Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet – October 2019

Written by Deva Khalsa

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions about seizures in dogs, flea and tick products, warts on Bichon Frise dog, spaying of dogs, a German Shepherd with a watery eye, the safety of microchipping animals and diatomaceous earth for fleas.

Each month Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers questions on veterinary issues. Dr. Khalsa is a Fellow and Professor of the British Institute of Homeopathy. Send your questions to [email protected] by the 6th of the month to be included in that month’s issue.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

What can we do to alleviate the frequency and intensity of seizures in our 9 year old dog? She and her brother developed seizures after just a couple of months while on two different flea medications (first was oral, second topical). The smaller female recently had 2 seizures in a row.  I gave her a CBD/THC oil during her last episode and it seemed to have helped but wonder if you know of a homeopathic remedy that might help with this. Their diet is supplemented home-prepared and they get plenty of exercise. Thank you very much for your time and any advice you may have.



Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The FDA has actually issued warnings about certain flea and tick products for seizures in dogs.  These are relatively new products that affect the nervous system of insects. I would check both of their thyroid functions as low thyroid creates a body-system that is not working well and detoxifying and low thyroid can also be a cause of seizures. If the thyroid was low, in their case, it would almost be a good thing and routine thyroid medication, which is very safe, would stop the seizures. Make sure you do a full thyroid panel T4, Free T4, and even a T3 and Free T3

Here’s a video on thyroid

Dear Dr. Khalsa.

My dog is a 14 year old Bichon Frise. He has pink warts (photo below) on the lower part of his back and on his paws. He licks them when they’re red and large. It’s like they’re on fire suddenly and then calm down. A black thick gluey substance is released too. Often the skin is worse in the evening.  I’m not sure of the date of onset, but it’s been a long time and is worse this last year.  When they’re very irritated, Calc sulph or aloe Vera gel calms them down so they’re less inflamed. He’s a very loving dog and we’ve had him since 8 weeks old. We avoid vaccines and he’s mostly kept in our home and garden environment.

Thank you

Pardeep Panesar

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Thank you for the picture. A measuring stick next to it would have helped as it seems large.  It still seems small enough for Cansema Salve- Alpha Omega Labs to just handle it. Usually one or two applications of this product on a wart and it shrivels and goes away fast. The company talks you through the procedure and they have a specific salve for dogs.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My 5 year old un-spayed lurcher bitch Maya is a Greyhound/Saluki : Wheaton Terrier/Border Collie cross.  I have resisted having her spayed, despite pressure from my conventional vet (who says that un-spayed females go on to develop/ovarian complaints in later life) and family members,  so this means that there is the inconvenience of having to keep her away from male dogs when she is in season and obviously the blood,  which is manageable. However, she can be quite moody and snappy a lot of the time with other dogs and people, although I think she is far too gentle to bite.

She does also seem to attract a lot of attention from male dogs, even when she is not in season, and the lady who walks her for me, once a week with a large group of dogs, suggested that she has a high level of hormones and be giving off  pheromones(?) constantly – hence the attraction from male dogs.

It was always thought by the older generation (and I include myself here) that bitches are healthier if they are allowed to breed and I have considered having a litter of puppies from her but feel there are so many unwanted dogs around it doesn’t feel right to do this.

Do you have any thoughts/advice on this matter?

Thank you

Stephen Sparrow RSHom

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

My advice is to spay her unless you want to have puppies with her. Even then, you should spay her. Dogs are NOT like humans as every time they go into heat their hormones change to those of pregnancy. The lining of the uterus thickens, the nipples can swell and have milk and their whole hormonal system becomes that of a pregnant dog. When this happens year after year it takes a toll on the body and creates a wonderful medium in the uterine lining for an infection, called Pyometra, to occur.  This is truly life threatening and owners can miss it totally, as unsprayed female dogs get listless and drink a lot of water and owners think it is because it is summer or attribute it to another cause.  The surgery is dangerous as the uterine lining becomes thin and the uterus can burst and release all this pus into the abdominal cavity. The surgery is also very expensive.

Dear Dr.

My German Shepherd dog is 7 years old and very healthy and active.  I noticed for quite some time a watery streak running down her left eye.  The vet said there’s no problem in the eye. She eats Kirkland brand dry food plus some wet food like eggs, chicken, carrot, kale. Can you suggest a homeopathic remedy or other treatment for that?

Thank you

Ranjit Grewal

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

As it is watery and only one eye, a tear duct may be clogged. Give Silicea 6x  three times a day for a month and see if the tearing ends. If not, give Lycopodium 6c twice a day for three weeks. Do not give both together.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

Our vet suggested that we microchip our cat, but I’ve heard that microchips can migrate and can also cause cancer.  Also, if we ever need to give our cat Silicea, would that cause the microchip to be expelled?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Microchips are solidly in the body and Silicea does not cause them to get pushed out.  So many pets have microchips now and they do not really seem to cause any problem.


Hi Dr. Khalsa,

Is diatomaceous earth safe to sprinkle on dogs and cats that have fleas? Are there other safe treatments?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Yes, diatomaceous earth is great to sprinkle on dogs that have fleas. The problem is that an individual flea lays a great number of eggs and they keep hatching.  Oftentimes you need more than this. Every area of the country is different. If you live in a cold climate for winter you can vacuum very well, behind furniture and along the baseboard and throw out the bag. Conversely, get your carpets well cleaned. This is to get all the eggs out of the house.  Ruff on Buggs from works well to prevent fleas but it does not always kill fleas that are present.

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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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