Is your pet lacking energy, losing hair or itching? The best way to treat cat or dog hair loss, pet stiffness and conditions is through the use of Herbal Care treatment. Hopewell Animal Hospital is proud to offer Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine as an option for our patients. 

Many people prefer natural pet health care treatments for medical problems. There are many reasons why there is a growing interest in using herbs over pharmaceuticals. Herbal medicine is a safe and effective replacement for many pharmaceuticals. Herbs provide gentle treatment of chronic conditions with very few side effects. They can also be used in conjunction with conventional treatments or medications and may even enhance those treatments.

Herbal medicine has a different composition than pharmaceutical medicine. Medicinal plants contain a vast array of chemical compounds. Each chemical compound has the ability to work separately or together with other compounds when affecting the body. With TCVM, a tailored and unique combination of herbs is used. Typically, many different herbs are used together for a harmonious solution to the disease and its underlying imbalance. Every combination in TCVM herbal medicine is a complex formulation.

The TCVM approach focuses on the body as a whole. Herbal medicine is often combined with other modalities such as food therapy, acupuncture, and tui-na to provide a “whole body” approach to healing.

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  • Itching
  • Wounds
  • Loss of Hair
  • Lack of Stamina
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Seizures and Trembling
Herbal Medicine

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.