Holistic Services

 A Holistic Approach To Your Pet:

An initial exam that will look at your pet from a Chinese medical perspective and help find any underlying deficiencies or excesses. This appointment includes a complete review of your pet’s medical records, full physical exam of your pet, a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine exam, and if needed herbal recommendations, supplement recommendations and essential oil recommendations. The exam will also determine how your pet can benefit from acupuncture or chiropractic care. It will inform you as a pet parent how to optimize your pet’s health. This exam is a 1 hour appointment.

 

Veterinary Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is the treatment of conditions or symptoms by the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body in order to produce a response. It is a method of health care that roots from ancient china. Today acupuncture is recognized throughout the world as a safe and effective form of medicine which requires extensive training for its proper practice.

The specific acupuncture points have been well charted for both animals and humans. Many of these channels trace the paths of the body’s major nerve trunks.

Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. Combinations of points are often stimulated to take advantage of synergistic reactions between them. Which acupuncture points are stimulated, the depth of the needle insertion, the type of stimulation applied to the needles, and the duration of each treatment session depends on the patient’s tolerance, and the condition being treated.

There is evidence of the success of acupuncture for treating the following disorders:

  • musculoskeletal
  • neurologic
  • gastrointestinal
  • dermatologic
  • pulmonary
  • reproductive systems
  • The most common conditions that acupuncture is used to treat include intervertebral disc disease,  back pain, neck pain, degenerative myelopathy, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, traumatic nerve injuries, chronic pain, wobblers disease, allergic dermatitis, other central nervous system disorders, and gastrointestinal disorders.

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine:

Chinese Herbal Medicine therapies has its historical origins with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and dates back 4,000 years.  Herbs today are prepared with the benefits of modern technology, but are still guided by the historical wisdom underlying TCM. Herbs are used to correct imbalance underlying a disease pattern and to promote the body’s ability to heal itself.  Each herb has a different effect on the body and can fall under a number of classifications such as warming, cooling, sour, or bitter and can affect a variety of organs, including the liver, lungs large intestine, or heart. TCVM utilizes herbal formulas that are a combination of single-herb ingredients to treat a specific pattern of disease. It is an all-natural treatment option that is generally safe and effective when prescribed correctly and can be used in conjunction with acupuncture and Western Medicine.

Chinese Herbs can be used to treat medical issues in:

  • Gastroenterology (IBD, Constipation, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Weight Loss)
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Reproduction
  • Oncology
  • Behavior (Aggression, Separation Anxiety)
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Sports Medicine Injuries
  • Geriatric Patients to improve quality of life
  • Musculoskeletal (Pain, Lameness, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Wobbler’s Syndrome, Arthritis, Degenerative Myelopathy)

 

Veterinary Food Therapy:

Like other Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) modalities, the goal of food therapy is to restore and maintain balance within the body. The effects of food therapy are slower acting than other traditional Chinese medicine modalities such as acupuncture and herbal medicine. However, there are virtually no side effects when food ingredients are chosen correctly, and food therapy is a type of treatment that can be used safely throughout a patient’s lifetime. The practice is very popular amongst owners as it empowers them to take part in the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine therapy for their animals. There is truth to the saying “food is the medicine you take every day.” This belief in the healing power of food is one central to Chinese Medicine. It is not only the ingredients that are important in food. Each food has different thermal energetic properties/temperatures. Selecting the right foods can help treat your pet’s underlying deficiencies or excesses to restore or maintain balance.


Veterinary Chiropractic Care:

Veterinary chiropractic care is a drug-free approach to animal healthcare. It focuses on the nervous system, which is contained in the spinal column.  Animal chiropractic is a complete evaluation of the animal’s spine with chiropractic adjustments made when subluxations are identified. A subluxation causes pain and muscle spasms through a cascade of events. In the normal spine, two neighboring vertebrae are attached by a joint, which fits precisely together. Between the two vertebrae is a hole in which spinal nerves exit the spinal cord. When the vertebrae are out of alignment, the hole is narrowed, which puts pressure and possibly pinching of the nerves. The end results of a subluxation is decreased spinal movement, pain and muscle spasms. Chiropractic can relieve the symptoms and lessen the discomfort of many animal health problems.

Conditions with a neurologic or bio-mechanical origin can benefit from chiropractic manipulation. These conditions include:

  • degenerative joint disease (such as hip dysplasia, spondylosis)
  • Weakness to hindlimbs
  • Lameness of front or hindlimb
  • stiffness of body
  • cervical instability
  • neck pain
  • intervertebral disk disease
  • autonomic nervous system problems (such as urinary and fecal incontinence)
  • musculoskeletal weakness
  • pain that resists conventional diagnosis and treatment
  • chronic back pain
  • Enhance performance

 

Veterinary Hospice & Palliative Care:

Veterinary hospice is care for animals, focused on the patients and family’s needs, on living life as fully as possible until the time of death (with or without intervention), and attaining a degree of preparation for death. It is a philosophy of care that respects and values the dignity of the individual pet. It offers supportive care both medical and non medical. Hospice provides a path toward the end of life that can and should be tailored to meet the needs of the individual pet and family. It allows for a unique relationship between the family and veterinary care team that places the pet in the center of the caregiving circle.

Palliative care is an extension of hospice and is usually begun earlier in the disease process, when treatment can still help to alleviate symptoms and enhance quality of life. The goal of pet palliative care and hospice is to provide the pet with the opportunity to live until he or she dies and maximizing comfort and quality of life until the time when euthanasia becomes the best and most humane option or the pet dies peacefully before that time arrives.

Palliative care takes many forms. The cornerstone for palliative care involves a complete and thorough diagnosis to effectively address all of the animal’s issues as well as pain management to maximize comfort.  An example of palliative care is the support that can be offered to a pet with chronic kidney disease whose kidney failure is progressing and the pet can no longer compensate for the disease.  Hospitalization for aggressive intravenous fluid therapy may not be desired in this situation because the outcome cannot be changed and the time in the hospital would be time taken away from the pet being able to spend time with it’s family at home. An alternative, non-invasive and relatively simple procedure would be delivering fluids under the skin at home by a family member and this would help sustain whatever kidney function remains. In addition to giving fluids, antacids, anti-nausea medication, supplements, and a kidney-supportive food may be given to maintain overall comfort until quality of life begins to suffer.

Palliative care can be as easy or complex as it needs to be to meet the needs of the patient and human family. Palliative care patients can benefit from massage, therapeutic laser, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical rehabilitation techniques.

It’s impossible to create a one-size-fits all palliative care plan that would benefit every pet. It’s very useful to think in terms of what an individual needs and deserves to feel as well as he or she can feel in spite of whatever medical issues are occurring and contributing to the end of life process.

We want to provide a personalized end of life care plan for your beloved pet. We focus on treating geriatric animals and those with terminal illnesses. We emphasize on giving pets a safe, caring, intimate end of life experience. Our care provides pain control and physical comfort to the pet. We provide educational support and emotional comfort for the family until a natural death occurs or euthanasia is chosen. We will teach the family to care for their pet’s medical and emotional needs at home. This service allows for families to be given extra time to adjust to their pet’s progressive disease and say goodbye in their own way. Our top priority is to ensure a pet’s death is a gentler, loving and a more intimate experience for both the pet and the pet’s family.

These conditions frequently warrant hospice/palliative care:

  • Cancer
  • Organ Failure (Kidney, Liver, Heart)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cognitive Dysfunction or Dementia
  • Senior pets approaching end of life
  • Failure to thrive
  • Any life limiting condition that is contributing to an excessive burden of caregiving for a family, or treatments/interventions that a pet no longer accepts.

 

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