Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa – February 2023

Homeopathic/ holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers readers’ questions each month.  Here, she discusses sarcoptic mange, safe worming, immune-mediated polyarthritis and much, much more.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

At the end of October, I adopted a 1-2 y/o large mixed breed dog.  She was found abandoned, dirty, and skinny, yet already spayed and microchipped, which I’m sure means vaccinated, as well.  The nice people who rehabbed her of course went wild vaccinating her more (Bordetella, Rabies, DA2PPL-CPV), which makes me cringe.  Is there something I can/should do homeopathically to encourage health in light of the overvaccination?  In case it matters, she was also given Credelio, Amikacin Otic, and Deramaxx while being fostered.

Also, she came to me with pinkish brown staining on some of her blonde fur. An area on her belly is now growing out unstained, but there’s still yucky stain on one of her paws, mainly from between two toes, and a bit near her privates.  It is not blood and does not wash off.

She has a definite preference for cold, hard floors rather than carpet or beds, and also prefers cold weather—she’s so happy running around in the 30’s but quickly tired, panting, and ready to come back inside if it’s in the 70’s, which is cool compared to the sauna-like heat of our south Alabama summers!

Thanks for any words of wisdom!


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Alicia,

If she has not been wormed I would get fenbendazole over the counter at 1-800 pet meds as Safe Guard or Panacur or any name and give it once a day (it is a powder ) in the food for 3 days. The energy to run around and then the tiredness speaks of the remedy Phosphorus and this remedy also gets surprised or alarmed by noises and storms, etc.

It is also very good for the liver which affects appetite. I would give her one dose and one dose only of Sulphur 200c. (opens the case and likes the cold. Only need ONE dose of this as it is an aggravating remedy). Four days later give Thuja 30x or 30c (for vaccinations) three times a day for 1 day and just once the 2nd day. Wait about 5-7 days and start her on Phosphorus 30x twice a day for 21 days.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

My Havanese dog was diagnosed with Immune-mediated Polyarthritis (IMPA).  Would love to know if you recommend a protocol for IMPA.  I do not want to give him the immune-suppressant drugs recommended by my vet, nor will he take them.

He has very itchy skin, multiple arthritic limbs (IMPA has been diagnosed by specialty surgeon), very picky eater, can be very stubborn, chooses to stay in open, large closet for a large part of the day, skiddish with strangers, likes to lay in sunshine, loves back and belly rubs. Very attached to his two pet parents.

Any suggestions are appreciated.


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Limit all future vaccinations and give Double Helix Water (  for humans, a few drops in her drinking water every time you refresh the water in the bowl. Autoimmune disease is complicated and the body is attacking itself.  With all the parameters mentioned above in play, I do suggest you have a consult with me

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My friend runs a non-profit called Erie Trap and Release. She recently got a litter of kittens with cerebella hypoplasia. I was a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for over 20 years and also have cared for cats throughout my life. I practice homeopathy, I took two courses on acute trauma care to use in my wildlife rehab. I’m wondering if you can tell me an effective remedy to help the kittens. I have a list of remedies for neurological conditions, although I am not familiar with this particular condition. I am trying to get her converted to use more homeopathy and I am hoping you can help us.  Please if there’s anything you can do to help me help them I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you

Ann Kinner

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Cerebellar hypoplasia is a developmental condition in which the cerebellum of the brain fails to develop properly. This part of the brain is responsible for fine motor skills, balance and coordination. This happens when the mother gets feline distemper when pregnant. There are levels of severity of the disease and many kittens can grow up and be somewhat impaired but still live a relatively normal life.

