|Posted on September 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM||comments (3)|
I found a great holistic dog care book recently and I use it as my doggy bible now. It is very easy to find what you are looking for, easy to follow with lots of illustrations. It is called The Complete Holistic Dog Book by Jan Allegretti & Katy Sommers, D.V.M. Some contents include acupressure, flower essences, TCM, herbs, wholesome nutrition, bodywork and energy medicine.
I feel bonding with your pet beyond playing at the park, going for walks and playing fetch is important. To become one with your dog, so to speak. We are all one spirit, one mind! I have permission to share this with you from The Complete Holistic Dog Book.
The Tao of the Dog
The ancient philosophy of Taoism has a very important precept called wu-wei, which translates to "not doing." By practicing we-wei, you are relating to your dog withour force or interference. This "art of doing nothin" will give you a better understanding of who he really is.
Take your dog to a dog park, or a protected nature area where he can safely be off leash. Try just sitting for an hour or two, and quietly observe your friend. As you watch him move through this new environment, try to imagine what it is like to hear sixteen times better than you do, and have a sense of smell a hundred times better than your own. Which activities give him joy? How does he sense danger, and how does he respond to it? What is his connection to you? Is it comfortable and easy, or does he experience anxiety whenever he drifts away from you?
If past problems suggest your dog is not ready to be off leash with strange dogs and people, have a friend take your dog for a walk on a long leash. Go along, but only as a passive oberver, not as a participant. Walk in silence, putting all your attention on observing your dog. Can you see him "talk" through his body language? Do you recongnize the difference between a big, slow, tail wag that means, "I'm happy," and the fast, sharp wag that indicates stress or uncertainty?
Which parts of the walk does he enjoy most? When is he stressed or unsure of himself? How does his expression toward each passerby change? Is he submissive, or does his body language suggest, "Stay away from me"? Most importantly, how does your dog repond to the direction of your friend when there is tension in the situation?
You can practice wu-wei with your dog at home, too. If your dog is relegated to the back yard or a kennel every day, try sitting a few hours there with him. Perhaps you'll come to understand why he tears up the rose bed! Or you may decide that a softer bed on that concrete floor might not be such a bad idea afer all. Just oberving your dog in a passive and open way, you will be better able to interpret his unique communication style and know more intimately what makes him tick. No doubt, you will likely see your relationship with your canine companion deepen in many wonderful ways as you come to know the "Way of the Dog."
|Posted on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM||comments (4)|
Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summer time (singing) is here and so are the fleas. I do not use Advantage, Frontline or any over the counter flea collars on my cats or dogs. These products are toxic to your pets and they build up an immunity to these products that renders them useless.I have used brewers yeast w/ garlic tablets, Avon Skin So Soft and lavender essential oil. (do not use lavender on cats) All of these work. The first step in flea control is a healthy pet which starts with their diet. Fleas will infest a sick animal as I sadly witnessed first hand. My household is flea-free and I live in Southern California.
From the EPA:
U.S. and Canada to Increase Scrutiny of Flea and Tick Pet Products
Release date: 04/16/2009
(Washington, DC – April 16, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is intensifying its evaluation of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for pets due to recent increases in the number of reported incidents. Adverse reactions reported range from mild effects such as skin irritation to more serious effects such as seizures and, in some cases, the death of pets. . . . Incidents with flea and tick products can involve the use of spot-on treatments, sprays, collars and shampoos. However, the majority of the incidents reported to EPA are related to flea and tick treatments with EPA-registered spot-on products. (to read the complete EPA news release, click here) Source: Alternatives 4 Animal Health
THE SIGNS OF FLEAS:
Natural Flea Control Alternatives
1. Rosemary Flea Dip
Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and add up to a gallon of warm water depending on the size of your dog. Wait until it cools but is still warm and pour over your dog until he’s soaked. Allow your dog to dry naturally. Works especially well on hot summer days.
