Welcome to the World of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and the 5 Elements!


We all wish we could speak to our companion animals. They have become our closest companions for many people, members of our family. We whisper our secrets into their little fuzzy ears. We share our greatest fears and our greatest dreams with them. We shed our tears of grief on their fur coats while receiving their unconditional love into our broken hearts.


We all wish we could provide them with everything possible to give them long happy lives in return for all the love and support they give us. What if I told you there was an ancient map of reality that could help you provide your animal with the things that really light them up AND help them feel their best? A way to tap into their individual constitutions and bring about HARMONY and BALANCE physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?

That ancient system is Taoism, a cosmology rooted in observations of naturally occurring processes in the environment and in our bodies. The cosmological map of the ancient Taoists describes the dance of duality between Yin and Yang and the creation and control cycles of 5 elemental processes that work interdependently to create and maintain both the world we live in and our energetic and physical bodies. This system is thousands of years old and has been tested and refined by Masters observing, meditating and studying the workings of the cosmos, our planet and the sentient beings we share it with.


We all know we are at a critical juncture on our planet, if nothing else, a time of great transition. I have observed that the bond people share with their companion animals is sometimes the last thread they have linking them back to any semblance of the natural world of Gaia,  the world of the forests, the mountains, the seas. I believe our companion animals are here to gift us with that link, that path “back to the garden” as Joni Mitchell sang. We owe it to them, the planet, and future generations to follow it.


The 5 Elements together form a comprehensive template that organizes all natural phenomena into 5 Master processes or patterns. It includes categories from the macrocosm of season, climate, and compass direction to the microcosm of organ system, body tissue, emotion. The 5 Elements reflect a deep understanding of natural law and the Universal order underlying all things in our world. As within, so without. As above, so below.


It provides a master blueprint that diagrams how nature interacts with the body and how the different dimensions of our being impact each other. It offers us a diagnostic framework to recognize where imbalances in the body, mind, emotions or spirit lie so that we may correct them.

Understanding the 5 Elements can give us information on predispositions to diseases, what organ systems may need some extra attention and love through diet, supplements or energy. It can help us understand behavioral issues and personality quirks and how to work with them via training, activities and environmental enrichment.

Every animal, and person, is born with 1 or 2 elements that predominate, even though we all have all 5 of them at work within us. This is called the Constitutional Element, similar to constitutional types in homeopathy or the Doshas in Ayurveda. By knowing your animal’s Constitutional Element, it can guide you in making appropriate lifestyle choices for them from food, activities, supplements, toys, to treatment modalities. You can also learn to spot imbalances early on and learn ways to bring them back into balance before it becomes a full fledged dis-ease.

To help you discover your pet’s Constitutional Element, you can take the quiz below.


What is your pet's Five Element constitutional type?

Take The Quiz!

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