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Consumerwatch: New-Age Pet Treatments • Saturday February 22, 2003

WTAE, Feb. 21, 2003
Wendy Bell

If you’re an animal lover — you’d likely do almost anything to keep your favorite pet happy and healthy. But would you drive several hours to see a special veterinarian? WTAE Consumerwatch reporter Wendy Bell reported Feb. 21, 2003, about an Ellwood City animal clinic that’s a bit out of this world.

New-age medical treatments for animals? You might say that concept is a bit esoteric. We met several pet owners who swear their dogs and cats are alive today thanks to one lady and her doctoring style. Phoebe, Sidney, Aticus Finch and Little Xena are four dogs with four dilemmas. “I used to be concerned about well, clients thinking this is too freaky. And some clients do think that a lot of these therapies are a little out there,” said veterniarian Cynthia Maro. Essential oils, needles, Chinese herbs and homeopathic medicines are not typical treatment for animals.

In Maro’s practice, chiropractics are commonplace. Herbs are often appropriate. And accupuncture? Maro is one of 100 vets in the world who will do that.

Christine Sentak said the therapy helped her pet. “How quickly after the treatments do you see a change in your animals? Well, it was the same day,” she said. “You couldn’t believe it. She was running up and down the yard.” Aticus used to have seizures, but not anymore. “She’s like a puppy. She’s playing. She’s eating really, really well and she’s always been a finicky eater.”

Xena had bladder stones. They’re now cleared up. And Sid was stiff with arthritis. “We went to some of the penetrating, therapeutic, essential oils and his owners have used them at home and it’s really loosened things up,” said Maro. “At one point, I could not use any pressure along the lumbar spine and now he allows it quite readily.” With oils and acupuncture, Sid’s owner said that Maro’s treatments work. No question! “He’s more lively,” said Rod Dravenstott. “He can walk again. He could barely get up when he first came here. Now he’s chasing squirrels again.”

With hundreds of patients, Maro often sticks with traditional treatments. There are ear infections and antibiotics. But for others: Acupuncture helps to release endorphins to control pain and stimulate healing; Chinese moxabustion, or burning herbs, eases painful arthritis; and oils decrease inflammation and soothe sore muscles.

The pet owners say these new-age treatments have given their pets new life. “I was somewhat skeptical of this type of treatment, but I would suggest it to anyone now. I highly recommend it.” Maro has two veterinary care hospitals, one in Ellwood City and another in Beaver Falls.

She offers a complete, one-hour holistic consultation for about $150. Click here for more information about holistic veterinary medicine.

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