Veterinary Homeopathy

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

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers veterinary questions every month in her column. This month she addresses Giardia in a dog, ear mites in a cat, viral vs bacterial vaccines and more!

My dog turned up positive for giardia. I read that pumpkin seeds help get rid of it. Is that correct and if not, is there anything else I can give her?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

 Giardia is secondary to intestinal worms which cause an imbalance in the GI tract and promote their growth. I would use Panacur -Fenbendazole- Safe Guard- over the counter at 1-800 Pet meds per weight as packets in the food for 3 days straight. This will eliminate roundworms, whipworms and hookworms and one of the forms of tapeworm. It will not handle tapeworms from fleas. If your pet has had fleas within the past 2 years and not been wormed for tapeworms, I should let you know that just about all fleas carry tapeworms. Fleas and tapeworms go together like a horse and carriage.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I’ve been trying to treat my 10-month-old female cat’s ear mites for almost a month but it just gets worse and has spread to her chin, neck and around her eyes. First, I used natural oils to clean her ears of the gunk. It didn’t help as it comes back with a vengeance. Then I applied diatomaceous earth, but it seemed to go down her ear canal and possibly plug her ears. Can you suggest anything?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

 Ivermectin- the 1% horse, swine, cow, sheep injectable. YOU DO NOT inject it YOU GIVE IT ORALLY-  This has been used by veterinarians for multiple decades for this problem. She gets ONLY one small drop in her food or mouth twice a week for 2 weeks and this should do it. Ivermectin is over the counter at Feed Stores and Equine Stores

Greetings Dr. Khalsa,

My husband and I recently rescued two 5-month-old Belgian Malinois. I took them to a vet but they want them to get vaccinated for Lepto/Bortedella. My question is, can I use homeopathic Nosodes instead and are they really effective?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

 Let me allow this question to explain vaccinations to people. Humans get a polio vaccine when they are children and it is a viral vaccine and they are confident that it works and that it’s going to provide lifelong immunity. You’re not worried that your grandma tilly is 107 years old and she hasn’t gotten any boosters on her polio vaccine. That’s because viral vaccines work for life.

The parvo and distemper vaccine for dogs are viral vaccines and they are good for life. If one vaccine occurs after 18 weeks of age. They only need one vaccine after 18 weeks of age for parvo and distemper. This is not my opinion, it is the opinion of doctor Ronald Schultz who is one of the very best veterinarian immunologists.

That’s because these are viral vaccines. Now, bacterial vaccines are a horse of a different color and they’re a very different story. They provide very little immunity if any at that immunity lasts for three to four months. That’s not a long time…. so if you wanted to potentially (and the word is potentially) cover your pet for Bordella or leptospirosis you’d have to give them that vaccine four times a year with iffy coverage and some of the worst side effects of any vaccines.

I believe that a pet’s immunity should be at its best and this will work much better than an iffy nosode, Bordetella. It’s a very easy problem to cure and the remedies are Aconite every 15 minutes for an hour followed by Antimonium tart four times a day at 6c or 30c potency with also Drosera four times a day at a 6 or 30 potency along with colloidal silver. The silver that is best is made from Sovereign silver because it is nanoparticle used and available at health food stores and kennel cough can be gone in a day.

Hi Dr Khalsa,

Is there a natural way to sedate a chihuahua so I can clip her nails? She is a terror and will growl and bite. The muzzle I bought doesn’t fit well and she is scary crazy. Rest of time she is a sweetie.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Try Rescue Remedy … Aconite nap 30c— but it is just easier to get a muzzle that fits and just get it down fast with someone to help you.  Also, you can Dremel her nails.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

