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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 www.Chewy.com 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

A lot of pet owners think it is hard to tell when their pet is feeling under the weather. That is not exactly right, though. While your pet may not be able to tell you directly what is wrong, there are usually a ton of signs along the way that tell you if you need to bring your pet to an animal hospital right away.

Breathing problems

Is your cat or dog having breathing difficulties? That is a sign that there is something wrong, the Pet Health Network says. Don’t wait it out. Bring your pet over to a pet hospital as soon as possible.

Little to no movement

If your cat is not moving, s/he may be bored. That is usual behavior for a cat. However, if the animal has not been moving much all day and if your pet has always been active, that is a red flag. Get your pet to the vet to know more about his/her condition, what treatment options are possible, and what you can expect should you go ahead with a specific treatment.


If your pet starts to suffer from constipation or diarrhea, your cat may have intestinal parasites or an underlying condition. The only way to know is to have your feline friend treated. Look for a reputable veterinary practice in your area. Check out the credentials of the staff and vet before you bring your cat over for a checkup. Knowing you’ve picked a trustworthy facility for treatment will put your mind at ease.

Little to too much appetite

Changes in your pet’s appetite can also be indicative of health problems. If your pet seems to have poor to little appetite or starts eating too much, that could easily mean an underlying condition. Find out if that is the case by bringing your pet to an animal hospital that you trust.

Aggressive behavior

If your pet has always been sweet and affectionate, dealing with aggressive behavior can completely throw you for a loop. But if your pet is in pain, that could be why he’s lashing out. Get to the bottom of things by bringing your cat to a vet.


If your pet keeps whining or seems to be vocal at displaying his displeasure, that could also indicate health issues.

Know the signs that your pet is feeling under the weather. Ask us at the Holistic Veterinary Healing for more information. 240-715-6570.

Going to the vet can be a mammoth ordeal, especially if you have a surly cat or a big dog who associates trips to the vet with shots, getting neutered, and other bad things. Here are a few helpful tips to make trips to the vet less stressful for your pets.

Do it when nothing is wrong

If you keep bringing your pets to the vet only when they are sick, then they will associate the vet with pain. At Holistic Veterinary Healing, you can stop by to say hello, hang out in the reception area, get a treat, and visit with the vet if she’s free. That’s going to help reduce your pet’s dread about future trips.

Prepare your pet

A lot of the anxiety or stress for your pet is being handled by a stranger, the Better Homes and Gardens says. That is why you would want to prepare your pet. Stroke her in less obvious places like the pads of her feet or around her tail. That’s going to help train your pet to be prepared for a vet’s exam.

Get him treats

Make your pet feel at home at the vet by bringing along his favorite blanket and giving him treats. These things will comfort your pet so he is less likely to come home shell-shocked and traumatized for life, no matter how much he whines or looks at you with a baleful stare later.

Do your homework

When you look for pet care, do not just pick the first animal hospital you find. Do a bit of research and look for qualified veterinarians in Germantown. That is a good first step to finding the right doctor for your pet.

Pay a visit

Make an appointment for a consultation. Bring your pet along. See how he reacts to the vet. This is also an excellent opportunity for you to observe how the vet interacts with your pet as well as the other patients in the facility. Do you like what you see? That’s something you will want to consider.

Check the hours

Look for veterinarians in Germantown whose office hours work with your schedule. Veterinary practices that are open on weekends make a wonderful option for many pet owners. Holistic Veterinary Healing is open Sat 10-4:15PM. Our doctor checks emails and phone messages after hours every day. Accidents can happen at any time. If your pet has a medical emergency, you will want to know that your vet is going to be there to provide the treatment s/he needs.

Is your pet sick? Get help from a qualified vet. Contact the Holistic Veterinary Healing at 240-715-6570 for more details.

You want your pet to be as healthy as possible. Regular visits to the vet will help ensure that. However, if you’re moving into a new home and community, finding one can be a bit of a challenge. Here’s how to pull it off.

Check out local options

Start out by checking local options. Look for veterinary practices near and around you. Once you have a list of prospective clinics, start winnowing down your options by checking out as much information as you can about these practices.

Do your homework

When you research these practices, consider the services each of the facilities has to offer. Not all clinics will have the resources, equipment, and team to provide for all your pet’s needs. That is a good way to eliminate many of the names off your short list. You may find that the hospital that provides the treatments you are most interested in are not in your neighborhood. Whether you are in Columbia, MD or Arlington, VA, a longer drive to the right clinic is worth the effort.

