What IS telemedicine? And what the heck is TCVM? Why would I consider this for Fido or Fluffy? – by Taryn Lindbeck, DVM
Telemedicine is a virtual visit between a medical professional – in this case, one of the veterinarians here at CFE – and a patient. Well, in our case, since our patients lack opposable thumbs and the ability to use the internet, telemedicine also includes you, our client! It’s perfect for our current situation with the Stay-at-Home order from Governor Walz, the uncertain timeline for social distancing and a reduction in our ability to see your pets in person.
Much of what we assess during a TCVM appointment is through in-depth discussion with you and by visual observation – two things that can be effectively performed via video conferencing. We will utilize a pre-arranged virtual meeting to discuss and “examine” your pet. We would then make a determination about the best treatment to pursue, and any herbal portion of that treatment could be prescribed at the time via drop-shipping to your home. We could follow-up as needed virtually, and implement any further chiropractic, acupuncture, or laser treatments once we are back to normal operations.
Legal requirements surrounding veterinary telemedicine have been softened during MN’s COVID-19 response. Because of this, we can provide telemedicine TCVM services for any of our patients who have seen a CFE veterinarian during the last 18 months.
In TCVM, we utilize many details of the patient’s activity, behavior, appetite, elimination habits, sleeping habits, movement, attitude, breathing, tongue color and quality, and pulse quality to arrive at an Eastern medical diagnosis. These are based in the energetics of the
individual animal and any changes we perceive. We will then utilize Chinese herbal formulas to help balance the animal and improve any issues they may be having.
Who is a good candidate for TCVM? Any patient that gets routine acupuncture or chiropractic care is potentially a good candidate to utilize TCVM during this period of decreased access to normal therapies. We often think of Chinese herbs as “acupuncture in a bottle” and thus can utilize the herbs to enhance the treatments your pets have already been receiving from CFE doctors. We also regularly treat medical ailments such as organ disease (especially kidney and liver), allergies, asthma, skin issues, muscle and joint issues, and pain in our animal patients with TCVM. Especially during this time when our usual therapies aren’t possible due to the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in, TCVM via telemedicine is a way to continue treatment for your pet.