Dog paw care tips
Much movement outdoors is not only good for pet owners but for their four-legged companion as well: It toughens up and strengthens the immune system. When the biped are protected from coldness and ice by wearing big winter boots, dogs are barefooted even in winter.
Now the paws are strained and need increased attention by the dog owner. Thawing salt outside in housing areas is unavoidable and attacks the bale enormously. Therefore it is recommendable to rinse off the paws with luke-warm water after every walk. To avoid the paws from getting rough and chapped, rub them with vaseline or deer-sebum after washing. Also marigold-, elderflower- and chamomile-salve as well as amber- or lavender oil are suitable for pad-care.
Special caution with frozen water surfaces. Thin ice on puddles may break easily and the dog’s paw might get hurt by resulting sharp edges. If a cut just happened, apply poultices of comfrey, yarrow or chinese cress and marigold-douches and salve may help additionally.
Do not take your quadruped ice skating: In the heat of the moment your dog can slip easily and may crick painfully.
If your barking companion just twisted in the deep snow, external poultices with arnica, marigold, yarrow or witch hazel can help and arnica-globules support inner healing. Also light therapy and reflexology of course are popular and effective remedies to help and relieve pain as soon as possible.
If your hairy fellow already suffered sore bales or an open paw injury, keep his foot protected with a special dog bootie from a pet shop or veterinarian. Take care that the bootie fits optimously and does not rub. Furthermore it should be waterproof for walks outdoors but you should take it off or change to an air-permeable shoe indoors. Otherwise the dog may sweat which causes an additional irritating salty-moist milieu. Long-haired quadrupeds freeze less during the cold season than their short-haired companions, but snow may also become a drag for them: Especially at their legs and paws the snow forms small and big snow balls which interfere the dog’s walking. That’s why the dog’s fur needs to be shorten in these particular areas. If snow lumps are already formed in their fur, you should rather cancel your walk and carefully detach the balls with luke-warm water back home.
After an eventful winter day outdoors, the dog paws earned a relaxing wellness care at home.
A foot- or face reflexology e.g. provides new energy for your quadruped. Take the paw inside your hand and massage it for general regeneration and stabilization with your thumb on top and your other fingers underneath. The finger movements should be circling.
For more information to reflexology for dogs browse through our website.
Healthy food that is also appropriate to the species requires a lot of knowledge, because the animal has to get all the nutrients needed for healthy growth and a life full of activity. The food must therefore contain an optimal mix of proteins, natural fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and trace elements.
Differences in diet between dog and cat
Dogs and cats are both carnivores and thus have very similar requirements for their food. The few differences are:
• Cats have a higher protein requirement. They are extreme carnivores.
• The dog has a better digestive system
• Cats eat their food in a dry place and at rest; the food is
thereby better crushed. Dogs wolf it down.
• The esophagus of the cat has some narrow passages. Therefore, the cat may not eat large chunks at a time.
• The cat needs taurine (= a breakdown product of the amino acids cysteine and methionine).
• Cats drink rather little and take the moisture rather on with food. That’s why
dry food can be especially harmful.
How should a healthy compound feed look like?
high meat content of over 90% for good meat and offal
no grain, no soy, no corn
meat in real food quality, so no meat and bone meal
no odors and attractants
no extra fat additions (such as oils)
no flavor enhancers
No plant and cereal flours
Each feed must specify analytical values (raw protein, raw fat, raw fiber, raw ash). Basically, however, you can not tell whether these general ingredients come from animals or plants. Only one value of raw protein in indicated in the analysis, which does not distinguish between animal and vegetable protein. Only due to the raw materials used can be deduced that virtually all proteins are meat derived and therefore can be well utilized.
Please make sure that 100% is listed of what is really inside! Essentially the following applies: Information in brackets can only refer to the information written before the brakets. This means that a percentual value in brackets does not say much.
For example, if given an extra oil, it can be assumed that it is inferior meat (trimmings) that must be upgraded by the oil. The food is often still stold quite expensive.
