If Your Dog Has Reverse Sneezing Episodes, This Point May Help

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Does your dog have reverse sneezing episodes? They sound scary but are usually pretty harmless.  Below is a great article by Dr Karen Becker on reverse sneezing and how to determine when it is harmless and when it may be time to check with your vet.

Also if your dog is reverse sneezing there is a point ( of course) that shortens the duration …

Reverse sneezing — also known as mechanosensitive aspiration reflex, inspiratory paroxysmal respiration, and pharyngeal gag reflex – is actually a fairly common respiratory event in dogs. It happens more often in small breed dogs, perhaps because they have smaller throats and windpipes.

Brachycephalic breeds, like pugs and bulldogs, with elongated soft palates, occasionally suck the palate into the throat, which can cause an episode of reverse sneezing.  The most common triggers are excitement, exercise intolerance, a collar that’s too tight, pulling on the leash, an environmental irritant like pollen, perfume, or even a household chemical or cleaner, room sprays, or even a sudden change in temperature.  So if you have a breed prone to this harnesses are a great option to help prevent  a Reverse Sneezing Episode.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/12/03/reverse-sneezing.aspx?x_cid=20150506_ranart_reverse-sneezing_facebookdoc

 

Try this point and see if it helps your pup.

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If Your Pet Is Recovering From Surgery Or An Injury… ST36 Is A Great Point To Try

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St36 is an amazing point. If you follow this blog you can see how often it is used and for many different purposes anything from helping with anxiety disorders to slowing or stopping cancer from metastasizing as it related to osteosarcoma and maybe others. So here is yet another benefit of ST36, increased circulation.

So a great point to use if recovering from surgery or just to increase blood flow to the extremities for older pets or pets who may have an injury. Also a great point for after agility or any sport your dog participates in.  Along with these benefits St36 is a great point to use for many different issues

Traditional indications for using ST36 include: gastrointestinal pain, emesis, abdominal distention, diarrhea or constipation, mastitis, abscessed breast, enteritis, gastritis, edema, asthma, anemia, lassitude, exhaustion, indigestion, hemiplegia, mania, and neurasthenia.

Acupuncture significantly enhances peripheral blood flow. Photoplethysmography results published in Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits demonstrates that acupuncture induces “significant elevation of peripheral blood flow.” The research team making this discovery notes that a prior investigation using single-channel photoplethysmography demonstrates that acupuncture enhances “local microvascular blood flow in tissue surrounding Zusanli after acupuncture at that site.” The new research takes the investigation another step further. Using multi-channel photoplethysmography, the researchers demonstrate that needling acupuncture point ST36 (Zusanli) induces “significant elevations in whole body peripheral blood flow and parasympathetic activities after acupuncture at Zusanli.”

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1441-acupuncture-improves-circulationhttp://

See point below.

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

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It is Flea Season Again ..So Here Is Everything You Ever Wanted Or Didn’t Want To Know About Them

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Cribnotes… Fleas are no fun, can survive 100 days without food, one flea can drink 10ml of blood.( and dogs rarely have just one flea)

So best bet is prevention. There are lots of alternative or more natural methods to help prevent fleas, essential oils, diatomaceous earth(use with caution) to name a few  lots of baths and grooming. They have a cycle so it can take a while to eliminate them from your house.   If all else fails there is always Dawn dish washing liquid baths and of course   the traditional methods of flea control too, which can be used initally to get rid of the fleas and then hopefully more natural  preventative measures will keep them away. Diet also plays a role in your dogs ability to fight off fleas, and lessen their reaction to flea bites. Species appropriate and kibble free is a great start as then their blood and scent is less attractive to fleas.

Family: Pulicidae

Fleas are bilaterally-flattened wingless insects with three body parts, head, thorax and abdomen. The thorax has 6 legs arranged in 3 bilateral pairs, and the hindlimbs are enlarged and specially adapted for jumping (using elastic resilin pads rather than muscles).

Fleas undergo complete metamorphosis whereby grub-like larvae form pupae from which adult fleas emerge. The larvae are not parasitic but feed on debris associated mainly with bedding, den or nest material, whereas the adult stages are parasitic and feed on host blood. This family contains several genera and species that are important parasites of humans, domestic and companion animals and wildlife, especially rodents.
Ctenocephalides spp. [these species cause dermatoses in domestic animals]
Parasite morphology:

Fleas form four developmental stages: eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. The eggs are pearly-white ovoid bodies up to 0.5mm in size. Larvae appear as slender elongate brown grubs up to 5mm long, with each segment bearing a ring of bristles. Pupae appear as opaque ellipsoidal encysted stages surrounded by thin silk cocoons, often with detritus adherent to the external surface.

