Veterinary Homeopathy

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

Homeopathic / Holistic vet Dr. Deva Khalsa answers readers questions each month.  Today she discusses cats with Giardia, a dog a cut tongue and one with flatus, an anxious chihuahua, vaccine shedding and more!

What can I give my dog to help with too much gas. He is eating and toileting well.

He has a raw diet to which I add blanched veggies (carrots, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, and peas), dog Muesli and a little brown rice. I also feed frozen sardines 3 or 4 times a week with his main meal.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Sandra,

I am not sure how this gas expresses itself. For instance- as a gurgling stomach or as an arched back when walking because of pain. I would start with Nux vomica 6x three times a day for one week to aid digestion and then move on to a new remedy- Lycopodium 6c three times a day for 10 days to also work on digestion.

The most important thing is to work on general digestion rather than simply treat gas. One remedy for that is Carbo veg- by the way.  Also, he may not be digesting the grains in the dog Muesli.  Are they cooked? Or just soaked?  My book- Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog has a chart with the length of time each grain needs to be cooked for a dog to digest.

Dog’s [unlike wolves] have digestive enzymes to digest carbs. That said, they do not have as many as we humans do so the grains have to be prepared so they can be easily digested by canines.  My article, The Meat of the Matter, explains this along with other things:

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I have a 9-year-old male, neutered chihuahua. He is in perfect health. He eats a raw diet. However, he is prone to severe separation anxiety. Recently, he has started marking when he sees me get ready to leave.  Is there anything I could try?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

You can begin with the remedy Ignatia using it over time in increasing potency. Start with Ignatia amar. 6x three times a day for 5 days and then move to Ignatia amara 30x three times a day for 7 days and then move to Ignatia amara 200c- twice a day for 14 days. If this helps but not enough, you can try a few doses of Ignatia 1M.  Repeat when necessary.

Dear Dr Khalsa,

My daughter has a 14-year-old cocker spaniel dog who has developed a lipoma on his genital area which has grown considerably over the past 12 months. Incredibly though he is as lively as a 5-year-old. He is a very “greedy” dog and will eat until he almost bursts. He has been losing weight lately and is developing a couple of bald patches. The lipoma probably weighs about half a pound and is just starting to make him uncomfortable on a long walk. My daughter couldn’t bear to euthanize him while he is still lively and eating. Is there any remedy that would help.

Thank you

Mick Edwards

 Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Lipomas are difficult to treat with homeopathy. While I can give you remedies which, when you read about them, should help, they do not.  If he has ever had fleas he may have tapeworms, as fleas always carry and transmit tapeworms.

Tapeworms are almost impossible to identify in routine fecal tests so worming him with Droncit may be a preemptive measure.  He should have a routine blood test and test his thyroid also in this (geriatric panel) as hypothyroid dogs tend to get more and more rapidly growing lipomas.  Blushwood Berry may help with the lipoma. It is from Australia but companies that sell it are all over the web and the bottle states the dose per pound on it.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

Other than Rescue Remedy, are there any other natural dog sedatives? My 2.5 year old Labradoodle does not cooperate at the groomer (she nips) and especially when they try to do her nails. The groomer won’t take her without a tranquilizer.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The Chinese herb Shen Calmer works very well and has to be given for about two weeks. That said, once a dog has a nail cut to the quick and experiences pain, she does not forget. No natural sedative will prevent a common sense survival response.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

My new rescue dog bit her tongue pretty badly while playing ball today. It seems to have slowly stopped bleeding. I’m more worried about infection. Any recommendations of what to put on it? It’s at the tip of her tongue underneath.

 Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The oral cavity heals very quickly.  You can give Calendula 30c three times a day orally and also mix calendula tincture with one part tincture and 9 parts water and flush the tongue area several times a day.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

A friend wants to bring her foster dog over to play with my “vaccine not up to date” dog. Hers just got a booster this morning. Is shedding a concern?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The booster shot is not necessary for any dog who has had a distemper or parvo vaccine and I mean JUST ONE VACCINE after 18 weeks of age.  So, even if there was shedding, your dog is immune because she has ‘vaccine not up to date’ yet she was more than likely vaccinated with the yearly booster at least once after 18 weeks of age.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

Both of my cats have the parasite Giardia.  What is the safest effective treatment for that?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Oftentimes Giardia grows when there is an imbalance in the gut.  Usually that is because of worms.  7 out of 10 routine in-house fecal tests are false negative. What that means is 7 out of 10 people proudly leave their veterinarian thinking their pet does not have intestinal worms when they actually do.  If your cats are outside cats, this may be a problem.  You can worm them with Fenbendazole for 3 days. It is   available over the counter at 1 800 pet meds with no script needed.

Also, you can get EM from and here is my article on this fantastic product.

The trick with Giardia is always balancing the gut microbiome.

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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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  • What causes a cats fur to constantly get knotted? Two maine coons – one is fine and seldom gets knots. The other is constantly knotting even though he is brushed/de-knotted daily. Is there a deficiency in nutrients or this just a random thing in cats? Whats the best way to get them out or prevent them?

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