Experiences

Patient stories

Spiky

Spiky became ill overnight in March 2019. He still ate and drank but we had to feed him the food because he could hardly walk. We also had to lift him outside but he stayed where I put him.
The vet thought he had back trouble. An X-ray was taken which showed that he had a neck hernia.
Spiky had the very heaviest painkillers he could have but they did not work sufficiently. We also really thought we had to put him to sleep because we couldn’t put him through that pain.

Until the vet talked to us about acupuncture, which might still help.
We made an appointment with Anneke and fortunately we were able to get one very quickly.
And a miracle really happened because after only the first treatment, he was almost pain-free.
We came home and he jumped right back on the couch which he hadn’t done for 2 weeks.
After having had acupuncture a few more times, I can say that Spiky has recovered completely.

Emmy with Spikey

Evy

It is at the end of summer 2021.. as the days get shorter and it slowly gets colder.

Evy, one of my Bordercollies has trouble getting up after a day working with the sheep. She walks stiff and rigid. Sometimes this persists for a few days where she limps.

After x-rays from which fortunately no peculiarities emerge, she is doing reasonably well for now with some painkillers. Still, I want a solution for my four-legged friend. So she can continue to do what she loves the most. Namely sheep herding.

Via Facebook I see that Anneke does acupuncture on animals. After some reading, the thought was soon there.. “it’s worth trying”

After contacting Anneke, I made an appointment. Anneke told us she is now working in Groningen….
From the Veluwe that’s about an hour and a half away. But if it makes my dog better… I’m willing to do it!

Thus, in June 2022, I visited Anneke for the first time with Evy. After an extensive intake and examination, the suspicion was that Evy soured in her muscles….
Acupuncture could help her with that.

Thus began the first treatment then repeated several times over a short period of time. Evy improved quickly. She is more flexible and has no more pain symptoms. She played with the other dogs again. Meanwhile, we still come quarterly for a “maintenance treatment.” Evy turns 9 this year…. but jumps around like a young dog!

A happy dog.. makes a happy boss!

Ralph with Evy

Boo

Our dog Boo had major problems with her hindquarters last December.
She could no longer raise or lower her paws.
She was dragging both her hind limbs.
We were worried and were already preparing saying goodbye to our very old and very loyal four-legged friend.
We took good care of her. She deserved this because she was always there for us.
Now we were all there for her.
We lifted her up with a shawl so she could still walk small stretches in the yard.
At our veterinarian’s office, we found that she was not in pain.
Fortunately.

Through this veterinarian, we were made aware of acupuncture for animals.
Never heard anything about it.
We started to try ……. and lo and behold after a few treatments her legs started to move again.
After a few more treatments, she was able to walk small distances with little support.
The treatments continue. Boo happily walks to the vet and allows herself to be treated very easily.
It seems like the treatment is part of life and that she feels it helps her.
Now she walks around the garden all by herself without support. Rolls, smells and digs in the garden again.
Thanks to these treatments, we hope to give her beautiful senior years.
She deserved it.

Hester with Boo

Rocky

Our dog Rocky had been a patient with Anneke for a while. He had been suffering from an intermittant ear infection in his left ear for almost 1.5 years. Pretty soon Anneke suspected that Rocky was reacting allergically to something that was causing his ear infection, and it turned out pretty quickly to be a food allergy. But despite this discovery, the ear infection remained present and a large bald spot developed behind his ear. We also noticed that Rocky was not comfortable in his proverbial skin. He didn’t like being lifted anymore and would growl occasionally.

Almost everything western veterinary medicine had to offer Rocky, we had tried but had not found the solution. Anneke had almost finished the training for acupuncture and asked if she could apply acupuncture to Rocky because she suspected that one or more energy channels had been disturbed, which maintained his ear infection.

Anneke took all the time for us and for Rocky, explained exactly what she was going to do and did some tests on him. And indeed, a number of energy pathways were disrupted including one that exits at his ear. The pain Rocky indicated when lifting was also caused by this. After only a few treatments, the pain was gone and we saw that hairs started to grow behind his ear again.

