Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services

Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services


Congratulations on your new location for the companioning center.....it looks absolutely wonderful. It was great to see Jeremy and you; Krisi Erwin. Misty said it was nice to meet you ........
Thank you for helping Jayne get through the door to his next adventure. We are grateful for your kind and compassionate care.

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]


The Choices We Make for Others at the End of Life - Yes! Magazine

This is a serious article but a good read. Something we should all consider ๐Ÿ’œ

yesmagazine.org A palliative care nurse explains what to expect in the last days and hours.

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The first support circle of the year is Monday, January 6 at 7pm. We are here if you need any back up at all! Please RSVP to (484) 453-8210 if you would like to attend ๐Ÿ’œ


Acu in Practice: Prevention of Pain Flare-ups!

peopleandpet.com Welcome to acu in practice! This is my patient Tennessee, she is almost 11 years old and first came in for acupuncture on December 29, 2017. She had been diagn

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Susun Weed

Joyous New Year to all!

How to Lead a Joyous Life:

I aspire to be a joyous human being. As with most aspirations: It is easier said than done. Easier imagined than put into practice. Easier to search for than to have.

I want joy to roll like thunder across the hills and valleys of my life; I want surging winds of joy to carry me through loss and disappointment; I want joy to be an electrical rush that lights up my entire body when I succeed. What does it take to create a joyous existence? Is it possible to experience joy daily, not just in special circumstances?

Joy, I was taught by my mentor Elizabeth Kubler Ross, is one of five primary emotions. (The others are fear, anger, grief, and love.) Joy is not the absence of pain, just as yellow is not the absence of blue. Joy may bubble up out of grief. (โ€œWhat wonderful times we had together.โ€) Joy may underpin true anger. (โ€œI am so thrilled to be able to stick up for myself.โ€) Joy may sneak into fear, at least I presume so, otherwise what are people watching scary movies? Or is fearโ€™s joy the relief of discovering fear was unjustified? To lead a joyous life, one must be willing to see joy in every emotion and every situation.

Joy is sisters with happiness, gladness, and cheer, the niece of ecstasy, rapture, and bliss, and the mother of satisfaction and delight. Joy is lovers with beauty and order, abundance and harmony, safety and security. Joy adores spontaneity. Joy is gay. Joy dances. Joy sings a lively song in a major key. Joy rises up; it is elation. Joy spreads out; it is inspiring. Joy is hard to contain, and difficult to suppress. Delight is a bubbling spring that tickles the funny bone. But we must go to the spring; it will not come down off the mountain for us. One must court the joyous life; one must conspire with joy, entice joy, set a place at the table for joy, commit to joy.

Gratitude precedes and follows joy. When I am grateful for the gifts of life and a precious human body โ€“ even if it hurts โ€“ joy finds me more easily. When I am grateful for the presence of others in my life โ€“ even when they annoy me โ€“ joy considers staying for a spell. When I am grateful for my problems and recognize the blessing in adversity, joy signs the lease. Then it is up to me to see to it that joy wants to stay.

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Chi Institute

Happy New year of the metal yang rat! The metal rat is positive and confident but can also be stressed and worry easily, they are faithful to friends and easy to bond with. If you were born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, or 2008 your zodiac is the rat!

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Wishing everyone a very happy and safe New Year's Eve. We'll see you in 2020! ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ

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The role of melatonin on doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity: A systematic review. - PubMed - NCBI

Integrative medicine can benefit so many patients! So happy to see studies like this coming out in support of it๐Ÿ’œ

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Life Sci. 2019 Dec 13;241:117173. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2019.117173. [Epub ahead of print] Review

Behavior-Leslie Sinn, DVM, DACVB

Cole & Marmalade

Happy Boxing Day! ๐Ÿ“ฆ๐Ÿฑ


Wishing a very merry Christmas to you and yours!

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๐ŸŽ„ On the 1st Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„
-Memorialize your beloved pet-
One way to help yourself focus on positive memories is to develop a memorial of your pet. Creating such a tribute or reminder can be an effective tool to help you cope with the grief and provide you with a loving reminder of your pet in the years to come. Do keep in mind however that it may also produce a few tears in the process! Although your pet cannot be with you, remember them and what made them so special. Memorializing your pet doesnโ€™t have to be lavish or expensive either. A simple photo book or homemade holiday wreath would suffice. Be creative and make a special holiday memorial that you can cherish for years to come.

