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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Are You Prepared For a Pet Emergency? Here Are Some Necessary Items For Your Pet First Aid Kit

 

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No one plans on having their pet get injured or become sick, but it happens, and your best defense is to be prepared.

It is finally Summer  and there are so many great activities for dogs :

Hiking, Dock Diving, Surfing, Agility, Lure Coursing, Herding Flyball…  and just going to the dog park or the beach.

So before you leave home with your pooch think about putting a pet first aid kit in your car.  Definitely have a list of emergency numbers—include the number for your normal vet, emergency vet, animal control, and animal poison control center either in your phone or in your car.

Time is a big factor for a positive outcome so having these numbers handy can make a big difference.  Also taking a pet first aid course is another great tool to have just in case.  

For an instructor in your area click here http://www.pettech.net/index.php

Here are some basic items to put in your kit:

  • Tweezers
  • Latex (or hypoallergenic material) gloves
  • Gauze roll
  • Gauze sponges in a variety of sizes
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Elastic cling bandage
  • Medical tape
  • Small scissors
  • Tongue depressors
  • Clean cloth, towel, and compact emergency blanket
  • Muzzle (even the sweetest animals may become aggressive when in pain)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent)
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Non-adhesive sterile pads
  • Sterile saline wash
  • Sterile eye lubricant
  • Eye dropper
  • Instant cold pack
  • Topical antibiotic ointment
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Small flashlight
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Diphenhydramine (aka Benadryl—get approval from your veterinarian first)

Below are some jing well points you can use on the way to vet

Have fun, be prepared and stay safe

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Summer Is Here … Lots Of Running, Jumping and Playing. So If Your Dog Gets Injured After A Jump Or Rough Play It May Be An FCE

So you are out tossing a frisbee with your pup and he lands funny, or your little dog jumps off the couch and tweaks his back, or your pup is competing in Fly ball and takes an awkward spring of the board and doesn’t want to finish the course… It could be just a strain or something more serious. Most of the time it is just a pulled muscle or spasm or strain, but read the info below:

 If it is more serious there are measures you can take to help your pup have the best outcome FCE’s are more common in large breed male dogs  and little terriers and Shelties. It’s possible an underlying condition common in these breeds called hyperlipidemia, which is a high blood cholesterol level, could be a contributing factor in smaller dogs who acquire the condition..  so just something to be aware of

  • A fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) is a blockage in a blood vessel in the spinal cord. When such a blockage occurs, an area of the spinal cord dies.
  • An FCE typically results from an injury to the spinal cord caused by jumping or landing awkwardly. Sometimes vigorous exercise can trigger it. Dog fights, rough play, and any sort of accidental trauma can also lead to an FCE.
  • Fibrocartilaginous emboli are rarely seen in cats and occur most often in large and giant breed male dogs, and also miniature Schnauzers and Shelties between three and six years of age.
  • Symptoms of an FCE can include sudden, severe pain followed by lessening pain after a short period; weakness; partial to full paralysis of a rear limb; and an uncoordinated gait.
  • The recommended treatment for FCE is to begin aggressive physical therapy. Implementing an immediate rehabilitation program is your pet’s very best option for a full recovery and a second chance at life.

Acupuncture or Acupressure, Laser Therapy and definitely water therapy are key to making a full recovery.  So play safe out there… http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/06/03/fibrocartilaginous-embolism.aspx

For any sudden acute injury see your vet ASAP.

These points may help with regeneration

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1428-acupuncture-regenerates-nerves

GV = DU from the points above

GV-2 Location: On the dorsal mid line between the last Sacral and the  first caudal  vertebra.

GV-3 Location: On the dorsal mid line between the fourth and fifth   lumbar  vertebrae.

GV-4 Location: On the dorsal mid line between the second and third  lumbar  vertebra.

GV-6 Location: On the dorsal mid line between the spinous processes of  the eleventh and twelfth thoracic vertebra.

GB-30 Midway between the greater trochanter and the tuber ishii.

GB-32  On the mid line of the lateral aspect of the thigh, 6 cun above the  transverse popliteal crease.

GB-34   In the depression cranial and distal to the head of the fibula.                          

GB-39 Located 3 cun above the tip of the external (lateral) malleolus, in  the depression between the caudal border of the fibula and the tendons of the peroneus longus and brevis muscles.   (opposite SP6 on which lies medially)

BL-54 Dorsal to the greater trochanter.

BL-40  In the center of the popliteal crease.  

points for backend nerve issues

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Summer is Here And It is Going To Be A Hot One… Do You Know The Signs Of Heatstroke, And What To Do If It Happens To Your Pup?

 

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So it is Summer, and you and your pup are going to go hiking, walking, running and having all sorts of fun adventures. Just be sure to keep your furry  friend cool and avoid over heating as that can have very serious results.  If your pups temperature hits 103 or higher you may have an emergency situation on your hands.

Heat stroke is an emergency and requires immediate treatment. Because dogs do not sweat (except to a minor degree through their foot pads), they do not tolerate high environmental temperatures as well as humans do. Dogs depend upon panting to exchange warm air for cool air. But when air temperature is close to body temperature, cooling by panting is not an efficient process.

