Veterinary Homeopathy

Ask the Holistic Vet – September 2021

Written by Deva Khalsa

Dr. Deva Khalsa answers veterinary questions each month. This month she discusses thyroid problems, rodent ulcers, vaccines, anal glands and much more. Send your questions to [email protected]

Dear Dr. Khalsa

I have a ten-year-old cat with a history of being FIP positive, the dry version. Throughout the years she has had episodes of intermittent indolent/Eosinophilic Granulomas/”rodent” ulcers on her upper lip which the Vet has treated with antibiotics. Her diet is very good and she gets supplements in her daily diet, so a food allergy has been ruled out. She has no episodes with flea infestation and gets a flea preventive treatment every month (Advantage flea drops). She is spayed, a long-haired cat and she does go outside every day to sit on the porch. Since she gets a flare-up of these ulcers frequently, is there a homeopathic way to treat them when they flare up or a preventive homeopathic remedy to use to stop them from reoccurring? Thank you so much for your help and advice.

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Diane,
I can’t comment on the history of FIP as it is hard to diagnose and also organ biopsies are often needed to definitively diagnose it. I’m not sure what the diagnostics are in place. The rodent ulcer is due to allergies – typically a food allergy- and the best way to treat it is with the Allergy Elimination Technique 4 Pets.

Alternatively, you can give a restricted diet such as a rabbit- based diet which removes the other proteins as far as meat and fish and poultry. Fish is a very high allergen in cats and often has a more enhanced allergic reaction than the other proteins.

Many cat foods are flavored with a ‘natural flavoring’ which may contain fish, so it’s hard to find a fish free cat food but that’s where you could start. If that doesn’t work you can remove everything and only have rabbit as the basic protein.  The simplest and most effective way to handle the problem is to do the allergy elimination technique that I do.

As far as flea preventive treatment, I don’t really believe in that unless they actually get fleas a lot. Most cats don’t get fleas typically and what we’re basically doing is making them into a poison-soaked sponge that has so much poison in their veins and arteries that one bite from one flea kills the flea instantly.

I much prefer using something simple like Dr. Mercola’s diatomaceous earth with Neem and then brushing them very well to get all the powder off of the surface so only a little bit stays on the skin, and that only has to be done once a month.

Lastly, let’s say that she did get fleas.  All you have to do is give her one dose of the flea preventative and she becomes a flee killing machine and all the fleas would hatch, bite her and die before they could lay eggs, so you would get rid of the fleas

Hello Dr. Deva,

We found a mom and some kittens recently and I agreed to foster them while a rescue will handle the adoptions. I would never be able to find them homes on my own. My concern is that the rescue requires them to get all their shots. Is there something I can do before or after to help them?
Thank you
Alice Banasik

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Depending on how isolated they are would actually affect the decision on whether or not to get them vaccinated before or after. If they’re in a very secure environment as far as getting disease, it is probably better to let the kittens grow up a bit before there are vaccinated. In fact, cats really only need to be vaccinated in the first year of life and then they develop a mature immune system and can fight off just about every feline disease.

Also, if they’re going to be indoor cats, do they actually need the FVRCP vaccine? As you can imagine I’m not big on vaccines but I like to take the history and the lifestyle as far as the case and then make a decision on what’s best

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My lovely 5- year-old male black lab has been suffering with blocked infected anal glands. She’s had 3 now, the last appearing during the course of antibiotics. Any suggestions for prevention/natural treatment are appreciated.
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

If you go to my site (  and find the television and you click it, you will find a video on anal glands or you can simply Google my name Dr. Deva Khalsa anal glands on YouTube and you’ll find my most popular video which is the one on anal glands.

Greetings Dr. Khalsa,

I have two dogs and I’m living close to the Mediterranean. The weather is too hot, and both dogs love to swim in the Sea. They have recently had ear infections. So we avoided swimming for a long time. (about 2 weeks). Both dogs look depressed as we’re living in an apartment.  We don’t know how to treat the ears after swimming in the sea to avoid another ear infection.  Can my dogs swim every day? What should I do after they swim to avoid infections?
Thank you
Ingrid Muller

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

What happens when your dog is swimming, is that their ears get wet and the conditions become more favorable for the Malassezia yeast to grow in their ears. That yeast is present all the time and when conditions are favorable, it overgrows.

