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.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My 1 year old cat was today diagnosed with FIP. She looks like photo on your website, loss of muscle and fat, and, fluid in her stomach. Is your homeo remedy still considered viable? Can it be made by us. Thank you!
Dr. Khalsa: There are times when I get a kitten (as a patient) at a young age with a high vital force and treat with the result of he or she becoming permanently cured. It has to be caught early and when they are still relatively healthy. Interferon does not really work. I have used it and there is also a special product from England that often times gives them a high fever and they just get sicker. As you can imagine, in my 35 years I have seen many of these cases. Two remedies have been the most helpful. One is Apis mell 30x four to six times a day to help the fluid in the abdomen. It can also be combined with Hydrastis. As many of the cats who get FIP are very sweet, soft, gentle and affectionate cats I have found Pulsatilla to also be helpful in ascending potencies. I use 6c for a few days then go to 30c a few times a day for a few days and then 200c once a day for two weeks. Double Helix Water – for inflammation- can also help which you can get on www.deservingpets.com You put one bottle of Double Helix Water in
a gallon of DISTILLED water and then give it to him often all day. Regardless, with the situation, the prognosis is dire.
My cat’s name is Miu (he is 5 months old) and he was detected with FIP this Friday 6 October 2015. (wet FIP). Symptoms: He has fever, fluid in his abdomen, loss of weight. Sleeps all day. He eats little and drinks water. When he poops is only two balls of poop really dry. No problems to pee. Today he wanted to poop and couldn’t. I asked my vet if we could try treating him with Interferon. She told me that it was expensive but if I like she could order it for me. And she suggested to give him Cortisona. I told her that I think about it. And she kept telling me it was useless the result for him was (He will die). And keep telling me that she was sorry. Please is there anything I can try to save my little friend?
Denisse Lopez Araiza Mahler
Dr. Khlasa: Hi Denisse. Please see my answer to Lloyd above.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I’ve been feeding my cats organic chicken and beef and using a nutrient powder to supplement what is missing. However the powder contains both bone meal and liver. Since bone meal and liver can contain toxic elements, what would be adequate substitutes for these and still supply the necessary nutrients/minerals?
Dr. Khalsa: I happen to have designed a cat vitamin that is all human grade and made in human FDA facilities. It has superfoods like kale, broccoli, dandelion, blueberries along with many other healthy vegetables and fruits and every vitamin and mineral a cat needs including taurine. It does supplement what is missing and the calcium is either water soluble from plants and greens or in the citrate form, which is very absorbable. It is all microencapsulated so it does not degrade when exposed to air as so many vitamins do. www.deservingpets.com Vital Vities for Cats. You are correct in that bone meal contains many toxic elements. As far as liver goes, it would depend on where the liver comes from. Non organic chicken liver has many toxins due to what they feed the chickens. Calves liver would have less. The cat powder vitamin I designed is flavored with liver but it is from New Zealand lamb which, by law, can not be given all the toxins US meat producing animals can. And the lamb is grass fed.
Dear Dr. Deva Khalsa
We have a dog, a Cockerpoo (cross between a Minature Poodle and an American Cocker). He has got a mite which is called Chietiella, or Rabbit Mites or Walking Dandruff.. We seem to be unable to get rid of it. We have visited a Homeopathic Vet but even she has had trouble and the normal vet just makes it worse. We believe he may well have had it when he was born as we used to say he has dandruff when a puppy. We have mainly been using Neem Oil and putting that on the areas that it has come up on, he is also having orally some Neem highly concentrated capsules and we often seem to get rid of it but it comes back again. He spends his life scratching. At one time we used the normal veterinary treatment for getting rid of fleas but the Hom Vet said it had made a mess of his immune system, so we just use a comb and check for fleas with a wet tissue. We have used Hemp Oil, given him Sulphur, Staphasagria, Thuja for miasmatic treatment and much more in the way of herbal treatments for building him up. Nothing works although we do have periods where it is improved but it always comes back with a vengeance.
