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An alternative to pet pain: Doggy Acupuncture

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MARION (KWWL) -

Acupuncture isn't just for humans anymore. Vets like Dr. Christine Woodford from Crystal Creek Equine Center tout the benefits of the ancient practice for pooches.

"Dillon is six and a half, and he's working on his advanced agility degree," said Katie Nosbisch of CCRP Canine-Rehab.  Nosbisch travels to the Crystal Creek Equine Center in Marion to assist Dr. Christine Woodford.

Dillon's owner told KWWL that time spent on a K-9 balance ball improved his mobility.   But, Dillon struggles with a fear of thunderstorms.  His owner decided to try acupuncture.

"There's a point right by his ears, that's a called Aconite.  My mission is to work with traditional veterinarians.  I never want a pet owner to feel like they can't afford, or can't explore other options," said Dr. Woodford.

Dr. Woodford's uses what's called Magnowave as an alternative to drugs. 

"Yes, and I usually let the animal owners try it first, so they can try what their animals feel," said Woodford.

Woodford uses it on horses, dogs, cats and other animals as an alternative option for relief from arthritis, injuries, or performance stress.

Dr. Woodford got her veterinary license at Iowa State University. For more information, you can visit her website.

 

 

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