Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – July 2020

Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions this month on raw food for cats, a Shitzu vomiting bile, an itchy dog, distemper nosode, a dog with laryngeal paralysis, a dog with urinary incontinence and one with an itchy ear. Send your questions to [email protected] by the 7th of the month.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

We’ve been feeding our cat raw food and some kibble for several years.  Now, with the covid-19 pandemic do you think it’s safe to continue doing this? The meat packing plants reported many employees testing positive.

Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  It is totally safe to continue doing this, in my opinion.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

I have a four-year old, 6 lb Shitzu and she is throwing up bile almost daily. Pooping hard rock-like very fine poo. I give her laxa herb tincture and it helps some.  She has been doing this for months. Doesn’t eat much at all. Took her to vet and Xrayed her and he said no blockage. Vet dentist would not clean her teeth because her lab work said high liver AST ALT levels.

She is happy and plays with the rat terriers in picture. She eats when really hungry only. I don’t give her much dog food. I give her cooked organic chicken beef and Dr Schulze Superfood and some organic coconut oil and put sea salt and apple cider vinegar in water. She makes little sounds like she has a tummyache and looks at me all the time likes she’s saying please help me.

Should I put remedies in water or just put pellets in her mouth?  I have about 100 remedies in my kits.  Thank you for any help for her. She is such a wonderful dog.
Anne Charlotte Knopf
Palm Beach and Boston

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  I would give her Ptelea 6x and Aesculus hipp 6x together (putting pellets in water or crushing bigger pellets into powder are both fine) and give this 4x a day to her.  It does not have to be every 6 hours like an antibiotic, just 4 times a day with a reasonable separation of doses. I would do this for two months.  I would also give her Nux vom 6x- before bed, every day for a month. There is a product called Mag O- you can give her, mixed in something tasty ¼ of a tablet once a day to oxygenate the bowels and move things through.

Dear Dr Khalsa,

I am writing to ask your advice about my little crossbreed dog (chihuahua-dachshund). She keeps sneezing and scratching her front legs and paws and her nose and chin and sometimes under the stomach. She had flea treatment so it is not that, and she only seems to have these symptoms during the spring/summer months, hence I think it is an allergy. Also, sometimes she vomits yellow foam and has diarrhea for a couple of days then it goes. Any advice or homeopathic remedy I could use? I used Arnica and a surgery mix remedy before, which she responded well to.

Kind regards,

Dr. Deva Khalsa:   You can use the remedies Ambrosia 30c and Allium cepa 30c and see how these work. You can give them both 3x – 4x a day.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I am rural country organic biodynamic-farming homeopath in New Zealand. This week I treated 90 sheep for pink eye!  I so appreciate Alan providing this avenue to write to you with questions.

I’ve also trained on Homeoprophylaxis and would like to use the Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Distemper nosodes with my unvaccinated happy puppy. She is a NZ sheep dog. Huntaway Labrador Collie cross. A truly beautiful animal.

Might you have any suggestions on how you would particularly administer these thee remedies, when and how and for how long, etc. I would love to know your thoughts on this.

Many kind regards,
Carrie Thomas   –  Leeston, New Zealand

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  Good for you! Particularly with the strict laws for sheep dogs in NZ.  If you get one positive Titer test, which is a blood test you can send to in California, you will know that they are protected for life against Parvo and Distemper – which is all you care about.  Then you do not have to worry about the nosodes at all. One vaccine for Distemper and Parvo after 16 weeks of age protects for life and I have had young puppies who had vaccines at 8 weeks test positive on the Titer Test with one vaccine at 8 weeks. So this, although you have to send out the serum from the blood, takes away all of your worry.

Greetings Dr. Khalsa,

I have a labradoodle dog who is almost 13. For over a year his back leg gives way occasionally but doesn’t bother him. More recently we noticed he was coughing/ hacking and getting wheezy when excited. He has been diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis and our conventional vet says the leg issue is related, ie. both are neuropathic.

I am a qualified homeopath and have given him Causticum 30c twice a day in food, Narayani Paralysis Flaccid Mix also, twice daily and homeobotanicals. He’s been on this about a month or so and I haven’t noticed any improvements.

