Read what some of our happy clients say about working with us

  • “We took our 5 year old dachshund, Peppermint,  to the vet because she was paralyzed in her back legs. We were told that our 2 options were $7000.00 back surgery or euthanasia; we looked for other options.

    (the video in the link below shows Peppermint’s amazing recovery)

    We were told about Dr. Stange at the clinic and felt ready to try anything. Let me start by saying that my husband and I are in the medical field and were very skeptical of acupuncture. That being said, our baby was paralyzed and we were willing to try anything that we could afford.

    Well, Dr. Stange has made believers out of us. When I brought Peppermint for her first visit, she was dragging her back legs. After 5 visits, she was walking and running.

    She is back to her old self and we have Dr. Stange to thank for that.  Words cannot express how thankful we are to her. She gave us our Peppermint back!

    Thank you Karlene, we love you! ”

    Click the link below to see Peppermint in action!


    Alex and Peggy Schermer
    Alex and Peggy Schermer

  • Karlene Stange’s name is “out there” in the animal world around Durango. I live in an area where all our neighbors have horses and many of them speak highly of Karlene. Well, I have llamas (4) and for ten years Karlene has helped me with the yearly maintenance of my llamas-shots, filing teeth, overall health check-ups.

    Then my oldest pack llama, Dreamcatcher, started showing signs of old age. He’d been packing all his life and around 17-18 years of age arthritis set in. He also had an episode of choke and then an infection. Karlene was there to help on the choke and infection so he made it through it all. The arthritis was an ongoing challenge to see what Dreamcatcher would respond to so he could move his neck better and walk more easily.

    Acupuncture treatments were used first; then a Chinese herbal powder called Loranthus that is easily mixed in with his Equine Senior. This was used for maintenance. To watch Karlene work with my llamas (especially the acupuncture), you know she has a fondness and ability to communicate with them. I’m so thankful for her knowledge and help. Now Dreamcatcher moves around much easier and keeps up with the other 3 boys in the pasture. He is a happier older llama.

    Lois Bartig Small
    Lois Bartig Small

  • “Dear Dr. Stange, We will never be able to thank you enough for saving our beloved Ute’s life! You have made Mike and me big believers in Eastern medicine.

    When the ophthalmologist from CSU came down and saw his eye, he said it would be a gamble to send him to the veterinary hospital. Even if he arrived there alive, there was no guarantee he could be saved. I thought for sure he would have to be euthanized.

    The day you came to do acupuncture on the dogs was the best day of Ute’s life! You called 48 hours later and I was sure you were going to tell us he had died or nothing could be done to save him. Imagine how surprised we were when we arrived at your clinic to see him eating, and instead of the horrible putrid tissue, it was pink and healing!

    Mike and I, and especially Ute, want to thank you.”

    Note from Dr. Karlene
    Golden Yellow Powder, a Chinese Herbal formula, was the thing that cleared his severe eye infection in two days after he had been on 3 antibiotics for 10 days.


    Mike and Sandy – Bruce
    Mike and Sandy – Bruce Rancho del Perrofeo

  • I hope you find Karlene before you’re at the end of your rope so you and your pet don’t have the struggle like we did. Our beloved German Shepard, Pilot, was ill for almost a year before we took him to Animas Animals for alternative care. At 4 years of age, he was weak in the hind end and struggled to get up. We visited local veterinarians and were referred to specialists where blood values, x-rays, and MRI results were inconclusive. $8000 later, Pilot was taking numerous pain medications and anti fungal drugs. He became increasingly depressed and his movement had not improved. He screamed in pain when he opened his mouth. After the first visit with Karlene, Pilot had 20% improvement in mobility and depression. She treated Pilot with electroacupuncture (that he absolutely loves). We gradually eliminated the drugs and used Chinese herbal formulas instead. His depression was gone. 36 hours after I started giving a third Chinese herbal, the tide changed! He was up and moving around!!! Pilot had been in pain for almost a year and after 6 weeks under Karlene’s care he was a changed dog. Pilot looks forward to our visits, he can hardly contain his excitement in the car when we get to her office, and when she puts the needles in, he lays down and takes a peaceful nap that makes me so jealous!

