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Oct 2018 Ask the Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa

Written by Deva Khalsa

Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions about Ascarid infestation in a Siberian Husky, anal fistula in a Beagle, Epulis in a Golden Retriever and torn ligament in a German Shepherd. Send your questions to

Each month holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers questions on veterinary issues. Send your questions to  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 author of Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog and The Allergic Pet –Holistic Solutions to End the Allergy Epidemic in Our Dogs and Cats.

Dear Dr. Khalsa

Our 7year old Siberian Husky had an Ascarid infestation two years ago that was treated allopathically. Now he has the exact same symptoms –  grinding his teeth, swelling around the eyes, extreme hunger, coughing, diarrhea.  Is there a homeopathic remedy or any safe method that will work?

Thank you

Cynthia Henderson

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

Quite honestly, I love Panacur which is given for three days and you can get over the counter at 1-800- Pet-Meds. Worms are insidious and create a continual non-optimal stimulation of the immune system. While allopathic medicine threw homeopathy out (the baby and the bathwater) we need not do the same to allopathic products that actually help. In the old days worming was a purging with diarrhea and discomfort,which would never work for our dogs. Roundworms crawl through your dog’s feet as the eggs hatch in the soil and the larvae crawl up on the grass blades through his skin, into his blood and travel to the gut. He just got them again.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

Snoops, our five year old Beagle, has been diagnosed with anal fistula.  Can homeopathy help with this?

Many thanks


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Anal fistula is a very serious problem that usually only gets worse. It has an autoimmune component. You can try Myristica 6x four times a day for a month with Epson salts soaks – following directions on container- for 5 minutes at least once a day but twice is better for the first two weeks. Use a cotton batting or old piece of absorbent cloth for the soak.  I do suggest you make an appointment with me at   You can try this first and it if does not work…. you have to move fast as they can expand and increase in number.


Hi Dr. Khalsa,

My male Golden Retriever (6 years old) was diagnosed with Epulis.  We’d like to avoid surgery and especially radiation. I’ve used homeopathy for other problems over the years. Is there a homeopathic protocol I could try?

Thank you

Mark Fisher

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

The best thing to try is Ramaeker’s Professional Veterinary Immune. The dose is on the bottle and it is an oral chew. The only place you can get it on the web is


Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My six year old German Shepherd was in pain after running up a very steep hill. He was later diagnosed with a torn ligament.  Can I treat this with remedies?

Thank you

Catherine Davis

Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Ruta grav is an excellent remedy, specific for ligaments of the knee. That said, if it was torn badly you need more than this. If your dog is using the leg and tiptoeing in the beginning it is not too bad and you can use Ruta 6x four times a day and Myristin for Dogs as an oral chew.  If your dog is not using or hardly using the leg, I would strongly suggest Prolotherapy and you can find a practitioner at, which is the American Holistic Veterinary Association.  Here is a link to an article I wrote about Prolotherapy

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:

Visit Dr. Khalsa at her website for information and consults:

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.   

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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