Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Cooling Your Fur Kids!

It is hot and muggy this week and our fur kids are not happy! So we bought everyone a cooling mat. These mats have a non-toxic gel in them that helps keep the body temperature down. They last a few hours then take about an hour to cool again.

Nubi loves to lay in the sun in my art studio. This mat is the perfect size for him. And he even lets me borrow the mat at night when i need to cool down!

These cooling mats can be found online and in most pet shops.

Stay cool! 

For more info on
Veterinary Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine 
on the North Shore of MA
Please visit the Four Paws Acupuncture website:

Monday, July 8, 2019

Acupuncture for K9 Sports & Agility Injuries

Can Acupuncture Treat Serious Dog Agility Injuries?

Agility injuries are common in dogs. Dogs are athletes! While acupuncture can’t reset a broken bone, it can work wonders to get your little agile athlete back to running and jumping.
Serious injuries such as fractures, dislocations, torn tendons, and internal injuries should be first treated by a veterinarian, of course.
Jeanie Mossa MS. L.Ac., licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and author is now accepting new dog patients at Our Family Veterinary Services in Peabody MA and makes house calls on the North Shore of MA to Salem, Beverly and Peabody. 
Services include:
  • Acupuncture
  • Laser Therapy
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Herbal & Homeopathic Medicine
  • Nutritional Recommendations
  • Acupressure
  • Reiki
  • and more
Learn more about Four Paws Acupuncture at:

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Acupuncture House-call Guidelines

Animal Acupuncture House Call Guidelines

During my many years of making house calls I have found that a few guidelines were needed to make your pet’s session relaxing and for it to receive the most benefits from the treatment. Working with animals takes a bit more focus and energy. As I incorporate many modalities of holistic therapies into this session, I also need to stay calm and focused.

Thank you for helping me make each session for your pet the best that it can possibly be. 

Pick a room or area that your dog/cat is most comfortable. If they have a favorite blanket or toy keep it handy. Please take your dog out to pee before I arrive if necessary.

The owner must be in the room with me and the dog/cat during the entire session. You are part of your dog/cat’s family. This is for liability reasons! I cannot be in your house alone with your pet or children. I cannot stress this enough. This is for your protection as well as mine. This keeps the dog/cat relaxed. I also ask the owner to participate to help keep the dog/cat still during the session. Keeping the owner involved makes the animal happy and usually better behaved. During the session, I will also be showing you how to massage, do basic acupressure and apply liniments.
Please note this is also for liability reasons.

Please turn off all TV, radio, video games or music unless it is classical soothing music.

Please no cell phone, texting during the session unless it is an emergency.

Please! No cooking, doing homework, or any other activities that will require you to get up and down and leave the room.

Children may watch but must be quiet and respect the dog/cat and me.

No Smoking in the room.

Please note I am allergic to peanuts. I ask that you do not feed your dog any peanut treats or have them in the room on the before or during the session.

Please refrain from bringing food or eating during the session. Usually most dogs will focus on the food which makes it difficult to keep them calm.

Thank you for not inviting neighbors and friends to watch this session.

Payment is due at the time of service. I accept cash, credit cards and checks.

I make house-calls to Salem MA, Beverly MA and Peabody MA. I also treat dog and cat patients at Our Family Veterinary Services in Peabody MA.
To schedule a session or to learn more about acupuncture for your dog or cat please visit the Four Paws Acupuncture website:

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The July Four Paws Acupuncture E-letter

"A family that gets acupuncture together...
 stays together!" Erin O.
Meet the dynamic duo - Erin O and the happiest dog on the planet, Jessie. This exuberant girl loves getting acupuncture and is so much fun to treat. I wish we could bottle up some of that joy and share it.

Jessie is a 10 year old lab with elbow and hip issues. She has responded well to acupuncture and her guardian, Erin does an excellent job taking care of her in between sessions massaging with a"stinky herbal spray" and following other recommendations. 

You can read all about Jessie's healing process at:

Although I do not treat humans anymore, I love doing auricular (ear) acupuncture for my dog patients' owners and the pawsome staff at Our Family Veterinary Hospital. 

Thank you Erin and Jessie for making all of us smile at
Our Family Veterinary Services!

Cooling Mats, A Pawsome Invite & the Happiest Dog on the Planet!:

Happy Fourth of July!

Four Paws Acupuncture will be closed on Fourth of July through July 7th. Wishing all a very pawsome holiday weekend. 

To schedule an acupuncture session for your dog or cat please visit the Four Paws Acupuncture website.

 Animal Acupuncture House-calls on the North Shore 
Office Hours at Our Family Veterinary Services in Peabody MA

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Cooking for your dog

Here are a few recipes that I have used for my dog Merlin (on the right) when during his last few years. Merlin had hip dysplasia, pain, arthritis and was 13 when I started giving him acupuncture, herbs and changed his diet. During this time I was still in acupuncture college. Merlin was the inspiration to start Four Paws Acupuncture after seeing how holistic therapies helped him. He lived to be almost 15 - which is amazing for a German Shepherd!

Recipe for Merlin’s Magic Congee
Grains should be thoroughly cooked for animals, as they don’t really chew their food well. Congee is a Chinese dish made from rice, meat and vegetables that is slow cooked and easy to digest.
In a crock pot or heavy pot with lid add:
5 cups of spring or filtered (not tap) water or free-range chicken broth. (Do not use chicken broth with onions or if the dog is allergic to chicken.)
1 cup rice - White Basmati is best for summer, warm weather or dogs prone to loose stools. Brown rice best for cold weather or dogs prone to constipation.
Several pieces of frozen or fresh organic chicken or turkey.
1 cup or more of chopped or frozen veggies such as carrots, celery, sweet potato, yams, parsley, string beans.
You can add a small handful of raw tonifying Chinese herbs such as Astragalus, Dang Gui, Ginseng or Codenopsis in the congee if you are able to find these. Ask a licensed acupuncturist.
If cooking in a crock pot, set on low and cook for 4-6 hours. If using a heavy pot on the stove, set the flame or electric burner on the lowest setting, and cook for 4-6 hours.

 This recipe was given to me by Nikki's owner, Maria who cooked for Nikki and nursed her back to health.

Cooking with Oats

Here is another recipe with oats, to use on special occasions and holidays. Oats are great for relieving stress and calming a nervous dog.
Nikki’s Grateful Oats Recipe for Dogs
Boil two cups water, add one cup of quick cooking rolled oats, remove from heat, cover and passively cook for 45 min. Boil ground turkey or ground chicken about two cups drain and cool.
Steam either green beans, baby carrots or sweet potatoes with a couple cloves of fresh garlic so they are soft, let cool. Add a sprig of parsley for good breath and serve in your favorite holiday dog bowl.

Cinnamon Meatballs for Dogs

Here is a meatball recipe for your dog with warming cinnamon for those dogs affected by cold damp winter days.
NOTE: Please do not add onion to this recipe as onion is toxic for dogs.
Cinnamon Meatballs for Dogs
1/2 pound of free range/organic ground chicken or turkey
1/4 cup of shredded carrots (optional)
3 tablespoons of fresh or dried parsley (great for dog breath)
1 teaspoon of salt
1/8 cup of parmesan cheese
1 egg (leave out if the dog is allergic to chicken.)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon

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