Aug. 14, 2020

Therapy After Leg Amputation for Dog | Dr. Erica Ancier Deep Dive

Therapy After Leg Amputation for Dog | Dr. Erica Ancier Deep Dive

My dog has gone through amputation surgery to remove a leg. What happens next? Can mobility therapy help my dog have a good quality of life as a Tripawd?


Cancers that affect our dog's limbs, like Osteosarcoma, often result in amputation. The aftercare and recovery process can seem daunting, however there are alternative approaches to rehabilitation that can improve your dog’s mobility and ultimately their quality of life.  In this episode, Dr. Erica Ancier talks with us about hydrotherapy treatment and other ways you can build strength and stamina in your dog at home.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Holistic Veterinary Care 

Website: https://holisticvetcare.com

Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/holisticvetcare/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HolisticVeterinaryCare/

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) 

Website: https://www.ahvma.org

AHVMA Vet Finder: https://ahvma.org/find-a-holistic-veterinarian

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity

Related Article:

Dog Cancer Blog: Pain Management Update PLUS: Natural Pain Relief for Dogs by Dr. Demian Dressler

About Today’s Guest, Dr. Erica Ancier:

Dr. Erica Ancier is a practitioner at Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California.  Before Holistic Veterinary Care, Dr. Ancier graduated from UCSB before earning her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. Her clinical training was focused on rehabilitation and sports medicine for both small animals and horses.

Dr. Ancier also obtained her veterinary acupuncture certification (CVA) from the Chi Institute in Florida and the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) Certification from the University of Tennessee. Both in veterinary school and at Holistic Veterinary Care, Dr. Ancier utilizes holistic medicine as part of an integrative approach towards optimal animal wellness and healing.

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Erica Ancier

DVM, CVA, CCRP

Dr. Ancier grew up in Southern California where she completed her undergraduate studies at UCSB. She graduated with honors from Western University of Health Sciences where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical training was focused on rehabilitation and sports medicine for both small animals and horses. While in vet school, she was the national student president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, which allowed her to learn about a wide range of emerging holistic modalities from some of the leaders in the field.

Dr. Ancier obtained her veterinary acupuncture certification (CVA) for both companion animals and horses from the Chi Institute in Florida and her canine rehabilitation practitioner certification (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee. She spent a few years as the clinical rehab director of a large facility in the Bay Area before moving back to the San Diego area. Dr. Ancier emphasizes pain management and preventative care, and utilizes both holistic and traditional medicine modalities as part of an integrative approach towards optimal animal wellness and healing.

She lives with her husband Kayvon and their small fur family consisting of their dog “Hannah” and four horses. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing pilates, riding her horses, and exploring all of the beautiful nature that Southern California has to offer.