Thermally he is a hot dog. We get his fur cut regularly because of it. He is a boisterous dog who barks at any noise. I have given him Phos a few times but never sure what potency or frequency to use. Goes a bit mad when we have visitors but if they ignore him (as I tell them to) he calms down very quickly. He is very lovable, wants cuddles all the time and follows me around the house too. Had to put more Neem Oil on new sites this morning. The ones treated before have gone. It always comes back somewhere else.
We are at our wits end. Can you help?
Dr. Khalsa: All you need to do is wash with a Pyrethrin based doggie shampoo twice a week for a month and you will have it totally gone. Honestly, one bath with it usually works but as you have had some problems I am advising 8 baths with bedding washed in between a few times to be sure. With a Pyrethrin based shampoo it is really easy to get rid of.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Would truly appreciate any help whatsoever regarding an adopted African Grey parrot aged 13 years. She plucks her feathers and mutilates her wings. Have adjusted her diet slowly to a healthier one with fruits and veggiees, although she still prefers sunflower seeds and peanuts. Bathes regularly, chats more as the months go by. Dislikes men intensely. As soon as a male visitor arrives, she starts plucking quills and new feathers.
Your suggestions and help would be dearly appreciated.
Helga Smit – Namibia
Dr. Khalsa: The remedy I recommend is Arsenicum album 200c once or twice a week for a month. You also have to get the fruits and veggies into her diet. A bird vitamin containing selenium may also help. The remedy usually works great.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I have friends who are retired and lead a traveling life with their little Chihuahua/Jack Russel mix. She is great both on their sailboat and in their camper, but sometimes they have to take overnight ferries which require all pets to be in cages in a special pet area, with only a few visiting hours for feeding etc.
Is there any homeopathic remedy that would help with the fear of being left alone for these periods, and that would avoid any mistrust later? I’m not sure she actually has anticipation anxiety, but her owners are worried that it is hard on her, and it looks like the overnight ferries might be a part of their life for the next few years, maybe 2x per year.
Many thanks in advance,
Dr. Khalsa: Gelsemium and Aconite nap are the remedies I recommend. Both can be given a few times before the ferry ride and if there is water left with her, some of the remedy can be placed in the drinking water. 6 or 30th potencies are fine. A little Rescue Remedy rubbed on the ear flaps is not a bad idea, either.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I wonder if you can help with my 13 year old tabby cat. She has always been a healthy big cat, until 18 months ago when she started to lose weight. I suspected diabetes because she also became ravenously thirsty and at times ravenously hungry. She has also always wanted to lick us. Never on hairy skin, just smooth skin, and her licking has become almost aggressive now. Recently she has become very bony and skeletal and is not eating her cat food. I have tried fresh chicken and fish, but she eats a tiny bit and then refuses to eat more. If I give her cat food she licks off the gravy and leaves the solids. I know she is hungry because she will eat bread from the garden, which I leave for the birds, and always demands to lick our plates when we have our food. Anything going into her cat bowl, is refused. We’ve also tried different bowls, and feeding her by hand, but she is still dangerously thin, and undernourished. She miaows loudly asking for food, but doesn’t eat it. She doesn’t like being held, but loves being stroked and petted.
Dr. Deva Khalsa : I suspect hyperthyroidism. You need to go to a veterinarian and have a full blood test that tests her glucose in her blood, her kidneys and her thyroid function with a T4 and Free T4 test. That is the only way we will know. A common name is a Geriatric Profile with thyroid tested for this test although there are many.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I have a male kitten, who got injured somehow at her front right leg (joint). The wound is not healing and he is limping. It was probably a ligament injury but the vet said it will heal on its own. We ignored the limping as its mother had a similar injury sometime back and it got corrected on its own. But the wound is still wet and there is serous discharge from it. Now there are 2 holes visible on the joint. We took him to the vet who said someone has bit him, and the holes are nothing but teeth imprints. I applied calendula and arnica but didn’t work. Also, it does not touch the milk or food even if 1 drop medicine is added to it. Can you please suggest something?
Dr. Pooriya Jeste – Subhedar
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Silica 30c three or four times a day for two weeks. Sounds like an awn or thorn got in and that there is a fistulous tract. It will push it out if that is what it is and will also help if it is just an infection. If it seems to drain more, just let it drain or help it along with Epson Salt soaks on the areas.
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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