Catmint, green-lipped mussels, Cranberris etc. have no place in the daily feed. This only serves the buyer to make the food more interesting and to hide the often bad taste of the ingredients.
In order to clarify the whole thing, here are a few common fodder in comparison (the names have been omitted):
– cereals, meat and animal derivatives, minerals
→ In this declaration, only the item names are given. It is an enclosed declaration. It does not state how much of which is in the feed and what it actually is. Cereals comes first, i.e., of which most is in the feed.
– rice, poultry meal, corn, animal fats, vegetable protein isolate, maize gluten feed, barley, animal protein (hydrolysed), minerals, vegetable fibers, fish oil, fructo-oligosaccharides
→ In this declaration, the various components are given separately. Therefore, it is an open declaration. There are no percentages given. Rice comes first, which means it is the biggest portion of the feed content.
– beef (95%), vegetables (zucchini, broccoli and carrots) min. 4%, vegetable oil, taurine, sea salt, minerals, vitamins
→ The 95% says nothing. O95% of what?? It may be diverse (beef) meat waste, of which 95% are then indeed meat, but how high the proportion of meat really is, is not seen here. The oil and the salt suggest inferior meat.
– 95.3% meat and animal derivatives (min. 60% poultry, min. 10% turkey, min. 20% beef), vegetables 0.3%, 4.4% minerals
→ This is a typical (closed) declaration. It describes the group names, this still extended by additional information. The percentages add up to 100%. THIS IS HOW THE FODDER DESCRIPTION SHOULD APPEAR, only then can you be sure that food that is appropriate to the species is fed.
The wrong food fed on a regular basis can cause health problems for your pet. If your pet is already suffering from an illness due to poor pet food quality you should firstly change the food brand following our advise and also visit our Shop to help your beloved pet ot recover faster with Reflex Therapy or Color Light Therapy.
Reflexology for dogs and other alternative treatments
Reflexology for dogs
The main parts of the reflexology for dogs are their paws, the face and mainly their ears. This is where all the energy points hit each other, which bear on the several body parts and organs.
The reflexology stimulates both the blood flow and the metabolism.
Even for diagnostic procedures, the sensibility of the several ear energy points is very significant.
Reflexology for dogs is very popular to be used for managing pain and diseases, but also against/for emotional and behavioural disorders. The tip of the ear is the most important point in an emergency situation such as a shock.
Jin Shin Jyutsu – Japanese balance flow
Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient art of harmonizing the life energy in the body rediscovered by Master Jiro Murai in the early 20’s. His student Mary Burmeister brought his knowledge to the United States and through her students today it is known world wide. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a soft but very effective healing method, whose foundation is based on the 26 energy points. These energy points can lead to blockades in the body for various reasons like living conditions, lifestyle, poor nutrition or stress. The japanese healing flow is a holistic therapy method, which can revitalize the energy flow by laying the hands on the right energy points and therefore unify body, mind and soul in harmony. This process also known as „The Flow“ has a relaxing effect, promotes the overall well-being and provides your inner harmony and serenity. Dogs enjoy the inner warmth and end the therapy session most of the time on their own/by themselves by leaving the place full with energy. A benefit of this therapy is that the owner can also exert this treatment anytime at home.
The acupressure is a technique of traditional chinese medicine. This technique is different from acupuncture. Instead of stimulating the energy points by needles, it is stimulated by pressure. In the TCM humans and animals are classified into different types with their particular characteristics, which is helpful for the selection of the therapy. The owner can absolutely perform the acupressure itself/himself. It is recommended as with any treatment to choose a relaxing and stress-free time for a therapy session.
Meridians are energy pathways in the body which vital energy is said to flow.
There are twelve main meridians in TCM on each side of the body which are believed to correspond to an organ.
Meridian massage Meridians are energy pathways in the body which vital energy is said to flow. There are twelve main meridians in TCM on each side of the body which are associated to an organ/functional circle and time, when the energy at intervals of two hours flows especially intensive.
