Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine techniques have been used for thousands of years, and are considered an ancient form of both prevention and treatment which have many benefits for humans and pets alike. At TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Davidson, Dr. Hay is trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine techniques, which are comprised of four subsets: acupuncture, food therapy, herbal medicine, and Tui-na.
Although Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is considered an ancient form of treatment, it continues to evolve today, especially with extensive research in both acupuncture and herbal medicine techniques. In many cases, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is often used in conjunction with other complementary therapies.
By combining Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine with Western techniques, we can achieve the best possible outcome for our patients.
It’s important to note that the success of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine techniques are dependent on the age of your pet, severity of your pet's symptoms, prior treatment history, and the knowledge of your pet’s lifestyle provided by the pet parents.
If you have any questions about Traditional Chinese Veterinary Techniques, Dr. Hay and the team will be happy to answer them for you. Please feel free to call us!
By placing needles into specific points, acupuncture helps the body to heal itself by triggering particular physiological changes. It stimulates blood flow, and releases endorphins and cortisol which together act to reduce pain and inflammation. Acupuncture is indicated in small animals for: arthritis, disk disease or traumatic nerve injury; respiratory issues, such as asthma; skin problems like allergic dermatitis and lick granulomas; and GI upset.
Acupuncture is virtually painless in small animals, although, like with humans, (we may suppose) animals might experience a tingly sensation or numbness. Most often times they are very relaxed once the needles are inserted.
Acupuncture is very safe when administered by a trained veterinarian. One may see some changes (like lethargy) for up to 2 days after a treatment. They are indicative of physiological changes and are often followed by symptom improvement.