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Does your pet have a sudden change in behavior such as seeming anxious, not eating or coughing? The best way to treat cat or dog anxiety, GI disturbances or respiratory issues is through the use of Food Therapy. Hopewell Animal Hospital is proud to offer Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine as an option for our patients. 

TCVM food therapy helps dogs and cats with many different types of ailments. Chronic conditions respond remarkably well to using food as medicine. Many of the problems that your pet may experience are the direct result of the food they are eating. We use diet to treat and prevent imbalances within the body. By utilizing our knowledge of food ingredients and their impact on health, we can tailor diets for individual animals.

Many pets are not easy to medicate or do “bodywork” (acupuncture or massage) on. For these animals especially, using food as medicine can be a real breakthrough.

We can develop a personalized food menu and recipes for your pet that will encourage your dog’s maximum health. We have seen patients respond immediately to a home-cooked diet created on TCVM principles that addresses many of the problems they are experiencing. Dr. Buchanan is certified in Food Therapy by Chi University and has attended many advanced acupuncture classes.

It is very easy to get confused and overwhelmed by all the pet foods on the market. We can help you weed through the choices. We even carry nutritionally balanced, “prescription” brands in our clinic and directly through manufacturers.

Even if you are not interested in home cooking, TCVM principles can help you select commercial diets as well.

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  • Respiratory Problems (Asthma, Chronic Cough)
  • GI Disturbances (Diarrhea, Constipation, Inflammatory Bowel)
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of Stamina
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Skin Conditions
  • Promoting Health in Cancer Patients
Food Therapy

Does Your Pet Suffer from Any of These Conditions?


  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Poor Appetite
  • Unusual Weight Loss or Gain
  • Other Gastrointestinal Issues

A standard poodle we have treated had a several-year history of weight loss, intermittent vomiting and diarrhea, and inconsistent appetite. She responded beautifully to a home-cooked diet created on TCVM principles and has thrived for many years.


  • Coughing
  • Congestion and Wheezing
  • Runny Nose and Eyes
  • Respiratory Issues

A young adult cat being treated for asthma with steroids and bronchodilators, which both have relatively serious side effects, was still having coughing episodes and intermittent difficulty breathing. After three sessions of acupuncture and the addition of an herbal combination, his cough was gone. His occasional asthma attacks responded well to individual acupuncture treatments.


  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Obsessive Behaviors
  • Sudden Change in Behavior

We treated a puppy that was rescued from a southern state and had experienced early life trauma. This puppy was extremely nervous and reluctant to interact with people. Modifying his diet and the addition of an herbal combination calmed him and allowed him to mature into a confident, stable dog.


  • Itching
  • Losing Hair
  • Wounds

Self-inflicted “lick granuloma” wounds respond well to a series of local acupuncture treatments. The acupuncture decreases local inflammation/pain/itchiness and allows the areas to heal.

We treated a dog with a traumatic stab wound (impaled by a stick) who experienced excessive bleeding and swelling. Acupuncture assisted wound comfort during treatment, and an herbal combination stopped bleeding and promoted healing at the site.


  • Chronic Pain or Stiffness
  • Unable to Jump on Furniture
  • Difficulty with Stairs/Getting into the Car
  • A General Slowdown of Activity

We treat a large number of older dogs with arthritis who experience these types of symptoms. We have found that they respond wonderfully to acupuncture and herbal formulas, which allow them to regain a healthy, active lifestyle again. Or, if your pet is experiencing acute pain due to a traumatic injury or suddenly starts limping, has swelling, or is uncomfortable when touched, they can also benefit from acupuncture and herbal formulas.


  • Seizures and Trembling
  • Stumbling/Unable to walk (paralysis)
  • Unsteady Walking/Dragging Toes/Falling

Several seizure patients that had limited response to medications have been well maintained with the addition of acupuncture and herbal combinations. Numerous paralyzed patients have been able to walk on their own again after a series of acupuncture treatments, which may take from one to six months or more.