Dr. Kate Woo provides Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine includes veterinary acupuncture for dogs and cats. TCVM has been used to treat animals for thousands of years, and it is most effective when used in conjunction with traditional Western veterinary medicine. TCVM treatments, like acupuncture and herbal medicine, promote overall wellness and can help ease pain and other symptoms from chronic conditions like allergies and arthritis.
Acupuncture therapy is one of the foundations of TCVM. Acupuncture involves stimulating points on the body with small, specialized needles. Acupuncture therapy is especially effective on inflammatory or pain-related chronic disease such as arthritis, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease and can ease back and neck pain. We generally provide acupuncture treatment alongside laser therapy and PEMP (pulsed electromagnetic field) therapy.
Another aspect of TCVM is herbal medicine, which is administered in pill or capsule form to pets.
Dr. Woo is certified by the Chi Institute, a leading education provider of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida. A typical visit with Dr. Woo involves a Western and Traditional Chinese physical exam and treatment with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. We strongly suggest at least four consecutive visits, typically once a week, to get the best outcome. What is included in each visit will depend on the patient and the specific goals of treatment.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Woo, and to learn more about our TCVM appointment packages, contact Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital by calling (949) 558-3646.
Frequently Asked Questions: TCVM and Acupuncture
What conditions do you treat with TCVM and acupuncture?
Acupuncture therapy is especially effective on inflammatory or pain-related chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease (back pain, neck pain). It is also effective for treating acute muscle injury or for providing post-operative care after orthopedic surgery. TCVM can also be an alternative or additional treatment for chronic medical conditions like diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease and seizures.
How does acupuncture work on my pet’s body?
Acupuncture stimulates the brain to release endogenous hormones, like beta endorphin, to relieve pain, stimulates local nerve reflexes to reduce muscle spasm, reduces inflammation and promotes tissue healing.
Will acupuncture needles bother or hurt my pet?
Acupuncture needles are very fine and not irritating. We only use disposable sterile needles. Most pets are nervous at the beginning of their acupuncture appointments but eventually get comfortable. Many even take naps during treatments.
How often should my pet receive TCVM treatments, and what happens during every session?
The frequency and length of the treatments will depend on the nature and severity of the disease affecting your pet. We strongly recommend at least four weekly sessions. The acupuncture package includes therapeutic laser therapy or PEMP (pulsed electromagnetic field) therapy, which will further relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
How long does each session last?
Your pet’s first visit will take about an hour. The follow-up sessions will take 30 to 40 minutes. The long-term routine recheck will take 25 to 30 minutes.
How can I help my pet prepare for a session?
You shouldn’t need to prepare anything. However, if your pet tends to be nervous at the vet, walk your pet or play with your pet before the visit and bring your pet’s favorite treats to give during the treatment.
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