Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet April 2019 – Dr. Deva Khalsa

Written by Deva Khalsa

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions about lipomas in a dog,  a cat with a ranula, a dog  terrified by fire crackers, raw beef and liver for dogs and a cat with a scratched cornea. Send questions to [email protected]

Each month 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 issue.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

Over the last year, our 8 year old male dog Charlie has developed 2 small lipomas on his chest. He has always been insecure and scared of driving. He’s extremely ‘outgoing’ and tries to lick himself out of any veterinarian’s exploring hands.He’s on a home prepared diet; he grew up on a whole food meat/bone/vegetable/ some fruit supplemented diet and is switching now slowly to an increasingly more plant-based whole food diet (gluten-free and including selected grains only). All his food has been organic except for the 3 months before we adopted him and his sister. They drink filtered water and get regular exercise (daily 1-2h walks and ‘weekend warrior’ sprint and retrieve play; he is rightfully proud when retrieving and carrying his large frisbee).

Are there remedies that might help for lipomas and his insecurity? Thank you so much for your help!


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Baryta carb 6x three times a day can have some positive effect in handling lipomas.


Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My 7 year old Siamese cat developed a blocked salivary gland under her tongue. The vet called it a Ranula and said it was benign, but he offered to remove it surgically. Is there a less invasive approach with homeopathy?

Thank you Celia

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

You can try Silicea 6x four times a day which may unblock it.


Greetings Dr. Khalsa,

The 4th of July in the U.S. is coming up and every year my dog is terrified by the firecrackers. I’ve tried talking to the neighborhood kids who are doing it, but they just shrugged me off. In the past, Aconitum in different potencies and Bach remedies haven’t had any effect. I hope you have a suggestion.

Thank you

Linda Cummings

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

First of all, yawn a lot when the firecrackers are going off, as this is calming for dogs.  The two remedies as a more constitutional fix that work the best are Lachesis and Phosphorus.That said, homeopathic Borax is incredible for thunder and firecrackers in 6x potency.  Four times a day for a week before firecrackers and during the firecrackers.


Hi Dr. Khalsa,

We feed our two Shepherd dogs raw beef which we grind up and prepare with a nutrient mix. We’re worried that the nutrient mix uses liver to add certain vitamins and it’s not organic liver. If we used a nutrient mix without liver, what vitamins would we have to add to compensate?

Many thanks

Brian Gonski

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

It’s not that easy to get everything organic for our pets and I do not know what is in the nutrient mix.  I do not believe in all raw meat diets.  You can look at my articles on my site called The Meat of the Matter and Protecting Health which explain pH and diet.  I believe in whole lightly steamed veggies and the greens supply easily digestible calcium.

The Meat of the Matter

Protecting Health

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Greetings Dr. Khalsa,

My cat somehow scratched her cornea while playing in the yard. It was diagnosed with a dye at the vet. She gave me some steroid drops, but I’m wondering if there’s something I could use that would actually speed healing and prevent infection.

Thanks for your time.

Karen O’Donnell

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Eyes can be a very serious thing.  Usually antibiotics in the eye are necessary. As this answer usually has some delay, I would assume you have put her on the drops and that things have cleared up.  One option is fresh aloe from the plant directly, removed as a jelly and then placed on the lids so it gets into the eye, (this is safe) and do this every hour or every few hours. This can clear up a corneal scratch very quickly. But as some time has gone by, I cannot recommend it here, as I have always used it immediately.

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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.

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