Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa

Homeopathic/ holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers readers’ questions each month. This month the questions include toxicity from a flea drug, a dog with gastric symptoms, a cat with a UTI and much more.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My orange female cat is 10 years old.  Every winter she would play in the snow and the cold never bothered her.  This year her feet get cold after 15 minutes and she starts shaking them.  She may be cold other than just her feet because she asks to come back iton the house after a brief period.  She loves being outside and used to play for hours.  There are so many remedies for chill and/or cold feet that I don’t see where to go with this.  I’m worried because this seems like a major shift in her health.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Please give her the remedy Phosphorus 30c twice a day for 21 days.  Let’s see what this does for her.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My dog is 12 yrs old. She is a Lab and Black Shepherd mix . She had diarrhea and vomiting often and I gave her her Ars alb, Nux vom and Veratrum.  She recovered now since last week, but now she has no appetite.  I give her cooked chicken, yam, carrot, rice but she won’t eat. She just takes one piece of chicken from the bowl and is done. Also, since 6 months ago, she is trying to eat other dogs’ poop if we let her off leash. She’ll also eat tissue paper if she finds it or even some dead piece of meat. She looks okay other than tummy upset?  What can I give her for appetite?  Does she need supplements?  Probiotics?   She is a very timid, quiet dog.

Thank you

Ranjit Grewal

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Pulsatilla would be the remedy to try right now.  Perhaps 6x or 30x three to four times a day. Because of her age, I would have a full veterinary exam and blood test.

Also, she may have intestinal worms.  There are tapeworms which come from fleas and fleas always carry tapeworms and also roundworms and hookworms and the like.  When she is eating well again and feeling normal I would worm her for good measure but do not do that now.

Probiotics will not help. The remedy Pulsatilla may. The two things we have to look at are: (1) Why is she eating dead meat (dead animals as rodents carry tapeworms in their flesh that dogs can get when they eat them) and paper and poop? Is it worms? That is often the case (2) Why does she have diarrhea and vomiting often? It could be cancer, lymphoma of the gut, IBD (see my article Battlefield Gut) or something you are feeding her that is spoiled.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My 2 year old male is an indoor cat and doesn’t go out at all.  Any helpful suggestions with a UTI would be appreciated.  I took him to the vet and it was crystals. We changed his food to a prescription wet food, but he refused to eat it.I bought every kind of urinary diet food I can find and he hates them all. Our vet also said to watch him closely as this can turn deadly if there’s a blockage.

He does not spray.   He does not urinate more than usual but he does take a long time when urinating, seems longer than normal. Once he’s done he licks his penis, which is definitely still bothering him. He urinates outside the litter box every couple weeks.

What other type of food would you suggest other than a “urinary diet food”? Is there something we can make at home?

Thank you

Heather Leach-Steinmann

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Wysong Biotic pH is available everywhere. Cat’s like it. They can eat regular food.  You get the one that LOWERS pH. Put some powder on his food as directed on the package.  A urine is like a science experiment and the longer it sits the more changes occur within the urine sample.

Crystals in a low amount are normal in the urine and triple phosphate crystals which are also called Struvite crystals are normal in small amounts.  What affects (as in the concept of a science experiment that I’m talking about) the formation of crystals is the pH of the urine. So, if we bring it down to 5.5 these crystals cannot be formed.  Wysong Biotic pH lowers the pH of the urine without having to change the food and it’s inexpensive and easy to give and cats like it

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I adopted a dog who is on prednisone after receiving shots to kill heartworm. Any advice about how to support his system since the treatment?  He had his last shot over a week ago, and we’re now giving his prednisone tablets once a day.

