Goody, the Reticulated Giraffe, has osteoarthritis which is particularly bad in her front left fetlock (ankle) where she also has a chronic joint abnormality. We have been working hard to ease the effects of these conditions and zookeepers and veterinarians spend a lot of time treating Goody in a variety of ways to help her live more comfortably. Read the full story and see what a day in the life of Goody the giraffe looks like from electro-magnetic therapy to ice packs and acupuncture!
8:00 am. Ice wraps (designed for sport horses) are wrapped around her fetlock. She wears the ice packs for about 30 minutes, until she's ready to go outside with the herd. 9:00 am. If she is particularly sore, lidocaine gel (a topical anesthetic) is applied to her joint.
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