Avoid hip dysplasia = avoid vitamin supplements

As busy humans eating less-than-ideal diets much of the time, it has been widely recommended we take a multi-vitamin daily to fill in the gaps in nutrition left by our questionable diets. Many people extrapolate that to their dogs needing a vitamin or mineral supplement as well. In puppies, particularly, this can actually cause harm! […]

What to expect during pet euthanasia

You’ve made the gut-wrenching decision that it’s time to say good-bye to your beloved dog or cat. You’ve scheduled the euthanasia appointment. This article is not intended to discuss making the decision, but what to expect during the euthanasia process once the decision is made. You’ll be emotional. You won’t hear much of what the vet is […]

Acupuncture for pets- what is it really?

Throughout the last few months, every spare waking second I had was spent studying acupuncture, and it has come to fruition! Back in June I decided to not just dabble, but become a Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist. Since then, I’ve had 100+ hours of lecture online, 10 tests, and have been practicing needling my pets […]

acupuncture for pets – veterinary acupuncture

Many of you may know that in March, I went to a conference for acupuncture training. It was only a couple days, so  obviously not thorough or complete. There I learned the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to acupuncture. This involves the movement of Chi, analagous to “energy” that flows through the body. In Traditional Chinese […]

pet cremation in the news

A sad news story is in the news, so wanted to bring it up in case you hear about it. A pet cremation service up in Pekin, IL (about 3 hours north of here) was not returning the actual pet’s ashes to the people….not sure what actually was in the boxes the people got. This […]

Animal acupuncture coming soon!

I am becoming a certified veterinary acupuncturist, and will complete my training in November. Acupuncture for animals has many benefits, and little to no side effects! It’s a great option when traditional medicine doesn’t seem to be helping as much as we would like. I will offer veterinary acupuncture for dogs and cats at home. […]