Anshen Veterinary Acupuncture
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Dr. Andrea's Tips for Teeth
Pet Profiles
Coming Events
Sunday, May 4
 The Puppy Up! walk to raise awareness of canine cancer and funds for cancer research for both canines and humans. Register to participate or sponsor a walker
Saturday, May 17 
  At 10 a.m. Dr. Jody will be presenting at the Horse First Holistic Horse Fair. She will demonstrate diagnosis and treatment using Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine including acupuncture, laser treatment, electro acupuncture and tui- na. She may also use other modalities including T-Touch and homeopathy. For more information on this event, please visit their
June, 2014
Dr. Jody will be completing her studies in veterinary spinal manipulation and receiving certification from the College of Animal Chiropractic in June.  


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Green Acres Boxer Rescue
Founded in 1999, Green Acres Boxer Rescue of Wisconsin has found forever homes for over 800 Boxers and Boxer mixes. If you'd like to help GABR or adopt a one of these canine comedians, please visit their web site for more information. 
Dr. Andrea sees small animals at their homes or one of our partner clinics. Dr. Jody also sees small animals at their homes or at the clinic, and sees large animals at their homes, barns, or stables.
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 Spring 2014
Anshen News
Dear Friends and Clients,

Welcome to the Year of the Horse! Welcome to Spring!

If you and your animals were lucky enough to make it through the winter unscathed, now is the time to think about preventive care. It is always better--easier, cheaper, less painful--to prevent an illness rather than treat one.


With routine TCVM exams, we may be able to find  imbalances before your animals start showing signs of disease. We check the tongue and pulses, as well as diagnostic points on the back to detect any imbalances. If your animal dreams a lot, moving and vocalizing in his or her sleep, this is considered an imbalance and should be addressed by a TCVM practitioner. If your animal is panting in the middle of the night or drinking more water than usual, this could be a Yin deficiency (tendency to be too hot). If left untreated, disease will occur. 


Having a Wellness appointment can help keep your animal healthy, pain free, and happy. We recommend the foods that are best for your animal and show you how to do tui-na (Chinese massage) and acupressure at home, extending the benefits of each treatment. The season for outdoor fun and adventure is almost upon us (come on, warm weather!); call for a Wellness appointment today to make sure your animal companions are ready to enjoy it!

Dr. Andrea's Tips for Teeth


Teaching your pets to love--or tolerate--having their teeth brushed doesn't happen overnight. I spent a year brushing my dogs' teeth before we even thought about trying to tackle the lower teeth. But if you go slowly and use positive reinforcement you'll see great results.


The upper teeth are most important, so begin there. Start by letting your animal lick species-appropriate toothpaste from your finger; you wouldn't enjoy beef-flavored toothpaste but they love it. After 2-3 days of this, try adding the toothpaste to a small brush, a Q-Tip, a child's toothbrush, or a finger brush; the size will depend on your animal. Just brush one tooth (a canine tooth is a good place to start) and call it quits for the day. Reward your animal's bravery with a great treat. They'll remember the reinforcement and look forward to their next brushing session. Gradually work your way up to brushing more teeth each session. Animals with red or inflamed gums would benefit from a bit of George's Aloe Vera (for human consumption) applied to the gum line. It's flavorless and will relieve inflammation. 


Remember to reward after every session. I always reward my dogs after brushing their teeth. Kiko actually trained me; she loved her treats so much she would turn circles and snort until I brushed her teeth and rewarded her. Tenzin just puts up with brushing to get to the treat. Either way, the job gets done! If you have any questions about acclimating your animals to brushing or products to use, just let us know. Check out this video of me brushing Tenzin's teeth to get a sense of technique. 

Pet Profiles by Dr. Jody
Charlotte was fearful and acting out at times so her behaviorist recommended she be assessed by AnShen.  Wiry pulses, purple tongue, a diagnostic point at bladder 18, all indicate liver qi stagnation, which can lead to acting out and feeling stressed.  She also was painful at her thoracolumbar junction on her spine (the part with the ribs and the low back meet) which can increase stress.  Treatment with Chinese herbs to relieve liver qi stagnation, laser treatment at her sore spot, some homemade diet and laser acupuncture along with positive reinforcement behavior training--which her parents do wonderfully--led to great improvement in Charlotte's attitude after one treatment.  At her second treatment she was able to have a spinal adjustment to help her back even more.  
Mika had multiple orthopedic problems that weren't improving, even with massage and chiropractic treatment.  She was very sensitive to touch and had difficult heat cycles.  Similarly to Charlotte, she had a diagnostic point at bladder 18 and discomfort at the thoracolumbar junction.  Liver qi stagnation with heat was her diagnosis, and after some time on a Chinese herbal formula to relieve stagnation and cool her liver, she is comfortable being ridden with only rare tenderness or reactivity and mild heat cycles.  
Springtime can lead to more liver qi stagnation in animals prone to it, so both Mika and Charlotte are continuing their herbs through the season to keep them happy and comfortable.  They both receive only positive reinforcement training, which allows them to feel comfortable, reduces stress, prevents injury to both them and others around them, and allows them to learn.  They are beautiful, brilliant and lucky animals!




Happy Spring!