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: wecare@wholisticpawsvet.com

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: wecare@wholisticpawsvet.com

Jolie and her mom say have a great day everyone!! ❤️

Help us give community animals a Bowl of Love!!
We are collecting food for the Loudoun Pet Pantry to provide new bags of food, treats, and litter for family pets in need. It is best to donate small bags of food to help promote even distribution of food to the families. All food items must be new. In addition, we will also bring any donated newspapers to the animal shelter to provide cage liners. We will be collecting until 1/31/18. Can you help us to share the love??

Just a reminder that the January Pet Loss and Grief Support Circle is tonight at the Wholistic Paws Companioning Center. This a safe space for anyone who might be needing support. We are here if you need us.

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If you are in need of support or counseling caring for your aging pet, anticipating the loss of a furry friend, or grieving a recent loss, join us tomorrow for @DayByDay #supportgroup @WholisticPawsVeterinaryServices. Call 484-453-8210 for more information.

@WholisticPawsVeterinaryServices #supportgroup is quickly approaching. Please RSVP here or at 484-453-8210 and join us Monday from 7-8pm #animallovers #furbabies #supportgroup #rainbowbridge #foreverinourhearts

Please join us Monday, January 8th for a #supportgroup @WholisticPawsVeterinaryServices from 7-8pm. @DayByDay provides support for caregivers and those grieving the loss of a pet.

Shake your booties this weekend!!!

Grieving Through My Walking Shoes


Self care often goes out the window when we are in the midst of intense caregiving or when grieving the loss of a loved one. Going for a walk can be a huge balm for a hurting heart and being in nature is healing in and of itself. If you are feeling lost, frustrated, or bereft, try going for a walk. It should help you feel better!!

nextavenue.org Regular exercise like walking may help when grief feels oppressive.

Environmental enrichment: Why old dogs and cats need new tricks


Don’t let Fluffy and Fido get the winter blues!! Here are some great tips to help enrich their environment and keep their minds sharp!!

veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com Play and activity in pets may stave off cognitive decline and improve cognition in those already starting to slope downward.

Food Rewards Suitable for Training and Medicating - Fundamentally Feline


Many people cringe when it comes to medicating their cats. This article gives some great tips on how to make medicating Fluffy a piece of cake!!

fundamentallyfeline.com Cats are trainable and can be quite easy to medicate. It is all about finding something that motivates them and is worth their while. Here are some ideas.

Happy New Year everyone!!! May 2018 bring joys to celebrate, peace for past hurts, and a time of renewal for us all!!!

Just in case ❤️

Happy Friday! Have you started working on your resolutions yet?

Empty seats and empty beds can be haunting this time of year. Please take time to celebrate all of your angels in heaven and try to reflect on the impact they each have made on your life and in your heart. While nostalgia can feel a bit raw, it hurts because the bond is and was important. Try to smile through the tears and celebrate the beauty of lives coming together, even if just for a short time. The sharing of the journey is what is so important!!!!

’Tis the season for overindulgence. Here is a “medicinal” way of boosting up a chocolate treat!! Turmeric has so many health benefits as an anti-inflammatory and more. Surely, this is a good way to take it in!!!

Our kitty patients deserve to be relaxed and comfortable too! Check out Boo as he chills on the kitty tower while waiting for his acupuncture treatment. What a sweet man!! 💜

Peace on Earth and Good Will to all of our friends and families and all the humans and animals that share the Earth with us!!!!! Love, light, and blessings to you all!!!

Just in case anyone needs some back up over the holidays ❤️

16 Ideas for Creating New Holiday Tradition After a Death - What's Your Grief


Here are some more beautiful tips on creating new meanings after the loss of a loved one ❤️💜❤️

whatsyourgrief.com Someone you love has died and now the holidays will never be the same. I’m sorry to put this so …

What's your favorite Friday dance?

PetLoss Partners

Some wonderful tips to help with holiday grief ❤️

** Coping With Loss Through The Holidays **

The holiday season can bring many emotions with it, especially when we are grieving. For pet parents going through the first holidays without our “furkids” by our side, it can be even more difficult.
We hope the following Holiday Coping Strategies will make this season more bearable.

** Plan Ahead – Think ahead and try to avoid things you have to do or places you have to go that may evoke painful memories or increase your grief. The most important thing is to check in with yourself beforehand and see how it feels for you. If it doesn’t feel good – don’t do it.

** Allow Yourself an Exit Strategy - If you do “have” to go to an event take your own car. This allows you the ability to leave if the feelings of grief get too strong. It’s okay to say that you are “tired or not feeling well” and need to leave early.

