NEW BERN, Craven County - Service dogs can have more stress on their bodies than the average pet. So keeping them healthy is very important.
A new vet clinic for service dogs opened Tuesday that promises to work for those service dogs. Kindred-Canines in Motion (KIM) started as a mobile clinic specializing in non-western methods of helping animals. Now they've moved into a permanent building in New Bern.
"I combine stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine with acupuncture, food therapy, herbal medicine," said Joyce Gerardi, veterinarian and founder of KIM.
After Dan Spangler was medically discharged from the Marines, he chose to adopt a service dog to help him return to normal life. His dog, Spanky, is still keeping him company 13 years later. He owes it all to Kindred-Canines in Motion.
"In my business, I see a lot of dogs, and after the age of 8 and 10 they start to slow down," Spangler said. "Spanky outdoes them at 15, even when hes sick. That's because of some of the things we're doing to take care of him and help him with his medical care."
It allows Spanger to give Spanky and others like him the chance to get acupuncture treatments, part of the non-traditional therapy hard to find in other clinics.
The new full-time home is at the Synergy Integrative Veterinary Clinic in New Bern. It's where Gerardi will have access to tools like an underwater treadmill to help heal service dogs. Gerardi's goal is to help as many service dogs -- like Spanky -- as possible.
The clinic will have a grand opening this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. ou can see a demo of the underwater treadmill and take part in a costume contest for you and your pets.