Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is an adaptation of Traditional Chinese Medicine used to treat humans. These medical systems have been used to treats animals and people for thousands of years, though their use in our Western world is relatively new. And like any medical system, current research on acupuncture and herbal medicine continues to evolve TCVM. The ancient Chinese found that disease is caused by a disharmony in the body, and would treat the patient based on the pattern of disharmony. This mode of diagnosis differs from conventional Western medicine by taking into account how the disease relates to the patient. Veterinarians trained in TCVM consider the age of the pet, environmental factors and activity levels along with the signs of illness they are showing. This approach stems from the belief that the body is as an interconnected system of forces and functions so that disease and disharmony must be examined with respect to the whole patient. For this reason, Chinese Medicine is often regarded as more holistic than conventional Western Medicine.

Once the disharmony pattern is identified, there are usually a combination of treatments used; acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui Na.  The best time to handle an imbalance is when it is superficial, which are less serious. If left untreated, deeper and more serious health problems can arise over time. Superficial symptoms are typically seen as problems on the body surface such as – itchy skin, eye discharge, ear odor, etc. Over time more serious deeper problems can develop including – arthritis, heart disease, hormonal problems, liver disease, kidney disease, and so on. Even if you do not notice an early problem, it is a good idea to have your pet checked for any possible subclinical (hidden) imbalances. Call today for an appointment.