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While we too are concerned about the potential spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we would like to assure you that we are open and we are doing what we can to limit exposure to protect our staff, our clients, and our patients.

We appreciate your help in keeping everyone safe by staying home if you have any symptoms, have had exposure to someone with symptoms, or have recently been overseas. If you are compromised and your pet needs to be seen by Dr. Pema, please have a family member or friend bring him/her to see us and Dr. Pema can speak with you over the phone during the exam.

Some of our new policies include:

  • For everyone’s safety, we are now offering Curb Side Service – please contact us (call or text 240-715-6570) from your car when you arrive and one of our technicians will bring your pet into the clinic for the exam. Also, let us know in advance if you need any prescriptions filled or any retail products so we can have them ready. Following the exam, the receptionist will inform you of the total and collect your payment information, for now we would like to forgo getting a signature. The technician will return your pet, any prescriptions or retail products, and your receipt to you upon completion.
  • Refilling prescriptions: when you call in for a refill we can either send it to you via USPS (we will discount our shipping fees) or we can fill it and have it available for you the next business day. If you are picking your prescription up here, we will follow the same Curb Side Service protocol and take payment over the phone and bring your items out to you.
  • For purchasing retail items, please call ahead with your list, provide your payment information, and plan to pick it up the next business day. We will follow the same Curb Side Service protocol and take payment over the phone and bring your items out to you.
  • Fewer hours: we will close at 6 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and beginning March 23rd we will not have veterinary appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays, someone will be answering the phones and checking emails and Dr. Pema will respond as needed.
  • Jessica, one of our receptionists who is grooming here on Tuesdays, will follow the same Curb Side Service protocols. For a grooming appointment, call her directly at 202-492-4137.

We will also be performing the recommended prevention measures, such as:

  • Any employee exhibiting symptoms of any illness will stay home
  • Increased frequency of hand washing
  • Cleaning and disinfecting common area surfaces multiple times per day, including door handles
  • Diffusing Young Living Thieves essential oil.

We are doing what we can to stay healthy and strong and thus prevent contraction by eating whole foods that support our immune systems, reducing stress in our lives, and getting plenty of rest. It is our hope that you are doing the same.

Caring for our pets during this pandemic:

Currently it does not appear that COVID-19 can be spread by companion animals, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). However, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands before and after caring for your pet.

The CDC does recommend that those who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with their pets, other animals, and people. They recommend that you have someone else in your household care for your pets if possible. If that is not possible, wear a face mask, wash hands, and limit the amount of close contact such as petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. American Veterinary Medical Association

Thank you for continuing to entrust us with the care of you beloved family companions.

Dr. Pema Mallu

At this time, it is incumbent upon us all to practice patience and perform random acts of kindness.

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