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Pet owners turn to new tricks at the vet’s

Interest rising in holistic treatments
By Lisa Kocian

The fine copper needles pierced strategic points all over his arthritic body, to unblock the flow of energy. But Benji’s salt-and-pepper face showed no sign that he minded.

“He’s a gentle soul,” said Benji’s owner, Susan Gillis, who brings her 14-year-old chow-keeshond crossbreed to a holistic veterinary practice in Hopkinton at least once a week. His therapies include acupuncture and chiropractic.

Benji could get prescription medications for his arthritis, but they aren’t good for the liver, and he already has liver trouble, according to his veterinarian, Margo Roman, who runs Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton, a holistic health care practice.

Read the original article at: The Boston Globe

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