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Can you name something more smelly and messy than cat diarrhea? Tough question! Right?

Sometimes diarrhea indicates an underlying medical issue, other times cats simply suffer chronic diarrhea with no serious medical cause.

Chronic Diarrhea in Cats

What is chronic cat diarrhea?

Chronic cat diarrhea is when your cat:

  • Suffers loose stools for a period of three weeks straight.
  • Experiences recurring bouts of diarrhea over long periods of time.
Causes of Chronic Cat Diarrhea

There are many causes of chronic diarrhea and vomiting in cats.

Some of the most common include:

  • Dietary changes
  • Dietary sensitivity
  • Intestinal structural abnormalities
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Irritable bowel disorder
  • Toxins

Pinpointing the cause of chronic cat diarrhea and vomiting is a difficult task.

You should get help from your veterinarian for chronic feline diarrhea and vomiting.

Your vet will rule out other diseases and health problems before diagnosing chronic diarrhea or vomiting.

Most vets start with a symptom-based history.

Then, they figure out if the problem originates in the small or large intestine.

Other tests might include:

  • Fecal examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Thyroid function tests
  • X-rays

If answers are still not obtained, most vets recommend an endoscopy or colonoscopy.

Sometimes, vets include a biopsy for a definitive diagnosis.

Other vets ultrasound.

Western Treatments for Chronic Cat Diarrhea and Vomiting

Treatments vary depending on exactly what is going on with your cat.

Your cat might need surgery for an intestinal mass or obstruction.

If your cat is dehydrated, most vets recommend fluid therapy to rehydrate.

Other Western protocols include prescription diet and pharmaceuticals.

However, pharmaceuticals only treat the symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting, not the root cause.

TCVM Philosophy on Chronic Cat Diarrhea and Vomiting

TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) considers chronic diarrhea and vomiting a middle burner Qi flow disorder.

According to Chinese theory, Stomach Qi moves downward and Spleen Qi moves upward in a healthy cat.

Cats with chronic diarrhea or vomiting usually have some form of Spleen and Stomach Qi flow problem.

Spleen Qi Deficiency with stagnation of Damp and/or food causes of Spleen and Stomach Qi flow disorders.

Cats with Spleen Qi Deficiency with stagnation often suffer:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Fatigue
  • Sluggish digestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Poor appetite

The Eastern method for treating chronic diarrhea and vomiting is to tonify Spleen Qi, move Stomach Qi downward and relieve stagnation of food and/or damp.

Luckily, Eastern medicine offers a herbal remedy for cat diarrhea and vomiting.

How Happy Earth Helps Chronic Cat Diarrhea and Vomiting

Happy Earth is a TCVM blend of 10 Eastern herbs.

The herbs work together to rebalance your cat energetically at the root cause.

Rebalancing supports your cat’s natural ability to heal. In addition, the herbs curb diarrhea and vomiting.

TCVM herbs work a little differently than pharmaceuticals.

As a result, TCVM-trained veterinarians examine cats differently than regular veterinarians do.

They understand that the root cause of health issues may be in different areas of the body than symptoms.

TCVM theory shows energetic imbalances as the cause of health problems.

The imbalances often show up in areas unrelated to where symptoms occur.

TCVM vets use different types of pulse testing, tongue testing, and other tests to diagnose your cat’s energetic imbalances.

Happy Earth helps cats with:

  • A pale tongue
  • A soft pulse
  • Abdominal pain
  • A poor appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Stomach Qi stagnation
  • Vomiting

Happy Earth corrects the root causes of chronic diarrhea and vomiting by dispelling Dampness, strengthening Spleen Qi, and moving Stomach Qi downward.

Happy Earth herbal blend contains:

  • Ban Xia to transform Damp and stop vomiting
  • Cang Zu to dry up Damp and strengthen Spleen
  • Chen Pi to transform phlegm and invigorate Stomach Qi
  • Hou Po to move Qi and relieve pain
  • Huo Xiang to transform Damp, regulate Stomach and stop vomiting
  • Lian Qiao to clear Heat
  • Shan Zha to move food stasis and promote appetite
  • Wu Yao to move Qi and relieve pain
  • Wu Zhu Yu to warm the middle Jiao and stop vomiting
  • Zhi Ke to move Qi and relieve pain
  • Typically, Jing Tang herbal blends take 6-8 weeks for maximum benefits.

Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Happy Earth herbal blend for animals.

Dr. Xie based Jing Tang’s Happy Earth on the ancient Chinese formula Wei Chang He.

Happy Earth and other TCVM herbs work best when combined with Eastern Food Therapy, plenty of water, and case-appropriate exercise.

Get TCVM Herbal Formulas at TCVM Pet Supply

Note: Information on this site is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

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It’s tough when your older dog starts losing bladder control.

He’s been your faithful friend for years. You know it’s an accident and he didn’t do it on purpose.

But it’s still another smelly mess you have to clean up.