  • Dr. Heather Perkins saved our dogs…literally! Dr. Heather creates individualized cold laser treatment plans and prescribes specialized Chinese herb supplements to meet the needs of our fur babies! Her gentle touch and patience with our dogs keeps them at ease.
    Our Schnauzer, Charlie, has hind-end weakness and our other Schnauzer, Brody, has lupus. After seeing two other Durango vets, we were told Charlie’s hind-end weakness was not treatable. We sought Dr. Heather who treated Charlie with cold laser and Chinese herbs to supplement Charlie’s deficiencies.  Charlie is able to get up, walk, run, and shows no signs of hind-end weakness with continued tune ups from Dr. Heather.  Brody also receives specialized cold laser treatments and Chinese herbs to treat his lupus.  His weight is back within normal range and his pain is under control.
    Charlie and Brody are doing great under the superb care of Dr. Heather.  We are forever grateful that we found her! She is truly amazing, talented, and sincerely concerned about her clients and their well-being.
    Tyler & Jackie
    Tyler & JackieCharlie & Brody - The Schnauzers 

  • I am happy my traditional veterinarian recommended Animas Animals for “Kate,” my sweet 16 year old Aussie who had wounds and paralysis from an accident with an auto. It was obvious from the first appointment that she felt better. Your care, professional knowledge, and treatment plan were all reassuring. Kate and I both looked forward to our appointments. Everyone is amazed with her profound recovery. Thank you Dr. Perkins and
    Dr. Stange for your outstanding services!

    Jackie Ellis
    Jackie Ellis

  • When I first got my young, spayed female red heeler she had urinary incontinence. It was inconsistent and unpredictable, but she would fall into a deep sleep next to me on the couch and when she woke up the couch would be wet. I tried conventional veterinary methods, and while they did cure her UTI and crystals in her urine, the incontinence continued. Before going to drugs, I decided to try acupuncture and Chinese herbs. It took several months, but it seems to be working. She has not had an accident for a month now. Dr. Heather was great to work with, my dog loved her, she communicated well, and the cost was reasonable. Thank you for finding a non-pharmaceutical solution.
    Janet Ross
  • I brought Scooter to see Dr. Heather a few months ago. Scooter’s rear legs were getting weaker and more painful for him because of knee issues. He is only three years old, so he was probably born with bad joint problems. Dr. Heather suggested a series of Laser treatments after trying conventional acupuncture. Scooter would not tolerate the needles, it was hard to get him to hold still long enough, as well, he’d pull the needles out first chance he got. That’s when Dr. Heather started Laser treatment in place of needles for acupuncture. Scooter was okay with that treatment, so we started a series of this type of therapy. Also he was started on a herb mixture to help with his pain.
    After a couple of weeks, Scooter was starting to visibly look less weak in his rear legs, less limping, and a bit more active. We started to reduce the frequency of the treatments, and he’s maintained his improvements. I believe the strength in his legs is getting better. He’s more stable on slippery surfaces.
    I believe this treatment was a good choice for Scooter. We’ll work towards a once a month maintenance. Scooter seems to of reacted well to this therapy. Thank you, Dr. Heather!
    Rich Stewart

  • It was a cold November evening in 2009 when I heard the weak calls from a bony stray cat. I went outside and saw the poor creature calling out for help. He made himself at home very quickly and was graciously accepted by my husband, loved by my daughter and our dog Gus became his best friend. Our other cat Luna just tolerated him.

    My husband named him Tomtom; even though he had other names like Romeo, because he was such a lover-boy and my daughter called him Scarfie, since he liked to lie across her neck like a scarf. My daughter never loved an animal as much as Tom.

    At his first Veterinarian visit 27. Nov. 2009 he only weighed 8.7 lbs; 3 weeks later he gained over 3 lbs. He also had to endure an operation where his 3rd eyelid had to be removed because of proliferative growth like squamous cells and he recovered very quickly.

    During his 1 year checkup it was discovered the cancer came back and it was recommended to remove the eye. I made up my mind; Tom would not have to go through that. You see, he loves to be outside and hunt all day.

    Dr. Stange used a Chinese herbal both topically and orally and the mass disappeared and did not return. I sincerely can’t express my gratitude to you for taking Tom on as a patient and for saving his life!!! I gave up hope and you fixed him!   THANK YOU.

    Angela Carpenter
    Angela Carpenter

  • “I think that I benefitted as much from Karlene’s services as my dog Blizzard did. Blizzard was suffering from chronic sinus infection and sneezing which caused him discomfort and general unhappiness. I was referred to Karlene after several expensive and painful procedures, which did not help.

    Karlene was able to balance Blizzard’s overall health and cleared his sinus problems with acupuncture and natural medicine.

    He is doing amazingly well. Thank you Karlene.”


    Jason Gordon
    Jason Gordon