Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services

Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services

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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]

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Sending love and gratitude to all of our families today! We recognize that gratitude is super important but this year has been HARD and there are many layers under the gratitude- sadness, frustration, and uncertainty. Add to that those grieving losses- of tradition, of loved ones, of security- and we are all a wibbly wobbly mess of emotions! Please know every one of you (and your pets) is loved by us and we are holding space for you- both in Thanks-giving and Thanks-grieving. It's a tricky time for sure but we are sending you all love, light, and healing! We LOVE you and are GRATEFUL for you! 💜

🌏 Happy Thanks~Grieving

Here we are in America, at Thanks~Giving time, and in the world all-ways giving thanks.

I think of it as Thanks~Grieving too.
It might seem odd to give thanks for grieving, yet I believe it is generative to be gratefull for the grieving as much as we acknowledge all the love that is woven through it.

My deeper experiences with grieving started with the death of my beloved former fiancé John in 2016, and a book I began writing with the working title of “Deeply Grieving, Wildly Living.” I believe we are made to do both together, like bird wings.

We are all grieving in one or more ways, for a myriad of losses. It is not only death that calls for grieving.

I wish that grieving were more ordinarily spoken of, and that we would support ourselves and others in openly grieving, while also giving all thanks for all we have. You can do this by speaking of and acknowledging others grieving, and grieve your own losses as you move through life.

The naming of, and the awareness of grieving, will shapeshift the subject forward for all to benefit from. Grieving gathers helpers and angels too. I believe and know from experience, that angels are in attendance whether we believe in them or not.

“Clusters of Angels
All along your path
Wherever you go
There are
Clusters of angels
On a mission
These angels
Surround your soul
Wherever you go
Whatever happens”

I want to recognize the many many people who have been, or are going through challenging times, who feel confused, alone, lost, or scared in the world today- which is all of us at one time or another, and many more people than ever as we all experience this global pandemic time.
I want to share my love and transcendent wishes for people to be able to also deeply grieve while living and loving.

Here’s a VERY partial list of my recipients. Please add yours to the comments if you wish.

I am sending love and transcendence to:

❣️ Everyone in this global pandemic, and all the families who have experienced the death of loved ones or health challenges as a result, and all the essential workers in hospitals and every other realm

❣️ All the teachers teaching virtually in new ways and all the parents adjusting and helping their children to adjust

❣️ All businesses lost or closed

❣️ All affected by wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other planetary expressions

❣️ All who feel lonely, or forgotten or without hope

❣️ All experiencing inner critics without supervision or translation

❣️ All who feel unlovable, unloved or unseen

❣️ All concerned, conflicted, despairing, frustrated and or fed up with political outcomes and irreconcilable differences

❣️ All who rise for social justice and keep rising

❣️ All who know that the political is the personal

❣️ All who go beyond the personal to work for a mighty vision for change

❣️ All who think they can’t

❣️ All who feel ignored, repressed, closed out, treated unkindly or unfairly

❣️ All who experience racism

❣️ All unaware of their racism

❣️ All educating themselves and others about privilege, racism, and the immense necessary changes needed

❣️ All who experience sexism

❣️ All who are other gendered and feel unknown

❣️ All who experience ableism

❣️ All who judge

❣️ All who feel and are judged unfairly

❣️ All who are feeling suicidal

❣️ All who are hiding or scared

❣️ All who are ill or in pain in any form

❣️ All disconnected from their wisdom and power

❣️ All who fear

❣️ All who fear fear

❣️ All who deny, resist, avoid and repress their feelings

❣️ All who refuse to face facts

❣️ All who say science isn’t real

❣️ All who believe in only what can be seen

❣️ All who struggle against great obstacles to build a better world

❣️ All who quit because of fear, doubt or worry

❣️ All who cry alone unendingly

❣️ All who try to stop or apologize for their tears and say “I’m sorry” for being human

❣️ All who experience violence from the hands or guns of another

❣️ All who feel forgotten, misunderstood, or unseen

❣️ All who are trapped, imprisoned or wrongly accused

❣️ All who wonder why they’re here

❣️ All who know why they’re here and yet sometimes despair at the time it will take to transform themselves and the world

❣️ All who live, love and practice in the marvelous messy middle of life, and help others to do so too

All BEings
All ways
All the time.

I am extremely appreciative of our loving community here and I will be gratefull if you would add any other recipients to my partial list above in the comments below. Feel free to share this writing with others or tag people that you feel will appreciate it- let’s openly welcome grieving and mix it liberally with our loving, and our living.

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

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Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

Please join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST for our Sunday online support chat. 🐾❤️
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CANWI

No. 5 - Never Punish Your Cat for Missing the Litterbox:

If your kitten is a little slow getting the hang of their litterbox, if you catch them about to eliminate elsewhere, gently scoop him up and put him in his box. If you find a mess they left behind, simply clean it up using these tips:

Don't raise your voice, yell, handle them roughly or rub their face in their accident. You'll just frighten the little one, and they won't make the connection between their mistake and your behavior. All they will take away from being yelled at or roughly handled is that they should fear you.

