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Ask The Holistic Vet – December 2021

Dr. Deva Khalsa VMD answers veterinary questions each month. This month she weighs in on a constipated dog, a rescue dog with seizures, a dog with undescended testicle and more.

Dr. Khalsa,

I’m looking for suggestions for my 12-year-old female dog who is constipated.  I tried pumpkin and olive oil. Is there anything else I could try? She’s so uncomfortable and is constantly trying to go. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  Dog’s do not commonly get constipated.  Home cooking and lots of veggies is good. I would suggest immediately getting an abdominal ultrasound or a barium study. The ultrasound would be my choice.  I am more worried about a cancerous tumor in her intestine, as constipation is NOT common in dogs. Also, an anal sac tumor or problem should be investigated.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I rescued a kitten along with her sister when they were 2 weeks old. Her sister doesn’t have any litter box issues but this one constantly pees outside of the litter box. I’ve changed litter several times. I clean out the litter box every day but she still pees and sometimes poops elsewhere. I plan on getting her fixed soon (wanted to wait until her first cycle) but are there any other possible solutions to this stinky issue?
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  There are many cases where the scented litter offends them. I would try a plain clay litter that does not have perfume in it.

Hi Dear Dr. Khalsa,

We are Kunal and Era from Delhi, India and want help for our 3-year-old Indian rescue dog Kira. Kira had gotten epilepsy starting April 2020 (at 1.5 years old) and it has progressed quite fast. She now gets a seizure every 2 and a half weeks even with 60mg Phenobarbital twice a day and potassium bromide. We have recently added Keppra 250 mg twice a day. She has gotten a severe case of pancreatitis along with tick fever (third time this has happened).

We are worried that she might not survive another time she gets tick fever or pancreatitis. Most doctors have told us that this is mostly due to her body reacting to her epilepsy medicines lowering her immunity.

We are very worried for her and want to try homeopathy to try and cure her so that she can be taken off all of her seizure medicines or for them to be reduced as much as possible. We would be grateful if you could help, or suggest someone who is an expert homeopathic vet in epilepsy and would be willing to help us via telemedicine or online.
Eagerly waiting for you reply and appointment.
Kunal and Era Raheja

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  Once a dog seizures that often, and also needs all that medication, it is difficult if not impossible to get them off the seizure reducing meds. Let’s try Cuprum metallicum 200c once a day for one month and note if her seizure activity reduces. If it does, then reduce the frequency of the remedy or stop it.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My beautiful Aussie Doodle Nora tested positive for Anaplasmosis (tick borne disease) last night. She is one year old and it was just a routine blood work up. My vet recommends a two-week course of Doxycycline. She is asymptomatic. I see mixed opinions online for asymptomatic dogs. I really hate how strong Doxy is for my little lady. Is there another option?
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  I would highly recommend the Doxy and starting it without any delay. These organisms burrow in if you do not start ASAP and then the very serious chronic manifestations of this disease occur.  I thank God for Doxy in relation to tick borne diseases.

Hello Dr Khalsa,

I’m looking for advice regarding my 5-year-old male chocolate Labrador (Cocoa) with one undescended test-icle since birth. The undescended test-icle seems to be visible as a movable lump inside. We did try a few doses of Aur met and Lycopodium but not for long.  The dog is unvaccinated but had all his homeopathic nosodes when he was a pup.  I do want to get him vaccinated as it will enable us to leave him in kennel if needed, but am afraid it might promote malignancy in the undescended testicle.

Medical History – Cocoa had a very bad gastric episode – diarrhea & vomitting at 6 months of age and he lost so much flesh we could see the bones of the face/skull & we thought we would lose him but Veratrum Album saved him. He also got antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.

He also had kennel cough about 3-4 weeks ago – used homeopathy (ant tart, drosera, ipecac, pertussis) and one dose of codeine (given by vet) and is all better now.

Kindly advise on how to resolve the undescended test-icle without surgery.
Many Thanks,
Ritu Gill

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  If you do not give the correct remedy for undescended test-icle prior to them reaching 3-4 months of age, the canal closes and there is no remedy that will work.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

I have a question regarding behavior in my 8-month-old female Newfie lab mix. Every so often she gets afraid of walking through the house. From bedroom to living room. Outside to inside.
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  Aconite nap 200c, once a day for a month.  We can always use a Bach Flower remedy for fear but I find the homeopathic remedy works better.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

What can I give my dog to chew on that’s safe?  I stay away from rawhide because I’ve heard bad things. I was giving him nyla bones but he broke his tooth on one and now I might have to have it pulled. I need something a little softer, keeping in mind he’s an aggressive chewer.

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  A good raw bone, correctly sized for him. At first, scoop some of the marrow out so he does not get diarrhea.  Raw bones work very well. Do not give the knuckle area of the bone but the long bone sliced to size.  Aggressive chewers can bite off a huge chunk of the knuckle and then it can cause GI problems. So, long bones- raw bones.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I’m having a problem with my dog Jack.  I make his food wholistic since he was born and he has always devoured every bite. A short time after our trip to the vet for his second round of shots (rabies and bordetella), he became itchy and biting his paws. He also stopped eating and has no real interest in his food. I switched to a whole food (dry) at the veterinarian’s instruction. Same thing. He also vomits up flem on occasion.  I cannot seem to get any answers. I am wondering if he has a vaccine injury. Is there a way to help him if it’s from the vaccine?
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  I suggest you make an appointment with me per phone consultation.  I do not know how old he is. The itchy and biting paws is likely food sensitivities, food intolerances and food allergies caused by the vaccine. Has he had a blood test to check his kidneys and liver? Problems with these organs will affect appetite. If not, I also suggest a full panel – a blood test – CBC and Chem Panel to check organ function.

Visit Dr. Khalsa at her website for information and phone consults):

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.

Available from:

also…. 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!

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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  • We took in a male cat just under a year and a half ago. We scheduled him to be neutered & when they did the pre-op blood work we were told he tested positive for heartworm. A year later (July. 2023 we took him for an annual physical & he again tested positive. So far the only symptom he has had was an occasional cough, which could also be ingested hair. He hasn’t had any vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, no breathing problems. I heard that you had a natural cure protocol. Can you give me information on that? He is a wonderful cat & we hate the thought of losing him. I would be most grateful for any help you can give us. He is a beautiful orange cat I named Butterscotch although sometimes we call him Morris like the famous cat he resembles.

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