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]

Dr Kendra Pope

Happy first day of May! With warm spring weather we get May flowers but we also get fleas and ticks! Make sure you check your pets after they’ve been outside, especially if they’ve been in heavily wooded areas or tall grasses. We also recommend using flea and tick preventative methods (see the next photo for our suggested types.) Prevention is key to keeping your pet healthy!
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It's Be Kind to Animals Week! How are you celebrating?


Obesity and the Canine Life Span

Here's another great article about the dangers of obesity for our pets. Let us know if we can help with an exercise and nutrition program to help keep your pup fit and healthy!

americanveterinarian.com Veterinary professionals should advocate healthy body condition for their overweight canine patients, particularly from midlife onward. Here’s why.  



Some much needed “Hair of the Dog” to provide some much needed decompression after last night’s Game of Thrones! Have a good week everyone!!!

The new episode of Game of Bones is incredible! 😂😂

Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund

Something to ponder as we navigate ourselves through these beautiful spring days!!! 💜

When you regain a sense of your life as a journey of discovery, you return to rhythm with yourself. When you take the time to travel with reverence, a richer life unfolds before you. Moments of beauty begin to braid your days. When your mind becomes more acquainted with reverence, the light, grace and elegance of beauty find you more frequently. When the destination becomes gracious, the journey becomes an adventure of beauty.


Excerpt from his books, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (US) / Divine Beauty (Europe)

Ordering Info: https://johnodonohue.com/store

Hiking in Killarney National Park
Co. Kerry, Ireland - April 2019
Photo: © Ann Cahill

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support


New Leash on Life? Staying Slim Keeps Pooches Happy, Healthy

Spring brings warmer days and longer daylight- a great time for us to all emerge from our wintertime slumber and start getting active again. This will help your pup, too!! Get out there and start walking!

consumer.healthday.com Carrying extra pounds isn't just bad for humans: New research indicates dogs' lives may be significantly shorter if they're overweight.

Make every day Earth Day! Our Mother Earth is worth it and our futures depend on it!

Have a beautiful day everyone- Easter and springtime joy sent from all of these cute peeps! We love all of our clients and patients so very much!!! 💜

(PS everyone got paid for their modeling with lots of treats!!!)


Children and Pet Loss – Day By Day Caregiver Support Inc.

daybydaypetsupport.com Children and Pet Loss March 7, 2019 If You’re Old Enough to Love, You’re Old Enough to Grieve: Children and Pet Loss Dr. Lianna TitcombeHospice Veterinarian For children, the loss of their pet is often their first experience with death. If we handle this loss with honesty and understanding, we c...


10 Tips for Managing Your Senior Dog’s Medications

And here are tips for helping our pup parents as well!

pethealthnetwork.com Is the hair on your retriever’s muzzle now a lovely shade of gray? If so, it’s likely that some medical issues have accompanied your dog’s aging process. Learn how to manage your senior dog's care with medication using these ten tips.


10 Tips for Managing Your Senior Cat’s Medications

Medicating our older pets can be a challenge- check out this great article on helping manage your kitty's meds to help make life more harmonious!

pethealthnetwork.com Has your Siamese achieved senior citizen status? If so, it’s likely that some medical issues have accompanied your cat’s aging process. Learn how to manage your cat's medications with these ten tips.

Nugget says don’t kill your dandelions with weed killer! Try them in a salad or even try making cookies or bread with the flowers! All parts are edible and the leaves support kidney health while the root detoxifies the liver and gall bladder! Give it a whirl!! 🐢💜
(Photo courtesy of Janvi Shivdasani)

Dandelions are wonderful! Don’t spray them!

Learn more about the many little-known benefits of dandelion: https://realfarmacy.com/the-bountiful-benefits-of-dandelion-greens/

Happy Monday! Are you willing to make the leap?

Mantra to overcome fear: I take a leap of faith. Let go of your fear and hold on to your dreams. This is how we can take that leap of faith.

Romila Mushtaq, MD

International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

What a fabulous comic about the special bond between pets and people!

International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

What a fabulous comic about the special bond between pets and people!


None, we say — the truest joys in life are priceless! What do you think? 😺😻

Relax and go with the flow this weekend! 💜


I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.


From his book of poetry, CONAMARA BLUES
Ordering Info: https://johnodonohue.com/store

County Kerry, Ireland / April 2019
Photo: © Ann Cahill

Thanks, Dr. Leslie Sinn for the reminder about the importance of puzzle toys for cats!

