Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for Pets

Holistic medicine, also known as Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), are alternatives to conventional medical treatment. TCVM employs acupuncture, acupressure, herbal and diet therapies to treat your furry family member who has been injured or diagnosed with certain types of conditions. It is also extremely useful for pets who are already in good health to ensure they stay well their whole lives. To learn more about how we incorporate TCVM into our treatment protocols here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic, please call us at 403.239.4657 and one of our Client Care Specialists will be happy to answer your inquiries.

How can Traditional Chinese Medicine help my pet?

TCVM treatments are prescribed alone or in conjunction with conventional Western medicine. When used together, TCVM therapies can sometimes lower the doses of pharmaceuticals required, control or prevent side effects, enhance quality of life, and occasionally eliminate the need for medicine altogether.

What are the common health and behaviour issues in pets treated with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine?

Because TCVM employs a wide variety of treatments, it can be used to address many types of diagnoses in your furry friends such as cancer, allergies, inflammatory bowel syndrome, kidney disease, liver disease, arthritis, disc disease, seizures, asthma, diabetes, as well as those who have undergone invasive surgery or are recovering from injuries.

Is Chinese Herbal Medicine safe for pets?

Absolutely. Prior to prescribing or undergoing any kind of treatment, your veterinarian will assess your furry friend for any kind of allergies they may have. Food, particularly herbs, play a huge role in TCVM. They are derived from different types of plants and can be taken orally or topically.

How many treatments will my pet need?

It really depends on your pet’s unique situation and how they react to the treatments. As time goes on, your veterinarian will check in with you to tweak treatment frequency and dosing as required. Chronic treatments usually need a longer series of treatments compared with suddenly developed issues, which may require a shorter treatment schedule especially if diagnosed early.


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    Last updated: November 19, 2021

    Dear valued clients,

    We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating this past year together. We are pleased to announce our new appointment protocols effective Monday November 22, 2021.

    We are now allowing ONE pet parent per appointment to accompany their pet into the clinic for their veterinary appointment. If you would prefer a curbside appointment, please just let us know.

    For appointments with our technicians (i.e. injections, suture removal, anal glands, etc.), we ask that you please pay attention to the clinic capacity and if necessary step outside for a few minutes to accommodate the flow of the clinic with capacity restrictions.

    We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • Masks are required while in the clinic
  • If you are unable to wear a mask, we will happily continue to provide you with curbside services
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • ONE pet parent will be allowed inside the clinic for the appointments. If you have children with you, we ask that your appointment remains curbside as this will go past our 3 person limit in the clinic
  • We will allow up to a maximum of 3 clients in the clinic lobby at any one time
  • We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us.

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic