Is Your Pup A Little Constipated ? We Have A Few Points For That

constipated pup

This Summer has  been very hot and dry lots of flaky skin and allergies. In TCM the Lung/ Large Intestine Meridian is directly connected to the skin. So if the skin is dry odds are the your pup is lacking moisture which can result in constipation.

So how is your dog pooping? Not the most flowery subject but an important one.

Poop gives us so much information on how are dogs are doing. Digestion and gut health are big factors in our well being, as well as our pets.  So if your pup is having a bout of constipation, it may just be he or she  isn’t getting quite enough water in his or her diet, the diet itself, or it could be something more serious.

Constipation can happen on occassion to your pup throughout their lifetime. If it does not resolve in a few days you definitely want to make sure you see your vet, as it can be a symptom of a more serious problem in the colon.  If constipation goes on too long it can result in megacolon.

Great article below by  Dr. Becker on how to identfy constipation and what to do ; Also  a study on good points for constipation, and a few for you to try on you or your pup.  Happy Pointing…

Dr. Becker’s Comments:

Your dog is constipated when he either has difficulty pooping (and feces produced are dry and hard) or isn’t pooping at all.

If solid waste stays in your dog’s colon too long, all the moisture in it will be absorbed and stools will become dry, hard, and difficult to pass.

If the situation is left untreated, your dog’s large intestine can actually stretch to the point where it can no longer do its job effectively. This is a chronic condition known as megacolon, and is actually more common in cats than dogs. Our goal is to prevent pets from ever having such chronic and longstanding bowel issues.


Acupuncture  study for constipation


A few points to try from the study:

LI4 is on inside of the dew claw on the front paw.
ST 36 find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee.
ST25*  On the ventral midline 2 cun lateral to the umbilicus. Find your pups belly button it is usually a bit raised and bumpy and then depending on the size of your pup the point will be anywhere from one to two finger widths off the belly button
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




points  for Constipation



Is The 4th Of July Stressful For Your Pup? If So Here Are A Few Tips, Points And Essential Oils That May Help

fireworks bassett


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 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.

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.

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.

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

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


Also there are some essential oil recipes  you can try

canine calming blendfrenzy free fireworksfear free

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at Also if you do try these points please let us know if there was a change.


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

puppy first aid

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

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

Jing well  emergency



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