If Your Pup Is Grooming Obsessively Or Licking Their Paws, It May Be A Digestive Issue


Is your dog licking and over grooming? It may be a behavioral issue, or it may actually  be a sign that something  is upsetting his or her digestive track.   This is definitely something you want to get checked out by your vet, so you can address it accordingly. It can be anything from parasites to an upset in the GI tract.

“They found that 14 of the 19 dogs had some kind of gastrointestinal condition, including “eosinophilic and/or lymphoplasmacytic infiltration of the GI tract, delayed gastric emptying, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pancreatitis, gastric foreign body, and giardiasis.”

Once these issues were treated the licking subsided substantially. Check with your vet about adding a good probiotic to their diet as this supports good gut bacteria which  in turn helps calm the mind.

There are good acupressure points to support  the digestive system, and many of  these points will  also help to calm the mind and alleviate obsessive licking and worry . So either way  they are good points for your pooch….

To learn more read the article below and the abstract.



Here are a few points to try: 

LI4 is on the inside of the dew claw of the front paw  If no dew claw put your finger where the dew claw would

LI11 located on 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

 Sp6   2 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.

Liv3  between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones

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



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


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 


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


If Your Pup Is Greying Prematurely,Fear Or Stress May Be A Factor



A recent study examined the premature graying of dogs in the U.S. The researchers concluded that fearfulness, anxiety and impulsivity are significant factors in dogs that begin to go gray around the muzzle between the ages of 2 and 4

So from a TCM perspective this is interesting as the emotion of fear is housed in the Kidneys. The Kidneys in TCM oversee many aspects one of which is fur or hair . So the correlation of the study makes sense. The kidneys also oversee bone so it would be interesting to see if these pups who grey early also have early onset of joint or arthritis pain. The Kidney also opens to the ear so if you pup is very  afraid of loud noises that may also lead to premature greying

If you have a fearful pup there are many ways to help them. First if possible find the source of the fear.

Here are a few tips from Dr Karen Becker

In addition to behavior modification (for example, avoidance of triggers, desensitization and/or counter conditioning), there are many things you can do to help alleviate stress in your anxious or fearful dog. For dogs with separation anxiety:

  • Leave your dog with an article of clothing or blanket with your scent on it.
  • Leave a treat-release toy for your dog to focus on in your absence. Place small treats around the house for her to discover, along with her favorite toys.
  • Add a flower essence blend like Separation Anxiety from Spirit Essences to her drinking water. This works wonders for some dogs. And put on some soothing doggy music before you leave.
  • Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise, playtime, mental stimulation and TLC. The more full her life is when you’re around, the calmer she’ll be when you’re not.

For dogs with noise phobia:

•Play calm,  soothing music before a possible stressor occurs. This may relax your dog and have the added bonus of drowning out distressing noises.

In addition calming massage, acupressure and certain essentials oils and or bach flower remedies are a good add. For essential oils always be sure to let your pet smell and choose their oil before diffusing or applying. Having choices can be very empowering for your pup.

  • The researchers hope their study results will prompt owners, veterinarians and others to assess prematurely graying dogs for issues with fear and anxiety

For the full article click below and scroll down for some calming and fear releasing points for your pup


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 is a source point good for the kidneys which house original chi. This should help release unnecessary fears BL60 is a sister point helps with pain and stiffness in the body.
KI 27   found between the sternum and the first rib and 2nd rib two fingers off the ventral midline brings up and releases old issues, fears and thoughts or mental patterns that no longer serve them
Points to Clear Brain Calm Mind 
 Yin Tang center of the fore head at the medial edge of his eyebrow ridge. Good point to clear the brain and calm the mind also helps with anxiety and agitation…
GV20 dorsal midline between the ears there is usually a bump where the point is…revives consciousness clears brain from wind and heat
 GB 20 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, in addition it helps with brain function and connection.
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.

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Cat Parents …This One Is For You …Happy Heart Month



In keeping with are February Heart theme.. Cat parents this one is for you.

As we know, cats are very stoic and masters of hiding their ailments. Heart health is very important so here is some information including diseases, symptoms, and recommendations for your cats heart health.

Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease seen in felines. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a term used when there is no known cause, however secondary, is brought about by other conditions such as high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism etc.

Cats with secondary hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tend to be older.

The main feature of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is excessive thickening of the left ventricular wall, papillary muscles and septum.  This enlargement causes stiffening and prevents the heart from expanding (to receive blood) properly.  It may also reduce the ability of the valves to work properly, and in some circumstances obstruct the flow of blood out of the heart. Arrhythmias, irregularities of the heart beat and conduction disturbances are also common complications of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The thickened wall sometimes distorts one leaflet of the mitral valve, causing it to leak.

Fluid can leak into the lungs causing heart failure.

Blood clots can form in the left atrium and be carried into the systemic arterial system, most often lodging in the terminal artery, causing paralysis of the hind legs.

Cardio=heart, myopathy=muscle disease and hypertrophic=thickened. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tends to affect cats one to five years of age, and male cats are more commonly affected.

What are the symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

A cat with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may display no symptoms at all, but die suddenly and unexpectedly.  Symptoms may include.

  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
  • Rapid,  laboured and noisy breathing
  • Normal bpm no more than 30 bpm per minute
  • Decreased activity
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Heart murmur
  • Gagging
  • Lameness or paralysis of the hind legs

Are some cats more prone than others?

