Category: Massage

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Old(er) age

If we are lucky, our pets will be with us until they reach ‘old bones’ and this is such a wonderful time of their lives.  An old dog is wise, loving and needs your attention and love just that little bit more now.

The sad fact is that our dogs age far too quickly than we would like. There’s an old rule of thumb that seven dog years is equivalent to one human year, but it’s much more dependent on your dog’s size.

This chart gives a rough idea of how old your dog would be in human years, so you have an idea of their needs and abilities. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Old(er) age”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Neck

Your dog’s neck may be a ‘useful’ part of their form that allows you to tag them with a collar and provide somewhere to clip a lead on to, but a dog’s neck is a delicate piece of machinery and it’s not as tough as you think.

Chronic pulling on a dog’s neck from their collar, regardless of their size, will put undue stress on their neck vertebrae and muscles, and it also has the potential to cause a lifetime of painful disc disease, shoulder ailments or tracheal problems. If you have ever had a sore neck or back, you may understand the effect it can have throughout your whole body and chronic pain can easily make you feel a decade older. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Neck”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Immune system

The immune system is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that work together to defend our dogs against germs and microorganisms. When they’re at the top of their game, this system of body defenders can recognise and annihilate any invading viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, but sometimes problems with the immune system can lead to illness and infection.

A healthy, properly functioning immune system operates like the world’s most omnipotent drug. A malfunctioning immune system in dogs can open the door to a host of diseases, such as infection, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Immune system”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Healing

Rolo giving me ‘thank you’ cuddles after his self-medication session post-surgery

When an animal suffers disease, physical or emotional injury, the healing process works to restore the normality we know as health where the body is currently unbalanced, diseased, damaged or lacking in vitality.

Thinking of injury or dis-ease as a body out of balance, rather than broken or faulty is a far more gentle way of thinking, and one that suggests the ability to get back into balance with the right support. ‘Ease’ is a kind, positive word and I use this energy as part of my animal wellness therapies. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Healing”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Balls!

Does your dog lovedog chasing tennis ball nothing more than chasing and fetching a ball for you to throw over, and over, and over, and over, and over…?
Could too much of this favourite canine game have negative consequences?

Why dogs love chasing tennis balls

Our dogs’ ancestors in the wild had to rely on their hunting instinct, practising their predatory behaviours such as stalking and chasing in order to hunt and catch food to stay alive.  Compare this with your pet dog, who simply has to wander into the kitchen to find a bowl of tasty food. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Balls!”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Anxiety

If you or a loved one suffers from anxiety, then you know how scary some situations may be, but have you considered that your dog may also suffer from anxiety?

What is anxiety?

dog looking worriedAnxiety is a normal physiological reaction to the anticipation of potential (real or imagined) dangers that triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response. While a certain amount of anxiety is healthy for both us and our pets, if it is regular and continual then it can result in long term damage.
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