Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – February 2021

Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers veterinary questions each month. Send your questions by the 7th of the month to [email protected] Please include as much detail as possible. This month she answers questions about an anxious dog, vitamin D for a German Shepherd, a Border Collie with a lipoma, and cleaning a dog’s teeth without anesthesia.

We have recently given a home to a 2-3 year old Springer Spaniel, a full male. We have had many dogs and have always used an herbal product called ‘Billy no mates’  a teaspoon daily in the food and we have NEVER had a flea problem; our older dog – a standard poodle  passed about 6 months ago-never had fleas . It is  about 8 months since we got the dog. Since about 2 months ago this dog has fleas. We are still using the herbal product and I have also used neem oil spray etc. Please is there anything homeopathic we can use? I really don’t want to use the flea skin drops or collars.
Thank you
Pat Wann

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Pat,
Fleas are getting more and more resistant to chemical products. Thus, these companies are adding more and more toxic ingredients to the mix in these products. Whether they are given orally, top spot applied or in a collar they get into the dog or cat’s systems and are in the bloodstream in such concentration that they kill the flea or tick almost instantly.

Basically, we are making our pets into poison soaked sponges every minute of every day. Therefore, we do want to try our best to avoid these products. That said, natural dependable products are hard to find. And fleas from areas in the south, such as Florida have hardier.

People have used neem, diatomaceous earth and other things to prevent fleas. The problem occurs when you have them in the house, as a female flea lays 500 plus eggs at a time. So, once you have the fleas in the house, you have a problem. Some companies pound Borax into the carpet and that dries out the flea cuticle. I certainly wish there was a homeopathic remedy that handled fleas and repels fleas.

Dear Dr Khalsa,

I have a one- year-old mixed breed. Ever since I adopted him, he is always on alert.  I don’t think he relaxes enough to even go into a deep sleep.  He has exceptionally good hearing and loves to bark, when he hears anything. He is very good natured and loves everyone.  Not sure if he is always on alert due to anxiety.  I don’t think it is fright, as he doesn’t appear to have the body language of a scared dog.

What remedy, if any, can you recommend?
Thank you,
Shawn Nau

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Shaun,
There’s a great book on dog language and how they communicate called, If Bones Would Reign From the Sky by Suzanne Clothier. Reading it one learns about the subtle clues you can give your dog so he can relax.  Yawning is a signal to dogs to relax and tells them that all is OK. He also needs to know that he is not a top dog and he can rely on your cues and decisions and relax a bit.  Another thing you can try is a Chinese herb called Shen Calmer.  You give it, according to weight, twice a day for a few months and see how it works.  It has a permanent effect.  You can also give the remedy Phosphorus 6 or 30 two to three times a day for a few weeks to see if that helps

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

I would like to know if I can give the same vitamin D3 tablets like I take for myself, to my 10 year old German Shepherd to help prevent cognitive issues.
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

There is a Vitamin D test available from VDI Labs so it is best to talk to your veterinarian (they can call the lab and get the test kit delivered to them) and get your dog’s vitamin D checked in order to ascertain what dose your dog needs. A German Shepherd would be fine with 2000 IU a day, but if the dog is deficient he would need more Vitamin D.  Human vitamin D3 is the same as pet vitamin D3 so you can give the pills you take to your pet. You can read this article to get a deeper understanding of vitamin D in relation to dogs:


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My 7 year old border collie has a lipoma on her right shoulder.  The vet said to just keep an eye on it.  Is there any way homeopathically to remove it or keep it from getting bigger?
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Usually, homeopathic remedies do not work well with these. You can look up Baryta carb 6x and try this at 3 times a day for a month and see what happens.  Also make sure her thyroid is okay.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I’ve been making raw for my cat for a couple years. I purchase a nutrient powder and add that to the chicken or beef.  Among other things, the powder has liver in it, and I’m concerned because it’s not organic. They sell a liver free version, but what do I add to make up for the B vitamins that the liver supplied?
Thank you
Shelley Lewis

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

There are products that have all the vitamins in it and do not require that there is liver powder in it.

Greetings Dr. Khalsa,

Ever since my neighbor’s dog went into cardiac arrest during a teeth cleaning, I’ve tried to avoid having my dog get that procedure. However, he’s got tartar now and some inflammation from it.  He’s a very sweet Irish Setter (probably a Pulsatilla).  Is there some safe substitute for anesthetizing a dog to clean its teeth?
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

There are anesthesia free dentals. I do not know where you live. Some people come to your house in a van and do it. I had an anesthesia free technician at my veterinary clinic who came in once a week, had her own room and cleaned my patient’s teeth without anesthesia.  You already said that your dog is very sweet so this would work well with him.  Here is one site:

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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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