Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa  – April 2023

Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers veterinary questions every month in her column. This month she addresses kidney diseases in a cat, a German Shephard with seizures, fibrosarcoma in a cat, a dog with arthritis and more.

 

My mum’s 15- year-old cat has chronic kidney disease. He’s been drinking a lot of water since about 6 months ago. He still has an appetite and is eating but he has lost weight recently. He also suffers from chronic atrophic rhinitis for a long time. He is an affectionate cat who loves company, he is scared of thunder and noise and is very chilly and loves to sleep under the covers. Is there a homeopathic remedy to help boost his immune system? He has always been on a wet diet and gets 1 capsule of krill oil daily.

Thank you!

Lida – Australia

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

There are a couple of things that we can do here. First of all, feeding raw kidneys can really help with kidney disease. You have to purchase them and cut them up into servings and freeze them until you’re ready to use them because they’re very fragile and they decay very quickly even when they’re in the fridge.

Also, you can try to create a more alkaline body (the kidneys work 40 times better in an alkaline environment) which is easier said than done with the cat. You can try taking powdered greens and putting them in water and giving them to him orally.

It’s important to check his thyroid, as older cats have hyperthyroidism and when their thyroid is overactive and they lose weight they can also be thirsty. For some reason if (and we don’t know) that’s the case you treat it very gently because we want the thyroid to be a little bit high so the kidneys are perfused better.

The remedy I would try with him first would be Silicea30 C or 30 X twice a day for a month and that may help with his chronic rhinitis also. One thing to know is that a bacterial infection from anywhere in the body can go into the kidneys. A kidney infection doesn’t show in a urine test very often and his problem in his nasal area may have contributed to a kidney infection, and sometimes simple antibiotics can help if that might be the case.

Kidney infections are hard to diagnose in cats. Usually, their white cell is a little bit high. It could even be within normal range. Their urine tests, oftentimes, show no bacteria with a kidney infection. You can tell with a very good ultrasound, which isn’t that easy to get in Australia depending on where you live.  I would also give Lycopodium 6x at a different time from the Silicea 2x a day for a month for the kidneys.


Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I have a nearly 13-year- old German Shepherd (80 pounds) in good health except for normal aging issues such as hearing loss, cataracts, occasional seizures, arthritis and of course hind leg issues.  He is nearing the end and I was wondering if you had any tips and tricks to ease the pain and help him passing smoothly.

Best regards

Dominique

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I would check his thyroid for hypothyroidism (unlike the cat above where I am concerned about hyperthyroidism).   If he is and he is treated, the seizures and hind leg issues might abate and the arthritis might get significantly better.


Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My cat is 10 years old. He has a sarcoma on his neck, it’s gradually getting bigger. It’s also spreading, you can feel smaller lumps appearing. Is there anything homeopathy or other methods could help?

Thank you

Nicholas

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

You are likely talking about a fibrosarcoma. This tumor puts out fingerlike tentacles and spreads.  I would recommend Australian Blushwood Berry and you can find this on line for pets and the dose is on the bottle.


Hello Dr. Khalsa,

When I lived in Pennsylvania, my husband and I and two shepherds had several visits with you in Yardley. I live in Seminole FL now. I have a Shiba (15 yrs old). This last year her doggy dementia is getting worse (circling). Not doing some of her typical things.  Many days, nights she doesn’t sleep long periods.  Jumps up out of bed resulting in her losing balance falling.   We used melatonin and a calming aide chew, rescue remedy, CBD (Elle vet brand), Arnica., which does help varying degrees.  My vet recently gave me gabapentin. (pain/anxiety) to help her stay asleep.  It does help.  But it’s DRUGS!

She also has hip dysplasia (both) and a luxating patella (rt knee). She takes metacam for this, last 4-5 mos.  I give her milk thistle on/off. I’ve taken her for accupuncture. 6 treatments and Chinese herbs by Jing Tang.

I was raised with homeopathy and herbs so I’ m looking for natural solutions

Finally saw a raised area side of tongue, turns out to be fibroepithelial polyp, removed- 4/22 benign.  Told that was the cause. Nope still happens. Told it’s a nervous tick possibly or an issue in frontal lobe by a vet.

I appreciate your input.

Sincerely

Terri Norton

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I will be in your area on May 12th for about 2 weeks, a stone’s throw as I am a Florida resident. Try giving her Anacardium orientalis 30x three times a day for 2 days, then twice a day for 5 days then once a day for 14 days.

