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Five Element Theory

The Five Element Theory in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) plays an important role in diagnosing and treating patients. The Five Elements are FIRE, EARTH, METAL, WATER and WOOD. Scroll down to learn about your pets unique TCVM constitution (personality) and how imbalances in their element may affect their health and well being. 

Wild Horses

FIRE 

Animals with a FIRE constitution are playful, friendly, sensitive, vocal, like petting, and enjoy being the center of attention. 

An unbalanced FIRE dog or cat may be hyperactive, considered to be a "drama queen/king", have anxiety or a TCVM Shen Disturbance and may have or be predisposed to a HEART condition.

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EARTH 

Animals with an EARTH constitution are laid back, easy going, friendly, slow moving, sweet and tolerant. 

An unbalanced EARTH dog or cat may seem to have excessive worry, be obese, and have or be predisposed to GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASE.

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METAL 

Animals with a METAL constitution are aloof, independent, like order, rules and structure.

An unbalanced METAL dog or cat will be upset with changes, have sadness or grief, depression and be predisposed to LUNG disease. 

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WATER

Animals with a WATER constitution are timid, shy, fearful, nervous and may bite. 

An unbalanced WATER dog or cat may be withdraw completely, have or be predisposed to KIDNEY renal disease, arthritis and premature aging. 

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WOOD

Animals with a WOOD constitution are dominant, aggressive, confident and fearless. 

An unbalanced WOOD dog or cat may be irritable, angry, bite, and have or be predisposed to hoof or tendon/ligament injury, LIVER disorders, eye problems or seizures. 

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