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Dr. Christine has been instrumental and a true angel to our precious pug, Lily, who is going on 18! We were sent home in September, 2018 from a local vet’s office with the guidance that Lily would slowly fade away and there is nothing more they can do. Not settling… Read more “Lily the Pug”

Julie Fagle

Our dog is a five year old standard poodle that mysteriously became ill and paralyzed in her front legs. After two days of expensive emergency care without a diagnosis, we were told by ER vets that in order to diagnose and treat her further, an MRI or CT Scan would… Read more “Bijou Walking Again!”

Ryan and Kay Kramer

June 3 2020 Our 10 yr. Old Papillion was unable to chew or yawn without yipping. Dr. Christine recommended 3 treatments. The results after the second treatment were remarkable. Our sweet boy Gino is back to eating and yawning without pain. Thank you so much for your gift of healing.

Deb Schipper

Our 5 year 70 pound black Labrador Retriever has been suffering with seasonal allergies for 3 years. This year when the spring allergy season was over he was still itching. Traditional antihistimine did not help. Dr. Christine has been treating Shadow with acupuncture treatments and herbal supplements since July 2017.… Read more “Our 5 year 70 pound”

Ann and John Lang

Dr. Woodford does such an amazing job. She really cares about the animal and it’s health.  I love how she treats your horse or dog just like its one of her own! She is willing to give suggestions on how to help and
improve your horse. She always remembers… Read more “Dr. Woodford is the Best!”

Brittni Slaubaugh

Our four-year old Labradoodle, Lucy, was diagnosed with mild arthritis in her front elbow and continually limped on her front leg. We tried anti-inflammatory and pain medications and yet she continued to limp. Because of her young age, I was concerned about keeping her on medication to alleviate her discomfort.… Read more “Lucy”

Ann Hammond
Toby and Sola

We have two Shih Tzu dogs, Toby and Sola. Toby is 14 years old and Sola just turned 8. A few years ago Sola was having pain in her back and hind legs, we took her to our veterinarian and they gave her pain shots but when the shot wore… Read more “Toby and Sola”

Jan Smethurst

VIPsvet is very fortunate to be able to treat Lindsay’s whole critter family! Lindsay first came to visit us for saddle fit issues and now brings all her horses for at least a yearly adjustment. Lindsay believes all her horses ride much better when maintained by Dr. Christine’s adjustments. She… Read more “Vegas, Joey, Rhett and Ruby”


Kathy first sought our services in May of 2016. Beth suddenly was not placing well at the shows. A judge noticed Beth’s back was not flat. Kathy came to see Dr. Christine for treatment. Beth responded well to treatment and is back to winning in the show ring!


Our 13 year old Golden had been receiving acupuncture for arthritis and a progressive disease called degenerative myelopathy (weakness in the rear end) in Anchorage Alaska.
This fall we made the move to Mount Vernon Iowa. Knowing I would need to find “India” a veterinarian who could provide her… Read more “India”

Nancy & Jerry Niederhauser
Buddy Treatment

In 2015 Buddy began to have back pain. We woke in the middle of the night to him struggling to breathe and move. We took him to Key West Animal Clinic in Dubuque where he was put on pain medication. Dr. Kim recommended taking Buddy to see a chiropractor in… Read more “Buddy”

Ashley and Jason Lange

Our 13 year old Golden had been receiving acupuncture for arthritis and a progressive disease called degenerative myelopathy (weakness in the rear end) in Anchorage Alaska.
This fall we made the move to Mount Vernon Iowa. Knowing I would need to find “India” a veterinarian who could provide her… Read more “India”

Nancy & Jerry Niederhauser

In 2015 Buddy began to have back pain. We woke in the middle of the night to him struggling to breathe and move. We took him to Key West Animal Clinic in Dubuque where he was put on pain medication. Dr. Kim recommended taking Buddy to see a chiropractor in… Read more “Buddy”

Ashley and Jason Lange

Wrigley is my 3 year old Great Dane.  I’ve had him since he was 8 weeks old and he has always had a sensitive stomach.  But after a naughty episode of him eating some stuffing out of his dog bed in July 2015, he developed acid reflux.  In the initial… Read more “Wrigley”

