Veterinary Homeopathy

September 2018 – Ask the Holistic Vet – Dr. Deva Khalsa

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Holistic veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa answers questions about heart worm in dogs, ITP in a Jack Russell Terrier, and strokes in an eleven year old cat. 

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,

My dog has heart worm.  He is roughly 13 or 14 years old.  The vets wants to give doxycycline and then preventative heartworm medicine twice a month!  He is panting, thirsty, hungry all the time and is now is tearing up the garage all time and eating anything he can find! Recently noticed drooling the side of his mouth he lays on!    No vomiting, regular bowel movements! His kidneys came back good and liver good.  No diabetes! Please advise me which direction you would recommend.  Thank you so very much!

Michelle Molenda  [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

First of all, it is important for you to know that your dog may be busy infecting other innocent dogs in your neighborhood as he is now a carrier of heartworm. Therefore, any female mosquito that bites him and then bites a neighbor’s dog is transmitting the disease to the neighborhood canines. While there is a holistic Rx for heartworm (below), I highly recommend the preventive twice a month and the doxycycline in addition to the holistic Rx. This is because the holistic treatment is not 100% effective and because it can take 3 to 4 months to work, during which time your dog is infecting other dogs.


Dear Dr. Khalsa,

In March, 2018, our 8 1/2 year old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel X Jack Russell Terrier was diagnosed with ITP. At 17 pounds, our vet put her on 15 mg of Prednisone per day, to be split in two doses 12 hours apart (along with Baytril and a drug to protect from stomach ulcers). At the time, her platelet count was 11,000. At this time, we are in the final stages of weaning her off of the prednisone.

We did not like the way the prednisone affected her, as she had many symptoms of Cushing’s Disease, and we are thankful to see these diminishing as we are now down to two doses of 2.5 mg/week for two weeks.However, she is now losing fur much more than she normally would have, although she does not have any bald spots yet, and the skin of her underside has many large grey patches.

We are currently giving her three meals a day of Performatrin Plus – Lamb and Rice. Added to this, is three tablespoons of a puree that is composed of 1 boiled medium beet, 1.5 cups of raw papaya, 1 boiled medium sweet potato, and 100 grams of spinach that is boiled for 2 minutes. For one meal, we add 1 teaspoon of chopped boiled liver; and for all three meals, we add 1 tablespoon of chopped boiled stewing beef and salmon.

Since August 13th, we sprinkle 1/8 of a teaspoon of basil, oregano, and thyme leaves; 1/8 teaspoon of ground dandelion root, burdock root, astragalus root, and nettle leaves on each of her meals. On two of the meals, we divide one 450 mg capsule of licorice root. On one meal, we also add 1/8 teaspoon of bladderwrack. In addition to that, we give her 2 pellets of heparsulf. calc. 30CH to help with gingivitis and the Cushing Disease symptoms. To address the anemia, we are giving her 2 pellets of Cinchona Off. 200CH and Ferrum Metal. CH 1 time per day.

When we last saw our vet for blood work on July 9th, the vet was more concerned about Tea’s RBC than about her platelet levels, and wanted to keep her on 7.5 mg of prednisone – possibly for the rest of her life. Because we did not like what we were seeing in our dog, we opted to wean her off, and try to treat her condition through diet, herbs, and homeopathy. We plan to take Tea back to the vet for a CBC once she has been off of the prednisone for about 4 weeks to see what her levels are. The Laboratory Report from the July 9th blood work has been attached for your convenience.

Can you provide some guidance so that we can do whatever is possible to protect our dog from having her platelet counts bottom out again, and can you help us to treat the side-effects of the prednisone – the hair loss and grey patches on her underside?  With her reduced prednisone intake, she is more vibrant and wants to play very regularly

Thank you for your help,

Jenny-Lou Fennema   [email protected]

Dr. Deva Khalsa: 

The way to protect your pet’s platelet count is to cure her of the autoimmune disease -which is not hard to do. I treat patients with ITP with routine success.  You can make an appointment with me by going to my site . Double Helix Water (which is actually not a water so do not confuse it with alkaline water or other ‘waters’) has been used successfully for autoimmune disorders, although I like to initiate a number of different kinds of Rx to insure success. You can read an article about Double Helix Water and purchase it here:   Because I treat autoimmune disease effectively and simply correct the improper response of the immune system, I do not tend to go with other treatments as this is handling the ‘bottom-line’ of the problem.


Hello Dr. Khalsa,

My 11 year old female cat (spayed) has had several strokes over the last 4 years. Each time she has responded to Arnica 200 and quickly recovered. Is there anything we might give, aside from prophylactic doses of Arnica to prevent further strokes? She is on a raw food diet and also gets probiotics with each meal.

Thank you


Dr. Deva Khalsa:

Hi Janice,

I am assuming by strokes you mean emboli?  Arnica is excellent for this and giving her 6x potency twice a day for life will do her no harm and will help to prevent more emboli. Another good product is Serrapet which is an enzyme made from the silkworm.It is both safe and powerful and regulates the fibrin of the blood. You can find this online.

 Editor’s note: Dr. Khalsa’s new book will be released in October of 2018:

The Allergic Pet –Holistic Solutions to End the Allergy Epidemic in Our Dogs and Cats

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:

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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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