Acupuncture, good nutritional advice and the right medication have ensured that his ear infection is healed, his bald spot is completely gone and he no longer has pain.

Very special to be able to see and experience up close what can be achieved through a close collaboration between Eastern and Western medicine.

Grateful to have had this opportunity.

Monique with Rocky

Tessa

I have been coming with my animals for years in the veterinary practice where Anneke works, including my Frisian Stabij, Tessa.

Tessa was already quite elderly when she developed a heart murmur; she was given medication for that. In addition, her back was increasingly troubling her. Anneke suggested trying acupuncture and I was open to that.

Tessa has, I think, had acupuncture once every 2/3 weeks for almost a year for her back pain from Anneke. The difference was really obvious. Before the treatment she could hardly get up, after the treatment I always walked with her in the woods and she jumped over a branch again with ease.

Anneke was always very sweet and compassionate and Tessa was happy to see her every time, even if it was in the veterinary practice that, like most animals, she was not a fan of.

Unfortunately, acupuncture does not stop old age and Tessa passed away last summer, but acupuncture has certainly made her last period bearable and worthwhile.

Judith with Tessa

Sammy

Hi, I’m Sammy, a 14 year old kitten.

For a few years now, I was not so comfortable in my beautiful black skin. I licked myself to bloody bits and was very bitchy to everyone. The little dogs and the cat who also live in my house were just afraid of me.

My mom had been to the vet several times with me, but except for a cone on my head, she couldn’t help me any further. The spots would heal, but as soon as the cone came off, I licked myself again so that was a vicious cycle. The vet then referred me to her colleague Anneke, to see if she could do anything for me with acupuncture.

Once we arrived at Anneke’s place, she immediately felt many things that were not comfortable in my body. She would press with her fingers on certain spots and they would hurt me very much. Anneke then told my mom which organs those spots corresponded to and that she was going to try to treat them with acupuncture.

She then put a few needles in my little body, then I would sit there quietly for fifteen minutes to half an hour. When Anneke pressed the same spots again after that, they (almost) stopped hurting! Great, it looked like magic! After 1 treatment, I was also rid of the diarrhea I had been having for months, so I (but especially my mom) was very happy about that! For the other organs, I had treatment weekly or every other week for several months.

Anneke had also found out with my mom that I was very stressed and that this was due to my fellow housemates (the doggies and the other cat). They are very sweet to me, but I just don’t like them.

This was a problem that obviously could not be solved with accupuncture, so for this last “obstacle” my mom now gives me soothing homeopathic drops.

I have become a completely different kitten. I have my cone off by now and don’t lick myself anymore. The acupuncture that Anneke gave me has definitely helped me to feel much better again and to finally be comfortable in my skin again!!

Thank you again dear Anneke!!

Yvonne with Sammy

Bella, Miley and Lilly

Switching to fresh food is the best decision we have ever made for our dogs!

Our oldest miniature Schnauzer ate kibble for 8 years. Due to obesity, she was only allowed to eat a ΒΌ of the amount so she was constantly hungry. She had little energy, played little, could not jump on the bed by herself and walks were very stressful for her. She is now eating more and losing weight. She has more energy and behaves like a 2 year old puppy again.

Our second dog made a snoring noise for which we have already been to three veterinarians and to a specialist. Their results were that the heart and lungs are good but she needed to lose weight. Since she is eating fresh food, she makes this sound twice a day instead of every 20 minutes. I knew it wasn’t normal and feel guilty for letting her run with it for 4 years.

The stuffing in kibble not only made my dogs hungry but they became allergic to it. Most vets recommend kibble and know very little about nutrition. Make sure you find a veterinarian who has knowledge about nutrition and helps you to give your dog the best life.

If you are in doubt about starting with fresh food ….. Do it! It will be the best decision you ever make for your animals.

