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Ask The Holistic Vet – June 2019

vetrinary homeopathy
Written by Deva Khalsa

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions about a Labrador Retriever who’s losing her fur, a cat with allergies, a dog who barks in the house, a Golden Retriever with epilepsy, a dog who’s overly aggressive and invisible electric fences for dogs.

Each month Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers questions on veterinary issues. Dr. Khalsa is a Fellow and Professor of the British Institute of Homeopathy. Send your questions to by the 6th of the month to be included in that month’s issue.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

Our cat was adopted as a baby, maybe around 4 or 5 weeks. Was found in the city abandoned. Came to us as a bottle fed foster from rescue ACT, ears still flat to head. A street kitty. Her colorings are like that of a tabby, calico mix.

She was spayed early -this is common practice for the animal rescue ACT in Philadelphia. After around a month having her she was rushed back to ACT because it seemed she was dying. Totally lifeless. When she arrived to the facility, she was laid on the table and came to life (as if she was totally fine)

She’s thin, but always hungry. She is known to get aggressive if we get near to where we feed her, if we don’t feed her she will smack at us. We cannot even take her to the vets. She cannot be handled. She is normally fine with one member of the family but all others she has a tendency to hiss, scratch and just be uncontrollable. She will even do the same with the one member she’s usually fine with if others try to approach her. When visitors come, she will sniff them but if they put their hands down to pet she will hiss and sometimes go after them.

Initially she was licking the front legs to the point of no hair. She now has licked her belly, hind legs and under part of tail to the point of almost no hair. The area of the body where she licks feels hot to the touch. She’s always trying to get to the butter dish and loves the whip cream that I put on my ice cream. When she hears the can she appears from almost nowhere.

The Vet has given us a medication to give to her if we have to take her in for them to see. We’ve only done that once and the medicine, while it made her seem totally out of it, groggy and falling to one side – when we got to the vets she was still hard to handle. It’s as if she’s scared to death. She never wants you to touch her belly or her back near the hind area.

Her name is Otta – we love her….many times from a distance.

Thanks for reading this case!

Mary Vetter

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

It appears, without taking a full case that she has allergies. Allergies can present in three ways in cats.  They can present as asthma which she does not have. Allergies can also present as scratching and itching and G.I. problems which is often called IBD. With IBD the intestinal lining problems cause the food not to be absorbed nearly as well.  The best thing to treat this is my allergy elimination 4 pets technique.  Unfortunately, after 40 years of trying it’s not that easy to just get one remedy that will handle that in a cat or even a series of remedies. You can try Arsenicum album. 6x at a dose of two or three times a day for a month and see how that works.


Hi Dr. Khalsa,

My Shitzu pup was re-homed several times before I got him. He is very loving, outgoing to all. His only problem, is that at times throughout the day he woofs into barking from another room to get my attention, even after he has been fed and his potty needs taken care of. This behaviour is increasingly frustrating me. He also itches and scratches his ears without any redness, smell or discharge. He loves to be brushed and cuddled and needs to be touching some part of me.

He still wants to go out and pee about every three hours. I don’t think he has any bladder infection. He does sleep through the night only very occasionally (once every couple of months) wanting to go out to pee in the middle of the night. He doesn’t strain or seem to be in pain and the flow is normal. He is stubborn about the come, command unless a small treat is offered. I hope you can help so both of us  have peace.

Thank you,

Laurie Enger

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

First of all, I would make sure he does not have the yeast, Malassezia, in his ears. You can put your small finger into a sturdy soft tissue and snuggle that tissue coated finger deep into the ear and then look for any dark brown or black on the tip of it. If this is the case, he has an itchy yeast in his ear and you can use Zymox enzymatic ear medication (all natural and get the one without the steroid in it at Walmart or online anywhere) and do this once a week for three months, even if the ears look good so you can get the balance back. Here is an article on ear care

As far as remedies, I would begin to give him Ignatia 6x three times a day for a month and see if this calms him down. I am not sure if he actually needs to go out and urinate all these times or he just wants attention.  For that you would need a cleanly obtained urine sample to test.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

Our little dog Norman is very aggressive toward other dogs, even when he sees them on TV. He barks and wants to go after them.  When we leave him at the dog grooming place, he doesn’t do this. He only does it when he’s with us indoors or out. He’s at least part poodle. He’s a small dog, about six years old and weighs 11 pounds. He’s been doing this since we adopted him.  Can you recommend a remedy or something behavioral?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

There are a few remedies to try for aggressive behavior toward other dogs. The first may be Staphisagria 30x twice a day for territorial protection way above the normal standard, and you can give this for a month and see what happens. Does he seem to be afraid of the other dogs and is barking defensively?  If so, Arsenicum album 30c twice a day for a month may help. If he seems jealous of the other dogs, Lachesis 6c twice a day for a month can be tried.


Hi Dr. Khalsa,

I have a 6 year old male Golden Retriever who was diagnosed with epilepsy. The vet prescribed Potassium bromide. I’ve been giving it once a day and he’s never had another seizure.  My question is, is it safe to use in the long term? If not, are there safer alternatives?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hypothyroidism can cause seizures and this is very easy to fix with simple thyroid medication that your dog would need anyway. I suggest doing your own test by going to and clicking tests, then thyroid test, then choose the Thyroid Panel 5 which is $107.00.  Send this USPS Priority (about $8.00)  to Hemopet after filling out the form and reading the instructions and paying on line.  Ask for a tech visit at your vet and get a vet tech to take the blood and give you the serum to send. It is well worth testing.

Seizure activity can persist or diminish.  I do not know how many seizures your dog actually had before starting the medication. Often, with just one or two seizures, we watch. So, there are certain areas I cannot address, as I do not know all the history.


Hello Dr. Khalsa,

I recntly adopted two lovely two beagles.  When I can, I drive them to a park where they can run. However, they seem sad in the house the rest of the time. I have an open yard (no fence) and I was thinking of installing an invisible electric fence so they could play out there. Will this cause them psychological trauma from being shocked initially?

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

When an invisible fence is put in, little flags are placed and you walk them around the perimeter so most dogs get shocked once or maybe twice, and they learn very quickly.  The problem about leaving your little dogs out alone unsupervised is that other big and nasty dogs who do not have the collar can just walk into your yard. They do have each other during the day. You can give them Ignatia 30x twice a day for a few weeks and see if they seem happier


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My three year old Labrador Retriever had puppies and nursed them without any problem.  However now she’s losing her hair. We feed her a good diet and give her vitamins. Have you any suggestions?

Thank you

Noah Phillips

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I suggest Deserving Pets Canine Everyday Essentials and dog breeders swear by them. They are human grade, complete and excellent.  You can give her Sepia 30c three times a day for 4 days. Then wait 4 days and start Lycopodium 6c twice a day for a month. Combine that with the vitamin and she will have a coat that is better than she ever had before.

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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!

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Using her 30 years’ experience treating animals holistically, Dr. Khalsa designed nutrients just for dogs and cats. VITAL VITIES contain specially selected vitamins, minerals and super-food granules in a delicious base.   Learn more about nutrition for your pet:

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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