Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa -Feb 2024

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 issue. 


I rescued a 7 lb, 7yr old miniature pincher dog. I know they gave him a rabies shot (and probably others) and “fixed him” prior to release.  Three years later I’m convinced he has Autism &/or PTSD. He never learned his name, sits on my lap staring into space all day & night in a stupor. He played at first when he came-now he does nothing. He seems content-unless I get upset. When I get upset, he stands staring into space alarmed/ frozen until I say “I’m ok, come here” and he releases and breathes again. Is there anything I can do so he might have a normal life- no more shots! No one else can come near him- he gets vicious when he hears or sees any animal or person.

Thank you,


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

That is a very unusual story. I would check his T4 in a blood test as hypothyroidism could mimic that and a dog does NOT have to be fat to be hypothyroid.  If the T4 comes out normal then I would give him:

Natrum muriaticum 200c once a day for 5 days then every other day for 14 days.

I would follow that with Anacardium orientalis 200c twice a day for two weeks followed by twice a week for months if it helps and seems to work

Hello Dr. Deva!

I have a male German Shepherd in very good heath considering his 13 years of age, except for normal aging issues such as hearing loss, cataracts, arthritis and weakening hind legs.

He caught Lyme disease 10 years ago and from what I’ve red, and according to blood tests, as a result, the blood thickens. I wonder if that could be causing his uneasy shallow breathing and very slow walk at times?

He has never had lung issues, does not cough, but shows what would sound like a small asthmatic wheezing during inspiration, but does not present any mucus discharge or blood. His nose sometimes is a little warm, breathing a bit quicker, all else and stools are fine. I have integrated some chicken liver and hearts more iron to his diet.

Any protocol or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Dominique –  Montreal, Qc.

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

He needs a full geriatric panel with a T4 to check all of his internal organs and, as thyroid function affects hind leg weakness, this should be part of the panel. Additionally, a routine urine analysis and it has to be a clean or sterile sample and this should be done to check for protein loss in the urine due to an autoimmune disease in the kidneys which, can, but does not always, occur in the aftermath of Lyme disease.  Lyme does not cause thicker blood and as dogs cannot talk and give us clues these blood tests are far more important than even people.

Until I have a more full picture of what is going on, any suggestions would be useless.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I have an 8-year-old entire female 20kg Vizsla.  18 months ago, she developed a thinning patch 3 cm across on her left flank.  I gave her homeopathic Sulphur 30c, then Thuja 30c.  The vet suspected mites or demodex but after 3 skin scrapes none were found.  I gave Psorinum 30c then Graphites 30c.  Each remedy daily for 2 months.

An equine vet suggested anal gland issues and her glands were emptied (but not infected) three times at monthly intervals and then found not full any more.

She had one bioresonance treatment.

The patch is still the same size and the hair thinned.  She is fed raw meaty bones, never vaccinated and has not had any chemical flea/tick/worm treatments.  Her mother (also raw etc) lived to 16 and in the last year had lung cancer and cognitive decline.  She has had two litters at 4 and 5 years old, and after the second litter had sterile periadnexel dermatitis which cleared up with Graphites and Sulphur.

She lives in our chemical free home with a daughter from each litter, and at night she co-sleeps with us in our bed.  She has become on lead dog agonistic barking and lunging.  In the last year I have switched to much longer leads and slow walks to give her distance from other dogs when on lead as I think the behaviour change is somehow linked to the patch.

After 18 months I don’t know what to do next and would be grateful for any pointers or remedy suggestions.

Kind Regards

Eileen Sargeant

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

First try the remedy Lycopodium at 6x or 6c two or three times a day for two or three weeks as this often promotes fur/hair growth.  If this does not work, try Tellurium 30x twice a day for 10 days

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I am a 3rd year student at South Downs School of Homeopathy, and I adopted a beautiful Maine Coon cat called Max around 6 months ago. He is 11 years old, but unfortunately has spent his life on allopathic meds & jabs, prednisone being the worst.  He has a fleshy lump on the roof of his mouth near his right tonsil (photo below). He was on the last round of steroids for that, and after managing to gently wean him off the tablets, putting out fires with remedies as we went, I am now left with the original lump, and also terrible mouth ulcers that keep recurring.

I have tried many remedies for the more pressing ulcers, including, Merc, Hep sulph, Borax, & Lach, but they keep returning. I did try the Prednisone remedy too, but I didn’t see any significant improvement.

I would love to finally clear them up once and for all, and then address the lump, which also gives him a lot of nose irritation from within. He has bouts of sneezing, and has a lot of white mucous which makes him snuffly at times. Kali Mur didn’t help with the mucous.

His breath has a nasty fishy odor to it.

Sorry! I have given you a right old conundrum to ponder. I appreciate it’s not easy to diagnose things without seeing the animal. Here is a photo:

Thank you

Theresa Bulic

 Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Teresa,

Condurango may be a remedy that is specific for this. I would use 6x potency three times a day.

Baptisia 6x or 6c four times a day would be my remedy of choice for the infection of the mouth. It is a GREAT remedy for felines.

The question is if the lump is cancer or not.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

Is there something I can give my 13-year-old half golden, half mut to help with joints? He is now losing muscle in his legs and has a tough time getting up. Otherwise in great health.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Again, a thyroid test. Here is the URL for my article on thyroid and neurological weakness. Your 13-year-old is half Golden, a breed that is predisposed to this. It is so very, very easy to treat with thyroid medication if this is the case so it is the thing to check first.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My dog is 13 years old and healthy but I noticed this growth under her paw (photo below). She is licking it.  I know that’s not much to go on, but what are the possibilities?

Thank you

Ranjit Grewal

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

It could be a malignant melanoma or a wart or something else. It is an abnormal growth, for sure. You can use a Cancer Salve or bloodroot type product on it. They usually come with instructions but you often leave it on for 20 minutes and wipe it off and do it several times.

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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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