Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet March 2024 – Dr. Deva Khalsa

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Written by Deva Khalsa

Homeopathic, holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers readers’ questions each month. Send your question to [email protected] by the 7th of any month to have it answered in that month’s issue. 

The first time our dog became pregnant, she ate all of her puppies. She had a very difficult pregnancy, which began with a sudden and shocking coupling. She began lactating weeks before her due date, and the milk would constantly drip from her nipples, and she was over a week past her due date, when she finally gave birth in the garden, and ate each of her puppies.

She is pregnant again, and has become so in a much friendlier and gentler manner. What remedies can I give her to support her in her pregnancy and to ensure she will not eat her puppies again?

With thanks,


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Shekufeh,

Are you wanting to breed your dog, as you mention the first time was a ‘shocking coupling’? If you don’t want to breed her, you should spay her as dogs have a hormone cycle that is different from humans and every time they go into heat, all their hormones act and play out a real pregnancy cycle, even if they are not really pregnant.

This is why dogs go into a False Pregnancy about 60 days after their heat and sometimes make milk. This predisposes them to a very serious problem called Pyometra, where the uterus gets filled with pus and if not caught in time, can result in death. All this said, I would give the remedy Sepia 200c three times a day starting immediately after birth and watch her carefully.

Dr. Khalsa,

Our dogs are due for their yearly shots. I would like to not get them but they’re around wild life often and hiking trails. How do we fight things like adenovirus, parafluenza, parvo, and lepto? They do take heartworm prevention and natural flea tick chews 9 months out of the year. They drink a good amount of colloidal silver daily also.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Valerie,

Adenovirus and parainfluenza are not seen in dogs really anymore. They happened to be in the multi vaccine and so there they stayed. Parvo and Distemper are the only things that you care about and one, and I mean just one vaccination after 18 weeks of age is good for life.

It is a viral vaccine. To make this easier to understand, are you worried today that you might get Polio? Or your great grandmother -who has not had a polio vaccine for 93 years?  No.  And this is because it is a viral vaccine and it lasts for life. This is the same for Distemper and Parvo vaccinations.

They do not have to be given every year or even every three years. Please look up Dr. Ronald Schulz, one of the best veterinary immunologists ever to walk this world and learn what the real research says.  Lepto vaccines are bacterial vaccines. They cover only some of the versions of the Lepto bacteria and not all.

If they work they only work for 3 months and have serious side effects. Dogs can die from this vaccine.  Look up Dogs Naturally Magazine and read all the stories along with the research on Lepto. So basically, you have bought into the fear that make so many of us vaccinate our pets – WHEN THEY DO NOT NEED THAT VACCINE AT ALL – and wind up causing them harm from the vaccine itself.

Read my article on the Rabies vaccine here:

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My Golden Retriever has cataracts. Is there anything, homeopathy or otherwise to help with cataracts?

Thank you


 Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Celia,

Canine cataracts can affect all breeds and ages of dogs. While certain breeds are prone to congenital cataracts and diabetic dogs often get cataracts, senile cataracts occur in dogs over 6 years of age. Each of a dog’s eyes has a clear lens inside that is used for focusing, just as a camera lens. A normal lens in the eye is made up of 66% water and 33% protein. A pump in the lens keeps this balance in check. When this fails, the protein fibers in the lens clump together creating a crushed-ice appearance when looking into your dog’s eye.

Nuclear sclerosis is very common in dogs older than 6 years of age. It is common for dog owners to think their dog has cataracts when they notice a pearl-like, grayish-blue reflective haze in their dog’s eyes in direct light. Nuclear sclerosis is not a cataract and does not interfere with vision. The lens has simply hardened with age. However, it’s very easy to confuse the two. Your veterinarian can tell the difference between a cataract and nuclear sclerosis when they examine your dog’s eyes with an ophthalmoscope.

It’s easier to prevent cataracts than cure them. Studies in people show that taking extra vitamin E and C reduced the risk of developing cataracts by approximately 86%. The eye has a greater concentration of vitamin C than any other organ in the body.

