Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services

Welcome to Wholistic Paws! We offer compassionate therapies for your pet in the comfort of your home, including: ~Acupuncture ~Rehabilitation ~Pawspice and Palliative Care ~Home Euthanasia Contact us today at: [email protected]

Welcome to Wholistic Paws! We offer compassionate therapies for your pet in the comfort of your home, including: ~Acupuncture ~Rehabilitation ~Pawspice and Palliative Care ~Home Euthanasia Contact us today at: [email protected]


Can My Pet Get Coronavirus (COVID-19)? - Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association

pavma.org The new Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has been rapidly traveling the globe has been reported in Pennsylvania as infecting a few people. There has also been a report out of Hong Kong that a dog, that was owned by an infected person, tested a weak positive for the virus. This has raised concern among th...

Hello everyone!

We just wanted to put out a statement re: the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. Jeremy and I are closely monitoring the current information available and will do our best to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have also stepped up disinfection of exam rooms and surfaces at the Center and will remain diligent about proper hand washing and hygiene. Our staff will also be diligent about not coming into work if we have any signs of being unwell. At this time, we also need to enlist your help as partners in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. We ask the following:

1. We will be limiting any house call services for new clients. Calls for in-home euthanasia will be reviewed on a case by case basis but we will do our best to still provide this service for the community.
2. For our current house call clientele- we ask any of you that are able to come in with your pet to do so. We are trying to limit our travel in the community as well as possible exposure going into and out of varying houses. This is especially important as we travel to houses where clients are older and immunocompromised. We want to be careful to protect the more fragile members of our community as best as we can.
3. If you or anyone in your family has been recently sick (respiratory signs, fever, etc) - please disclose this to us so we can figure out how best to treat your pet but keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
4. If you or anyone in your family has recently come into contact with or traveled to any COVID-19 affected areas, again please disclose this to us so that we can figure out the best course of action.
5. Some of our staff will also be affected by the school closing so our hours may be a bit altered the next couple of weeks. We will do all we can to honor all appointments but please be flexible with us as well!

We value all of you so very much and are privileged to be a part of your pet’s health care team. We hope by working together we can keep all of your fur people comfortable and cared for and also keep all humans involved as safe and healthy as possible. Please let us know if you have any questions on this matter!

Krisi and Jeremy

Just an update re: the candlelight ceremony planning! Keep tuned here or on the Candlelight Ceremony FB page for further details!!!

Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that we are monitoring the situation re: COVID-19/coronavirus. While we do not want to be alarmist, we also want to be respectful that it is a sensitive night with many tears shed (leading to lots of noses being blown) and the seating is rather intimate. If we feel that the situation is escalating in the next week, we will make the call to postpone until sometime in the summer. We want to make this a night of celebration and healing and not have it darkened with a public health crisis. Thank you for understanding and please keep an eye here for further details!!


All Creatures Great and Gone

This may be helpful for anyone needing some support!

stitcher.com Pet Loss Support Pod Cast from pre to post loss and everything in-between

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

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Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services

Just a reminder that the Pet Loss Support Circle for March meets this Monday (3/2/20) at 7pm. We are here if you need anything!! RSVP to (484) 453-8210💜

Just a reminder that the Pet Loss Support Circle for March meets this Monday (3/2/20) at 7pm. We are here if you need anything!! RSVP to (484) 453-8210💜

Dr. Erin Bannink

Review Article Highlight: Naturally occurring anti-cancer compounds: shining from Chinese herbal medicine (Luo, 2019)

Numerous compounds originating from herbal medicine exhibit anti-cancer activities: anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, anti-metastatic, anti-angiogenic, regulation of autophagy, reversal of multiple drug resistance (MDR), immune modulation, and enhanced chemotherapy effects in vitro and in vivo. This article reviews the most recent (since 2011) advances in understanding key herbal compounds with anti-cancer effects derived from Chinese herbal medicine with a focus on pharmacological effects, novel mechanism of action, relevant clinical studies, and innovative applications in combined therapy and immune modulation.




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It's Valentine's Day! Show us a picture of your furry love(s).


Acupuncture in Practice: An Additive Therapy for Chronic Heart Disease

peopleandpet.com Welcome to acu in practice and Happy Valentine’s week! With “hearts” on the mind, we will be featuring Cal, a 10 year old male neutered Boston terrier with a lo

I hope my bed is full of visiting fur friends when it’s my time💜

One of the conversations I enjoy most with the patients I visit is about the visions they see. The other day I was with a gentleman who shared that he has been seeing people in his room, mostly men. He is not afraid of them, they seem like they are there to help him feel less alone.

