Each month holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers questions on veterinary issues. Send your questions to [email protected]  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,
We have a border collie who smells terrible. She has an itchy coat which flakes badly. I suspect she has some kind of bacterial infection as the only thing that shifts the smell is flowers of sulfur applied in a shampoo. My mother has spoken to the vet about this, but the vet didn’t seem concerned or offer any information. Nancy has bad hip dysplasia and painful arthritis. She was given antibiotics recently for cellulitis which had entered a callous on her elbow. The smell dissappeared while she was on the medication, but reappeared as soon as she finished the course. We have her on a mixture of grain free hypoallergenic dry food and raw minced whole meat. I thought it might be worth asking a holistic vet.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: It sounds like your dog has malazessia which is a yeast, normally on a dog’s skin in small amounts, that overgrows. It can look like orange peel, elephant skin, small red bumps or like someone sprinkled pepper on an area. This yeast likes to grow where the sun don’t shine like underarms, groin, under the neck, in the ears, in the lip folds of a dog and in between the toes. That said, it can grow all over the body. I like topical Zymox enzymatic products that are all natural and have enzymes that kill the yeast. You have to wash three times a week at first with the shampoo and then put on the creme rinse and leave it on. They also have a nice spray. As things improve you move to twice a week, then once a week but you have to keep up and persist. The products are online at Walmart and other places and you just have to Google it.
I am from West Bengal, I have a 9yr old Labrador dog. For the last 15 days he got swelled abdomen and after checking at hospital they found ascites in him. He is not able to eat anything, vomiting tendency, abdomen is increased, losing weight very fast, ribs are visible and he is panting most of the time. His stools are lightly bloody in colour and urination is very little per day. We are unable to find out the cause, and allopathic treatment is not very useful for him. Please suggest what I should do. His weight was 49kgs but now his wait is only 31kgs. We are very worried about him.
Subhashree Ghosh 
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Your dog could have liver cancer or liver failure which is a common cause of ascites. He could also have a heart problem. There are also a myriad of other diseases it could be and he needs an ultrasound, full blood work up and perhaps chest films and a full veterinary exam at this point.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
We have a six month old male Japanese Bobtail kitten who suffers from recurrent mouth inflammations, ulcers, bad breath and swellings, in this case the bottom lip. This is the third outbreak and each one has slightly different characteristics, involving gums and roof of the mouth, lips. We have given Merc Sol 200 one dose and later Apis 30 to no avail, as this breakout keeps developing. He is very clingy at this time, wants to be nearly always in one’s company, sleep under the covers. An allopathic Vet we consulted with the first occurrence of this ailment concluded it is an allergies or an autoimmune problem and suggested antibiotics and steroids for life. This kitten is a shy but extremely loving creature, curious and active, nearly always in constant motion, playing, chasing, hunting and is prone to eat nearly anything he comes in contact with. He is very vocal and expressive with many voices.
Diana Michael and family
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Let us try Pulsatilla 6x twice a day for one month and up the potency for the next month if you see improvement but not total improvement. Wait two weeks before beginning Pulsatilla 30x at two times a day for two weeks. Also Vetzlife makes a salmon flavored gel that works very nicely for this kind of thing. By the way, I love the picture of him in the bicycle basket!
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Red is a 3 year old Border Collie. He is a rescue who came to me at 6months old in February 2014 with round worm, giardia parasmberite and campylobacter. In November he started losing the pigment on his nose. I notified the vet but she wasn’t worried. The loss of pigment continued. This ocurred a couple of months following vaccinations. How much I have regretted that. He gained weight but his nose would swell and look sore. When he went in for neutering in September 2015 the vet biopsied his nose and the result was staphyloccus with pyoderma consistent with discoid lupus. Anything you could advise would be gratefully received.
Gwen Smith and Red
Dr. Deva Khalsa: It is not likely the food but possibly a skin sensitivity to sun. Try putting zinc oxide ointment on the nose two to three times a day. Both zinc oxide ointment and zinc oxide paste used to be readily available at pharmacies but now you have to get baby diaper ointment crème which has, as the active ingredient, zinc oxide ointment paste. Get the double strength. If this does not work then make an appointment with me going through my website www.doctordeva.com 
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My question is, can a vet save a dog from certain death with myasthenia gravis using curare, nux vomica and botulinum?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Curare is the remedy for Myasthenia Gravis. Years ago I was in Brazil in the Pantanel and met the veterinarian who discovered this and wrote this up in a white paper. And yes, it can work. But I have only used Curare homeopathic.
Dear Dr Deva Khalsa
My kitten is 1 yr old and has been diagnosed with wet Fip. Her blood test came back with only a few slightly out of the box test results. The Dr said that this meant that despite the Hip she doesn’t have anything else failing badly at the moment. A large fluid filled belly with a slightly yellow liquid as seen by the sample taken. She is starting to be bony and doesn’t have quite the same strength in her body,
Dr. Deva Khalsa: FIP is unfortunately, without many exceptions, a death sentence. I use stem cell targeting products successfully but I see you are in the UK. The remedies Apis mellifica and Pulsatilla have been the most successful in my hands. It also seems that many FIP kitties have the Pulsatilla constitution.
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Editor’s Note: 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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