Each month holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers questions on veterinary issues. Send your questions toDr. 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.
Is there any medicine for this dog’s cherry eye? This stray dog had an eye injury and I gave her Aconite, Arnica and Symphytum to get it healed. Now the injury is gone, but it seems now she has the cherry eye. Can you suggest any medicines for her?
Thank you – Ambili
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Staphasagria 6x three times a day for two weeks then two times a day for two weeks. Emprizone gel (on the web at MLM but it is aloe vera that remains activated and very easy to use- do not worry about getting it in the eye. Or Aloe vera live plant cut gel out of leaf and put on eye. Either the gel or plant 3-4 times a day.
Hello Dr. Khalsa,
My dog, an American Water Spaniel which I have cared for since she was 10 months old, has a heart murmur. She was born with two congenital defects. One is a PDA. The other is stenosis of a valve etc. She is now two years old, a wonderful dog. She has lots of agility and can out run other water spaniels easily. I find her to be a sweet and loving house dog showing no signs of being ill compared to other AWS’s I have worked with. She has been seen and diagnosed by a cardiac vet at Michigan state university. The vets (including my own) say she probably would die if we neutered her or if she had puppies. She gets 1/2 pill of Atenolol 2 x’s a day. It has 25 mg a tablet.
How could homeopathy be of help to her? Could a remedy prevent heart failure or other cardiac conditions? My biggest concern is the possibility of a pregnancy when she is in heat which, in her case, most likely would mean death. The MSU vet said she could live 4 months or 14 years. I have used Homeopathy at a first aid level since 1990 and keep up with occasional classes, webinars, and readings as a student of homeopathy. I would appreciate any suggestions. There are few if any homeopathic vets where I live.
Marie Kopin – Mt. Pleasant, MI
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Arnica 6x twice a day every day of her life. Ars alb 6x twice a day for one week of every month. Resveratrol – it must be packaged with no air. RESVANTAGE is available at and you give the dog size twice a day. (much better than other antioxidants for the heart).
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Our family dog, a 7 yr old Golden Retriever, is suffering from itchy paws ever since we moved from Singapore to Abu Dhabi-UAE. The climate and environmental change has taken its toll. However, he is in good spirits, eats well and likes his walks. The vet here diagnosed him with Pododermatitis and it is an ongoing problem. Currently he is taking antibiotics Cephalexin to treat the bacterial infection (???) so I was told. He also needs a foot soak using medicated shampoo Malaseb. But honestly I am not in favor of all these chemical treatments. During my last visit to the vet he suggested a new drug called Apoquel to cure his pruritus which I refused after having read your article on the specific drug online and how it compromises/suppresses the immune system. In turn I give my dog turmeric, flax seed powder, calcium from ground eggshells and spirulina in his food to hopefully counter some of the effects of the chemicals. The irony is that with all the vet’s medications my dog keeps on scratching. Are there any long term solutions for my dog to this problem with any natural remedies?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Dogs do not have the enzymes to digest flax oil or flax seed, and calcium is not absorbed from egg shells unless soaked in vinegar or lemon juice. Plant based (green based) water soluble calcium is easiest to absorb. Your dog may have a yeast infection on his feet called Malazessia. Zymox has a shampoo and medicated rinse, all with enzymes and all natural and you wash with the shampoo and put the creme rinse on and leave it on. I have a Youtube video on www.doctordeva.com. Find the Itchy Dog series and I think it is the 2nd video in the series.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My male Maltese is 9 years old and lost his vision on Dec 3 and then his sense of smell on Dec 6, He has been on Ruta 6, Calc, phos, Hydrastis, Argent and Merc Sol, as well as Bovista every other day for the latter. I was also giving him Chelidonium and Lycopodium until a few months ago. The advice was given to me from Dr Banerji in India. So now it seems that my dog has had another setback since Tues, more confused, seemingly a seizure, and also crying in pain a couple of times, He was never diagnosed with a brain tumor but that is my assumption, ( I refused to give him anesthesia for the MRI or CT scan) and he was diagnosed with SARDS but that did not explain the loss of smell,
All the meds are given twice a day and he also gets Veratrum after every loose bowel movement. He is generally happy and responsive and follows me at the park off leash, He is very intelligent. I think his hearing is starting to go, but not sure. Please tell me what you suggest.
Dr. Deva Khalsa:
I am not sure where you live but crying in pain is not part of a brain tumor. It can occur when there is a pinched nerve in the neck, so if you have a chiropractor around that adjusts dogs that would be a good idea. As far as a seizure and loss of sense of smell, first check the thyroid and do a FULL PANEL ,which is a T4, Free T4,T3, Free T3. If it is low, treat with medication and see if the sense of smell comes back and there are no more seizures. Some dogs have just one seizure and never have one again. Also melatonin 1mg twice a day for a dog his size is good to try. I use Stem Cell Targeting products for this kind of thing but I am the only veterinarian really doing this so you have to look at what you can find locally. If nothing of what I recommended shows up you can have a phone consult with me by going to my site www.doctordeva.com and filling out the form.
We adopted a cat in mid May. Since he came home he was coughing. I was told to give him anti-parasitic medicine (traditional). His cough changed. It became less of a heaving and paroxysmal nature. But he still coughs with all his body and it is quite worrisome. Before the anti parasite medication I tried Phos 30c. Then about a month later I tried Hepar Sulph 30cc. Two days ago I gave him Phos 30c again. The cough is not so strong but does not go away.
It seems to me he feels cold. I live in Guatemala City where homes do not have heating. My house is humid (old brick, not enough afternoon sun) and lately it has been cooler, windy. He loves going out in the yard and wants to spend most of the day catching moths, grasshoppers and eating grass. He sleeps with me as close as possible to stay warm.
The vet who told me to give the anti parasite medicine wants me to give him Amoxixilin, Meloxicam and Clorfenilamine. Another vet checked him very carefully and said he has no signs of other problems than a slight arrhythmia and it was nothing to worry about.
I don’t know what to do.
Dr. Deva Khalsa : Coughs in cats are not at all like coughs in people. The likely problems are parasites, such as lungworm, asthma or a heart problem. Cats do get upper respiratory tract infections from viruses but a cough is not one of the symptoms.
My female dog was sterilized a year ago. She had no problem for a few months after sterilization. The last 6 months she has incontinence. After that, when she was resting/sleeping/lying she has urine dribbling. Her bed is fully wet and a small pool of urine collects. She appears to have no pain. She is 2.5 years old. During rainy time only and at night she urinates in places where she should not.
Can you suggest anything?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: She has a disease called hypoestrogenism which occurs in female dogs who are spayed too young (now over 2 years is recommended for this) and the sphincter is not working. There are a number of things you can use. Homeopathic estrogen 6x is one of them. What I like to use is “Standard Process Symplex F”, three times a day for 3 months. Usually the dribbling stops after a few weeks but you still give it, and when you stop it is often cured and you do not have to continue to medicate with anything.
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