His breathing is much worse for heat and excitement. He drinks more water these days. His leg giving way has no discernible pattern. I also noticed he seems more food oriented. He has lost muscle tone on his back legs. I’d say he is a Phosphorus constitution. He also recently had an ear infection for the first time. He is fed a raw food diet with cooked vegetables and cooked fish. Any guidance gratefully received

Many thanks,

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  Usually, hypothyroidism precedes laryngeal paralysis. So check his T4, Free T4 and if you can check the Free T3 and T3  in addition) that would be even better.

You can go to and click tests, then thyroid tests and then choose either Thyroid Panel 4 or 5.  Your vet takes blood, gives you serum and you send it out USPS Priority mail.

I would start on Phosphorus 200c twice a day. Nothing works well if the thyroid is not working so you have to find that out fast. Also, the hind leg neurological symptoms could simply be due to low thyroid.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My dog, 6 years old, has urinary incontinence. I believe this started when she was spayed about 2 years ago. She had frequent seasons, 4 times a year, which is why I decided to spay. I didn’t notice it at first, some stains which I thought came from licking. 12 months ago, she started vomiting blood and I asked for an endoscopy. As a result, she was put on a special diet and the vomiting ceased. However, shortly after following a particularly energetic ball chasing episode, she passed a significant amount of urine while lying down.

I have given her Caust 30c and avoided strenuous exercise as much as possible, however about 6 weeks ago, again following exertion she became unwell, trembling, unmoving, more or less in collapse, and passed a significant amount of urine involuntarily. Canth 6 cleared this almost instantaneously and I went back on the Caust.  She was still passing the occasional drop and again a couple of weeks ago after energetically chasing another dog she had another ‘accident’.

I am now very carefully avoiding too much energetic play and giving her Foll 7c, 2-3 times a week and Phos Ac 200 every other day. She is a nervous, reactive rescue dog, very clinging, threatens children if they come too near, bicycles, people with large bags, rucksacks or sometimes just if they come too close or speak to me, she barks and lunges.

She doesn’t mind people if they have a dog; she thinks they must be OK. She is extremely affectionate. She loves her food (dry food) and is quite thirsty, generally obedient except when it comes to people.

Thank you for your consideration
BTW I am a homeopath, retired.

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  Pulsatilla 30x four times a day for 14 days followed by Pulsatilla 200c twice a day for a month. I would recommend the Standard Process products protocol for the leaking for two months, in addition. These are only available from a licensed doctor.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

Could you advise me on my puppy’s ear – photo attached?
Female, 12 weeks old, working cocker spaniel.
Left ear only. Itchy. Inside of ear only. Lots of spots with pus heads on them. These are then scratched.
Vaccinated at age 6 weeks, before I got her
She has extremely lively temperament, loads of energy and fun but bites a lot. Needy and follows me everywhere. Light sleeper.
I have tried Psor 30 daily for 1 week, Psor 200 daily and also Thuja/ Sil 12x daily for one week in case it is was from vaccinations. I welcome any advice.

Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  Pulsatilla 30x twice a day for 6 weeks. Silicea 6c- twice a day (at a different time than Pulsatilla for one month). Dab the ear area pimples three times a day with Calendula tincture on a small cotton ball. Use straight up.

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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.


  • Regarding Kathy’s 13 y/o labradoodle, it sounds as if the dog has GOLPP (geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis & polyneuropathy). My pitbull mix, also 13, was diagnosed with this a few days before she died. Her thyroid was fine, however. The onset of hindquarter weakness and ataxia was insidious; the coughing came later. Her case repertorized as Phosphorus, which helped but did not arrest the disease’s progress. In retrospect, I believe Carboneum sulphuratum would have been a better remedy. If Kathy’s dog has breath that feels hot, I’d suggest giving Carbn-s. a try.

  • I recently read about Malasezzia. My dog has been very itchy since we adopted her three years ago. I have tried so very many things to help her but none have been effective. The only suggestion for Malasezzia was enzyme shampoo. I have some Neugier enzyme shampoo that I have used once so far. What do you recommend?

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