Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask The Holistic Vet – July 2021

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Written by Deva Khalsa

Holistic/homeopathic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions from readers each month. This month she gives answers about a dog’s food allergies, treating mast cell tumors, a dog with heart disease, and much more. (Send your questions to [email protected] )

A Word About Dr. Deva Khalsa,

Dr. Khalsa is one of the most innovative veterinarians I’ve ever known.  She’s mastered cutting edge holistic methods that have saved many pets who would have perished otherwise. When my dog was poisoned and the conventional vets said it was too late to save him, she gave him IV vitamin C, acupuncture and homeopathic treatment and by the next day he was playing in the park again. She’s always discovering new resources and has worked similar miracles for the most hopeless cases. She also lives the dictum “first do no harm”. Dr.Khalsa also does phone consults and will work with your current vet.

Dr. Khalsa,
Our year and a half old border collie/ hound dog mix was tested and has some food allergies but mild which we are careful to watch. We think environmental allergies are more likely. He is also prone to ear infections so we keep a close eye on those. His nose has done this on and off the last 9 months but just slightly raised/flakey and pink. Can you suggest anything?

Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

A lot of people think that their pets have only environmental allergies because they itch seasonally. That is just about always false. Think of allergies as a pyramid and on the bottom half of that pyramid is food.

Above this are the environmental allergens, going up into the top part of the pyramid. Now, turn that pyramid into an iceberg. There is a threshold level at which it makes a dog start to itch (a dog can be allergic to quite a number of things but not itch, causing a sort of chronic inflammation but not stimulating the mast cells to release histamine and the inflammation of the skin to occur along with the initiation of the itch-scratch cycle).

The foods at the lower part of the pyramid just cause a mild level of chronic inflammation. Now imagine that enough is piled up in the pyramid structure to push it above the threshold line.  The easiest way to visualize this is to imagine an iceberg pushing up past the surface of the ocean.

Just so,  we have the number of allergens piled up one on top of each other  and they finally add up to enough to push out to the surface, reaching the threshold line where the whole problem begins to surface as an atopic allergy.

I do a protocol called Allergy Elimination 4 Pets which reprograms the immune system not to react to these allergens and to make the allergic body into a nonallergic body.  This is the best avenue to approach for a number of reasons.

First of all, you cannot keep a pet away from grass, pollen and molds so it’s best to simply desensitize. My protocol is a very rapid process for each item taking about three days or less.

Secondly, food sensitivities and food intolerances are 15 times more common than food allergies and the reactions to the food in these cases of sensitivity and intolerance can take from 7 to 28 days.  That means that your dog may be reacting to, let us say, chicken and you may not even see him itching because of it reacting until 21 days after he’s eating the chicken.

That makes a food changing program rather difficult to analyze and evaluate. When you have a kid that is allergic to peanuts ……is it the peanut or was it his immune system that’s a misbehaving?  Remember, lots of his friends are eating Reese’s butter peanut cops like there’s no tomorrow during Halloween time.

So, we can then understand that the healthy kid’s systems are not reacting inappropriately to the peanut. Just so, the immune system of the pet is reacting inappropriately to lots of different things and my Allergy Elimination 4 Pets program handles that.

The ear problems are from a yeast called Malassezia which goes hand in hand with allergies and it likes moist dark areas to grow in. The nose may be a sun sensitivity which can be treated with the program also.  Go to and read the blog also, as it will have information about the yeast.

Hello Dr. Khalsa,
My male dog 7 years old just had a mast cell tumor removed with clean margins, thankfully. What can I give him to prevent it from recurring?
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I’m not sure how large that mast cell tumor was and how long it’s been there. The first thing I do is make sure that the thyroid is working well and that we have good thyroid function. The second thing you can do is get CANSEMA which is a cancer salve and you find it on  You have to search his body all the time to check for any return of these mast cell tumors.

They can feel like a little bit of a dime under the skin and sometimes they can get red and enlarge and then go back down and then get red and enlarge again and go back down.  But you have to check all the time for them.

Mast cell tumors can reappear anywhere on the body and on a completely different part of the body six months later or nine months later – they have no rhyme or reason. If you see something that you think may be a mast cell tumor all you have to do is emery board it a little bit to open up the skin and put a tiny little bit of this particular cancer salve on it- once or twice- and it dissolves.

Greetings Dr. Khalsa,
My male Shih-Tzu is 14.5 years old. He has some joint pain. What’s the best joint supplement for older dogs?
Jonathan Kline

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Myristin for Dogs. Katies Pet Products

Dear Dr. Khalsa,
Our Aussie is terrified of fireworks. The vet gave us Sileo gel and it helped with thunder for a while. Then last night some neighbors set fireworks off and it did not work. He was the most anxious we’ve ever seen him. He got so worked up he was vomiting and had diarrhea all night. I was doing research and read that Sileo is not good at all.  Can you suggest something holistic?
Thank you
Annette Healy

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The homeopathic remedy Borax 6x to 30x potency can work a miracle with this kind of thing. Three times a day for a week before July 4th or when you expect fireworks (or thunder).

Dear Dr. Khalsa,
My dog has a heart disease and his heart is enlarged, growing faster than we expected. Praying for any advice or suggestions. We are on a wait list till late in Aug. for the holistic vet in our area. Is there anything that can help?
Thank you
Alfred O’Neill

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

There is a great product that activates the stem cells of the heart (which is a pump that with heart failure is failing and stretching and enlarging) It is made by Biopharma.  It needs a script and I suggest you have a consultation with me. Sometimes a small amount of magnesium ( like CALM) in the food every day makes a difference and some arnica 6x twice a day. There are many remedies for the heart but I would need more information to go deeper than this. I suggest an appointment with me – I do phone consultations.

Greetings Dr. Khalsa
My dog is at the vet being treated for pancreatitis. I’m looking for helpful advice for how to treat her and keep this from reoccurring once she gets home. This girl is my everything.

Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Iris versicolor 6x or 30x. three times a day for a month
Phosphorus   30c twice a day for a month
What a wonderful picture, thank you! I have a Lab too- he is yellow!

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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.

Available from:


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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