Jen Bowden

Hannah Mae is a 10 year old German Short Hair Pointer. Hannah started seeing Dr. Christine in late October. Her back right leg would shake frequently. When the left leg started to shake too I began to think she may have a pinched nerve. I asked my chiropractor if he… Read more “Hannah”

Shirley Jenson

Lulu spent the first 4 years of her life in a hoarder’s dark shed filled with uncountable other dogs and in filthy conditions without any human contact. The Humane Society rescued the dogs and Lulu was one of the group who’s physical health was stable enough to be given a… Read more “Lulu”

Saskia Melchert

“We are so grateful to Dr. Christine for saving our dog’s life. Last fall, our vibrant and energetic, 8 year old Border Collie, Amy, had become very weak. She was not steady on her feet, could not walk up or down stairs, and had to be fed lying down. Her… Read more “Amy”


Our dog Olive, a mix of Poodle and Shih Tzu, was almost 13 years old before receiving a combination of chiropractic care and Petthrive soft chews. After having had the chiropractic care and Petthrive, she seems more like 13 years young. Her mobility, disposition, and energy level have noticeably improved.… Read more “Olive”

Kathy Conlon

We first brought our 8 year old English bulldog, Ginger to Dr. Woodford in May of 2012. Our main concern at that point was her mobility. She suffers from arthritis and was limping and seemed to be in some discomfort. Our vet, Dr. Bergfeld suggested Dr. Woodford’s medical expertise. At… Read more “Ginger”

Deb Burgess

Theresa Wilson and CH KOTUR’S Riche and Royale I did it! I bred the most competitive conformation French Bulldog I’d seen in years in just two generations. KOTUR’s Riche and Royale is as close to the written standard as any Frenchie I’ve seen. He has a classic head, substantial bone,… Read more “Royale”


Belle, our 11-year old lab, has been a patient of Dr. Christine’s for a few months. When we first took Belle to Dr. Christine, Belle could not walk, stand, or turn around without falling. She had no strength in her back legs due to arthritis. Thanks to Dr. Christine’s chiropractic,… Read more “Belle”

Jackie and Rick Mason

Christine, Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a difference you made in our little guy Buddy. Buddy is a 2-year-old Schnoodle who had a nervous tick for the last month. He moved his head up and down in rapid movements. Our regular vet suggest we bring Buddy to a… Read more “Buddy”

Kim B - Buddy's mommy

Thanks to Dr. Woodford’s chiropractic care and acupuncture treatments our dog Lily did not have to have major spinal surgery. Regular chiropractic and acupuncture treatments have improved Lily’s quality of life and her disposition. We have peace of mind knowing that Lily feels better and is getting the care she… Read more “Lily”

Ernie & Betty Smith

Riley is a 10 year old rescued Dachshund. In January, Riley could not lift or move his head at the neck without screaming in severe pain. We would carry him outside to do his business where he also would have major discomfort. After using heat therapy and pain medication, with… Read more “Riley”

Debbie Derby Pickens

Hi, my name is Becky Thompson  and I’m from Forest City, IA. I can’t say enough great things about Dr. Christine. She came into my life at a time when I thought there was no hope for my 13 year old Beagle Molly. Molly is an active beagle. She still acts… Read more “Molly”

Becky Thompson

I can’t begin to describe the change in my 11 year old corgi, Tess, since beginning to see Dr. Christine at the start of February. I took her to Dr. Christine because I had run out of options for a good quality of life with traditional veterinary care. She was… Read more “Tess”

Stephanie Howard

Chickie has been seeing Dr. Christine since she was 4 months old. She goes monthly for routine treatments. Being a large dog and one of many in the household, the playing and romping can get quite rough. Monthly treatments have kept Chickie very well balanced and healthy looking when she… Read more “Chickie”

Muriel Wood

It is hard for anyone to understand- if they haven’t had a pet before- that pets are family. For us, this really became a view in our lives at the end of March of 2016. Flash, the family Bassett hound, suddenly could no longer use his back legs. He was… Read more “Flash”

Kaitlyn & Ryan Schilling

Montana (on the right, with her buddy Chevy) is a typical 7 year old Corgi, active and happy. We see another dog for Melissa, so when Montana acutely came down with a painful neck she quickly made an appointment for Montana. This video shows how Montana presented to us on… Read more “Montana”


