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Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)

Westbridge is now offering Herbal Medicine as a treatment option! Dr Rosamund has been studying with the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, and is offering appointments for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).

What is TCVM?

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is an extension of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a holistic medical system that has been used in China for over 2000 years.

  • In TCVM, disease is understood as an imbalance in the body.
  • Diagnosis is based on identifying the underlying pattern of imbalance. Treatment focuses on restoring the body to balance/ harmony within itself.
  • TCVM practitioners feel that any imbalance must be examined with respect to the individual patient as a whole.
  • Treatment is always tailored to the individual – this will include herbal formulas, and may also include diet recommendations, as well as possibly therapeutic laser treatments.

Where does it fit in?

Our goal at Westbridge has always been to help each and every pet thrive.

  • For some patients, herbal therapies can be used alongside other treatments. For example, herbal therapies can be used to help support a patient undergoing chemotherapy.
  • For others, TCVM may be used as a stand-alone treatment, such as when current therapies are not effective.
  • The goal of any TCVM treatment is to determine the underlying cause of disease, and to treat both the current symptoms as well as the root cause.

We strongly believe that the best medicine is integrative medicine, where we use all tools available to us, and find the best combination of treatments tailored to each individual patient.

How can Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine help my pet?

At Westbridge, we are pleased to offer herbal therapies for a variety of health concerns, including:

  • Cancer
  • Skin Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid Diseases
  • Anxiety
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • And many more…

What can I expect at my TCVM visit?

All TCVM consultations are booked with Dr Rosamund. The visit will include a detailed review of your pet’s history and a thorough physical examination, aimed at determining your pet’s unique pattern. We will then discuss treatment options, including herbal formulas specifically chosen for your pet, as well as other recommendations such as diet and lifestyle modification.

If my pet has already been seen by a veterinarian at our hospital, why does he/she need another examination before starting on herbal treatment?

It is important to find your pet’s individual pattern (TCVM diagnosis) in order to select the correct herbal formula. As a result of the individualized diagnosis, the herbal treatment for one pet may be quite different from another pet with the same western diagnosis (ie arthritis).

Can TCVM be used along with other treatments?

Yes, absolutely! If your pet is already undergoing other treatments, either at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital or at another hospital, TCVM herbs can be used at the same time.

Dr Rosamund will always consult with your primary veterinarian to ensure your pet receives the best care possible. For this reason, if your pet is being seen by a veterinarian outside of Westbridge, we ask that you have all records sent to us a few days prior to your initial visit, and keep us up to date on any ongoing treatment.

What about side effects?

Side effects are very rare with herbal medicine. The treatments are non-invasive and generally are very safe and well accepted by patients.

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Dog thinking about ticks and fleas

Year-round protection means more peace of mind!

“Tick season” used to mean spring/summer/fall, with a break over the winter – the colder weather meant that we could take a break from worrying about these pesky bugs and the diseases they can transmit. But in the last few years, we’ve seen a change creeping up on us, with the weather staying warm later into the season, and spring arriving earlier each year – and the bugs are loving it! You may have already heard us talking about how any day that the temperature is above the freezing point, ticks are potentially active. This past year, we had days above 0°C in all 12 months! Ticks aren’t killed by the cold, they simply go dormant, waiting until it’s warm enough to come back out – so last year, even January and February had days warm enough for ticks to be active! This means that we are now recommending that all dogs (and cats that go outdoors) take advantage of year-round flea and tick protection. There are several options, our first choice being an all-in-one that protects against fleas, ticks, and heartworm, as well as providing regular deworming against roundworms. One pill, once a month – what could be simpler? If your pet is already on a monthly preventative, all you need to do is pick up a refill and continue throughout the winter months. If your pet hasn’t yet started on comprehensive parasite prevention, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have and set you up with the best option for your pet. What does this mean for testing? The 4DX test that we recommend most commonly screens for heartworm disease, Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes (so every dog in Ontario is potentially at risk – at Westbridge we treat a few cases every year!), and the others are all transmitted via tick bites. We have seen an increase in Lyme-positive dogs in the last few years, one of the reasons we are recommending some of these changes. For better early detection and the safety of your pet, we are recommending annual 4DX testing for all dogs. This simple blood test can be done at any time, although the optimal time is in the spring. Catching disease early is key to successful treatment – and no matter how careful you are with preventative medications, there is always some risk of infection. As always, our veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians are available to answer any questions you may have about the best options for your pet. Email us at info@westbridgevet.com, or call us at 905-285-0002

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Last updated: December 17, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital