in a loving environment. He is deeply attached to my daughter and gets aggressive if someone (strangers) come near her. He comes between her and other family members if they happen to get close to her. He is rather possessive and very aggressive to strangers. If anyone scolds him (family members) he shows extreme fear or sadness depending on the gesture made. If my daughter goes out and leaves him, he cries till she comes back. It is not very bad if her husband is at home. He is a little selfish and jealous, obedient only if it does not go against his instinct of a guard dog. He thrives on routine, does not like long walks, prefers indoors, cannot tolerate heat. He used to have bouts of acne but now they are reduced He occasionally gets a boil which heals normally. He had been given Ignatia earlier and he had responded well. But the separation anxiety, the fear of punishment and the sadness is still very much there. Now the physical problem: He does not seem to be in chronic pain, but slips and maybe hurts himself when playing ,which has become more often these days. He has never been given any allopathic medication except for deworming and regular vaccinations. Please suggest how he can be helped.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I would suggest the acupuncture therapy, Gold Bead Implants for the hips and Natrum mur 6c twice a day for a month. If it seems to help but not enough go to 30c twice a day for a month for the ill treatment and emotional problems.
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
You will be surprised hearing from someone from Serbia. I would appreciate your help very much. Here in Serbia we don’t have a homeopathic vets. I have a lab mix female dog 5 years old. She was spayed 4 years ago and now she developed incontinence. I took her to my local vet and she put her on hormonal therapy but she could not stand it. I did not want to put her on phenylpropanolamine.
Being very happy with homeopathy myself, I have turned to a human holistic doctor and she gave my dog Sepia 12C once daily for 3 days. She immediately stop leaking but when I stop giving her Sepia after third day she started leaking again. So, the doctor said to continue to give her Sepia once daily. So my dog was fine for about a month with this therapy, and can you imagine my happiness. But then although she was on therapy, to my disappointment, she stars leaking again. So my doctor said to give her Sepia 12C 3 times daily. It worked but not so good. She leaked from time to time. Then doctor gave us Sepia 30C to administer only one single dosage. It worked only one day and then leaking again. After 6 days she advised again one dosage of Sepia 30C and then she leaked after 12 hours.
I have a feeling that she found a good remedy but the dosage or the potency is wrong. Can you please comment and advise?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Phenylpropanolomine is what used to be over the counter diet medicine for people and you are smart to not want to use it. There are a number of things you can try. The first is to add a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of epson salts to the water and see if that helps the Sepia to work better. The second is to try another remedy such as Estrogen 200c
once a day for 14 days. Female dogs should be spayed after a year or two of age. This reduces cancer risk- new research shows- and also hypoestrogenism.”
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Dear Dr. Khalsa,
One year ago I adopted a calico DSH female cat who had been rescued from the streets of a US town; the Humane Society told me they thought she was about 5 years old. She was pregnant, so they aborted her kittens and performed a hysterectomy, and gave her all the usual vaccinations they administer to strays (Rabies and FVRCPC). Their tests indicate that she is neg. for FeLV and FIV. The humane society had no medial history, and because of her rapid adjustment to living in my home I think it’s possible that she had prior veterinary care, including vaccinations. I took her to my holistic vet the next week, and she recommended nutrition based on principles of TCM; I also switched her from dry to wet food within days of adopting her (I use the best grain-free, additive-free, low-processed foods I can find). About a 6 weeks after bringing her into my home I noticed that she had lost several front teeth and was developing plaque; Dr. K diagnosed stomatitis (limited to her gums), and we undertook homeopathic treatment as well as herbal remedies (Agrimony and Yellow Dock) and vitamin therapy (fish oil, CoQ10 and Standard Process Immune Support). I have used Natrum mur., Merc. viv., (both 30c) and Kali phos 6x (separately), but the only progress I’ve noted is a marked reduction in mouth odour (Merc. viv.). Our goal is to halt and reverse the stomatitis, save her teeth, and avoid the trauma of extractions. However, I wonder if, given the serious nature of this disease, the holistic approach offers real hope. Have you any recommendations? Thank you!
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
These brief consults are so important to either ease our minds or point us in the right direction. Your sharing of your esoteric knowledge and experience is truly a gift to us all. Thank you.