When nine-year-old Yorkshire terrier Maeko was referred to Ra Healing Centre, billed as Singapore’s first full-fledged animal rehabilitation centre, it suffered from spinal disease and arthritis, which caused it to be completely immobile. Unable to sit or stand, it could only lie down.
After several sessions of rehabilitation – first to manage its pain and then to get it to use its limbs – Maeko slowly, but surely, began to stand and, finally, walk.
It is among the pets whose owners say have benefited from alternative therapies such as acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and post-surgical manipulative therapy.
Although the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) cautions that such therapies are not considered part of conventional veterinary medicine and encourages pet owners considering them to seek the advice of their vets, these therapies have the support of some pet owners and vets.
For example, Dr Jean-Paul Ly, 68, a veterinarian and consultant at Doctors Beck and Stone, a group which provides veterinary services, referred Maeko to the centre, which opened in June last year.
He says: “I think rehabilitation helped Maeko. When treating a patient, we should involve different disciplines. Physical therapy – which involves the physical aspects of the animal’s body – is one of these disciplines. I would not call such therapy ‘alternative’, but ‘complementary’ to veterinary treatment.”
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Article Credits: Straits Times , “Rehab therapy for Pets” – December 10 2017
Author Credits: Benson Ang