** Form New Traditions – It may be difficult to celebrate the holidays in the same way you did when your “fur kid” was by your side. Form new traditions that honor your beloved pet’s memory. Create an ornament with your pet’s picture on it. Visit your pet’s gravesite and leave a special treat.

**Surround Yourself with Supportive People – Be choosy when it comes to who you spend time with during the holiday season. Whenever possible, find people who have been supportive of you during your grieving and who will understand how you feel at this time

** Allow Yourself to Grieve and Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out for Help
There is this “myth” that everyone has to be joyful and happy during the holiday season. This can make you begin to feel guilty about your grief. It’s important to remember that there is no timeline for grief and that it’s okay to grieve. Reach out to a supportive friend or a Pet Loss Counselor/group if you are hurting.

Most of all, know you are not alone. We understand and are here to help you on your journey towards healing.
Wishing you peaceful days during the holiday season.
Sandi and Ellie

Pet World

Thinking of pampering Fido these cold winter months? Call to schedule a massage with our therapists Sarah or Kasey!!

Day of the spa :)

A Holiday Resolution For Positive Change


This is a wonderful article with suggestions for coping with grief during the holidays. Perhaps there may be a suggestion or 2 in there for you?

blog.griefrecoverymethod.com The grief of loss does not have to ruin your holidays. You can make a holiday resolution for positive change if you really want to feel better.

Patient comfort is our top priority!! Check out Rookie chilling on the couch with some peanut butter while Kasey does her bodywork assessment. Good dog, Rookie!! 💜

8 Mindfulness Tips During the Holidays


Here is a great article for this week’s Monday Mindfulness post. It’s a hectic time of year for sure- please take time for a few deep breaths throughout the day to clear your head and support your own health and well being!!!

psychologytoday.com Bring some peace and calm to your holidays.

We hope your weekend is all smiles!!

An Open Letter to Our Clients on Their Hardest Day


This is beautiful!!

fearfreepets.com The loss of our furry family companion is devastating, and often the loss can leave us in a fog of emotion. We seldom stop and think about the veterinarians that do that work every day. Veterinarian Dr. Liz Bales explains the memories that live on outside of the exam room.

Picture Books That Introduce Mindfulness and Meditation to Kids | Brightly


Looking for some gift ideas this holiday season? Check this out to help encourage the young people in your life to live mindfully!!


readbrightly.com The benefits of mindfulness are numerous, and not just to adults. Here are some delightful children’s books to introduce mindfulness and meditation to kids.

Hello everyone! Just a head's up that the Pet Loss Support Circles are usually held on the first Monday of each month at the Companioning Center. However, the first Monday is January 1. We will postpone that support circle until the following Monday- January 8. Please help to spread the word!!!

Wings of Grace Hospice Care Program


Alphabet Soup: CHPV and CHPT

Dr. Krisi Erwin (CHPV) and Joanne Scott, LVT (CHPT) are both certified in veterinary hospice and palliative care through the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. This 16 month certification program requires 100-hours of in person and online learning about the new field of veterinary hospice and palliative care. Students are also required to complete 2 case reports suitable for publication and pass a certification exam. Dr. Krisi and Joanne were part of the inaugural class and are among the first people to become certified! Both Dr. Krisi and Joanne will head up our Wings of Grace hospice program to help support our families and provide the best possible care for our patients during the last stages of their lives.

Learn more about our Wings of Grace program here!

wholisticpawsvet.com Hospice and palliative care are relatively new concepts in the world of veterinary medicine. While both practices tend to go hand in hand, they are indeed different. They can be defined as follows:

Slow down from the frantic pace of life!! Have a great week everyone!!

IAAHPC - Webinar Schedule


The holidays can be rough for those who have experienced loss. If you are struggling, this webinar may help ❤️

iaahpc.org The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care is dedicated to promoting knowledge of, and developing guidelines for, comfort-oriented care to companion animals as they approach the end of life.

Happy Friday! We hope your weekend is epic!!!

Do Cats Grieve? 5 Ways to Help a Sad Cat Mourn a Feline Friend | Catster


Grief is not just for humans. Love is universal.

catster.com Do cats grieve? The answer is yes and we've found a few ways to help your sad cat mourn the loss of a kitty or human companion.

Signs That Your Pooch is in Pain


It can be tricky figuring out if our pets are painful. Check out this article to see if your pooch may not be feeling so well. We are here to help as well!!

akc.org AKC.org offers information on dog breeds, dog ownership, dog training, health, nutrition, exercise & grooming, registering your dog, AKC competition events and affiliated clubs to help you discover more things to enjoy with your dog.