If there is improvement but you think you can do better, go to the Anacardium orientalis 200c. Use Myrstin for Dogs that you can get at Katies Pet Products on-line through Jill for the arthritis. Check her Vitamin D if you can. Stop the Gabapentin slowly, but stop it! I could go on and on about this drug but there is not enough space. Up the melatonin at night.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I have a beautiful old adopted cat, she’s about twelve, and she gets very, very thirsty and drinks a lot. I know this often happens in older cats and can be a sign of kidney weakness. Are there any homeopathic remedies (or anything at all really) which might support this sweet old girl’s kidneys?

Thank you

Larry

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

She could be diabetic. She could be hyperthyroid. She could have a liver problem. And she could have a kidney problem.  She needs a full geriatric blood test to determine exactly what is wrong before any decisions are made.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My dog is a 70lb 8-year-old coonhound/pit mix. She’s very active and always has been. Over the past 2 years her arthritis has gotten worse and I notice her limping/stiff at times.  What are the best remedies, supplements or other treatments?

Thank you

Sheila

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

You would want to check her for Lyme Disease depending on where you live. This is important as it is important that it be treated and this seems to have come on rather suddenly. She is relatively young for this. It could be a knee problem from an ACL tear. Once again, the reason for this and the affected joints should be ascertained. And- again- you can give Myristin for Dogs powder from Katies Pet Products on line and you can call Jill.


Greetings Dr. Khalsa,

We rescued a puppy recently, and he’s adorable, but he eats his own poop. He was dumped on my road in an awful state. Worms like I have never seen so he probably got used to eating poop for food? I’m guessing of course. Can you suggest anything to help stop this?

Thank you

Jennnifer

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Worms like I have never seen… I have to translate this. Did you worm him? Did you worm him for tapeworms also with Droncit? Did you give him an effective wormer? I would worm him with Drontal which worms for all worms including tapeworms and give him a second dose 14 days after the first. ( Droncit worms ONLY for tapeworms) The names sound alike.  Start with this and control him so he cannot eat other’s poop. Give him a balanced diet and a supplement so that he has all the proper nutrition.


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Editor’s note: Dr. Khalsa’s new book was just released:

The Allergic Pet –Holistic Solutions to End the Allergy Epidemic in Our Dogs and Cats

Dr. Khalsa shows how to strengthen the immune systems of dogs and cats without invasive techniques or pharmaceutical drugs.

https://www.amazon.com/Allergic-Pet-Holistic-Solutions-Epidemic/dp/1621871827

also…. 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!

About the author

Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. 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‘. Her practice includes homeopathy acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, nutrition, N.A.E.T, J.M.T. and other modalities. Her philosophy is to use whatever it takes to restore health. Dr. Khalsa’s practice is in New Zealand but she consults by internet and phone with pet owners from the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. http://www.doctordeva.com

2 Comments

  • Hello Dr. Deva!

    For six years I have been researching and employing a variety of supplements, homeopathic remedies (started with Scrophularia nodosa in increasing potencies), herbs and supplements to try to reduce what is now a baseball size fatty tumor on the front right chest/shoulder one of my rescue dogs, a wonderful Doberman. The tumor now swings freely and he can lay on it seemingly without discomfort or pain.

    He also has two small papillomas (one on each eyelid) and five warts (left lip, right neck, under tail, left hip, right front inside toe), and three small squishy lumps on his belly area. He gets raw food (meat and pureed vegetables) plus vegetable fat (organic cold pressed coconut oil); I would like to do more alkaline feeding but he is only willing to eat so much of vegetable meals then he sulks about the food quality and begins to lose weight unless I include more meat.

    He was an abused dog, kept in a cage except for bathroom breaks or breeding use and mostly fed Gravy Train. He had a lot of anger issues when I first got him eight years ago, but now is extremely gentle and very loving. He does not like being in downpours and/or thunder storms. He’d had a dangerous brush with several tick diseases when he first was coming here and had been treated allopathically. He loves car rides and walks, but there are few places I can take him for safe exercise right now.

    He sings in anticipation of his dinner, and hits and spins his bowl in appreciation and a request for more! His years here with good feeding and supplements have greatly improved his mobility (no more yelps when laying down) and a now burnished coat, but thus far, no success with shrinkage of the baseball tumor, although the right front inside toe wart did begin to dry and crumble somewhat.

    Along with current herbs, organic flax seed and powdered MSM, he was recently on calc. flour. cell salt in a.m. and thuja 1000C in p.m., but tumor seemed to grow somewhat during this time so I stopped this. Am now treating his cataracts with Isotine, as the Cineraria Maritima, Euphrasia, organic flax seed oil and liquid MSM only took the clarity to a certain point, then no further. He weighs about 82 pounds.

    I just learned about and so am now trying a garlic lemon fruit puree internally along with a H2O2 dousing of the tumor.

    He is a delight to my heart and I pray for healing for him. I would greatly appreciate your input.

    Thank you Dr. Deva.

    Sincerely,
    Dog Rescue in Texas

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