Using Your Heart's Compassion to Help Your Pet Heal
What does it take to be a positive animal guardian? According to our newest Game Changer who has been practicing for 45 years, this hidden force determines how long your pet will be with you...
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With 56 years of veterinary work under her belt, Dr. Pema Mallu has changed the lives of countless animals in her care, using state of the art integrative medicine
Her clinic, Holistic Veterinary Healing in Germantown, Maryland, offers both holistic and conventional veterinary care, including acupuncture, chiropractic and energy healing
Nominated for a Healthy Pets Game Changer Award by Jennifer H., Dr. Mallu also brings a unique spiritual component to her practice, as in 2002 she became an ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun
Dr. Mallu also focuses on the importance of nutrition and diet, stating that if she could let the world know one thing, it would be that “we are what we eat”
With 56 years of veterinary work under her belt, Dr. Pema Mallu has changed the lives of countless animals in her care, using state of the art integrative medicine. Her clinic, Holistic Veterinary Healing in Germantown, Maryland, offers both holistic and conventional veterinary care, including acupuncture, chiropractic, energy healing and more.
Nominated for a Healthy Pets Game Changer Award by Jennifer H., Dr. Mallu knew since the time she was a child that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and it’s truly become her life’s calling:
“As most veterinarians will tell you, I knew when I was 5 years old that I was going to become a vet. And as I grew older, I took care of all of the animals that we had as a young child … When I was 14, I started working at vet clinics.
And so I've been doing veterinary work for 56 years now. And I went straight into college and actually finished undergraduate in three years and went into vet school after three years of undergraduate.
And then I went straight out of vet school into practice. And I've been moving along ever since. But after about 11 years of general practice, I became … I guess you would say disheartened by all the drugs and how steroids didn't help dogs that had spinal disease and I knew there had to be another way.”
Embracing Holistic Care for Animals
Dr. Mallu, frustrated with the limitations of conventional veterinary care, soon branched out into holistic methods, becoming trained in veterinary acupuncture, homeopathy and energy healing in humans, which she transferred over to animals.
She’s also licensed in human acupuncture and ozone therapy for animals, and is trained in the use of Chinese and Western herbs. Dr. Mallu communicates with animals on an intuitive level and also brings a unique spiritual component to her practice, as in 2002 she became an ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun:
“I hold within me the compassion and the idea to relieve suffering in the world. And with that in mind, what I truly believe in is that our thoughts create our reality. And that's a Buddhist principle, our thoughts create a reality. And we have to think positive every day.
We have to believe that whatever we think about will transform. So, for example, if your animal has a fatal disease, you wake up each day and you say, ‘Oh my God, we have another day together.’
And you think happy thoughts as opposed to, ‘Is this going to be our last day together?’ and when people come in to find out what holistic modalities will cure their pet of this cancer, most of my visit is talking to them about the karma the patient has to complete with that fatal disease and help them deal with the issue of when is their animal going to pass over.”
‘We Are What We Eat’
Dr. Mallu also focuses on the importance of nutrition and diet, stating that if she could let the world know one thing, it would be that “we are what we eat.” “It's very important to feed the right thing and to feed good food,” she says. “And our No. 1 basis when we have people come in with an initial consult is to talk to them about nutrition and diet.”
Dr. Mallu has never used prescription dog foods, stating, “I’ve always known that other food was better,” and has had great success using food allergy testing and altering pets’ diets based on intolerance testing. “I've had so much success with it,” she says. “We had one dog come to us that had been to four veterinarians for severe skin disease, and the dermatologist. And all we did was food allergy testing and change his diet. And in one month he was perfectly normal.”
At Holistic Veterinary Healing, they’re also focused on healing the human spirit, which is part of being a positive animal guardian.
This helps owners know when the time is right to let go, Dr. Mallu says, “and understand that whatever they do — whether they go for chemo, whether they go for holistic medicine — we can treat the same way with three different patients, but it's the karma that's going to make a difference as to how long they're going to be there.” She continues:
“And so they need to have a positive thought and a loving thought to finish the days ahead with that patient. And that's really my main focus is having a positive thought and knowing our thoughts create a reality. And when we have that compassion in our heart, we can do anything.”
The team at Holistic Veterinary Healing is a family with a common goal to help animals in need, providing a “one-stop shop” with both holistic and conventional care.
“And when we need to, we do refer to the internal medicine specialists and the other specialists. But the nice thing is they are best friends of mine because I've been in practice for 45 years. I know these veterinarians that I refer to and they're personal friends of mine,” Dr. Mallu says. “We're not a work environment, it's a home environment here.”
If you’d like to learn more about Holistic Veterinary Healing, you can find them at their website, holisticveterinaryhealing.com.
Healthypets Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Dr. Karen Becker cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make medical recommendations for your pet without first establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Your pet's medical protocol should be given by your holistic veterinarian.