But don’t give up hope yet – we may have a solution for you!

Common Causes of Dog Urinary Incontinence
  • Anatomic disorders
  • Certain diseases
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Intervertebral disc problems
  • Kidney or bladder stones
  • Medications
  • Old age
  • Spinal degeneration
  • Spinal injury
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Weak bladder sphincter
Symptoms of Dog Urinary Incontinence

You’ll most likely notice signs of urinary incontinence right away.

The most common signs of canine urinary incontinence are:

  • Dribbling while moving around
  • Excessive drinking
  • Excessive licking of vulva or penis
  • Urine leakage on bedding
  • Red skin on vulva or penis
  • Urinating large amounts

Some dogs are more prone to urinary incontinence than others.

Canine urinary incontinence is most often seen in:

  • Cocker spaniels
  • Doberman pinschers
  • Middle-aged to older spayed females
  • Old English sheepdogs
  • Springer spaniels
Western Diagnosis and Treatment for Dog Urinary Incontinence

If your dog suffers incontinence, you should see your veterinarian.

First, your veterinary will try to determine the cause of incontinence.

Diagnosing the cause often includes:

  • Physical examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Urine culture
  • Bloodwork
  • Radiographs
  • Ultrasound

Testing varies depending on what your vet finds during the initial physical exam. Some dogs don’t need radiographs or ultrasound.

Sometimes testing shows the cause is a urinary tract or bladder infection.

If your dog suffers either, your veterinarian will recommend antibiotics.

If incontinence caused by other problems, most veterinarians recommend hormone therapy or pharmaceuticals.

TCVM Diagnosis and Treatment of Canine Urinary Incontinence

TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) has a different approach to diagnosing and treating.

TCVM considers disease a sign of energetic imbalance.

The treatment goal is returning the animal’s body to harmony and balance.

The TCVM herbal blend Suo Quan Wan often helps dogs suffering from incontinence.

Suo Quan Wan helps dogs suffering the TCVM signs of:

  • A deep, weak pulse
  • A pale, wet tongue
  • Cold or weak back
  • Kidney Qi deficiency
  • Unfirm Kidney Qi
  • Urinary leakage

Suo Quan Wan puts dogs back into energetic balance by:

  • Warming Kidney Qi
  • Consolidating Kidney Qi

Dr. Hushieng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Suo Quan Wan for veterinary use.

Dr. Xie’s inspiration for Suo Quan Wan was Jiao Zhu Fu Ren Liang Fang (Revised Fine Formulas for Women) by Bi Li-Zhi.

Get TCVM Herbal Formulas at TCVM Pet Supply

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Tendon and ligament injuries are common in sporting dogs.

Not only does a tendon or ligament injury diminish performance, but it may also end your dog’s career.

Tendon and ligament injuries often occur in young dogs, showing up as lameness.

Unfortunately, many owners don’t recognize the seriousness and don’t seek veterinary help.

TCVM Philosophy of Tendons and Ligaments

TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) considers tendons and ligaments “Jin”.

Tendons and ligaments are the most vulnerable body parts on athletic animals.

Western Medicine and Ligament Injuries

Most veterinarians prescribe pharmaceuticals for pain due to a dog tendon or ligament injury.

Often surgery is the recommended treatment for repeat injuries.

A period of rest and physical therapy follows surgery.

Unfortunately, surgery usually doesn’t restore 100% function, and repeat injury is common.

Eastern Medicine and Ligament Injuries

Lucky for our sporting dogs, Chinese medicine might have a remedy for tendon injuries.

Chinese doctors have used herbal remedies to treat medical conditions for centuries.

In fact, ancient Chinese doctors used herbs to treat martial arts injuries.

Not only did they used herbs to heal tendon and ligament injuries, but also to strengthen both.

Strengthening the tendons and ligaments prevents future injuries.

The Liver Controls the Ligaments

Believe it or not, in Chinese medicine the liver controls the tendons and ligaments.

Eastern medical philosophy teaches the liver dominates the tendons and ligaments.

The liver does this by nourishing them with blood and Yin.

In Chinese medicine, weakness in tendons and ligaments due to Liver Yin/Blood Deficiency.

So you how you treat tendons and ligaments?

Chinese medicine tells us to nourish the Liver Yin and Blood.

How Jing Tang Tendon/Ligament Formula Helps Dog Ligament Injuries

Tendon/Ligament Formula works by:

  • Nourishing Liver Yin
  • Nourishing Blood
  • Strengthening Ligaments
  • Strengthening Tendons

Tendon/Ligament Formula helps dogs with the Western symptoms of:

  • Chronic tendonitis
  • Poor tendon growth
  • Tendon damage
  • Tendon weakness
  • Torn tendon

TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) veterinarians examine animals a little differently than traditional veterinarians.

TCVM vets investigate areas to find the root cause of the symptoms displayed.

For example, a TCVM vet will check pulse, tongue, paw pads, and other unusual areas looking for signs of imbalance.

