Alternative Medicine

At Veterinary Healing Center of El Dorado Hills, we believe in treating the whole animal, not just the symptoms. That’s why we offer a full array of Eastern medicine techniques, which work to complement our traditional services and provide an overall sense of healing, balance, and wellness. These alternative treatment options allow our clients to take a more holistic approach to the care and well-being of their beloved animal family members. Eastern medicine has been proven to be highly effective in naturally treating and managing a wide variety of ailments in companion animals.

Veterinary Acupuncture

Just as with human acupuncture, veterinary acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles into various points along the body, known as acupoints, which are believed to be connected to certain areas within the body. Some acupoints can be tied to muscle groups, while others may help target organs or other body systems. When the needles are gently inserted, they trigger a reaction in the targeted area. This reaction is the body’s natural way of controlling pain and healing illness or injury.

Acupuncture is practically painless, but can produce incredible results for most patients. We are currently able to harness this ancient technique to treat and manage any of the following types of conditions in companion animals:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Neurological disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Dermatological conditions

Chinese Herbal Medicine

The Chinese culture has long held the belief that certain herbs, when combined properly, can promote healing and balance in the body. We use Chinese herbal medicine to treat a range of ailments in our patients, particularly those that are chronic and require long-term care. Herbal remedies can be highly effective in strengthening the immune system, improving organ function, promoting healing, and relieving pain. This alternative treatment modality is particularly attractive to many pet parents because it doesn’t produce the side effects that many traditional pharmaceutical products can cause.

Homeopathic Medicine

The age-old theory behind homeopathic medicine holds that certain substances which are known to cause illness and negative symptoms within the body can also be used to cure those same symptoms – provided they are introduced in the proper manner. In fact, the literal definition of homeopathy is “to treat with a similar disease”. Homeopathic medicine uses strategic combinations of natural ingredients which, when introduced to the body, help fight off illness, strengthen the immune system, and restore balance. We use this integrative therapy to treat and manage a number of chronic medical conditions with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life for the patient.

In general, we use our alternative medicine options in combination with each other, and with our other more traditional veterinary services. In some cases, however, they can be used as stand-alone treatments. Once the doctor has had the opportunity to examine and evaluate your pet’s unique situation, you will be provided with a recommended treatment protocol containing the ideal combination of services that we believe will help us achieve optimum results.

We invite you to start a conversation today to learn more about whether your pet could benefit from our alternative medicine options.

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    • Sandy Wedekind DeKreekSandy Wedekind DeKreek

      We have been taking our Labrador to The Veterinary Healing Center for almost two years to treat her with eastern medicine/procedures for radiating pain from her neck to down her front leg. After about 6 acupuncture treatments and cervical formula powder supplements we saw a remarkable improvement! She went from limping and barely able to climb stairs to running around the yard and jumping into the pool! She was like a brand new dog! We continue with monthly maintenance treatments and we couldn’t be happier with the results! We now take our English Golden Retriever puppy there for checkups!

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    • Megan ShanahanMegan Shanahan

      I have been bringing my dogs and cats to Dr. Brad Cahoon for 15 years now. I trust him and his staff to care for and diagnose my pets. They are located conveniently and open 7 days a week. I won't go anywhere else!

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    • Joy KnightJoy Knight

      I'm always comfortable taking my pets to see Dr. Cahoon, whether it's my rats or my dog he has always shown compassion. He never overcomplicates a situation or problem which always makes the visit a little bit easier. He has been seeing my 10 year old epileptic dog since he was a puppy and recently performed a very successful surgery on my rat(yes rat💗🐀 )

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    • Karen Widden-MartinezKaren Widden-Martinez

      Wonderful care, knowledgeable veterinarians.

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    • Senta LudwigSenta Ludwig

      We have taken all three of our dogs to Dr. Cahoon and Dr. McKerney over the past 6 years - they have kept them healthy and happy through all manner of health conditions and injuries and our 15 year golden mix would not be able to walk without the acupuncture and laser treatments they provide. They love our dogs and always spend time with us to explain what is going on. Highly recommend!

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    • Desiree CherryDesiree Cherry

      Excellent care and service! The entire staff is professional, knowledgeable and caring.

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    • Donna BrodskyDonna Brodsky

      Brought PeeWee, who lost use of his back legs, in today for the first time and were treated with calm and care. I love the Eastern approach and we all have high hopes that acupuncture, laser treatment, and some herbs will fix the hitch in his giddyup and restore his youthful step again. Fingers crossed.

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