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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    • Chris DanleyChris Danley

      Dr Cahoon is a dedicated and skilled Vet who has cared for our Labrador for over 10 years. He is serious about finding solutions to problems and illnesses and has been very direct and honest about issues we have experienced. We love our dog as family though every few years he tries to kill himself in various ways and Dr Cahoon and the Veterinary Healing center has been there for us. For that we are very appreciative.

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    • Karen Widden-MartinezKaren Widden-Martinez

      Wonderful care, knowledgeable veterinarians.

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    • Jackie Jaynes-CreelJackie Jaynes-Creel

      The Veterinary Healing Center of Folsom and El Dorado Hills has been fantastic. They have been there through some of the most difficult decisions (letting our Oreo go) to just making sure our girls are healthy (annual checkups). They are loving to our Boston and Chihuahua even when the dogs are not willing to be touched. This is a very Caring place. If you want to go somewhere that is fabulous with your fur babies this is the place. ��

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    • Tami Chivan BlancTami Chivan Blanc

      The staff is wonderful with my baby Gizmo. He can be a challenge at the vet but they take good care of him. I really feel like they care for the animals they see there. It means a lot to me to not feel like my cat is just a # but seen as a member of my family.

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    • Holly Hallenbeck RoushHolly Hallenbeck Roush

      Tough visit this time since my dog has Lymphoma, but got lots of support and treatment options. Been bringing my pets here since 1997 with no complaints whatsoever. ��

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    • Elise KuikenElise Kuiken

      We have been taking our two dogs here for over 10 years. Dr. Cahoon always makes sure to explain everything and find options for our dog who has had a lot of health problems. Even though we live farther away now we still drive just to see them.

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    • Michele ErricoMichele Errico

      Awesome pet beside manner! You can’t go wrong with the Doctor’s or the staff. Very thorough, honest, direct and most of all...they care. Wouldn’t THINK about going anywhere else for my fur baby.

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