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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    • Laura Lee RogersLaura Lee Rogers

      Dr. McKerney has been treating my cockapoo, Waldo, with accutpunture for a couple of months now due to a spinal injry that resulted in paralization in the hind area. Waldo can now walk, a little wobbly. When recommended to me we did not know if Waldo would ever be able to walk again. Dr, McKerney is worth our drive (50miles) and time. She was also very thorough in reviewing all of Waldo's medical records prior to seeing him. Waldo is never expereinces any anxiety about going - that says a lot!

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    • Roberta DishnoRoberta Dishno

      Wouldn't trust my dog to anyone else than Dr. Cahoon!

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    • Fudgelady V.Fudgelady V.

      I drive three hours each direction to have Vitamin C drip and also acupuncture done on my basset hound with severe arthritis in his leg, and it seems to be... Read More

    • 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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    • Amanda HeinenAmanda Heinen

      Dr Brad quite literally saved our old girl's life today, simply by caring enough to keep trying to solve the mystery behind her symptoms. Thank you for not giving up on her and for helping us manage the costs of her care as well. Highly recommend this office!!

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    • Marlene AnnMarlene Ann

      All of my dogs have been going there for almost 9 years. Staff and doctors are very caring.

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    • Theresa Ostland EdwardsTheresa Ostland Edwards

      We started seeing Dr Cahoon and Dr McKerney because we needed alternative health care for our 12yr old mutt. We specifically chose Veterinary Healing Center for their knowledge and experience with Eastern Medicine applications. Our family is overjoyed for our pet and the pain relief he is now experiencing since starting his treatment plan just a few months ago. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The prices are comparable to other veterinary offices. I highly recommend their services for your pets needs.

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