My cat has worms. I’m giving her Verm X and Cina, but it seems to be having no effect. I can’t get her to eat ground pumpkin seed. Are there other options?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I am fond of Fenbendazole and Ivermectin to worm. These products are in holistic cancer treatments.  I am not sure of what kind of worms you mean? Perhaps tapeworms? If so, you need Droncit which puts holes in the cuticle of the tapeworm so it cannot resist being digested by the host.  I have written many articles on natural worming products. Quite honestly i just want the worms dead and out and finished and these products are not dangerous and they work quickly and effectively and then you’re done and you can focus on other problems

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My 6- month-old miniature poodle has black wax inside his ears and can’t stop scratching, I’ve got ear drops for him already and colloidal silver spray but is there anything I can do for him.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Jerry,

That is not wax but rather a yeast called Malassezia and is very itchy and it is a yeast, so your dog has a yeast infection in the ears. The ear canal is quite long and it’s deep in the ears like sort of being deep in the drain of your sink, so you have to actually be very proactive.

I’m going to attach two articles for you to read that I wrote and I’m also going to put a recipe for a chronic ear solution which is very nice and it works well but you don’t want to use it on inflamed ears

This explains the yeast:

This explains ear infections:

Here is the recipe:

Miracle Solution for Yeast in Ears

4 ounces rubbing alcohol (70%)

1 tablespoon boric acid powder

4 drops Gentian Violet

Mix all in dropper bottle and shake.

The purple color may go away.

Use once or twice a day for 14 days.

Then you may need to use it occasionally.

If the dog shakes things may turn purple.  As I have found that some boric acid powders do not dissolve I am recommending this one:

Ecocall 99.9 % pure Boric Acid fine powder

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I need some suggestions for inflammation in my 7- year-old pup. He has a good deal of it in his back that has remained persistent over a month. Xrays showed mild arthritis along his spine. He is on green lipped mussels, a glucosamine & chondroitin with MSM. Is there something else that could potentially help?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

 Hi Shirley,

I would check him for tick borne diseases as I am not sure what you mean by ‘inflammation’. I would get him to a doggy chiropractor to correctly align his back and I like Myristin for Dogs sold at Katie’s Pet Products.

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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.


  • Dear Dr Khalsa I have a cross German shepherd with local Chinese dog (tung gau). He is 11 years old, and has developed one or 2 lipoma under the skin, and a few more deeper lumps which the vet cannot identify. the deeper lumps have appeared within one month. My vet is recommending a biopsy under general anaesthetic for the deeper lumps, and will also take them out if he can. I currently have him on Thuja LM1. He also suffers from fungal skin infections during the HK summer which is very hot and humid. We manage this by using a medicated shampoo and some natural sprays for “hot spots”. Any recommendations? Also any recommendations for the lumps? I know its difficult having not seen him. He is not bothered by them at all, and when moved around he does not flinch at all. Just concerned about the deeper lumps. Thanks so much.

    • Hi Mina,
      I’m posting Dr. Kahlsa’s answer:

      Dr. Deva Khalsa:
      I would recommend Psorinum 200c twice a day for one week, wait two weeks and repeat for the hot spots and fungal condition. You cannot get Psorinum anymore in the US but I believe you can obtain it where you live. As far as the deeper lumps, why not do a fine needle aspirate and see what happens. You simply aspirate and if it looks like fat on the slide and comes out like that, it’s a 99 % chance it’s a lipoma. If it comes out as a different cellular mix and look, they send that slide to the pathologist to stain and look to find out what kind of cancer, if that’s what one is dealing with. As mast cell tumors of the skin (which are common in dogs) requires a 2 inch all around border on removal- which makes a big incision- it is good to know what you are dealing with before you remove it. Homeopathic remedies do not work well with lipomas FYI – but you also would want to check his thyroid function.

  • My nearly 18 years old puppy (Yorki/Bichon mix) has calcification in her eye. It’s big white spot visible on the Iris of the right eye. She also has a white haze- cataracts. Her eye keeps watering. Veterinarian ophthalmologist gave Refresh eye drops with analgesic. Eye continues to water. Is there anything I homeopathic that might help?

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