Tendon/Ligament formula helps dogs displaying the following during a TCVM exam:

  • Cracked paws
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry tongue without coating
  • Liver Yin with Blood deficiency
  • Stunted tendon growth
  • Tendon pain
  • Tendon weakness
  • Weak or thready pulse

TCVM herbals usually require 8-12 weeks to take full effect.

The reason being because herbs work gently with little to no side effects.

Tendon/Ligament contains the following herbs:

  • Bai Shao Yao to nourish the Blood and Yin, and soothe Liver Yang
  • Bu Gu Zhi to nourish Kidney Yang and Yin
  • Chuan Niu Xi to strengthen Kidney and benefit knees
  • Chuan Xiong to move Blood and resolve stagnation
  • Dang Gui to nourish Blood
  • Gou Qi Zi to nourish Liver Yin and Blood
  • Gui Zhi to activate the Channels and limbs
  • Sang Zhi to smoothen limbs
  • Shan Zhu Yu to nourish Liver Yin
  • Shu Di Huang to nourish Blood and Yin
  • Wu Jia Pi to strengthen ligaments and tendons
  • Yin Yang Huo to nourish Kidney Yang and Win

Dr. Hushieng Xie, the founder of The Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Tendon/Ligament formula for animals.

His inspiration was the ancient Chinese formula Bu Gan Qiang Jin San.

Tendon/Ligament Formula works best with moderate exercise, plenty of water, and TCVM food therapy.

Get Tendon Ligament Formula at TCVM Pet Supply

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What are Dog Flea Allergies?

Fleas make most dogs itch.

But, some dogs are actually allergic to flea bites.

In medical terms, veterinarians call it “flea allergy dermatitis (FAD)” or
“flea bite sensitivity”.

If your dog is allergic, a single bite can wreak havoc.

Many people think the fleas crawling around on the dogs’ skin is what makes them itchy.

In allergic dogs, it’s the bite that causes the problem, not the crawling fleas.

When the flea bites your dog to draw blood, it injects saliva back into your dog’s skin.

Flea saliva in itself is a little irritating to any dog.

But, in dogs allergic to flea saliva it triggers a very painful and debilitating reaction.

Some allergic dogs even itch for up to two weeks after a single bite!

And, sometimes the itching is so severe the dog damages its own skin by scratching or chewing.

Signs of Dog Flea Allergies

If your dog is always scratching and chewing, he may have flea allergies.

The following signs most often occur on the back legs, stomach or tail area:

  • Bleeding rashes
  • Biting at skin
  • Clawing
  • Hair loss
  • Severe irritation
  • Skin rash
  • Small red or pink bumps on the skin
  • Constant scratching

Dogs with flea allergies are miserable.

Flea allergies may cause serious problems and warrant a visit to your veterinarian.

Western Treatment for Dog Flea Allergies

Flea allergies are quite common and veterinarians usually have a standard treatment protocol.

First, your vet will want to talk about your method of flea prevention.

Then, your dog may need an injection or pharmaceutical ease your dog’s allergy symptoms.

Often, vets prescribe steroid pills or an injection.

Sometimes dogs need a topical hydrocortisone spray to ease itching.

The sad thing about a dog with flea allergies is that flea prevention often doesn’t stop the “first bite”.

Many flea preventatives kill when the flea bites the dog.

If the dog has flea allergies, it’s too late. The allergic reaction is already triggered.

TCVM Philosophy of Dog Flea Allergies

Luckily, TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) has a formula that may help.

TCVM veterinarians have a different concept of flea allergies.

Eastern philosophy treats from a different angle than Western medicine.

TCVM vets first look for the root cause of the problem, rather than simply easing the symptoms.

A TCVM examination is different than a routine vet exam, too.

A TCVM vet checks different pulses, looks at the tongue and checks other aspects of the animal.

They analyze by patterns and constitution to come up with a treatment plan.

TCVM’s goal is bringing your pet back into energetic balance, thus facilitating the natural healing process.

How External Wind Herbal Formula Eases Dog Flea Allergies

External Wind herbal formula helps dogs with the following TCVM indicators:

  • Fast and superficial pulse
  • Hypersensitive skin
  • Red or purple tongue
  • Restlessness
  • Skin allergy due to Wind
  • Skin itching and scratching

External Wind herbal formula works by:

  • Activating Blood
  • Alleviating itching
  • Clearing external wind
  • Cooling Blood
  • Detoxifying

The ingredients in External Wind herbal formula are:

  • Bia Xian Pi to kill scabies
  • Cang Er Zi to clear Wind and open Lung
  • Chi Shao to cool Blood and clear Heat
  • Di Fu Zi to clear Wind and benefit skin
  • Jiang Can to clear Wind and detoxify
  • Jing Jie to clear Wind-Cold and relieve itching
  • Mu Dan Pi to cool Blood and activate Blood

Dr. Hushing Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created External Wind herbal formula for animals.

