Thanksgiving Is Almost Here… Need A Game Plan To Keep Your Pups Tummy Safe And Happy ? Here You Go …

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So Thanksgiving is almost here are your ready? The Holidays are an amazing time of year lots of family and friends and of course food. So to keep your pups tummy free from indigestion or worse; here are a few great tips from  Pet MD and



In addition to those tips plan ahead and set some ground rules for your pup and your guests. Dogs have these amazingly sad eyes that they use specifically for letting your guests know how much they would love anything on their plate. Obviously you never feed them so… If your dog is going to mingle with the guests it is best to set ground rules let your guests know not to feed your pup and explain what can happen. Aside from the mess you will have to clean up later there is also a chance that all those little table tidbits could cause a trip to the vet and some long term issues.
Make an announcement before dinner keep it light but serious, especially if you have non dog people or elderly guests. One of my friends actually put up signs and had little table tents that said please do not feed the dog. She also had a t-shirt made that said do not feed the animals. Now this sounds extreme but the year before her pup was overfed by a few unnamed guests and ended up with a pretty serious case of pancreatitis It was scary and not cheap.

Thankfully her pooch is doing ok but still has to be very careful about what she eats.

So enjoy the holidays in moderation and just in case you or your pup has a mild tummy upset I have attached just one point to use it is a good one and deals with constipation diarrhea and vomiting oh my… so just in case here you go.

Oh and Cat people keep an eye on your counters during prep . Cats tend not to beg they just take things :-)  ST36  works for them as well

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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If Your Pup Has Had Back Surgery And Is Still Having Issues, These Points May Help




If your pup is having back issues or has had back surgery this is an interesting article from UC Davis as well as some points to try

Disc disease is a common problem in dogs and relatively uncommon in cats. There are two major categories of disc disease, Type I and Type II. Type I disc disease is characterized by disc herniation (“slipped disc”) and a sudden onset of signs. This type of disc disease occurs in dogs and cats of any age or breed, but is seen most commonly in short-legged breeds (e.g., dachshund, bassett hound, shih tzu, lhasa apso, corgi, pekingese), and some other small breeds such as the poodle and cocker spaniel. It also occurs in larger breeds of dog, such as doberman pinschers. In order to understand what happens in animals with disc disease, a little understanding of the anatomy of the back (spinal column) is required.

The back or spinal column is made up of a series of small bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae are lined up like blocks and the spinal cord passes through a hole in the center of each vertebra. The spinal cord is very important, as it carries messages from the brain to the rest of the body. The spinal cord is also extremely delicate and the tunnel formed by the surrounding vertebrae helps to protect it from damage. Between each vertebrae, just under the spinal cord, lies a circular cushion called the intervertebral disc. These discs cushion the vertebrae from one another, acting like shock absorbers and also providing flexibility to the spine.

Intervertebral discs deteriorate as part of the normal aging process. Some breeds of dogs such as dachshunds, may undergo disc degeneration earlier in life. Normal discs are made up of an outer fibrous ring and an inner gelatinous center [similar to a Tootsie-Pop®(firm on the outside and soft in the middle)]. With age the disc changes and the outer ring often tears and the inner soft center of the disc hardens and may even calcify. A time may come when the torn outer ring may no longer be able to hold this hardened center in place and movement of the vertebrae may suddenly push the disc out of its normal position. This is called disc herniation (or “slipped disc”). When disc material herniates, it may be pushed out the side, below, or up around the spinal cord. Herniation of the disc often occurs very explosively, causing significant injury to the spinal cord and pain to the animal. There is very little room between the spinal cord and the surrounding bony vertebrae and as a result, once disc material has herniated into this small space it continues to cause damage to the spinal cord.