In humans HCM can be inherited as an autosomal manner. It appears Maine Coons and American Shorthairs also have a predisposition towards HCM.

How is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy diagnosed?

A physical examination may reveal abnormal heart or lung sounds, irregular or gallop heart rhythm or heart murmur, this may well be the first indication that your cat has HCM.

Echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) is the best diagnostic tool for HCM. Your veterinarian will evaluate the size, shape and functioning of the heart.

X-Ray can show if there is fluid in the chest and heart enlargement.


Blood tests including a complete blood count and chemistry panel. These can help provide information on the function of other organs. This information is important when determining methods of treatment.

Thyroid function test to determine if the cause is due to hyperthyroidism.

Arterial blood pressure to check for hypertension.

How is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy treated?

Asymptomatic cats may require no treatment, but your veterinarian will want to monitor him/her closely.

It is not possible to cure HCM, treatment is aimed at controlling symptoms and preventing complications.

The thick ventricles of HCM contract and relax abnormally, and to assist the relaxation phase some drugs may be necessary. Beta blocking drugs and calcium blocking channels may be prescribed to assist.

If the cat has congestive heart failure, diuretics may be prescribed.

Restricting activity also reduces the strain on the heart and your veterinarian may prescribe a period of cage rest.

For more information click on the links below:



Here are a few points  to keep your cat’s heart happy and balanced

LI4 Lu11 is on either side of the dew claw of the front paw
PE6 Inside of the front limb  between the tendons three cun above the crease in the wrist ( transverse carpal crease)
HT 7 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 Pe7This point is considered to be the “source point” of the Heart meridian. It is very nourishing to all aspects of the heart,this clears the mind and calms the spirit great relaxation point.
LIV3  between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones


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February Is National Heart Month… So Here Are Some Good Points And Information For You And Your Pet… Have A Happy Healthy Heart Month


Keeping your dogs heart healthy is very similar to what you would do to keep your own heart healthy. Good diet , exercise,  good oral care,low stress environment and lots of playtime  are great ways to maintain your pups heart health.

Heart disease in canines can be congenital (hereditary), but the vast majority of cases (95 percent) are acquired. It is typically a condition of middle-aged and older dogs, and involves either the heart muscle itself, or the valves of the heart.

Common heart disorders in dogs include:

  • Valvular disease. Heart valve problems are the most common type of canine heart disease. The valves of the heart weaken with age and begin to leak when the heart muscle pumps.
  • Heartworm disease. Mosquitoes are the carriers. The worms take up residence in the heart and cause disease.
  • Myocarditis – an inflammation of the heart caused by infection (usually bacterial). Myocarditis both weakens and enlarges the heart muscle.
  • Pericardial disease, in which the protective sac around a dog’s heart fills with liquid, interfering with the normal beating mechanism.
  • Arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat brought on by a problem with the body’s electrical control system.

Interestingly, one of the most common reasons for heart disease in humans, blocked arteries, is rare in dogs.


Unfortunately, heart problems in dogs are relatively common.

A heart murmur can be caused by abnormal blood flow within the heart, usually involving the heart valves. Murmurs can also be caused by problems in communication between the left and right sides of the heart.

Murmurs can be present at birth (congenital). They can also be acquired due to disease or the aging process.

Heart murmurs in puppies tend to be pretty innocent… but with older dogs it should be looked into. Heart issues can be difficult to detect but there are some signs that should not be ignored

  • Coughing that does not go away after 4 to 5 days
  • Blue or Bluish appearing tongue ( this is serious so vet  asap.)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue, weakness, loss of stamina, decreased exercise endurance
  • Too fast or too slow heart beat; increased respiratory effort, including increased respiratory rate
  • Heart rate depending on size of dog.. little guys beat faster 60-140 beats per minute
  • Breaths per minute you can count these but make sure your pup is at rest 10-35 per  minute the full up/down motion is considered one breath.

Certain breeds are more prone to heart problems:

Breed Heart Condition
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dachshund, Small breeds Acquired mitral valve disease
Bull Terrier, Rottweiler Congenital mitral valve disease
Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Labrador Retriever Myocardial failure
Cocker and English Springer Spaniels, German Shepherd, Maltese, Poodle Patent ductus arteriosus
Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, English Bulldog, Mastiff, Miniature Schnauzer, Samoyed, West Highland White Terrier Pulmonary stenosis
Boxer, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Newfoundland, Rottweiler Subvalvular aortic stenosis
Labrador Retriever Congenital tricuspid valve disease
English Springer Spaniel Ventricular septal defect

The good news is, if your pup is diagnosed with any if the above in most cases there is a lot you can do to keep them happy and healthy.

Diet and supplements play a big role in your dogs heart health, along with good dental health.

For more information on click on the link below


There are also some great acupressure points that can also help if your dog has been diagnosed, or can be used as preventative  to keep the heart strong and functional especially if your dog is on the list above.

PE6 Inside of the front limb  between the tendons three cun above the crease in the wrist ( transverse carpal crease)
HT 7 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 both sides that is actually 2 points Ht7 and Pe7
CV17 ventral midline 4th intercostal space  caudal border of the elbows
LIV3  between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal  (back legs)
KI 27 27   found between the sternum and the first rib and 2nd rib two cun off the ventral midline

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