Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)
At Healing Hands Animal Hospital, we treat the animal, not the disease. That’s the motto of our founder, Dr. Carol Ross Lewis, whose approach to animal health involves combining the best practices of conventional Western veterinary medicine with age-old modalities of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-Na and food therapy, to promote health and a long life for your pet. For example:
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- Acupuncture. concerns the flow of energy, or Qi (pronounced “chee”), through the body along defined pathways called meridians. Practiced in China for 4,000 years, acupuncture balances Qi to enable the body to fight disease or injury. Acupuncture can address a wide range of ailments from joint disease to allergies, skin conditions, seizures and immune diseases, to name just a few.
- Tui-Na. is a form of medical massage that combines techniques of acupressure, soft tissue manipulation and range of motion techniques to realign the musculoskeletal system, addressing joint injuries and nerve pain.
- Chinese herbal medicine. has been used for centuries to treat almost any condition that might be treated with modern Western pharmaceuticals. These plant based herbal formulas are created to elicit specific therapeutic actions. Healing Hands prescribes Chinese herbs to treat arthritis, pain, heart conditions, kidney problems, digestive issues, and to counter the effects of radiation or chemotherapy.
- Food Therapy. Choosing an appropriate diet can set your pet on a path of lifelong good nutrition and prevention. We view food as medicine and try to discuss nutrition at every visit, including raw food diet, home cooked diet, prescription diet or holistic diet. Food therapies are always considered as an adjunct to your current treatment plan.
Behavior problems with a pet can be discouraging, especially if they disrupt your home. Some behaviors can be very difficult to manage and even dangerous or stressful to live with. We’ll work with you to uncover the reasons why your pet is acting out, and then arm you with the education, tools and support you need to overcome that behavior.
The bones of the spine and joints are maintained in a specific alignment. The nerves which surround each joint and vertebral articulation are in constant communication with the central nervous system, brain and all organs. When even a subtle change in the alignment occurs, it is called a restriction. Animal medical manipulation treats the joint function and corrects restrictions, while restoring the proper functions of the nervous system
By the age of three, the majority of dogs and cats show signs of periodontal disease. This is a problem, because periodontal disease can be serious. It erodes the structures that support your pet’s teeth (causing pain and eventual tooth loss), and can spread harmful bacteria into your pet’s bloodstream. This bacteria can damage a pet’s internal organs, even shortening lifespans. But not to worry – periodontal disease is no match for our team! We can perform professional cleanings, instruct you on home care, and educate you about oral health.
Your pet will now have access to in-house digital radiology, as you would expect from a high end human hospital. We have invested in this technology because it allows for important capabilities in your pet’s healthcare. It allows us to quickly and accurately discern the source of a problem, and formulate the most effective treatment plan possible.
For clients who make appointments in advance, we will travel to your living room to care for your dog or cat. We perform wellness exams, vaccinations, parasite control, testing, and many other services from the convenience of your own home.
Our exceptional doctors are highly skilled in internal medicine – an area of veterinary medicine that treats stomach and intestinal disease, liver and pancreatic disease, hormonal disease, infectious disease, and more. Your pet will be in good hands.
Laser Therapy is a cutting-edge tool that offers a promising glimpse into the future of veterinary medicine. With laser therapy, we stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms on the cellular level. This reduces inflammation, speeds healing, and decreases pain. Laser therapy is especially effective for conditions such as arthritis, and can be a wonderful pain management aid for pets recovering from surgery or injury.
Many pet owners are left feeling in the dark about their pet’s nutritional needs. There is no “one size fits all” advice – your pet’s dietary needs depend on their specific genetics, risk factors and life style. We will be able to educate you on what brands, schedule, and amounts are best for your pet’s diet, and can answer any of your questions.
Ultrasound uses sound waves that are transmitted into the body in order to create an image. It is completely safe, painless, and allows us to better view the architecture of an organ. This can be critical in assessing your pet’s health and formulating an effective treatment plan.
Our surgical suite is state-of-the-art, and our surgical team is highly trained and exceptionally skilled. We are able to perform complex surgical procedures, as well as routine procedures such as spay or neuter, biopsy, and more.