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.
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
I have a whippet and when I got him he had a thyroid problem. The doctor said I had the option of putting him on thyroid medication or not. I chose not to but I now believe that I should probably have him on something. I’ve had him now for 4 years and he has become more sluggish. I am not sure of his age but think maybe five or six. Are there any natural things I can do for him?
Thank you for your time.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: He actually needs to be on thyroid medication. The thyroid is the master gland that runs the whole body. When it is not working all the body parts are not up to par. It opens the door for cancer and many other diseases. The quality of his life is affected by your not choosing supplementation with thyroid medicine which is really just like a glandular treatment and very safe.
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
My dog suffers from separation anxiety. He has started chewing and scratching the wood entrance door and frame. He is a toy poodle and we have had him since he was a puppy. He is 4 now. We did move to a new home last year and have done some remodeling. I have tried many of the calming pills, sprays and treats.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Start with a mixture of Aconite 30x and Ignatia 30x four times a day for two weeks. Also give him melatonin 1 mg twice a day orally. If the problem goes away before two weeks, discontinue the treatment.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I have a 1 year old cat. My vet diagnosed her with herpes when she was a kitten because she has a chronic discharge from her eye usually clear with a reddish or brown mucus discharge along with it. We tried Euphrasia and Sulphur in the past but it didn’t help. She still has the discharge. Any idea what I might try? Also, she has gingivitis! Red inflamed gums only along the gum line and tarter build up. She will drool a little but only when she is kneading a blanket. She is very affectionate, loves to be petted and loves to explore outdoors. She will shiver when she eats, I believe because it is painful, as she doesn’t shiver any other time. She is a medium hair calico who is rather small for her age. Have you any suggestions?
Dr. Deva Khlasa: For the eyes try a diluted tincture of Calendula and Euphrasia, diluted 1:10 in eye saline giving the drops 3x a day for two months. I am assuming the Euphrasia was given orally.
Use VetzLife* for the mouth routinely and it is easy and tastes good to them.
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Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Can you tell me whether putting remedies in an animal’s food is still effective? Sometimes my kitty makes it difficult to administer remedies, especially when remedies are needed a few times a day.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Liquid is OK. Not food. So if you make a nice meat broth or chicken broth and put the remedies in it, this is fine. Also the liquid runoff that is present in canned food can be separated and diluted a bit and the remedies can be stirred in so they mix with the liquid.
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