I asked if he talked to them; he told me he didn't know what to say, so we discussed things he could ask them. He asked me if this meant he was dying soon. My response was that while yes... he is dying, I did not believe they are representative of the time frame. I told him I thought that maybe being near death allowed him to be more receptive to their presence and they knew that, which is why they were there. This seemed an acceptable answer to him.

I saw him again the following day and he told me that he started to talk to them, they didn't say words, but he felt their answers, one of which was that he was safe and not to be afraid, which he welcomed. Then he proceeded to tell me that his two dogs who had passed away came to see him. A tear rolled down his cheek. He said they jumped on his bed and curled up next to him.

I would like to think that when I am near death, my dog Jack will curl up next to me...

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Beauty in grief: Durham woman creates 100 days of art from her mother's funeral flowers :: WRAL.com

This is a beautiful article💜

wral.com Janet Willis used the flowers from her mother's funeral to create a 100 day Instagram art project that explores grief.

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

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Pet Pause: Things you should keep in mind as your pets grow older

losaltosonline.com Vision, hearingDiminished vision can get in the way of catching treats or toys, or cause hesitating at stairs or walking into traffic. The most common problem is lenticular or nuclear sclerosis, a hardening of the lens. It is often mistaken for cataracts, and other than affecting depth perceptio

February's Pet Loss Support Circle is tonight at the Center at 7pm. We are here to support you!

Just a reminder that the February Pet Loss Support Circle meets tomorrow night at 7pm! We are here if you need anything!


Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart Speak Up For Senior Pets: 'Growing Old Is Not a Death Sentence'

people.com Lily Tomlin and Carl Reiner are also featured in the PSA for The Grey Muzzle Organization


Antitumor effects of immunity-enhancing traditional Chinese medicine

sciencedirect.com Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been traditionally used to treat patients with cancers in China. It not only alleviates the symptoms of tumor p…

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

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Herbal Medicine for Low Back Pain-A Cochrane Review. - PubMed - NCBI

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print]


The Wind-Cold and Damp of Winter

peopleandpet.com Welcome to Acu in Practice! We are in the deep of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. A time when Wind, Cold and Damp (especially here in the Pacific Northwest)

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International Veterinary Acupuncture Society - IVAS

Happy Chinese New Year

For the Chinese new year 2020, the main zodiac element is metal, and the animal sign is Rat, and hence, Chinese zodiac 2020 will be the Year of the Metal Rat. The Chinese new year 2020 will last from January 25, 2020 to February 11, 2021.


Your personality determines how you experience pain – and it's the same with your pet

theconversation.com Whether you're a human, a dog or even a horse – how you handle pain will depend on how emotionally stable and guarded you are.


Acupuncture 'lessens chemotherapy neuropathy'

bbc.com A trial found 68% of cancer patients who suffer with neuropathy saw their symptoms lessen.

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

Our very first Tuesday online support chat starts tonight! We hope you will join us this evening 🐾

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

Grief is the hardest work we will ever do and it is important to have support during this difficult time. Day By Day is very excited to announce that we are adding an additional weekday online support chat. Please join us every Tuesday of the month starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 21st at 8:00 p.m. EST 🐾❤️


Ginger on Human Health: A Comprehensive Systematic Review of 109 Randomized Controlled Trials. - PubMed - NCBI

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Nutrients. 2020 Jan 6;12(1). pii: E157. doi: 10.3390/nu12010157. Review


Bruiser the koala treated with acupuncture following dog attack

abc.net.au Bruiser the koala was so badly injured after a dog attack it was likened to being hit by a car and acupuncture is helping to get him home.


Risk factors associated with canine overweightness and obesity in an owner-reported survey

biorxiv.org Background Overweightness and obesity in dogs are associated with negative health outcomes. A better understanding of risk factors associated with canine weight is fundamental to identifying preventative interventions and treatments. In this cross-sectional study, we used a direct to consumer approa...


The Choices We Make for Others at the End of Life - Yes! Magazine

This is a serious article but a good read. Something we should all consider 💜

yesmagazine.org A palliative care nurse explains what to expect in the last days and hours.

