Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet – January 2021

Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers veterinary questions each month. This month we have an English Shepherd losing its hair, a female dog with reflux, sore paws from a dog walking on ice, a cat with fleas and worms and a dog who chases bees. Send questions to [email protected]

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I have a three-year old female English Shepherd dog who is very docile and fearful. I got her at 5 months old when she was abandoned outside.  She’s losing a lot of hair. I’ve tried all kinds of food and even the raw. She’s afraid to approach us, but likes to be petted, and in a hallway, she steps backwards, a little weird!  She prefers cool places.
Thank you
Gilles Drouin

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  

Natrum muriaticum 200c- three times a day for one week, then two times a day for two weeks.  Wait one week and then, give Pulsatilla 1M- three times in one day. Wait 5 days and do it again. Wait 5 days and do it again- 3x in one day.

Good morning Dr. Khalsa,

My female dog is about 12. Raw fed for about 8 years or so. About 2 years ago reflux starting becoming an issue and within the past year it got worse – gulping, excessive drooling, air licking etc. I decided to change her food- still keep raw but add more veggies to offset the amount of meat. I was told the high fat diet could be causing the reflux. I sautéed veggies (mostly organic spring mix salads) and this worked well for soooo long. She is flaring again now so I was told to maybe lightly cook her food to drain the fat and this might help her to better digest. She’s on a probiotic, apple cider vinegar and nupro supplement which has digestive enzymes and vitamins. I was conflicted about lightly cooking the food since her stomach has been used to raw all this time so I’m trying to understand what might be the best approach. I know every dog is different but I want to make sure I’m not doing something to make this worse or I’m not missing something that could make it better. I was also adding slippery elm and just purchased gastro elm as well to try that. Any help is much appreciated. Thank you so much.
Danielle Ruccia

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  

Try Robinia 6x four times a day for one month and see what happens with this remedy.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

Can you suggest a remedy for sore paws from my dog walking on ice in Scotland?  Have tried Vaseline on pads.
Many thanks
Lynn Beaumont

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  

Kreosotum 30x twice a day for a month

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I am interested in what I can give my cat to stop fleas and worms. I use Sulphur which works relatively well but he ends up with dandruff and as soon as I stop giving it to him the fleas return. We live on a farm so I think most of the fleas come from all the rabbits around.

Also, my cat gets angry with me if do something he doesn’t like and he will bite / nip and hiss. I am never scarred of him but we now have a baby so I do not want him to do this to her. He will sit on our laps when he is cold but other than that he isn’t affectionate. I will go to him and stroke him and he is happy sometimes other times he will nip me. We have had him since a kitten. We still play with him and he loves it but again he will start nipping so I stop. He has been so good with our 8 month old baby so far who has a couple times grabbed him and he hasn’t reacted to her. I am just very aware that he might nip her but at the moment he seems to love her so fingers crossed. If you can suggest a remedy to help with this aggression that would be great thanks.
Anna Jenkins

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  

Honestly, I worm cats with Drontal which covers the roundworms and the tapeworms. Fleas and tapeworms go together like a horse and carriage. Worms can cause temperament changes, also.  You have to give one dose and then another dose 14 days later.  Okay, so it is conventional but people had terrible worms and the products used caused great amounts of GI upset and diarrhea – re: vermifuge type of action.  This is one area where I welcome conventional treatment.

I don’t have enough information on the nipping and biting to make a decision on a remedy. If he is orange colored and he is pushing for affection and then he nips I would recommend Phosphorus as a remedy. Nux vom 6x in the evening before bed for a month may help in general. But I would really consider just getting a wormer and worming him. As fleas have been a problem, tapeworms are definitely present

Greetings Dr. Khalsa,

I live in Florida and have a 6-year old German Shepherd.  I take him to fields to run and play. Lately he’s taken to chasing bees and trying to eat them. It’s just a matter of time before he’s stung.  Is there anything I can give him in advance, in case he’s stung, or even when he’s stung?
Thank you
Leonard Moore

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  

Apis mell 30c and Hypericum 30c every 10 minutes if he is stung.

Dr. Khalsa answers questions each month.  Send your questions by the 7th of the month to [email protected]  Please include as much detail as possible.

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Editor’s note: Dr. Khalsa’s new book was just released:

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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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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.

1 Comment

  • Hi!
    I would like to know if I can give the same vitamine D & D3 tablets I take for myself to my 10 year old German Shepeard to help prevent cognitive issues ?
    Thank you!

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