Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa – October

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Written by Deva Khalsa

Queries regarding otitis in cats, pemphigus in royal standard poodle, atopic dermatitis in Labrador, bronchitis in hens and some behaviour problem in adopted dog has been answered by Holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa.

Each month holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers questions on veterinary issues. Send your questions to [email protected]   Dr. Khalsa 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.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I have got a cat that has been suffering from a seemingly incurable otitis in his right ear. We have unsuccessfully tried some antibiotics and Ferrum Phos 6CH but that did not work.  The illness is advancing and his health is getting worse every single week. The cat has not shown any behavorial differences. There is a yellowish green thin discharge, always in the right ear. When there is a head shaking, it is possible to see drops of the discharge sparkling from the right ear.

Some medicine has been used to keep his ear clean. It is not really painful for him to have his ears cleaned. Even when they are touched there seems to be no pain.
His fur has been dry and dirty.  His energy seems to be dying.

Thank you

Ricardo Lima

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

Get him on Vital Vities for cats by Deserving Pets .      Use Zymox enzymatic ear medication (all natural) and get the one without hydrocortisone and use it once a day for two weeks.  Give him the remedy Mercurius corrosivus 6x twice a day for 10 days. You did not tell me how it smelled, rancid or sour but I think this remedy would be the best to try.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My 11 year old female cat, who is generally in good health, eats grass every day and then vomits it back.  Is that normal, or as friend suggested, a sign of round worms, or some other problem?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

It is not normal that your cat is craving chlorophyll. I would purchase kitty greens online or at a pet food store and grow them according to directions. Once you see how to do it, all you have to do is go to the health food store and make it up yourself. Grass is not a food. It is not digestible. Kitty greens are made from healthy grains and your cat will enjoy it and get the chlorophyll he needs. Here is an article I wrote on the health benefits of chlorophyll.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,
Two vets confirmed pemphigus complex in my large otherwise very active 12 year old female royal standard poodle of 65 pounds. She takes long walks and eats great! Also has fresh rotisserie hams, chicken, broccoli, and cauliflower in her diet. Plus nutro ultra.  Prednisone 10 mg 2x day, milk thistle 175 mg 2x day, synoviG4, And doxycycline 100 mg 2x day help maintain, but do not cure, the problem, mainly with bulbous nose and red-pink gums. She has great gums, teeth with brushing and zymox gel otherwise, no swelling, absessed teeth. Azathioprine 50 mg 1x day worked great but significantly raised her liver values.  Should we try chlorambucil (cyclosporin)?


Stephen Gran

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Cyclosporine was developed as a powerful immune suppressor. There are holistic ways to cure this autoimmune disease. I suggest that you go to my site and make an appointment with me  Here is an article I wrote about cyclosporine which is also called Atopica

Hi  Dr. Khalsa,

My daughter’s dog, Marley is a 12 year old Labrador retriever and since my daughter bought her she has had a bad case of atopic dermatitis. She is somewhat “controlled” by having her coat shaved regularly and keeping her ears clean as she has also suffered greatly from ear issues including hematomas that have been operated on two or three times now.  I have given her psorinum, Sulphur, Anti crud, Graphites and assorted other remedies that have made no difference.  She has a hot constitution and I do think she is a Sulphur but I guess I need to include a suitable anti psoric as well. Croton Tiglium?

Many thanks


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

As she is a Lab she likely has malazessia. Actually, from birth Labs should not be washed with shampoo, only with plain water but she has been washed, so it is sort of too late. Sulphur is an excellent remedy to open a case and I use 6c or 200c or 1M for this.  Psorinum is also a great remedy. If she has yeast, thenCanine Everyday Essentials by Deserving Pets is excellent to build up the body to regulate the immune system of the skin. www. shop dog products.

Here is a video series on itchy dogs. I think the second or third one goes into the allergy impersonators, one of them being malazessia.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

Can you help me to treat my hens which have a persistent bronchitis (the vet tells me they have Mycoplasma infection), with great accumulation of mucus and strong rattling respiration permanently, daytime and nighttime. This ameliorates in cold weather. They have normal thirst and prefer fresh water

– prefer and eat a lot of fruits (especially apples, grapes)

-sometimes it appears they choke and have cyanotic ridge

-sometimes they have watery diarrhoea

-some of them need opened mouth

One of them was sacrificed two day ago and the liver was very big and black. The hen didn`t have appetite. The hens are calm, obedient and they cannot be scared easy. They prefer cold places and don`t like the sun and the warm weather.