This circle is divided into three convolutions:
Circulation = lung-colon-stomach-milt
Circulation = heart-small bowel-bladder-kidney
Circulation = pericard- 3heater -gall bladder-liver
In contrast to the acupressure with this treatment you don’t just stimulate the acupuncture points but the whole meridian gets stimulated with a metal rod.
Linda Tellington-Jones developed 1974 the TTEAM-method and the Tellington Touch, which is popular in over 30 countries. The TTEAM is a, with several movements of the hand massage with pressure which you conduct clockwise on the animals body. This method creates an emotional balance and improves/strengthens the relationship between human and animal.
The circumdation of the Tellington Touch influences through intensity, as well as fast or slow motions if the dog shall be calmed or activated. Important are the skin movements arising in the one and a half rotations and consistently repeated sit up. The Tellington Touch releases tensions, eases pain, strengthens circulation and accelerates the healing process. Also contusions, bruises, being in the state of a shock and many other disorders are improved by the Tellington Touch.
When applying reflexology for dog’s anxiety and depression the neurovascular reflex points on the head act in emotional stress reduction quickly for relaxation.
This is how to do reflexology for dog’s anxiety and depression: Both areas are also called “stress reduction points” or “happiness points”. This exercise can be done anytime and everywhere. Gently touch your dog’s head (without harassing the dog). Place your hand softly and consciously on the head of the dog and start to massage with your thumb and forefinger the reflex zones by moving them in a circle.
Please note: Depending on the head shape, these areas may vary slightly (a greyhound has a different head shape than a Chihuahua or a Papillion).
If your dog is very sensitive on the head, be very careful and better stroke once gently on the head, the reflex zones can be touched at another time. Please never stroke too close to the eye sockets, which is very uncomfortable for the dog.
This is how reflexology affects the dog: there are a lot of nerve endings on the head, Acupuncture points and reflex zones. The so called “happiness points” can act relaxing very quickly and uncertainty and excitement through stress and fears can be minimized. This also has very quickly a relaxing effect on the dog.
Important for shy dogs: because of the stimulation or better blood circulation, the fight and / or flight mechanism are prevented and new behavior reactions are possible.
Case study: The dog of a friend showed sometimes an increased level of extreme nervousness in many human and dog encounters. Through the „happiness points “, he was able to learn to stay calm and relaxed in different situations. At first she had to repeatedly touch the points, then less and less.
The reflexology treatments have led to a more enjoyable stay very fast with a severely traumatized and fearful Greyhound. The dog showed a total fixed look and partly it seemed as if he would be frozen in his emotions.
From the beginning he accepted the touching of the „happiness points “, and sometimes it seemed that he would request the treatment.
This massage for this dog was supportive and important, as to reduce the extremely high body tension and to avoid the fixed look.
If you also have a dog with anxiety or fears visit our Shop to find the right protocol to apply on him at your home.
In this video you can see how a friendship between a cat and a dog is created – right from the beginning.
A small red kitten meets a big brave Golden Retriever. The orphaned kitten Koda was drafted at the age of four weeks at the dog owners and was so small that he still fit in a hand.
In addition to a loving rearing with the bottle it has immediately found a great friend, cuddly partner and protector in the Golden Retriever Keelo. While Koda preferred cuddling in the dog’s coat in the beginning, he soon started the first game of cavort experiments with him. Then they ate together, simultaneously cleaned and cuddled and played of course, like there’s no tomorrow. A dream team, these two!
What a lovely story… We´d love to see more of those two. Wouldn´t you? Leave comment below.
Here’s another felina-canine friendship: Reflexology for Dogs (by a cat)
Reflexology for Dogs
This cat obviously does reflexology for dogs on a professional basis and earns its goodies by treating dogs who are in desperate need of a relaxing reflexology massage!