Natalie Spinsby and her Shetland Sheepdog, Fire, have been selected as one of 10 children and 13 dogs to compete on the 2016 European Open Junior Agility Championship team. They will travel to Slovakia in July to represent the United States. The US is one of 9 countries competing at… Read more “Fire”

Natalie Spinsby

Piston is a 10 year old, Pembroke Welsh Corgi. About 5 years ago, Piston fell in an open register hole in our house – we were refinishing wood floors. After he fell in, he took off running again. I didn’t give it much thought until a few days later, when… Read more “Piston”

LinAnn Lauer

We rescued Fletch in March of 2015 at the age of about 10 weeks old. He was in rough shape, having spent much of his life in a cage. He was malnourished, had little use of his back legs due to atrophy, plus he had a case of mange that… Read more “Fletch”

The Dummermuth Family

Besides being a wonderful family pet, Johnny is a great agility dog! He visits Dr. Christine a few times a year to stay fit and comfortable for his agility competitions. Thanks Dr. Christine!  


I took my Great Dane, Earl, to Dr. Christine in June. He was having trouble with a dropped vertebra, just behind his hips. She gave him an adjustment and acupuncture along with Magna Wave treatment. Earl loves his visits and feels so much better afterwards. He is able to “feel”… Read more “Earl”

Heather Stroud

We wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the outcome of our visits. As you know, our 13 year old, female, Dachshund, Emily, had been having serious back issues for 3 months. These problems lead to a significant loss of control of her back two legs. This… Read more “Emily”

Suzan Limaye

Emma is a seven year old Dachshund. She is the beloved pet of Don and Verlene Hanson. Like most Doxies, Emma is happy and active. In June, Emma injured her neck. Verlene found her with her back hunched, unable to turn her neck and head down, nose on the ground.… Read more “Emma”


Hally is a happy, active Chocolate Lab. She is 11 years old and the pet of Kelly Shoudy. This past winter Hally slipped on the ice and began limping on her front leg. Kelly took Hally to the veterinarian. She was given doggy ibuprofen. It helped some but Hally still… Read more “Hally”

Kelly Shoudy

Joe is an 11 year old Boxer who is a part of our family. Easter weekend, Joe couldn’t get up, eat or go outside to potty by himself. We took Joe to our veterinarian who diagnosed him with Canine Degenerative Myelopathy. CDM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord… Read more “Joe”


It was love at first sight when we met Lily, a sweet 11-year old American Eskimo mix. Lily was found as a stray in Florida. She made her way to Iowa thanks to Last Hope Rescue. She was living in foster care for about a year before we adopted her… Read more “Lily”

Jackie Mason

Hi! I’m Gage. I am a Deutsch Langhaar. I love to hunt pheasants, ducks, rabbits and just about anything else that runs! Last spring I hurt my iliopsoas muscle. I don’t know what that is, but it hurt when I ran and played. My mom talked to some people who… Read more “Gage”

Cathy Buenzow

Lucky is a beloved family pet. He is an 11 ½ yr. old Bichon/Maltese cross. Back in October Lucky had sudden onset of loss of function in his rear legs. We took Lucky to our vet for x-rays. The x-rays showed spinal disease, herniated discs, common to his breed. This… Read more “Lucky”


Nushka is a three year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. She shows in conformation. When Nushka was 13 months old she suffered a broken leg. She had surgery and had a plate put in to aid in aligning the bones. It was a long road to healing for Nushka. Muriel, Nushka’s owner, sought… Read more “Nushka”


Paisley is an eight year old, female Boxer who shows in Confirmation, Obedience and Rally competitions. Early this spring, Paisley started vomiting with abdominal pain. She wouldn’t eat, didn’t feel well and rapidly lost weight. She was taken to her regular veterinarian and diagnosed with pancreatitis, an inflammation of the… Read more “Paisley”

Bernard and Ruth

Minnie Mouse is a 10 year old black, Pug. She was hit by a car when she was 4 months old and broke her hip. Minnie healed with only some slight stiffness in her hip. We knew as she aged she would have some problems with mobility. This spring, I… Read more “Minnie Mouse”

Deb Vesperman

Jade, my 12 year old Corgi, has always been happy and healthy. Approximately a month ago she started dragging her right leg on Saturday and by the next day she had very limited use of both back legs. She would stand up but fall back down within a step or… Read more “Jade”

