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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Dear Dr. Khalsa
We have a 14 yr old Whippet/Jack Russell Mix (height, paws more whippet) who went from hour walks at 13, to muscle weakness, unsteady gait, nail scraping, and some arthritis at 14. I am looking for a homeopathic remedy to help with the weakness/unsteadiness. Most remedies “feel better with warmth”, but our dog relaxes in a fan breeze. She is best first thing in the AM and slightly better from rest, but is easily fatigued in the PM. She has to be carried up/down the stairs. She tips over when turning or when she can’t pick up her legs enough, and face-plants 1-2 times while walking. Hind legs worse, than front, but has a large lipoma at left armpit. She also is prone to growths on face/body. I’ve given her some Bryonia and Rhus Tox at times which has been helpful. She’s received laser therapy and chiro for 2 weeks now and the muscle weakness seems worse. She’s also been on a chinese cervical supplement and moved to a gluten-free, no chicken, dairy diet. I can’t find a homeopathic vet in our area for help. Have you any suggestions?
Eileen & Gwen
Dr. Khalsa: This is a whole body problem and may be metabolic, so let us check this first. Have her thyroid checked in a thorough check first. If you want to send it out yourself and save money go to this site and send the separated serum for the blood out to this lab USPS Priority Mail. http://www.hemopet.org/hemolife-diagnostics/veterinary-thyroid-testing.html
Dear Dr. Khalsa
We have a 10 year old non-pedigree, overweight cat (Susie) and recently brought a kitten into the house. We did all the standard things to introduce them to each other. We put up a baby gate so they could interact through the bars and Susie licks the kitten in a grooming fashion. But when they are physically together, if the kitten approaches Susie, Susie panics and tries to kill the kitten. Susie seems afraid of the kitten and will avoid her if possible. It’s been almost a year now and we have to keep them apart. Susie is a plump, otherwise friendly cat who is rather introverted and doesn’t interact with people much. She’s also afraid of the wind and of thunder. Any ideas?
Dr. Khalsa: Let’s start with the remedy Aconite 200c twice a day for 5 days and see what happens. The panic part is what is making me think we should start with Aconite.
I have a six year old Belgian Shepherd who is terrified by lightning. She runs and hides in the basement under a table. She loves people and hates to be alone. She “howls ” when she hears a fire engine or other noises. I hate seeing her frightened each time it storms. Is there a remedy for this?
Dr. Khalsa: There are several remedies for this. Phosphorus, Borax and Lachesis are the ones most commonly used. It’s hard to check, on a dog that size, if she hates downward motion which is an indicator for Borax. Borax often works no matter what the constitutional remedy given at Borax 6x twice a day during thunderstorm season or at least for a few days before a thunderstorm. Phosphorus sounds like it could be her constitutional remedy and you can try this in a different unit of time giving Phosphorus 30c twice a day for three weeks.
We have a 13 year old mongrel cat who seems to be showing her age. She has been forgetting where her litter box is. Is there anything to be done?
Dr. Khalsa: I would start giving her oil based human vitamin D3. Give her 1000 IU a day and you may see a big difference in about 5 days. Keep this up. Also give her vitamin K2 if this works and you are going to keep it up. VITAL VITIES BLISSFUL BACON by Deserving Pets is tasty and delicious and has K2 in it. It also has a lot of other nutrients that are totally great for older cats and has the balance of nutrients you cat needs in it.
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