2.Make a Flea Collar
Take the pet’s collar or bandana and put on a few drops of eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil , citronella, lavender, or geranium. This will need to be done weekly. I put a couple of drops of lavender essential oil (100% pure) directly on my dog’s neck and base of tail and rub in. DO NOT USE OILS ON CATS
3. Brewer’s Yeast & Garlic
You can find tablets at most pet stores. They are for dogs and cats and the dosage is by weight. Liver flavored and most of my pets eat them as a treat. If not I mix it in their food. Or you can sprinkle a TBSP of brewers yeast on your pet’s food each day. Dogs over 50 lbs. can have up to 2 tsp of garlic a day, and smaller dogs can have 1/4 to 1/2 tsp a day. Garlic can be a problem for cats so don’t give them too much. Brewer’s yeast & garlic changes the flavor of your pet’s blood.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
A spoonful of this added to your dog’s water makes their skin more acidic and not-at-all tasty to fleas. If apple cider vinegar is not your dog’s cup of tea, you can dilute it 50/50 with water, pour into a spray bottle and use as a repellent.
5. Lemon Spray Repellent
Cut a lemon into quarters, cover with boiling water and let it steep overnight. In the morning, spray all over your dog, especially behind the ears and around the head generally (be careful of his eyes), around the base of the tail, and under your dog’s legs.
6. Avon Skin So Soft
Fill a clean spray bottle with 5 parts water/1 part SSS, shake, spray small amount on dog’s coat. (do not spray on face or near eyes) Gently rub in against fur to get next to skin. Brush. Helps with dry skin, makes coat shine and your pooch smells good. Can be used on cats as well, use SSS w/o sunscreen. Repeat every other day in hot weather.
7. Flea Comb
After your pet is dry, use a flea comb that is specifically designed to remove fleas. Use the comb all over their skin.
Bathing alone is ineffective for flea control. Bathing will kill the fleas on your dog or cat, but will not stop them from getting back on your pet. Bath your dog every week or every other week in the summer time. Bathing more than once a week dries out their skin.
Fill the tub. Fill a tub or sink up with water, dunk your pet up to his neck, fleas will head for high ground. Pick them off as soon as they appear.
Cedar beds make effective repellents, as long as covers are washed routinely.
Vacuum regularly and empty bags if you do not have a bagless vacuum. Fleas can live in the bags.
Flea trap-put soapy water in a shallow bowl/cake pan under a night-light by Fido’s bed (make sure Fido or Kitty will not drink it). Fleas jump at light, fall in water, kills them dead.
|Posted on April 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
The basis for a calm pet is to be calm yourself. If you are running around constantly on the go and stressed, your pet will pick up on your emotions, causing him/her stress. A good diet and exercise will help keep your pet calm and healthy. A pet enclosed all day will be excited and need a release. Provide some type of entertainment for your pet while away. There are lots of pet toys that exercise the mind.
|Posted on March 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (2)|
I have practiced Animal Reiki since July 2010. (I also practice on people). My passion is to help neglected and abused animals. I volunteer for a dog rescue and own several rescued dogs and cats. I follow my heart (spirit), my Reiki Master Teacher, and Kathleen Prasad in using Animal Reiki. I have included two informative Reiki website links.
Rei means “spirit,” and Ki means “energy,” so Reiki translates to “spiritual energy.” All things are made of energy. Reiki travels through us from the Divine Source, we are the instument used to channel Reiki into someone or something that needs healing or calming.
Everyone has access to this energy regardless of religious background or education. Reiki is mostly used through the palms, but in reality Reiki flows through all our energy centers and pathways (i.e. chakras and meridians), so is moving throughout our whole body. The more you practice Reiki, the more you will feel the energy flow.
Reiki is also used to describe a Japanese energy healing system, rediscovered by Mikao Usui in the 1920's and used today for “hands-on” healing. The origin of Reiki is still a mystery. Some believe that it is very, very old from the time of Atlantis. There are many forms of Reiki today.
Reiki energy may feel like a wonderful glowing radiance or warmth that flows through and around you. People feel different things with Reiki energy and some may not feel anything at all, but Reiki is always working or flowing.
Reiki is ideal for use with animals because it is gentle and noninvasive. Animals are very receptive to Reiki energy. It doesn’t cause stress, discomfort, or pain. Animals respond intuitively to Reiki’s power to heal emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries.
For animals who are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment.
For animals who are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method as well as a safe complement to Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, flower essences, and all other forms of healing. For example, Reiki can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, support an acupuncture treatment, and enhance the effects of flower essences.
For dying animals, Reiki is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear, and anxiety, and to ease the transition to death.
|Posted on March 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
I started using TTouch method on my pets. I foster dogs from a rescue who are stressed and ususally have some type of issue, so I am always looking for natural methods to relieve stress and anxiety in dogs. I like TTouch because you don’t need to know the pet’s anatomy to use.
