Posted September 24, 2008 --- 6:00 p.m.
When you hear about massage therapy, acupuncture and yoga, you think of treatments for people.
But a vet in Marshall is having great success treating dogs, horses and cows. Its not so much new age, but a natural way to help our animals.
Animal Holistic Care Specialists in Marshall is keeping animals out of pain by light therapy, joint yoga, acupuncture and message.
14-year-old Elroy has severe neck and back pain. And at one time, he couldn't even walk.
6 years ago Elroy had surgery for disc problems, but he gets a combination of massage and acupuncture here. They've helped him stay Mobile and control his pain.
"So when we place acupuncture needles what we're really doing is we're stimulating the nerve endings that give healthy input to the brain," says Dawn Mogilevsky with Animal Holistic Care
Elroy may come in with pain, but during his appointment you can actually see him relax and enjoy the attention. And its not just for dogs, other animals like horses respond well to acupuncture.
Pasha has been coming here for 3 years and takes her hour long sessions very well.
"She is being treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help smooth her estrocycles. It works fabulously for her," says Dr. Lynn Dennis.
Dr. Dennis says that's a whole body release for a horse.
Acupuncture can be used for lameness, stiffness and back problems in horses as well.
Pasha and Elroy may be sizes and worlds apart, but they have one thing in common: these treatments are life savers.
"For Elroy it is very much a quality of life. His family feels that if he is in pain and we can't relieve his pain, the its time to let him go at 14 1/2 we are very happy he is still with us."
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