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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 11th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 12, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Vet is Paddy's pin-up SHANNON ANDREUCCI Video Online Watch it now at www.innerwestweekly.com.au Paddy, 13, loves his acupuncture treatment. Picture: PHIL BLATCH THE average life span of a dog is about 12 years, but you could extend that by keeping your beloved pet's health in check with acupuncture treatments. The All Natural Vet clinic in Russell Lea uses acupuncture on cats and dogs to relieve pain, unstiffen the body, remove toxic build-up and decrease inflam- mation. The 20-minute process involves a Chinese medical exam and a pulse check to identify the ani- mal's condition, followed by the insertion of fine needles into specific points of its body. ''It's quite a science. You're not just putting needles here and there -- you're actually putting them in specific points that might be hot, cold or hard, which will release natural pain-killers and feel-good hormones,'' veterinarian Joanna Milan said. Dr Milan has been performing acupuncture for 10 years and assures people that the animals experience a positive reaction to the treatment. ''Sometimes they're a bit sur- prised when the needles go in, but it's fairly quickly that the feel-good and anti-inflammatory hormones get going and so they'll usually lie there quite happily,'' Dr Milan said. Inner-West Weekly photographer Phil Blatch swears by the treat- ment for his beloved dog Paddy. ''He loves it. He's got arthritis but he just nudges up to the vet to have the treatment,'' he said. Dr Milan said acupuncture could make a difference to the life span of animals as it improved their quality of life and stopped inflammation, which can slow down the ageing process. ''Since I've started doing alternative therapies I've seen many more older animals, like 20-year-old dogs.'' The All Natural Vet clinic offers a variety of alternative therapies including homeopathy, chiroprac- tic, Chinese herbs and flower essences. ''The reason I did alternative therapy is because, once I became a vet, I realised there were a lot of limitations in what we could do to take the animal's pain away,'' Dr Milan said. ''People just love their animals and do almost anything for them, so when treatments from regular vets don't work, that's when they try alternative therapy.'' For details or to make a booking, call 9712 5844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Tough times for Exodus WITH the economic situation growing steadily gloomier, Ashfield's Exodus Foundation has made another desperate plea for help. Rev Bill Crews said the foun- dation needed to raise $1.5 million in order to have just $1 in the bank by the end of June. He has appealed to local people to give whatever they can to help. ''At first glance, $1.5 million seems a hopeless ask, but it is only 1500 people giving us $1000 each,'' he said. ''In fact, the Exodus Foundation costs about $5 million a year to run, which is only 5000 people giving $1000 a year or 1000 people giving us $5000 a year. ''Put in those terms, this is not a huge ask.'' Rev Crews said rising demand for the charity's services com- bined with falling donations are having a dramatic effect. Exodus forecasts it will have to serve 700 meals a day in its free restaurant and give away more than 1000 food parcels a week as the credit crunch takes hold. ''For some in our society, the rain never ceases to fall,'' Rev Crews said. ''So the Exodus Foundation has never hoarded money in the bank, but has always used any resources it has for those who need help now. I know we will raise this money because we simply can't afford not to. If we closed our doors, needy people would simply break them down.'' To make a donation to the foundation, phone 8752 4600 or visit www.exodusfoundation.net COMPLETE GLASSES $59 (NO YOU'RE NOT SEEING THINGS). SPE10144_IWW © 2009 Specsavers Optical Group. Frame styles may vary from store to store. *Subject to applicable annual limits. Right now at Specsavers, you can get one pair of complete glasses with Pentax single vision lenses for $59 from a selection of very fashionable frames. And our optometrists are always on site to provide expert advice and professional eye care. Specsavers Burwood: Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre 100 Burwood Road 02 9744 2900 www.specsavers.com.au/burwood
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