Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa – October 2023

Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers readers’ questions each month. This month she addresses a cat who growls at her kitten, a dog who gets seizures after suffering hypoxia, protecting a cat from vaccine effects and much more.

I have a 16-month-old cat who we have had since she was 8 weeks old. I suspect she wasn’t handled that well as a kitten and it took a long time to gain her trust. She used to hide or run when we got close to her.

In May she had a litter of 3 kittens. Once the kittens were older, I could tell she was starting to feel frustrated with being inside. I got her neutered at the very end of August and her temperament seemed to get better once she was allowed back outside again.

We have kept one of the kittens who has one of the sweetest natures that I have ever seen in a cat but she hisses and growls at him whenever they are in the same room. They will sleep and feed near each other but she always seems to be on guard and wondered if there was a remedy that I could give her to help with her anxiety and emotional stress.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Abbie Whettingsteel

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Abbie,

I would start with Sepia 1M and give three doses. The first day give a dose morning and evening (two doses in one day) and then give only one dose the 2nd day.  Wait a few weeks and see how that works. If this does not work give Natrum Mur 30c twice a day for 14 days and then every other day for another 14 days just at one dose a day for the last 14 days and see how this works.

Dear Dr. Khalsa

I have a one-year-old Frenchie that had an accident this summer. He went without oxygen and was in the ICU for 2 days. Now he’s had 2 seizures in a month’s time. Looking for help beyond standard seizure meds.

Thank you


 Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I would start with Anacardium orientalis 200c- once a day for 14 days. There are quite a number of avenues one can take in this situation.  But first we would have to see how he responds to this first choice in Rx

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

My cat is having a dental and they are requiring a rabies vax. His only one was in 2017. They won’t accept a titre. Any tips for helping his body heal either before or after?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Please see my villians in Vaccines article at this URL.

I would give Monolaurin by Ecological Labs, a 300 mg of powder capsule and give him a half of a capsule for one week before vaccine and one week after.  Also, one dose of Lachesis 6c after the vaccine

Dr. Khalsa,

Microchipping vs not? I’m assuming not is healthier for them but just wanting insight from a holistic vet. I’m new on this journey of holistic health for pets.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Microchipping is not ideal, but it is often done. If you do not need it, why do it?

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I am looking for a rattle snake bite protocol for dogs.  We live in a high traffic rattle snake area and lost our sweet girl yesterday to one.

Thank you


 Dr. Deva Khalsa:

There is a vaccine for rattle snake bite, but I have never used it as I am on the East Coast. A hyperbaric oxygen chamber works very well and also an enormous amount of IV vitamin C.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I’m in need of advice/ help. I don’t know what else I can do for my itchy dog. He’s a 6-year-old Shiba Inu, on a raw diet (viva raw pets + rawfeedingmiami) completely healthy, blood work is solid. only issue is, he gets seasonal allergies every summer but this summer is the worst it’s ever been.

Thank you

Steve Gonski

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Get my book, The Allergic Pet, and read it. Also go to my site and read about Allergy Elimination 4 Pets. It does exactly what the name states!

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

Please help! My 5- year- old shih tzu has a “yeast infection” according to her vet on her chest, armpits, and stomach. I’ve already changed her diet to homemade from kibble. Is there a holistic approach to this?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Yeast is naturally on the dog’s the skin and, just as your intestine has a microbiome the skin also has a microbiome The yeast lives there along with various other bacteria. This is how your skin creates a first line of defense. It’s not that your skin has ground to air missiles! There’s a lot of bacteria on your skin that live in harmony just like ethnic neighborhoods in a big city, and they work together to fight off new bugs that arrive.

When dogs have allergies, which is very common. the skin often gets warmer and more moist, and this gives a leg up to the yeast which typically lives there in a reasonable amount, and in balance with the other bacteria on the skin. So, the yeast begins to overgrow and the places it likes best are the warm and moist ones like the under arms, the private parts, and between the toes and the yeast considers ears to be million dollar waterfront condos.

Once the yeast is established it’s very very itchy and additionally, the allergies can be very itchy. Most of the time the yeast only overgrows when we have allergies underlying as a problem, causing the skin to get warmer and more moist so both have to be treated. See my answer concerning the allergy elimination 4 pets above.

Please see my article on Malassezia:

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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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