Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet – August 2020

veterinary support assistant
Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions this month about mast cell cancer in a dog, a dog who is a finicky eater, a nervous Hungarian Viszla, a frightened German Shepherd and more. Send your questions to [email protected] by the 7th of the month.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My dog Bella was diagnosed in February of this year with mast cell cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy. The cancer seemed to go away but then came back. I started doing research about dog cancer, diet and food, as well as supplements and vitamins.

I asked my vet and Bella’s oncologist about supplements etc but neither of them had an answer. I would love to start Bella on these few supplements but I have to know they would interfere with her chemo.

Can you please let me know if you have heard of Imuquin, Artemisinin, Cellular Forte (IP6), and an enzyme plus probiotic  I just started adding Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm Food in with her Sojo’s freeze dried lamb. I have completely cut out kibble.  I need to find out if I can give her these things safely. Thank you!

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hello Danielle,
Heavens… external Mast Cell tumors are so easy and I would never do chemotherapy due to their lack of aggressiveness and tendency to return within 6 months to a year.  Chemo destroys the immune system. All you do is get Cansema for pets at and apply it to the Mast Cell Tumor.

If you find one the size of a dime, use a nail file to very lightly abrade the skin and then put a tiny bit on. (The company will TALK you through it by email and their site has clear directions with pictures and examples.) Usually one application and it is all gone.  If your dog has three spots of mast cell tumor, do one spot at a time.

You are asking about products. Basically, treat the little masses with Cansema and build the immune system.  I like Dr. Ramaeker’s Professional Veterinary Immune tabs. The only place they are available on line is:

I could describe how each of the above products you asked about work, but that is readily available on the web.

Hi Dr. Deva,
I have a very odd question for you. We have a 7.5 month old male Labrador puppy, named Ollie. He has an eating disorder. Our previous Labrador ate us out of house and home, whereas Ollie is quite the opposite. We got him at 8 weeks old and he was on his mum’s milk, so we gave him milk and puppy mash. However, we struggle constantly to get him to eat!

We have been back and forth to the vet, and she has said “Let him starve and he will eventually eat on his own.” He won’t touch his food bowl. He sniffs it. I have to either spoon feed him but he prefers that I put the raw meat in my hand and he eats it from my hands. He likes to lick my hands. We struggle to get him to eat out of a bowl.  We have tried countless types of dry food.

What I have found is that he prefers raw meat, and or wants to eat what we eat when we have our diner, eg carrots, apple etc, (we are vegan).  We have even seen a dog trainer and had no luck. I have to sit with him and feed him off my hand  or a spoon. The minute I lower it to the bowl he stops eating and waits.

He is a beautiful black Lab, very gentle, never barks at all, very quiet, and sometimes out of the blue will be nervous for no reason eg. over a noise, or a sudden movement.  He is very lean and not malnourished as we get him weighed and checked to make sure as he is still growing and the vet said we need to keep an eye on him as he need nutrients for growth.

Kind regards,
Michele and family  -New Zealand    [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Michele,
You are not telling me what you ARE feeding him that he does not want.  Oftentimes, the liver is involved in a lack of appetite.  You may want to get a routine chemistry panel to make sure that his liver enzymes are fine. How much water does he typically drink?  My book Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog has a lot of homemade recipes in it and you can use these as examples to work off of to home cook for him. He can have 1/3 carbs and 1/3 veggies and 1/3 protein. And he can eat what you eat.

The Labs in NZ are slightly different in constitution than those in the United States. In the US they are commonly Calc carb types.  With him, I would try Lycopodium 6x or 30x three times a day for a month or two and see if that does not change his constitution.

Dear Dr Khalsa
I am looking for some advice for my 5-year old Hungarian Viszla. He is still intact on the advice of the vets as he has always been nervous around other dogs. Recently he has become more nervous and will give dogs he doesn’t know lots of space. However, if he is on the lead he starts to growl and snarl at other dogs, especially other intact males. I think it is because of fear and when he feels trapped. He has a typical Viszla personality being very needy, needing attention frequently. He likes to sleep touching a human. He is a fussy eater but apart from slight grass allergy causing itchy eyes with a little white mucus he is very healthy.  He doesn’t like young children and will cower away from strangers

We are trying to keep him intact as we fear the nervousness would increase if the testosterone is taken away. Can you recommend anything?

Thank you
Shona Findlater

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Shona,
Arsenicum album 200c twice a day for 21 days and then every other day for another 20 days (10 doses).

