Category: Wellbeing

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: Grief

Our animals form strong emotional bonds with members of their family – the humans, cats and other dogs – and often suffer grief when a loved one dies or moves away.  They feel the loss as much as we do and the sudden change in house can be as traumatic to your pets as it is to us humans.

Although we don’t yet know how much dogs understand about death, it’s clear that dogs can become extremely depressed after a companion dies, so how you spot the signs of grief and how can you support your pet through this difficult time? Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Grief”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Exercise

Big or small, young or old, dogs need to exercise daily in most cases. Exercise tones the muscles, helps the body and metabolic system to function properly, and engages the mind. Dogs that don’t get enough physical activity or mental stimulation will often go ‘self-employed’ to find entertainment which results in what we consider to be destructive behaviours.

While some breeds have special needs that have to be taken into account, and dogs slow down as they age, they still need to take part in some form of daily activity to avoid them becoming bored, frustrated and unhealthy. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Exercise”

A-Z of dog wellbeing: Coat and skin

Komondor dog

Your dog’s general coat appearance is a good indicator of their general health. A healthy coat should be shiny and smooth, not brittle or coarse, and healthy skin should be supple and clear, not greasy, flaky or bumpy.   What options are there to help improve your dog’s coat?

Why is the coat and skin so important?

The skin is the largest organ of your dog’s body and it does an amazing job:
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Missing you already!

Missing you alreadyAs i left home today for my ‘day job’ (the one that’s paying for me to learn about healing with energy!), a thought struck me…

The dog’s don’t care that I’m going off to work.

This is a revelation to me – not because I think they don’t love me any more; I know they do – but because they are relaxed.  Skye is at one end of the sofa, curled up with her head on the arm, and like a matching bookend, Zen is leaning on the other arm.

Pretty unremarkable you think? Continue reading “Missing you already!”

Introducing… Skye

Introducing SkyeAt the time of writing this post, Skye is about to turn 5 years old.  It feels like she’s been with us forever, and also no time at all.  If I had to pick three words to describe Skye, I’d have to go for:

  • cuddly
  • funny
  • loving

She loves nothing more that a snuggle on the sofa (or the bed if she has the chance) and will happily spend hours asleep with her head in your lap, or perch with her bum on your shoulder like a very wonky parrot! Continue reading “Introducing… Skye”

Introducing… Zen

Introducing ZenMy baby girl, Zen.

Born in 2012, she suffered a reaction to the vaccines she was given at 8 weeks old and since then has shown signs of autism.

Who knew that dogs could be autistic?
Not me!

I think her symptoms are similar to what we’d describe as Asperger Syndrome.  It affects how she perceives the world and interacts with others; she sees, hears and feels the world differently to other dogs. She finds eye contact hard, and it can make her reactive and fearful, and physical contact with strangers is a definite no-no. Continue reading “Introducing… Zen”

Introducing… Me!

Introducing meHello!

I guess I should start by introducing myself.

My name is Lesley.  I’m a 40-something dog lover.  I have a day job I like, but don’t love and I’m looking to learn some methods for helping my dogs live to a ripe old age with oodles of love, heath and happiness.

The ‘big plan’ is to learn enough so that I can turn this passion into a profession in a few years time but for now, I’m learning.

And this is my journey.