Vets Use Alternative Medical Treatments
After the California wildfires many wildlife suffered burns and other injuries. Some animals were fortunate enough to escape and be transported to a group of veterinarians. The vets use alternative medical treatments to help with healing.
Life in the wild can be cruel. But there are always people working to heal nature’s damage.
After Southern California’s recent wildfires, veterinarians used acupuncture, fish skins, and other alternative medical treatments to help wild animals recover from burns, vets said Wednesday.
Rescuers brought two adult bears, a cub, and a young mountain lion to veterinarians with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the University of California, Davis.
Jamie Peyton, chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at the university’s vet school, said standard pain treatment is challenging for wild animals and caregivers because of the wildlife’s sharp teeth and claws. For safety reasons, vets have to heavily sedate the animals every time they change their bandages or care for them.
Finally, Peyton and her colleagues decided to employ alternative methods: acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, cold-laser therapy and even fish skins.
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