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,
My two year old cat has a pea sized hard lump on her back, a few inches from her tail. Should I permit a biopsy, or will that trigger growth if it turns out to be a neoplasm?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: You should permit a needle aspirate to start. This involves inserting a needle attached to a syringe and pulling out some of the contents. Sometimes it is just a cyst filled with liquid and the syringe can empty it. Sometimes it is so hard that nothing comes out. Usually cells come into the needle hub -which are placed on a slide and then the pathologist can identify the cells in the mass. It is really important to know what you are dealing with.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Is there a way to prevent a dog from eating its own feces? Is it a sign of some problem?
Thanks so much
Luisa Neto – Portugal
Dr. Deva Khalsa: It is usually the sign of a dietary deficiency. I would first worm with Panacur or similar product for three days. Then add a good multivitamin mineral. I like Canine Everyday Essentials from or a human multivitamin/ multimineral.
Can you please suggest a safe and effective de-worming method for dogs and cats? We have a lot of strays and need to make sure it works.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Panacur which comes in weight sized packets are very effective yet safe. Also ivermectin- you can use the horse product which can be purchased at a feed store and is very effective. A cat would get a very small dose ranging from a drop to a tenth of a cc. = .1ccor less for a cat. Panacur is over the counter at 1-800 Pet Meds. Neither works for tapeworms. For this you need Droncit.
Greetings Dr. Khalsa,
A friend has an Akita that is only aggressive against other male dogs, not people or female dogs. Is this something that is amenable to homeopathy?
Roger Barr – Puebla, Mexico
Dr. Deva Khalsa: That would depend on why this is so. Was the dog a stray? Was the dog socialized? Is the dog neutered? While every male dog does not need to be altered, a dog who has male dog aggression may benefit from this. As far as homeopathy, without a case study I cannot recommend a remedy.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I have acquired some hens that started life in cages. They are unable to roost and I wondered if there was a homeopathic remedy that may help them learn to roost.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I do not know a remedy for this. I would just put my chickens on the roost and let them latch on.
Dr. Khalsa ,
I need your help in properly determining the dosage for my dog Leo, a 7 year old 106 lb golden retriever with a torn ACL. He has been chewing at his rear-end for a week and I’m doing everything I can do avoid a doctor visit, but his condition isn’t getting better. The right side near his anus looks very inflamed and hot to the touch and feels like a hard lump. I’ve tried to incorporate fibers to his meals like carrots and pumpkin. I have purchased some Silicea 30C but cannot determine the correct dosage. I started warm epson salt compresses after coming across your article online. Any suggestion will help. Thank you
Dr. Deva Khalsa: He likely needs to have his anal glands expressed before you start and a veterinary exam should be performed to rule out tumor growth. If there is no tumor growth and it is just inflammation and the hard lump goes away when the glands are expressed, you can use Myristica seb 6x four times a day and this should work. I recommend Prolotherapy for the torn ACL if it is still bothering him. During the waiting period, Ruta grav 6x several times a day will help this.
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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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