If you have a cat(s), check out this article on Feline Feeding Programs.


Do you have food puzzles for your cat(s)?


The simplest of mantras. Love all animals. Yesh! ☺


A daily mitzvah, or good deed, can help spread light | Grok Nation

"There are always people in need of light. A good deed, an act of kindness, a mitzvah—big or small, and whatever you may choose to call it, regardless of your background or beliefs—creates light in the world, a light that will brighten your day, too."

~ Luisa Colon

groknation.com Doing something good for others every day, a mitzvah, can have far-reaching positive resultsand help brighten the lives of your fellow humans.

Acupuncture can help all species!!!💜

🐨 Koalaty Kare = Acupuncture!
Meet Lottie, our 17 year old koala and mother to every joey born here at Riverbanks!

Recently our animal care staff noticed Lottie moving around slower and having difficulty climbing. Riverbanks’ veterinarians initially suspected arthritis because of her advanced age, but x-rays showed that while she has some arthritis, it wasn’t the main cause of discomfort. A physical exam revealed that Lottie had very tight muscles in her lower back. This is very similar to people who have low back pain… imagine climbing trees to get your dinner when your back is sore!

Riverbanks’ staff veterinarian decided that acupuncture treatment could help to reduce muscle tension and relieve her back pain. Our veterinarians like to think of acupuncture as an additional tool in their toolbox, not as a stand-alone treatment. Lottie continues to receive pain medications and joint supplements as needed alongside this acupuncture treatment.
With the help of tiny needles (about the size of a human hair) Lottie has been receiving weekly acupuncture treatments. During these sessions Lottie gets to decide if she wants to participate or not. If she doesn’t feel like having acupuncture that day, she is free to move away and end her session. Her comfort is always top priority!

Since beginning these acupuncture treatments last fall, our animal care staff have seen tremendous improvements to Lottie’s mobility and climbing. She has improved so much that acupuncture sessions have been decreased from twice a week, now down to once every two weeks.

Talk about some top notch KOALATY Kare! 💚


Pets' Ability to Mask Pain Can Lead to Long-Term Suffering | petMD

petmd.com When we suggest that an older pet might be in pain, the client often replies, “Oh, he’s fine — he’s not crying.” Pets often don't cry when they are in pain. So how do we know a pet is in a state of chronic pain? They can’t talk, but they can tell us. Learn how.


The Health Benefits of the Human-Animal Bond (Part 2)

Here's part 2 of the wonderful Human-Animal Bond article from earlier today!



Pet Remembrance Candlelight Ceremony

What can I say? It's taken Jeremy and I a few days to recover from last week's ceremony and to process all of the beautiful content and all of the love poured out to the pet angels and their families. Each year, this ceremony is a labor of love for us with a lot of stress and anxiety leading up to it to make sure we get everything "just right." I think this year's ceremony filled that order. We welcomed about 100 people from our community to honor and celebrate beloved pets who've gone on ahead and we listened to inspiring words or understanding and teaching as well as incredible music by our performers. We were also able to deliver a lot of necessary food to the Loudoun Pet Pantry, thanks to your donations. Thank you all for being a part of this ceremony and for loving the animals as much as you do!

I would like to take a moment to thank some folks, without whom the service would not have happened: St. James Episcopal Church, Pastor Tiffany Towberman, Susan Mulholland, Monique Robertson, Ben Ellis, the Catoctin School of Music, Crys Matthews and her dog Juice, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, GAM Printers, and all of our wonderful volunteers and readers!!

Please keep an eye out on this page in the next week or so and we will notify you when the Roll of Honor and other ceremony content is placed online.

Peace to all of you and peace to our pet angels, wherever they may be!!


Happy Tuesday, everyone!! For this week's herb walk, I'd like to take a break from the tour of the Cloisters medieval herb garden and give a shout out to a plant that is currently blooming all around us and one that is a definite harbinger of spring- the Forsythia!!! Forsythia is included in a lot of traditional Chinese formulas for its antimicrobial properties- making it useful for respiratory conditions and flu. The tiny fruits are where the medicine lies- I will have to go out and check my forsythias to see if I can spot them this year!!

Here is a great article that is a good, basic introduction to this wonderful plant!


Just a reminder that our Pet Loss Support Circle meets tonight if you find you need some back up! The meeting is at our center at 7pm. Please RSVP here: (484) 453-8210. We are here if you need us!! 💜

How can you serve others this week and every week?

