Is Your Pup A Little Constipated ? We Have A Few Points For That

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This Summer has  been very hot and dry lots of flaky skin and allergies. In TCM the Lung/ Large Intestine Meridian is directly connected to the skin. So if the skin is dry odds are the your pup is lacking moisture which can result in constipation.

So how is your dog pooping? Not the most flowery subject but an important one.

Poop gives us so much information on how are dogs are doing. Digestion and gut health are big factors in our well being, as well as our pets.  So if your pup is having a bout of constipation, it may just be he or she  isn’t getting quite enough water in his or her diet, the diet itself, or it could be something more serious.

Constipation can happen on occassion to your pup throughout their lifetime. If it does not resolve in a few days you definitely want to make sure you see your vet, as it can be a symptom of a more serious problem in the colon.  If constipation goes on too long it can result in megacolon.

Great article below by  Dr. Becker on how to identfy constipation and what to do ; Also  a study on good points for constipation, and a few for you to try on you or your pup.  Happy Pointing…

Dr. Becker’s Comments:

Your dog is constipated when he either has difficulty pooping (and feces produced are dry and hard) or isn’t pooping at all.

If solid waste stays in your dog’s colon too long, all the moisture in it will be absorbed and stools will become dry, hard, and difficult to pass.

If the situation is left untreated, your dog’s large intestine can actually stretch to the point where it can no longer do its job effectively. This is a chronic condition known as megacolon, and is actually more common in cats than dogs. Our goal is to prevent pets from ever having such chronic and longstanding bowel issues.

 

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2017/07/23/dog-cat-constipation.aspx

 

Acupuncture  study for constipation

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1517-acupuncture-relieves-constipation

 

A few points to try from the study:

LI4 is on inside of the dew claw on the front paw.
ST 36 find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee.
ST25*  On the ventral midline 2 cun lateral to the umbilicus. Find your pups belly button it is usually a bit raised and bumpy and then depending on the size of your pup the point will be anywhere from one to two finger widths off the belly button
Cun “small measurement”  the find the distance between the wrist and the elbow put your finger there;  half that distance half it again and half it again, The distance between your finger and the wrist is 1 cun so it will be a personal measurement for each animal

 

 

 

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If You Or Your Pet Are A Little Near Or Far Sited This Point May Help

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This is a great point for humans and canines. I have used it on my senior clients with good results and now there is science behind it ..

GB37 has been used for the treatment of eye related disorders for over a thousand years. The advent of functional MRI imaging has allowed for researchers to measure the specific regions of the brain activated by acupoint stimulation. Clear evidence from this study demonstrates that GB37 acupuncture needle stimulation activates areas of the brain responsible for vision. Researchers carefully noted that the activation of the visual cortex lasted longer than expected following the acupuncture point stimulation. They also referenced this lasting effect as the “sustained effect of acupuncture” and note that future study designs should take into account acupuncture’s ability to make lasting changes. The researchers note that some studies seek to measure an instant on and off effect rather than measuring the duration of acupuncture’s physiological effects.

http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/693-mriacupuncturevisiongb?goback=%2Egde_2328513_member_213799169

Here are a few other points to help with vision for you and your pet

GB 37 is from the study the others are just good ones to support eye health. Your pup may not love the points close to the eye but try them on yourself and see what you think :-)

Also note if you or your pet experience any sudden change in vision or acute eye irritation consult your Dr. or Vet immediately as this could be a sign of a medical emergency

 

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GB37  five cun above the lateral malleolus (ankle bone on the outside of theback legs)

LIv2 on the back legs where the 2nd toe meets the paw

LIv3 between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones of the back legs  Distal point for eye issues, also benefits hock pain and removes toxins from the body Tonifies liver

Acupuncture Points Around the Eye

There are several powerful acupuncture points around the eyes that promote eye health. These points bring Qi and blood to the eyes to nourish the tissue and improve the condition of the eyes.

Jingming (BL1-1) – When translated, Jingming means Bright eyes. This point is located in the inner corner of the eye. It is one of the primary points to bring Qi and blood to the eyes and is used for eye problems of all kinds including early-stage cataracts, glaucoma, night blindness, conjunctivitis and blurred vision.

