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 11 year old female cat has been on a diet of raw food and probiotics for years. She’s healthy, has a great appetite, has never been sick and loves to play in the grass. I recently found one of her incisors on the floor. It apparently had just fallen out. It showed no signs of decay or tartar. She has no mouth odor. Is there anything I can do to prevent loss of other teeth?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I would have her other teeth looked at by a veterinarian to make sure that they all look good and you can check yourself for any tartar. VetzLife for cats at www.deservingpets.com removes tartar with natural oils totally from teeth and saves doing expensive dental work and anesthesia
Dear Dr Deva Khalsa,
My male cat Max moved in 2 years ago. He was tame and castrated. We already had 2 cats, Simba, male with a calm temper and Chili , female and who is scared of everybody. Max chases Chili if he gets the chance and if he and Simba meet too close, they may have a fight. Max likes to be close to any human in the house -wants body contact. But if you cuddle him and make the wrong movements with your hand, he might attack.
Max is marking with urine everywhere in the house and also when we have guests, he may do it on their bags or shoes. I have tried different mixtures of Bach Flower remedies. All our cats are fed with Hills Urinary Stress. Can you help us?
Elizh Maria Hansen [email protected]
Dr. Deva Khalsa: This is not always so easy to treat once they start marking but you can try the remedy Ustilago maydis 6c three times a day for a month.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My male dog’s ears are both inflamed without any discharge or fever. He doesn’t like his ears touched. The vet wants to put on steroids, but I don’t want to. It’s been brewing like this for about three months. The only other thing that could be helpful is that he gets up in the night and drinks water, but I don’t know. He doesn’t have any skin problems or hot spots in his coat.
Beth Goodwin [email protected]
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I would clean his ears with Zymox ear cleaner very well and apply enzymatic Zymox ear medication for two weeks, every day. Check with a cotton ball if a darker brown substance comes out on it when you gently push it into the ear. This would indicate a very common problem in dog’s ears- a yeast called malasezzia.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I live in Goa India and we have monkeys around who drop their ticks on my dog,
mostly in August. The tick bites are very painful and they attack mostly the nervous system. To kill them one normally dabs a bit of kerosine on them and they die. But when extracting them sometimes the stinger remains embedded in the skin and causes infection. The sting of the tick remains for even a month. After bites I have treated with Tarentula, which cuts the pain, but the stinger still remains.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: You can use Silica 6x three times a day for a week to push the stinger out. You can also use the technique of inverting a capful of isopropyl alcohol onto the tip and holding it for 2 minutes and usually the tick will un-attach itself and you will find it floating in the alcohol. (Be sure to clean off the isopropyl alcohol so the dog doesn’t lick it.)
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
After my cat was vaccinated she became totally apathetic, just lying around. It looks like she has no energy. A dose of Thuja did not help. Do you have any suggestions?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I have no idea of how old your cat is. Sometimes cats have a problem such as kidney failure or elevated liver enzymes or even cancer which is not seen… and they go in for a routine vaccine and that is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Why are you vaccinating your cat anyway? A FVRCP vaccine lasts their entire life if given after 16 weeks of age. Was it a Rabies vaccine? Remember to always to minimize vaccinations. I would bring her in to the vet for a full exam and blood tests.
I live in Chennai, India. Here street dogs are prone to canine distemper. One dog died due to disease though I treated him. Now my problem is another dog is getting affected by distemper. She I is less than one year old, has severe eye discharge, vesiculopustular lesions in her abdominal region, can’t walk properly. Have you any suggestions?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Hepar sulph 200c four times a day for two weeks and Gelsemium 30x four times a day for two weeks then twice a day for two weeks.
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