Veterinary Homeopathy

Nov 2017 – Ask the Holist Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa

Written by Deva Khalsa

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa discusses the protocol on rabies vaccine, curl tail infection in english bulldog and nutrients for cats and dogs.

Each month holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers questions on veterinary issues. Send your questions to [email protected]   Dr. Khalsa 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.

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I have 2 toy poodles due for their rabies booster. They are 1 1/2 years old and both have micro vascular dysplasia. They are sisters, only weighing 3.5 and 4.2 pounds. What protocol would you advise before and after their booster? I am a student with Arup Battacharya, I have Lyssin in 200c and Thuja 30c.

Thank you

Kathy Busse  [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

The AVMA several years ago stated that pets that had conditions which would not be suitable for Rabies vaccines could be noted on a letter to a township or county written by the veterinarian excusing the pet from vaccinations stating that they would observe the pet. You can request a blood test for Rabies titers and usually, the vaccine is good for life as far as people are concerned and research has shown it lasts a very long time in animals. At this time I cannot say it is for life but I strongly suspect this. Therefore, you can ask to be excused from the vaccine and take blood titers instead.

Hi Dr. Khalsa,

My English Bull dog has had an infection in his tail curl since he was a pup. He is now two years old and we have tried everything and been to lots of vets. They have recommended surgery to remove his tail mostly but we just can’t justify that. They have prescribed creams and such but it doesn’t seem to want to dry up. It is not an open wound or anything, just in the pocket it is moist and oozing small amounts of puss and clear liquid.  Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you
Lorne  [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa:   

Get zinc oxide ointment, which you can only get in baby diaper rash cream and get the double strength formula of diaper ointment as the only active ingredient it has is zinc and the double strength formula means twice as much zinc. Put it on the area several times a day and let us know what happens

Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My daughter’s horse was just diagnosed with EPM. Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis is a disease caused by the apicomplexan parasite Sarcocystis neurona that affects the central nervous system of horses.  She is showing classic signs of the disease. We have tried Conium with no success.  The lab work also indicates she has Lyme disease on top of it. There have been no changes in food or thirst. She is sweating more easily. Her personality has become more varied – prior to illness she was consistently engaged with people and irritated by other horses in her space-even just looking at her; since this illness she can either be engaged with people or not, her irritation for other horses is the same.

The weakness started on the left hind. She would lift the foot to step forward, it would paw twice in the air and then “slam” to the ground. After a couple of weeks these same symptoms also appeared on the right hind. She can weight bear on either side but will occasionally hop off one side or the other to get off of the standing leg.

She “sat” down once in her paddock after having been led out in the morning and struggled to get up. The vet feels she is a fall risk and put her on stall rest until she regains some strength. She is not happy to be in the stall. When the barn is busy with activity she tends to be quiet. When there is less going on she will call to the other horses.  She does not seem to be in pain. Ears are forward. There is no reaction to putting pressure on her hind end. She is carrying her tail normally and will swish at flies.

Thank you

Ellen  (New England)  [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa:  

I do not treat horses so cannot give you an answer. Joyce Harmon DVM is a very good equine veterinarian and she has excellent articles on the deep chronic effects Lyme can have on horses.

Hi Dr Khalsa,

I have a large pony with osteomyelitis in his neck (already had severe damage at C3 and C4). He has been home now for a month and doing super well on oral antibotics and pain medicine. We will do another month of the antibotics and see how he does.  I would love to have a remedy if this infection swings back on him.

Thank you

Kelly Visco    [email protected]


Dr. Deva Khalsa:  

High potency Silicea for osteomyelitis.  Silicea 1M twice a day for 10 to 20 days. I would lean toward 10M but I am not there to evaluate progress.

(Editor’s note:  Once you see progress, reduce the frequency of the remedy and stop altogether once symptoms disappear.)

Dear Dr. Khalsa,

I have an orange cat, 4 years old, a bit chubby but seems in good health and loves to play.  However, in the last 2 weeks she developed this symptom:

The moment I pet the lower part of her back (lumbar), she starts licking herself frantically.  Now it seems that petting her at midback may be also triggering this response.  Does this suggest anything?  I’m worried about her.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:  

It could be her back is out and it could be a hyperaesthesia.  For the latter Ars alb 6 x or c three times a day for two weeks and see how she does.

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Editor’s Note:  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!

Nutrients for Cats and Dogs

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.  

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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.

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