His inspiration was the ancient Chinese formula named Allergy Formula 1.

External Wind Herbal Formula works best combined with plenty of water, TCVM Food Therapy, and appropriate exercise.

Get External Wind Herbal Formula at TCVM Pet Supply

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Can you name something more smelly and messy than cat diarrhea? Tough question! Right?

Sometimes diarrhea indicates an underlying medical issue, other times cats simply suffer chronic diarrhea with no serious medical cause.

Chronic Diarrhea in Cats

What is chronic cat diarrhea?

Chronic cat diarrhea is when your cat:

Suffers loose stools for a period of three weeks straight.

Experiences recurring bouts of diarrhea over long periods of time.

Causes of Chronic Cat Diarrhea

There are many causes of chronic diarrhea in cats.

Some of the most common include:

  • Dietary changes
  • Dietary sensitivity
  • Intestinal structural abnormalities
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Irritable bowel disorder
  • Toxins

Pinpointing the cause of chronic cat diarrhea is a difficult task.

You should get help from your veterinarian for chronic feline diarrhea.

Your vet will rule out other diseases and health problems before diagnosing chronic diarrhea.

Most vets start with a symptom-based history.

Then, they figure out if the problem originates in the small or large intestine.

Other tests might include:

  • Fecal examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Thyroid function tests
  • X-rays

If answers are still not obtained, most vets recommend an endoscopy or colonoscopy.

Sometimes, vets include a biopsy for a definitive diagnosis.

Other vets ultrasound.

Western Treatments for Chronic Cat Diarrhea

Treatments vary depending on exactly what is going on with your cat.

Your cat might need surgery for an intestinal mass or obstruction.

If your cat is dehydrated, most vets recommend fluid therapy to rehydrate.

Other Western protocols include prescription diet and pharmaceuticals.

However, pharmaceuticals only treat the symptoms of diarrhea, not the root cause.

TCVM Philosophy on Chronic Cat Diarrhea

TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) considers chronic diarrhea a middle burner Qi flow disorder.

According to Chinese theory, Stomach Qi moves downward and Spleen Qi moves upward in a healthy cat.

Cats with chronic diarrhea usually have some form of Spleen and Stomach Qi flow problem.

Spleen Qi Deficiency with stagnation of Damp and/or food causes of Spleen and Stomach Qi flow disorders.

Cats with Spleen Qi Deficiency with stagnation often:

  • Have variable appetite
  • Have weak abdominal muscles
  • Suffer fatigue
  • Suffer sluggish digestion
  • Vomit food after eating
  • Vomit water and/or mucous

The Eastern method for treating chronic vomiting is to tonify Spleen Qi, move Stomach Qi downward and relieve stagnation of food and/or damp.

How Happy Earth Helps Chronic Cat Diarrhea

Happy Earth is a TCVM blend of 10 Eastern herbs.

The herbs work together to rebalance your cat energetically at the root cause.

Rebalancing supports your cat’s natural ability to heal and curbs vomiting.

TCVM-trained veterinarians examine cats differently than regular veterinarians do.

They understand that the root cause of health issues may be in different areas of the body than symptoms.

TCVM theory shows energetic imbalances as the cause of health problems.

The imbalances often show up in areas unrelated to where symptoms occur.

TCVM vets use different types of pulse testing, tongue testing, and other tests to diagnose your cat’s energetic imbalances.

Happy Earth helps cats with:

  • A pale tongue
  • A soft pulse
  • Abdominal pain
  • A poor appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Stomach Qi stagnation
  • Vomiting

Happy Earth corrects the root causes of chronic vomiting by dispelling Dampness, strengthening Spleen Qi, and moving Stomach Qi downward.

Happy Earth herbal blend contains:

  • Ban Xia to transform Damp and stop vomiting
  • Cang Zu to dry up Damp and strengthen Spleen
  • Chen Pi to transform phlegm and invigorate Stomach Qi
  • Hou Po to move Qi and relieve pain
  • Huo Xiang to transform Damp, regulate Stomach and stop vomiting
  • Lian Qiao to clear Heat
  • Shan Zha to move food stasis and promote appetite
  • Wu Yao to move Qi and relieve pain
  • Wu Zhu Yu to warm the middle Jiao and stop vomiting
  • Zhi Ke to move Qi and relieve pain
  • Typically, Jing Tang herbal blends take 6-8 weeks for maximum benefits.

Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Happy Earth herbal blend for animals.

Dr. Xie based Jing Tang’s Happy Earth on the ancient Chinese formula Wei Chang He.

Happy Earth and other TCVM herbs work best when combined with Eastern Food Therapy, plenty of water, and case-appropriate exercise.

Get TCVM Herbal Formulas at TCVM Pet Supply

Note: Information on this site is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant the o substitute advice provided by your own veterinarian.

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What is Vitiligo in Horses?