Mantra to create a difference: how can I be of service? We all want to spread good in the world. When you walk into a new situation, pause. Ask yourself, "How can I truly be of help or service?" Through a small action, we can make a big difference in another person's life.

Romila Mushtaq, MD

Just a reminder that our Pet Loss Support Circle meets Monday, April 1 if you find you need some back up! The meeting is at our center at 7pm. Please RSVP here: (484) 453-8210. We are here if you need us!! 💜

Just a reminder that our Pet Loss Support Circle meets Monday, April 1 if you find you need some back up! The meeting is at our center at 7pm. Please RSVP here: (484) 453-8210. We are here if you need us!! 💜

Jason Mraz - Have It All (Official Video)

Our wish for you this glorious weekend! 💜

The official video of "Have It All" by Jason Mraz from the album 'Know.' "Have It All" available now: https://Atlantic.lnk.to/HaveItAllID 'Know.' available n...

Just a reminder that our Pet Loss Support Circle meets Monday, April 1 if you find you need some back up! The meeting is at our center at 7pm. Please RSVP here: (484) 453-8210. We are here if you need us!! 💜


“One Year After Loss” – Day By Day Caregiver Support Inc.

daybydaypetsupport.com “One Year After Loss” March 7, 2019 By Laura Wrublevski, MA, LAC As a pet parent looking back on the many firsts had throughout the year without your precious pet can almost feel just as impactful as the first day of one’s grief journey. Know that it is normal and not an isolated feeling just ...


Join us this afternoon for our online chat. Click this link to enter at 12:00pm EST every Thursday. https://daybydaypetsupport.com/chat-room/


Respect Your Cat Day: 5 Ways To Show Your Cat You Love, and Respect, Him - Fully Feline


fullyfeline.com You love your cat, of course! Today is Respect Your Cat Day, a time to show your feline companion you not only love him, but respect him too.

Friends of Loudoun County Animal Services

What's better than waking up with the kids on Easter morning to discover your yard is covered in candy and trinket filled eggs? Not having to be sneaky and put them out there yourself without getting caught!

We can help! For a donation of $50, we will scatter 30 eggs in your yard the night before Easter. Our bunny helpers are stuffing eggs to get ready. The number of houses we can visit is limited, so make sure you reserve your spot on our route early!

Visit our website at www.friendsofloudounanimals.org to sign up!

Reducing Fear in Your Dog

I'm really grateful in the emerging Fear Free movement and recognizing that "tough love" doesn't fix fear and anxiety. Here's a great article to help you reduce fear for your canine companion!

thebark.com It was one in the morning, and I was wide awake. Thunderstorms had been rolling like waves over the farm all night, and this one was so loud I thought the windows might break. Lassie, my 14-year-old Border Collie, lay panting beside me. She’s almost deaf, but the combination of a falling barometer...

Heading back to the medieval herb garden at the Cloisters museum, let's visit with yarrow! Rosemary Gladstar has a wonderful video that outlines the medicinal properties of this super helpful plant!


Let your first step be today! Cheers to a good week!!

Mantra for moving forward: I take one step in a new direction. It is easy to feel overwhelmed if we want to make a change in our personal or professional lives. Instead of feeling fearful, stuck, or stagnant in a situation, ask yourself one question. What is one step you can take to move in a new direction?

Romila Mushtaq, MD

Saying Goodbye to Spot: Pet Loss Bereavement

Some great insight from a social worker and pet loss professional about saying goodbye 💜

socialworktoday.com National newsmagazine committed to enhancing the entire social work profession by exploring its difficult issues, new challenges, and current successes.


The Secret to Happiness: 8 Lessons from Cat-and-Dog Duo Mooch and Earl | MUTTS


mutts.com Ever find yourself wondering about the secret to happiness? Mooch the cat and Earl the dog are here to offer their support.


The Quality of Life Question We All Should Be Asking

We all struggle with assessing quality of life and making that most difficult decision of when is it "time"? Thanks to Dr. Cherie Buisson for this wonderful article helping to work through such a tough topic!!

drandyroark.com In 2016, I lost my dachshund, Muggle, to Cognitive Dysfunction. This brain disease of “doggy Alzheimer’s” is one that steals not only our pets, but our own peace of mind. Just like in human medicine, we tend not to give brain diseases credit for being diseases. Even as a trained hospice veteri...

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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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