Alternative Therapies

Dr Felicity (Flip) Harradine BVSc (Hons), MVS, MANZCVS, CVA (IVAS) is our Alternative Therapy practitioner.

Her fields of interest and expertise include: Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (including Chinese herbs), Bowen therapy, Trigger point therapy, Laser therapy, Rehabilitation, Bush Flower Essences.

Conditions that are particularly responsive to TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) include:

  • Spinal problems including Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Any musculoskeletal problems, lameness or pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Skin problems
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Kidney and Bladder problems including FLUTD (cats who cannot urinate)
  • Liver Disease
  • Eye conditions including Dry Eye (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca)
  • Behavioural problems, especially anxiety or stress related disorders
  • Cancer therapy, either alone, or in conjunction with chemotherapy to reduce side effects.
  • Reproductive issues

 

Cases:

“Toby” is an eight year old tabby cat who has had a long history of overgrooming. He becomes obsessive about grooming himself to the point where his owner had his back toenails removed to try to stop him self traumatising. He continually wore an Elizabethan collar to stop him licking himself. The owner had tried all the behaviour modifying drugs, diet changes, cortisone and sedatives all to no avail and came to me in desperation.

Over three months, treating him with acupuncture, herbs, dietary therapy and Bush Flower essences, he steadily improved and gained weight. He has occasional flare-ups where an area of skin may become inflamed and crusty, but these areas are quickly resolved with acupuncture. He remains on Bush Flower Essences, strict diet control and Chinese herbs, but has a very happy life now on no other medication.

 

“Penny” is a two year old British Short Hair cat who came to me with terrible constipation. She has a disease called Megacolon, which rendered her unable to defecate. At the time of presentation, she had not passed a bowel motion for three weeks. She was dehydrated, toxaemic, thin and depressed, with impacted faeces taking up her whole abdomen.

She was treated with fluid therapy, more than one kilogram of faeces removed via an enema, and acupuncture to get the bowel moving again. She is now maintained on Cisapride (a drug to help bowel motility), a faecal softener and acupuncture. This combination of Western and Eastern treatments sees her very well maintained and happy, with daily bowel motions!

 

“Daisy” was a ten year old Dobermann cross dog who suffered from cardiomyopathy (a disorder of the heart muscle). Her heart was very irregular and she tired with very small walks, or with any exercise. She had ECG’s and a cardiac ultrasound which confirmed the severity of her condition. She was treated initially with a combination of Western drugs and Chinese herbs, but reacted adversely to the Western treatments, so was then treated only with Chinese and Western herbs and Ubiquinol (a form of Co Enzyme Q10). She improved over a period of six months, after which her heart was normal on auscultation (stethoscope), and the changes on ECG and ultrasound were reversed. Her heart was still a little enlarged, but she was clinically normal and able to exercise as she had previously. She remained happy and healthy until being euthanased for another condition one year later.

 

“Belle” was a kelpie who suffered from Idiopathic Polyradiculoneuritis (a form of paralysis) She was treated with acupuncture and intensive physiotherapy and recovered completely. She suffered a relapse (which is not uncommon) and was again treated and again responded beautifully. She died of other causes three years later.

 

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“CC” is a ten year old Quarterhorse cross, who had intestinal ulcers and a sore back. She was initially treated by Dr Bruce Ferguson at Murdoch, with acupuncture and herbs, and I followed up his original treatment and maintain her now regularly every 3-4 months. She is now happy and healthy and is ridden regularly by her owner, going to Pony Club and doing events.

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“Rupert” is a 13 year old Rough coat Collie, who was brought in paralysed, unable to use his back legs following collapsing with a fall in his back yard. He was treated with antinflammatory drugs and then, when there appeared to be no response to treatment, acupuncture 24 hrs later. He was then taken home for management including cage confinement and gentle physio. He had a second acupuncture treatment 2 days later, and then started walking within the next 24 hrs. He continues to improve and is following a rehabilitation programme designed to strengthen his core muscles.

 

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