Adult fleas vary in size according to gender, female fleas are larger measuring up to 2.5mm in length, while males are smaller, sometimes measuring less than 1mm in length. All adults have three distinct body segments; head, thorax, and abdomen.

The head often bears genal ctenidium (spines), the dog flea C. canis and the cat flea C. felis have genal ctenidia with >5 teeth. The spacing of the spines is correlated to hair diameter. They are backward facing and used with setae to maintain position among the hair/fur of the host despite grooming.

Host range: Adult fleas attach to dogs, cats, humans, other mammals and occasionally chickens. Most fleas have promiscuous feeding habits and will try to feed on any available host. Most flea species are considered to be host-preferential rather than host-specific.

Site of infection: Adult fleas are blood-sucking ectoparasites living amongst the hair/fur on the skin of their hosts. They can also live off their hosts for extended periods in suitable micro-habitats (bedding, carpets, etc) awaiting the arrival of new hosts on which to jump.

Pathogenesis: Fleas have piercing mouthparts composed of cutting laciniae (back-and-forth action) and a stabbing epipharynx which enters small blood vessels. Saliva is ejected into the general area. Bite sites develop erythematous (reddened) papules or wheals, surrounding the central puncture site. Wounds may persist for days to several weeks and develop a crust of dried exudate. They are intensely itchy (pruritis) and may develop secondary infections if disturbed by scratching.

Fleas are particularly annoying pests on dogs and cats, and can cause severe allergic reactions; especially in inbred strains. Flea-allergy dermatitis is a hypersensitive reaction to components of flea saliva injected into the skin. Severely-affected areas exhibit significant hair loss (alopecia), moist dermatitis (wet eczema) or the skin becomes hardened and thickened. Animals aggravate conditions by licking, biting and scratching and they exhibit restlessness, irritability, and weight loss.

Fleas are blood-feeders (ingesting up to 10 ml per day), so heavy infestations may also cause iron-deficiency anaemia, particularly in young animals. Fleas may act as vectors for a range of viral and bacterial infections and Ctenocephalides and Pulex fleas are intermediate hosts for the tapewormDipylidium caninum in dogs and cats.

Mode of transmission: Fleas undergo complete metamorphosis (egg-larva-pupa-adult). The female usually oviposits on the host but the eggs are not sticky and therefore drop off the host usually in den/lair/nest/bedding where there is a good supply of debris and flea faeces on which the larvae feed. The eggs hatch within 2-21 days releasing maggot-like larvae which are legless and eyeless. Larvae cannot close their spiracles and are sensitive to low humidity. There are usually 3 larval instars which moult over 9-15 days before forming a pupa. The pupa completes development over several days to several months. Low temperatures, however, can extend larval and pupal stages up to one year. Adults can survive long periods without food (up to 100 days at high humidity).

Differential diagnosis: Animals attempt to groom infested areas, and an ‘itch-and-scratch’ syndrome may develop, sometimes associated with intense inflammation or allergic reactions. Adult fleas can be found in infested areas by visual examination (manually parting hairs or using a fine -toothed comb).

Treatment and control: Many chemicals have been developed to kill fleas. These insecticides can be used as powders, washes, sprays, pour-ons or impregnated into collars. They are generally organophosphorous compounds, carbamates, or pyrethrum and its derivatives. Several new generation ectoparasiticides have also been developed as spray or spot-on formulations, including fipronil and imidacloprid. Treatments should be repeated regularly to avoid re-infestation and also to reduce environmental contamination by eggs. Drug efficacy should also be monitored as there are growing reports of insecticide resistance developing in flea populations. Corticosteroids are often used topically or systemically for palliative treatment of flea-bite allergy. Control measures should include environmental management such as the provision of clean bedding, efficient waste disposal and rodent control. Several methods of environmental decontamination have been developed including the use of light traps, indoor insecticides and flea bombs (diflubenzuron, pyriproxyfen, methoprene).

More About Flea Meds

Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on products designed to kill fleas and ticks on household pets, especially dogs and cats. While some of these products are safe, others leave harmful chemical residues on our pets’ fur and in our homes. These chemicals are highly hazardous to animals and humans, can damage the brain and nervous system, and cause cancer. The April 2009 paper Poison on Pets II details a first-of-its-kind study by NRDC showing that high levels of pesticide residue can remain on a dog’s or cat’s fur for weeks after a flea collar is put on an animal. Residue levels produced by some flea collars are so high that they pose a risk of cancer and damage to the neurological system of children up to 1,000 times higher than the EPA’s acceptable levels.