The areas of the spine most commonly affected by herniated discs are the neck, and the mid- to lower back regions. Common signs seen with herniated or “slipped” discs include: Back pain, lameness, incoordination, and/or inability to walk in the hind legs, or all four limbs. Animals that are unable to walk may also be unable to urinate on their own. Although these signs indicate that the dog or cat has a problem affecting the spinal cord, they do not indicate the specific area that is affected, or the cause of the problem. Tumor, fracture or infection involving the vertebrae or spinal cord may all produce neurological signs similar to a herniated disc. Further diagnostic tests are needed to determine the exact location and cause of the problem and to determine appropriate therapy.

The most common surgery done to remove disc material from around the spinal cord is called a laminectomy. The spine is approached through an incision in the middle of the back and using a special drill, a window is made in the bone of the vertebra immediately above the disc. The disc material underneath the spinal cord can then be gently removed.

The speed of recovery from surgery and the extent of recovery of normal function (e.g., walking) is dependent on many factors, including how fast the disc material hit the spinal cord, the degree of the damage sustained by the spinal cord and the length of time that the spinal cord has been compressed by the disc material. In general, animals exhibiting severe neurological signs (e.g., lack of sensation in their toes), a rapid onset of signs (hours or less), and/or a long period of time before surgery have a prolonged recovery period. The more severely affected animals may have varying degrees of permanent damage. Fortunately the majority of animals with disc disease that undergo surgery recover function to their limbs relatively quickly and completely.

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Here are the points that  can be used during recovery and beyond to help the body find its new normal

CV4  On the ventral midline 3 cun below the umbilicus
CV6  On the ventral midline 1.5 cun below the umbilicus
CV9 On the ventral midline 1 cun above the umbilicus
ST26 On the ventro lateral abdomen 1 cun below the umbilicus and             2 cun lateral to the ventral midline
KI13 On the ventral midline 3 cun below the umbilicus and                                .5 cun lateral to CV4
KI14 On the ventral midline 2cun below the umbilicus and                                 .5 cun lateral to CV5

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


This may be another reason dogs love belly rubs :-)


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Boo It’s That Time Again.. So Here Are A Few Tips To Make Sure Your Halloween Is Safe And Not Scary


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So it is Halloween once again, always  a fun holiday and a great excuse to dress up your favorite fur kid.

So to make sure everyone has a safe, fun and relaxing Halloween here are few tips from RFAC, along with some good links  from the ASPCA and PetMD

Pet parents with furry foodies  this one is for you :-)

Ok so we all know that chocolate is not good for dogs and cats, as well as raisins and  macadamia nuts,  especially if they are covered in chocolate.

Milk chocolate not as toxic as dark or bakers chocolate but will cause tummy upset. If you have a 90lb lab who ingests one or two mini snickers probably not a huge emergency but just keep an eye on him or her. On the other hand, if you have a little chihuahua who does the same that may  be a problem, based on weight of the dog to chocolate ratio. Either way give your vet or Pet ER  a call just to make sure you know what to look for, or go in just to be safe.

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, one ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight is potentially lethal. But the real danger lies with dark chocolate. Merck warns that deaths have been reported with theobromine doses as low as 115 milligrams per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight.

While uncooked  pumpkins and corn are not toxic to dogs  if they eat too much of either they will have a tummy ache so here are some good points to help with that

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Scaredy Cats and Dogs

For the scaredy cats and dogs it is important that they are in a nice quiet calm place. A bedroom or quiet room away from the front door is a great idea also make sure there are no open windows or ways to escape. Lots of pets get really scared with all the commotion so it is best to keep them away from all that.  There are some great calming points that you can start using         about a week out from the big night. These should help alleviate the initial panic. For dogs some essentials oils can help; lavender or peace and calm or frankincense are good choices .. Be sure to introduce gradually over the course of a week  let them sniff the oils and see which ones they like . If they have a preference you can diffuse the oil in their room or put a few drops on your hands and try petting them from back of the head to the tail. If diffusing make sure there is another room they can go to in case it becomes too much..     A Thundershirt  or rescue remedy is always good to have on hand.

