Anshen Veterinary Acupuncture

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Canine Influenza Update
We are fortunate that the Canine Influenza outbreak in the Chicago area has only resulted in one confirmed case in Madison. Several area daycare and boarding facilities originally sent notices to their clients requiring everyone to receive the vaccine but have since taken a step back after it was discovered the current vaccine may not provide protection against the current strain.

Anyone concerned about this virus or others that may occur in our area in the future should contact Anshen to take preventative steps (acupuncture and prescription herbal remedies) to keep your companion animal healthy.
Focus On . . .

Rabies Challenge Fund

The Rabies Challenge Fund seeks to determine how long a rabies vaccine conveys immunity, with the goal of extending the time between boosters first to five years and then to seven. Fewer vaccinations mean the risk of adverse reactions are reduced. To read more about this important research or to donate to the cause, click here.

Lung and Liver Treats


1 lb. lung, liver or combination of both

1 cup flour (rice or wheat)

1 cup cornmeal

1 tsp garlic powder or fresh minced garlic (do not use garlic salt)

1 Tbs prescription herbal  formula your pet is taking (for example:  Body Sore)

Dash of Worcestetershire Sauce (optional)


Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until nearly liquid. Drop teaspoon-sized balls onto a greased baking sheet and flatten with a spoon or fork coated in flour or cornmeal. Bake in a convection oven for 15-20 minutes.

  If not using convection, baking time will be a little longer; be sure to rotate pan halfway through baking.
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 Spring 2015
AnShen News
D ear friends and clients,

With the canine influenza outbreak in the the Chicago area, vaccinations have been a big story in the news lately. We know many of you have questions about vaccinations, so we are devoting much of this newsletter to the topic. It's an important discussion, and can be controversial. We hope you will find this informati on useful, and if you have questions or concerns, please contact us. We are here to help you support your animal companions. 

Happy Spring!

Dr. Jody and Dr. Andrea


Jasmine is a six-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who enjoys competing in agility with her mom. Jasmine's mom became worried when she started to see a pattern after Jasmine was vaccinated. Wit h the first vaccine reaction Jasmine was lethargic and didn't want to use her back legs. Where she normally flew up the stairs, she climbed very slowly and cautiously. She needed help getting on the couch and bed, and her mom noticed that Jasmine was slower while running agility. In lieu of an explanation, Jasmine was p rescribed medication to treat a painful back.


After Jasmine's vaccinations the following year, the same symptoms reappeared: lethargy and reluctance to use her hind legs. Knowing that Jasmine had an agility competition coming up, her mom turned to Anshen for help.


Jasmine's Story Told By Her Mom

Jasmine is a very special girl that is very near and dear to me. I was so excited when we qualified for the AKC National Agility Championship in Reno this year! We had worked really hard honing our skills, and Jasmine was in the best condition and running faster than she has ever run before. The last few weeksbefore we left for Reno I wanted to make sure we had everything in order for the trip, and knowing that this was such a big competition, that included having her vaccinations up to date. I was leery, knowing that she had a reaction the year before, but at the time I was not given any other alternative. Worried that we would be checked for updated vaccinations at nationals, I reluctantly allowed the vet to give her a vaccine that was to come due in the next week or so. I was shattered when she immediately started showing the same signs of lethargy that very same night. I have a nickname for Jasmine, "my little jumping bean," and that bounce that she normally has was gone. She had to practically crawl to get up the stairs, and I had to help her up on the couch or the bed. This went on for about a week. I was just crushed; for the last year, we had worked so hard getting her in top condition and ready for nationals, and it was all wiped away with one shot. 


My agility instructor told me how Anshen helped her dogs and she suggested that I try taking Jasmine there. I was not familiar with acupuncture, but I was willing to try anything to get my little jumping bean back. Dr. Andrea was very informative and explained everything to me. She was very caring and made sure Jasmine was comfortable throughout the appointment. Jasmine did very well and was very relaxed. After acupuncture, she was given herbs. It was slow at first, but she started showing signs of improvement. In the last week before we left for nationals, Jasmine improved a little every day, she started jumping, and we were able to get some last minute training in. I continued giving her the herbs during the trip to Reno. Within a day or so of the competition, my little jumping bean was back! Jasmine had three days of competition and she did very well. We came home with ribbons, a lifetime of memories, and most importantly, I came home with my little jumping bean. She was happy, and full of life!. We just had another visit to Anshen to see Dr. Jody for acupuncture and a spinal manipulation. Dr. Jody was also very calm and caring with Jasmine, and she helped to make the whole experience a pleasant one for Jasmine and me. Jasmine had training the very next day, and she flew over the jumps! I am now a firm believer in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am so thankful for both Dr. Andrea and Dr. Jody.



There are alternatives to vaccinating, such as checking titer levels. If you need to have  your companions vaccinated, Anshen can help prior to and after vaccines with holistic support. Our advice is to have only one vaccine administered at a time, if possible, and to allow two-three weeks between vaccinations.  Be sure to plan ahead and contact us prior to any vaccinations!

For more information on vaccine titers, click here.

For an in-depth look at vaccinations, this link will take you to an interview with the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine's own Dr. Ronald Schultz.



Homeopathy is a medical system that can help animals who have had vaccine reactions. Lola, a beautiful Springer Spaniel, had reactions to vaccinations, including itchiness and bumps. She also reacted to topical flea and tick medicines. The last vaccine she received caused seizures ten days afterwards. A homeopathic appointment with Dr. Jody revealed Lola's remedy, which is now helping her body to clear out the inflammation caused by the vaccinations and relieve her seizures and itchiness. A patient such as Lola should have titers instead of vaccinations; along with a very healthy diet, this helps reduce inflammation. Oral flea and tick medicines are even more dangerous than topicals for Lola as they can't be washed off and can affect her internal organs.

If using dilute essential oils for flea and tick control, always first "ask" your canine or equine friend if they are willing to have the oils applied by holding the oil near his or her nostrils. If they turn away, they can't handle that particular oil. If they sniff it, you can use it in a safe diluted formula. Don't use essential oils with cats.

Puppy Up 2015!


T hank you so much to everyone who donated and walked at this year's Puppy Up event. This was the second annual Puppy Up in Madison, and for the second year in a row, Madison set a national record for participants and funds raised. Over 1000 humans and 750 canines participated in the walk and over $121,000 was raised. Team Anshen raised over $2,100 to help in the fight against canine and human cancers!


Anshen continues to do its part by providing holistic care to family pets with the goal of preventing cancer and helping to keep animals comfortable and as healthy as possible if they are diagnosed.