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.
Hello Dr. Kalsa,
I have a 7 ½ years old German Sheppard crossed with Belgian Sheppard who was diagnosed with Lyme disease on December 17. Although I believe he caught the disease a while back, his blood tests revealed no imbalances whatsoever and besides the fact that he lost a little weight over the last year, he is a happy, healthy, loving dog. Could you please comment on the protocol below, or suggest another one.
Borrelia Burg nosode 4 globules in water escalating each day
1st day – 30 K , 2nd day 200 K , 3rd day MK , 4th day 10 MK (if he can handle it or else maybe a month later…)
Also, I understand he will always carry the disease, however are there chances he gets sick in his later days because of this infection? Can he catch it again or will he be immunised?
Dominique P. Gervais – Homeopath
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Lyme disease is a stealth pathogen with at least four forms and it travels through the connective tissue and fascia and muscles and connective tissue and establishes itself. Desert Biologicals has two sets of incremental nosodes in a box and you simply follow the instructions increasing potencies. One is Borrelia 1M box and the other is Borrlia 10M.
Dear Dr. Khalsa:
I have a 12 year old sexually intact Standard Poodle who has, twice a year since maturity, had the delusion that she is pregnant following her heat cycle. There are no physical signs such as abdominal swelling, mammary swelling or false lactation. However, like REAL pregnant females she starts getting picky about food around 3.5 weeks into the “pregnancy”, and after 8 weeks when the “delivery” should have occurred, she hoards h toys and pretends that she is nursing them! She will gather her favourites together and pull them towards her nipples as if she is feeding them. She will bring them to me, put them on my lap and whine, looking very distressed. She will usually take one outside with her on her bathroom trips then bring it back inside with her. After a couple of weeks of this behaviour she settles back into her usual self and the toys go back to being just play toys. What remedy or remedies would you suggest?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: She does not have any delusion. She is pregnant. In dogs, after heat, every single one of their hormones goes into pregnancy mode and there is little difference from the hormones that would be in play if she were pregnant. It is essentially the same thing as pregnancy. There simply are no puppies to be born. Dogs are not humans, when they go into heat they are not menstruating and it is a completely different kind of thing. The uterus actually gets spongy and thickened just as if there were growing embryo’s in it. This opens the way for a very common problem in unsprayed female dogs -which is called pyometra. With pyometra, that thickened spongy uterus gets infected. If the cervix is opened, feted pus pours out but they can lick it up and you do not see it. If the cervix is closed the uterus becomes a pus- filled balloon. In any event, the uterus can burst with pus inside the body and this is a life and death situation. I am going into this because dogs who show such overt signs of false pregnancy are much more at risk for pyometra and it may happen and you have to watch for it. False pregnancy is pretty hard on them emotionally, as you might imagine. The remedy for false pregnancy is Pulsatilla 30x four times a day for two weeks. If this does not have the desired effect go up in potency to 200c.
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
My Five year old Miniature American Eskimo has started itching a lot lately. She has always had brown stains near her eyes, she doesn’t have fleas, wears a flea and tick collar. I have added flax and or omega 3 oil to her food. I recently gave her a bath. Could you please advise me what else may help relieve her itching. Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Omega 3’s are in food naturally, but light, air and heat destroy them in a wink. The same thing happens to the ones you buy. They oxidize and do not really have much at all in them. Did she have a recent vaccination before the itching began? Also you should check for scabies and make sure that she had not gotten a mite from interacting with another dog or fox. I will have Homeopathy 4 Everyone attach two articles, one on Scabies and one on Oxidation of supplements.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My daughter gave our 16 year old 15 lb dog a treat she made for Thanksgiving of this year. I think she used too much pumpkin puree in the recipe. She mixed 2 to 3 Tbsp canned pumpkin puree, 1/2 tsp coconut flour, 1/4 Tbsp slated peanut butter, 1/4 Tbsp apple. He had diarrhea all the next day. He stopped having diarrhea by part of the second day, but he has changed. He stopped wagging his tail and doesn’t come to us like he used to. He shrinks away from pets and our touch, no longer eats a normal meal, mostly less, is lethargic, sleeps constantly. He has lost weight and is no longer interested in the treats he used to love and go crazy for before being sick around Thanksgiving. After being sick, initially for several weeks, he had a foul cheesy smell from his breath and drooled a lot, which has gotten better recently. He’s been blind for the last few years, but after he got sick, he was oozing thick dark pus around his eyes. What can I do for him to bring him back to health and the vitality he had before? Despite being blind, he was very affectionate and full of life.
p.s. I don’t think he’s dehydrated any more….was initially after being sick. He’s drinking every day, and about the same amount of urine comes out as before he got sick. We’ve been giving him a raw egg a few times in the last week to get him to eat more, which seems to work and he hasn’t had diarrhea since Thanksgiving.
Also, want to let you know that he finally stopped drooling today but his breath still smells really bad, but not as cheesy as the last few weeks. He still seems lethargic, no tail wags and doesn’t come to us…still shrinks away from pets, unlike before. Before, he was always very affectionate, loved us petting him and even loved being massaged.
Thank you so much
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I think you should get him to the vet super pronto and get a full blood test, a senior geriatric panel. He may have compromised kidneys or another problem and the diarrhea knocked him out so badly because he has another medical problem which is much deeper. Also, if you live in a tick area, get tick borne disease panel. Lastly, get his teeth checked. He very well might have an infected root or perhaps even an oral tumor.
Hi Dr. Khalsa,
I have a Maltese that has had coprophagia since a puppy. She will defecate in an inappropriate place, on the carpet, and turn around to eat it, sometimes eating as it comes out. She is on a raw food diet and she is about 5 years old. She has taken Hyos 30c with no effect. Any suggestions?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I have no idea, from your question, what her diet is. Only raw food? If so, it is incomplete and she is craving the vitamins and minerals that she needs to keep her body in good working order. I will have Homeopathy 4 Everyone attach an article I wrote called The Meat of the Matter.
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