By Dr. Katalin Tornyi, DVM
Samy, a 7 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was diagnosed with a Chiari-like malformation, a common congenital malformation in the breed, after a long process. However, the symptoms of the disease (rubbing at face, phantom scratching, change in behavior – less playful, limb weakness) have been steadily worsening since early childhood. Finally, the MRI scan led to an accurate Western diagnosis. All Western conservative therapies available in the country were tried on Samy, but the owner was not entirely satisfied with the results. Finally, the methods of the TVCM were invoked. The anamnesis and clinical examination led to the following diagnosis of TCVM: Jing deficiency, stagnation in the skull and the spinal canal, Kidney-Yin deficiency, Liver-Qi stagnation and Liver-Yin deficiency. Regular acupuncture treatments, herbal therapy and TCVM food therapy have brought significant improvements in Samy’s life (its shuffling has almost completely stopped, it can sleep through the night, and its seizures have reduced in number and frequency). Unfortunately, Samy’s congenital condition cannot be cured, but its quality of life has been significantly improved and some of the drugs it was previously taking have been completely eliminated and others reduced.
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