I would give Helleborus niger 6c twice a day for 7 days and follow with Hypericum 30x or 30c twice a day for 14 days. If Hypericum is readily available and you have to order the Helleborus start with Hypericum for one week, then Helleborus for 7 days then the 2nd week of Hypericum.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I have a very healthy 11 year old border collie x Labrador; Borador. He is very active and eats homemade food mixed with 1/4 dehydrated grass fed organic food.  I mix mushrooms, herbs and eggs, the food I cook for him is organic. Last March I noticed a small bump like an insect bite in the back of his knee.  The  vet told us we should operate right away, so we did,  January 19th.  They took the cyst out and sent it for cytology test. It came back as apocrine adrenal carcinoma.  The vet that operated  said that she took good margins, however we are seeking for an oncologist going forward.  We are very devastated about this diagnosis. We take very good care of our Oreo since he came to our home. Please, tell me how can I implement his diet or do something to protect him against a recurrence.

Sincerely yours,

Elena, Roman and Oreo

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Seeking advice from an oncologist reminds me of the saying. “ If you don’t want surgery, don’t go to a surgeon for a second opinion.”  Chemotherapy does not work in animals except to add some months of life in cases of lymphosarcoma. This is because dogs and cats do not tolerate chemotherapeutic drugs as well as humans so they receive a fraction of the dose.

Anything like the human dose would cause vomiting and diarrhea and with perhaps bloody vomit. The owners would wind up at the ER and stop chemo.  So, a smaller dose is given which only suppresses the immune system and toxifies the body but does not effectively kill the cancer cells.  It also costs a lot of money.

If anyone can give me a case of a pet whose cancer was cured with only chemo (did not have surgery or had cancer remaining after surgery) please send it over to us as I have never seen one.  All this information is from a seminar at a cutting edge Oncology Department of the veterinary school that has the best oncology for pets in the world.

First of all, check the thyroid. No holistic treatment works with a hypothyroid dog and this is very commonly missed.  If it is low, treat with regular old thyroid medicine. I suggest you make a consultation with me as you are trying very hard yet there are nuances to be explored and handled.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I have a two year old Shihtzu with Dysbiosis or sensitive (leaky) gut. He has a history of tummy upsets and has been on and off of antibiotics and homeopathy since his puppyhood days.  Is there a permanent fix for such health condition in Homeopathy?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you

Nisha Bijoy    

Dr.Deva Khalsa:

The first question is how your dog was diagnosed with leaky gut and who diagnosed it.  My guess would simply be IBD which is a reaction to foods and an imbalance in the microbiome of the gut.  With these cases I treat with Allergy Elimination 4 Pets which is curative. See these links.  I am certified in many different holistic modalities and I choose the one that, as the saying goes, hits the nail on the head and is dependably effective

 Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My dog has suffered from oral papilloma on his tongue for 4 years. It was widespread prior to surgery. However the warts came back on top and under the tongue. We have to take him into surgery again. Is there any medication you’d recommend after surgery so the warts won’t come back again? I tried Thuja drops for him but it didn’t work and now after surgery he started getting seizures. He is suffering too much.  Please advise.

Thank you

Navjit Rai  

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Order Cansema Salve for dogs and cats from They are very nice and will talk you through it via email. You can give him a rice sized to lentil sized oral serving (they will explain per weight) orally and the warts should go away after a few days of oral dosing.  No need for surgery.   This will get all the wart including the borders so they do not grow back as easily although new ones could form. To get rid of them the immune system must be boosted. I use a stem cell activator product that does a good job but it is a scripted item and in some countries is difficult to get overseas.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

What does this look like (pics below)?   We’ve  been to the vet four times, given antibiotics and steroids and it goes away but within 3 weeks it’s back  I have switched food to grain free kibbles and NU Stock. The tail healed but I have to put cones on both of my shepherds to keep them from licking and they scratch a lot. My poor babies, I just don’t know what to do. The skin on one where it’s on her hind area just seems to not get any better and using Nu stock on her but not healing.

This all started about 9 months ago.  I will try anything.  $500 a pop at vet getting out of hand!  He did a skin scrape which came back staph infection but neither me nor my husband have caught it and we play and hug them both all the time.  I just want them healthy.

