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.
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I am new to homeopathy for animals. I have a one year old cat that I haven’t
spayed or had vaccinated. Should I go ahead and follow the conventional route, or is there an alternative in homeopathy that can help my cat from suffering the symptoms of heat once a month. She gets very anxious and needy and wants to go out of the house during this time. We try to keep her inside home because we haven’t spay her. What do you recommend?
Dr. Khalsa: Cats are not like people. They are induced ovulators. That means that when they go into heat they keep repeating going into heat over and over again until they have the experience of breeding. It’s not a once a month thing like in humans. Cats get very hormonal and likely emotionally invested in breeding with male cats and the heat can occur every 10 days to 14 days – over and over again. Male cats actually have spines on the penis that gives an irritating stimulation to the va-gina when withdrawn. This stimulation results in ovulation and the female cat giving the male cat a big swat. There’s really no homeopathic remedy that handles any of this, as it’s nature working the way it was intended to. It is likely kinder to spay your female cat if you do not intend to breed her.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Our cat develops hairballs in spite of our brushing her. She seems to have a difficult time getting them up. Any suggestions?
Dr. Khalsa: She is shedding too much because her nutrition is not adequate. Deserving Pets has a product called VITAL VITIES Blissful Bacon that has vitamins, minerals and super-foods. It reduces shedding by 90% and this will reduce hairballs and the shedding you might be seeing around the house. You can also give her a teaspoon of coconut oil every day if she likes that. She will like the vitamin mix. www.deservingpets.com
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
I keep finding what looks like rice kernels wherever my cat has been lying. It’s can’t be rice! Can you make sense of this?
Dr. Khalsa: Your cat has tapeworms and needs to be wormed immediately. Tapeworms come from fleas. They have a cuticle around them that prevents them from being ingested by the host. The rice thingamagiggies that you are talking about is when the tapeworm segments into little baby tapeworms that then crawl out of the anus and dry up. Droncit comes in injectable form and oral tablets. If you do the tablets I would treat her twice, as often the head of the tapeworm that has a thick cuticle remains and so the segments of the tapeworm reappear in a few weeks when the tapeworm grows a tail again. I would recommend also getting a hold on any fleas as they are the intermediate host for tapeworms.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
An X-ray of a dog I adopted last year showed what the vet believed to be small shotgun pellets. Is there any non- surgical way to remove these?
Dr. Khalsa: Depends on where they are. The remedy Silicea in low potency is good in removing foreign bodies like splinters but if they are deep in the tissues it may require surgery. I’m not sure if people use lead pellets anymore or if they are illegal but if they are lead the lead is also a health risk.
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
My female cat of 8 years seems healthy but has become quite fat. What is the proper and safe way to remedy this? Thank you.
Dr. Khalsa: Calories vs. exercise is the key here. Do you leave dry food out? If so, I would stop doing that and feed twice a day instead and encourage exercise in some way.
Our female cat no longer seems to like the raw food (beef alternated with chicken) that we’ve been feeding her. What is the next healthiest option for a cat? Thanks very much.
Dr. Khalsa: There are many companies that make relatively healthy canned food such as Wuruva and Feline Caviar.
Don’t microwave your pet’s food.
Recent research shows that microwaved food suffers molecular damage. The Soviets did a great deal of research on microwave cooking and found so many physical ailments that they banned these machines for use. The Russians reported stomach and intestinal cancers as well as digestive problems were increased significantly in people who ate microwaved food. High blood pressure, migraines, stress, anxiety, hair loss, infertility, hormone problems, adrenal exhaustion, memory loss, attention disorder and heart disease were found to be significantly higher in the subjects eating microwaved food. Food that is in the microwave, even for just a few seconds, has the C, E and B -complex vitamins virtually destroyed and the essential trace minerals rendered useless.
When you microwave your dogs’ and cats’ food so they can have a ‘nice warm meal’ you are doing them a disservice and damaging their health. Processed pet food starts off with little nutritional value in the area of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Adding a quick microwaving destroys any of the remaining nutritional value in the food. If you caringly cook your pet’s meals and follow by microwaving the food you are destroying the food’s nutritional value and make it into a ‘food’ that actually contributes to and creates disease.
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