Mandala Integrative Veterinary Care
Holistic Veterinary Care for Dogs, Cats and Horses in Boulder and Surrounding Boulder
Mandala Integrative Veterinary Care (MIVC) is an integrative and holistic veterinary practice for dogs, cats, and horses. Our healing clinic is in the foothills west of downtown Boulder, Colorado near Nederland. Dr. Keeney specializes in integrative and holistic veterinary medicine with a focus on balanced preventative and individualized veterinary care. Dr. Keeney offers a wide range of healing modalities including acupuncture, laser therapy, chiropractic, Chinese and Western herbal medicine (including customized herbal treatment plans) and food therapy/nutrition counseling. Home and Barn visits in Boulder and some surrounding areas are also available on a limited schedule.
A key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that stimulates specific points throughout the body with placement of needles to treat a wide variety of conditions.
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ChiropracticA form of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are believed to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs. Click here to learn more.
Conventional Diagnostics and Treatments
Depending on your pet’s situation, Dr. Keeney may recommend diagnostic procedures such as bloodwork, urinalysis, fecal testing, cytology, biopsy, and others. We encourage all patients be aligned with a full-service general practitioner veterinarian as we do not have the infrastructure or staff to offer conventional diagnostics or treatments in most cases. Blood collection may or may not be possible depending on the patient since there is no support staff onsite.
In some cases, Dr. Keeney will provide testing/treatments depending on the situation, but most often we will send families and patients to their regular GP veterinarian for any conventional care needs or any procedures/diagnostics that are recommended. However, Dr. Keeney may provide ancillary testing or vaccine options that are not offered at most conventional veterinary practices.
Cold Laser Therapy
Dr. Keeney employs cold laser therapy to treat several conditions for her patients. This non-invasive treatment modality is used to help reduce acute and chronic pain. It essentially uses an intense beam of light directed deep into the tissues which reduces pain, decreases inflammation, and promotes healing. It is quite comforting to most patients as they feel only a warm soothing sensation at the area being treated. It is fantastic when used in addition to acupuncture or as “laser puncture” when needling certain points is not an option for some individuals who may be too nervous or painful.
Laser can be used to treat the following conditions and more: Injuries (muscles, ligaments, tendons- sprains, strains, and soft tissue), post-surgery, degenerative joint diseases/arthritis, open wounds, ulcerated areas, hotspots, infections (ex. skin, ears, anal glands, oral), etc.
An appropriate diet and well-balanced nutritional plan are the most fundamental pillar of health. Many people do not realize how much food affects their animal’s entire physical experience including their mood and general vitality.
The effects of different diets and foods can have as large of an impact on health as prescription drugs and herbal medicines. Food therapy is most effectively utilized when the body can break down and completely absorb the nutrients being offered. Therefore, the best approach to feeding is to focus on fresh/minimally processed foods that are appropriately balanced and bioavailable. In many cases additional supplements may be added to enhance gut health and aid in digestion.
The medicinal and healing properties of a carefully crafted diet can be a hugely beneficial adjunct to all treatment plans.
Veterinary Herbal Medicine
The goal of implementing herbal medicine into the care plan for patients is to enhance health through both the targeted and effective medicinal properties of the chosen plants (in harmonious synergy with one another when combined in formulations), while also providing the body with a supportive path to self-healing. While herbal medicine can be used as a sole therapy, it goes far beyond simply replacing conventional therapies. Herbal medicine shines when used in an integrative way alongside diet, other supplements as needed, body work and lifestyle changes. At times, herbs are combined with conventional medications since many herbs can provide a synergistic effect allowing us to use lower doses of other pharmaceuticals that may be needed. It is critical to consider the whole individual and sculpt an herbal plan that is safe and effective keeping in mind the short- and long-term treatment goals for regaining a state of balanced heath.
Chinese Herbal Therapy is an important and powerful part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and often herbs are prescribed to enhance and extend the effects of acupuncture.
In addition to her extensive training in TCVM including her training in acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy, Dr. Keeney has earned her Graduate Diploma in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine. She is also certified in Rocky Mountain Field Botany and Wildcrafting.
Comprehensive Physical Examination
A thorough physical examination is the most important part of your pet’s medical care. Dr Keeney will carefully examine all your pet’s body systems from both a Western and Chinese medical perspective. She will spend time reviewing medical records and/or pertinent medical history, and carefully assess your pet’s diet, lifestyle, and behaviors. Dr. Keeney places a large emphasis on holistic preventative medicine, and she will make wellness recommendations tailored to your pet’s individual needs and constitution.
The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is always very difficult. As hard as the choice is to make, it can offer a gentle and loving end to our pet’s suffering.
Options to assist you with home euthanasia or hospice support in the Boulder area:
Dr. Jason Cordeiro
One Last Gift
Mountain Veterinary Services
Home to Heaven
Guardian Pet Aquamation
Urgencies and Emergencies*
*Please note: Dr. Keeney is not equipped to deal with most emergencies. She makes every attempt to be available if an urgent situation arises with one of her patients, but please seek care at an emergency veterinary hospital if you feel your pet needs immediate care.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number
Boulder Emergency Pet Clinichttps://www.boulderemergencypets.com
1658 30th Street, Boulder CO 80301
CASE (Colorado Animal Specialty and Emergency)
2972 Iris Ave, Boulder CO 80301
VEG (Veterinary Emergency Group)
1905 29th Street, Boulder CO 80301