Integrative and natural healing methods are becoming more and more popular in human and veterinary medicine.
The appropriate application of TCVM treatments (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine), including acupuncture, Chinese herbs and food therapy can be successfully integrated into western (conventional) veterinary medicine as there are aspects of both perspectives that can work synergistically. Additionally, by integrating western and TCVM approaches, a veterinarian can achieve a thorough evaluation of a pet’s entire body to appropriately suggest a combination of prevention and treatment.
Acupuncture and TCVM can benefit all life stages (juvenile, adult and senior).
Where healing is no longer possible, acupuncture can help patients to feel better for the time they have left and make the end of life a little more enjoyable.
"When I first consulted with Dr Jennifer Robinson (Dr Jen) in the vet clinic it was clear that my old dog, Ashley was in quite poor health and discomfort due to age-related illnesses and arthritis following two ACL surgeries some years before. Dr Jen offered to visit Ashley at home to avoid the stress of transport to the clinic. I dealt extensively with Dr Jen for seven months as she assisted me in the care of Ash in her final months. I had initially thought that Ash may have had only a few weeks so meeting Dr Jen and gaining that additional time with my beloved dog baby (old lady) was a beautiful gift.
Through a regular visit schedule Dr Jen was able to improve Ashley’s situation in terms of both pain and mobility and the result was immediate. Following each visit which included acupuncture Ashley regained strength and mobility, and her discomfort was ameliorated significantly.
Having lost my life partner and also another long-standing canine member of my family in recent years it was particularly difficult for me to contemplate the prospect of losing Ashley even through the normal course of the ageing process. Part of Dr Jen’s great gift to me was to prepare me for that event through regular conversation around the topic in both general and specific terms. Dr Jen is one of the kindest people that I have ever met with an abundance of empathy and wisdom and a natural holistic healer and provider of hospice. Dr Jen’s reverence and affinity for older animals is remarkable and I love the way she celebrates and attends to the ‘oldies’ with the utmost of hope and respect. Ash loved Jen and I’m sure she looked forward to her visits.
Dr Jen helped us in so many ways. From practical ideas about the various accommodations I could make around the house to support a frail older dog, to preparing my weekly dog dosette box of medications and provision of general information about what I might expect from Ash as she continued to age, Dr Jen’s abundance of knowledge and insight was invaluable.
When it finally became clear to me that it was time to let Ashley go I did so knowing that we had celebrated and extended her life as completely and comfortably as possible. With Jen’s support I was able to let my girl pass away at home. It was such a dignified and beautiful experience, even though it was terribly sad. Dr Jen was so remarkable throughout the entire journey, and particularly at the end. I will never forget her support and will continue to use her as our family vet."
Julie Holt, Parkdale