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.
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
I have a 15 year old Weimeraner female who has a dry cough. Not all the time, but 3 times a night and a few times in the day. It started when her partner (an Alpha) got sick, and he passed last March and it has continued. She is chilly, friendly, timid. Not on any medications. Not any conflicts in the house. We use environmentally friendly cleaning and we’re not painting. It happens when she tries to roll on her back. Or mostly at night.
Dr. Khalsa: There are a number of things that a chronic cough can be due to. Your dog should get a heartworm test if you live in an area that has heartworm and a chest x-ray in addition to a chemistry panel and thyroid test (T4 and Free T4). With chilly, timid and it happening at night (12 midnight -1 a.m. time) you can try Arsenicum album 12x four times a day. But, if it was my dog, I would get a full workup. Also, how the cough sounds makes a difference in the choice of a remedy.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My 5 year old female German Shepherd is showing hair loss since she had puppies. It’s mostly on her lower back. There doesn’t seem to be any itching associated with this. Do you have any suggestions?
Dr. Khalsa: Melatonin is great for hair growth. You can give her 3 mg of melatonin (just the human stuff) twice a day for two months at least. Also, the remedy Lycopodium is great for hair growth and it suits the German Shepherd breed so try Lycopodium 6x or 6c twice a day for a month.
Hi Dr. Deva,
Our neighbors’ young dog was recently diagnosed with Lymphoid Cancer and given weeks to live. He wasn’t eating much or drinking and had breathing problems and some tumors. We immediately gave them one of our bottles of Rosemary capsules. After 3 weeks, the tumors disappeared and meanwhile their vet put him on prednisone. He began to change to an aggressive personality, urinate every 3 hours and break out with body sores. She took him off the prednisone recently and put him on AHCC and kept up the rosemary 3times daily. Can you help them clear up the dogs’ system so that he doesn’t have to go out as often and has no sores, or breathing problem in the chest on the right side?
Rose Ann George
Dr. Khalsa: Either the dog was misdiagnosed or the Lymphoid Cancer has been improved (really not improved but the lymph nodes go down and they feel better) with the high doses of steroids. The steroids would cause the aggressive personality, frequent urination and body stores. If you stop the steroids the lymphoma symptoms will come back – but the steroids can keep him alive for only so long. I have been working with a Swiss product with lymphosarcoma in dogs with great success. After 30 years of specializing in holistic cancer treatment this product it is the only thing that I have found to work. I hate to disappoint you but the steroids causes the improvement and likely the rosemary is coincidental. This is a very difficult cancer to help. Almost impossible. That is why I am so impressed with this Swiss product. The owners should watch his lymph nodes as they will now enlarge if the diagnosis and the pathology report are indeed correct. I am sorry but I do not know what AHCC is. The going out frequently could be due to the steroids but if it continues after they are stopped I would have them bring in a urine sample to check for a urinary tract infection.
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
Is there a remedy or remedies for Brucellosis infection? My German Shepherds do not have this, but the stud dog owners require Brucellosis testing for Mycoplasma and “if” it comes back positive, they want the females on antibiotics before mating with their stud dogs. I understand their fear of passing it to their males and causing
sterilization, but I do not want to do antibiotics! They compromise the immune system. I am studying homeopathy to getting certified but will take at least 2 yrs.
Dr. Khalsa: I do not know of a remedy that will have the certainty of not passing it on during the breeding of the dogs. Most dogs are not positive for this.
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
My 8 year old male mongrel dog is constipated and straining at each stool. He was at the vet for a checkup two weeks ago and got a good bill of health. He’s very loving in the house, but sometimes picks fights with other dogs. He’s chilly and likes the radiator. Is there a remedy that might help?
Dr. Khalsa: First check his thyroid in addition to a full panel that tests his kidneys and liver. With kidney failure the water is pulled out of the colon very aggressively to help the kidneys and this can cause constipation. Also, hypothyroidism can contribute to constipation. The diet can also have an effect and adding pumpkin to the meals can help. The Chinese Herb (by Mayway) Ma Zi Ren can help with constipation. From what you wrote I would recommend Nux vomica 30x three times a day for two weeks. Lastly, a tumor in the colon or a mass in the prostate or even an enlarged prostate can occlude the colon and appear as signs of constipation. If this persists I would recommend an abdominal ultrasound as constipation is not at all a common occurrence in canines.
Editor’s note: 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!
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