Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet – August 2015

Written by Deva Khalsa

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers veterinary questions from readers. Ask the Holistic Vet – August 2015

Devajan2015img1Each 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 cat seems to have fleas. Haven’t seen them, or any dirt, but she’s grooming a lot, and chewing on her fur. I have Advantage, but don’t like using it, and it doesn’t seem to be totally effective. She has overgrazed in the past, due to anxiety and possibly irritation, but I think it’s just fleas now. I thought of ledum, don’t know if that is the solution or the best way to give it to my cat. Have you any suggestions?
Thank you,


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Go to the Deserving Pets website which is and order the unscented Ticked Off for your cat.  Spray the house with it and put a bunch on your fingers and get the product all over your cat. It is totally natural and is a hydrated silica and it gets on the cuticle through which the flea breathes and suffocates it. It will also kill flea larvae and flea eggs. It is actually healthy for your cat’s skin and will make the skin healthier and it is totally safe for your cat to lick off. Most importantly, it works like a miracle to get rid of fleas fast. But you have to spray it around a few times and put it on your cat a few times so you get all the areas and all the fleas and eggs.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My cat who is now about 6 1/2 yrs old has suffered from many health problems since I found her at about 7 months of age. The initial problem was Bartonella with terrible smelly diarrhea. They gave her the treatment for that and suggested I feed her dry food only for bulk. She also had a cyst on the right side of her chin. I found a vet who did the surgery and she stated that the cyst was wrapped around her carotid artery. Since surgery she is more alert and can eat on her own but now she has intestinal problems. The vet does not know if it is IBS or Megacolon or both.

I have to give her water by syringe each day about 9 mls by syringe. Some days she will not eat enough food so I make a blend of canned food watered down enough to give by syringe. If I don’t do these things she has no bowel movements for days and what she has is very hard. If I do them she usually will have a normal BM that is soft and normal. She is also very afraid of many things and will only allow me to see her, and she hides from everyone else. I believe my vet is one of the best in the area but knows nothing about alternative therapies which I would like to pursue.

Do you have any recommendations for me as to how I can help her? I would love to get her off the syringe. She absolutely will not eat any soft food on her own. She has gone for four days without eating when I took up all the dry food. If I put both down she will lick gravy off the meat and then eat the dry food. Do you have any recommendations for me?

Thank you for any advice you can give me.

Kimble Howard  

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Kimble,

IBD – Irritable Bowel Disease- is very common in cats nowadays and can cause all kinds of chronic digestive problems, including diarrhea.  Its cause is vaccinations and that is why it is so common. The vaccines have chicken and bovine serum in them and cats get allergies. There is an allergy elimination technique that I use that works extremely well and you can read about it on my site and click the magazine and click the article Nix Allergies with NAET.  You can consult with me (we do it on the phone and I send you the
materials and you do the program at your home) and we can arrange to do the program for your cat. This is such an effective option and it works so well that I have to promote it to you.  You can try novel protein diets like duck and peas and you can find many of them on the web and see if she does better. If she has never been wormed that would be a good idea but I am assuming she was a stray.  Relatively healthy dry food that has novel proteins does exist, such as Feline Caviar.  This brand is not highly heated and compressed.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My cat has Septic arthritis for a year now. I have tried all the vet’s advice but it’s still raging in his body. My cat is 14 and the Septic arthritis is in the joint of his front leg. I suspect the infection came from spoiled food left on the floor. He is suffering with a lot of pain.

He prefers the cool floor and he is eating and drinking. He had an x-ray done and my vet said it showed severe arthritis in the form of a lump on his elbow on his front paw. We ruled out bone cancer. It was posted on a vet site worldwide for other vets to dx and they said that it was an infection. He does limp when he walks, and the color of his black hair is an orange color around the leg and up onto the chest. That is how I knew he had an infection, because I have seen it before on his coat.  The lump will go up and down depending on what I give him. Examples would be homeopathic pellets for pain and inflammation, apple cider vinegar, turmeric etc. He has not lost weight but he is diabetic. I monitor his glucose 2x a day and injections of 3 units 2x a day. Glucose is not high most days, except for when in pain.

He is on an antibiotic and pain med but I’m looking for a natural cure to help speed the healing along. Can you help please?

