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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    • Shirley Bill MurrayShirley Bill Murray

      We were so pleased that you got Baby in to see you so quickly. Thank you for your caring for our pet. Dr. McKerney is the best.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Margaret Daly ClaessenMargaret Daly Claessen

      The Veterinary Healing Center in El Dorado Hills is fantastic. My cat Marshmallow and I have been with them for a year. I brought Marshmallow there for a second opinion about his breathing problems because of asthma and upper respiratory issues. He was getting injections about every 6 weeks, and those many trips to the vet were very stressful on him. Dr. McKerney, took Marshmallow off the injections - steroids and convenia – and put him on a tablet of doxycycline. She felt that his main issue is upper respiratory. Marsh has not had any breathing problems for a year, and he is happy to take his pill in a pill pocket! I have such a positive experience when Marshmallow and I visit. Marsh is not the best behaved patient, and Dr. McKerney is wonderful and is always so patient and gentle with him, and the staff is patient and gentle with him, too – I am grateful, and thankful!!

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    • Nikki Z.Nikki Z.

      Came today and Sarah helped me with what I needed and this visit was by far the fastest and easiest!!! Read More