Prick your pooch: The new alternatives in pet health

Prick your pooch: The new alternatives in pet health
Jordan at her hydrotherapy session. (FOX19 NOW)
Jordan at her hydrotherapy session. (FOX19 NOW)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - After Thor, a 13-year-old Pomeranian, was hit by a car five years ago, veterinarians said the pup would need to be put down or undergo expensive surgery.

With their four-legged friend in severe pain, Thor's owners had to make a tough decision. But then a doctor suggested an out-of-the-box approach: Chiropractic therapy.

Thor is now a regular at the Veterinary Wellness Center in Harrison where he gets a chiropractic adjustment every few weeks. His owners call the procedure a "lifesaver."

Acupuncture, water therapy, visits to the chiropractor are alternative options some pet owners swear by.

The American Veterinary Association now recognizes alternative medicines as a valid form of treatment.

Dr. Susan Hodge says Jordan, an aging Black Labrador, wouldn't be walking without hydrotherapy.

Jordan walks on an underwater treadmill once a week to alleviate her congenital arthritis.

Dr. Hodge says most animals can benefit from "water walking." It helps with post-operation rehab or is a great exercise for senior dogs.

Pet acupuncture is among the growing list of holistic options.

Just like with humans, the thin needles stimulate nerves in the body. Some vets say the prickly procedure can treat joint weakness, pain and anxiety.

Despite its growing popularity and praise, alternative treatments for pets remains pricey.  Hydrotherapy sessions run around $55. Acupuncture and chiropractic visits can cost $60 dollars and up.

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