Food Therapy

Food is medicine. What your pet eats can help to promote overall health and wellness and it can also help to heal. In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) food is an integral part of the medical therapy that your pet would receive.

Hampton Roads Food Therapy

In addition to any medical or therapeutic recommendations, Dr. Carmack and Dr. Schacher will assist you in choosing the best food for your pet.  A balanced home-cooked diet will be recommended, but if this is not possible then she will help you choose another high-quality food that works for your pet and your life.

It is not only the ingredients in the food that are important, but other properties as well.  In TCVM each food has different thermal energetic properties or “temperatures.”  Based on an individual’s genetic properties, personality, age, species, and disease process/imbalance, Dr. Carmack and Dr. Schacher will help you formulate a diet to meet the specific needs of your individual pet.

We are proud to offer food therapy as part of our house-call veterinary care services. Dr. Carmack and Dr. Schacher have studied TCVM Food Therapy at the Chi Institute in their post-doctoral program and have found food therapy to be a very helpful tool to help treat aging pets without the stress of a visit to the hospital.

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Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine uses food as medicine. Through thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have seen the benefits of certain foods and herbs in balancing the body and preventing or treating certain conditions.

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What is Integrative Medicine?


We are proud to offer integrative medicine as part of our house-call veterinary care services. Integrative medicine combines traditional Western medications and diagnostics with knowledge of Eastern medicine techniques to offer well-rounded care for our patients. The doctors at Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice have been trained by the International Veterinary Acupuncture SocietyThe University of Tennessee Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation, and the Chi Institute in post-doctoral programs. They have found Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, laser and therapeutic ultrasound, physical rehabilitation, food therapy, Chinese herbal medications, nutraceuticals, and other modalities to be wonderful tools to help treat aging pets without the stress of a visit to the hospital.

Integrative medicine can combine:

  • Traditional Medicine & Surgery
  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Food Therapy
  • Chinese Herbal Medications
  • Physical Therapies (Reiki, Tui-na, Chiropractic, Cold laser, Assisi Loop treatment, Physical rehabilitation, etc…)
  • Essential Oil treatments
  • Western botanical medications
  • Nutraceuticals

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