Holistic Vet Care

Using Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage & Rehabilitation Therapy, Nutrition, and Functional Medicine  for the Health and Well-Being of your Dog or Cat


Dr. Matt Parker, Holistic Functional Veterinarian uses Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), Spinal manipulation and other Holistic/Functional principles to help your pet maintain physical & neurologic and Constitutional balance- this helps to not only correct and restore health & function, but to also prevent or minimize illness & disease and stress or anxiety.  We do this because we want to help your pet to live the longest and healthiest life possible.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Functional Medicine can also treat auto-immune diseases and cancers when Western medicine can not, or when the Conventional treatment is too toxic or expensive. And although Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Chiropractic care can sometimes 'cure' cancers and auto-immune diseases, it is better to expect improvement of these conditions or stabilization of tumor growth in most cases.

Having said that, there are still some types of cancer that respond better and quicker with Conventional chemotherapy drugs. With these cases Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is used to treat the side-effects of chemotherapy and to help maintain your animal's health and immune function to prevent the cancer from returning. (Unfortunately many cancers are caused by man-made chemicals and therefore require other man-made chemicals to combat them!)

At Roanoke Animal Acupuncture the overall perspective of your pet’s examination is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine, and any ailments or imbalances are treated primarily with Traditional Chinese Medicine tools (including acupuncture, herbs, food, and massage) as well as Spinal Manipulation, and other Western herbs & supplements, essential oils, and homeopathies to help detoxify and/or tonify as needed.

Dog Acupuncture

4000 Years of Medicine

2000 BC - "Here, eat this root."

1000 AD - "That root is heathen! Here, say this prayer."

1850 AD - "That prayer is superstition! Here, drink this potion."

1935 AD - "That potion is snake oil! Here, take this pill."

1975 AD - "That pill is ineffective! Here, take this antibiotic."

2000 AD - "That antibiotic is artificial! Here, eat this root."

Taking a Holistic approach, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine treats the entire individual animal, whereas Conventional Western medicine treats a disease without much regard for the individual. This explains why the same Conventional treatment for arthritis or skin allergies might work great for one dog and not at all for another. Chinese Medicine identifies and understands the different constitutions of individual pets and the different patterns of disease that make each case unique from each another. Thus explaining why two individuals may need very different treatments for the "same" ailment.