Ever awaken and realize you’re a bit stiff? You try to stretch your legs and they send you a pain message. Then you stretch your arms out and you feel as if rubber bands are holding you back. Dogs can feel the very same way.
As cave animals originally, dogs are programmed to stretch their legs before getting up after sleeping. When they’re young, they can easily bounce up and get going after stretching. If they’ve experienced an injury to a limb, it may not be particularly comfortable and they may not move so fast. Over-exercising can lead to tight and [...]
We get a lot of questions about crystal therapy and how to work with crystals, so today’s post is a Q&A with crystal expert Karen Ryan where she answers some of the ones we hear the most often:
Q: I am looking for an online school that teaches crystal therapy for animals, but am having a hard time finding any. Can you recommend some?
I recommend Lynn McKenzie (http://www.animalenergy.com/products.html) who does online courses and has a course offering for using crystals with animals. There are many more instructors providing related healing courses like Raindrop (http://lightwingcenter.org) but maybe not online like Lynn does. [...]
We all know that eating right is extremely important, and consistently subsiding on a diet full of processed foods and saturated fat leads to a number of disorders and diseases. And it is just as important for our pets as it is for us, but with all the conflicting information out there, how do you know what to feed your pets?
As I mentioned in my review of “Wild Health”, while reading it I had this aha moment where it really hit me that food is medicine, and not just bitter foods you don’t want to eat – everything you consume [...]
Your brand is not your logo. Your brand is the message you send about your business. It is the way you communicate that message to your clients.
Not sure if your brand is sending a clear message? The right message? A consistent message? Do you need to do some rebranding?
Ask yourself the following questions…
1. Do you know what message you are sending out with your brand? Have you kept your brand message in mind with every step you have taken to build your biz?
2. Does your brand message match your products? Have your products and services changed over time? Would you [...]
As September approached, I started to get really excited about the upcoming visit of Kathleen Prasad to Remus Horse Sanctuary. Two weeks before, I met with Sue, who is the founder of Remus and we prepared in great depth how we could support Kathleen’s visit so it ran smoothly. Therefore everyone was able to benefit from her amazing teachings.
Having being given the huge opportunity to learn Animal Reiki again with Kathleen this year, was like being a kid in a sweet shop; this was the biggest gift I could ever have. Last year I learned the lessons of being Reiki [...]
The new ACU-HORSE: A Guide to Equine Acupressure by Nancy Zidonis & Amy Snow, founders of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, is filled with how-to narrative, charts, and photographs and serves as the Tallgrass’ text book for all of the Institute’s equine acupressure courses.
Chapter Nine: Assessing Your Horse
Horses can be tricksters. Hardwired not to exhibit any weakness, they’ll do their best to stay up with the herd. When a horse is ill or injured in the wild, she’s left behind to fend for herself because the leader can’t allow the rest of his herd to become compromised. Her survival instincts dictate that she won’t [...]
A local dog walker has been very helpfully recommending my dog massage service to her clients. She asked me if I could put together a ‘Puppy Pack’ and ‘Senior Sheet’ – some documents that she could hand out to her clients who have young dogs and more elderly dogs and how massage could benefit them.
Assembling my ideas for a Senior Sheet was quite easy – things like relaxing techniques, massage movements targeting arthritic joints, passive stretches and releasing tight muscles. The Puppy Pack took me a bit longer to get my head around. But being the research nerd that I [...]
Is your horse’s back doing OK? You might want to check again. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Guelph in Canada and the University of Rennes in France found that only a small portion of back pain cases are discovered by owners and caregivers.
Below are select portions from the research article:
Comparison of clinical examinations of back disorders and humans’ evaluation of back pain in riding school horses
by Clémence Lesimple, Carole Fureix, Véronique Biquand and Martine Hausberger
Back disorders are recognized as a common problem in working horses. The estimated prevalence varies from 27% to 100% of the ridden [...]
It is the time of year when animals are exposed to fireworks and firecrackers. Fireworks are being used more and more as a way for us to celebrate; they are now commonplace at birthday parties, Christmas celebrations and New Years celebrations. While we may enjoy the brightly coloured flashes and loud sounds, unfortunately most of our pets don’t appreciate the noise with quite the same enthusiasm. They have extra sensitive hearing and can find this time of year extremely stressful, even traumatic.
Some animals cope with fireworks and other loud noises fine but a lot of the animals I have treated [...]
We recently received an interesting question from one of our readers and wanted to share it here for others to learn from as well (don’t miss the update at the end of the post). Tracey, a canine massage practitioner in the UK, wrote:
Q: Is massage safe for a bitch experiencing a phantom pregnancy? As massage affects hormones and she will already be pretty hormonal I don’t want to make things worse. Vet has signed consent form.
Answer by Lisa Ruthig, Bancroft School of Animal Massage & Lively Dog:
Increased prolactin hormone is widely thought to be responsible for most of the issues [...]