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As with humans, horses have meridians. Redfield treated Pronator not just in the affected area, but along his rump as well. The needles, she explained, stay in for 20 minutes. Pronator visibly settled into the treatment as he began to feel relief.

Using a chart to demonstrate, Redfield pointed out that these are not random holes made by pins; rather, the needles are placed where there is a concentration of nerves, a vein, and an artery, and a high concentration of mast cells, a type of inflammatory cell.

“I believe in an integrated approach,” said Redfield. “I want to use the best of both western and eastern medicine. There is evidence of acupuncture being used in China 8000 years ago, and there are an increasing number of empirical studies which confirm acupuncture’s effectiveness. It can be used to treat pain, kidney diseases, inflammatory diseases, cancer; it’s commonly thought of as an adjunct treatment or a last resort for arthritic or neurological pain.”

I asked Redfield about soothing music, which often accompanies human treatment. She said she’s treating a Great Dane who enjoys his acupuncture with soft background music.

Redfield’s practice is widening, and her days are filled with appointments for acupuncture, wellness examinations, and hospice consultations. But there will always be the calls for euthanasia.

She says, “When euthanasia is done for the right reasons, it is a gift that offers an animal a dignified and peaceful passing. When it’s performed in their own home, there is an invaluable element of comfort and familiarity.”

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anniej May 30, 2013 @ 9:11 a.m.

What a great story! It is nice to see the other side of the coin so to speak. There are many animal lovers like myself, all of which will find this story informative and comforting.


erupting May 30, 2013 @ 9:21 a.m.

What a heartening story. Last week I was at the Bonita Pound to see a dog we are trying to find a home for.I was shocked to see that they have horses there. I wish people would bother to go on a tour there what an eye opening experience. It will make you ache in places you use to play.


Jay Allen Sanford May 30, 2013 @ 9:35 p.m.

Must pass this link around, it's a great story that all animal lovers can appreciate -


Susan Luzzaro May 31, 2013 @ 12:04 a.m.

Thanks Jay Allen, it was a pleasure to depart from the usual beat....and it's good to have an experience surprise you. In a Steve Martin stand up routine he once said 'those French have a different word for everything." Which is what animals have and why they can lift us out of ourselves from time to time.


Teri Siciliani June 1, 2013 @ 12:37 p.m.

My 15 year old rescued Yorkie Angelo has been getting treatments from Dr. Redfield for his back and general old dog ailments. It has made a tremendous difference. He is running around like his former self where before he was having trouble walking (his back legs would just give out). If your animals are like your kids (as ours are), I highly recommend Dr. Redfield. She is compassionate and intuitive and very, very kind.


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