Alternative Medicine

At Veterinary Healing Center of Folsom, we believe in treating the whole animal, not just the symptoms. Our alternative medicine options allow us to promote balance and natural healing, and are the perfect complement to our traditional medical services. The result is a powerful, holistic approach to animal health care. All of our Eastern medicine offerings have been practiced on both humans and animals for centuries as a way to treat a broad spectrum of ailments and promote an overall healthier life.

Veterinary Acupuncture

The ancient practice of acupuncture is the same in pets as it is in humans. It involves the use of tiny needles which, when inserted into various acupoints along the body, trigger the body’s natural pain control and healing mechanisms. Acupuncture is virtually painless, but the results can often be seen after just one treatment. We currently use acupuncture to manage a wide range of ailments and medical conditions in companion animals, including:

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

Chinese Herbal Medicine

For thousands of years, the Chinese have long held the belief that certain herbs, when strategically combined together, can provide a natural way to manage the health of both people and animals. Chinese herbal medicine is particularly effective in treating chronic medical conditions and is often used to relieve pain, improve and restore proper organ function, and strengthen the immune system. The ultimate goal of herbal therapy is to gradually return the body to a state of balance and wellness without the risk of side effects that traditional pharmaceuticals can present.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is a holistic therapy option that is based on the theory that the same substances which cause illness in the body, when used properly, can also counteract those same symptoms. The word homeopathy literally means “to treat with a similar disease”. Homeopathic medicine uses natural ingredients to help strengthen the body’s ability to fight off illness and restore a sense of balance throughout. It is especially effective in managing chronic medical conditions to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.

Our holistic medicine options are typically used in conjunction with our traditional Western medical services, although they can be used as standalone treatments in certain cases. Your pet’s individual situation will be carefully considered when we are developing our treatment recommendation.

If you’re curious about how our integrative therapy options might provide healing and relief for your pet, we invite you to start a conversation today!

 

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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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      This place is full of the kindest, most compassionate people. Dr Mckerney is Zoey’s favorite and she has gone above and beyond to always give Zoey the best care. Even while Zoey is hospitalized, Dr Mckerney and the staff have checked on her regularly. It means the world to us 💜💜💜

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      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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      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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    • 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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