Pigment loss, especially around the eyelids, is most often a condition called equine vitiligo.

Equine vitiligo may is also sometimes called leukoderma, pinky, or fading syndrome.

Equine vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder.

It’s also associated with certain nutritional deficiencies.

If you notice white patches on your horse, you should see a vet immediately.

Not all white patches are vitiligo and could be something more serious.

Western Treatment for Vitiligo in Horses

Most veterinarians recommend blood testing for nutritional deficiencies in the diet.

Then, they try to slow vitiligo’s progression by correcting the nutritional deficiency.

Unfortunately, being an autoimmune disease, the horse will probably have depigmentation for life.

Some people try home remedies.

One home remedy is wheat germ mixed with cod liver oil, applying a thin film to the affected area.

How Blood Heat Formula Helps Equine Vitiligo

Unfortunately, Western medicine doesn’t have many options for equine vitiligo.

Luckily, Eastern medicine offers additional solutions.

Eastern medicine has an herbal blend to help autoimmune skin disorders.

Interestingly, the herbal formula is not applied to the skin!

Blood Heat Formula: Western Philosophy

Blood Heat Formula helps horses suffering from the following Western diagnoses:

  • Skin erosions
  • Erythema
  • Immune-related diseases
  • Pigment loss
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematous
  • Ulcerations
Blood Heat Formula: Eastern Philosophy

Eastern medicine treats a disease’s root cause(s) rather than symptoms.

TCVM veterinarians look at equine vitiligo differently that regular veterinarians do.

TCVM vets look for signs of imbalance in other areas of the body.

Blood Heat Formula helps horses with the following TCVM signs:

  • A fast, forceful pulse
  • A red tongue
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Blood-Heat immune-mediated diseases
  • Crusts
  • Skin erosions
  • Erythema
  • Facial ulcers
  • Pigment loss
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
How Blood Heat Formula Herbal Formula Works

Blood Heat Formula is a TCVM blend of 9 different Eastern herbs.

The herbs all work together, balancing systems and meridians in the body.

Blood Heat Formula addresses the underlying causes of equine vitiligo, working from the inside out.

The underlying cause of any disease is always an imbalance somewhere in the body.

Blood Heat Formula alleviates your horse’s imbalances while treating the symptoms of lupus.

According to TCVM principles, Blood Heat Formula works by:

  • Clearing heat
  • Cooling blood
  • Detoxification
  • Resolving nodules

The main ingredients in Blood Heat Formula are:

  • Chi Shao cools Blood and clear Heat
  • Dan Shen cools and activates Blood
  • Di Fu Zi clears Heat and detoxifies
  • Huang Bai clears Heat and detoxifies
  • Mu Dan Pi cools and moves Blood, also eliminates stagnation
  • Sheng Di Huang cools Blood and nourishes Yin
  • Xuan Shen cools Blood, clears Heat, and resolves nodules
  • Yu Jin cools Blood, clears Heat, and detoxifies

Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created the Blood Heat Formula specifically for animals.

Dr. Xie based the Blood Heat Formula on the ancient TCM formula Liang Xue Jie Du Tang.

Blood Heat Formula works best combined with plenty of water and case-appropriate exercise.

Get TCVM Herbal Formulas as TCVM Pet Supply

Note: Information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

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Many horses suffer from colic.

Often, a horse gets vet treatment, recovers, and never suffers from colic again.

However, some horses develop recurring bouts of colic.

Recurrent colic stressful for owners and frustrating for veterinarians.

How do you make it stop?!?

If your horse experiences recurrent colic, we just might have a solution for you.

Causes of Chronic Horse Colic

Of course, only your veterinarian can diagnose chronic horse colic and rule out other diseases and health problems.

Testing might include:

  • A detailed history
  • Physical examination
  • Rectal examination
  • Ultrasound
  • Gastroscopy
  • Bloodwork
  • Abdominal fluid evaluation
  • Rectal biopsy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Exploratory celiotomy

The testing your veterinarian recommends might vary depending on your horse’s health situation.

Western Treatments for Chronic Horse Colic

Treatments vary depending on exactly what is going on with your horse.

Some vets recommend grazing over feeding only a few hours out of the day.

The philosophy is because horses evolved as grazers, free choice feeding helps.

Other vets recommend keeping hay in the stomach to buffer out the acidity.

In other instances, vets recommend removing forage from the diet to curtail colic.

Many veterinarians treat horses with corticosteroids and fenbendazole dewormer for parasite-induced colic.

TCVM Philosophy on Chronic Horse Colic

TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine), considers colic a middle burner Qi flow disorder.

According to Chinese theory, a healthy horse’s Stomach Qi moves downward and it’s Spleen Qi moves upward.

Horses with chronic colic usually have some form of Spleen and Stomach Qi flow problem.

Spleen Qi Deficiency with stagnation of Damp and/or food causes of Spleen and Stomach Qi flow disorders.

