Friday, June 28, 2019

Maddy's Story

Maddy -5-year-old mini wire-haired Dachshund

I love working with dog guardians who understand that acupuncture is not a one time miracle cure and also how important it is to do acupressure and massage on their dog's in between sessions. Meg and Brian are the perfect example of responsible dog parents. They followed every recommendation I suggested that would help Maddy's recovery. 

Maddy received four acupuncture sessions every week which also included laser therapy and acupressure. After his fourth session, we saw that he was improving so I recommended that Maddy get acupuncture every other week. He is so much fun to work with too. 

Soon he will be on an every three week schedule and then once a month for maintenance. In between sessions his owners massaged him with a special Chinese Liniment aka "stinky herbs" as well as gave him a few recommended homeopathic remedies for pain. His owners also bought him a kiddie pool too for aqua-therapy. Now that is puppy love!

Here is Maddy's story told by his parents:

"Maddy had injured his back while running, he suffered a slipped disc earlier this year. The vet had recommended we keep him on strict bed rest for 8 weeks and then keep him in a confined area to keep him from reinjuring it. We realized this was not enough...he initially regained use of back legs but his recovery was very limited. We searched for alternative therapeutic modalities and found Jeanie.

In addition to Jeanie's acupuncture treatments, she has also given detailed instructions on how to apply acupressure massage to Maddy between his scheduled visits. This has been very helpful in Maddy’s recovery. She has also been extremely helpful in recommending homeopathic pain relievers and Chinese herbal sprays to help him through his suffering.

I totally agree with her explanations regarding why we need to do our part in helping Maddy between visits...we cannot just expect that Acupuncture every few weeks will cure him, but that a key part of his recovery is our participation too.

After 4 treatments so far we definitely see substantial improvement in his balance and mobility...and we see Maddy returning to his happy self again. We are determined to keep doing the massages and giving Maddy his supplements and anything we can to keep him improving and avoid any setbacks.

We recently bought a kiddie pool and we are now doing hydrotherapy. We are sure Maddy will benefit from this low impact exercise too.

I would definitely recommend Jeanie’s services and if she does treat your pet, don't think of it as just an Acupuncture's a lot more. It is a treatment package...Acupuncture, acupressure, cold laser, education on treatment and recommendations for things that need to be done daily. Definitely do the things she recommends, it will speed up recovery and your little fur baby will love you for it.

Note to Jeanie:
Thanks so much for helping with Maddy "

Meg & Brian O.

Thank you Meg & Brian for your kind words and being such good parents to dear Maddy! jeanie

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Four Paws Acupuncture June E-letter

Tips to keep your pets cool during the hot dog days of summer, heat stroke emergency procedures for dogs and more!

Please click on the link for the June e-letter:

Best Brown Dog Evah!

"Jessie is our special girl. She has a spunk for life and a love for all that is truly infectious.  She inspires us everyday to live like there is no tomorrow and love everyone like they are truly the best person on earth. During the summer, you can find her swimming around in our inground pool and during the winter you can find she lying in the biggest snow bank.  

Unfortunately, she has had difficulty with elbow dysplasia ever since she was 2 years old and her hips seem to bother her in her older age. Thanks to Jeanie and Four Paws Acupuncture she has been able to enjoy all of her favorite things.  We have our spunky Jessie back!!  

You should see Jessie run when I tell her we are going to see Jeanie for her treatment and now she is even giving our two lab puppies a run for their money!  Thank you Jeanie for helping Jessie to be her true self! "   Erin O. 

Jessie comes to Our Family Veterinary Services in Peabody MA for acupuncture, laser therapy and lots of treats and kisses! Thank you Erin and Jessie. To learn more how acupuncture can help your dog please visit the Four Paws Acupuncture website

#jeeplife  #bestbrowndogevah  #acupuntureisamazing

Sunday, June 23, 2019

More Happy Dogs!

We are in the process of adding more pawsome stories about how acupuncture has helped a few dogs on the North Shore area of MA on the Four Paws Acupuncture Happy Dogs Page website.

Meanwhile... here is a sneak preview!

"My dog, Mino, has been getting acupuncture once a week for the last month and is showing good improvement! He’s back to chasing his two sisters and is *running* in bursts around the yard
Arthritis sucks."  Leslie S.

"Lucy has been acting 5 years younger since getting acupuncture treatments!" Rick B

 "Maddy loves to chase his favorite ball in the yard!" Meg O

These happy dogs all had a combination of acupuncture, laser therapy, acupressure as well as some recommendations for herbal and or homeopathic remedies to ease pain and reduce symptoms. 

The owners aka guardians of these dogs all participated in their dog's healing process by following recommendations for herbal/homeopathic remedies, doing massage and acupressure on their dogs daily and using the "stinky herbal liniment" during the massages. Thanks to their help, these dogs had a much faster rate of recovering than most dogs. 

Unfortunately many dog owners think that it will only take one acupuncture session to "heal" their dog's symptoms and that no participation at home is necessary. Acupuncture is not a miracle cure. It takes at least 3-4 sessions in a row (one per week) to see a positive change in your dog's symptoms. Just like joining a gym, you cannot expect to leave thin and fit after your first workout!

It also takes a combination of supplements, herbs or other natural remedies to speed up the healing process along with acupressure done at home. 