Anneke thank you so much for everything!

Debbi with Bella, Miley and Lilly

Nera

Nera our sheltie of 5 years, has had two litters. After her last litter, she was less comfortable in her own skin. She made less contact with me and her coat was visibly less beautiful than before. She also slept more and was less active. A general blood test did not give any abnormalities but I still did not have my happy Nera back.

Now Anneke performed an acupuncture treatment on her. The very same day I noticed a big difference. We have now had three treatments and I am very positive! She is playing with our other dogs again and comes for a hug regularly. We still need to see if more treatments are needed but so far I am already very happy with the results!

Daniek with Nera

Noya

And then you are asked to share a bit about your experience with acupuncture treatments that Anneke performed for my Border Collie Noya who suffers from a huge fear of fireworks. In those moments, because of her panic, I get absolutely no contact with her. It is truly heartbreaking for me to see my dog no longer want to voluntarily go outside in the dark, constantly screening the sky for flashes, panting at a sort of tiger pace down the street, clattering and having to be on a double leash with a harness. When she hears bangs she wants only 1 thing: to get away! She goes hysterically trekking toward the house and if she hears bangs when she is in the house, she almost digs a hole in the parquet. She is now 9 years old and the anxiety is increasing by the year.

Because at a certain point, as a mistress, you become quite distraught because of the impact it has on your dog, you start looking for all kinds of things to reduce/mitigate this. That’s how I ended up with Anneke through a tip from the dog school. Made an appointment with the idea that we would at least try…

I find Anneke a pleasant person to deal with and so does my dog. Noya clicked right away and that’s kind of nice. Anneke took all the time to note all my dog’s issues and did an overall check. She quickly figured out what type of dog Noya is. Noya got 8 needles in her body while Anneke explained well how it works. My dog just stayed put and after a while the needles spontaneously fell out. Anneke explained that 1 treatment is not enough and that it will not make the anxiety go away but that a number of treatments might provide some relief. So appointment 2 was scheduled right away. I was also advised to abandon the kibble and go back to meat. That is what my dogs were on a year ago but due to the extra work that meat gives, the space that meat needs in the freezer and the arrival of an old dog in my pack (who cannot tolerate fresh meat), that meat feeding has disappeared from my household. And according to Anneke, that is exactly what Noya would do well on. Duck in particular would be cooling to my hysterical type. I also received a number of other very helpful nutrition tips. Anneke ended the session with a little play with Noya and a toy.

In this household, the dogs reacted happily to the switch to meat. I personally hate the au bain-marie preheating (in connection with better digestion): there are three dogs in the kitchen yearning for food that just won’t be served. But hey all for a good cause. An added benefit is that the old dog on this team now thinks his kibble is super tasty if he has to wait 15 minutes for it so his bowl now also empties without me having to sit next to it in some sort of companionable support.

Noya slept like a log for hours after her first treatment. I didn’t actually notice any change in her (anxiety) behavior. At her second session, Anneke was greeted in the somewhat hysterical I-like-you way that comes with my dog and madam sought out the same toy again that Anneke had played with last time. After this session I did notice a change in Noya: normally she ignores my other Border Collie who likes to take care of everything in the house. She had suddenly had enough of that altogether. That resulted in some damaged ears and some more grumbling between the two ladies. The chattering of teeth before going outside in the dark disappeared and during a walk fireworks were set off and she pulled on the leash but the hysterical behavior of running away was gone.

Now after three treatments it is different again. Her pulse has improved, her tongue looks completely different and more beautiful. I personally find it funny that the needles Anneke sets pop out after exactly 15 minutes. At home, she is suddenly very confident and acts like the leader who is completely done with the meddling behavior of her future pack successor. We have all been able to admire her teeth here again…

And then our finest moment: long-lasting fireworks are set off again in the street. As usual, my youngest Border Collie then comes barking too me. I then sit on the floor and hold her stiffly against me and she quickly calms down. The moment I am sitting like this, I suddenly feel another body against my legs: that of Noya lying curled up against me. No shivering, very stiff but not hiding in the transport box that has been in our living room for her since September. For me, an unprecedented emotional moment because my dog seeks contact with me and for a moment she doesn’t feel like totally unreachable. I am very glad we started this treatments and see this as a great tool to help my dog with her fear of fireworks. Thank you Anneke, this works for us.