Alphabet Soup: CTMT, NCCMT, NCCAP, and NBCAAM

Both Kasey Braun and Sara May offer massage therapy at Wholistic Paws. Kasey is our Licensed Veterinary Technician who attended the Rocky Mountain School of Canine Massage. Sara studied with, and is now a teacher with, the Chicago School of Canine Massage. To become a certified in canine massage, a student must complete many hours of coursework and also pass a written and practical examination. The student must also complete case reports highlighting their skills in case management. Sara has gone on to achieve additional training in acupressure and has national certification in canine massage through the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM). Both Kasey and Sara are passionate about teaching pet parents how to do manual therapies for their pets at home. If you are interested, call for an appointment today!

Better Your Life in 10 Minutes - Eckhart Tolle - Living In The Now/Present Moment


And so begins the craziest, most frenetic time of the year. Please carve out 10 minutes of your day to discover the wonderful wisdom of Eckhart Tolle. We hope you love him as much as we do!!!

Awesome audio by Eckharte Tolle, how to change your perspective on your day to day living, gym life, work life. This can be applied to pretty much any aspect...

What is your Friday face??

Just had to squeeze in one more gratitude post for this month! This is a good one :-)

The Beach Is My Happy Place

Most of us don't breathe mindfully and most people only utilize about 1/10 of their lung capacity when they do breathe. Pause for a few minutes and think about taking deep, purposeful breaths- breathe with the waves. How do you feel after doing this?

Breathe in slowly, gently, and deep ......... and breathe out. Reflect on the good, not the bad. To enjoy what you have, not what you don't have. To appreciate what you can control and not stress over what is out of your reach. To remember the good times, not the bad. We wish you all happy thoughts.

Alphabet Soup: What is a VOM?

Dr. Jan Wieher is certified in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation. VOM is a healing technology that locates areas of the animal’s nervous system that has fallen out of communication, and re-establishes neuronal communication and thus induces healing. VOM exists in between veterinary medicine and chiropractic care. It has similarities to some of the chiropractic modalities and functions by restoring function by reducing “subluxations” as is done in chiropractic care. It uses a hand-held device that is used in a popular human chiropractic technique called “Activator Methods” but it is not to be confused with that technique. The differences between VOM and Chiropractic care are significant and distinct. VOM exists in a gray area between both professions (Veterinary and Chiropractic) and benefits from the positive aspects of both, a hybrid, and thus more effective than either by themselves. Certification in VOM requires completion of 6 modules, 10 case reports, and passing an examinatIon. Thank you, Dr. Jan for adding this (and your other expertise) to our practice repertoire!!

Some thoughts to ponder as you start the week!!!

Super excited that Wholistic Paws was featured in the Longwood magazine!!

Find some peace and enjoy time with Mother Nature today!!! #OptOutside

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We are so grateful for each and every one of you and we wish you all love, light, and peace!!!

How To Communicate Calm To Your Canine - Fear Free Happy Homes


The holidays are often hectic and can be tough on our pets. Here are some great tips to keep the house calm for your canine companion during the holidays and everyday!!

fearfreehappyhomes.com Are you helping or hurting your pet by providing comfort? You may have heard that comforting a pet when he’s frightened is the wrong thing to do because it “reinforces” that he’s right to be fearful. I’m here to share the good news with you that this concept isn’t correct. Here’s what to know about…

Alphabet Soup: What is a CVPP?

Dr. Krisi Erwin is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. This program is open to veterinary health professionals with a minimum of five years in full time practice, at least two years of clinical experience working with animals in pain, and who have been members of IVAPM for at least one year. To achieve certification, applicants must provide the following:

1. Three professional letters of reference.
2. 90 hours of pain related continuing education.
3. Demonstrate proficiency of 10 out of 29 possible areas of pain-management related categories.
4. Submit 2 case reports eligible for publication.
5. Pass an examination.

Being a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner helps Dr. Erwin to provide long term pain management for our many patients to keep them as comfortable as possible!!

Grief, Positivity, and Gratitude – Can They Coexist?


This is wonderful and timely ❤️

stillstandingmag.com There is no uniform grief journey. Even if your story seems identical to that of another loss parent, they are not you, their baby is not your baby, and their grief is not your grief.

What are you grateful for today? Write them down as the day and the week go on- it can be a simple list or something fun like the image below. How did keeping track of what makes you grateful change your thoughts and actions this week? Is your heart a bit lighter?

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