Hello Dr. Khalsa,
My dog M’bassa, is a 10-year old male German Shepherd crossed with Belgian sheep dog.  Quite an extraordinary animal with two issues. Five years ago, living in town, my fright was immense when I found myself battling flying bats over my bed in the middle of the night.  For two weeks, during their presence, the dog would disappear from all rooms that had curtains.  He remained with a fear of any shadow in the home at night, to the point where he fears flies and butterflies and will rarely remain on the balcony during the day.

He can also occasionally get very anxious in the car when we go to the country and when we go for walks in the woods, but not in town!  He will whimper and cry as well when we leave the country (we have lived there in the past – I believe he misses it).  Maybe he fears for my safety…?! However, when we arrive to the country, he jumps to my cheek and kisses me to thank me for taking him there.

Same issue arises when we play ball in the lake. He gets over excited and seems to feel he is on a rescue mission and will bark like he never does.  However, I do not think these issues are related besides from the anxiety he presents.

He rarely barks unless necessary, loves to play, fetch and mostly, very much of a tease of a character.  He is also very good with other dogs and even cats.  He loves to cuddle, and likes a confined space to sleep like under the table or in a closet.  He always keeps an eye on me, whatever I do!

He has no other health issues whatsoever and is never sick.  I have tried several remedies over the past years, Arsenicum, Opium, Nux vomica, etc. but none have helped so far.

Thank you so much for your help!

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Greetings Dominique,
Start with Aconite nap 10m – one dose three times a week for two weeks.  After this move to Phosphorus 200c twice a day for two weeks followed by once a day for two weeks.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,
I have just adopted a miniature American/Australian Shepherd now 3.5 months old, very cheerful and active, very affectionate, although a bit stubborn sometimes (she likes to challenge). At 3 months she expressed pretty much by acute barking. Whenever she is happy to see someone, especially early in the morning, she tends to pee instantly drops of urine. The same can happen just beside the water. In other moments during the day, she is perfectly able to see it coming and goes to the yard to pee, and lately she started to pee during walking outside. I have been told that this issue is common to the breed, but I am not convinced. What would be your experience and suggestion?


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Igor,
Pulsatilla 30x three times a day for a month

Hello Dr. Khalsa,
There is a wild cardinal that comes to my porch but he looks very strange. He looks like he is wearing a black hood and lacks the cardinal’s signature comb.  His body type is rounder than the other cardinals and there are dark streaks in his bright red. My vet said it is due to feather mites. Is there a remedy I might give him to help him?  He comes to my porch every day and is braver than the other birds.  If I go out and all fly away, he is the first to come back and sit just a few feet away.  Thank you for any suggestions you can make for him.
Jo-Ann Murphy        [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Gawsh… I do not do much with birds.  I bet ivermectin is good but you would have to dilute it so so so so so much and I do not know the ratio for a bird.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,
We had our 5-year old cat on raw food most of her life.  She likes it, but it seems to make her constipated. I believe it’s because there’s no fiber in it.  Is there a fiber you can recommend? The vet said psyllium could create megacolon.  Also, is there any canned cat food that you would recommend?

Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Pumpkin is a great addition and most cats do like it.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My dog is almost 9 years old.  She had her annual checkup and the vet said all is okay, but she is beginning to have cataracts because of old age. Otherwise her health is good.  She is a German Sheppard and Black Lab mix. She’s a very active dog.  Eats well.  Is there anything I can give her to slow or stop the cataracts?

Thank you
Ranjit Grewal

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

First of all, cataracts are often confused with nuclear sclerosis in older dogs. Cataracts have a very specific appearance.  Nat mur 6c once a day for a month may help.

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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.


  • Hello,

    I do not know if this has an interest, but I specify that I live in France. I have a 19 year old “sacred burmese” type cat. She is in great physical shape, plays like a baby cat, sometimes has had well-controlled cystitis problems with cantharis and mercurius. For a few years now, she started screaming instead of meowing and does it non-stop until you clap your hands, for example, or call her. It ceases. To resume immediately after. Sometimes it is to call lizards or snails that she plays with in the garden, sometimes she is in front of a plant and seems to be calling someone. These are very loud “howls” which wake up the neighborhood and myself, and which sometimes are clearly a way of expressing a whim, for example: “open the door for me” or “I’m hungry and I don’t want this. that you served “… She can spend summer weeks outdoors” screaming “very little, then for two or three days start calling again for no reason around 5:30 am and sleep all day quietly. We thought it was the move or the death of surrounding cats that caused her pain, but we do not know what to do because gelsemium does not work and it becomes unbearable because she does not calm down inside and relax. get tired of caresses quickly. I think it’s an old age problem but don’t know how to help him get over this seemingly boring course.
    thank you in advance

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