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Wicca Teachings

Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services

The first support circle of the year is Monday, January 6 at 7pm. We are here if you need any back up at all! Please RSVP to (484) 453-8210 if you would like to attend 💜


Acu in Practice: Prevention of Pain Flare-ups!

peopleandpet.com Welcome to acu in practice! This is my patient Tennessee, she is almost 11 years old and first came in for acupuncture on December 29, 2017. She had been diagn

The first support circle of the year is Monday, January 6 at 7pm. We are here if you need any back up at all! Please RSVP to (484) 453-8210 if you would like to attend 💜

Susun Weed

Joyous New Year to all!

How to Lead a Joyous Life:

I aspire to be a joyous human being. As with most aspirations: It is easier said than done. Easier imagined than put into practice. Easier to search for than to have.

I want joy to roll like thunder across the hills and valleys of my life; I want surging winds of joy to carry me through loss and disappointment; I want joy to be an electrical rush that lights up my entire body when I succeed. What does it take to create a joyous existence? Is it possible to experience joy daily, not just in special circumstances?

Joy, I was taught by my mentor Elizabeth Kubler Ross, is one of five primary emotions. (The others are fear, anger, grief, and love.) Joy is not the absence of pain, just as yellow is not the absence of blue. Joy may bubble up out of grief. (“What wonderful times we had together.”) Joy may underpin true anger. (“I am so thrilled to be able to stick up for myself.”) Joy may sneak into fear, at least I presume so, otherwise what are people watching scary movies? Or is fear’s joy the relief of discovering fear was unjustified? To lead a joyous life, one must be willing to see joy in every emotion and every situation.

Joy is sisters with happiness, gladness, and cheer, the niece of ecstasy, rapture, and bliss, and the mother of satisfaction and delight. Joy is lovers with beauty and order, abundance and harmony, safety and security. Joy adores spontaneity. Joy is gay. Joy dances. Joy sings a lively song in a major key. Joy rises up; it is elation. Joy spreads out; it is inspiring. Joy is hard to contain, and difficult to suppress. Delight is a bubbling spring that tickles the funny bone. But we must go to the spring; it will not come down off the mountain for us. One must court the joyous life; one must conspire with joy, entice joy, set a place at the table for joy, commit to joy.

Gratitude precedes and follows joy. When I am grateful for the gifts of life and a precious human body – even if it hurts – joy finds me more easily. When I am grateful for the presence of others in my life – even when they annoy me – joy considers staying for a spell. When I am grateful for my problems and recognize the blessing in adversity, joy signs the lease. Then it is up to me to see to it that joy wants to stay.

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Happy New year of the metal yang rat! The metal rat is positive and confident but can also be stressed and worry easily, they are faithful to friends and easy to bond with. If you were born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, or 2008 your zodiac is the rat!

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Wishing everyone a very happy and safe New Year's Eve. We'll see you in 2020! 🐾❤️

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The role of melatonin on doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity: A systematic review. - PubMed - NCBI

Integrative medicine can benefit so many patients! So happy to see studies like this coming out in support of it💜

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Life Sci. 2019 Dec 13;241:117173. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2019.117173. [Epub ahead of print] Review

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20600 Gordon Park Square, Suite 170
Ashburn, VA

General information

Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services was created by Dr. Krisi Erwin and her husband, Jeremy, to provide the following services in the comfort and dignity of your own home: * Acupuncture * Pet Rehabilitation * Pet Hospice and Palliative Care * In-Home Euthanasia We can also offer additional services such as pain management, nutritional counseling, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and help with treatments such as subcutaneous fluid administration. We truly believe that treatment plans must be tailored to meet the needs of the WHOLE pet and the WHOLE family – hence our name: Wholistic Paws. At Wholistic Paws, it is our goal and commitment to work with you and your veterinarian to provide additional care for your pets that your regular veterinarian may not be able to offer. Throughout the course of care, your veterinarian will be kept informed and involved in the treatment that your pet is receiving. Think of us as one more "tool" to help improve your pet's quality of life and to provide an enriching, loving, and special end of life experience for your pet when the time is appropriate. Wholistic Paws currently serves Loudoun County, Virginia and the surrounding areas. We can care for dogs, cats, and pocket pets (i.e. rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs). We are available by appointment only and we try to keep our appointment times flexible for your family's convenience.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
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