Zanzhu (BL-2) – This point lies in the depression at the inner end of the eyebrow. Like Jingming, it is a primary point for the eyes and is used for all types of eye problems. Some of the indications to use this point include headache, blurring or failing of vision, pain in the supraorbital region, excessive tearing, redness, swelling and pain of the eye, twitching of the eyelids and glaucoma.

Sizhukong (TH 23) – In the hollow at the outside end of the eyebrow. This point is used for eye and facial problems including headaches, redness and pain of the eye, blurring of vision, twitching of the eyelids, toothache and facial paralysis.

Tongziliao (GB 1) – Located on the outside corner of the eye. This point is used to brighten the eyes as well as for headaches, redness and pain of the eyes, failing or blurring of vision, photophobia, dry, itchy eyes, early-stage cataracts and conjunctivitis.

 

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If Your Pup Is Going Through Chemo These Points May Help With Neurotoxicity

 

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Cancer in dogs is on the rise. While there are several ways to fight this it appears that an integrative approach is a good way  to handle the treatment and any undesirable side effects.

“Fifty percent of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point. We see malignant lymphoma, which is a tumor of the lymph nodes. We see mast cell tumors, which is a form of skin cancer. There are mammary gland tumors, or breast cancer, and soft tissue sarcomas. We also see a fair amount of bone cancer in dogs.” WEBMD

There is an article below that gives more details on this as well as a list of holistic vets in the US   Herbs, Acupuncture , Reiki and other modalities are being used with Western to help prolong the life and increase quality of life in pets with cancer

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/08/12/dr-hershey-alternative-cancer-treatment.aspx

http://www.ahvma.org/find-a-holistic-veterinarian/

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1624-acupuncture-plus-herbs-relieve-chemo-neurotoxicity

 

Here are the two points from the study to help relieve the neuro side  effects of the chemo.

LI4  is on the inside of the dew claw of the front paw If no dew claw then where the dew claw would be.

LIV3  between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bone at the junction of the metatarsophalangeal joint  or hind legs where the inside toe meets the top of the paw

 

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Addittional points to help with other chemo side effects

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1324-acupuncture-lowers-chemo-side-effects-ups-immunity#sthash.ENTeYigm.dpuf

Chemo can be tough on the body and the immune system so the points  from the study will support the immune system and help with nausea and fatigue.  Always check with your vet  to make sure they are ok with other modalities and/ or find a vet who is trained in TCM and acupuncture  to add to your team.

Points to try…

 

Front Legs

 

LI4 Is on the medial side between the dew claw and 2ndmetacarpal bone if no dew claw where the dew claw would be

 

LU 7 Inside of the front leg just above the crease in the wrist

 

PE5  Inside of the forelimb about 4 cun* above the crease in the wrist

 

 

TH5 On the outside of the forelimb about 2 cun* above the wrist

 

Back Legs

 

ST 36 Find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee

 

SP9   Inside of the leg a bit below the knee ( in the depression of the caudal border of the tibia and the  gastrocnemius muscle

 

GB39   3 cun above the lateral malleolus or ankle bone

 

LIV3 Between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bone

 

Cun “small measurement”  the find the distance between the wrist and the elbow put your finger there;  half that distance half it again and half it again, The distance between your finger and the wrist is 1 cun so it will be a personal measurement for each animal

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Is Your Dog Is A Little Stuffy Or Congested Due to Seasonal Allergies ? If So These Points And Tips May Help

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Pollen counts on average are elevated this year, which  can create an opportunity for  allergies to become more pronounced for you and your pets.    If you notice your pup is a little snuffy or drippy  you will want to check with your vet first to be sure it isn’t anything serious .

Here is some info and a link from Dr. Becker;

“According to a survey conducted by Novartis Animal Health, over half of pet owners aren’t aware their fuzzy family members can also spend the spring season feeling miserable thanks to pollens and other environmental allergens.