Here is a great link from the NRDC to help you determine which flea meds are the least toxic and hopefully most effective.

http://www.simplesteps.org/greenpaws-products

This is another great article on additional prevention , methods and updated flea med toxicity info… https://thetruthaboutpetcancer.com/best-safest-flea-treatment-dogs/?a_aid=55187b5386258&a_bid=987f08a8

Don’t be fooled. Labels may not give you all the facts about what you are putting on your dog to get rid of fleas.1 In fact, the dangers of commercial flea liquids, collars, powders, pills, and sprays were the focus of an in-depth investigation by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2009. It was in response to over 44,000 “adverse reaction” complaints to on-spot flea control products in 2008 alone.2

 

One harmful ingredient found in commercial products is Imidacloprid. Over 400 products use it, including many flea control products. Adverse reactions for both humans and animals include rash, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, drooling (in animals), tremors, fatigue, and seizure.

 

The U.S. EPA maintains that there is no connection between imidacloprid and cancer. In November 2017, however, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recommended that the “EPA should re-do its cancer assessment of imidacloprid,” citing a possible link to some cancers.3 According to the National Pesticide Information Center, studies have also found that exposure caused reproductive issues in pregnant laboratory rats.4

 

In 2010, the EPA released their own recommendations.5 A major one was that flea and tick companies be required to put ingredient information on their product labels.6 If you decide to use commercial flea products for your dog, be sure to do your homework. One great resource is the nonprofit consumer organization, the Environmental Working Group.7

 

 

 

 

Cat Parents  This Is A  A Must Read Post For You …

 

Now most cat pet owners know NEVER to use Flea meds for dogs on cats, but what some owners do not realize is that your cat sniffing your pup after a dose flea meds or sleeping in his or bed can result in the same toxic side effect.

Pyrethroid toxicosis, typically involving Permethrin, is one of the most commonly reported toxicities in cats to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Inappropriate exposure of cats to Permethrin products results in as many as 97% showing clinical signs with 10.5% ending in death if not treated early and aggressively.

Cats liver’s do not have the ability to process Pyrethrin so even small dose of this substance can cause a reaction. Pyrethrin is also commonly used in bug sprays etc.  So always read your labels and be sure that you do not accidentally apply dog flea meds to your cat. If you have a multi- pet household be sure to flea your dogs in an area away from your cats  and keep them separated until the medicine is absorbed.

Flea meds for cats are available but just be cautious as it is a poison so apply sparingly and carefully.

For more info see the excerpt and link below

Pyrethroid insecticidal products are neurotoxicants targeted toward the nervous system of fleas and other insects, and are used in topical spot–on and household products available over-the-counter and at veterinary hospitals. Topical flea control products are used commonly on pets due to ease of administration and overall good efficacy. Pyrethroids have replaced natural pryrethrins in may products to increase efficacy and stability. Products labeled for use on dogs-only and not intended or safe for cats are often mistakenly or purposely applied to cats. Cats are often intolerant of some insecticides and medications probably because of their livers reduced ability to metabolize some compounds. Adverse reactions can result from an unusual sensitivity at low doses, immune-based allergic sensitively or true toxic reactions at labeled or high doses.

Clinical signs of permethrin poisoning in cats range from facial tremors and ear twitching to generalized muscle tremors and seizures. Some cats salivate profusely and vomit, but this is more likely from ingesting insecticide during grooming or inhalation of mist if sprayed.

http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/neurological/c_ct_pyrethrin_pyrethroid_toxicity

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1677&aid=2252

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If Your Pup Is A Worrier Or Has Anxiety …These Points May Help

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Are any of your pups worriers?  Are they always on high alert? Do they have separation anxiety or excessive fear?  If so it is important to figure out the cause and find ways to calm them.  Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as Cortisol. These hormones can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. The hormones also cause physical reactions such as:

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Nervous energy
  • Rapid breathing
  • Excessive barking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trembling and twitching

When the excessive fuel in the blood isn’t used for physical activities, the chronic anxiety and outpouring of stress hormones can have serious physical consequences, including:

  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Digestive disorders
  • Muscle tension
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Heart Issues
  • Autoimmune response

If excessive worrying and high anxiety go untreated, they can lead to depression etc

Although these effects are a response to stress, stress is simply the trigger. Whether or not your pup depends on he or she handles stress. Physical responses to stress involve their immune system, heart and blood vessels, and how certain glands in your dog’s body secrete hormones. These hormones help to regulate various functions in their bodies, such as brain function and nerve impulses.

All of these systems interact and are profoundly influenced by your dog’s style and psychological state. It isn’t the stress that makes them ill. Rather, it’s the effect responses such as excessive worrying and anxiety have on these various interacting systems that can bring on the physical illness.

The good news is there are things you can do to help your pet ease their anxieties; from lifestyle changes, exercise, Acupuncture, Reiki, Essentials oils, and Bach flowers, to name a few….

First thing… If your dog does have excessive anxiety check with your vet to make sure it is not a physical issue or problem. If you have a holistic vet they will have a lot of alternative options to help your pet.