Thank you

Carol  Gregory

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The best thing to do is give him some Nux vomica 6X @ 3 times a day for a week and also give him dandelion leaves (and they do come in capsules) once a day to help flush his liver kidneys and lymphatic system. Use the human product and divide it down for the weight.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

My 12 year old Ladradoodle has many fatty lumps (but she isn’t overweight). She’s also starting to get slower and stiffen up.  Are there some natural remedies to make her old age more pleasant for as long as possible?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The first thing you want to do is check her thyroid because that can cause the fatty lumps or at least contribute to them and also it affects their energy level as slowing down and stiffness. Her breed is one that typically becomes hypothyroid. She is due for a full Geriatric Screen blood panel and do a CBC, Chemistry and T4 and Free T4. If her thyroid is low and she goes on medicine which is very inexpensive for dogs, she will get a new life. A dog does not have to be fat to be hypothyroid.

You can also give her Nux vom 30x before bed and Rhus tox 30x morning and afternoon and see how she does with that. Boron as an oral supplement is also good and she can get 6 mg twice a day and it is available at health food stores.

Dear Dr. Khalsa

I deeply regret having given my dogs a Capstar flea pill day before yesterday. One dog is just fine, one dog vomited and was lethargic briefly and is now fine and one dog has had a more severe reaction…itching, acting like possible hallucinations, super lethargic (when not reacting to invisible objects). What can I do to detox my dogs? And what other ways can we manage fleas? We’ve never had a flea season as bad as this!

Thank you


Dr.Deva Khalsa:

That is not an easy question to answer. As you know the product is in the tissues.

Give Nux vomica low potency in the evening and Ars alb low potency (6 or 30) twice during the day with the last dose of Ars alb being before 4 p.m. If the fleas are very, very bad I am not sure the Capstar will work to solve your problems.

The ones that did not do well are not processing in the liver well.  So, if they are older a blood test is in order. Particularly for the one that is lethargic. Each flea lays hundreds of eggs each time and your home is filled with eggs. I have copied and pasted some stuff from Chewy on the web and you CANNOT now give it every day.

Once your pet has swallowed the tablet, the active ingredient,a chemical known as nitenpyram, goes to work within 30 minutes, Dr. Stewart says. Once the nitenpyram enters the bloodstream, the fleas ingest it when they bite your pet. The insecticide attacks the flea’s nervous system, causing paralysis and then death. Within six hours, 90 percent of adult fleas will be dead. How’s that for awesome flea control for cats and dogs?

Capstar flea tablets for dogs and cats are safe. Since nitenpyram doesn’t stay in your pet’s body for long, it’s safe enough to use every day until you get rid of all the fleas. You can also give it to puppies and kittens 4 weeks or older (as long as they are over 2.2 pounds) as well as nursing or pregnant cats and dogs.

  1. You’ll need a follow-up flea treatment for cats and dogs. Nitenpyram only kills adult fleas. Since the insecticide kills them so quickly, the females probably won’t have time to lay eggs. Still, you shouldn’t take any chances. To make sure you kill all the fleas on your pet’s body, including the eggs and larvae, Dr. Stewart suggests you take the following additional steps: Use a flea comb to remove any fleas that remain. You will want to get a flea comb that is designed for either a cat or dog to ensure it is as effective as possible.
  2. Give your pet a bath. Yes, we know some cats hate baths, but it’s the only way to get rid of any flea debris (poop, dried blood and other assorted yucky things). You can use a regular shampoo or a specially marketed dog or cat flea shampoo. It is important that you choose a flea shampoo that is pet specific. You can make your cat very sick if you use a dog flea shampoo on her.

Hello Dr. Khalsa

My 4 year old male Airedale Terrier has developed reverse sneezing in the last couple weeks.  Is this a sign of some pathology and what could be done about it? He seems okay otherwise.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Brian,

I do not know where you live and what the environment is as far as allergies or reactions to substances. Did you add something to your home environment over the holidays? Do you have a lot of leaves? Mold?   Because of his age, I doubt very much that it is sinus cancer as that is rare and he is young.

Sometimes, dogs – in their enthusiasm – jab a small stick up their nostril into their nose. This may sound strange but after graduating veterinary school I was an ER doc for a while and you would be amazed at how many times I saw this. You can also hold a mirror in front of his nose and see if air is coming out on both sides equally from the mist on the mirror.   Try Silicea 200c once a day for three days only.

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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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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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