  • Common situations that can set the stage for heat stroke in dogs include:
  • Being left in a car in hot weather
  • Exercising strenuously in hot, humid weather
  • Being a brachycephalic breed, especially a Bulldog, Pug, or Pekingese
  • Suffering from a heart or lung disease that interferes with efficient breathing
  • Being confined on concrete or asphalt surfaces
  • Being confined without shade and fresh water in hot weather
  • Having a history of heat stroke

To avoid this be sure to pay close attention to your dog, watch for excessive panting and pay close attention to  the color of your dogs tongue. If your dogs tongue is bright red slow down and cool him off ASAP. Always be sure to have lots of water on hand to make sure you and your pup are well hydrated

 

Here is a list of dogs breeds that are more susceptible to heat stroke based on structure, coat and breeding.

Brachycephalic breeds:

These dogs have the “pushed in faces” on relatively-broader heads. They have an elongated soft palate in the throat along with narrowed nostrils. Breeds include:

1. Boston Terriers

2. Boxers

3. Bulldogs, especially the English Bulldogs

4. Pekinese

5. Pugs

6. Shih Tzu

Double-Coated Breeds include:

1. Akitas

2. Chow Chows

3. Collies

4. Huskies

5. Poms

6. Samoyeds

7. Shelties

Dogs Bred for Cold Climates (with some overlap with double-coated dogs):

1. Akitas

2. American Eskimo Dogs

3. Anatolian Shepherds

4. Bearded Collies

5. Bernese Mountain Dogs

6. Bouvier des Flandres

7. Golden Retrievers

8. Great Pyrenees

9. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs

10. Huskies

11. Irish Wolfhounds

12. Malamutes

13. Newfoundlands

14. Norwegian Elkhounds

15. Old English Sheepdogs

16. Samoyeds

17. Shibu Inus

also if your pup is obese that can also make them more susceptible so exercise them in the early morning or after it cools down in the evening if it is hot outside..

 

If heat stroke does occur cool your pup down as much as possible and get him or her to the Vet ASAP

Click on the link for additional tips and cautions. Stay cool out there….

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/heat-stroke-dehydration-dogs

 

Here are a few points to keep your pet cool…. or use on the way to the vet in case your pup overheats

GB 20 Right behind the skull or occipital bone one finger off the cervical spine on either side in the divots. Pulls the energy down from the head. Cools heat

 GV 17 Right behind the skull in between the GB 20 points. Little divot under the bump. Great point to disperse energy and create calm.

LI4 is on the medial side where the dew claw would be  just hold on to it lightly for a bit or lightly move your fingers in a circular motion clears heat master for face and mouth

 TH4  Find the wrist and it is on the carpal bones it feels a little mushy towards the outside of the wrist or carpus. Balances regulates  heat in the body

 LI11 in the outside or lateral crease of the elbow.  opens  surfaces clears heat

On the way to the vet points 

Th1 lateral side of 4th digit front paws at the nail bed clears heat can also revive if collapses

LI1  On the medial or inside of the 2nd digit of the front paw at the nail bed. Clears lung heat revives consciousness

PE9 lateral side of 3rd digit front paws at the nail bed clears heat can also revive if collapses

 

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If Your Pup Is Incontinent Or A Little Leaky These Points May Help

 

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What Is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence occurs when a house trained dog loses control of his bladder. This can range in severity from occasional small urine leaks to inadvertent voiding of a large amount of urine. Incontinence is loss of voluntary control over the act of voiding. This medical condition must to be differentiated from a house training problem and/or submissive urination, especially in young dogs. Incontinent dogs wet their bed or the floor where they are sleeping, urinate inappropriately in the house, sometimes dribble urine, and may void more frequently than normal. There may be an ammonialike odor about the dog’s bedding.

Incontinecne can be caused by a number of factors some serious and some related to aging

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Weak bladder sphincter
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Urinary stones
  • Spinal injury or degeneration (frequently seen in German shepherds)
  • Protruding intervertebral disc
  • Prostate disorders
  • Presence of other diseases that cause excessive water consumption, such as diabetes, kidney disease, hyperadrenocorticism
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Anatomic disorders
  • Certain medications

So if this is a recent development it is always a good idea to have your vet check it out to make sure it is nothing serious, and there is not  an underyling cause or infection.

The most common cause of Incontinence is;

Horomone-Responsive Incontinence

This common incontinence is seen most often in middle-aged and older spayed females, and less commonly in young females and older neutered males. It is caused by a deficiency of estrogen in females and testosterone in males. Both these hormones are important in maintaining muscle tone of the urethral sphincter.Hormone-responsive incontinence is much like bedwetting. The dog urinates normally, but wets when relaxed or asleep.

What Are Some Complications of Urinary Incontinence in Dogs?

Some bouts of urinary incontinence ebb and wane, but others can progress and cause more serious bladder and kidney infections.  A skin infection may result in areas that are in constant contact with urine.

 

So according to this acupressure study three points were as effective as medication which is great as there are no side effects with these.

CV4 Ventral midline 3 cun caudal to the umbilicus. Good point for urinary incontinence and retention
Sp6   3 cun above the medial malleolus or ankle bone this point is on the bone so just follow it up threeish finger widths on the  inside of the back leg. Great point for urinary incontinence Also supports liver, kidney and spleen
KI3 BL 60 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 is a source point good for the kidneys which house original chi supports renal and bladder function

Leaky bladder points

For more information on this  study click below

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1337-acupuncture-controls-overactive-bladder

For more information on Incontinence click below

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/dog-urinary-incontinence-and-bladder-problems

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