2012-05-11 / Columnists

Paws For A Moment

Today’s Options For Veterinary Care
Commentary by Karina B. Salvo, MS, DVM, PawPrints Animal Medical Centre

When we as humans seek medical attention, we find there are a variety of ways to approach our symptoms, illnesses and overall health care. Why do we not seek the same in our animal companions? Unfortunately there have not been as many options for our little furry or feathered animal companions... until now!

Today, the Western veterinarian treats their patients thru the use of diagnostic aid such as blood tests, radiographs, ultrasounds and even MRI’s etc. The common use of antibiotics, steroids and even invasive surgery are often the first modality of the Western veterinarian. Lately there has been integration of class four LASER therapy in reducing the patient’s need for certain medications, alleviating pain without the use of non-steroidal anti inflammatories and even dismissing the need for surgery! Many illnesses and diseases do have various ways of treatment that the Western veterinarian can offer to their clients. Most do rely on medical tests to reach a diagnosis, but not all cases where long term medication or invasive surgery has been recommended is it always required...why?

Because we have the ability to integrate Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) into our daily practice! Although both Eastern and Western veterinarians rely on physical examinations, the Eastern veterinarian relies on pulses and various shu points over the body. The Eastern veterinarian that practices TCVM has the ability to integrate not only acupuncture into their medical plan, but also food, herbal, tui-na (a form of massage), and acupressure.

The practitioner of TCVM does not dismiss the use of medications and therapies, but rather works to eliminate certain medications/therapies that may have deleterious effects while integrating modalities of TCVM that benefit and improve the patient healing process. The goal of the Eastern veterinarian that practices true TCVM is to seek the cause of the specific disease process and to help an animal heal by correcting the imbalances of the body; unlike the Western veterinarian that uses medications or surgery to subdue the symptoms by prescribing potential deleterious medications.

The integration of both modalities allows for our patients and clients to understand their pet’s disease process from various perspectives as well as receive the benefits of both worlds. We use both modalities to establish a diagnosis, create a treatment plan and discuss options with our clients that best benefit our patients.

Today there are various ways to integrate what we commonly have accepted as medical practice, including traditional vaccination schedules, biannual examinations, radiology, ultrasonography, surgical services, the latest in pain management and advanced wound healing via LASER therapy, regenerative stem cell therapy, etc., to ancient Traditional Chinese Veterinary Med - icine: acupuncture, laser acupuncture, acupressure, herbal therapy, Tui-na and prolotherapy...all soon to be available through PawPrints Animal Medical Centre P.C.

We welcome any question or comments about Chinese Medicine and our approach to our patient’s healthcare regimen.

You can contact us at 718-474-7297 for more information and are welcome to follow our facebook page for useful tips, informative commentaries and articles!

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