Dog Health Care

Hydrotherapy for Dogs is a Form of Pet Physical Therapy

Underwater Treadmill for the Health of a Dog

Dogs in Water and on a Treadmill

Any form of hydrotherapy for dogs whether in a pool or underwater treadmill, is pet physical therapy. An underwater treadmill is very beneficial if used in the right fashion and with trained professional hydrotherapists. Canine hydrotherapy or as some call it aquatic therapy, is one of the most amazing methods of physical therapy for your dog.

The potential uses of hydrotherapy for dogs are huge. Many of them being:

  • Rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery
  • Osteochondrosis dissecans, fractures of sorts, cranial cruciate ligament ruptures, hip joint replacement
  • Neurological injuries
  • after intervertebral disk surgery
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Hip Dysplasia

    What are we waiting for?

    There are certain conditions hydrotherapy is not recommended for as a physical rehabilitation modality. These would fall into the category of:

  • Heart disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Open or weeping surgical wounds
  • Infections
  • Infectious skin diseases or other infections

 

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Dog Licking – Why Dogs Lick

Dog Licking – What is it all About?

I Call it Kissing, Some Call it Other Things!

Dogs licking your face, your hands, your feet, and anywhere else they find is irrisistable to taste with their tongue! Some don’t mind it and some find it repulsive! Look on the alternative and postive side to it, we could get away without a shower or bath the way some of these dogs lick!

There is more than one reason why dogs lick. Firstly, you should know that a dog’s saliva has healing properties in it and it has been said that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. Now I know some of you may disagree with that fact but if you look up the research, you may be very surprised! Personally, just knowing that fact gives me a sense of comfort whenever a dog licking episode occurs and in the back of your mind you are going gross, yuck, enough!

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So do you have a licking dog? Dog licks have many special meanings. Here are just a few: Continue reading

The Scary Flea – All About Fleas

You Have a Dog with Fleas

What is a flea and how do we take them off of this planet

Undeniably, fleas on a dog equals fleas in your home, fleas in the carpet, fleas in bed and fleas in every other potential hiding place like in your socks, in your pants and many other places! Let’s face it, I don’t know anyone who is friends with fleas. Not even your best friend likes them. So why do fleas hang around and move in where they’re not wanted?

Like the old saying goes, “you can run from them but you can’t hide,” couldn’t be truer. Fleas move from host to host by jumping with their super powerful legs. Fleas can cause our dogs to suffer from hair loss, inflammation and skin infections, and open sores from constant scratching. Some dogs are hyper-sensitive to the flea saliva and it will drive them nuts with gnawing and itching.

How do you know if your dog has fleas? Do the belly rub and look for flea dirt. Not to gross you out, but Continue reading

Why is Dog Massage Needed

There are Four Common Stress Areas in Dogs

Dogs and their Muscles Need Massage Therapy

There are four common stress areas in dogs, these areas being where several muscle groups attach. When a dog is performing any intense physical exercise, these areas will show tension varying from mild tightness to chronic contracture to even spasms. When a dog is recovery from injuries or surgery, there will be compensating muscle tension on the other limbs, the back and the neck.

The four common stress points are:

  • head and neck
  • shoulders and forelimbs
  • back and rib cage
  • hind quarters and hind legs

A dog uses its head to balance the rest of their body. We can witness this by watching when a dog runs; the downward swing of the head helps propel the rear legs off the ground as the dog runs forward. When a dog plays tug of war there is a huge  amount of strain being placed on the entire rest of the body as well as the neck area. You can start to see how dog massage can really help these robust beings!

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The Truth About Hydrotherapy for Dogs

Hydrotherapy for Dogs is Powerful

Here’s Startling Proof of How Dog Hydrotherapy Works

Every once in a while we come across someone or a dog that profoundly changes our lives. The magic in that transcends beyonds words. These are the little life lessons and teachings that come our way by angels.

One day I met such a person and such a dog, who profoundly changed my life. I didn’t think something so out of the ordinary yet so incredibly ordinary, could have tugged heartaches  from my soul. But it did. It did because I witnessed a miraculous recovery and such enormous love between a guardian and her companion dog. This is what hydrotherapy and love is all about. About never giving up on those you love and being there for them all the way down the line.

I cannot emphasize enough how hydrotherapy can be life altering for people and dogs. Witness this for yourself…it will change your life!

A Story About Me

To learn more and to offer your companion all that you can, check out my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

 

Dog Symptoms and Kinesiology

Symptoms in Dogs

Kinesiology is Incredibly Useful for Feedback on Dogs

The following is an excerpt from Chapter Two in my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

“This is a form of muscle testing which is very useful in checking various muscle groups for strengths and weaknesses, to help determine what the proper therapy is for a dog. Essentially, this is a muscle to organ to gland connection, to determine what the cause of illness is. By checking the resistance of the muscle when tested against various substances, we can see if this is empowering to the body or disempowering.

