Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – December 2019

Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions this month about allergies in a beagle, a bone tumor in a cat, adenoma and GOLPP in a pit bull and achille’s tendon injury in a dog.

Each month holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers questions on veterinary issues. Dr. Khalsa is a Fellow and Professor of the British Institute of Homeopathy. Send your questions to [email protected] by the 6th of the month to be included in that month’s issue.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I have a one year old beagle. Lately she has been having terrible allergies. It started off with boils all over her belly and private areas to all over her body. A course of antibiotics cleared it but it returned again. We stopped the salmon kibble and it got better. However, now for the last few months her eyes are inflamed with a yellowish green discharge.

Sometimes she can barely open her right eye.  It’s worse after sleep. The discharge also crusts around the eye and she is itchy. The vet said it was allergic conjunctivitis and she received an injection of a new drug that blocks allergies but it made no difference. She also got steroid and antibiotic eye drops but that did not help. She is on probiotics and herbs.

She was a  rambunctious and badly behaved puppy, naughty and nipping. We got a trainer who made a loud noise and she became terribly frightened of loud noises. At some point she became frightened of humans (especially wearing black or dark colors). She growls and barks at all strangers who come to our house including our parents.

She urinates when scared. She has started to smell badly – like a metallic fishy discharge from her private parts. She is not yet spayed. I have tried Silicea, Euphrasia, Arg-nit and none of these seems to work. Arg-nit did help a little bit but then made no further improvement.

Thank you

Uttara   [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

She should be checked for keratoconjunctivitis sicca, also called Dry Eye using a Shirmer Tear Test strip. It sounds like she is not making enough tears. In the old days we vets used to recommend spaying a female dog in cases of allergies, saying that this would often handle the allergies.

Dogs are not like people, when they come into heat the after effect is that all their hormones go as if they are pregnant and their uterine lining thickens and this happens over and over again. Eventually, they get a potentially fatal problem if not caught in time which is called pyometra. Pyometra is a pussy infection of the uterus.

In some cases, the cervix is closed and the pus fills up the uterus like a football and it bursts into the abdomen. In some cases, the cervix is opened and the pus leaches out. The data that she has a metallic fishy smell coming from her privates indicates that she may have pyometra which requires immediate surgery. It is considered an emergency. I certainly hope that you get this information in time.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My 12 year old ginger male cat has been diagnosed with a bone tumour/sarcoma in his front arm, elbow, which has spread to the outside of the bone (cauliflower like) and the inflammation was quite large on the x-ray. There are small fractures forming too. The vet gave me a pain killer anti-inflammatory medicine to put on his food and said he would get worse quickly and the tumour would likely spread.

This lovely gentle soul is limping around and holding his paw but apart from that he is very content and seems happy and purrs a lot.  I have tried to administer 30c Arnica pills. Tried a 200c Aconite/Arg Nit/Ars Alb Mix too. He slept a lot after that one. Also bought some turmeric tablets which I’ve tried grinding & adding to his food (yellow everywhere!)  I bought Thuja liquid drops but the smell of that put him off his food.

Am I right to keep trying to make him better and put remedies on the food?  Can I hope to reduce the inflammation and stop the tumour spreading or shrink it?

Should I try to find a homeopathic vet in the UK?  He doesn’t drink water so I tried putting pills or liquid in sachet cat soup. But it’s a struggle. Any advice would be appreciated,

Warm regards

Josie – Birmingham, UK    [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

You can try high potency Phosphorus as if he is a ginger cat this is often their constitutional remedy and it is very good for bones. I have used it in bone cancer of dogs. Give Phosphorus 1m or 10m twice a day and do not stop because you have to be very aggressive with cancer. This may help but it does seem far advanced.

Dear Dr. Khalsa:

My pit-bull mix had an inoperable adenoma on her left foreleg, melanoma of the iris (also left side), and was showing signs of ataxia in her gait. Just before she passed away she was diagnosed with GOLPP, something of which I’d never heard and which two other vets had missed.  I’m writing to ask if you’d say a bit about GOLPP in your column.  It seems to me that vets may be missing the picture of this disorder.

Thank you.

Dale Moss

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hypothyroidism oftentimes precedes GOLPP. Additionally hypothyroidism often precedes cancer. I have done many cancer studies in my practice. Lastly, ataxia in the gait can be caused by hypothyroidism.  Was her thyroid ever checked?