Thank you

Rita Rena – Ontario Canada


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I assume you are referring to Osteomyelitis which is an infection in a bone. Use the homeopathic remedy Silicea 30x given four times a day for a few weeks. It may begin to drain and change. You may want to change to a higher potency later on after the draining is done, such as Silica 200c given three times a week for a month following improvement.  I have never seen it fail in cases of osteomyelitis.


Hi Dr Khalsa,

My cat Buttons , approximately four years old, suffers from Eosinophilic plague – he spends most of his life on steroids and antibiotics and having to wear an Elizabethan collar. I am really quite saddened by the situation. What I would like to know is if homeopathy has an alternative treatment regime for this condition?

Many thanks in advance

Engela Sieberhagen – Cape Town, South Africa  


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Eosinophilic plaque is also known as a rodent ulcer and is due to food allergies and the reason steroids are given is to impair the immune system reaction to the foods. Please see the response above that I gave to Kimble, and refer to the NIX allergies with NAET article on my site and read this. It handles this problem beautifully. You would need to make a phone consult appointment with me.



Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I have five rats. They all sneeze with blood sometimes. My vet told me that they have also pneumonia. They are more quiet too. The veterinarian gave them antibiotics for a long time. But when we stop treatment, they begin to sneeze again. I put boxo litter in their cage. Where they are, it is well ventilated. They eat Oxbow food. Do you have a homeopathic treatment for them?

Thank a lot

Lise Laliberte  


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Rats are not my forte. I will have to go on what your vet says. Phosphorus 30c is good for pneumonia and bleeding so I would suggest you give your rats this remedy 3x a day for a few weeks and see how they do. If at any point you see they are getting better, you can give the remedy less often and then stop it.


Hi Dr. Khalsa,
I have a three year old American Eskimo. Would you advise me to have her spayed at this point? I also am having trouble with her barking at people when she is in the car. Any suggestions?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Spaying will not correct behavior problems. Additionally, early spaying contributes to several kinds of cancer. That said, older dogs can get a very severe infection of the uterus which may be hard to detect and can cause death.  It has to be your preference but make sure you treat her holistically and be very careful to avoid the uterine infection called pyometra and detect it early.  She is three years old and so she has had her hormones till an age which new research is showing that spaying will not contribute to the cancer.  As far as her barking at people in the car, she has a habit of doing this and likes doing this and it will be hard to cure that easily.

The second edition of my book is coming out early next year.  Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog   – It a great and useful holiday gift!


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About the author

Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. 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‘. Her practice includes homeopathy acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, nutrition, N.A.E.T, J.M.T. and other modalities. Her philosophy is to use whatever it takes to restore health. Dr. Khalsa’s practice is in New Zealand but she consults by internet and phone with pet owners from the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Europe and the UK.


  • Wondering if you have advise for a 7 year old dog with aggressive mast cell CA of R rear leg- tumor was removed with unclean margins, that returned after 3 weeks. I have rx Hydrastis 200c weekly with so far good energy and tumor site healed over. Dog has been put on medicinal mushrooms and raw diet, – so far so good.
    this is my daughter’s rottie mix dog- the mind sx of hydrastis were a good fit for his temperament.

  • Hi
    My 5 year old Dogue de Bordeaux has a dilated left ventricle and arrhythmia. He is on fortekor, cardisore, digoxin and furosemide. He was diagnosed in February of this year. His heart rate has gone down but he is a completely different dog. He has his good and bad days. Is it too late to change to homepathic remedies? Can you point me in he right direction?

  • I wonder if you can help with my 13 year old tabby cat. She has always been a healthy big cat, until 18 months ago when she started to lose weight. I suspected diabetes because she also became ravenously thirsty and at times ravenously hungry. She has also always wanted to lick us. Never on hairy skin, just smooth skin, and her licking has become almost aggressive now. Recently she has become very bony and skeletal and is not eating her cat food. I have tried fresh chicken and fish, but she eats a tiny bit and then refuses to eat more. If I give her cat food she licks off the gravy and leaves the solids. I know she is hungry because she will eat bread from the garden, which I leave for the birds, and always demands to lick our plates when we have our food. Anything going into her cat bowl, is refused. We’ve also tried different bowls, and feeding her by hand, but she is still dangerously thin, and undernourished. She miaows loudly asking for food, but doesn’t eat it. She doesn’t like being held, but loves being stroked and petted.
    Please can you give me some advice, I think she will die soon if I don’t do something. p.s. I have also given her Phosphorus and Narayani DB mix (for suspected diabetes) as well as DE powder to combat any parasites.

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