Horses with Spleen Qi Deficiency with stagnation often:

  • Have variable appetite
  • Have weak abdominal muscles
  • Suffer fatigue
  • Suffer sluggish digestion
  • Colic after eating

The Eastern method for treating chronic colic is tonifying Spleen Qi, moving Stomach Qi downward and relieving stagnation of food and/or damp.

How Happy Earth Herbal Horse Colic Treatment Helps

Happy Earth is a TCVM blend of 10 Eastern herbs.

The herbs work together to rebalance your horse energetically at the root cause.

Rebalancing supports your horse’s natural ability to heal and curbs vomiting.

TCVM-trained veterinarians examine horses differently than regular veterinarians do.

TCVM vets understand that the root cause of health issues may be in different areas of the body than symptoms.

Energetic imbalances cause health problems that may show up as seemingly unrelated symptoms.

TCVM vets use different types of testing to diagnose your horse’s energy patterns:

  • Pulse testing
  • Tongue testing
  • Constitution analysis

Happy Earth helps horses with:

  • A pale tongue
  • A soft pulse
  • Abdominal pain
  • A poor appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Stomach Qi stagnation

Happy Earth corrects the root causes of chronic horse colic by:

  • Dispelling Dampness
  • Strengthening Spleen Qi
  • Moving Stomach Qi downward
  • Happy Earth herbal blend contains:
  • Ban Xia to transform Damp and stop vomiting
  • Cang Zu to dry up Damp and strengthen Spleen
  • Chen Pi to transform phlegm and invigorate Stomach Qi
  • Hou Po to move Qi and relieve pain
  • Huo Xiang to transform Damp, regulate Stomach and stop vomiting
  • Lian Qiao to clear Heat
  • Shan Zha to move food stasis and promote appetite
  • Wu Yao to move Qi and relieve pain
  • Wu Zhu Yu to warm the middle Jiao and stop vomiting
  • Zhi Ke to move Qi and relieve pain

Typically, Jing Tang herbal blends take 6-8 weeks for maximum benefits.

Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute  in Reddick, FL, created Happy Earth herbal blend specifically for animals.

Dr. Xie based Jing Tang’s Happy Earth on the ancient Chinese formula Wei Chang He.

Happy Earth works best when combined with plenty of water and case-appropriate exercise.

Get TCVM Herbal Formulas at TCVM Pet Supply

Note:  Information on this site is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant the to substitute advice provided by your own veterinarian.

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Hippocrates once said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

In today’s world of fast food, processed food, and modern pharmaceuticals, the idea of “food as medicine” has been lost and forgotten.

Long ago, in ancient cultures, this concept of food as medicine and medicine as food was important not only for survival but also for health.

Ancient cultures discovered that foods had very predictable physiologic and metabolic effects on the body.

This is when the theory of food energetics originated.

Warming vs Cooling

Food Energetics is not a Western concept.

In Eastern cultures, each naturally occurring source of food such as meats, plants, nuts, and fruits has an innate energetic quality—either warming, cooling, or neutral.

Although it may seem confusing, the designations of warming, cooling and neutral in relation to “Food Energetics” have nothing to do with temperature.

Warming, cooling and neutral in relation to “Food Energetics” denotes how each food affects the physiology and metabolism of the animal after consumption.

Warming foods tend to increase the metabolism and get the energy flowing, whereas cooling foods tend to calm the body and absorb some of the excess heat the body produces.

Such predictable effects on the body are easily recognized in our everyday diets.

For instance, a habanero pepper heats your body, gets your blood pumping and makes you sweat.

A banana cools the body and regulates heat. We frequently eat foods according to the seasons such as warming chili (chili powder is energetically warming) in the winter and cooling watermelon in the summer.

The energetics of food are generally described using two ancient Eastern medicine philosophies: the principles of yin and yang and the five element theory.

The Five Elements

The five element theory is based upon the five major organs of the body and how each food affects one or more of the organs.

The five major organs of the body:

  • Heart
  • Spleen
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Liver

Our organs interact with one another in various ways.

The foods we eat can help promote one or more of our major organs and how they perform in the body.

A simple example of this principle in use would be a person with heart disease would eat beef heart or a person with irritable bowel syndrome would eat beef tripe.

Some of the foods are not commonly eaten in Western cultures but have been a staple in Eastern culture diets for thousands of years.

Old Time Remedies

Many of our old tried and true remedies our grandparents taught us to utilize the exact same food energetic concepts.

For example, a common home remedy for a sore throat is lemon with honey.

Lemon and honey lozenges are even available at most local drug stores.

In Western cultures, we think of lemon as being acidic and may kill bacteria while honey has well-known antibacterial and antiviral properties.

However, according to Eastern medical theories of Food Therapy, honey and lemon elixir is a cooling mixture to counteract heat generated in the throat by an infection.

Another example would be apples or apple juice to relieve constipation.

In Eastern medicine, apples increase the energy flow of the body.