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

This dog Aron is 8 years old and has had a leg problem for quite some time. The vet is convinced it is an achille’s tendon injury.  An Xray on October 2019 showed arthritis in both knees and chronic inflammation of achillies.   Medication at the time was anti-inflammatory.  He just got worse last month by clubbing more.  Medication now is for pain blocking.

They are going to do a firmer support so will need to do a cast for it. The owner cannot afford an operation.  Symptoms to date are:

It is swelling/fluid by his right hock. Activity aggr.  Clawing appearance and getting worse.  Licking it.   Not showing any pain as far as we can tell.

A slight heart murmer?  This could be the medication from the vet, as he didn’t have it before.  I gave Phos as a constitutional occasionally 200c,  Ruta, Rhus-t, Caust, and Osteoarthritis Nosode -only used once after diagnosis.  No change to the right lower leg at all.

See photos below.

Hope you can help.

Meryl Rawlins – Homeopath   [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

You can try:

Bryonia 30x or 6x four times a day.

Apis 200c – two times a day

MSM- dose recommended for humans

SOD- twice the dose recommended for humans

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

Our 9 year old spayed Yorkie/Jack Russel mix has developed acute kidney failure, probably due to environmental Leptospirosis infection (our holistic vet came to this conclusion after listening to our description of our walking routine, symptom timing and expression, as well as 10 days of blood work.)

She improved on the doxycline after about 10 days but now after 3 weeks, she still has better and worse days, worse, mainly when she feels nauseated in the morning.  We give her a homeopathic remedy to combat nausea but also give her a small dose of cerenia when her nausea doesn’t resolve.

She was initially extremely low in platelets and had anemia but this has since normalized. She gets 2 different Chinese remedies for kidney function and Azodyl as phosphate binder as her phosphate levels are very high (was 14, now 13.5).  Her BUN improved but overall, her kidneys still need lots of recovery.

However, her urinary symptoms (excessive drinking and urination and incontinence) have resolved.  The most she has is an occasional but controllable urinary urge (urinary infection has been excluded after initial culturing/testing).

She was prescribed a locally produced commercial renal diet but our pup rejected this diet after the 1st try when she seemed to like it.  We try to provide a homemade ‘renal’ diet as best as we can.

Her round of docycycline will be discontinued soon after a full 30d and I hope, she will be less nauseous and have more appetite after that. We will retest before Christmas to see where her numbers are.

What else would you recommend to help this girl’s nausea, inappetence, and kidneys?

Thank you,

Heidi     [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Please read this article I wrote for Dog’s Naturally Magazine

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My very affectionate cat will be quite agitated and pull out her hair. She mainly pulls her hair out with her mouth. She has no fleas. She becomes agitated particularly at night and will run around and meow but I can’t work out what she wants. She is also a thirsty cat. I feed her mostly chicken, no dry food, but I suspect at times she eats a neighbor’s cat food. She will also paw you when she’s sitting on you. Don’t know family history, I took her in as a kitten.

Thank you

Liz McKenzie

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The remedy to try is Arsenicum album 30c at the rate of 2 – 3 times a day for 21  to 30 days.  This is the correct remedy but it does look like she has allergies so please read If the remedy does not work, you can up the potency to Ars alb 200c once a day and if this does not work consider the Allergy 4 Pets Elimination program.

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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.



  • I looked at your canine supplement carefully. I was surprised to see that the B vitamins in particular, are synthetic. I would have expected this supplement to have been food based, not chemical. Since I give my dog chicken neck bones and even raw drumsticks, the minerals are unneeded so that would have just imposed excess and inferior minerals. Now I am not sure about buying your book.

    • Most of the time, yeast provides the B vitamins in natural vitamins. However, yeast is an allergen. So Deva separates the B vitamins from the yeast to get rid of the allergen. They are still natural B vitamins but are hypoallergenic.

  • I have a small MINI FOXIE girl who has developed a nasty cough that happens whenever she get excited or barks or drinks water.
    The cough seems dry and yet she seems to try to bring something up when she coughs. Once she has chocked imaginary stuff up she is right again. Have been to several vets who are treating her for Brochitis . Wonder what I could try HOMEOPATHICALLY

  • HELLO, Hope you can help.
    My Mini foxie female has developed a cough that gous until she chokes imaginary substance up It is a dry wheezy cough and nothing comes up when she chokes something up that isn’t there.
    Vets think Bronchitis , have her on Aminyllin .
    Could something homeopathic help . Hope to hear from you

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