Dr. Erin Bannink

Just Cats Clinic

Keep the Holiday season safe and healthy!

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๐ŸŽ„ On the 2nd Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„
-Keep in mind that the holidays are only temporary-
Remember that sometimes the anticipation of how miserable the holidays are going to be without your beloved pet can actually be harder than the holiday season itself. We can easily overwhelm ourselves by thinking too far ahead, especially during the holidays. After all, you may have presents to buy, dinners to prepare and family gatherings to attend, just to name a few. All of this can be overwhelming! And on top of it all, you are trying to move through your grief. This may mean that you may not get everything done that you wanted to, and thatโ€™s okay. The first holiday season after a pet dies is going to be especially difficult. Keep in mind that the holidays are only temporary and you will get through this.

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๐ŸŽ„ On the 3rd Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„
-Itโ€™s okay to feel happiness during the holidays, too-
We will have many triggers over the holidays as we unpack ornaments or may even find pet hair when we are setting out holiday decorations. The painful memories will eventually turn into happy memories that make us smile. We may even feel guilty for feeling happiness of any kind. This doesnโ€™t mean that we miss them any less. But these thoughts can easily justify bringing additional pain to ourselves during an already extremely difficult time. However, it is possible to experience joy during the holiday season even in grief. We grieve as much as we have loved, and we have shared so many moments of happiness with our pets.
Try to approach the holidays one minute at a time, one hour at a time, or one day at a time. Let those moments of happiness slip in. Itโ€™s ok to smile and mean it, really.

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๐ŸŽ„ On the 4th Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„
-Share memories of your pet-
Itโ€™s easy to dwell on the sadness and grief of the situation. Try to make it a point to remember positive happy moments you once shared with your beloved pet. Recalling and sharing stories about your pet can be healing. Share pictures or memories of your pet with family members and friends who knew your pet during holiday gatherings. This may bring tears, but it may also bring laughter, and it will make your lost pet a part of the celebrations.


First Of Its Kind Case Known To Humans: Dolphin Adopts Baby Whale, Takes Care Of It For 3 Years

indiatimes.com โ€˜In 2014, researchers of French Polynesia spotted a bottle nose dolphin mother caring for an unusual looking calf. The calf was a melon headed whale, a different genus and species than the mother.'

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๐ŸŽ„On the 5th Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

-Adjust your self-identity-
Part of your self-identity might come from the fact that you have been a pet parent for as long as you can remember. Others may also think of you in relation to your pet as well. You and your furry friend may even be well known in your neighborhood from your daily walks together. Adjusting to this change is a an important part of the grieving process. Our pets occupy physical space in our life and our home but many times their presence is felt more with our senses. The silence in your home after the loss of a beloved pet can be deafening. It can be a harsh reality check. Simply being aware of this ungentle reality will help in preparing you for the flood of emotions.

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๐ŸŽ„ On the 6th Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„
-Move toward the pain of loss-
As painful as it is, the best way to the other side of grief is through it. Acknowledge that the holidays will be different and they will be tough. Losing a pet is a big deal. They are our family and this is a huge impact on your life. It can be especially hard when you're used to sharing the holidays and other special events with your pet. Accept your feelings and be kind to yourself as you prepare for the โ€œnew normalโ€ of a life without your beloved pet. Your new normal will appear while you are on your healing journey.

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๐ŸŽ„ On the 7th Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„
-Let yourself grieve-
In order to begin the healing process, we must sit with our emotions and process our grief. Tears are a necessary part of the healing process. You might be surrounded by people trying to cheer you up, especially those who have not gone through a loss of this kind. It is important for your emotional health to be true to your feelings. The holidays are everywhere and who knows what may trigger a grief burst. Remember that itโ€™s okay to cry (even if you are in a totally random aisle at Target).

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๐ŸŽ„ On the 9th Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„
-The importance of self-care-
Often, pets are an important part of our holiday celebrations, and it is almost impossible to wrap our minds around the fact that they wonโ€™t be with us anymore. Typically after a loss, we find that we arenโ€™t sleeping very much or seem to be crying all the time and canโ€™t seem to stop. Self-care is so crucial during this time- not just physically, but mentally, as well. Whatever it is that helps you recharge, do it.

