Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM) differs from conventional medicine in that it includes metaphysical aspects: Mental, emotional and climactic influences on diseases. This approach has been used for humans (and for animals) for at least 4000-5000 years and is still used successfully all over the world. This ancient system of disease diagnosis and treatment uses the observation of the tongue and palpation of the pulse in addition to a thorough history to diagnose imbalances in the body which are subsequently corrected through one of the system’s many treatment options.
TCVM is very useful for maintaining health in well pets and also useful to treat a wide variety of issues such as behavior problems and anxiety, reproductive problems, urinary incontinence, congenital abnormalities, vestibular syndrome, hip and elbow dysplasia, IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease), cancer including both primary treatment or support of chemotherapy or other treatments, and many other conditions. All of our hour long TCVM appointments include a thorough conventional exam as well as a TCVM assessment of patient history and exam.
Acupuncture, one of the treatment modalities, involves the insertion of tiny needles into precise points on the body. By doing this, chemicals are released in the brain which have a wide range of influence in the body. It can treat nausea, vomiting, anorexia and other gastro-intestinal problems. It can release specific endorphins, the body’s self-produced painkiller, and thus treat pain from neck, back, or other joint injuries. Other hormones can influence the function of the kidney, liver and heart and are often helpful for patients with a poor function of these organs or in the geriatric patient.
In some cases such as severe arthritis, hip or elbow dysplasia, or others, gold beads can be surgically implanted at acupuncture points to provide prolonged relief with minimal treatments.
Chinese herbal medicine helps to support acupuncture treatment and is quite often a part of the treatment plan following the TCVM diagnosis. In some highly sensitive patients or for some chronic internal medicine conditions herbs can be used in place of acupuncture. Herbal medicine can also be used early on in a disease (or to prevent disease) when there are no symptoms but an imbalance is detected upon routine screening. We use high quality herbs from reputable suppliers that are tested to ensure freedom from any heavy metals or other contaminants. Our doctors are trained in veterinary herbal medicine which takes into account that some herbs can be toxic for animals, even though they are relatively safe for humans.