“For cats rescue remedy is great but be cautious with   essential oils as they can be   toxic to cats.  Rescue remedy or bach flowers would be great  “Cats are not as well-equipped to metabolize essential oil components because they lack the liver enzyme glucuronyl transferase

For the Canine and Feline Fashionistas

So if you have a pet that loves to dress up and greet everyone at the door to show off their amazing costume Halloween is the best holiday ever :-)

Here are a few tips just to be safe

1. Obvious tip I am sure allof you know this but ….As cute as your costume is and I ‘ve seen some amazing ones…be sure it does not constrict your pets movement, hearing or site and most important.. make sure it does not constrict movement or ability to breathe bark or meow

2. Be sure to try on costumes before the big night. This allows your pet to get used the costume and have fun  If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

3. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

So have a safe happy and healthy halloween..

For more info see the links below



If Your Dog Has Allergies, Leaky Gut Syndrome May Be A Cause


Allergies are one of the toughest problems to deal with for humans and pets.

I have several clients with various allergies and 90% of the time, if they change their diet they see solid  improvement.  If your dog has severe or moderate allergies diet and digestion may be a great place to start; along with a few acupressure points to support the immune system.   (see below)

This is an oldie but a goodie from the Whole Dog Journal

Ask a dozen health experts about allergies and you’ll get at least that many theories about what they are, why they happen, and how to fix them.

What’s interesting is that even when they disagree, most allergy theories point to the same underlying causes. This is because allergic reactions are symptoms of a deeper imbalance. Dogs don’t develop allergies because they are exposed to allergens. Dogs are exposed to allergens all the time, usually with no reaction. Dogs develop allergies with implications of skin problems because something has made them vulnerable, and the culprit is often a combination of diet, stress, conventional medical treatments, heredity, and environmental factors.

Leaky gut syndrome

Also known as intestinal permeability, leaky gut syndrome is exactly what it sounds like, a condition in which damage to the small intestine creates spaces between cells in the intestinal lining, spaces that are large enough to allow fragments of partially digested food, toxins, and bacteria to migrate from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream. The results include impaired digestion, incomplete absorption of nutrients, and the presence of what the immune system identifies as foreign invaders throughout the body. The immune system responds with its usual weapons, which produce inflammation and allergic reactions.

Soon the liver and kidneys, the body’s main filters, become overwhelmed, and toxins spill over into the bloodstream, which carries bacteria, toxins, and partially digested food particles to muscles and connective tissue throughout the body. Leaky gut syndrome is blamed for respiratory and skin allergies, arthritis, irritable bowel disease, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and a host of other problems.

Leaky gut syndrome is a vicious cycle. Something (usually diet-related) causes injury to the small intestine, resulting in impaired digestion, which leads to bacterial overgrowth and other problems, resulting in further damage, and the cycle continues. Some of the conditions blamed for leaky gut syndrome include high-carbohydrate diets, antibiotics, parasites, yeast or fungal infections, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and mineral deficiencies. Some of these, such as parasite infestations, yeast or fungal infections, and mineral deficiencies, can result from the syndrome as well as help cause it.

At Reinhardt Ranch Holistic Nutrition Center for Pets in Elk Grove, California, nutritional consultant Elaine Reinhardt hears every day from people whose dogs have chronic allergies. “Leaky gut syndrome is at the root of many illnesses,” she says, “including autoimmune diseases, joint diseases, and allergic reactions. Since much of your immune function is in your gut, it makes sense to look there first. Certainly this is true when it comes to allergies.”

