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,
A client of mine has an 8 year old male dog (German Shorthair Pointer) who tears up clothes and then eats them! He’s developed intestinal blockages from eating clothes. He always wants to be near or with someone. He will whine and bark if he cannot be in the same room with us. He will chew things up when we leave.
He’s got terrible separation anxiety. But chewing up and eating clothes, like socks, is something that he does or would do all the time if he could, not just when left alone. And he’s been doing this all his life. He does chew things up when left alone but, he will chew anything–the remote, the phone, etc. He’s not aggressive, he likes people and other dogs, he’s obedient. But he’s very clingy. Also, he’s been having seizures since drinking barium for an X-ray.
Elaine – DiHom
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Well, that is interesting. So he had a Barium x-ray because he ate something. (1) Full thyroid check T4, Free T4, T3, Free T3. (2) Ignatia- high potency like 1m- give this 3x in one day, one day each week for 4 weeks.
Hello Dr Khalsa,
My 1.5 yr old male French Bulldog has a history of vaccinations, terrible itching paws, yeast in ears, face folds and chin. A few months ago he had bad diarrhea with blood and mucus, after which I switched from kibble to freeze dried raw, gave Ars, Alumina He was overweight when this happened and now he is under weight (feeding more than they suggest even), low energy weak and sleeping more, skin looks dirty. The insane itching has resolved since Pulsatilla but he still smells like yeast. He hates water, will not drink, thirstless, makes no saliva, and topical water or rain is a no go, freaks out for baths and refuses to go out to pee in rain. Always a nervous dog, clingy even to strangers, jumpy to noises on TV. Was born with one testicle? He was neutered. He eats 2 x day with 1 bowel movement a day normal firm to start, finishing soft to runny with occasional mucus – greenish. He seems to sleep more lately and less playful. Dry fur. Water issues -need to mix water with yogurt and he will drink. I’ve come up with Nat mur, Sulph, Phosphorus…but don’t know anymore what to try. Tried Thuja and Lyssin but no change. Any thoughts?
Dr. Deva Khlasa: I honestly have not found in recent years, homeopathy to be that helpful with skin conditions in animals. Not like it was 25 years ago. I use an Allergy Elimination Technique which is very effective with over 85% total success. You can use Zymox products topically- routinely and religiously- for the yeast. I would use the remedy Psorinum 30c three times a day for 10 days to be followed by Arsenicum album 30x- twice a day for a month
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My cat is terrified of thunder and fireworks. When those loud noises happen she hides behind furniture for hours. She is 11 years old, gentle and physically healthy. I’m worried about what the stress is doing to her. Is there a way to find a remedy?
Dr. Deva Khalsa:
Borax is a great remedy for fear of thunderstorms. Give Borax 6c twice a day for a month and hope there are thunderstorms toward the end of the month so you can see how it works.
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
I have an 8 yr old male neutered cat who had a puncture wound behind his right ear about 2 months ago. I drained it as best I could and gave him 25mg doxy bid for about a week. Noted his eyes looked weak, energy worsening. Stopped the abts…2 weeks later noted he had what appeared to be iritis or uveitis of the right eye. Have treated this with Hepar sulph 30C with good results, and then shifted to Gels 30C. Eye looks much better, but he still has low energy, and goes for very long extended time w/o urinating. I believe he is in acute renal failure. Now I am completely stumped. I do not have a homeopathic vet in this area, and I do not have the money to take him to vet and have all the diagnostic tests they require just to get through the door. He is comfortable and does not appear to be in any pain. Eats well. Doesn’t drink.
Dr. Deva Khalsa:
He could have contracted FIP or FELV or FIV from the cat bite and this patient needs a visit to the vet and a complete blood panel including feline viral diseases.
Hi Dr Khalsa,
My dairy cows are constantly bothered by ticks, mites, mosquitoes, house flies and other blood sucking insects. Is there anything that might help with that problem?
I don’t really treat cows and anything I could recommend would either be for a dog sized patient externally which would be super expensive for cows and/or could not be shipped into the U.
Editor’s note: Instead of using chemicals, there are mechanical methods to eliminate those pests. You can find some of them on this website:
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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