"It matters not wheter medicine is old or new, so long as it brings about a cure. It matters not whether theories are Eastern or Western, so long as they PROVE to be true"
-Dr. Jen-Hsou Lin
I challenge all owners of animals with chronic diseases to seek integrative veterinary care with an open heart & open mind. Once root issues are dealt with symptoms are more likely resolve. One cannot keep chasing fires unless the cause of the fire is also addressed. I worked for 6yrs trying to just put out fires, and thankfully I was shown one therapy that required some thinking outside of the box. I had a patient who had had back surgery, & he was crying/ wining despite my therapy of pain meds & sedatives. A quiet veterinarian at the large referral hospital I worked at got into his cage & did something that caused the dog to fall asleep. When I asked her later on she said she had performed acupuncture. I feel bad that the daschund had to deal with my strictly allopathic (traditional) training, but it was because of that one treatment my iron heart began to soften. I accepted there was a lot more out there that I didn't know. Chinese medicine has been in use for over 3,000 years (acupuncture, Chinese herbs, food therapy etc). Allopathic medicine started in the early to mid 1800's. If a pet needs an antibiotic I will prescribe it. If an animal needs a vaccine I will give it. If an animal has had years and years of traditional medications & therapies I am likely to start with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). I am very fortunate that the clients who seek out my opinion are open-minded when it comes to their pet's treatment plan. What I want folks to know is that regardless of the treatment I choose I have their pet's best health in mind. As long as we can all work as a team there are good chances that we can get animals feeling better again. If you have reservations about my therapy suggestions - tell me. If a treatment plan resonates with you - I want to know. My goal would be to assist in finding true health for my patients in whatever way makes the most sense to a patient's long-term health. I would be doing my job if I saw my patients less frequently once they are feeling better. Thank you to my clients who accept me for who I am & my training. I have your pet’s best interest at heart.
Dr. Abby lives with her Son, Ethan, Ray the cat, and Jazz the elderly Chihuahua in Central Iowa.