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Here is another great article on leaky gut from Dr Karen Becker

Story at-a-glance

  • Your pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) health depends on a healthy balance of gut bacteria
  • An imbalance of gut bacteria can lead to dysbiosis, also called leaky gut syndrome, which in turn can lead to a long list of GI and other disorders
  • The primary cause of dysbiosis in dogs and cats is overuse of antibiotics. Other contributors include a processed diet, parasitic infections, and vaccines
  • Healing your pet’s leaky gut involves addressing the diet and providing appropriate supplements
  • Probiotics play a crucial role in both preventing and treating leaky gut syndrome and antibiotic-associated gastrointestinal side effects

Here  are a few points to try out and help your pet

Points for immune system and allergies

 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 if they will tolerate that.  LI4  it is a great point for  immune issues and allergies or allergic reactions and autoimmune  . It is also a source point so balances out the immune system. Also the master point for the face and mouth

 LI11 in the outside or lateral crease of the elbow. Helps with skin issues due to heat in the blood.  Good for hot spots or itchy red skin

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 and 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 it  helps with digestive issues

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. This is a great point to increase blood flow and healing. It also reduces swelling and inflammation

Liv3 between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal balances out the liver and helps with heat rising , and angst also a great point for detox

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Acupuncture Or Acupressure Are Good Modalities To Compliment Western Based Treatment For COPD In Dogs And Cats, Or Heaves In Horses



Fall  is coming and sometimes weather changes can trigger existing issues in the body. In TCM Fall represents  metal which  is connected to air through the lungs. The lungs and the large intestine, associated with metal in Chinese medicine, both deal with purification and elimination. The lungs take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide through breathing. The large intestine absorbs water and completes the absorption of nutrients, minerals and vitamins. It also holds and eliminates waste. So if your Dog or Cat has COPD or your horse has Heaves or is prone to lung issues these points may help.

This is a human based study, but the implications for our Dogs, Cats and Horses is exciting. Acupuncture or Acupressure is the perfect compliment to Western based treatment for COPD or  Heaves in horses.  I have a few clients with COPD and St36 St40 and KI3 are a great points for easing symptoms of COPD or Heaves.  So if you have a four legged friend with COPD Acupuncture may be a great add on to your routine, but be sure and check with your Vet first…

That groundbreaking study concluded “that acupuncture is a useful adjunctive therapy in reducing” breathlessness in patients with COPD. That study showed acupuncture improving exercise capabilities, arterial blood gas, rib cage motion, respiratory function including forced vital capacity and respiratory muscle strength. Acupuncture also demonstrated a significant positive impact on the activities of daily living score. Additionally, acupuncture improved the body mass index and pre-albumin levels of patients with COPD.

Classic acupuncture points were used in this very first placebo controlled study. Manual stimulation at each needle for 3-5 minutes was performed until a de qi sensation arrived. The acupuncture points in the study were: LU1 (Zhongfu), LU9 (Taiyuan), LI18 (Futu), CV4 (Guanyuan), CV12 (Zhongwan), ST36 (Zusanli), KI3 (Taixi), GB12 (Wangu), UB13 (Feishu), UB20 (Pishu), UB23 (Shenshu). The researchers note, “We demonstrated clinically relevant improvements in DOE  (dyspnea on exertion) (Borg scale), nutrition status (including BMI), airflow obstruction, exercise capacity, and health-related quality of life after 3 months of acupuncture treatment.”

Mounting scientific based evidence now supports acupuncture for the treatment of COPD. The new research is helpful in quantifying the benefits of acupuncture for COPD patients and for setting realistic expectations regarding clinical improvements.

What are symptoms of COPD in Dogs and Cats?

In its early stages, the main symptom of COPD is chronic coughing, or coughing that persists for longer than a month. The cough is usually ‘dry’ or harsh, and gagging is common after coughing. As the disease progresses, the dog may have difficulty breathing and often has decreased exercise tolerance (tires easily) or may even faint with overexertion. Breathing may become noisy, and the pet may wheeze when exhaling. In later stages, the gums may develop a bluish tinge as a result of lack of oxygen. Dogs with COPD rarely have a fever and usually their appetite remains normal.

To learn more about COPD in dogs click below

To learn more about COPD in cats click below

To learn more about COPD aka Heaves in horses click below

Here are a few points from the study that you can try

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

KI3  top of the hock thin skin your fingers will slide into it on the medial or inside of the hindlimb it is kind of like our Achilles

ST40 Outside hind leg half way between the knee and the ankle One finger breathe lateral to the tibial crest 

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