What are TCVM and Eastern Herbal Medicine Formulas?
Our clinic uses TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) and Eastern Herbal Medicine formulas from Herbsmith Rx, Kan Herbal, and Jing Tang Herbal.
Eastern herbal medicine blends consist of herbs specifically chosen to work synergistically to relieve the patient’s symptoms.
At the same time, the herbs address the underlying causes of the symptoms utilizing the principles of TCVM.
Tips for Using TCVM Eastern Herbal Medicine Formulas
Look at the prescription label for the dosage calculated for your pet’s weight.
Bulk powders work well mixed in wet food, tuna, peanut butter, or any food with a good, pungent scent of its own that your dog may like.
What to Expect When Using TCVM Herbal for the First Time
Herbal formulas take approximately 2-3 weeks to start working.
Maximum benefits occur within 6 weeks.
Your pet may need a 1-2 week period for his/her body to adjust to the herbs.
Your pet may experience mild gastrointestinal distress and loose stools during this adjustment period.
We recommend continuing the use of the herbs during this period.
If the distress is too intense (i.e., having accidents in the house), you may cut back to ½ the recommended dose for the first week, then resume the total recommended dose.
As mentioned earlier, mild gastrointestinal distress is the most common side effect when your pet is getting used to Eastern herbs.
However, some pets may have a slight change in overall energy and appetite.
When to Contact Your Veterinarian
Although it’s infrequent, there is a slight possibility a pet can have an allergic reaction to a particular herb.
Animals, like people, vary in what their bodies respond well to and poorly. And, just like people, every once in a while, an animal is allergic to a plant most other animals are not.
You should stop using the herbs and call your vet immediately if you notice:
- Abnormal behavior
- Face rubbing
- Whining or excessive meowing
- Excessive diarrhea
Some pets need an herbal formula only for a few months or until the health issue is resolved.
Other pets, especially pets suffering from chronic conditions, need to continue taking the herbal formula for the rest of his/her life.
We hope you have found this information interesting and informative.
TCVM herbal formulas are an excellent tool to help pets heal and maintain balance in their bodies.
Good luck with your pet’s continued health!
If you have any questions or if we can help you in any way, please contact our clinic!
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