Quarterly Newsletter



College Road and Carolina Beach Animal Hospitals

In this issue:
  • Pet Desk Loyalty Points Promotion
  • Holiday Hazards For Your Pet
  • Article by Dr. Kim Smith - Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
  • Employee Spotlight - Emma Coffey

Earn EXTRA Loyalty Rewards!

During the month of November, whenever you donate $20 to CRAH's Paws or CBAH's Paws, our adoption programs, you will receive an additional 100 points added to your PetDesk Loyalty Rewards. In addition, you will get one free entry into our raffle, giving you the opportunity to win our gift basket containing over $2,500 in prizes. This is a $55 value and all proceeds benefit animals in need. Stop by or call today!

Holiday Hazards For Your Pet

The holidays can be a magical time for humans but may present many risks for our four-legged friends. The following are some common potential hazards that may add to our festivity but can have detrimental effects on our pets.

-Chocolate ingestion can cause serious health problems for our pets. Depending upon the amount and type of chocolate your pet eats, your pet may experience a range of clinical signs varying from GI upset to seizures, heart arrhythmias, and even death. You should contact a veterinary professional immediately in the event that your pet ingests chocolate.

-Be sure to keep any fatty meats and bones away from your pet's reach. The ingestion of fatty foods can cause pancreatitis and bones may cause lacerations to the GI tract or obstruction.

-Some nuts are toxic to dogs and cats and can cause GI upset or even seizures and tremors. You should not given nuts or nut products to your pets unless they are approved by your veterinarian.

-Our pet's bodies are unable to digest grapes and raisins safely, and the ingestion of these can be fatal to our furry friends. Your pet may appear to be fine for several days after eating these foods but they may experience kidney failure up to several weeks later. If your pet eats even a small quantity of graps or raisins, call your veterinarian immediately.

-Leaving cookies and milk for Santa is a common Christmas Eve tradition, but if your pet ingests these items it can lead to a not-so-festive Christmas day. Be sure to keep these items out of reach of your pets.

-Cats are notoriously interested in gift wrap and ribbons, but ingestion of these items can lead to intestinal obstruction and may require emergency surgery to remove. Be sure to keep wrapped gifts away from curious critters.

-Some holiday plants can be toxic to pets if ingested, including holly, mistletoe, and poinsettas. Do not allow your pets access to any seasonal plants, but if you notice your pet chewing on your pretty plants, be sure to contact your veterinarian of the Pet Poison Helpline immediately.

A healthy dose of caution can help keep your holiday season merry and bright. If you have any questions or concerns about possible holiday hazards for your pet, contact your veterinary professional for guidance.

Pet Poison Helpline: (800)213-6680 Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Employee Spotlight: Emma Coffey

Emma joined the College Road Animal Hospital team in August of 2017. She started working in the veterinary field right out of high school and hasn't looked back! She started working in the veterinary field right out of high school and hasn't looked back! She hopes to go back to school to become a registered veterinary technician. In her free time Emma can be found on the beach with her family and pups, Pork Chop and Milo, spending time with her one year old daughter Lila, or relaxing at home with her kitties, Pickles and Sage. You can find Emma up front waiting for doggie smooches!

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Written by Kim Smith, DVM

Health can be defined as the balance in an individual's body, as well as the balance between body and mind and between the individual and the environment. Chinese medicine is based on the principle of keeping the energies in the body balanced to prevent disease.

Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine consists of four branches, which include Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, tuj-na, and food therapy. Acupuncture is the modality that is most commonly requested; however, it is beneficial to incorporate treatment from all four branches to get the best results. Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine uses pattern diagnosis to determine how to best treat a patient. The pattern is determined by the history, clinical signs, looking at the tongue, and feeling the pulses. Once the pattern diagnosis is determined, the appropriate acupuncture points can be chosen along with which herbs, dietary changes, and tuj-na manipulations may be helpful.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into discrete and specific points on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect. This is called dry needling. There are other acupuncture techniques that include electro-acupuncture, aqua-acupuncture, and moxibustions. Electro-acupuncture consists of adding a low electrical stimulation to the dry needles to enhance the effect of the treatment. Depending on the frequency of the stimulation, there can be a release of endorphins, which helps with pain relief, or serotonin, which increases the sense of well-being. Aqua-acupuncture is performed by injecting a small amount of fluid, usually saline or dilute vitamin B12, into acupuncture points to increase the therapeutic effect. Moxibustion is when Moxa (dried mugwart) is burned near the skin in specific areas to stimulate and add heat to certain acupuncture points.

Chinese herbs are chosen based on the pattern diagnosis. They help sustain and strengthen the acupuncture treatment when used daily. Those patients that cannot or will not tolerate acupuncture can be given herbs to treat their condition.

Tuj-na is essentially like Chinese massage. It is manipulative therapy applied to acupuncture points and meridians for the prevention and treatment of disease.

Food therapy is based on the pattern diagnosis and how the energetics of certain foods can help to rebalance the energies in the body.

Acupuncture is tolerated quite well by dogs and even many cats and can be beneficial in treating many disease processes. Typically the best results are had when using the best of both worlds and western medicine is combined with Chinese medicine. 

Dr. Kim Smith completed her acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute in 2016. She would love to talk to you more about acupuncture and the other traditional Chinese veterinary medicine modalities to determine if they would be appropriate for your pet's needs.