Both on our skins and our dog’s skins, there is something called a micro biome which is a combination of bugs and it actually forms the first line of defense. So this yeast which is normally on the skin over grows and actually very simple to treat.

What you do is, you use a drying solution in the ears after she swims or you can use some Gentian violet mixed with some TRIS EDTA. Gentian violet is sold over the counter in United States (I’m not sure about Europe) but you only need one drop in a large container of Tristan EDTA and it becomes very slightly purple… and you put that in after they swim

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

Do you have any suggestions on how to get an adult dog (8 yrs old) to stop having accidents in the house? We haven’t moved, made any big changes, or anything that I can think of that would make her do that. It started out just at night, so we put a gate up in our bedroom so she can’t get out to the living room rug (the only spot she ever does it). Now it’s happening during the day when we’re at work.
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khlasa:

Hi Elizabeth,

I am in the dark about whether we have a number two or number one accident in the house and that puts me at a disadvantage. If it is a urinary accident, I would have her checked for urinary infection immediately, because oftentimes dogs who have a urinary infection have an urge to urinate and thus go in the house.

If it is a bowel problem, it could be a number of things and you might want to simply worm her with Panacur (fenbendazole) which is sold over the counter at 1- 800 pet meds and see if that helps, and then take a full blood test if it does not help.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

My female cat was sterilized at 6 months but the older she gets, the more her stomach is sagging.  She is only 2.5 years old. Should I be worried
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

I’m not sure what to say about this. Some cats just have a saggy stomach, and I’m not sure if she’s overweight

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My cat is meowing and asking for food 45 mins after she’s eaten, and I already feed her frequently (raw 4 times a day). Driving me crazy.  Do I need to change her diet?
Thank you

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Helen,

I don’t know how old your cat is.  If he’s over seven years old, you may want to check her for hyperthyroidism which will make them very, very hungry

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

I don’t currently have an animal with a thyroid problem but it seems too common these days. Is the current recommendation for screening tests a T4 and FT4 for both cats and dogs? I know the lab provides a reference range for each of these but do you have an “ideal range” that these values should fall under?

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The reference range that the labs provide is quite satisfactory. One thing is that many veterinarians read the test very strictly. In other words, if a dog has all the symptoms of hypothyroid and the normal value range is 1 to 4 and the dog is at 1.0 they will say the dog is not hypothyroid and that is not true. When a dog is over eight years old it is usually recommended to get a yearly panel with a CBC and chemistry panel. It’s very inexpensive when you do them all together and send it out to one of the major laboratories and just add a T4 on to check the thyroid.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

I have an 8-year-old cat that I adopted from my mother after she passed.  She had open wounds on her neck and around her ears from scratching.  The vet suspected a food or environmental allergy.  She was put on prednisolone and Royal Canin hydrolyzed dry food.  Her wounds cleared up and she was taken off the prednisolone.  She still scratched but not as badly.  The vet then believed it was environmental and pushed to put her on Atopica. Hearing very negative side effects of Atopica, I chose the prednisolone.  She was put on 5 mg per day but after a couple weeks I backed down to 2.5 per day.  I don’t want to keep her on the prednisolone the rest of her life.  What would you recommend for Patches?
Thank you
Nancy Fitzgerald

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Nancy,

The typical way for conventional medicine to treat allergies is to whack-a-mole the immune system. In fact, allergies are really the immune system misbehaving. When you think of a child or a kid who has peanut allergies and all of his friends are eating Reese’s peanut butter cups and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, you have to realize that the problem is with his exaggerated reaction of the immune system to the substance, and this is what happens with our pets also.

So what conventional medicine does is destroy the immune system. Atopica was discovered in Switzerland in the 1970s for patients who had organ transplants so that they would not reject the transplant and that’s a very serious amount of immunosuppression – it has an enormous amounts of side effects.

Here is the URL to an article I wrote about Atopica :  Long-term prednisone can cause an iatrogenic effect and problems as it decreases the function of the pet’s adrenal glands.

It’s really easy to treat allergies using my trademark technique called allergy elimination for pets. It’s simply re-programs the immune system. Check out Allergy Elimination 4 Pets at or  After a consult with me, the cost of everything: the testing and the treatment and the shipping is only $350.

Visit Dr. Khalsa at her website for information and consults (including phone consults):

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.

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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!

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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