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December 28, 2004

Vets Perform Alternative Therapies

Use of alternative therapies such as acupuncture and massage have sky-rocketed in the past few years as an adjunct to health care. Now veterinary care is using these same treatments for our animal's ills.

Veterinary medicine has evolved over the years to include everything from acupuncture and massage to rehabilitation exercises that involve underwater treadmills.

The hydro tub available at Sylvania Veterinary Hospital offers a different type of aquatic exercise, said Dr. Robert Esplin, the hospital's owner. Described simply as a treadmill underwater, Dr. Esplin has used the tub to help dogs, a few cats, and, yes, even a rabbit, recover from surgeries or injuries that would likely be aggravated by high-impact exercise.

For Dr. David Drake at Countryside Animal Hospital, acupuncture is a practice with long-proven benefits for humans. In his experience, it can be just as helpful for the aches and pains of animals.

Posted by linda at December 28, 2004 9:47 PM

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