WHAT TYPES OF PET ILLNESS CAN BE TREATED BY TCM?
Chinese medicinal herbs are primarily used in dogs and cats for a variety of conditions. These may include but are not limited to: kidney disease, gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, cystitis or bladder issues, vomiting and diarrhea, incontinence, liver problems, heart problems, anxiety, behavioral problems, asthma, bronchitis and other geriatric health complications. TCM herbs can also be used in support of cancer treatments, including chemotherapy.
HOW LONG WILL TREATMENT LAST?
Herbal treatments tend to be gentler than medication and may take longer to see clear results. Depending on the problem for which treatment is prescribed, it may take up to two weeks for improvements. Often a short course is all that is necessary for acute problems. However, chronic conditions may require several months of treatment to restore balance and wellness to the body. Herbs may often be combined with changes in diet and lifestyle as well as acupuncture to improve overall benefits.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Chinese medicine formulae can be very effective with few side effects if prescribed correctly. There are rarely any side effects. The most common being that the patient will refuse to take the herbs or has a softer than normal bowel movement. In any case, contact your veterinarian if you notice any side effects.
Through the use of herbs and acupuncture, TCM is a safe and effective way to restore optimal health and balance to the life of your pet.
Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital in North Carolina practices holistic veterinary services such as Chinese Herbal Medicine. Give us a call to learn more about our holistic services for pets!