Two Categories of Pet Allergies

There are primarily two types of allergies: food allergies and environmental allergies. If your pet gets itchy during spring, summer or fall, they are probably reacting to seasonal, environmental allergens. But if their symptoms continue year-round, it’s more likely the sensitivity is to something more constant in the  environment, or to something in their diet.”

click on link below for full article and some good tips and supplements

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/06/22/pets-seasonal-allergies.aspx

Below are some points to try out on your pup to help alleviate sinus congestion and support the immune system

Acupuncture relieves nasal congestion due to rhinitis. Research published in the Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture  confirms that acupuncture exerts an anti-inflammatory action, enhances immunity, and is effective in the prevention of immunological related disease.

For the full article click below …and scroll down for some good points for your pup…Happy Pointing

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1530-acupuncture-relieves-rhinitis-prevents-oral-ulcers

 

Yin Tang   center of the fore head at the medial edge of the eyebrow ridge.
 GV20 dorsal midline between the ears there is usually a bump where the point is
 GB 20 Right behind the skull or occipital bone one finger off the cervical spine on either side in the divots.
LI20 widest part of the nostril in the nasal labial groove ( they may not love this point so approach and use gently)
LI4 on the inside of the dew claw or the bump on the inside of his front paw where a dew claw would be
GV4 On the dorsal midline in the depression between L2 and L3
LI11 In the outside or lateral crease of the elbow.
 St36 Find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the   little groove on the lateral side of each knee

Points for allergies and Sinus blog2

 

 

 

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Is The 4th Of July Stressful For Your Pup? If So Here Are A Few Tips And Points That May Help

 

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Ok so 4th of July…. barbecues, picnics, family, friends and fireworks… Which is all lots of fun but your pets may not think so. It is really important to keep them calm, safe and indoors. If you have a pet that is sensitive to loud noises and thinks the sky is falling or worse here are a few things you can do.

Basic things:
Here are some simple ways to help you and your pooch (and kitty) safe during 4th of July festivities.

KEEP PETS INDOORS
Keep your pets in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. If you’re having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.

CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds, bu t create ambient noise ie turn up the tv and play music a bit louder to drown out the fireworks.

KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.

UPDATE IDENTIFICATION
The biggest risk of all this 4th of July is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of fireworks can cause them to panic – sometimes even breaking through glass windows. Make sure your pets are microchipped and wearing identification tags. Dogs should have a County License on their collar

PREVENTATIVE  MEASURES:
Thunder shirts are good tool to use for calming and creating a sense of safety for your pet. Eos  and rescue remedy may also be helpful

There are also some great calming points to use before the big day during and afterwards. If you can start these about a week before and do them in once a day and maybe twice on the 4th;  it may help keep your pets from getting really worked up. You can use these on  cats as well ( if they will let you)l

Hold points lightly  with your finger or thumb you don’t’ need a lot of pressure for this  to work use the same pressure that you would use to touch your eyelid. If  they yawn or licks their lips or does the deep breathing and sighing  you are doing a great job

GV20 dorsal midline between the ears there is usually a bump where the point is..revives consciousness clears brain calms mind
GB20  Right behind the skull or occipital bone one finger off the cervical spine on either side in the divots. Also a good relaxation point good point to ease over thinking. Pulls the energy down from the head releases built up heat
GV17  Right behind the skull in between the GB 20 points. Little divot under the bump. Great point to disperse energy and creates calm.
HT7 PE7 In the depression between the tendon and the ligament it is a natural depression and pretty easy to find just above the bend in the wrist. Your fingers will slide in the groove on either side. Hold bold sides that is actually 2 points Ht7 and Pe7 this clears the mind and calms the spirit great relaxation point  pulls heat out of the head…
ST36 Find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee  This point serves double duty it calms the mind and helps with anxiety, worry and any kind of stress that  produce  anxiety . It is also a great immune point and supports the immune system in case it has been over stressed
KI3 BL60 Top of the hock thin skin your fingers will slide into it on either side it is kind of like our Achilles this is actually two points KI3 and BL60 KI3 In TCM fear is housed in the kidneys so it will help alleviate unnecessary fear.  BL 60 is called the aspirin point and is good one to help with any kind of pain or irritation in the body

4th of July Points

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at Info@reikiforallcreatures.com Also if you do try these points please let us know if there was a change.

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