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Spring 2016 
Dear friends, 
 We are excited to welcome the return of green grass, singing birds, and sunlight! As the weather warms and you and your animals are more active outdoors, you may need support for environmental allergies or issues that accompany the change of seasons. Give us a call at 608-333-7811, email Hope at [email protected] , or visit us at
Be well!
Dr. Jody, Dr. Andrea, and Dr. Cassie
A Pain in the Butt? How Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Can Help Your Horse
Dr. Cassie Torhorst, DVM, CVA

We humans frequently encounter pain in our daily lives, and our equine companions are no different. Their everyday activities, such as eating hay off the ground, performing the jobs we ask of them, even laying down to roll, could be affected. One way we can help them modify the body's response to pain is with spinal manipulation. This practice, known to many as chiropractic care, modifies the body's pain response by changing how the neurons communicate with the spinal cord and brain, thereby relieving or dampening pain. Neurons throughout the body send signals about pain and other threats to the brain; this is called nociception. All of the neurons transmitting pain enter into the spinal cord and can be manipulated there. By maintaining a healthy range of motion in all joints, including the spinal column, we can relieve pain that is caused by neurons that are "over-firing."
Susie and Cosmos Raphael

This treatment works very well on horses with acute or chronic pain due to arthritis, developmental disease, chronic injuries, etc. Susie Weiss' Morgan, Cosmos Raphael, was always grabbing and chewing his bit, and carrying his head awkwardly.  After one acupuncture and spinal manipulation treatment, Susie noticed that he carried his head straighter and stopped grabbing the bit, while on the lunge line and while riding.  Any of the doctors at Anshen would love to answer any questions you may have about this treatment modality.

It's time again to join Anshen in the fight against canine and human cancer.

You can help in this fight by registering to walk or donate to the third annual PuppyUp Madison Walk on Sunday, May 1, 2016. 

Cancer touches us all at some point, whether through a personal diagnosis, a family member, friend, or beloved pet. Through education and research, the PuppyUp Foundation is working to build healthier lives.
Please join our team today by signing up on the Anshen Veterinary Acupuncture PuppyUp page.  We'd love for you to walk with us!
Pe t Profile: Suerte  Olsen

Suerte, now a strong, happy 10-year-old, was first seen by Anshen in 2013 when he developed a severe  shoulder problem that looked like it was leading to amputation. He had knee and other surgeries when he was younger and had also developed skin allergies. He wasn't his energetic playful self until he received acupuncture and Chinese herbs which saved his leg and his quality of life returned. 

He is a great wood personality dog, playing hard with his toys and letting people know that it is time to play! Veterinary spinal manipulation ("chiropractic") helps keep his athletic body in condition to keep up with his motivation. Cold weather decreases his  allergy signs, but like most wood personalities with
 allergies, they come back in the spring so he restarts his herbal allergy medicine then. Watching him play is a joy!
Let's Bee Active!
Honeybees are important pollinators. Without them, we wouldn't have honey, and more importantly, we  wouldn't h ave much of the food we grow. This would also cause extinction of certain animal species! Protect your pets and helpful insects; please think twice about using herbicides on your lawn and garden, and consider purchasing a No Spraying sign for your yard

Feline Nutrition 
Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they must eat meat to survive. Dry kibble is high in carbohydrates, putting cats in a chronically dehydrated state, which will lead to urinary  tract and kidney  problems, obesity, diabetes, and other health issues. is a great informational website on cat nutrition . You may want to choose the abbreviated version if you are squeamish. If you have any questions about what to feed your cat, or how to switch from kibble to wet food, please ask us!
 Tendon Soup, mmm mmm good!
This recipe makes a rich soup that nourishes tendons, ligaments and cartilage for cats and dogs.

*2-4 pounds of hooves, cut into chunks 
 goat or lamb are best but you can also use beef
*1-2 pounds of mi xed root veggies such as 
turnip, rutabaga, yucca (find in the Spanish frozen section)
*Big splash of tamari or Bragg's Liquid Aminos 
 avoid MSG and gluten

Cover the hooves and roots with water, bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer. Add seasonings such as Chinese 5 spice (cinnamon, star anise, Szechwan pepper) if you want to eat the soup as well.

Simmer on low for 2-4 hours, then refrigerate what you're not eating or feeding immediately. You'll want to discard the bones before refrigerating; a reminder, never feed cooked bones to your pets! The soup will gel in the refrigerator like Knox gelatin. Feed  the gel as a top dressing on  food or as a very small meal, as it is very rich.

Focus on: JR's Pups-N-Stuff Rescue

This Wisconsin-based rescue doesn't have a breed-specific mission; they are saving dogs--any breed, any age--from life threatening situations. If you are  looking  for a new companion or would like to help them fulfill their mission, please see their website for more information.