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…

For any sudden acute injury see your vet ASAP.

These points may help with regeneration

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



If Your Pet Lives In A Household With Smokers … This Is An Important Read



Living in a house with a smoker puts dogs, cats, and especially birds at greater risk of many health problems. If you are a smoker keep a close eye on your pets for respiratory symptoms from sneezing to coughing to wheezing.

Even if you smoke outside, the smoke that lingers on your hands and clothes is extremely toxic to your pets.  There have been several findings linking certain cancers and a number of  respiratory issues to pets that live in a smoking household.

We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but what might surprise many pet-owners are the dangerous effects that same smoke can have on their four-legged loved ones after some time.

Second-hand smoke isn’t just dangerous for people…it’s also dangerous for pets.

Dogs exposed to second-hand smoke have more eye infections, allergies, and respiratory issues including lung cancer. A study at Colorado State University demonstrated that dogs living in smoking environments also had an increased incidence of nasal cancer. Interestingly, the length of a dog’s nose is associated with the type of cancer incurred from inhaling second-hand smoke.

“the incidence of nasal tumors is 250% higher in long nosed dogs living in smoke
filled environments”

Long nosed dogs are prone to nasal cancer while short nosed dogs often get lung cancer. Here’s why. Long nosed dogs (Collies, Labradors, Dobermans, etc) have increased surface area in their nasal canals that traps inhaled particles. The toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke accumulate in the nasal mucus, putting long nosed dogs at greater risk for tumors in their lengthy snouts. In fact, the incidence of nasal tumors is 250% higher in long nosed dogs living in smoke filled environments. Short noses aren’t effective “trappers” and allow more inhaled particles and carcinogens to reach the lungs. That’s why short nosed dogs (Pug, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, etc.) develop more lung cancer than their long-nosed friends.

“Cats that live in a smoky environment are at greater risk of developing lung cancer”

What about cats? Cats that live in a smoky environment are at greater risk of developing lung cancer, which makes sense because cats have short noses. Unrelated to nose length, felines that inhale second-hand smoke also have a higher incidence of lymphoma. Cats exposed to smoke are about 2 times more likely to develop lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes that carries a poor prognosis for survival. That rate increases with the length of time a cat lives in a smoky household.

‘Cats that groom excessively develop tumors in their mouths from licking off toxic particles
that accumulate on their fur” 

As if second-hand smoke isn’t bad enough, cats suffer health consequences from “third hand smoke”, which is the residue that clings to furniture, rugs, and pet fur long after the air in the room is cleared. Cats that groom excessively develop tumors in their mouths from licking off toxic particles that accumulate on their fur from smoke-filled air. These tidy felines expose the mucous membranes in their mouths to carcinogens that cause oral tumors. Good hygiene is not healthy in this case. Is it possibly better to be a dirty dog?

Birds are other pets that are affected by second-hand smoke. Birds have respiratory systems that are extremely sensitive to airborne pollutants making them very likely to develop respiratory problems (pneumonia) as well as lung cancer when exposed to second-hand smoke. These feathered pets also have a higher risk of skin, heart, eye, and fertility problems when housed in smoky environments.

read the full article below


So if you do live in a house with a smoker or your friends, relatives, dog walker or pet sitter smokes . Its really importnt to keep your pets immune system strong. Here are a few tips and of course some points to help out your pets.

Get a quality air filter unit and keep up with filter changes as recommended by the manufacturer. Open doors and windows to allow your house to breathe and offer fresh air to your pets, especially those trapped inside all day (usually cats and birds).

Feed a species apporpriate diet to boost your pets immune system.

Pull blood every six months get a CBC panel

If you have a bird serioulsly considering rehoming them

Consider quitting. If you haven’t done it for the sake of your own health, maybe concern for the health of your furry or feathered best friend will be the motivation you need to give up your smoking habit once and for all.


Points to boost immune system and support respiration

LI4 is on the inside of the dew claw of the front paw, where it attaches to the 2nd metacarpal aka the paw  If no dew claw then just lightly put your finger tip on the spot where it would be lightly move your finger in a circular motion.
LU7 Inside of the front leg 1.5 cun  above the crease of the carpus.
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.      
ST 36 find the front of the knee, and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee
LIV3 between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal
LIV2 medial aspect of the 2nd digit distal to the metatarsal phalangial joint

resp and immune points





Summer is Almost 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, has a medical condition ie laryngeal paralysis, or is a senior  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….


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


heatstroke blog updated



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.


Try this point and see if it helps your pup.

Presentation GV 14 blog


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.”

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

st36 large breed