At some point in their lives, many cats develop issues using the litterbox. Try to keep that fact in mind as your kitten matures and through their life, with the understanding that it will be up to you to find and resolve the cause.

Hope this week of tips have been helpful!

The Wilderness Society

Inhale through the nose, hold it, exhale through the mouth.
If you got 32 seconds, here's some calming water to meditate with from Nantahala National Forest.

CANWI

No. 4 - Keep the Litterbox Meticulously Clean

Cats, from the tiniest kittens to the geriatric set, are fastidious creatures. It's important to note that many kitties, particularly as they get older, can develop an aversion to a less-than-pristine litterbox. Especially if you use unscented litter, you must be disciplined about scooping the box. This means twice a day scooping of all poop and urine clumps.

After scooping, remove any litter stuck to the sides or bottom of the box with a damp paper towel. Dry the area thoroughly with another paper towel before scooping dry litter back over it. Keeping the sides and floor of the box clean and dry may help extend the time between full box clean-out.

Wash the box with plain hot water. If you use soap, choose natural, fragrance-free variety. Avoid any cleaning product that is scented or contains potential toxins. As mentioned the other day, plastic litterboxes should be replaced every year or two (or sooner if needed). The secret to controlling cat box odor, for the benefit of all family members, including your kitty, is to keep the litterbox in pristine condition.

CANWI

No. 3 Find the Best Location for the Litterbox

Cats evolved as both predator and prey for larger animals, which is why they feel most vulnerable when eating and eliminating. For this reason, you'll want to select a location for the litterbox that is somewhat out of the way, in a non-high traffic area of your home, and away from noisy household machinery and appliances. Choose a warm location in the house rather than the basement or garage. And make sure the box isn't too close to kitty's food or water bowls.

These days, many cat parents who have guest or extra bathrooms that don't get used very often keep their boxes in the bathtub, which helps contain the litter, and makes clean-ups easier. If kitty has no problem getting into and out of both the tub and their box, this might be a good idea for your household as well.

CANWI

No. 2 - Select the Perfect Litterbox

While most cats are less picky about the actual box than the litter it holds, some do balk at covered boxes. The good news is that if you purchase a box with a cover, you can simply keep the lid off of it seems to be a problem for them.

Your best choice in a litterbox is one that is easy for you to keep scrupulously clean, since box cleanliness is a critical component in insuring your kitty uses it. They should be able to comfortably get in and out of the box, and it should be large enough for them to turn around inside.

A box with high sides may seem like a good idea if kitty is a litter-kicker, and that's fine as long as no matter their age or physical condition, they can easily get in and out of it. Since most boxes are plastic, plan to replace it at regular intervals, because while plastic boxes are inexpensive, when kitty digs down through the litter to cover their deposit, their claws scrape the bottom and sides of the box. After a while, these nicks and scuffs attract germs and odor that can remain even after you disinfect the box.

If you have a multi-cat household, remember the rule for the number of litterboxes needed - one for each cat, plus one extra.

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

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CANWI

The good news is kittens don't need much training to use their litterbox. With that said, there are some things you can do to avoid those dreaded litterbox issues so many cat parents deal with. So let's take a look at 5:

No. 1 - Let your Kitten choose their litter

Cats, including tiny ones, have individual preferences that extend to the type of littler they like. Today there is an enormous selection of organic and natural types of litters on the market, but many of them feature big particle sizes, which don't appeal to most cats. Kitties also don't like synthetic scents or odor control additives in their litter.

You can discover your kitty's litter preference by buying the smallest amount available of several kinds of litter, and several inexpensive plastic litter pans. Place the pans with different litters (about 4 inches deep per pan) side by side and see which gets used most often. Once they have made their decision, consider donating the unchosen litter and (cleaned) litter pans to a local shelter or scat rescue.

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

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Dr Kendra Pope

Although both named marshmallow, the confectionary treat we use at campfires are not the same as Marshmallow Root, whose botanical name is Althaea Officinalis.

Marshmallow Root is used to soothe mucous membranes meaning it can calm coughs and slight GI issues.

A hot cocoa for you and some marshmallow root for your furry loved one. What a purrrfect night!

Thank you to our awesome technicians- Kasey and Joanne and our massage therapist, Sara! Your expertise, compassion, and spirit are invaluable! We are grateful for you all!!

