Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – November 2021

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Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers veterinary questions each month. This month includes a horse with joint disease, a cat with possible lymphoma, a Springer Spaniel with pulmonary problems, a Doberman with parasites and more.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,
My horse has been diagnosed with mild to moderate degenerate joint disease in both stifles. The vet has medicated with steroids. Anything you could suggest to improve the situation please?
Many thanks
Caroline Murphy

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

In general, Ruta grav is good for the stifles but the symptoms would decide any other remedy. Better after working/exercise is Rhus tox and worse after exercise and better after resting is Bryonia. They can be used in the 6x potency at three times a day or 30x at two times a day for a month or whenever it is needed and it flares up.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,
My 10-year-old cat recently was found to have low hemoglobin. (Hers 5.9; normal range 9-15). She has not had fleas, all kidney bloodwork came back normal. She’s been a bit off lately, not badly…sometimes lower energy, sometimes doesn’t eat as much, sometimes is playful and herself. All other blood and urine tests normal. She did have kidney issues at 2, but switching to canned food plus water resolved that. She had a front leg that is congenitally bent at the elbow…she walks on the elbow with the paw curled under. The vet wants to do an abdominal US to look for enlarged lymph nodes/organs/tumors. He’s concerned about lymphoma. What would you do (and in what order) to determine cause of low hemoglobin? Have any treatment ideas?  Thank you so very much.
Tammy Shober   

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

VDI Labs has a feline cancer panel that is done with a blood test and it can differentiate most times if a cat has lymphoma. You can google it online.  I don’t have much to go by as far as personality but two good remedies for cats are Phosphorus 30x (affectionate) and Arsenicum album 30X (fastidious, liking heat) and these are both good for the blood.

Hello Dr Khalsa,
My Springer Spaniel is 11 years old and has been panting very heavily for some time, at times when I thought it was odd. We live in Portugal and it is worse in the summer when it is hot, but even so, it seemed more extreme than normal.

I took her to the vet a couple of times to have her heart checked and everything was supposedly ok. In September though, I took her once more.  The end result is she had an enlarged heart and her lungs has lots of little white spots on them. She was given Furosamide for water on the lungs and I gave it to her for 6 days which seemed to help and then she got up one morning panting heavily and her right rear end kept giving way and she fell over many times. I stopped the furosemide and have been trying to work out which would be the best homeopathic remedy for her.

I visited the vet again without Ella as it’s too traumatic for her and explained that we don’t want lots of invasive procedures as the stress involved is counterproductive. She recommended a heart pill called Cardalis but this gave her terrible diarrhoea.

Can you suggest anything for what looks like pulmonary oedema and a leaky heart valve?
Thanks in advance
Anna Guerrier

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

The confusing part is the white spots on the lungs. You can give Cactus grandifloris 6x, Bryonia alb 6x and Apis mell 6x three times a day. Cactus is for the heart. Bryonia for the lungs and Apis for the fluid in the lungs.

Greetings Dr. Khalsa,
Our Doberman was diagnosed with giardia and coccidia. After a round of panacur we’ve seen stool improvement, but still not normal. Vet wants to do metronidazole next, and I feel that isn’t a good idea. We’re desperate to get normal poop after months of dealing with this!  Is there any natural treatment?
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

Do another round of Panacur and then worm three weeks later with two doses of Droncit about 14 days apart to handle tapeworms (which never show up in routine fecal evaluations). Make SURE we have no worms (giardia often overgrow in the gut when there are worms) and then proceed from there.

Dr. Khalsa,
I need help with fleas. I’ve tried every holistic item I’ve found here as well as medications and I can’t get past this. My old cat and my 3-year-old Chihuahua dog are very infested to the point that my cat is anemic and I’m scared I’ll lose him. We have tried flea baths, Diatomaceous earth, essential oils, flea treatment from the vet including cap star. We have treated our yard, vacuumed daily, and washed every piece of bedding and clothing they’re around every other day. How do I get rid of these demon biting fleas? How do I help my cat especially? He’s losing weight and his gums are pale.
Thank you
Abby Ann

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

I have no idea where you live and fleas are very hard to get rid of. I recommend something like Advantage and for you it would be for 3 months in a row, once a month so you finally get rid of the fleas.  You are fighting losing battles, and with the anemia could lose the war and her life.  In Florida, things like Advantage do not work anymore.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,
We have a one-year-old standard poodle/ greater Swiss mountain dog cross. He is not as easy to live with as our black lab. We got him at 8 weeks and we promptly had to learn how to make him vomit indigestible things and limit his access to most of the house. (He loves my daughter’s short socks!) He loves shredding paper/cardboard/plastic bags and eating cloth, like towels, socks and strings.

He will steal a paper napkin off the table rather than eat the food sitting next to it. Is there something lacking from his diet that causes him to crave undigestible items or is it part of his personality?
Thank you,
Bonnie McIntyre and Finn
Alexandria, VA

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

That’s hard to tell. Some dogs just like to eat things like that and their diet is fine. I don’t know what you are feeding to evaluate his diet.

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.


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