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Many people keep a first aid kit around their house for that unexpected emergency. However, how many people have a first aid kit for their pets? While there may be some overlaps, there are some items you may want to have around just for your pet. Below is a list of things to consider putting in your pet’s first aid kit:

  • Alcohol wipes
  • Antiseptic spray or powder
  • Artificial tears
  • Benadryl (plain)
  • Clean towels/washcloths
  • Cotton balls
  • Dish soap
  • Disposable gloves
  • Elizabethan collar
  • Flashlight
  • Gauze pads
  • Ice pack
  • Oral syringe
  • Peroxide
  • Saline solution
  • Small scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Vet wrap (stretch bandage)
  • White medical tape
  • Wound Balm or OTC triple anti-biotic cream
  • Yarrow powder

The Red Cross offers a free pet first aid app (as well as many others) for pets that could put helpful information at your fingertips just when you need it most – text “GETPET” to 90999 to download the app.

You might find it helpful to familiarize yourself with potential poisonous substances. This information can be found at If you are unable to reach HVH during an emergency, know the phone number for the closest pet emergency hospital near you as well as a 24-hour poison control service like the one offered by the ASPCA (their number is (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee may apply.”).

Animal Hospital

If you live in or around the Gaithersburg area, the Holistic Veterinary Healing is just a short drive up 1-270. Many of our clients and their pets come to our veterinary hospital because we are one of the few holistic veterinary hospitals in the region.

Visiting our facility is quite different from many conventional or traditional types of vet offices. If this is your first time, here are a few tips and ideas to help you to prepare for your visit.

Book an Annual Exam

We make it easy for you to book an annual exam at our animal hospital in Gaithersburg for an older pet or a first exam for a new pet to the family. This can be done by phone, plan on spending 10 to 15 minutes with our reception team as we like to learn as much as we can about you and your pet and to give you as much information as we can to prepare you for the visit. For your convenience, we provide our intake forms through the website. The forms can be downloaded onto your computer, completed, saved, and emailed back to us. Alternatively, they can be printed, completed at home, scanned and emailed back to us so that Dr. Pema can review them before your pet’s appointment.

Completing them at home is easier than trying to remember specifics when you arrive at the animal hospital. Be as complete as possible with information, including details on your pet’s current diet, any supplements or medications the pet is on, and any known history of vaccinations and treatments.

Come with Questions

Our vet and staff will ask you questions about your pet and her environment, and we will also answer your questions. If you have specific concerns, it can be helpful to jot them down and to record behaviors or issues to ensure they are discussed at your appointment.

We take time with each of our clients, and you will never feel rushed through your appointment near Gaithersburg. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet, call Holistic Veterinary Healing at 240-715-6570.

“You are what you eat” is an old saying. The same applies to your pet. Whatever you feed your dog or cat has an effect on more than its digestive tract. Understanding a pet’s nutritional needs is essential. Unfortunately, many veterinarians do not receive sufficient training on what is best for specific pets. As a result, an animal hospital may only stock pet food from a high-end, commercial company.

A Better Approach

Holistic animal hospitals do possess more than a rudimentary understanding of nutrition. Veterinarians that work in such facilities analyze health issues as they relate to every aspect of an animal’s life. This includes their nutritional needs.

While many commercial pet food companies are now producing more nutritional pet food, their products may not be addressing your pet’s individual needs. At a holistic animal hospital, veterinarians may recommend you opt for a different approach. In the case of canine and felines, they may suggest a “raw diet.”

If this is not something you wish to explore, other choices do exist. Some veterinarians believe preparing home-cooked nutritional and balanced meals are also beneficial. This does not mean canned food is not a viable food choice. A Holistic veterinarian will urge you to:

  1. Carefully looking at your pet’s diet
  2. Consider all the ingredients of any pet food you use
  3. Ask yourself whether your dog gains any nutritional value from eating this food

Your Pet’s Diet and the Local Holistic Animal Hospital

Before you purchase food for your pet; you might want to talk to your vet about what provides the best nutrition. At Holistic Veterinary Healing in the Germantown, Gaithersburg area, we discuss with you the nutritional needs of YOUR pet. Only after we have had a thorough consultation with you and your pet, do we make recommendations. For more information or call 240-715-6570.

As each of you know, I see patients every day at Holistic Veterinary Healing. Unfortunately, I see at least 2 cancer patients a week. The cancer rate in our pets has risen to about 65-75%. Our Pets and Their Health: Preventing Cancer. There are many reasons for this rampant increase in the rate of cancer and chronic disease in our pets. Our world is extremely toxic from Monsanto’s glyphosate “Roundup” and from all the negativity around us. We cannot control the toxins except by each of us not using them. The Dalai Lama has made a call to the young people of the world with his book “A Call for Revolution: A Vision for the Future” to help balance out the world’s negativity.