To test an animal, a surrogate holds the substance in his/her hand and places this hand on top of the dog’s body while being tested. With the surrogate’s other arm extended parallel to the ground, the therapist presses down on the arm to determine the strength of the muscle. The surrogate’s ability to hold that arm upward against the pressure determines the energy field. The energy flows from the dog through the surrogate and the weakness or strength will be visible in the surrogate’s body. There will be either a strong, normal or weak response and the therapist can then determine structural, chemical, emotional or energetic imbalances. Applied kinesiology can help the following dog symptoms:

• Ongoing back pain
• Confused animals
• Depressed animals
• Dogs with digestive problems
• Allergies in dogs
• Dog symptoms with chronic and acute fatigue
• Neck pain symptoms in dogs
• Nervous system disorders in dogs
• Nutritional imbalances
• Trauma from injuries
• Pain relief in dogs
• Mental, physical and emotional stress
• Incontinence
• Anxiety in dogs
• Phobia symptoms in dogs

Muscle testing is a system of obtaining feedback to determine…”

Go Ahead and Test Me

To read more about his amazing modality, check out my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

Anxiety in Dogs

Dog Stress

Dog Anxiety can underlie many challenges

The following is an excerpt from page three in my e-book, “Solutions for Incredible Health and Longevity for Your Dog:”

“To help reduce anxiety and keep it in check, dogs need a structured and consistent routine within the family network. They need to know what’s expected of them as they look to you for cues on how to behave. If they don’t know, they can become:

  •  over-protective
  • worried 
  • over-reactive

They are masters at reading your body language, and facial expressions. That is how the species communicates with each other. They also can tune in to your mental and physical energy instantly.

Dogs need to know what is expected of them. By knowing the protocol, their confidence is increased as is their sense of security. All this leads to a well balanced and happier dog.

Our dogs need regular outlets for their energy. They need to be stimulated with toys and activities. Their intelligence and their physical energy will be used in constructive manners instead of destructive. Maintain a routine with your dog. Walk with them, play with them, train them, groom them and try Tellington Touch.

A stressed dog will generally show it in their behaviour. Signs such as the following can indicate that your dog is dealing with some stress…

You can read more on dog anxiety and dog stress in my e-book, “Solutions for Incredible Health and Longevity for Your Dog

How to Stretch a Dog

Safely and effectively stretch your dog

 Five basic guidelines to follow:

The following is an excerpt from Chapter Two, on Holistic Dog Care, from my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs”

• “The muscles should be warm. By increasing the blood flow to the muscles, the tissues get heated up. This in turn lubricates the joints and prevents injuries. It also provides the best stretch and increased range of motion. Warming up the muscle can be done by exercising for a short period first. Over time the joint integrity decreases and so this is very important for older dogs. An excellent exercise for this is swimming, but if that is not possible a short ten minute walk outside or on a treadmill will do.

• The muscles should be completely relaxed. The muscle will not stretch properly unless it is completely relaxed. Make sure you are relaxed and calm when you begin, because if you are stressed or pressed for time the dog will feel it. Place your hands on the dog and stroke her/him while taking some deep breaths. The only way to get an effective stretch is to have the dog lying down. Also recognize that some of the body positions can be intimidating or threatening to certain dogs. If your dog is rigid, excessively panting, shaking, pawing, kicking, yawning, showing the whites of their eyes, licking their nose or squirming, your dog is telling you that they are either stressed, in pain or scared. Stop and give it a break. If your dog growls at you it is advised to see a veterinarian to make sure everything is medically okay.

• The joint needs to be stabilized. If the bones are held properly, it sends a message to the brain that the joint is secure and the muscles can now relax. To achieve this you have to hold the bones above and below the joint confidently and steadily.

• Stretch the limbs using a straight plain movement. This is achieved by holding the long bones of the limbs in alignment with the joint. By stretching in this fashion we prevent injuring the dog by stretching something we never intended to, like the medial ligaments of the stifle. This is very important for the stifle joint and the hip joint. With the frequency of hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and cruciate ligament tears, it places both of these joints at a risk for injury. If your dog has underlying conditions do not stretch them until you have gained clearance from your veterinarian.

• The stretch of the muscle needs to be held for at least 30 seconds. By holding it this long it reaches both the elastic and non-elastic fibers of the muscle. After the 30 seconds of stretching, the fibers will return to their natural state and the integrity of the joint and the muscles surrounding it will be improved.

The following are maintenance stretching routines for a healthy dog…”

You can read more on stretching your dog, along with pictures demonstrating how, in my e-book ,  “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

Do You Have a Constipated Dog?

There are Many Ways You Can Help a Constipated Dog

Constipated Dogs Can be Made “Regular”

There is nothing worse than going on poop patrol with your dog and discovering that nothing wants to come out the other end! When we walk around with our dog and wait and wait and encourage  them to go, and they try desperately but can’t seem to get it to move…we start getting stressed. It’s as simple as that. Now that we all are  stressed, our dog picks up that energy from us and there is no way they will ever be able to go! We have a constipated dog!

The viscious cycle of constipation in dogs is not good for them and it is not good for us. Everyone gets stressed over it and stress is just as bad as a dog with constipation. Just like stress shrivels up our vitality with life so does dog constipation shrivel up their stools and make life more difficult to pass those little rockets and run around enjoying life.

To recognize a dog that is constipated, you will see them straining to go and the end result will be hardened and dried up little balls. The dog may only defecate once every three days and that is not a good thing. A healthy dog will defecate once or twice every day, depending on their doggie diet and lifestyle. There are many reasons… Continue reading

Are Your Dog Paws Neglected?

Dog Paws and Their Needs

Why the Dogs Paw Needs Attention

 Our dog paws need protection from the elements and from injury just like our feet need protection. Despite them having tougher skin and a fatty cushioning for protection, they endure much wear and tear and are constantly subjected to potential injuries. In addition to this, if their nails are not kept trim, their dog feet will suffer and they could wind up with additional injuries.

When we realize that our dogs paw pads are subjected to many adversities, we will look at them a little more closely. In fact, we need to examine their dog feet everyday. By examining them we are not allowing any foreign object to become deeply embedded should there be something stuck in the webbing between their toes or in the paw pads themselves.

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