Mandala Integrative Veterinary Care

Holistic Veterinary Care for Dogs, Cats and Horses in Boulder & Nederland

Mandala Integrative Veterinary Care (MIVC) is an integrative and holistic veterinary practice for dogs, cats and horses. Our clinic space is located in the foothills west of downtown Boulder, Colorado near Nederland. Dr Kelly Keeney specializes in integrative and holistic veterinary medicine with a focus on balanced preventative and individualized veterinary care including acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbal medicine (including customized herbal treatment plans) and food therapy/nutrition counseling. House and farm calls are also available on a limited schedule.


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a healing method that was first used by the ancient Chinese over 4000 years ago. According to Traditional Chinese medical philosophy, disease is a result of a disruption or imbalance of the Vital Energy/life force known as  Qi (pronounced "Chee".) Qi flows through the body via meridians. These meridians are channels of energy that form a network to connect all the parts of the body. Qi is gathered and distributed at acupuncture points. Insertion of fine needles into these points helps to rebalance the flow of Qi and restore health.      

How does Acupuncture work?

When the Acupuncture point is stimulated, there is a release of many natural substances including hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin, help decrease pain and muscle spasms, increase blood flow, stimulate nerves, and often promote a sense of calmness.

Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture is virtually painless for most patients. It is most often performed with very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles. Most patients don't react at all to the needle placement. Once the needle is passed through the skin, the patient does not feel the needle but may feel a tingling, numbness or warmth.  Most patients relax once the needles are in place and some will even fall asleep.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available for our pets when performed by a properly trained veterinarian. Serious side effects are rare.

How often are treatment sessions and how long do they last?

Each patient is an individual, and therefore, the treatment protocol is tailored to the patient's needs. On the average, the needles are kept in apx. 15 minutes. In general, acute conditions need fewer treatments than chronic conditions. Most patients are treated weekly for about five treatments in order to see a positive effect. Some patients will show a positive response after the first treatment while others may need five full treatments (neurological and dermatological conditions respond slower and often need eight treatments) before showing any response. Many patients with chronic conditions can be tapered off to a few treatments
per year.

Can Acupuncture be used for preventative care?

Most disease processes start with subtle imbalances in the body. Acupuncture can be a gentle and effective way to help the body restore it's energetic balance. Thus, the acupuncturist can use a preventative medical approach to allow the patient to reach and maintain a more optimal level of health and wellness.

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be used on its own or in conjunction with Western medicine to treat a variety of medical problems.
The following are some of the general conditions that may be treated with acupuncture:
• Musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and muscle spasms.
• Neurological disorders including seizures, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), "pinched" nerves, traumatic nerve injury
and certain types of paralysis.
• Urinary disorders such as incontinence, chronic urinary infections, and kidney disease (chronic and acute).
• Respiratory disorders such as sinusitis, asthma and coughing.
• Gastrointestinal disorders including vomiting, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea and constipation.
• Dermatological disorders such as allergic dermatitis and chronic skin disease.
• Cardiovascular diseases which include valvular disease and cardiomyopathy.
• Pre and post-surgically to manage pain and hasten healing.
• Cancer patients. Acupuncture helps these patients by modulating their immune system, providing pain relief, when
needed, reducing side effects like decreased appetite, vomiting and diarrhea caused by the cancer itself or by necessary
treatment methods.