Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa – Nov 2022

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Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa DVM answers readers’ veterinary questions every month. This month she discusses the proper bones for a pit bull, feline herpes, a dog with bilateral patellar subluxation, and more. Send questions by the 7th of the month to: [email protected]

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

I’m wondering what to do about my dog’s teeth. He’s a pit bull cross and weighs 30 kilos and phosphoric constitutionally He’s approximately 6 years old, raw fed since I adopted him 2 and 1/2 years ago and he always gets a few lamb ribs after he has eaten his meal.  I’ve tried Fragaria 30c for quite a while but it hasn’t made any difference. The calculus on his teeth is brown in colour, close to the gums and mostly on his incisors. His breath smells kind of fishy

Thank you

Mark D’emmanuele

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Bones from cows, long bones- raw- and have him chew them twice a week or so.

Lamb ribs do not cut the mustard.


Hello Doctor Khalsa,

My pug starts sneezing all of a sudden and lot of fluids come and many times when he is not able to sneeze it out he feels choked. Can you suggest any remedy?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

This requires a veterinary visit to look up his nose and evaluate.  You can hold a mirror when he is not having an episode in front of both nostrils to see if both of them create a circular cloudy area on the mirror. If one does not it means that one side of his sinus has a problem. Regardless, a veterinarian needs to take a good look. Dogs don’t get sinus problems like people. This indicates something that is perhaps more serious.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My male cat, 2 years old is an indoor cat and doesn’t got out at all.  I’m reluctant to take him to the vet as he’s “technically” not up to date with his rabies vaccine. When we adopted him and his sister they both had it as kittens in December 2020.

7 months later, in July 2021, we had a bat in the house and they were near it and I wasn’t sure if they had an interaction with it or not.  The vet proceeded to tell me it’s the law they get another rabies shot and gave them both another dose of the vaccine.

Long story short I’m sure they’re would refuse to treat him unless he had an updated rabies and it’s not something I want to do right now. 3 rabies vaccines in less than 2 years seems a bit much.

Any helpful suggestions with a UTI would be appreciated. Otherwise, he is in good health. Weighs about 10-11 lbs and eats Rachel Rae’s indoor dry cat food.  I’ve been trying to give wet food here and there but it’s not every day.

Thank you,

Heather Leach-Steinmann

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

This is a long story but there is very little data about the UTI. Does he spray? Does he urinate often? It could be crystals due to pH or stones or bacteria or nothing. Change his food to a urinary diet and I do not at all like Rachel Rae’s food. It could all be the food.


Hi Doctor Khalsa,

I have an eight-year- old Havanese dog with bilateral patellar subluxation. His knees wobble when he walks. Is there anything I can give him for strengthening?

Thank you,

Lynlee Schreiber

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

This is usually due to a shallow patellar groove in the knees and is a mechanical problem. You can try Ruta 30x twice a day for 3 months to help strengthen the ligaments and Ruta is also specific for the knee. Also, sometimes a chiropractic adjustment of the knees helps. As I do not know exactly how shallow the groove is I cannot go further as other options may be a waste of your time and ineffective.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My 15- year-old cat, Ernie, has lost about 1.5 lbs (.07 kg) in the last year. I’ve noticed him drinking more water over the past 3 months. Last week he stopped having an appetite. He refused to eat and then started vomiting bile as there was nothing in his stomach. This happened twice last weekend.

I brought him to the vet and they gave him an anti-nausea shot and some electrolytes. His bloodwork came back normal. His appetite picked up a little during the week, but then yesterday he totally stopped eating and vomited bile again last night.

I tried everything, his favorite liver pate, tuna juice, all his favorite wet foods, and even tried to get him to eat some raw food again. He is asking for food, but no matter what I give to him, he won’t eat it. He sniffs it and walks away.

He is still running up and down the stairs and jumping up on the counters as usual. I’m bringing him back to the vet tomorrow for an Xray to see if there is a blockage.

Is there anything you recommend?

Many thanks,



Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Check for a blockage and megacolon. Is he pooping at all? You did not mention that.  You can also give him Nux vomica 6x or 30x several times a day to promote intestinal health. I do not know if he was tested for pancreatitis but Iris Versicolor 6x, 6c or 30x several times a day does very well with this.


Hi Dr. Khalsa,

Is there a cure for feline herpes virus causing much congestion, sneezing. Have tried several homeopathic remedies with some success, but it always returns. Also has some mold allergies (air conditioning).

Thank you

Lynn Tapper


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The cure is boosting the immune system dramatically and getting the Thymus gland into good working order. Many cats and also many humans have herpes and other viruses and they only come out when the immune system is impaired.  I like Dr. Ramaeker’s Professional Veterinary Immune Powder.  It is by prescription only but if you go to Katies Pet Products on-line and ask for Jill and tell her Dr. Khalsa sent you, you will be able to get some.


Dr. Khalsa,

My dog tested positive for Lyme disease in December of this past year. Last week I found a deer tick on him that I had trouble getting out and there was a red swollen spot behind the bite. Afraid it was Lyme again. I called my vet who is making me wait a month to test as they don’t want him to become resistant to the antibiotics.

She urged me to keep him on tick preventative all year round. Is there anything I can give him as a safe natural preventative that works?

Thank you



Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Dr. Mercola’s Diatomaceous Earth and neem powder works very well, I am told.

Visit Dr. Khalsa at her website for information and consults:

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.

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.


  • Hi Dr Khalsa,

    I have worked with you in the past on my dog Dallas’ allergies.

    We have moved from NY to GA in Feb 2021. Getting used to new environmental allergies is a nightmare. Dallas is really suffering badly and I have tried almost everything. I am working with an amazing like minded vet here. She is an intuitive and uses herbs and homeopathic remedies as well as allopathic. She does the hair and saliva testing and chiropractic.
    I am also seeing a chiropractor who doesNAET- once a week with Dallas. I brought the kit you gave me and he tested. All but one she had no issue with so we redid that one. Each week he finds different things affecting her ( grass, heat, certain foods, certain organs, etc…). She has scabs around her snout and eyes worse than ever. She rips them open and is bleeding regularly.
    Additionally, on this journey of trying to figure out her allergies Dr Parker ( her vet) had me take her for a kidney sonogram and her kidneys looked quite bad on the scan but are functioning fine.
    As I mentioned I have tried to many potential remedies that people say worked for their dogs. Seems as though Wheaton are known for bad allergies. The Latest remedies I am trying is bee propolis, quercitin, sea meal, and yucca oil and some new allergy treat. I also tried dinovite.
    I did get her a steroid that I have given to her 2ce ( one 3 day dose and then a week or two later a 5 day dose) she’s so much better on them but the day she comes off the itching is back. I really do not want to do Apoquel but not sure other options. Cytopoint did not work.
    I am desperate to help her, this is no quality of life for her and she is only 5 yrs old. Hoping & praying you can help 🙏🏼
    Please let me know your thoughts and if you think you can help. If so we can set up a consult.

    Trisha Vasquez

  • Thank you for your answer regarding curing Herpes and fixing his immune system. He won’t eat the product I was recommended (neither cat will touch it and we are starting with a very small amount in their wet food. He continues to eat well, but has very noisy breathing when moving and sometimes snores lightly while sleeping. We think it may be his larnyx that is the problem as his voice changed a year or so ago and then in March he came down with a viral infection (vet gave him antibiotics that worked initially but it came back). Is there anything you can do for larnyx problems? He is breathing fine thru both nostrils but I think his larnyx may be the issue, or part of it. Vet just said polyp or tumor in sinus area which I am now questioning – it may have been initially but seems related to larnyx.

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