Only a few species do not produce their own vitamin C, specifically: bats, humans, guinea pigs and primates. Since dogs produce their own vitamin C, supplements for canines often don’t include it. Make sure you examine the ingredients in your dog’s supplement to ensure it is included if your dog needs it. A diet that is rich in antioxidants also helps to prevent cataracts.

A dog with cataracts should get vitamin A, C and E along with zinc in his diet. Studies on lutein, a yellow carotenoid pigment, and cataract formation indicate that this carotenoid is a valuable tool in both preventing and treating cataracts. Kale and carrots are excellent sources of lutein.

Adding brightly colored fruits and vegetables to your dog’s diet will help to prevent cataracts along with other diseases such as cancer. If impaired eyesight is causing your dog to bump into walls and furniture, choose 3 different scents or perfumes to help them identify where they are in the house.

Spray one scent low on the doorjambs on either side of the door. Use another scent for the stairs. You may need to use the third scent if he is also bumping into certain pieces of furniture. Dogs can compensate for lack of sight with smell. Blind dogs quickly learn to navigate to the middle of doors and avoid the stairs with this technique!

There are drops, in addition to the dietary support mentioned above, that can be placed into your dog’s eyes which have been shown to reduce or eliminate cataracts. Ethos Bright Eyes drops from Switzerland contains N-Acetyl-Carnosine. Dogs with cataracts were found to be seriously deficient in this one particular antioxidant. Peter Aldred, the CEO of Ethos Bright Eyes drops states,

“Our drops are deliberately buffered to have a pH of 6.4, for this allows the drops to penetrate the cornea and reach the lens of the eye. This creates a momentary and slight stinging sensation but is needed to create a delivery mechanism for the anti-oxidant.”

“Animallover-Jan” in Anderson, Indiana, has been rescuing dogs and cats for over 40 years. One of her rescues, a terrier beagle mix she named Gweedie Love, was diagnosed with senile cataracts when she was 8 years old. Her sight deteriorated over the next two years and Jan then began giving her Ethos Bright Eyes drops for Pets.

Two months after starting the drops Jan was convinced of their efficacy. Gweedie Love’s eyes were much clearer and she was navigating and playing just like she was before the cataracts appeared. Gweedie Love is now 16 years old and still enjoying a quality life without the symptoms of cataracts.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My dog Lucy’s titer came back and her antibodies are too low. She’s getting a rabies vaccine. What should I give her besides Ledum?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Claire,

Monolaurin by Ecological Labs twice a day for a week before and a week after the vaccine. Also, Lachesis 200c – one dose right after the vaccine and one dose a week later.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My girl cat got spayed last week and is almost healed. She’s ready to go and explore the yard. I’m looking for holistic alternatives to repel fleas! I do not want her to bring them into my home. I do not want to use any toxic chemical treatments. Are there any alternatives that actually work?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Maria,

Yes, there are. There are some tags that have an energetic resonance. But your cat has to be used to wearing a collar.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

Have you any suggestions for detoxing after spay surgery? Also, is there any way to build her immune system beforehand? I am waiting until a couple months after her 2nd heat cycle, probably in March.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Michelle,

Phosphorus 30x three times a day for 3 days detoxes the anesthesia and that is about all you need except for Arnica many doses a day to help her heal quickly and be comfortable.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

Please can you tell me if you know of any homeopathic remedy which will stop a young female cow (heifer) from having diarrhoea? I have tried over several weeks Merc Corr 30, Arg. Nit 30, Arsen Alb 30 and nothing has stopped it.  The diarrhoea is brown and frothy at times – like air bubbles in it.  She is now eating grass but commercial feed seems to make her worse.  Please can you help?

Thank  you

Mrs. Terri Perry

 Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Terry,

Morgan Bach which you can get in England as a homeopathic remedy four times a day for 3 days. It is a Bowel Nosode

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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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