Each month Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. answers selected questions on veterinary issues. 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 a horse with headshaking. He is 16 years old. I would like know if we can do something with homeopathy. The vet says that it is probably the trigeminal nerve. I know that in the past, he had broken his legs and probably his pelvis in a fence. His head is shaking more when the temperature goes up, or at the start of the ride. Sometime he eats odd things (mud, dirt). He puts on weight easily. He has lost two friends in the last couple months (I gave him Ignatia). He wants to be the boss. He has a blister inside his nose on the left side. He is a chilly horse. He has no problem with his teeth.
Thank you ,
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Give him Arsenicum album 200c twice a day for a week, once a day for a week and then every other day for one month
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I’ve recently qualified myself as a homeopath, and I’ve treated my three dogs, almost exclusively with homeopathy, with varying levels of success. The problem in question with my 7 year old dog is an abdominal swelling. I would associate this problem with an on-going itch that the dog has had for a number of years (From early vaccination?) The dog would have been constantly scratching, and as the areas reached with the back paw is limited to the abdominal area on both sides, I suspect that this swelling, on his right hand side, is a result of the abdominal wall being weakened by the intensive scratching and that a rupture has occurred!
The dog’s had this swelling for a few years now, but it appeared suddenly and resembled a duck-egg in size and shape, it has since grown somewhat larger, and while it appears to be painless, he does continue to scratch quite a lot!
Do you have any suggestions as to how this problem might be addressed homeopathically?
Cormac Ó Donnghaile
Dr. Deva Khalsa: I have, in my almost 35 years as a veterinarian, never seen intense scratching of the sides of a dog cause a duck egg like swelling. It could be a Mast Cell Tumor. I suggest a full exam and an aspirate of this mass sent to a pathologist for cytology
Dear Dr Khalsa,
I wonder if you could suggest a remedy or course of action for a middle-aged cat with chronic stomatitis. I have tried nit ac, borax and arsenicum with little or no change. I gave syphilinum 30c and resumed remedies with again no effect. The cat is a very nervous, but very affectionate (with me) ex feral. He has a history of mouth problems. When I found him as a kitten he had serious gum inflammation- blood red and accompanied by a vile smell. This responded well to Hepar sulph and ultimately resolved. He is well nourished and is neutered. There is excessive salivation and sometimes bleeding from the mouth and a lot of pain when he eats. He is timid with other cats and tends to get bullied. I would greatly appreciate any advice as to remedy and potency.
Dr. Deva Khalsa: There is an excellent product that will become available within the next few weeks on It is a salmon flavored gel that is sold only by veterinarians that works very well with this problem. It is a PetzLife Gel.
Dear Dr. Khalsa,
I have female dogs which I feed natural foods and they don’t get vaccines. They continually chase shadows and hate the lawn mower and vacuum. Is there something you can suggest to help correct these behaviors?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Well, this could be a sort of game – the chasing shadows as both females are doing it and perhaps both decided they hated the lawn mower and vacuum. If it was one dog, but they are doing it together and it could just be group agreement on how to live life. There are some Sunday mornings that I would like to chase down my noisy neighbor on his lawn mower.
Dear Holistic Vet,
I have a Spitz dog. His hair falls heavily. Can you suggest a solution?
Dr. Deva Khalsa: Start to feed him Canine Everyday Essentials preventive supplement from Deserving Pets along with a tablespoon of coconut oil every day. You should see a big difference in a month’s time.
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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