By Dr. Joy Bolynn
As you may have previously read, I began a study of alternative medicine when Western medicine failed my 14 year old Golden Retriever. Hunter exhibited symptoms of excessive panting, drinking and urination but all Western medical tests returned normal. With no official diagnosis of a urinary tract infection or thyroid issue or Cushing’s Disease, I was at a loss for a treatment plan. Traditional vets are trained to diagnose, and then treat accordingly.

Desperate for answers, I turned to Chinese medicine. After one week of herbal therapy, Hunter’s signs improved and after two weeks of herbal therapy, his signs completely resolved. I will admit I was skeptical and shocked.

My dog Hunter prompted the question: what is Chinese herbal therapy effective at treating? The answer, in short, is any disease. The long answer includes two lists. The first one is a list of diseases which Western medicine treats so effectively that I wouldn’t recommend Chinese medicine as a first line of treatment.

The second is a list of diseases that Western medicine is lacking in efficacy. Consider the chronic upper respiratory infections associated with feline herpes virus or the chronic urinary tract issues associated with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. Think about conditions like irritable bowel disease, tracheal collapse, behavioral disorders including anxiety, aggression and thunderstorm phobias. Even acute diarrhea, vomiting, and skin infections are conditions that respond well to Chinese medicine. The list of diseases that can be very well controlled with Chinese medicine literally goes on and on.

You know my story now, and you have a decision to make. What category do you fall into? Are you like some of my clients who never want to see a steroid or antibiotic again? Would you consider an alternative to Western medicine if your pet wasn’t responding to it? Or do you thank me for my “interesting” opinion and insist on a new prescription for the right antibiotic (while muttering about the Birkenstock-wearing, granola-eating vet)?

Visit our Facebook page, and let us know your opinion. Whatever it is, we treat all kinds at Town N Country Animal Hospital and understand that the medical care given to your furry ones is a very personal decision. We’re just glad we’re part of that care and even happier that we can provide whatever you need.

Remember, this month’s special gives you 30% off of your first Chinese medicine consultation or $20 off your first acupuncture appointment. Offer is good for clients new to our alternative medicine services only.