You need to be careful with what you feed to your dogs. They can be very sensitive. They don’t have the same digestive system as human beings. You might think that they are tough enough as they can eat just about anything they see, but they are not.
They are frail in so many ways. They have allergies too just like human beings. There are even foods that will automatically cause their organs to fail. Unless you can bring them to the vet as soon as the allergies start to kick in, they might die. This is something you want to avoid.
Bananas are among the foods that we are not certain of when it comes to their safety for pets. You can relax now. Bananas are safe for dogs. It does not mean though all fruits are safe. Just because you are told by your doctor to stay healthy by eating lots of fruits, your dogs can do the same thing. Fruits have different properties. This means they may or may not be safe for your pet.
They might have some issues with fruits like cherries, grapes and walnuts. It is best to just avoid all of them if you don’t want to place your dog at risk. You always have to double check the properties of the food before you give it to the dog. Better yet, consult your vet for help.
Below is an infographic to help you out. Once you have understood what your dog can eat, eat in moderation and cannot eat, it is easier for you to check what goes into their plates. Again, if you love your pet so much, you will look into all these details before giving them anything to eat.
Canine Reflexology and other types of massage for dogs (and cats)
A massage helps to activate the self-healing powers, whereby the regeneration is promoted. Depending on the application various forms of massage are used. Below you can read al about canine reflexology and other helpful massage techniques that, in most cases, can also be applied on cats.
The manual massage is the oldest form of treatment. The massage can soothe and relax. The the other hand it can also stimulate and dynamize.
With the hands, special techniques are carried out, stroking, kneading, vibrating, knocking.
Through the massage the blood circulation is promoted, it improves tissue oxygenation, also loosenes or tones the muscles. Pain is being relieved adhesions are being released. Through direct contact, the dog or the cat relaxes mentally. In the process the life functions such as breathing, the cardiovascular system and digestive processes normalize.
Manual techniques are used when stronger structural blockages occur, such as in articulated traction to loosen the bonded joint capsules or the gentle loosening of vertebral blockages or blockages of the hip joint, iliosacral joint.
In rehabilitation, the massage takes place after surgery, joint pain, lameness, injuries, muscle tension and scarring e.g after knee surgery.
The passive exercise therapy is the movement of the diseased joints without the animal’s active participation and serves as a preparation for further therapeutic measires. During a passive motion therapy hardened, scar tissues around joints are gently being stretched and mobilized through save range of motion, after they were heated with therapeutic ultrasound.
The active mobilization calls for a strong collaborations of the animal. In an exercise parcour the animals learn specific movements and coordination. The joints are actively flexed and extended; the proprioception and balance are trained.
The biggest challenge to the entire body is the underwater treadmill. During this process a variety of desired therapeutic goals are achieved at the same time .
Trigger point massage
The trigger point massage is a special massage for tension and pain. It´s performed on known pain points in the musculature or near the joint.
A massage can be applied specifically as a lymphatic drainage also in animals, where congestion edemas are being removed and subsequently the oxygenation of tissues is promoted. It is carried out along the lymph vessels and associated tissue.
In neurological diseases special massage techniques are used, which stimulate reflexology points. The stimulation of the meridians is a form of neuro-massage which can be applied using small objects such as balls or brass pin.
Externally, reflex points of nerve nuclei in the spinal cord are stimulated manually; e.g. animals with complete paralysis of the hind limbs after disc surgery.
For working dogs, sporting dogs and older dogs a targeted relaxing massage promotes wellbeing and increases the quality of life. In this case we use a manual therapy and trigger point massage.