I gave them Antimonium tartaricum and later, Pulsatilla, but without any results.

Thank you very much

Sabina Negrut  –  Timişoara, Romania

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Essential Microorganisms  You can spray them with this and also put it on their feed and in their drinking water. You will have to Google to find someone who sells it in your country.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

We have a female Indian dog we adopted.  She was found abandoned on the road when barely a few weeks old. She is now about a year old. We’ve had other dogs with us in the past, but compared to them we find this female dog to be very tense, nervous and hypersensitive. She seems to get upset when we have to leave the house for even an hour or two even though she’s not alone because we also have another male dog with whom she gets along well.

Another problem we notice is that she vomits a bright yellow liquid in the mornings occasionally. Aside from those issues, she’s very active, very alert and has a voracious appetite.

Thank you,

Cynthia Carvalho

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Start with Ignatia 30x three times a day for one month. Wait a week and watch and if she is still not open and is still hypersensitive, go to Arsenicum album 30x twice a day for three weeks. The last remedy to try for abandonment would be Nat mur 6c twice a day for a month.


Dear Dr. Khalsa:

My 14 year old, male, domestic long hair cat has recently been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma after having a biopsy done.  The tumor is on the side, under his tongue.  He is also diabetic, but I had it under control with diet and insulin.  I have an appointment with a veterinary oncologist tomorrow, even though my vet recommended, I did not put my cat (his name is Bijou) through the trauma of chemo at this point.  I’m not sure why I’m taking him to the oncologist to be honest with you.  There’s no hope for surgery due to where the tumor is located.  I guess it’s for myself and knowing I’ve exhausted all options.  I don’t even want to know his prognosis timeline.

I am desperately looking for some sort of holistic options for him.  I am currently giving him CBD oil for the pain and the hopes that perhaps it will extend his life and maybe shrink the tumor.  The problem is that since the tumor is on his tongue, he has difficulty eating, which will eventually result in starvation.  This will cause an issue with his diabetes and trying to keep his blood sugar regulated. Is there anything you can suggest, holistically, that I can try…besides the CBD oil?  I don’t know what else to do for him.

Thank you.


Chrissy Zambuto

Dr. Deva Khlasa:

If the tumor is large and he is already having a problem eating, it means it has likely been there for a long time. I have been using stem cell targeting therapy with much success against many kinds of cancer and it would be worth a try with him.  CBD oil has never been tested for correct dosage with animals and I have not found it to be very effective.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My 13 year old orange male tabby is drinking a ton of water, peeing a lot, has a huge appetite, not gaining weight and his blood sugar is in the normal range. He gets 99% wet food and a tiny amount of kibble.  At the moment he also has a urine infection caused by bacteria (Moderate Rods 9-40 HPF) which we are treating with antibiotics for the past week.  We have done an ultrasound of his bladder and kidneys (no stones) and there appears to be some swelling in the kidneys and the vet said it could be due to the infection and all of the water he is drinking. Can cats get Diabetes Insipidus?  If so what would be the Homeopathic remedy for this? His urine is yellow and cloudy, there are some casts (0-1 OCC Fine Granular) and the SDMA came back at 15, one point past normal.  We have done a second urine test to see if the bacteria infection is gone, but he is still drinking, peeing and eating like crazy.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Diabetes Insipidus is usually not accompanied by a huge appetite. It sounds like a textbook case of hyperthyroidism in cats. Did your veterinarian test the T4 and Free T4 of thyroid function?

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

Fred, my much loved nine year old white and tabby cat has had a melanoma on his nose gradually enlarging over the last three years. It is extremely sore and the black layer comes off every week or so, exposing pink flesh. He is always licking it, subsequently I cannot use any herbal removal cream. He sneezes blood sometimes. I know the vet would like to operate and he would have to run around with a collar for a month or so. I know that he would be miserable, and also that it would more likely spread then anyway. I’ve seen it happen before, in cats as well as people. Character wise, he is skittery around unfamiliar men, but for his family purrs loudly and easily,  He eats until he throws up so I limit his food to small meals[ virtually all raw, some cat biscuits, some commercial [canned/packaged]. His weight is stable. He has had no vaccinations and he loves the sun.

