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How to Apply TTouch Body Wrap

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM Comments 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.


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Easy Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

Posted on February 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is an inexpensive way to add flavor and supplement nutrition to your pet’s kibbles and feed your family. I use this for my dogs and cats. Very easy to make and store. Broth can be frozen for future use. Bone broth is high in minerals, collagen and other micronutrients, all easily absorbed by the body. Raw or cooked bones can be used for broth. DO NOT GIVE PETS THE BONES

Needed items: whole chicken, crock pot, spices, non-stick spray and containers if you want to freeze broth.  

Optional: Vegetables, shiitake mushroom, kelp, nettles, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, fennel seed and raw apple cider vinegar. 

Time: 7 hours 

Note: Garlic is safe to give dogs in moderation. (dogs can safely consume 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3 to 4 times a week. Dogs: 10to 15 pounds - half a clove, 20 to 40 pounds - 1 clove, 45 to 70 pounds - 2 cloves, 75 to 90 pounds - 2 and a half cloves, 100 pounds and over - 3 cloves)

Directions: Rinse whole chicken, remove innards, and place in sprayedcrock pot. Sprinkle with spices (keep in mind spices that pets tolerate). You don’t need any liquid in the pot. Set crock pot on low, cover and cook for 7 hours.

Remove all the meat from the bones. Completely cover bones with water in crock pot and cover. I put the skin back in as well, since I don’t eat skin. Raw apple cider vinegar (2-4TBSP) spices and shiitake mushrooms may be added. (strain mushrooms from broth) Includejoint bones with cartilage. (raw bones may be used or you can collect bones from your meals and freeze, rinse off any sauce) Turkey wings and legs are a good choice and can usually be requested at health foodstore meat counters at a good price.

There is not a set time to cook, but I recommend simmering bones for 24 hours. Strain mushrooms and bones from broth. Once broth is chilled in refrigerator skim the excess fat off the top. Makes about 50 oz. of broth from one chicken. It should have a jelly-like consistency when cold. Can be stored in refrigerator for 4 days. You can use any container to freeze, sush as large yogurt containers.


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