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Chinese Food Therapy

Did you know that Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has four main branches? They are acupuncture, herbs, Tui-na and nutrition. Food is categorized into different groups and are prescribed to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Please feel free to call us at 613.443.5459 to learn more about how our Chinese Food Therapy services here at Embrun Veterinary Hospital.

How can Chinese Food Therapy help my pet?

In TCVM, food is divided into two main categories: warm or cold. Warm foods include ginger, oats and chicken. Examples of cold foods are pears, watermelon and turkey. Certain foods also support specific organs or bodily functions. Depending on your pet’s specific health issue, you will be guided on which whole foods to cook and prepare at home to help ease their symptoms. For example, if your pet is constantly overheated and has a urinary tract infection, you may be asked to feed them “cold” foods like turkey, kidney beans and barley.

Is kibble or processed food bad for my pet?

Not necessarily. Your pet can thrive on a diet that combines kibble and raw/home-cooked foods. Although whole foods are preferred in TCVM, you can still feed your pet processed kibble. Just ensure that balance is maintained in their daily feeding routine. Too much kibble can result in inflammation and excess heat in the body.

How does Embrun Veterinary Hospital integrate Chinese Food Therapy and Conventional Nutrition?

During a one-on-one consultation, we can put together a tailor-made diet plan for your pet’s unique needs. Our team will advise you on how to improve your pet’s diet using both whole foods and kibble. We can direct you on which processed foods are better options for your furry family member.