Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet Jan 2020 – Dr. Deva Khalsa


Veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions this month about a a perianal fistula, a sebaceous cyst in a cat, a large lipoma in a standard poodle, cats scratching the ears and the report about grain free diets causing cardiomyopathy.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My dog, an 11-year-old Shih Tzu-Terrier mix, weighs about 32 lbs. He has been dealing with chronic constipation for many months. His bowels gets very blocked. He tries unsuccessfully to relieve himself (very dry, clay like consistency)

I have to intervene (break it up) and then he is able to relieve himself.  I have used Lycopodium and Plumbum twice a day without much, if any relief. My dog is being treated for Perianal fistulas which treatment is helping; now the constipation is the major issue.  Thank you for this wonderful service you provide us!

Sharon Brekke  [email protected]


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Sharon,

Your dog is likely being treated with cyclosporine for the Perianal fistulas and this is a very immunosuppressive drug. Here is an article I wrote about it. This article references it in regard to allergies as, under the name Atopica, it was commonly used. But veterinarians knew it caused cancer as it suppresses the immune system so much.

This drug appears to handle it but the side effects are alarming. That said, perianal fistulas are a difficult medical problem to treat.  As far as the constipation I do not have any idea of what you are feeding him and diet is an important component. I would recommend Probonix for dogs and Canine Everyday Essentials in the diet- both sold at routinely, along with the Chinese herb Ma Zi Ren by Mayway herbs at 3 pills three times a day for a month.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I have an 11 year old female cat who is in good health. She was diagnosed with a sebaceous cyst some years ago.  It has since grown to about three quarters of an inch. It’s soft and movable. Constitutionally, I believe she’s a Pulsatilla. I was thinking of Silica, but not sure what potency or dosing to use.   Can you make a suggestion (including another remedy if need be).

Thank you



Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Silicea is a chronic of Pulsatilla. Is she chilly and delicate?  Regardless, it could open and drain the cyst but must be used, for that purpose in low potency. The potency of Silica to try would be 6c or 6x two or three times a day for a month.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

How would you treat a white standard poodle of 12 years with a large abdominal/shoulder lipoma. Can it be done non surgically?

Thank you

Roger Morgan


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Honestly, in my almost 40 years, homeopathy does not always work so well on large lipomas. Baryta carb is indicated to try at 6c three times a day for a month. Sometimes shark cartilage or bovine cartilage has helped but the product has to be absorbable and most work best if given rectally so that pretty much eliminates that.

I would check her thyroid gland function and if it is low supplement with thyroid meds as dogs who are hypothyroid tend to get more lipomas.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I have two cats who recently began scratching their ears. I combed them searching for fleas, but none turned up. It could be ear mites, and if so, what is the best way to deal with that?

Thank you

Patricia K.


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

You have to look in their ears and see if there is any black stuff.  Take them to a veterinarian and have them examine and clean the ears. It could be mites… as both got the ear itch at the same time and it could be a yeast.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

The U.S. FDA issued warnings about feeding dogs grain free foods, stating that it could lead to dilated cardiomyopathy. Is there anything to this, and does it also apply to cats?

Thank you



Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Dr. Jean Dodds sent out a report on this after it happened and here it is.  The studies are questionable and are all noted here.

Here is Dr. Dodd’s opinion (a most highly respected veterinarian):

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My cat sometimes coughs up large hairballs. It takes some effort for her to do this.  She’s not a particularly long haired cat and I comb her with a fine tooth come. Someone suggested giving her oil, but I’ve heard warnings about giving various oils like olive oil and coconut oil, so I’m not clear what’s okay to use, and how much.

Thank you

Howard Kimmelman


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I have no idea of who warned you against these oils. The internet is filled with so much false information while medicos, at the same time, give drugs with horrific side effects with no conscience whatsoever.

Coconut oil is great for cats. They love it and it is like ice cream to them. They can have from one teaspoon a day to one tablespoon a day but start with a teaspoon and do that for a month or so and see how it goes. Then increase if there is no diarrhea and the hairballs are still present.

Olive oil is fine, also, if it is virgin olive oil that is real olive oil. A lot of olive oils, mostly from Italy, are only part olive oil and they are cut with other cheap oils. Kirkland brand, for those who are interested is good. I have a list of what is pure and what is not but…. Cannot remember all the Italian brands and could remember Kirkland from Costco.

I would give your cat two things.  (1) Vital Vities for Cats by Deserving Pets as this is the most complete vitamin/mineral/superfood for cats and lots can be put in there as it is microencapsulated so they can get dandelion and the like and not taste it at all. It’s flavored with an all natural flavoring and reduces shedding amazingly.

Cats are not supposed to shed all over the place. I have my three cats on it and have no fur on furniture or to vacuum up.  And in addition, give the coconut oil. Shedding and loose fur and hairballs are all in the same family.

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Editor’s note: Dr. Khalsa’s new book was just released:

The Allergic Pet –Holistic Solutions to End the Allergy Epidemic in Our Dogs and Cats

Dr. Khalsa shows how to strengthen the immune systems of dogs and cats without invasive techniques or pharmaceutical drugs.

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The second edition of Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog is now available. It’s an exceptional book with information not offered in any similar work. I recommend it highly!

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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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