Ali Hayford

Hank, a year and a half old Great Dane, is very friendly with people, children and other dogs and is also one of the biggest lap dogs you’ll ever meet! At the end of July last year, Hank and Tony were at one of the local dog parks, interacting with… Read more “Hank”

Tony Kobusch and Anthony Brown

Sam is a happy and active 8 year old Golden Retriever. Sam loves to chase birds and romp on the beach. Susan is a balloonist and Sam rides along in the chase vehicle. In 2011 Sam was involved in a car accident when the balloon chase vehicle she was riding… Read more “Sam”


My name is Mary Erschen and my husband and I own FidoFit in Dubuque, Iowa. FidoFit is a structured daycare and boarding facility featuring an indoor canine fitness gym with pet specific equipment. Our gym services are enjoyed by dogs of all ages, sizes and abilities. It was thrilling for… Read more “Bowsky”

Mary Erschen

Daisy Mae is a 6 year old English Mastiff. When she was quite young, she had two surgeries on the same back leg so there have always been issues with that particular leg. We had been taking Daisy to FidoFit in Dubuque for physio therapy (which has been wonderful). Mary… Read more “Daisy Mae”

Kim Brandt

My 12 year-old Pug, Ziggy was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis many years ago. To ensure the best quality of life in his golden years, I take him to Dr. Christine Woodford. Her treatments consist of a chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture and Magna Wave. Ziggy can walk poorly due to… Read more “Ziggy”

Meghan Brewer

Mackie is a 12 year old female boxer who came to Dr. Christine for help with tight hips and lack of mobility in her neck. With one treatment she was able to fully move her head side to side and her cervical spine was able to lengthen so she could… Read more “Mackie”


Around the end of May, 2012, our Cocker Spaniel, Maggie developed an immune-mediated disease. Her little body began attacking itself. She went from walking 5 or 6 half mile trips around the block to barely making it to the end of our street. We were lucky that we caught it… Read more “Maggie”

Mike and Shelley Massell

In January Izzy and I were playing tug-o-war on the bed. She caught her foot in a blanket and yelped. This must have been the straw that broke the camels back so to speak. When I took Izzy to her veterinarian, he said she had disc pain. We tried a… Read more “Izzy”

Susan Kedley

We had been to 4 different vets and they had all told us, Zoi our 6 year old Maltese would never walk again. In November 2012 Zoi started acting stoved up and stiff, within two days she went from stiff to not being able to move her back legs. We… Read more “Zoi”


A few years ago while hiking, I heard my 4 year old Vizsla yelp and come back to me hobbling on 3 legs. I rested him for a week and a half and when he did not fully recover, I suspected a cruciate rupture. I took him to my veterinarian… Read more “Phil”


I have known Dr. Woodford from when she previously worked with Dr. Abraham. Knowing that she now practiced Chiropractic and Acupuncture, when our 6 year old, rescue Boston Terrier, Molly, needed help, I called Dr. Woodford. Molly was not socialized properly as a youngster and gets leary and worried about strangers.… Read more “Molly”

Susan Haupt

A stiff, old Lady, owned by a stiff, old Lady I work at PetSmart in Dubuque and have a lot of dealings with the Jackson County Humane Society. In September of 2011, the president invited me to see their facility. When we got to the quarantine kennels, I met “her.”… Read more “Nubby”

Jane Wickler

In March of 2012, our 13 year old Maltese / Miniature Schnauzer dog, Chance, started experiencing problems walking with his hind legs. His legs would slide apart when he would stand. He started walking with a “hump back” and he was obviously experiencing discomfort. We took him to our local… Read more “Chance”


In December, 2011, Choju, our almost 3 year old Akita, had been been out playing with my husband.  There was some light snow on the ground, but the walks were cleared.  She ran up the deck steps to go inside in a hurry for that treat she knew she would… Read more “Choju”


We have a 9 year old mixed breed dog named Franklin that has been treated by Dr. Christine Woodford at VIPsvet. Franklin’s initial issue was a significant periodic limp from his right front leg that started in the spring of 2012. The approach was 4-fold: acupuncture, magnawave, prescribed stretching exercises… Read more “Franklin”