Pick a treatment approach

There’s something to be said for choosing a holistic animal hospital. If your pet suffers from chronic illness, then this type of approach may be a much better option than clinics that rely solely on western approaches to treatment, the PetMD says. These treatments often involve the use of drugs that may have bad long-term consequences, especially since too many drugs in your pet’s system can hurt your cat or dog’s kidneys and eventually lead to kidney failure. Prevent that scenario by going for a holistic approach to treatment.

Know why

Understanding the principles at the core of holistic medicine will give you a better appreciation of the care and treatment your pet will receive at a reputable holistic animal hospital. For instance, the holistic approach uses therapies that are more natural and safe. Unlike treatments that rely on drugs which could lead to harmful side-effects, using traditional methods and medicines can have a positive effect on your pet’s health and well-being. This approach also discusses diet and vaccines and their influence on your pet’s health.

Ask around

It wouldn’t hurt to ask around. Think of it as hitting two birds with one stone. Reach out to your neighbors and ask. That way, you’ll get to introduce yourself to your neighbors and get the information you need at the same time. That saves you time and effort.

Check out the equipment

Be sure to take a good, long look at the equipment that the veterinary practice uses. A new or advanced diagnostic and monitoring equipment will render accurate result so that’s something to look out for.

Need an appointment? Book one at the Holistic Veterinary Healing today. 240-715-6570.

There is something special about a happy dog that just cannot be beat—sloppy doggie kisses, doggie hugs, and a dog that will not stop following you around. That is why it is always easy to tell if your pet is feeling under the weather or not. If you just changed addresses and are new to the area, then you probably need to start looking for a new veterinarian. Here are tips on how to find a good one:

Start local

Go online and look for vet clinics and hospitals near you, says Prevention. Going for local vets is a great way to get your search started. Not only will they be more accessible to you—meaning less traffic and travel time to worry about—it is also more likely that a few of your neighbors have already used their services. You can easily reach out to neighbors and ask about their experiences with the clinic or their feedback or opinion of the vet. It is an excellent conversation-starter that could pave the way for a friendlier interaction between you and your new neighbors.

Make a list

Put together a list to make it easier for you to compare the options available to you. Start with the clinics you found online, then reach out to neighbors for referrals that you could add to your list. Once you have those organized, it will be easier to work your way through all your available options.

Look over their qualifications

You love your dog so you naturally want the best for him. That includes finding qualified veterinary staff and doctors. Be sure to choose a clinic or hospital that is fully staffed with trained, experienced and qualified personnel. The last thing you want is to hand over your pet to someone who does not know a thing about pet care and treatment.

Check out their services

Not all hospitals or clinics have the right diagnostic tools or equipment. If your pet has been in an accident, make sure you get to a hospital that has the medical equipment necessary to diagnose, treat and save your pet’s life.

Consider beliefs and values

Not all vets and clinics have the same beliefs and values. You might want to consider veterinary holistic medicine to help keep your pets in optimum health. If you do not like the thought of your pet just being dosed full of meds every time he is sick, you might want to get in touch with an animal hospital that focuses on veterinary holistic treatments.

To know more, call us at Holistic Veterinary Healing.

Determining an emergency in the case of pet illness or injury can be difficult. Our pets cannot speak to us to communicate discomfort, feelings of nausea, dizziness, or other signs of infirmity that humans may see as an emergency. What’s more, even healthy pets can fall ill suddenly, making a wait for the next morning or the following Monday feel like an eternity for concerned owners.

How can you tell when it is time to take your dog to an emergency veterinary hospital? Read these quick tips to see if it is time to hop in the car.