The energy flow of the intestines is stimulated and thus the constipation is relieved.

Isn’t it interesting how Grandma’s old-time cures fall right in line with Eastern food energetics?

It is within individual food energetics, that we are able to utilize their collective therapeutic benefits.

Using “Food Energetics” as our guiding principle, Pet-Tao formulates diets with unique ingredients designed specifically to keep the body in harmony or return the body to harmony in the presence of disease.

The Yin & Yang of the World The yin/yang theory describes how every naturally occurring event has equal and opposite forces in nature.

Some examples of Yin/Yang are: hot/cold, light/dark, day/night, weak/strong, soft/hard, dry/moist, man/woman etc.

One force cannot exist without the other and often times one force is the origin for the other. The Yin/Yang forces are in constant motion, conflict, and struggle.

The ultimate goal is a balance between each opposing force.

All foods (ingredients) have this yin/yang principle in the form of cooling, warming or neutral.

Now, you can give your pet a new lease on health using food to for energetic balance and health.

PET | TAO pet food combines Western nutrition with Eastern food therapy in easy-to-use formulas.

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What is Canine Lupus?

Canine lupus is a disease where the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues and cells.

There are two types of canine lupus:

  • Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Discoid lupus erythematosus is the most common form of lupus in dogs.

Other names include “nasal solar dermatitis” and “collie nose”.

DLE usually affects the skin around the nose and face.

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a serious disease attacking almost any part of the body.

Symptoms vary depending on the areas targeted, and can often mimic symptoms of other conditions.

Some dogs are more prone to lupus than others.

Dogs more susceptible are:

  • Middle-aged female dogs
  • Afghans
  • Beagles
  • Collie
  • German Shepherds
  • Irish Setters
  • Sheepdogs
  • Poodles
Symptoms of Canine Lupus

Of course, only your veterinarian can accurately diagnose canine lupus.

But, as a pet parent, it’s important to be aware of signs and symptoms.

Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE)

The symptoms of discoid lupus erythematosus usually only appear on your dog’s face.

DLE usually only affects the skin and does not progress to organs or other areas of the body.

DLE symptoms include:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Crusty, flaky or scaly skin
  • Itchy skin around eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Pigment loss on the bridge of the nose
  • Red skin on face, lips and/or nose
  • Sores or scarring on the face
  • Ulcers on the face

To diagnose DLE, your vet will probably do a skin biopsy.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a serious disease and can progress quickly.

Symptoms are variable because SCL can attack anywhere in the body.

Because it is an immune disease attacking the body’s own tissues, it has deadly potential.

SLE symptoms include:

  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Enlarged internal organs
  • Fever
  • Hair loss
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Lethargy
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Muscle pain
  • Skin lesions
  • Seizures
  • Stiffness
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Do diagnose SLE, your vet will most likely do a blood test.

Western Treatments for Canine Lupus

Unfortunately, Western medicine does not have a cure for canine lupus.

Treatment varies depending on the type of lupus.

Western Discoid Lupus Erythematosus Treatments

Treatment for DLE focuses on healing lesions and ulcers your dog’s face.

Your vet may prescribe:

  • Antibiotics
  • Prednisone
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Topical steroids
  • Vitamins B & E

You should also keep your dog out of the sun because UV light worsens DLE.

You must continue treatment the rest of your dog’s life.

Western Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Treatments

Veterinarians vary SLE treatments to suit the affected organs.

The goal is reducing inflammation and suppressing the damaging immune response.

Your vet may prescribe:

  • Antibiotics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunosuppressive drugs
  • NSAIDs
  • Prednisone

You should also keep your dog out of the sun because UV light worsens SLE.

You must continue treatment the rest of your dog’s life.

How Blood Heat Formula Calms Canine Lupus

Many pharmaceuticals on the market today help canine lupus.

Often, though, veterinarians and dog lovers prefer trying something natural first.

Herbs provide a gentle, tonic alternative for many dogs.

Blood Heat Formula: Western Philosophy

Blood Heat Formula helps dogs suffering from:

  • Erosions of thin skin
  • Erythema
  • Immune-related diseases
  • Pigment loss
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematous
  • Ulcerations
Blood Heat Formula: Eastern Philosophy

Eastern medicine treats a disease’s root cause(s) rather than symptoms.

Accordingly, TCVM veterinarians evaluate canine lupus differently than Western veterinarians.

TCVM vets look for signs of imbalance.

Blood Heat Formula helps dogs with the following TCVM signs:

  • A fast, forceful pulse
  • A red tongue
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Blood-Heat immune-mediated diseases
  • Crusts
  • Erosions of thin skin
  • Erythema
  • Facial ulcers
  • Pigment loss
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
How Blood Heat Formula Herbal Formula Works

Blood Heat Formula is a TCVM blend of 9 different Eastern herbs.

The herbs perform synergistically, balancing systems and meridians in the body.

Blood Heat Formula addresses the underlying causes of lupus in dogs.

