<img src='http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site567/2014/0414/20140414__TDT-L-CHIRO-0414~p1_500.jpg' width='220px' alt='Beth Davis works on Boo Boo Wednesday at Animal Haven in Farmington.' style=’float:left;padding:5px’ />
And that doesn’t always include alternative treatments. She said a dog was brought to her for acupuncture services, but when she realized the dog needed surgery to repair a torn ligament, she recommended surgery and didn’t use acupuncture. Davis said it’s important for pets to have a veterinarian exam. Most of her referrals come from area vets, she said. According to New Mexico state law, chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy on an animal must be performed with the direct supervision of a back pain clinic licensed veterinarian. Davis said she adheres to the law and practices only on dogs, though chiropractic services are available for other animals. Bracken said, in Texas, there are debates about whether to license non-veterinarian professionals to treat animals. But in New Mexico, she said, the usage of alternative practices for pets seems to be accepted. “I haven’t had any issues, I haven’t had anyone say that to my face and called me a quack,” she said.
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