Exercise is a great way to alleviate stress in dogs, it allows them to burn off steam and quiet their minds It also produces  a Dopamine flow and lessens Cortisol  flow ( think runners high)  If you have a herding do or one that runs hot and thinks a lot some good things to try are agility, swimming, dock diving  hiking and herding there are places that will allow your pup to herd sheep and for the herding breeds this can really relieve a lot of stress as they are exhausted afterwards and this really puts them in touch with their natural instincts.

A good walk a few times a day if possible is another good way to alleviate built up angst and energy. Putting a doggie back pack on your pooch that holds water bottles is another good tool as it gives them a sense of purpose and importance.

If your dog has separation anxiety, try this experiment. This may involve you getting up 20 minutes earlier than normal but may be well worth it Before you leave your house take a few minutes to breathe and become calm sit with your pup in that energy and tell him or her where you are going  and when you will be back. Then leave very calmly and quietly. Dogs are energetic and if you are very stressed and crazy when you leave they pick up on that and can carry that energy throughout the day. Another option of you have the time is sitting with your pup and doing a few acupressure points see below.

Another item to look at is how their main caregiver is feeling. Dogs tend to reflect the emotions of those around them so if their human pack is really stressed out that may also be cause for the anxiety. So just something to think about

 A Few Points For Your Pooch…

GV 20 point right between the ears.  Clears brain and calms the mind

 HT 7 Pe 7 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 hold bold sides that is actually 2 points Ht7 and Pe7 this clears the mind and calms the spirit great relaxation point

 ST 36 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 any kind of physical stress that  produce  anxiety . It is also a great immune point and supports the immune system in case it has been over stressed In addition to that it is great for nauseous, diarrhea  constipation and vomiting  which can be caused by anxiety as well.

Bai Hui At the lumbar sacral space or the universal spot on dogs there is a little dip and it is right before the lumbar spine meets the tail ;   this is a great calming point

 KI 27   found between the sternum and the first rib and 2nd rib two fingers off the ventral mid line brings up and releases old issues, great anxiety release point

 

Points for anxiety blog

 

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at info@reikiforallcreatures.com

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Spring Is All About The Liver In TCM. This Is A Helpful Guide To Explain What Those Liver Values Mean

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The Liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body. It stores and replenishes blood while also managing the volume of blood in response to physical demand on the body. All of the other organs rely heavily on the liver.

In Traditional Chinese medicine or (TCM)  The Liver is the General governing the body and mind

While the heart is the king or supreme commander over all body-mind functions, the Chinese describe the liver as the general or long-range planner.

First consider how a good general helps defend against external invasions and attacks and how the liver similarly protect the
body-mind from various external poisons and pathogens. In this regard, the liver serves as an important citadel for the function of the
immune system as it is primarily responsible for detoxification and elimination of various metabolic poisons. While the external
immune system is involved in overcoming pathological bacteria and viruses throughout the body, the liver make the process more
efficient by removing the debris in the form of vanquished and exhausted blood cells and other metabolic wastes from the blood. In
this way renewed cells can arise within the blood to continue the process of phago-cytosis and other protective functions.

The liver serves as long-range planner by refining, filtering, using and storing important nutrients such proteins, glycogen, vitamins
and various minerals including iron for immediate and future use. The planning capacity of the liver is also demonstrated by its ability
to chemically alter or excrete different hormones including thyroxin and essentially all the steroid hormones such as estrogen,
cortisol, aldosterone and so forth. While many of these are generated as part of natural physical cycles, they can also be radically
thrown out of balance in reaction to fear or stress and thus the liver plays a key role in helping to maintain a clear and balanced mental state.  The liver and sister, meridian Gallbladder  also oversees tendon and ligaments just something to think about if your pups gate seems a bit stiff.

The liver is also actively involved in detoxifying and excreting into the bile many different drugs, including: Rimadyl, Tramadol, Antibiotics, Nsaids to name a few.

For full article on liver function click below

https://www.chinesemedicineliving.com/medicine/organs/the-liver/

So when your pups liver values appear to be off it can be cause for concern. The link below does an amazing job of summarizing these commonly measured  liver values:

alkaline phosphatase (ALP)a

alanine transaminase (ALT),

aspartate transaminase (AST),

bilirubin and albumin.

Here is the link to the explanation of the liver values 

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2014/04/09/pet-liver-blood-test.aspx?

I have also listed two great points to help support the liver these can be done if there is an issue or prophylactically to keep your pup’s liver happy.

Liv3  between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones : balances and supports the liver  removes toxins from the body benefits liver and gallbladder disorders..

Sp6   3 fingers above the medial malleolus or ankle bone this point is on the bone so just follow it up two finger widths on the  inside of the back leg. This is a great point to increase blood flow and reduces inflammation also great support for liver kidney and spleen. 

Liver support points

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