The underlying cause of any disease is always an imbalance somewhere in the body.

Blood Heat Formula alleviates your dog’s imbalances while treating the symptoms of lupus.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Blood Heat Formula works by:

  • Clearing heat
  • Cooling blood
  • Detoxification
  • Resolving nodules

The main ingredients in Blood Heat Formula are:

  • Chi Shao to cool Blood and clear Heat
  • Dan Shen to cool Blood and activate Blood
  • Di Fu Zi to clear Heat and detoxify
  • Huang Bai to clear Heat and detoxify
  • Mu Dan Pi to cool Blood, move Blood, and eliminate stagnation
  • Sheng Di Huang to cool Blood and nourish Yin
  • Xuan Shen to cool Blood, clear Heat, and resolve nodules
  • Yu Jin to cool Blood, clear Heat, and detoxify

Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created the Blood Heat Formula specifically for animals.

Dr. Xie based the Blood Heat Formula on the ancient TCM formula Liang Xue Jie Du Tang.

Blood Heat Formula works best when combined with plenty of water, TCVM food therapy, and case-appropriate exercise.

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Note: Information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

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What is Cat Kidney Failure?

There are two types of kidney failure in cats, acute and chronic.

Acute renal failure happens suddenly and to cats of all ages.

Common causes are:

  • Poisons
  • Trauma
  • Shock
  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney blockage
  • Heart failure/low blood pressure

If diagnosed and treated in time, your cat might fully recover from acute renal failure.

Chronic renal failure occurs gradually over time, usually in older cats.

Common causes are:

  • Kidney infections and blockages
  • Advanced dental disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Old age

As they age, almost all cats are likely to suffer kidney disease.

Symptoms of Cats with Kidney Failure

Cats with progressed kidney failure appear sick.

However, some of the earlier signs are not very noticeable.

Cats suffering from renal failure often experience:

  • Bladder and kidney infections
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Brownish-colored tongue
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Dry coat
  • Excessive drinking
  • Frequent urination
  • Lethargy
  • Ulcers on gums and tongue
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
Diagnosing Feline Renal Failure

Of course, only your veterinarian can accurately diagnose feline renal failure.

Because renal failure symptoms similar to symptoms of other conditions, your vet will need to perform tests to get an accurate diagnosis.

Testing might include:

  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy

Your veterinarian may or may not recommend extensive testing, depending on the findings during the physical examination.

Western Treatment for Kidney Failure in Cats

Western veterinary medicine doesn’t have a cure or feline renal failure.

Depending on severity, treatment may include:

  • IV Fluids
  • Special diet
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Surgery

Cats with kidney failure can live long, good quality lives if you take the proper steps.

TCVM Treatment for Feline Renal Failure

TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) looks at disease differently than Western veterinary medicine does.

According to  TCVM, renal failure is caused by some type of energetic imbalance in the body.

TCVM uses several methods of treatment like herbs, acupuncture, food therapy, Tui-na, and moxibustion.

One of our favorites for cats with kidney failure is a TCVM herbal blend called Rehmannia 6.

TCVM treats the underlying imbalances causing the symptoms of feline renal failure.

TCVM veterinarians examine pets differently than regular veterinarians.

They look for underlying patterns and imbalances.

Rehmannia 6 helps kidney-diseased cats displaying:

  • Cool seeking behavior
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive panting
  • Red and dry tongue
  • Thready, fast pulse
  • Yin deficiency

Rehmannia 6:

  • Nourishes Yin
  • Tonifies Kidney

By finding and balancing your cat’s energetic problem areas, Rehmannia 6 works on the root causes bring about harmony and health.

Even though kidney disease cannot be reversed, your cat  may experience renewed health and vitality.

Rehmannia 6 is a blend of six TCVM herbs that work together to nourish Yin and tonify Kidney.

Rehmannia 6 contains:

  • Fu Ling to drain Damp and strengthen Spleen
  • Mu Dan Pi to cool Liver
  • Shan Yao to tonify Qi and nourish Kidney Jing
  • Shan Zhu Yu to nourish Yin
  • Shu Di Huang to nourish Yin, Blood, and Jing
  • Ze Xie to drain Damp and clear Kidney false Fire

Typically, TCVM herbal blends take 6-8 weeks for maximum benefits.

Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Rehmannia 6 specifically for animals.

Dr. Xie based Jing Tang’s Rehmannia 6 on the ancient Chinese formula Liu Wei Di Huang Wan found in the text Xiao Er Yao Zheng Zhi Ju (Craft of Medicinal Treatment for Childhood Disease Patterns) written in 1119 by Quan Li.

Rehmannia 6 and other TCVM herbs work best when combined with Eastern Food Therapy, plenty of water, and case-appropriate exercise.

Get TCVM Herbal Formulas at TCVM Pet Supply

Note:  Information on this site is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant the o substitute advice provided by your own veterinarian. 

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