Being a vet tech can be hard enough during the best of times let alone during a global pandemic. Vet techs deserve to be honored to the fullest during National Veterinary Technician Week! 🐾❤️ #vettech #vettechweek #thankyou

CANWI

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

We hope you will join us tonight at 8:00 p.m.EST for our Tuesday online support chat. 🐾❤️
https://daybydaypetsupport.com/chat-room/

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support

We hope you will join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST for our Sunday online support chat. 🐾❤️
https://daybydaypetsupport.com/chat-room/

CANWI

Renew Magazine recently published a piece entitled "Health Benefits of Animals". This magazine leans toward older people but the information really applies to everyone. Alan Beck, director of the Center for the Human Animal Bond at Purdue University, said "Our relationship with animals facilitates good behaviors, decreases loneliness and stimulates exercise and laughter". Here are a few ways we reap physical, mental and emotional rewards from relationships with our animal companions:

*Get you moving: Moving every day is vital for maintaining total body health as you age. Those who were dog owners logged an additional 22 minutes of walking time each day.

*Motivation: Pets of all stripes can serve as motivation to get and stay well. Swedish nursing researchers interviewed 17 pet owners two years after they experienced a stroke. The researchers found that pets provide motivation for physical and psychological recovery.

*Support: According to a 2018 survey, 81% of dog owners and 83% of cat owners rely on their pets for companionship and love.

*Connections: It turns out man's best friend can also bolster your real-life human network. A study found pet owners were significantly more likely to get to know their neighbors.

Don't own a pet? If the responsibility of pet ownership isn't a good fit for you, there are plenty of ways to get a regular animal fix. Volunteer at a shelter a few times a month, offer to walk a neighbor's dog or look in on their cat while they're on vacation or get a zoo membership.

Dr Kendra Pope

It's Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Kendra Pope!

In my office we use plants as medicine everyday. In this video I discuss how three common parts of a plant (leaf, root and flower) can be used to treat different conditions.

Be sure to join me next Wednesday as I answer more FAQs from my clients!

We hope to bring you information to advocate and employ changes in your pet’s healthcare to bring true wellness through integrative care!

Thank you for watching and have a healthy Wednesday!

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Dr Kendra Pope

Doing this will ensure they receive all their medication and avoid food aversion.
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Try using a tasty appetizer like organic baby food, or canned sardines! Yum!
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For more tips and tricks be sure to watch our most recent Wellness Wednesday video.

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Dr Kendra Pope

It’s Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Kendra Pope! This week I discuss the use of herbs and supplements for your pet.

Be sure to join me next Wednesday as I answer more FAQs from my clients!

We hope to bring you information to advocate and employ changes in your pet’s healthcare to bring true wellness through integrative care!

#drkendrapope #healthypet #petwellness #naturalpet #healthypetsarehappypets #holisticpetcare #integrativemedicine #njpets #veterinarian #veterinarymedicine #dogwellness #catwellness #petparent #vetsofinstagram #herbsandsupplements

MUTTS

It's the first day of fall! What are you looking forward to the most this season?

This is a wonderful mini seminar on how to cope with losses. SARK is a wonderful author who has such beautiful insight into this world! She is offering a seminar for anyone interested this weekend on how to alchemize loss and coping with finding that new normal. I hope her words inspire you as they have inspired me!!!

🎈Transforming Together- Your Special Invitation from SARK

Thank you to all of the miraculous souls who joined from all over the world as I led a mini class on FB Live earlier today. We learned about honoring and new ways of releasing losses in order to experience and feel more love in the midst of the marvelous VERY messy middle and what might feel like the most messiest of EVER times.

If you were with me LIVE, you heard about my brand new depthfull retreat called:
The Surprising Gifts of Terrible Things
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This retreat will help you fill yourself up with the capacity to alchemize both the wonderfull and terrible things that happen.

You will experience:

🌠 The Power of Loss Listing: When we can Name and Feel our losses, we can practice integrating them and letting more love IN

🌠 Inner Alchemy: Blending the Wonderfull & Terrible Things into a Brand New Healing Mixture making more room for LOVE

🌠 Being Mentored By SARK who tunes into her intuition to offer life-loving insights for you

🌠 Hearing and Experiencing curated SARK stories to move your soul & shift your perspective to include more love

🌠How to Significantly Expand your Intuitive Power and give yourself love in new and surprising ways

🌠The Recognition that not all Terrible things Contain a Gift; often though gifts woven through loss can be uncovered and utilized for good

🎁 Brand New SARK Art Gift Bonus!
A powerfull series of 9 paintings from my new series: Deeply Grieving, Wildly Living
These digital DREAM downloads are original pieces of SARK art paintings and are high- resolution and print-ready. They can be sent or shared with others or hang them somewhere in your home to inspire you!
Plus, 25 full-color SARK Support Sheets to practice with before & after the retreat!

I’m inviting you to join me for this life-loving retreat. I also invite you to keep feeling and transforming everything. I will do the same, and to be together with me and other loving spirits to compassionately witness you - forever growing, learning and changing.

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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
Killin Falls and Watermill
Stream on the Isle of Skye
Gwen's day at the acupuncture vet
Penny loves her snufflemat

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20600 Gordon Park Square, Suite 170
Ashburn, VA
20147

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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