Your pet will be evaluated and treated from a holistic perspective. The first step to restoring you pet to his or her best possible health is a complete physical examination.


Dr. Osborne will perform a thorough Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medical (TCVM) exam in addition to a Traditional Western veterinary examination. The TCVM exam consists of inspecting, hearing, smelling, inquiring, and palpating. An unfortunate result of developing medical technologies is that some practitioners rely more on test results than the art of medicine and physical exams. As one my professors in vet school told me, “treat the dog, not the X-Ray.”


A TCVM exam differs from a Western veterinary examine in that the animal's tongue and pulses are examined to determine if the condition is one of deficiency or excess, Yin, Yang, Qi, or Blood deficiency, Yin or Yang excess, and which Zang- Fu meridian is affected (example: Kidney/Bladder, Liver/ Gallbladder). The patient's constitution is determined using the 5 element system. For example: In general, Rottweilers tend to be Wood constitutions. According to TCVM theory, wood rules tendons and ligaments. This breed is frequently seen for knee tendon and ligament injuries. The pet's preferences (hot or cold surfaces, likes massage or not, other behavioral traits and environmental factors) are also considered to help determine the pattern of disease.


After I have thoroughly examined your pet, we will consider the complete range of healing modalities—Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tui Na, and Food Therapy—used in TCVM to determine the best course for restoring his or her health. The treatment will most likely include a combination of these modalities.


Examples of Conditions that can be treated with Acupuncture and Herbs include:


Arthritis • Hip Dysplasia • Asthma • Immune-Mediated Disease • Bladder stones • Inflammatory Bowel Disease • Cancer • Intervertebral Disk Disease • Constipation Kidney Disease • Degenerative Myelopathy Osteoarthritis • Diarrhea Spondylosis • Epilepsy • Urinary Tract Infection • Gingivitis • Vomiting


Please remember that chronic diseases do not lend themselves to quick fixes. It takes time and treatment adjustments to assist the body in healing itself. Commitment and patience are critical to successful management of chronic diseases.

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