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.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My dog is having seizures. She is a lab mix and is 14. She is being treated with zonisamide 300mg 2x a day to stop the seizures. Do you have any suggestions?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: First of all, the Labrador breed has a predisposition to under active thyroids. This can contribute greatly to seizures and treatment with supplemental thyroid will cure a surprising number of cases. Also, the older the dog, the more prone to thyroid problems they are. Do a full thyroid test with at T4, T3, Free T3, FreeT3. Secondly, stop using any spot on products like Frontline. Beyond this I would have to take the case but if she is hypothyroid and you treat with thyroid meds, it is likely the seizures will stop and your local vet can help you wean off the seizure medication.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My sister’s male dog “R” developed rapid blindness in both eyes a month back. It was very rapid (in a few days to a week, he lost his eyesight completely). It was diagnosed as ARD retinal degeneration for which no conventional treatment exists.
The dog is around 9 years old, had good use of all 5 senses before this and no issue with any of the senses. He is a small dog, adopted as a puppy from a local shelter. His companion dog died of old age a few months back, but the 2 dogs never really got along well. R is an aggressive dog, does not take readily to strangers, hides under furniture if strangers are in the house. Does not like petting by strangers. The blindness was accompanied by a few days of very frequent thirst for small sips & frequent bladder incontinence and extreme fear, panic and bumping into furniture. I considered ARS ALB but I gave ACONITE 30C a few pills once a day for 5 days. It calmed him down, but no improvement to sight. I tried one dose of Igantia 200C, but no effect on sight. I followed up with GELSEMIUM 30C one dose once a week for 4 weeks. Again, no improvement in sight. Currently, he is blind, not thirsty, but passive, peaceful, not aggressive, but no marked modalities for food, cold, etc. What can I give following the GELS or should I keep on it for some more time. PHOS was the other repertorized remedy, but R is an introverted dog and not an extrovert or very friendly. Appreciate your kind answer.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Phosphorus is a key remedy for retinal degeneration but it is not likely, if the degeneration has progressed, that it will repair. The retina does not repair itself well. I use Swiss Stem cells – these are not like what local vets use- and there is a formula to help regenerate the eye but you have to give him injections at home for 10 injections over two weeks.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Is there any way to safely treat a tapeworm infestation? We have a three year old Collie with this problem.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I just kill them with Droncit or Drontal. Tapeworms have cuticles that prevent them from being digested and often one worming only kills the tail and the big fat head with the thick cuticle remains, so I give two doses 10 days apart to make sure. In the old days they would starve a person for a day or more and then hold a piece of meat in their mouth and the tapeworm would come up and they would grab it with a forceps and pull it out. Talk about disgusting! But tapeworms are disgusting so just kill them. Drontal is safe and if you are concerned give a few doses of Nux vomica after each treatment.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I have a healthy, active nine year old female cat. She is in the house most of the day but gets to roam the fenced in lawn, munching on grass about two hours a day. Her breath sometimes smells like tuna, although we don’t feed her tuna! She’s on a raw food diet.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: That is just her digestion. Add some greens to her diet. Parsley, asparagus– something green she would like or, as an alternative, grow kitty greens
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My cat 8 rear old cat has never had her teeth cleaned. I don’t like the idea of her having anesthesia. If she has plaque, is that something I can remove myself? She’s very easy going. Aside from physically removing it, are there remedies?
Dr. Deva Khlasa: If tartar build-up has formed on your pet’s teeth, some new products on the market remove tartar naturally. VetzLife Oral Care Spray or Gel softens and eliminates tartar and can reverse oral disease. You just brush it on with a toothbrush or warm washcloth, ideally before bedtime. After a few applications the softened tartar can be removed with a washcloth. In addition, a product called LEBA III is also very effective in removing and preventing tartar. Both products contain safe herbal extracts. If your pet’s seems to build up tartar like nobody’s business, there’s a homeopathic remedy, called Fragaria, that may solve the problem. Purchase it from a homeopathic pharmacy as Fragaria 6x and administer a pellet twice a day for a month.
Dear Dr Khalsa,
I read the article on your website about treatment for FIP and it is quite interesting. I don’t know much about homeopathy and would like to have your advice about my cat (male kitten < 1y). You can view his blood test here. He already has some absolute neutrophilia (even before steroids), although not the relative one (73.8%). He was very bad three days ago with difficulty breathing. The problems started very suddenly, we could say that 2 days before we didn’t notice anything wrong with him. Anyway, X-ray (under anaesthesia) showed thoracic effusion and normal diaphragm. 140ml of fluid was removed from his chest. The analysis of effusion showed some neutrophils and lymphocytes (not in high numbers) and absence of bacteria. He was critical during anaesthesia and his SO2 dropped to 60% and his heart was very weak/slow, they barely saved his life.
He was given Alzane injection to neutralize anaesthesia and Cefovecin Convinia Cephalosporin injection of antibiotics that should last for 15 days with delayed release. He also got Glucortin dexamethasone injection and we were advised to continue with Corotrope Prednisolone tablets 7.5mg every 12 hours (this will be halved in two weeks’ time). We are considering Feline Interferon Omega (Virbagen). He was OK yesterday, two days after the intervention, ate normally, looking happy, purring loudly and fully relaxing when being petted, but started coughing again today, so I’m worried that the time is running out and we need to act quickly. He often breathes fast when sleeping, up to 60/min, and then it drops, when he wakes up, down to 35/min.
I will try to find Thymus 6C, pantothenic acid, Vit B6, Ascorbic acid and Moducare from local stores (I’m in Cyprus, East Mediterranean). I suppose they cannot harm even if we continue with steroids. I contacted yesterday Thorne for Moducare, since that was the recommended brand, but they haven’t replied yet. I think I will be able to get Solgar’s Ascorbic Acid powder. Not sure about Thymus 6C though. How should we give these ingredients to our cat?
Thanks very much
Dr. Deva Khalsa: FIP in the chest is very stressful for cats and most of them do not recover. The abdominal form is much easier to treat. Building the immune system does not work. The virus is living in and as part of the cell and has mutated to the pathogenic form. The inflammation is what causes the fluid and building up the immune system only compounds the problem. That’s why he is getting pred. It knocks down the immune system. I suggest you contact me on my site at www.doctordeva.com and fill in the consultation form and get a consult with me ASAP.
The second edition of Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog is now available. It’s an exceptional book with information not offered in any similar work. I recommend it highly!
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