Sometimes you can look at your dog and know right away that something is amiss. These warning signs that are visible to the naked eye can be clear indicators that your next car ride with your pet might need to be a trip to the vet:

  • A bloated or distended abdomen
  • Pale gums
  • Coughing, or retching that continues for a long period of time
  • Blue-tinted skin, especially on face
  • Unusual drooling
  • Unusual discharge from the vagina, anus, or elsewhere
  • Jaundice (in the form of yellow gums)
  • Visible trauma or excessive bleeding
  • Squinted, bulging, or swollen eyeballs/eye area


Looks are not the only way of knowing when your furry friend is under the weather. Their behavior can also give you clues as to what you might need to do to ease their discomfort, as well as when to take them to a professional. Some signs of irregular behavior or actions you might need to be concerned about include:

  • Lethargy that is otherwise unexplained
  • Crying out in pain
  • Limping without visible cause
  • Tremors or seizures, especially without a history of either
  • Dragging of the hind legs or inability to walk
  • Inability to eat or avoidance of food or water
  • Inability to urinate or defecate as usual

Some signs are not visual or behavioral, but are still important to note. If your dog demonstrates an elevated heart rate, labored breathing, vomits repeatedly, or smells strange and strongly, you may have an emergency on your hands.

Don’t Hesitate

Call us if the emergency happens during regular business hours and we will fit you in. If the emergency happens outside of our business hours, contact Veterinary Referral Associates (be sure to tell them that you are a client of HVH) or an emergency veterinary hospital near you. Some of our clients hesitate to take their animals to a conventional veterinary emergency hospital because they are worried about medications and harsh chemicals being administered to their dog or cat. If you let VRA or any other emergency hospital know that you use a holistic approach in caring for your pet, they will take that into consideration when suggesting treatment.

Research indicates the mood of an individual can have an effect on how quickly they heal. A positive attitude can vastly improve the capabilities of the person’s immune system to fight back against a health issue. Some doctors recognize this, as do some veterinarians. At Holistic Veterinary Healing, our vets realize how the emotional states of our pets can influence their physical well-being.

Responding with Herbs and Flowers

One response to mood imbalances is to introduce certain chemicals into the body. People take uppers and downers. These are also available for dogs. Like their human counterparts, side effects for dogs from such medications can cause further complications. However, alternatives do exist. Veterinarians can treat their patients using herbs and flowers.

Such approaches take one of several approaches. These include:

  • Flower Essence Care: The calming scents help to relax pets allowing their minds to take part in the healing process. Flower essences also help soothe their anxieties and fears, helping them through disturbing and upsetting situations, e.g., thunder storms, car rides,
  • Essential Oils: Much like flower essence, essential oils can help relax pets to aid in healing. There are also many other uses of oils such as repelling insects, promoting healthy digestion and healing wounds.
  • Homeopathy: Often acts as an adjunct therapy. Its intent is to help the pet manage postoperative pain as well as to hasten healing following injuries. Remedies are plant-based but may also be derived from animals or minerals.
  • Moxibustion: The practitioner burns dried plant materials (moxa) on or close to the surface of the skin. This warms and revitalizes the flow of Qi (life force) within the body to speed up healing.

Herbs may also act as a component of various other treatments and medications. Research clearly indicates the positive effect of herbs in certain veterinary treatments.

Veterinarians and Alternative Medicine

At Holistic Veterinary Healing, we want to keep your pet healthy and happy. To accomplish this, our veterinarians work with a variety of alternative as well as traditional treatments. By combining the two, we create a truly holistic approach to veterinarian medicine – one beneficial to your pet in the ways that count.

Many people are turning toward holistic medicine to take care of themselves. It makes sense these same people would want to use a holistic approach for their furry family members as well. If you are looking for holistic procedures, you will likely find acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, Myers Cocktail IV Therapy, Neoplasene, nutraceuticals, and UVB Ozone.

Acupuncture is another very common holistic procedure for animals. Like the human procedure, acupuncture uses needles or other stimulators to rouse common acupuncture points. It is often used to treat kidney and liver disease, seizures, diabetes, arthritis, Cushings and the list could go on. This is a great, non-invasive alternative to help give animals some relief.

Chiropractic procedures for animals is a gentle approach used to relieve tension on vertebrae and other joints. It can release tightness and help body fluids and energy move freely. This is a great way to relieve pain from old age or accidents. Almost any holistic vet clinic will offer this procedure.

Homeopathy works very much the same way traditional medicine does. Through homeopathy, the immune system is “taught” to recognize and defend your pet’s body against viruses, bacteria, and other dangerous intruders.

Homeopathy treatment provides your pet with a minuscule amount of a substance which, if provided in a larger dose, would cause your pet to feel the same symptoms as the disease being treated. In theory, this trains the immune system of your pet to “wake up” and prepare to fight against the actual disease.

