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Ask The Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa – June 2024

Homeopathic / holistic vet Dr. Deva Khalsa answers readers’ questions each month.  Today she discusses a dog with a kidney problem, Lyme infected ticks, a Corgi diagnosed with Giardia, car sickness in a dog and more!

For the past few days my dog Ralf (16 years old) has been drinking huge amounts of water (and urinating a lot…). 2 days ago, he also seemed to be weak. His hind legs were slipping, but also restless.

The blood test results are not conclusive.  Also, his temperature is normal. We are still waiting for the results of the urine (culture). The vet suspects a kidney infection, because protein in urine is very high. Leukocytes are low. Creatinine and urea were apparently normal.

Liver enzymes and alkaline phosphatase are very high.  His belly makes a lot of noise, like water moving inside, but stool is normal. His chronic liver problem is aggravating. He has a nodular liver (regeneration nodules), but yesterday the possibility of cancer was mentioned. He has mud in the gallbladder. (Previous ultrasound also mentioned polyps.)

Left adrenal is enlarged. Huge lipomas increased (the biggest on the left inguinal region and a second one on the breast, slightly on the left). He gained some weight in the past 7 months, because I started giving him more food.

He has a funny body shape. He is a small dog with rather thin hind legs and a tiny head, but a massive rib cage and a fat belly.  When he is hungry, he can eat his own excrement. I also saw him eat dirt and chew on concrete (pieces of broken pavement outside).

I will send you the result of the urine culture probably on Monday.

Ralf’s Abdomen                                                            Ralf’s mouth

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you so much

Madalena Serrano

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Madalena,

The next test I would do is a cortisol/creatinine ratio of the urine to evaluate the possibility of Cushing’s Disease. This test is 99% accurate in ruling out Cushings but if it is high, it does not diagnose Cushings. It has to be first morning unstressed urine. Here is my article on Cushing’s Disease for you to read.

The symptoms, the one enlarged adrenal and the elevated liver enzyme in the blood test all indicate Cushing’s Disease. My article contains treatment options also.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

We live in an area where there are a lot of infected ticks and many people
suffer from Lyme disease, bartonellosis and other co-infections. Is there some non-toxic way to protect our animals?

Thank you very much


 Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The inner terrain of the body is the most important thing in these matters. These days, so many people think that if you are exposed to some disease= you get that disease. A strong immune system is important. Both dogs, cats and humans are often deficient in Vitamin D.  90 % of the population is deficient in Iodine. 80% of the population is deficient in zinc. The first area to be addressed is proper nutrition in regards to support of the immune system.  Additionally, searching for ticks diligently and pulling them off quickly can work quite well.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My Corgi was diagnosed with Giardia. My vet wanted to use metronidazole but I’ve heard that’s not good for them. Are there safer options?

 Thank you


 Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I would also do a comprehensive check for worms, as oftentimes worms cause an imbalance in the gut and this is the real cause of the giardia. I prefer Fenbendazole in the food for 5 days, as it also worms the pet and works against giardia,. Fenbendazole is actually healthy and helps some to cure their cancer.  Something called EM which stands for Essential Microorganisms, is also good as it balances the body.  Here is my article on EM:

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

I’m looking for suggestions on what I can give my cat and a dog for issues with traveling in the car. I’ll be moving soon and they will be in a car for 16 hours or so. The cat gets anxious and I want something to calm him. The dog tends to vomit even on short trips. I don’t know if the vomiting is anxiety related or car sickness.

 Thank you

Barry J.

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Cocculus 6x every 15 minutes for 4 doses before car ride. If that does not help, use Tabacum 6c same dosage schedule. Also, you can give Aconite nap 30x as much as you want for fear of new things

 Greetings Dr. Khalsa,

My pup will be having a fatty tumor removed from his eyelid. They said he will have to wear a cone? He will not do well with it. Is there any other option?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

There are soft collar cones that are sort of a blow up version and similar to the pillows humans get for flight travel.

 Hi Dr. Khalsa,

It’s Kitten Season, and as a volunteer and foster at my local animal shelter, I’ve noticed that many kittens, some chronically, experience diarrhea. While the shelter provides Fortiflora to mix with their food, it doesn’t seem to be effective in many cases. Medication will also be given as needed. I would love to share some alternative recommendations with our dedicated foster group to help these kittens thrive. Do you have any suggestions for kittens or neonates under two pounds?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I would give the EM product I mentioned above at 1/4 teaspoon per kitten twice a day right in the food.

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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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