Two other big factors that directly affect our pet’s health is over-vaccination with multivalent vaccines and feeding our pets processed pet grade food instead of human grade food. We can control these factors by changing our pet’s nutritional and health habits. Once the core vaccines are completed, I recommend that instead of routinely getting our pets vaccinated for Distemper and Parvo every 1 or 3 years, we perform a titer test to check their antibody levels to ascertain your pet’s protective level for Distemper and Parvo from when they were previously vaccinated. That way, your pet will only be vaccinated when the titer is below the protective level. You should limit your pet’s vaccines based on their risk of exposure. The Lyme vaccine is only 50-60% effective and has caused serious autoimmune disease so I do not advise the use of this vaccine. The Lepto vaccine only has two bacterins and the disease is from 6 bacterins so, I question its effectiveness. Also, it is mostly transmitted by rat and rodent urine found in puddles in city alleyways and by cow urine in the country, not by suburban wildlife. I rarely see the disease in suburban dogs even though I will test for it in sick animals. It is another vaccine I choose to avoid due to the limited risk of exposure in my suburban patients. Bordetella is only needed if a boarding kennel, daycare, or groomer requires it for your pet.

To educate yourselves about feeding your pets, you may want to watch the video “Pet Fooled” on either Netflix or YouTube. This video explains that dry pet food is processed with high heat which causes two carcinogens to form in the food. The “Truth About Pet Cancer” video series analyzed dry foods (both with and without grain) and found them all to be 50-60% carbohydrates. All this sugar is yet another carcinogen for cats and dogs. In other words, the dry processed pet food that many of us feed our pets is “cancer in a bag.” The safe alternatives to feeding dry processed food is to start feeding them raw, freeze-dried, dehydrated, canned, or home cooked foods.

I recommend the following foods:

You can get freeze dried, dehydrated, and canned foods for your dog or cat on or locally at the Loyal Companion store on E. Gude Drive in Rockville. Holistic Veterinary Healing sells Answers Pet Food frozen product line, Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried, and Weruva canned food for your dogs and/or cats. Another excellent addition to your pet’s diet is Answer’s Raw Goats milk, also fermented, not pasteurized. Raw goat’s milk has 200 species of probiotics, 60 living enzymes, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (a cancer-fighting fat), and immunoglobulins. Raw milk is also a natural antihistamine for allergies. Used in addition to any of the above protein sources, raw goat’s milk makes any diet nutritionally complete. Just add it to their meal and you’ll have a lot less to worry about.

I hope this information has been of benefit to you.


Dr. Pema

Often, traditional vets prescribe medications for animals who are suffering with arthritis. But a holistic veterinarian will have a variety of natural treatment options that do not have the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals and do minimize the pain and discomfort. Here are a few ways a holistic doctor may treat your pet’s arthritis.

Acupuncture for Animals

A holistic animal hospital may offer pet owners this ancient Chinese therapy to help manage symptoms of arthritis. It is a safe and non-invasive treatment option for pets. Acupuncture has almost no risk of side effects. The Chinese discovered 173 points on animals. These points can be stimulated to release beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters that can help control nerve impulses, and relieve inflammation and pain.

Chiropractic for Animals

Animals with arthritis tend to throw their body out of alignment as they walk favoring a sore limb. Chiropractic adjustments can be offered at a holistic animal hospital. This helps keep your pet free of pain and moving fluidly.

Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is offered at a holistic animal hospital as a treatment alone or in combination with acupuncture or chiropractic. This therapy also works at the cellular level to release neurotransmitters that relieve inflammation and pain and muscle spasms.

Massage Therapy for Pets

Another therapy the animal hospital may offer is massage. Animals can benefit from massage therapy just like their humans. Just a few sessions and animals will experience improved circulation, the release of endorphins, improved muscle tone, and an increase in range of motion. Massage is an effective way to loosen tight ligaments and muscles that can be tense due to pain or lack of use.


Herbal supplements can also help your pet feel better. A holistic veterinarian can determine which supplement is best for each animal. There are a variety of herbal remedies and homeopathic options that can help provide relief for pets.

Dietary Options

Diet and nutritional intake are key factors when it comes to helping pets maintain a healthy weight and keep inflammation at bay. Arthritis can be complicated by excessive weight gain. A holistic vet can help develop a diet plan that helps maintain weight, decrease inflammation, and keep a pet healthy and active. Finding the right combination of diet and exercise can help manage arthritis.

For more information on managing your pet’s arthritis using a holistic approach, check out the Holistic Veterinary Healing website. You can also call them with your questions at 240-715-6570.