Thank you

Debra Taylor

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

These pictures are a bit difficult to analyze. Regardless, allow me to give you some important information. Scabies is a mite that cannot be found easily on a skin scraping as the mite lives deep in the skin. It is very contagious and easily transmitted.  The fact that both of them are itching and scratching indicates that there may be sarcoptic mange.

Staph germs are commonly on any dog’s skin and both dogs having itching so severe that it requires a cone.  It would not be a bacterial infection that both of them got at the same time. It’s not easy for a dog to get a skin infection with bacteria. If they have fleas, there is a secondary bacterial infection that commonly occurs, but you have not mentioned fleas, so I am assuming that they are flea free.

There are few instances where bacterial infections of the skin occur. For instance, dogs on Apoquel or Atopica have impaired immune systems and get bacterial skin infections. I do not believe that this is the diagnosis for them. Here is my article on Sarcoptic Mange.

Read it and if it seems right to you, response to treatment will confirm that this is what they have and it is really easy (and inexpensive) to treat. You can purchase ivermectin on-line, or at a feed store or equine store – and you get the injectable 1% swine, sheep, horse and cow bottle and you give it ORALLY. Veterinarians have been using this for dogs and cats for almost 40 years.

It works just as well when given orally. I do not know their weight, but it would be from 1 to 1.5 cc (same as ml) orally once a week for 4 or 5 weeks.  ( Using average weight of that breed.).Wash the bedding each time you give a dose.

If they itch more after the first dose it indicates that they do have scabies. The second dose stops the itching.  You may have to increase the dose but do it with veterinary advice and check the dose as I do not know their exact weights.

 Regardless, it is very, very safe to use and the dose I gave you was on the low side.  Lastly, read my article on Sarcoptic Mange.

 Hello Dr. Khalsa,

How do I naturally detox a 6.5 pound dog from mold exposure to yeast. He also has stomach’s issues. He will no longer eat his raw food. All he will eat is sauteed chicken in bone broth.

We lived in a house where there was hidden mold in my A/C unit for years. Chance has been on raw food for 7 years. I stopped all of his vaccines 3 years ago and 8 months ago stopped all flea medication and 3 months ago I stopped the heartworm medication.

He was on antibiotics for 2 weeks before surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Since the surgery, he doesn’t want to eat his raw food. After the surgery, his ears were full of yeast.  After he eats, his stomach makes very loud gurgling noises which have been going on for years. A vet did blood work in August 2022. Chance has something going on with his kidneys (BUN) and I put him on Pet Wellness Kidney support and added veggies and a little carb to his food as well as antinol for his back.  He has been drinking a lot of water. His breath is bad and his body at times has an odor.

Thank you for any advice.

Carolyn O’Donnell

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

He has (1) allergies (2) IBD (3) Malassezia.  And he has bad teeth and has had a chronic infection. Please read my article on Malassezia The Intense Itch of Malassezia )  as that is what is in his ears and it will also be on his skin causing itching which is itching in addition to food sensitivities, food intolerances and environmental allergies causing the itching.

At the same time he has a GI presentation of the same food sensitivities, food intolerances and food allergies.   I am of the thought that you are giving too much credence to some mold in your home and you are not looking at the overreaction of the humoral immune system, the insufficient cellular immune system and the chronic inflammation from allergies, in addition to the stress of past dental infections.

I do suggest you contact me for an appointment. There are several steps that need to be taken that only I can do to remedy all these potential  problems. . If the blood test below is his test, he is also in beginning stages of kidney failure. The kidneys are very, very efficient organs and when the numbers go above the high normal there is 75 to 85% kidney failure which means that he has from 25 to 15% kidney function left. It is very important to preserve this function. I will add in an article of mine that has some simple steps to help the kidneys but there is more that can be done.  See Kickstarting Kidney Function :

Don’t assume it was the surgery that caused the lack of appetite. The kidney function may be getting worse. This test was 5 months ago, and he could be in advanced kidney failure. Get another blood test ASAP.

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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.

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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