Why should I choose Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) for my animal? What conditions can it treat?
The combined modalities in TCVM can help many different issues, like:
SKIN ISSUES: Is your animal itchy? Does he or she have a poor quality hair coat or dandruff? Have they been diagnosed with allergies, either seasonal, environmental or food related?
Because TCVM looks at the individual animal's pattern, any of these conditions can be helped with its use, especially when used alongside conventional therapies. TCVM can help to decrease the amount of medications needed or in some cases, enable them to be stopped altogether.
SEIZURES: Does your animal have seizures? According to TCVM these all stem from the Liver (which has similar actions to how we think of the liver in conventional medicine, but also has other jobs as well). Addressing the Liver with TCVM can help reduce the severity and frequency of seizures and again decrease the amount of medication required for treatment.
PARALYSIS AND WEAKNESS: If you animal has an injury to his or her spine and has difficulty walking or cannot walk, TCVM can help improve their mobility again. In this case the use of Electroacupuncture, which uses a low voltage of energy through the needles, is very beneficial.
TUMORS: Whether small or large, cancerous or benign, TCVM can sometimes help reduce the size of masses, both those inside and outside the body. Herbal therapy is most beneficial in these cases.
ANXIETY AND OTHER BEHAVIORAL ISSUES: Is your animal afraid of its own shadow? Do thunderstorms and other loud noises scare them beyond measure? In TCVM these conditions are treatable using all of the modalities under the TCVM umbrella.
KIDNEY AND LIVER DISEASE: Has your animal been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease? TCVM has been proven to help improve Kidney and Liver function as evident on the animal's blood work.
Also, here are MORE conditions that can benefit from treatment:
· Vomiting and diarrhea
· Fertility problems
· Lameness and arthritis
· Back pain, including weakness and paralysis
· Ear infections
· Cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy
· Anxiety and behavioural issues
· Urinary incontinence
· Developmental orthopedic problems like hip or elbow dysplasia
· Eye problems
· Coughing and nasal discharge
· Boost deficient immune systems
TCVM can be used at the same time as conventional medicine and may help to reduce the dosage of medications needed, prevent and or treat any side effects of the medication or make conventional treatment more effective. It can also be used in place of conventional treatment when unwanted side effects or risks are possible.
ABOUT Dr. Susie Nadeau
Dr. Nadeau has had dogs and cats for as long as she can remember and they have always been part of the family. She started horseback riding at a young age and her love for animals grew.
She attended vet school at the Ontario Veterinary College after a short career in riding instruction and farm management. Although she loved working with horses, she found she also had a great desire to help them even more.
Dr. Nadeau graduated from OVC with distinction in 2002 and came straight out to Alberta for an internship in a large equine practice that also had a small animal practice associated with it. There, two very important things happened. She learned that she enjoyed working with small animals as well and she was introduced to Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).
Dr. Nadeau became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2007 and her love for the modality began. She became a certified animal chiropractor in 2008 and also studied Equine Osteopathy.
After a 7 year hiatus to stay home with her three young children, Dr. Nadeau was ready to work again and she knew that TCVM was both her passion and her future. For this reason she enrolled in a Masters Program for TCVM at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida.
Along with her three children, Dr. Nadeau shares her home with a dog and a cat.