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๐ŸŽ„ On the 10th Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

-To decorate or not to decorate?-
We will have many triggers over the holidays. Unpacking holiday decorations may be one of them. Set realistic expectations for yourself. Donโ€™t force yourself to do more than you can do. Skip (or minimize) the decorations if they are too much this year. Maybe consider finding a simpler way to mark the season. Think about making a decoration in honor of your loved one, like a memorial ornament or wreath. Or simply light a candle.

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๐ŸŽ„ On the 11th Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

-Itโ€™s okay not to be okay-
It's hard to feel holiday joy when your heart is broken. There is no right or wrong way to handle the holidays when you are in grief. You have to decide what is most comfortable for YOU. And if you feel sad, annoyed, or even angry about the holiday excitement around you, that's ok too. You're not a grinch, you're grieving.


Coping with special occasions after a loss.

foreverinmyheartpetlosscounselling.com.au When coping with loss, what is the best way to handle the days that bring with them the possibility of additional hardship? The grieving process can make someon

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The upcoming holiday season can be painful and especially difficult for oneโ€™s grief journey. If this is your situation this holiday season, may the following thoughts and ideas help you through this difficult time. Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support brings you the following 12 Days Before Christmas Countdown. ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ„โค๏ธ

~ Daily Posts For Pet Caregivers & Pet Parents Struggling With Grief ~ Tips & Things To Keep In Mind This Holiday Season ~

๐ŸŽ„ On the 12th Day Before Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

- Living in the moment with an ill or aging pet -
When we are anticipating the loss of a pet, we can sometimes lose sight of the opportunity to enjoy the precious moments we still have left with them on this earth. This may be especially true for pet parents who feel the emotional burden of caring for an aging or ill pet. If this is the case, set some time outside of the usual caregiving responsibilities, hold them a little tighter and simply just be with them.


What are you happy about today?

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We understand that people may need extra support, especially this time of year. With the holidays quickly approaching, Day By Day is excited to announce that we are adding an additional weekday online support chat. Please join us every Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m. EST starting this Thursday, December 12.

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More to dying than meets the eye: Martha Atkins at TEDxSanAntonio 2013

This is an interesting TED talk. Has anyone had a deathbed experience with a loved one?

Those who work with the dying are familiar with patients seeing long deceased loved ones, angelic beings, even hearing music and comforting voices as the pat...

True. The new normal can be very uncertain and yet still be beautiful if given time ๐Ÿ’œ


Dandelions are so much more than weeds!

mailchi.mp This conference is intended to educate veterinarians and other herbalists on the connections between the plant world and the animal kingdom and how Mother Earth makes us all one large community. This knowledge will deepen our practices on a fundamental level.ย  The lectures will lead the attendee fr...

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Smile Herb Shop

Our monthly support circle meets tomorrow at 7pm if you need any support!! Please RSVP to (484) 453-8210 if you would like to attend ๐Ÿ’œ

If this season is tough for you, please know that you're not alone. Sending love and hugs to anyone who needs it. ๐Ÿ’

Just a reminder that Decemberโ€™s Support Circle is Monday 12-2 at 7pm at our Center. We are here if you need any support. Please RSVP to (484) 453-8210 if you would like to attend. ๐Ÿ’œ

The holidays can be a difficult time to cope with the loss of a pet. Often times the first holiday without the presence of a beloved pet can overwhelmingly emotional and painful. One way to help yourself focus on positive memories this holiday season is to develop a memorial to your petโ€”a tribute or reminder that will actively help you access and concentrate on those recollections.

Creating such a tribute or pet memorial can be an effective tool to help you cope with grief (though it may certainly produce a few tears in the process!), and it will also provide you with a loving reminder of that pet during a season meant to focus on joy and gratitude.

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9/11 Memorial Fountain: New York City, NY
Shenandoah River at Cool Springs
Waterfall at Washington Irving's house, Tarrytown NY
Waterfall at Horseman's Bridge, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown NY
Creek at  Shenandoah University Campus at Cool Springs
Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
Killin Falls, Scotland
Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye
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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 โ€“ 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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