Thank you,

Irene van der Sar

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

You can try a product called Cansema from Alpha Omega Labs and you can just Google it. They have one for cats and dogs and it is a salve, that you put on and leave on for a small period of time and then wipe off every day for a bit and it destroys the cancerous melanoma cells and not the normal cells. Cansema is a cancer salve and the company will talk you through how to use it.

Dear Dr. Khalsa

I live in Greece and I’m owner of a female mixed breed dog (she is a mix of German shepherd and a border collie). I found her 3 years ago almost dead and her age is estimated to be 16 years old. After I found her, and right after she recovered from hypothermic coma, she had a surgery to remove breast cancerous tumors, almost all of her nipples and also she was neutered. After she got well the vet diagnosed that she is suffering from degenerating join osteoarthritis.

From then and until now I’m very careful with her diet and I also provide her with food supplements ( vitamin C, vitamin B Complex, vitamin E, a full spectrum BCAA and a supplement with MSM, Chondroitin , glucosamine and green leap mussel extract). Her total health is very good, like a 7-8 years old dog.

She was fine and strong, enjoying long walks until last November when she had a patella knee dislocation on the left foot. She had a surgery and all went fine but unfortunately after four months she had another surgery for the same reason, on the right knee and then again for some days everything seemed right but suddenly she started to limp on the right front leg, couldn’t walk straight without stopping after some meters and she couldn’t stand at all, folding inwards her left back foot and then falling off. Also it is very difficult for her rise up from the lying position and many times she’s urinating while struggling to rise up.

All this time she is usually sleeping almost all day long and when she is awake she is mostly crying and trying to stand up and she is suffering more after our very short walks. At nights she seems to suffer a lot, usually after our walk (150-200 meters distance). She’s breathing fast, crying and trying to stand up and walk, thinking she would feel less pain but after some paces she is falling down and so goes on. Also the lack of exercise due to the pain caused a significant muscle loss.

My vet told me that it is the right front foot that it is in much pain, especially the elbow and the shoulder joint, due to the stress on the front feet all these months of the back feet problems and recovery. All this stress caused more arthritis.

He suggested take her swimming and also some exercises but the water is stressing her and because I lost my job before a month I can’t afford much money for other kind of physiotherapy.  He also prescribed some opioid like Metacam and Lonalgal but nothing seems to help her, so my last chance to help her feel better, I thought, is homeopathic medicines and not any drugs like NSAIDs.

I would be absolutely grateful if you could suggest a homeopathic drug that could help reduce the inflammation and make her move without such pain that she’s suffering now.

I love her so much that I’m suffering too with her condition. I’m trying to do my best for her, so as to live as long as she could live and without suffering.  Thank you in advance and hoping to hear soon from you.

My best Regards.

Konstantinos Dalkos

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

First of all she needs an x-ray of her right front shoulder. She could have bone cancer in the scapula or the humerus.   Don’t assume that much pain comes from walking on the front too much. If the xray is clear, I suggest you find a chiropractor who is willing to adjust animals and get her an adjustment. A product that is excellent for the problem of joint and back pain (not bone cancer if this is found) is Myristin for Pets and you can get this at

Dear Doctor,

I live in Turkey, Istanbul and work as a dentist and homeopath. In our neighborhood we have lovely dogs and cats that we take care. There is one dog that lives in the park. He is a little bit aggressive, so he is in danger and now people threaten to take all the dogs away. I would like to treat him homeopathically.

In the past, he was probably tortured. He has the park to live in and food whenever he wants. Now, he starts to protect the park from people. But the park is full of people who go to work every day and he sometime barks at them and has bitten a few. The dogs around him were calm before he came but now they also start to sometimes attack cars or people.

Do you have any idea about any remedy?

Thank you

Dt Arzu Baydar

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Wow, that’s a hard one. There are a number of remedies that are good for aggression but one needs some idea of the case, or else we are all wasting our time.

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Editor’s Note:  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!

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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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