No, seriously… animals know the benefits of physical touch and instictively press their paws into fellow pet´s bodies (and faces). When applying reflexology for dogs on your own canine you will notice how easy it is to give your pet a soothing and effective treatment for his ailment (or just for fun).
Reflexology for dogs is a great complimentary treatment method because it´s 100% natural, painfree (unless you have to press an injured body part, in this case you can use our Color Light Therapy) and highly effective.
Best flea treatment for dogs Tip: The success of using natural products for fleas
If your dog is suffering from fleas today, we have two excellent tips to make them go away!
Natural shampoo to remove lice and fleas
A shampoo to eliminate lice and fleas is generally a product that contains many toxins. Toxins and heavy metals are very unhealthy and can cause serious health problems for dogs and cats.
For example, these products often create skin problems:
The animal begins to lose hair
It itches until it bleeds
The hair becomes dull and lifeless
All these signs are a visible expression of an animal’s health not being optimal.
The best flea treatment for dogs and cats is a natural flea treatment! With your dog’s already irritated and itchy skin, the last thing you want to do is put chemicals on it that could stress its immune system even more. If the flea control label tells you to wash your hands after applying it to your pet, how safe is it really for your pet?
Try to control your dog’s scratching while getting the flea situation under control. Too much and too intense scratching can lead to inflamed and even damaged skin. When this happens, your dog could get secondary skin infections.
Best flea treatment for dogs Tip #1:
For immediate itch relief from flea bites, use natural itching remedies, if possible organic. These products you apply directly to the flea bite(s) and surrounding area and will decrease the itchy feeling within minutes.
Best flea treatment for dogs Tip #2:
Quick relief for dogs with dry, itchy skin and allergies.
If it seems like your pet is itching all-over, then an orange peel bath may be the best bet. Orange peel baths are a natural way to reduce inflammation and soothe your pet’s skin.
Do you like natural options for your pet’s health and care?
If you are a real dog lover your dog is the best friend in your life and you will always do the best in the world for your best friend.
Taking care of a dog, a cat or a horse is at least as important as taking care of a child or another family member you love.
Today there are many options when choosing food, supplements and other products for the care of your beloved pet. It is easy to be confused and chose the right food, good bides and hygienic products.
Maybe you take care of yourself consuming organic food, natural therapies and products, so why not do the same for your pet(s)?!
If you like to know more about the subject, read on…
How to use food as medicine when your dog or cat is ill or when he has dysfunctions such as Ear infections, Diabetes, Allergy, Skin problems and more….
The market of organic food products is quickly growing. The same phenomenon, although more recent, is being observed in the world of pre- cooked meals for dogs and cats. It is the living style of a new society aware of and respectful for the environment.
This ecologist tendency has arrived to the animal world, and although big companies don’t really like this concept, organic food is gaining more followers every day. The advantage of these products is that they guarantee not having been treated with chemical products, colorants, or additives.
The great difference between organic food and the conventional one is that the first are produced with controlled raw material; meaning free of additives, transgenic, preservatives, and the meat is not treated with antibiotics or stimulants. These products are very important if talking about dogs and cats with food intolerance or with tendency to suffer pathologies like colitis, inflammatory intestinal disease, ear infections or dermatological problems.
The skin of dogs cats and horses turns into a shiny and healthy looking hair; A sign of a healthy pet.
Bauke from Holland wrote;
I used the reflex chart you send me for my dog’s ear infection. My dog did not like it very much because it was too painful. But I noticed he urinated much more frequently, when I did the treatments. I did it some weeks but it gave him stress because of the pain. I think it was painful because of his chronic ear infections for very long time. He have had ear infection during 3 years nearly constantly.
As you told me about ear infections in relation to food, finally I decided to try to change his food into a wheat free organic food. So I bought different food without grain. Now I give him biological meat and dog kibble. He is fine ever since, no infections at all!
Thank you for your help, maybe I can use the dog reflexology charts in the future, if he has problems with his health.