Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – June 2020

Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions this month on cloudy lens in a dog, traveling by air with a cat, birthing a dog, mange in dogs and cats, an injured cruciate ligament and remedy potencies. Send questions to: [email protected]

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I have a mixed breed dog. Recently I noticed that both of his eyes got cloudy. I think it may be cataracts. My dog is almost 12 years old. I have the feeling that his cloudy eyes condition appeared after using Advantix – a topical solution for the treatment and prevention of fleas, ticks and lice on dogs. I might be wrong, and this could be just a coincidence. At the moment his vision does not seem to be impaired, and he acts/reacts as if he sees properly.

Thank you
Roumi Marina

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

While cataracts are rare in dogs, something called nuclear sclerosis is far more common. Nuclear sclerosis is an age-related change in the density of the crystalline lens nucleus that occurs in all older animals. It is caused by compression of older lens fibers in the nucleus by new fiber formation. The denser construction of the nucleus causes it to scatter light.  So, when a light directly reflects off your dog’s eyes, they look whiter and, perhaps, cloudy.  And you are correct, this condition does not impair the vision.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

We have a 5-year old cat that is spayed and is scared of flights. Once, we had a one hour domestic flight and he was shaking and shivering in his box until the sedative pill made him sleepy. But our concern is longer flights, like flights from Turkey to Canada that are 10 hours long. Do you have any recommendations?

Thank  you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

It’s never advised to drug animals for flights as this often causes them more distress because their facilities, during the stressful travel time, are impaired.  Putting a piece of a well-worn T- shirt that has your smell on it into the crate really helps them. Aconite nap 6x or 30x is a good remedy for fear of new places and new experiences. You can give four doses 15 minutes apart before the flight. Also, if they are in a container within the plane, you can put Rescue Remedy in the drinking water.

Dear Dr Deva Khalsa,

I breed very small poodles who have great trouble giving birth naturally. How would you help prepare them for birth? There is also a history of Eclampsia. What would you do to help the pregnant and postpartum bitch?

Thank you
Fiona Lippey

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Oftentimes, Poodles are a Pulsatilla constitution. If she fits this picture, a few doses of Pulsatilla 200c a week apart for one month is a good general constitutional treatment.   This will help her in a comprehensive manner. Caulophyllum is the ideal remedy for an easy birthing process.  You should have several potencies on hand and start with 30c.  You can also give a dose of Pulsatilla 200c when labor starts to open the cervix and relax the tissues.  Arnica 6x and Sepia 6x should be given 2x a day for 10 days before you expect the puppies to come.  They should also be given after birthing.  Combination Cell Salts, which are readily available can be given once a day for three weeks before labor to prevent eclampsia.

The most important remedy of all of these is Caullophyllum.

Hello Dr.Khalsa,

Do you have a homeopathic protocol for mange in dogs and cats?

Thank you,

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Supposedly, Psorinum, which is made from mange mites can be helpful. That said, it does not kill the mites and also is no longer available in the US. Ivermectin is readily available at large animal equine feed stores. Given once a week for 4 weeks according to weight. it will handle the mange.   Also, there is a Sulphur /Lyme dip that can be used for dogs- but they will smell like rotten eggs!

Dear Dr. Khalsa

I have a small (25 lb) non-pedigree dog who injured a cruciate ligament running up a steep hill. The vet diagnosed the problem after an exam and Xray. It’s injured but not torn. He’s 6 years old and in good shape otherwise.  Can you suggest a protocol and remedies to help him heal?

Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Ruta 6x or 30x- three times a day for 30 days and Myristin for Dogs orally from for one month.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My question is about potency and dosing for dogs with acute health problems. Can they handle 200c’s and 1M’s?  How long can a 30c, 200c or 1M be repeated?

Thank you
Michael Kolsky – Philadelphia

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Depends on the problem you are treating. For example, if you are treating osteomyelitis, you need Silicea 1m or 10 m for it to work.   The lower potencies do not work. One of my favorites with cats and dogs is the 200c potency.

Visit Dr. Khalsa at her website for information and consults:

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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.

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