Myers Cocktail IV Therapy works by using an IV drip filled with minerals, vitamins, and nutrients to cure many common health concerns. This mix of natural elements is pumped directly into the bloodstream using an IV, which allows for it to take affect quickly and efficiently. Ask your vet if this treatment would benefit your pet.

Neoplasene therapy uses a combination of alkaloid herbs to combat cancer. This injectable, oral or topical treatment targets cancer cells to help stop the spread and growth of cancer cells in pets. This treatment can be used in conjunction with surgical procedures when needed.

Nutraceuticals is a vitamin and mineral supplement regimen meant to encourage the body’s healing process. This is a great procedure to use in preventative health. Often nutraceuticals are used in conjunction with whole food supplements.

Ozone and UVB Ozone Therapy UVB Ozone therapy is a great revitalizing therapy that is also an effective preventative therapy because it supports the immune system. Ozone is O3 (one Oxygen molecule plus one unpaired O) and as such provides the body with much needed oxygen, detoxification, and strengthening of the immune system. Ozone can be given rectally as a gas or it can be injected either subcutaneously, at acupuncture points, or directly into tumors. The gas can also be combined with the patient’s blood, irradiated through UVB light and reintroduced into the body intravenously. Increased energy is a positive side effect of this treatment.

HVH uses Ozone and UVB Ozone therapies to treat bacterial, viral and fungal infections, autoimmune disease, cancer, kidney failure, liver disease, Lyme disease, other tick borne diseases, FELV, FIV and Feline Corona virus (FIP), Toxoplasmosis, and Lepto.

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When you go to a holistic veterinary clinic, you should be able to find these common therapies. These natural treatments are great ways to give your pets the relief they need without surgery or pharmaceuticals. Call us at 240-715-6570 or contact a holistic vet clinic near you. For more information visit www.holisticveterinaryhealing.com.

Pet health insurance does not work the same way as insurance for people. In all cases, pet parents must pay for services up front and submit a claim for reimbursement. You can get coverage for just emergencies or for everything including wellness visits. Many of the companies also offer levels of coverage such that the customer can choose the amount of the deductible and the percentage of coverage, which then determines the amount of the premium.

Did you know that September is Pet Health Insurance Month? The National American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) says the following about pet health insurance:

  • Responsible pet parents know that pet health insurance is important for their four-legged friends year ‘round. After all, the love and happiness pets bring us isn’t on a schedule—it’s 24/7!

  • But not everyone has heard about pet insurance and the confidence it brings, knowing that when the unexpected happens, you’ll be ready to take action and give your pet the best of care. That’s why September is Pet Health Insurance month. It’s our time to bark, howl and meow about what we can all do to give something back to the furry friends who give us so much.

  • Pet health insurance coverage gives you the power to tell your vet, “Do what you need to do” without putting your finances at risk.

The NAPHIA website has a lot of useful information on buying pet insurance that you might find interesting and helpful if you are considering purchasing a plan to cover your pets. https://naphia.org/find-pet-insurance/insurance-buying-guide/ They also have a list of pet insurance companies to choose from. https://naphia.org/find-pet-insurance//

Listed below are pet insurance companies that have assured us that they will cover holistic procedures and treatments. However, you would have to ask specific questions to ensure that they cover the holistic modalities that you find benefiting your dog and/or cat. Keep in mind, these insurance companies will not cover pre-existing conditions so it is best to start covering your pet when they are young and have no conditions. If this is something that you think will help you keep your pet healthy, do your homework and know that HVH is happy to help with the application and claims process as needed.

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance www.aspcapetinsurance.com/101 877-343-8497
Embrace Pet Insurance www.embracepetwellness.com 800-511-9172
Figo Pet Insurance www.figopetinsruance.com 844-262-8133
Nationwide Pet Insurance www.bestpetinsuranceever.com 866-838-3471
Pets Best www.petsbest.com 866-609-7387
Trupanion www.trupanion.com 855-251-5730

In addition, for another perspective, this link will take you to the Canine Journal’s page on pet insurance companies. https://www.caninejournal.com/pet-insurance/

Holistic Veterinary Healing does not receive any benefits from the insurance companies per say; our goal is to help you keep your pet healthy and strong. Call us at 240-715-6570 or contact a holistic vet clinic near you. For more information visit www.holisticveterinaryhealing.com.

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