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Pet acupuncture being offered at New Hartford Animal Hospital

By DON SHIPMAN

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - You've heard of living a balanced lifestyle of body, mind, heart and spirit, but now there's a new push to get our pets into that same mindset as well.

The New Hartford Animal Hospital is now offering acupuncture to its clients and those clients seem to be open to this new venture.

Five year old horse Chloe was recently being treated for a sore hip at the Animal Hospital and the sounds of her winnie indicated she was feeling quite happy and relaxed during her acupuncture session.

"Chloe came to me for some lameness issues, very mild," said Dr Abby Regner. "She's used a lot for trail riding and they're always going for long walks and the owner noticed just a light, bit uneasiness. I can feel a difference in the tissue density. So if sometimes if they are having a certain problem, it'll feel softer or harder or there will be slight reflex under my fingers, which I can feel."

The entire process takes about 30 minutes and works just like acupuncture on us humans. Dr. Regner says that in the short time the New Hartford Animal Hospital has been implementing the technique, they've seen some great results. Chloe's owner, Charlie Goetz, agreed.

"When I brush, you can see if she's sore by the way she reacts to my brushing," Goetz said. "And now I just see a horse that's happy. She puts her head down and sleep when I groom her."

The same day that Chloe was being treated, a dog named Millie was receiving acupuncture for dry, itchy skin.

"I try not to treat any patient with just western or just so-called eastern medicine, but try to integrate the two so all my patients get the benefits of both," said Dr. Regner.

Dr. Regner says acupuncture also works well on pets suffering from arthritis, joint abnormalities, anxiety, and asthma, just to same a few.

If you would like to learn more about acupuncture for your pets, the New Hartford Animal Hospital is holding a free seminar Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Space is limited, so they encourage you to call ahead to sign up.

The number to call is (315) 737-7387.

The seminar is taking place right at the Animal Hospital on Oneida Street in New Hartford.

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