PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As an animal lover, Amandine Dandeneau
knows that it can be heartbreaking to watch pets age. For many people, pets become another family member. Because of this attachment and mutual love, it is hard to watch them get old and struggle with health issues. For this reason, Dandeneau applauds a new article from ABC News that describes a range of innovative treatments available to older animals suffering from health concerns.
Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly popular form of treatment for humans, but it turns out that it actually can benefit animals too. Bino, an albino alligator, suffered from scoliosis for years. In fact, his condition got so bad that he could barely move his tail. However, Brazilian zookeepers recently gave the alligator weekly acupuncture treatments. They were delighted to find that just a few needles helped to provide relief from the reptile's constant pain.
It turns out that plenty of other animal lovers swear by the treatment too. Simon Flynn of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture tells the Associated Press that there has been a 50 percent jump in vets among the society's membership in the past few years alone. He states, "There are many zoo veterinarians who use acupuncture, a number of equine practitioners who treat race horses with acupuncture, it's proven to be a useful treatment. It's common with dogs, and it's becoming increasingly common with cats. More veterinarians are seeing the worth of the treatment."
For pooches that have gone a bit overboard with tail wagging, spine issues may come into play over time. Fortunately, specially trained chiropractors are able to treat dog and cat back problems. They can also heal horses, guinea pigs, and even elephants. Those who swear by the use of animal chiropractic care explain that the treatment gets the creature's spine into proper alignment once again, thus alleviating pain and boosting mobility for that animal.
As dogs and cats age, they may start to struggle with aching joints, much like older humans. Fortunately, cold laser technology is able to provide some relief for these creatures.
Doctors rely on a technology that was originally created for athletes dealing with inflammation, thus helping them to make pets more mobile again. Many animals begin to suffer from arthritis as they age, thus limiting their activity levels and causing a substantial amount of pain.
Zookeepers at the Oregon Zoo in Portland were concerned about a sea otter named Eddie who was not getting enough exercise due to stiff joints. They had to get creative, finding a way to help Eddie exercise his stiff elbows without causing him a substantial amount of pain. The answer was found in the game of basketball. The team set up a small hoop for Eddie to use, thus making it easy for the sea otter to play "basketball." This gave him the perfect chance to work his arthritic elbow joints in a fun way.
"We had to get creative," explains lead sea otter keeper Jenny DeGroot, "There aren't many natural opportunities for Eddie to work those arthritic elbow joints, because sea otters don't use their front limbs to swim. They swim by moving their back legs and flippers."
"It is heart warming to know that vets and other caretakers are using so many creative ways to treat animals and to relieve their pain. These people are quite innovative as they use typically human-focused treatment plans to make animals comfortable as they get older," notes animal lover Amandine Dandeneau.
is a native of Boca Raton, Florida. She is currently studying at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she's majoring in French and minoring in math. She hopes to pursue nursing upon graduating.