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Veterinary Herbal Medicine

The doctors at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin have spent years studying Chinese medicine and herbal prescriptions, and are highly trained to determine the proper herbal formula for your pet

Chinese herbal medicine is the study and implementation of herbs, or a combination of herbs, to help combat disease in the body. It has proven to be an effective treatment model for conditions ranging from dermatitis to cancer. Clinical outcomes are most successful when used in combination with modern veterinary medicine and other alternative treatments, such as acupuncture.

Because the ingredients are all herbal, very few, if any, negative side effects are produced. In small animals, herbal formulas are typically administered orally in the form of a capsule or pill. 

When devising a treatment plan, our clinical team always looks at both schools of thought – Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Western Medicine. This means herbal therapy will always be paired with traditional veterinary medicine to bring forth the most comprehensive clinical outcomes in our patients. Generally, traditional veterinary medicine is best for treating acute conditions. On the other hand, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is best for treating the entire bodily system, not only the ailment. Together, these schools of thought are complementary and robust.

At present, Chinese herbal medicine can benefit a variety of medical conditions that challenge traditional veterinary medicine. If immediate surgery is required, Chinese herbal medicine cannot be considered as a treatment option. 

The most common conditions treated with the help of Chinese herbal medicine include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic Kidney Failure
  • Chronic Lameness
  • Hormonal Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Allergic Skin Disease
  • Liver Failure
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In some cases, the herbs are not used to treat a condition. Rather, they are used as a tonic to support healthy organ functioning.

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