A Pawsome Event!


A Four Paws Up Thank You to the folks at Frolick Dogs for inviting me to speak yesterday. I had a blast talking with everyone and loved all the great questions.

I am now accepting new dog patients at Frolick Dogs. If you would like to schedule a session please go to the contact us page on Four Paws Healing and fill out as much information as possible about your dog. I will be in touch within 24 hours.


Worst Dog Foods on the Market

Here is a list of some of the worst dog foods on the market. There are more I would add to this list. Basically – if a dog food is sold in a normal grocery store or big box store please read the ingredients carefully. Most of these stores do not carry the best dogs foods.

If the first few ingredients are corn, gluten, soy or chicken meal – buyer beware!

IAMS® Proactive Health Dry Dog Food: Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Dried Brewers Yeast, Caramel Color, Salt, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Choline Chloride, Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), DL-Methionine, Carrots, Calcium Carbonate, Tomatoes, Flaxseed, Fructooligosaccharides, Dicalcium Phosphate, Spinach, Green Peas, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), L-Tryptophan, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Blueberry Pomace, L-Carnitine, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid.

  • EverPet® Adult Dry Dog Food
  • Cesar® Filet Mignon Dry Dog Food
  • ShowTime® Dog Food

  • Retriever® Hi Protein Dry Dog Food

  • Big Red® Dry Dog Food 
  • MinPurina® Beneful Original Dry Dog Food

  • Purina® Dog Chow Dry Dog Food
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits® Original Dry Dog Food
  • Pedigree® Adult Dry Dog Food
  • Purina® Moist & Meaty Burger Dry Dog Food
  • Twin Pet® Dry Dog Food
  • Purina ALPO® Come ‘n Get It Mixed Grill Dry Dog Food
  • Kan Kan® Dry Dog Food
  • Ol Roy® Complete Nutrition Dry Dog Food
  • Hi Point® Dog Food

  • Doggy Bag® Dry Dog Food

  • Gravy Train® Dry Dog Food

  • DAD’S® Econ-O-Mets Dry Dog Food

I also feel that the Blue Buffalo brand is not the best choice. It has been recalled many times and I have treated several dogs who have experienced intestinal difficulties because of this food.

Visit www.fourpawshealing for more information on how holistic therapies can help your dog stay happy and healthy.

Accepting New Dog Patients at Frolick Dogs!


I will be accepting new dog patients at Frolick Dogs starting this week! If you would like to schedule a session or learn more about the services offered please visit http://www.fourpawshealing.com

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Laser Therapy
  • Acupressure
  • Tui Na
  • Reiki
  • Herbal & Nutritional Consultations

Don’t forget to sign up for our free Holistic Dog Class this Saturday 1/27/18!


Foods and Substances Toxic for Dogs

´ Chocolate

´ Macadamia nuts

´ Onions

´ Grapes

´ Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning)

´ Tylenol is a deadly poison for dogs

´ Antifreeze

´ Potato peelings and green looking potatoes

´ Rhubarb leaves

´ Moldy/spoiled foods

´ Alcohol

´ Yeast dough

´ Coffee grounds, beans and tea (caffeine)

´ Hops (used in home brewing)

´ Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)

´ Broccoli (in large amounts)

´ Raisins and grapes

´ Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars: toxic if they eat it and second hand smoke

´ Rawhide- can get stuck in the throat

´ Cow’s hooves and pig’s ears: risk of salmonella

´ Milk: dogs do not have the enzymes to digest lactose

Learn more about nutrition and healthy recipes, herbs, homeopathy and more on our online Udemy Classs: Holistic Dog, Treating Common K9 Ailments Naturally


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

1 tablespoon of cinnamon


Heat oven to 375. Line a large baking sheet with non-stick foil. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix until blended. Form into meatballs and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool before serving to your dog!

Want more healthy recipes for dogs? Check out our online Udemy Class! The Holistic Dog: Treating K9 Pain, Stress and Ailments Naturally.


Our Holistic Dog Online Class is Now Up!


Watch the YouTube Preview by clicking https://youtu.be/CodS97-lTk0

Learn how holistic therapies and alternative medicine can help ease dog pain, stress, anxiety and common ailments such as K9 allergies, intestinal upsets, arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia and more.

This class is available on Udemy. Please note the price varies when Udemy has a sale. Put this class on your wish list on Udemy to get the reduced rate!


This course will cover several different modalities of natural solutions to help you make the best decision on which is best for your dog. Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupressure
  • Laser Therapy
  • Animal Reiki
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Homeopathic Remedies
  • Bach Flower Remedies
  • K9 Nutrition with Recipes
  • Aromatherapy
  • Crystal Therapy
  • Creating a happy healthy home for you and your pets
  • Basic K9 anatomy.
  • Western medication used for common K9 ailments and their side effects.

This class is for dog owners, dog walkers, dog trainers, vet techs and those who work with dogs who want to learn more about holistic veterinary medicine. 

Please note: several therapies discussed such as acupuncture and chiropractic medicine must be performed by a licensed practitioner. In this class you will not learn how to do acupuncture or how to give your dog a chiropractic adjustment. However, I will give you information on how to find a licensed practitioner.

Jeanie Mossa MS, L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and Reiki master. Owner of Four Paws Acupuncture in Salem MA and Four Paws Healing in Alexandria VA. She has written four books on holistic medicine and also taught veterinary acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for dogs to acupuncturists and veterinarians.

Jeanie has been treating people and animals with holistic medicine for more than 25 years.

What are the requirements?

  • You should be a dog lover!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will learn how veterinary acupuncture, animal acupressure, animal reiki, laser and chiropractic medicine can help your dog.
  • You will learn about herbal, homeopathic remedies and supplements used for K9 pain, allergies and intestinal upsets.
  • You will learn basic K9 anatomy and common western drugs used in veterinary medicine for pain.
  • You will learn about K9 nutrition as well as how to make your home a happy healthy environment for your pets.
  • You will also learn how aromatherapy, crystals and music can help your pets.
  • You will learn how to manage K9 stress and anxiety naturally.