I also practice Reiki (Universal Energy) usedfor healing, It is important to use your intuition as much as possible when using touch healing methods. Try not to over think what you are doing and do what comes naturally for you.
The foundation of the TTouch method is based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence-a little like“turning on the electric lights of the body.” The TTouch is done on the entire body and each circular TTouch is complete within itself. Therfore it is not necessary to understand anatomy to be successful in speeding up the helaing of injuries or ailments or changing undersirable habits or behavior.
To do the TTouch imagine the face of a clock on your animal’s body, half an inch to one inch in diameter. Place your lightly curved fingers at six o’ clock on your inaginaryclock, and push the skin around the face of the clock for one and a quartercircles. Place your thumb two to three inches from your forefinger and feel a connection between thumb and forefingers. When possible, support the body gently with your free hand, placingit opposite the hand making the circle. Maintain a steady rhythm and constantpressure around the circle and a quarter, whenter the TTouch is light or firm,pay particular attention to the roundness of the circles.
After each circular TTouch you can either move to another spot at randomor you can run parallel lines on the body by making a circle with a little slide and then another circle. Both types of movements induce relaxation and imporve self-confidence.
Most of the time clockwise circles are the most effective forstrengthening and rehabilitating the body, as well as imporving self-confidenceand performance. However, there are times when counterclockwise circles areappropriate for releasing tension. Practice both directions and trust yourfingers if they are moving in a counterclockwise direction.
Buddha Dog Animal Massage animal massage manual
|Posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
I have practiced Animal Reiki since July 2010. I have three rescued pets. My passion is for neglected and abused animals and volunteer for a local dog rescue. I practice Reiki on my pets, others and myself daily. I follow the Code of Ethics that was developed by Kathleen Prasad founder of Animal Reiki Source.
In working on myself, I follow these practices:
In working in the community, I hold the following goals:
In working with the human companions of the animals, I will:
In working with the animals, I follow these guidelines:
Copyright © 2007, Animal Reiki Source
Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad
|Posted on March 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
Tellington Touch or TTouch is a form of massage, ground exercises and training methods that help animals relax and focus, connecting their physical actions with appropriate emotional responses. TTouch is used to release fear, tension, and improve self-confidence so that learning, activity, or socialization can proceed. The Body Wrap is a TTouch technique that uses moderate pressure to comfort the mind and body during periods of stress, travel, loud noises, hyperactivity, or injury.
Start by putting the wrap on your dog when he or she is in a relaxed state, either from a massage or after a meal, so your dog begins to associate the wrap with relaxation.
Place the middle of an elastic or “Ace” bandage across the dog’s chest. Bring both ends up and cross them over the shoulders, like wrapping arms around someone in a hug. The wrap will “connect” all parts of the body: front, back, right, left, top, and bottom. The wrap needs to be snug, but check it periodically to be sure it doesn’t interfere with movement or circulation. The illustrations here are for a Half-wrap, but some TTouch practitioners may use a Cross-wrap.
Cross the bandage over the top of the shoulder blades; this is a point of balance in 4-legged animals.
Next, cross the loose ends of the bandage under the belly.
Tie the loose ends over the top of the lower back. There should be a uniform pressure around the entire bandage. As the hair compresses you may need to re-tie the wrap to have a good fit. The wrap pictured here is hand-decorated!
When finished, the figure-8 wrap surrounds the dog with comforting pressure. The wrap may only be needed for a few minutes or it can be left on as long as necessary to relieve fear, tension, or anxiety. Dogs with thunderstorm phobia may have a new confidence once the wrap is applied. Try it on more than one occasion if you are not satisfied at first. You may also treat with a Bach Flower Remedy for emotionally challenging situations. There are Flower Remedies for fear, shyness, grief and many other destabilizing emotions or behaviors.The wrap is one part of a holistic approach to mind-body wellness. Special cases will need more input from a TTouch practitioner, behaviorist, trainer, veterinarian and others to find the underlying problem and develop a long term plan for rehabilitation.
Special thanks to Maisie and her caretaker Stephanie Karabaic for showing us this useful TTouch method. Additions were made by our Certified Veterinary Technicians, Kerry Bramwell and Sue Priest.