• "A dog has lots of friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue" -Author Unknown
  • "Every boy should have two things: a dog and a mother willing to let him have one." - Anonymous
  • "Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." - Gene Hill
  • A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. - Elbert Hubbard
  • "A hug is like a boomerang - you get it back right away." -Bil Keane
  • "A meow massages the heart." - Stuart McMillan
  • "There is more to life than increasing speed." -Mahatma Ghandi
  • "Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it." - J. Petit Senn
  • "If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong." - Pat Parelli
  • "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." - Winston Churchill
  • "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." -Roger Caras
  • "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." - Winston Churchill
  • "Agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." - George Eliot
  • "To err is human - to forgive, canine."
  • "Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail." -Kinky Friedman
  • "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France
  • "I hope to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am." - Unknown
  • "Horses - if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself." - Author unknown
  • "Are we really sure the purring is coming from the kitty and not from our very own hearts?" - Terri Guillemets
  • "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." - Ben Williams

Acupuncture - An ancient veterinary secret



  • Any arthritic condition
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Back Pain
  • Spondylosis 
  • Lumbosacral syndrome
  • Muscle sprains
  • Tendon or ligament injuries


  • Seizures / epilepsy
  • Intervertebral disc disease


  • Acute or Chronic Diarrhea
  • Stomach ulcers / problems
  • Megacolon in cats
  • Megaesophagus


  • Cystitis (bladder infection)
  • FUS (feline urologic syndrome)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Kidney failure

Eye & Ear

  • Corneal lesions
  • Conjunctivitis or Uveitis
  • Neurologic deafness


  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Feline asthma


  • Lick granulomas
  • Dermatitis

Immune system

  • Stimulation of immune system
  • Chronic viral/bacterial disease
  • Autoimmune disorders


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points of the body in order to create a desired healing effect. Acupuncture has been one of the primary methods of medicine used on people and animals in China and other parts of the world for over 3,000 years.

How does it work?

Chinese medicine considers local symptoms to be an expression of the state of the ENTIRE body. When the body is out of balance or in disharmony, disease can develop. Acupuncture treatments are aimed at restoring balance and helping the body heal itself.

The body's invisible energy pathways are called meridians. These meridians travel throughout the entire body. Over 2,000 acupuncture points are located on these meridians. Therefore, by stimulating an acupuncture point, one can effect the many different structures along these pathways.

Acupuncture Modalities

The method of acupuncture will vary depending on the patient, points used and the desired effect. Chinese acupuncture needles are very thin needles. Other modalities include moxibustion, aqua puncture (injecting a solution into a point), gold bead implants, electro-acupuncture and lasers.

Treatment Schedule

Every patient and condition is different. Generally, a patient needs 3 to 8 treatments initially. These are usually given once or twice a week. Improvement is usually seen within 4 treatments. Sessions are tapered off as a stable improvement is seen. Some chronic conditions will require "tune-ups" to keep them at their desired level of function.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

The insertion of the needle is generally not painful. A mild tingling feeling or numbness may occur after the needle is placed. Animals are often relaxed during or after a treatment. Animals are not sedated for the treatment and generally rest quietly.


Dr. Strickfaden was certified by I.V.A.S.
(the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society)
in 1995 and currently utilizes
acupuncture techniques regularly on her patients.