Gesina with Noya

Maggy

Three and a half years ago our pack was expanded with Maggy May, a beautiful Blue Merle Welsh Corgi Cardigan. What a cheerful, sweet and sociable she was!
Loving to play with the other dogs all day, not getting tired.
When she was eight months she lost almost all of her coat, tufts of hair I could take out in no time. I didn’t dare to comb her, afraid she wouldn’t have any hair left.
The breeder told me that she would be in heat then and that there are more females that have that. She was right, Maggy came into heat for the first time, also the beginning of the misery.

Maggy just didn’t get out of the down feeling, she was lying more in her basket or on the couch, there was no movement. Her eyes looked so sad that it made me sad myself.

After two months I took her to the Vet, who told me it could take up to three months for her to feel happy again.
Three months? Well it lasted almost four months, then one month well and then the misery started all over again.

At two and a half years she had a litter, what a sweet mother she was all happy again.For six months I thought I had her back.But unfortunately this was not to be.
I then started searching the Internet for another solution and came across the website of Qi 4 Paws. Acupuncture, well you have to believe in it some people say.
My email detailing Maggy’s problem was written, I had no hope that there was a treatment for it.

Anneke wrote; yes I do have treatment for that, and the first consultation was arranged.
In this consultation, Anneke asked a lot of questions; she also saw Maggy, lying on the floor like a heap of misery.

After her examination she began putting needles, they had to stay in place for fifteen minutes, this did not bother Maggy.
Maggy’s diet was also adjusted on Anneke’s advice.

Miracles don’t exist, or do they? Not that she felt completely well again right away, but you could see Maggy’s eyes shining again.She also wanted to go outside with the other dogs again, I thought then, it won’t be those few needles.

A few days later I visited Anneke again; she too noticed the difference from how she was the first time.
Again needles were set, and again she brightened.
After four appointments, I had my Maggy May back, happy and cheerful as before.

On top of that, Maggy’s hair texture has changed, firmer and shinier.
These hairs are no longer falling out because I think she is coming into heat because our males do find her very attractive.

Anneke thank you very much, you gave me our Maggy back.

Harma with Maggy

Morris

At the beginning of April I came to the Animal Hospital Groningen with my increasingly poorly running young Cavalier Morris (19 months). He has been with me since puppy of 9 weeks and has always had nutrition and stool problems. He was in a lot of pain. Immediate action was taken, he went under anesthesia and pictures were taken. This showed narrowing in his back and mild osteoarthritis at his hips.

To my surprise, Anneke had immediately given him an acupuncture treatment while he was under anesthesia. I myself once went to an acupuncturist for migraines and it was over after a few treatments but I didn’t know they do the same with animals. I was very happy with it right away, though. With pain medication and nutritional advice and a new acupuncture appointment, Morris and I went home.

He improved visibly. Where he would otherwise be trembling at a vet visit, he went quietly along to Anneke’s consultations. He quietly had the needles inserted and lay down while we talked about his diet and problems with his back. In a short time, he was able to come off heavy painkillers.

He is still on light pain medication/anti-inflammatories and we are not there yet but after 2 treatments I had the happy, enthusiastic Morris back.

In the conversations during the consultations you first think what is she asking? ” Is he always hot or cold”? “Does he like to swim?” But soon you find out that this is essential information for treating both nutrition and acupuncture. Since I have another young Cavalier ( 11-month-old rehomed) the difference is therefore very obvious.

