September is Senior Pet Month at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic, and we would like to talk with you about the benefits of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, (TCVM).
A pet is considered reaching it’s senior years around the age of seven years old. We as pet owners start to see them slow down a little more, maybe they nap a little more and we may notice changes in their health and appearance.
It is important to have your pet see their veterinarian at least once a year, for any age pet we recommend an Annual Physical Examination, especially once they start to show signs of aging.
Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of holistic medicine and herbal therapy for your senior pet? Then let’s talk about holistic treatment:
I’m sure that many of you have heard of Acupuncture and/or Traditional Chinese Medicine, and likely some of you have had it done for yourself. I am Dr. Susie Nadeau and I would like to ensure that you, as a pet parent, are aware of all of the different ways that acupuncture can help your senior four-legged friends as well.
The most common reason people would elect to use Acupuncture / Traditional Chinese Medicine would either be for themselves, or for their pets due to pain and discomfort. These modalities excel at resolving pain from any source. Arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, back and neck pain, pain derived from cancer, post surgical pain and headache pain can all be mitigated by acupuncture and herbal therapy. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees pain as Stagnation; which is when the flow of Qi and Blood in the body has slowed or stopped, so regardless of the source of the pain, acupuncture and herbal therapy can treat it.
Treatment with acupuncture is most effective when there is a conventional diagnosis to help pinpoint the treatment and maximize the results. But Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) can do a lot more than treat pain.
Here are some of the situations that it can help:
- Skin issues: Is your animal itchy? Does he or she have a poor quality hair coat or dandruff? Have they been diagnosed with allergies, either seasonal, environmental or food related? Because TCVM looks at the individual animal’s pattern, any of these conditions can be helped with its use, especially when used alongside conventional therapies. TCVM can help to decrease the amount of medications needed or in some cases, enable them to be stopped altogether.
- Seizures: Does your animal have seizures? According to TCVM these all stem from the Liver (which has similar actions to how we think of the liver in conventional medicine, but also has other jobs as well). Addressing the Liver with TCVM can help reduce the severity and frequency of seizures and again decrease the amount of medication required for treatment.
- Paralysis and weakness: If your senior pet has had an injury to his / her spine and has difficulty walking or cannot walk, TCVM can help improve their mobility again. In this case the use of Electro-Acupuncture, which uses a low voltage of energy through the needles, is very beneficial.
- Tumors: Whether small or large, cancerous or benign, TCVM can sometimes help reduce the size of masses, both those inside and outside the body. Herbal Therapy is most beneficial in these cases.
- Anxiety & Behavioral Issues: Is your pet afraid of his / her own shadow? Do thunderstorms and other loud noises scare them beyond measure? In TCVM these conditions are treatable using all of the modalities under the TCVM umbrella.
- Kidney and Liver Disease: Has your animal been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease? TCVM has been proven to help improve Kidney and Liver function as evident on the animal’s blood work.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of the things that TCVM can help, but hopefully it has provided a clearer picture of conditions that can benefit from treatment. Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have to see if TCVM is right for your senior, or any age furry best friend.
Dr. Susie Nadeau
Dr. Nadeau graduated from OVC with Distinction in 2002 and then moved to Alberta from Ontario. During this time she became interested in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, (TCVM). In 2007, Dr. Susie began her education in this field, and is currently working on her Masters in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine which includes; Advanced Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese Massage and Food Therapy.
If you would like to set up an Holistic Appointment with Dr. Nadeau, she is available on Wednesday mornings between 9:30 am to noon, and again on Friday afternoons between 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.