Homeopathy is Easy to Use

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on December 7, 2012

Homeopathy is a powerful holistic modality that’s been around for a long time.  So let me tell you just a little about it.  Homeopathy’s roots emerge from the findings, teachings and writings of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843).  In those days common medical practices included the use of toxic chemicals and bloodletting.  Dr. Hahnemann became disillusioned with these barbaric methods and left his practice to translate medical texts.  In his reading, he came upon the clinical research done by famous physicians such as Hippocrates.  The idea of like curing like was exemplified by the herb, White Hellebore, which would both cause and cure diarrhea.   Hahnemann’s next step was to create minute, infinitesimal doses of substances that would work to cure but would have no side effects at all. Read the full article →

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Dandelion – The Miracle Herb

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on December 4, 2012

I grew up in the northeastern part of the United States and my parents and neighbors were aghast when dandelions appeared on our lawns for it was a sign of bad lawn husbandry.  These wonderful plants that we were so eager to kill provide some of the most amazing health benefits of all time!

Dandelion is the ultimate home remedy for dogs and cats because it is so powerfully healthy. Everyone can recognize the dandelion plant! Perhaps after you read this you’ll view them differently.  You can use them to make a healthy tea infusion that supports and tones your dog’s liver.  I would recommend that you do not use dandelions from lawns that have been sprayed with herbicides     Both, the roots and the leaves, have been used for medicinal purposes. The leaves work as a digestive and flush the kidneys. The root is used as a cleansing tonic for the liver, and reduces gallstones, jaundice, and constipation.   Dandelion increases gastric secretions to aid in digestion.  They’re also a prebiotic supporting the healthy bacteria in the gut.

The nice thing about these herbs is that they can be used preventively. Some chopped dandelion in a meal works to clean, tone and heal the liver.  The fresh leaves are often sold in supermarkets in the produce department.  Commercially available dandelion is less bitter than what grows on your lawn. Deserving Pets VITAL VITIES has dandelion to tone and heal your dog and cat’s liver every single day and it’s specially coated so they don’t taste the bitter taste of this most wonderful healing herb.

 

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Natural home remedies for cats include certain food and find out why now!

We’d all like to minimize having our cats go under costly dental procedures that also require anesthesia.  Chewing on poultry necks is a safe way for your cat to prevent tartar buildup on her teeth. Poultry necks, fed raw, play an integral role in dental hygiene for cats. The process of grinding and crushing the cartilage of the necks actually massages our cat’s teeth and gums, cleaning away any food residues, thereby helping to remove tartar development. This prevents plaque formation, bad breath, dental cavities and gingivitis. Cartilage, ligaments, and tendons are thought to act as a natural dental floss.  Additionally, the chewing of the muscle meat may also assist in keeping teeth clean.

Poultry necks are soft and spongy because they are made of cartilage rather than bone.  They’re ideal healthy snacks for your cat.  Easy to find varieties include chicken, Cornish game hen, turkey, and duck necks. Smaller cats may like Cornish game hen necks and these smaller necks often serve as a good first step for any cat.  Once they become accustomed to raw poultry necks cats might prefer the meatier turkey and duck necks.

Some cats will go into overdrive at first sight of a poultry neck, just as if they’re auditioning for a part in the movie, Born Free.  Our little carnivores instinctively know how to crush and chew a bone!     It   might be difficult to get an adult cat to start eating bones if she’s not used to eating fresh meat or if she already has bad teeth or a dental problem.  In fact, it’s good to get kittens started young with a regular routine so their teeth stay healthy.  If your cat displays any discomfort with raw necks, have your veterinarian do a thorough dental exam.  When cats have a great deal of tartar and gum recession, it’s not a bad idea to have a dental and start with clean teeth and then use the poultry necks to continue to maintain the teeth.

Never cook and never microwave poultry necks. Read the full article →

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Clean Doggy Teeth Made Easy

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on November 26, 2012

Brushing your dog’s teeth can approach a wild  rodeo scene, with your dog appreciating it about as much as you did Aunt Sally’s sloppy kisses on Thanksgiving.    I must confess that although Raleigh, my Labrador, is an angel -I’ve absolutely no inclination to brush his teeth every day.  Hey, I’m happy if I get my own teeth brushed! Milk Bones have claimed to clean dog’s teeth for many years. With all due respect, it’s more akin to flossing with potato chips.

Then again, expensive yearly dentals that require anesthesia are not in the best interest of your purse and any kind of anesthesia is risky. There are non-anesthetic veterinary dental technicians, albeit rare, who will clean your dog’s teeth just like you would get your own teeth cleaned- without anesthesia.  The gal that works at my practice was a human dental hygienist for many years before she took the veterinary course.

As is so often the case, some great natural alternatives for a clean doggie smile exist. Here are a few suggestions: Read the full article →

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The Secret Way to Give Your Dog Garlic

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on November 21, 2012

There’s a secret to releasing the healing powers of garlic.  Allicin is the most powerful medicinal compound derived from garlic, providing the most important health benefits.  Garlic does not contain alllicin. Rather, garlic first has to go through a chemical process so the allicin can be released.   When garlic is crushed, an amino acid contained within it reacts with an enzyme, creating allicin.  You must finely chop or crush a garlic clove then wait a few minutes to allow the chemical reaction to occur.  Additionally, allicin is unstable when exposed to air and heat so don’t wait more than 20 minutes before you top your dog’s meal with some healthy raw garlic. I can’t help but think of the old fashioned home made Ceasar salad, where raw garlic is crushed and placed in the mix just before serving.  It’s healthier for me than I previously thought! Read the full article →

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