A big FOUR PAWS up thanks to all those dog guardians who have been such wonderful pet parents!

For more information on animal acupuncture & holistic medicine for dogs & cats please visit the Four Paws Acupuncture website.

Animal Acupuncture House-calls available on the North Shore of MA in Salem, Peabody, Beverly and Marblehead MA. Jeanie Mossa MS, L.Ac. also treats dog and cat patients at Our Family Veterinary Services in Peabody MA. 

To schedule an acupuncture & holistic therapy session for your pet please fill out our Contact Us form.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Herbal Flea Spray

Here is a simple recipe to make a safe and natural flea spray. Wash all pet bedding first with BORAX for best results.

Four Paws Acupuncture Hours

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
House-calls on the North Shore of MA in Salem MA, Peabody MA, Beverly MA and Marblehead MA.

Thursdays & Fridays
I treat dog and cat patients with acupuncture & holistic medicine at Our Family Veterinary Services in Peabody MA.

Closed Saturday, Sundays and Holidays so I can spend time with my fur-kids and family!

For more information on dog acupuncture and other holistic therapies for pets please visit the Four Paws Acupuncture website.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Happy Summer!

Friday June 21 is the official start of summer. Time to make sure you keep your pets cool and safe. 

Make sure they have plenty of water, a cool place to rest inside with either a fan or AC on during brutally hot days. 

Please never keep your dog in a car without the AC on or the windows open during hot days.

Learn more about Heat Stroke in Dogs

Summer is a wonderful time to put up a kiddy pool in your yard for your dog to stay cool and even get some aqua-therapy. Swimming is gentle exercise for dogs with arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia and back problems.

Clyde goes swimming!

Four Paws Acupuncture makes animal acupuncture house-calls on the North Shore of MA in Salem, Beverly, Peabody and Marblehead MA. 

Jeanie Mossa MS, L.Ac. licensed acupuncturist and herbalist is now accepting dog and cat patients at Our Family Veterinary Services in Peabody MA.
649 Lowell St F, Peabody, MA 01960

To learn more or to schedule an acupuncture & holistic medicine session for your dog or cat please visit the Four Paws Acupuncture website at

#animalacupuncture #acupuncture #acupuncture01970 #acupuncture01960 #acupuncturedog #SalemMA 

Monday, June 10, 2019

One of the most FAQ about animal acupuncture I get asked is how often should my dog or cat get treatments?

Depending on how acute or chronic its condition will determine how many treatments it takes to see positive results.

Acupuncture is not a one time miracle fix for people or animals! There are no instant cures for anything. 

Healing any condition takes time and a combination of several therapies. The patient may feel relief after the first session, in some cases it may experience some pain which will subside in a day. This is because acupuncture helps energy aka chi or qi to move. When there is stuck energy, there is pain.

It is recommend that the patient get treatments at least four weeks in a row for the maximum benefit. Usually by the third session you will notice a major improvement in yourself, your dog or cat.

Just like exercise, it is a cumulative process for the body to adjust and start to mend. It is like joining a gym, going once or twice and expecting to wake up thin and fit. 

Treating animals has made me think outside the box. My sessions includes more than acupuncture. I like to combine traditional Chinese Medicine, laser therapy, acupressure with herbal liniments and sometimes Reiki depending on the patient's needs.

More info:

All owners receive an info packet with samples and recommended supplements, dietary changes or remedies and where to buy them. They also are shown acupressure points to massage in between sessions. I find that the dog or cat will recover much faster when their guardians follow this advice. 

Four Paws Acupuncture makes house calls on the North Shore of MA in Salem, Beverly and Peabody MA. Jeanie Mossa MS, L.Ac. also treats dog and cat patients at Our Family Veterinary Services in Peabody MA. 

To schedule a session:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Can Acupuncture Treat Serious Dog Agility Injuries?

Can Acupuncture Treat Serious Dog Agility Injuries? 

Serious injuries such as fractures, dislocations, torn tendons, and serious internal injuries should be first treated by a veterinarian. 

Recovery from many of these injuries, however, can be augmented by acupuncture, herbs and nutrition. 

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine can also help reduce the pain and symptoms of post-operative surgery, arthritis, neurological issues, hip and elbow dysplasia, knee and shoulder injuries and pain. 

Most dog patients have improved performance in their agility after a series of acupuncture sessions. 

Prevention of Sports & Agility Injuries 

Chinese medicine has many tools to help prevent injuries and the recurrence of injuries. Through acupuncture, nutrition, herbal support, and proper preparation and training, injuries can be minimized or avoided. Oriental medicine is also helpful in treating old injuries that sideline your dog’s play in later years. Regular treatment helps your dog’s body stay in balance. A body in balance is less susceptible to injury and illness. 

Oriental medicine approaches health in a holistic manner. In the Chinese medical framework, the body is seen as an energetic collection of functions, in contrast to the Western view of the body as a mechanical collection of parts.  

Jeanie Mossa MS, L.Ac. makes acupuncture house-calls in Salem, Beverly and Peabody MA. She is also accepting new patients at Our Family Veterinary Services in Peabody MA. To schedule a session:

Please note before I can schedule an acupuncture session for your dog, I must receive a signed consent form from your veterinarian. Click here for the form:

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Summer Break!

 We will be taking a much needed break from social media & humanity for the next few months.  Meanwhile our books and online classes are...