PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - As our pets age, they're prone to body issues just like humans are.
But a unique and natural way to relieve pain in your pets is available in the Wabash Valley.
One tried and true patient is Bocephus, Bill Austin’s furry best friend. He’s around 70 in dog years, and sometimes, it shows.
Austin says, "He was having hip issues he was having problems. He couldn't jump in the van anymore. He wasn't that old and I’d taken him to two different veterinarians in Terre Haute and the only solutions were drugs or shots and neither one seemed to work for him."
That’s where Dr. Julie Anderson comes in. Bo has gone to West Central Vet Services in Parke County for about 4 years, for a helpful treatment that's "stuck".
Dr. Anderson explains, "Acupuncture is there are channels of energy that flow through the body. When they don't flow or are blocked, you have pain, stagnation and pain. So what the needles do is throw in energy so the body can make use of it as it chooses."
Anderson travels all over to perform acupuncture, chiropractic services, and more. She says folks come from far and wide to get treatment for their pets too. As it turns out, Dr. Anderson treats a wide variety of animals.
She says, “I do show cattle. Cattle period. Horses, goats, sheep. Chiropractic and acupuncture, and then Cats and dogs. I usually limit it to what I call domestic animals, and pigs."
After 15 minutes of relaxation for Bo, the needles are quickly removed by Dr. Anderson.
You can tell by the wag of his tail, the change in Bo is instant, and owner Bill Austin is thankful for this unique option to treat his dog's pain locally.
He says, "To find this right here in our own home town. A treatment that can take care of your best friend, and there's no side effects from it. It's all natural. So it's just a blessing."
To see if acupuncture would be a good option for your pet, and for more information on the procedure and pricing, contact West Central Vet Services in Parke County by calling (765) 569-3210.
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