Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal medicine has been around for hundreds of years; it involves the use of medicinal plants to promote healing and treat physical illnesses. When applied in veterinary medicine, this treatment is referred to as Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). Chinese Herbal medicine is especially important in pets who have an imbalance in the body and need long-term support. Dr. Veronica Devall is our locum veterinarian offering this service. She is an expert in the field with several years of experience.

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What happens during a TCVM visit?

A consultation is booked with Dr. Veronica Devall where she will perform a physical assessment, check your pet’s history, and create a treatment formula that will provide the best results. The veterinarian may recommend physical activity and diet changes while taking the herbs.

How can herbal medicine benefit my pet?

Chinese herbal medicine can be used to improve almost any imbalance in your pet’s body. Here at Signal Hill Animal Clinic, we recommend this treatment for pets with:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Anxiety
  • Cancers/tumours
  • Skin problems from nutrition or bacteria
  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • Back pain
  • Arthritic issues
  • Chemotherapy treatment to reduce the side effects of the drug

Are they safe for my pet?

Yes, Chinese herbal medicine has fewer side effects than pharmaceutical drugs. The veterinarian providing the treatment to your pet has a vast knowledge of the herbs used in the treatment, so your pet’s safety is guaranteed. Some pets may experience soft stool or vomiting; in this case, we recommend that you call us at 403-249-3411 so we can adjust the dosage or change the formula.

Can my pet take herbal medicine with conventional drugs?

Herbal medicine can be used with conventional pharmaceutical drugs. Some herbs and drugs have the same effect, so our team will ensure that your pet gets a safe dose of each. Our team will always consider your pet’s current drug therapy and how it will interact with herbal medicines before we begin treatment.

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