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,
I have a senior dog who is quite arthritic. As a result he has muscle spasm. He also has a history of skin issues – oily spots on upper shoulders and neck that keep outer coat from growing. I just started with 30c dose of Rhus tox. Are there any general suggestions you can give?
Dr. Khalsa: Rhus tox 30c is definitely a good start. I wish I knew a bit more about his muscle spasms but, in general, magnesium is very good for this kind of thing. A product called CALM (the unflavoured) can easily be found on
line and at health food stores and a teaspoon a day in his food would not be noticed and may help. If he is a medium or large dog a teaspoon or two teaspoons are fine. If he is a tiny dog a half teaspoon. The vitamin Canine Everyday Essentials also has many minerals, vitamins and whole foods and older dogs do very well with this supplement which is added to the food and is tasty. A product called Myristin is excellent for arthritis in dogs and works a miracle. You can get it on www.deservingpets.com on the web. Lastly, make sure you are feeding him
a good diet.
My dog has an aural hematoma. He is a labradoodle and this is my first experience with this issue. My question is about whether there are alternatives to surgery and lancing it.
Dr. Khalsa: Honestly, you can have the vet drain it, or do the fancy procedure where they leave a stint in, attached to a vacuum tube, and bandage the whole thing on his head. But the former does not work and the latter requires almost constant surveillance. The ear leaks and leaks and it is not one vessel that is doing it. No remedy really works. You can try Arnica or Hamamelis, but they usually do not do much. So the surgery actually just fixes it and you are done with it. The other, and more important thing is that he likely has a malassezia yeast infection in his ear. This is a very, very itchy yeast which is normally in the ear in tiny amounts. When you get that dark, sweet and sour smelling stuff that many think is ear wax, the ear gets so very itchy that the dog will itch forcefully enough to give
themselves an aural hematoma. So you have to check the ears and if he does have this, the best and easiest way to treat it is with natural enzyme products from www.zymox.com
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
- I have been treating idiopathic urinary incontinence in dogs (especially towards later age) with causticum and cherry plum (Bach Flower remedy). Do you have any other suggestions?
- Ignatia has been a wonderful solace to relieve ‘separation anxiety’ in dogs. Stramonium and Belladonna also help. Is there anything else that you have used?
Dr Amit Karkare
Dr. Khalsa: Causticum is a great remedy for urinary incontinence, believe or not.
Gelsemium is also a nice one. For resistant cases I recommend the product Vasculin by Standard Process. I usually use Ignatia for this and it works so well I have had no real need to use others. The Belladonna is interesting for this and I will note it. What caused you choose Belladonna?
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
I hear a great deal about dogs experiencing fatty tumors as they age. Is there a remedy to resolve or relieve the symptoms of the fatty tumors?
Dr. Khalsa: The remedy indicated for these fatty tumors is Baryta carb 6x twice a day for a few months. Also check thyroid function.
Dear Dr. Deva,
I’m wondering how to strengthen the ACL in dogs. Especially big dogs like labs who are runners. How to prevent the necessity of surgery, aid healing in a strain and after surgery if indicated.
Dr. Khalsa: Prolotherapy is a dream with ACL. Ligaments have no real blood supply and that’s why they are pure white. So they heal slowly and with a decent injury often retain 20% of their tensile strength. Of Course, ACL problems are very common in dogs. The main remedy is Ruta grav, specific for ligaments, tendons and the knee. I used to do a lot of acupuncture for it but prolotherapy is light years ahead. Injections are quickly made into the knee ligaments in an office visit and the ligaments get as strong as they always were. Go to www.getprolo.com which is the human site but it explains the process well. Then go to AHMVA and find a veterinarian ( hopefully) in your area that does this therapy.
Dear Dr. Khalsa
We have a 4.5 month old female kitten with apparent FIP. Swollen belly and beginnings of muscle wasting are apparent. Took to vet today and she confirmed presence of fluid. I was reading this article: https://hpathy.com/veterinary-homeopathy/feline-infectious-peritonitis-fip/. What advice can you offer to help fight this infection with homeopathic remedies. I know it is a tough illness to crack, but want to try my best.
Dr. Khalsa: This is indeed a tough illness to crack and it would require a consult with a qualified veterinarian who is familiar with holistic therapies for the disease. That said, Apis mell can be helpful for the fluid in the belly and these cats actually get dehydrated and need SQ fluids in addition to any holistic therapy. Again, these two things will likely not cure the disease and a comprehensive plan from a
qualified practitioner is necessary.
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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