Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – July 2022

Homeopathic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers readers’ questions each month. This month she answers questions about using Diethylstilbestrol for a dog, a dog with a bad hip, pyoderma in puppies and much more. Send your question to: [email protected] by the 7th of the month.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My 11-year-old female Huskie has been prescribed Diethylstilbestrol as she has recuring UTI, increased thirst and a couple of episodes of incontinence. Is there a natural estrogen hormone replacement that I can safely provide? Any help or guidance is much appreciated.
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Marvin,
First of all, you should get a general blood test for your dog to make sure that her thyroid is not under active and that her kidneys are okay. The increased thirst could be from diabetes which would cause sugar in her urine and then recurrent infections or it could be from elevated kidney enzymes or some other things like the liver.

And, the thyroid could easily be affecting her ability to hold urine as it has a large effect on the neurological capacity. If your thyroid is low supplementing with thyroid medication would handle the problem. If there’s another problem that will be exposed with a blood test.

Diethylstilbestrol does not have to be given often. It can be given once a week and it works quite well and it’s rather natural because it is an estrogen hormone but we’re giving a very low dose, enough to keep her from having episodes of incontinence. the Increased thirst is the warning signal right now and it has to be looked at with a full blood test

Hi Dr. Khalsa,
My dog will be a year old in July and has not been neutered. Is there a “best” time to neuter and a preferred method?
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I don’t believe in routinely neutering male dogs. Most of the time I don’t recommend that you do it. Now, sometimes people use “neuter” to also refer to spaying a female dog. I have no idea what breed your dog is or if it is a male or female.

If we have a female the routine spay is fine. If it’s a male, I typically don’t neuter them unless it’s something like a terrier who is going to be humping everybody who comes into the house.  Importantly, there’s lots of literature out there in which early neutering of large breed dogs increases the chance of osteosarcoma and other cancers.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Have you any suggestions for pyoderma in puppies? I put topical diluted calendula MT on the first eruption and it resolved nicely, but they keep popping up. I’m wondering if this could be a result of the puppy shots he’d already had.
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Patricia,
You can try Calendula in potency— for instance 30c or 30x  and give that three times a day orally.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My 2.5 y.o. Catahoula had 4 fractures of her hind legs as a puppy (run over by her person who was on drugs and fighting). When we got her at 4.5 months old, she had recovered physically, but would freak out and grab my hand with her teeth to get me away if around someone who was inebriated or upset.

Since then, she periodically has trouble with her left hind hip while and after running hard or being jumped on by a larger dog, and now won’t put weight on it while running. The hind hip/thigh is starting to get emaciated. Initially her hip responded well to Rhus tox LM1, along with horsetail, nettle and comfrey tea, but now it does not seem to help.

Otherwise she is very healthy. She had 1 rabies shot, 1x worm meds, and every few months gets topical tick meds, all of which I would love to avoid using if possible. She did have what seems to be seizures/jerking in her sleep, better from taking CBD.

I would love to find her a remedy for her hip, and to prevent her from losing use of it.
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

More often than not there is something mechanical or structural left over from the trauma of the fractures. Her hips could not be correctly in alignment and her vertebrae and different parts of her back could be out of alignment and even the connection with her femoral head to her sacrum can be out of alignment.

These things should be treated first, because pressure on nerves and nerve roots can result.  The structural/mechanical problem needs to be handled first and until it is, it is unlikely a remedy will get us where we would want to go.

There are doggy chiropractors and also human chiropractors that work on pets.  There is a lot more that can be done. CBD is helping but it is masking the problem.  I would give remedies such as Hypericum and Causticum at this time, which also have a beneficial effect on the nerves

Dear Dr. Deva Khalsa,
We have a one- year-old cat named Zori-Rontzi, and she has Legg Calves Perthes. We would like to avoid surgery, if possible.  About a month ago, she started limping, on and off, especially after staying down for a period of time (for example, when she was sleeping).
Thank you
Zoran Constantinescu

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

There’s a great remedy for that and I have used it successfully many times.   Silicea 1M twice a day for 14 days, then once a day for 14 days then twice a week for a month.

Dear Dr. Deva Khalsa,
My friend’s cat, Fifi is 16 years old. About 3 weeks ago, she had surgery for a small breast tumor close to her armpit. Surgery went well, but a few days later, Fifi fell from the second floor to the ground floor. She was rushed back to the vet and he said nothing s broken. We used Arnica, and later Hypericum.

Now, there is another problem: her pupils are continuously dilated (even with a bright light directed to them). There is no bleeding in her eyes that I can see. Maybe it’s inside the eye, maybe the retina has detached. I just don’t know and, in our city, we have no possibility to find that out. From the way she walks, it’s obvious that she uses mostly her peripheral vision. Have you any suggestions?
Thank you
Monica Vladoiu

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Did she have the eyesight problem before she fell or after? Or perhaps no one looked for it so who would know. I would use Aconite nap 6x or 30x four times a day for 3 weeks and see if that helps.

Hello Doctor,
My dog Mitzi is a one-year-old female mix breed. I saw something had grown in her ear covered with hair. Can you help?

Thank you
Raji Singh

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I cannot tell what that is. It could be infection or wax or a mass. You need to have her examined for this.

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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.

1 Comment

  • I have a almost 10 1/2 coonhound mix. Her IgA is low…..61 normal range 70-170
    Her IgG is low…846 normal range 1,000 to 2,000
    IgM is also low 85 normal range 100-200
    What can I do to get these markers to normal range.

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