Anneke explains everything clearly. Together with the nutritional advice, Morris has already greatly improved. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

Annemieke with Morris

Arlo

I can’t believe how happy and healthy he is with his new diet. I asked Anneke for help with his nutrition a few months ago. She responded very quickly and was very patient with my millions of questions! She is now the nutritionist for all my dogs!
Thank you so much!

Tiffany with Arlo

Frans Ferdinand

Ever since Frans Ferdinand moved in with me from the shelter about ten years ago, he has had problems with his intestines. Very often he had diarrhea and he threw up a few times every week. An abdominal scan found nothing out of the ordinary, and after he was put on special food, things improved, but it was still a bit of a pickle.

And then suddenly things went all wrong. One morning after his breakfast, he was actually spitting up continuously until only brownish foam came out. Then my always good-humored little man – it’s really a doggie in a cat suit that prefers to sit with you all day – became more listless by the minute; in the end, he lay like a silent tiger skin on the chair under the dinner table. Fortunately, we were able to visit the vet that very day. There he was found to have a whopping 41Β° fever, so he had to stay for further examination. In the evening came the diagnosis: inflamed gallbladder and pancreas, liver values also not good. The next moment he was in the hospitalization with an IV in his leg. It was all very scary, but fortunately he responded well to the medication and was allowed to go home after eight (!) days.

With that, however, we were not out of the woods. He then seemed his rosy self again, but his gallbladder was still not fine, a second scan showed, so another course of antibiotics followed. Chances are this was something chronic. So how to proceed now? Drugs for the rest of his life? Well, what has to be, has to be, but I preferred a more natural solution. Fortunately, there was Anneke with her experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Patients with symptoms similar to Fer often did very well on a diet according to Chinese nutrition, she said. This was an option that appealed to me much more than one with chemical agents. After a “Chinese” diagnosis, she formulated a custom diet for Fer using only fresh ingredients.

Step by step, we introduced it. First fresh meat and fish, then also vegetables and carbs. Who would have thought that Mr. would eat with relish things that are not at all catty? Truly everything he vacuums inside in no time. Spinach? Jam! Sweet potato? Come on, and a little fast if you can! Chickpeas? The jar is thoroughly licked while they are draining.

If it wasn’t already, eating has really become the highlight of the day for Fer. When I am cooking new portions, he hangs on the kitchen cabinets, sometimes even on my pant leg, bellowing. When his food is heating up in the oven, he demonstratively lets his automatic feeder open and close. And when the oven bell goes off when we make a casserole once, he pavlovates to the kitchen.

But most importantly, of course, is the result. I have only one word for that: stunning. He rarely vomits anymore, and maybe this is too much information, but he has never produced such beautiful droppings. We are now about three and a half months in and, as the last scan showed, the inside does not yet look as it should, but it is a lot calmer. It will always be a weak spot and we are watching him like a hawk, but if it continues, I’ll sign for it. Thank you, Anneke!

Maaike with Frans Ferdinand

Troi

Hi, I’m Troi

I have lived in Oudeschans for 2 years and am 16.5 years old. You wouldn’t say would you?

I am suuuuuper sensitive to moods and such and am easily stressed. I even had a time when I didn’t know where to look anymore. And then, of course, there are now the old-of-days complaints added such as a stiff back and a
little incontinence and I can be very dizzy at times. Moreover, my heart is also no longer working optimally. Fortunately, there was a good holistic animal therapist in my previous hometown who was always able to help me well, and when we moved, of course a replacement had to be found.

And it was found, mind you. Anneke is an acupuncturist. She doesn’t treat me with needles (because I’m sensitive) but with a laser pen and that works fine for me.

Anneke is very sweet and takes into account my sensitive side. With the laser pen, she affects different acupuncture points which makes the energy in my body flow better.

It works so well, then I think I am being treated for my back pain, for example, but hey, then it turns out that my digestion has also improved and I no longer suffer from incontinence!

I regularly go to Anneke because because of her treatments I can still enjoy my old age.

Elly with Troi

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