Winter Blues…

We’ve still got a few more weeks of winter. UGH. How are you and your dog holding up? If you and your pal seem a bit more subdued than usual, don’t worry. It’s natural for this time of year to be a bit low key.

We are storing up and hunkering down but soon we will need and want to expend all that energy when we get a whiff of Spring air. Your dog will know when it’s coming and start feeling a little restless wanting to relieve some of that cabin fever.

In the meantime, take advantage of the solitude and quiet time to rest and reflect. That’s what your dog does and how many times do we talk about being more like our dogs when observing their unconditional love they dole out on a daily basis? My dogs remind me of all the blessings I live with everyday.

Traditional Chinese Medicine tells us that this time of year our Kidney’s and Bladder are doing their work of storing up from the Fall harvest in anticipation of the rebirth of the season of Springtime. The Kidney’s, with it’s sister Meridian the Bladder, are known as the ‘Root of Life’ and make up the fundamentals of the Yin/Yang system in all the other organs. Kidney’s store your body’s Essence, your constitutionality. Your dog’s Kidney Essence should be maintained through a healthy lifestyle-good, quality food, plenty of exercise and a clean environment. It is also beneficial for your dog to have the love and companionship of humans and other dogs.

The things that can go wrong when the dog has week Kidneys are developmental and growth issues, week, brittle bones, tooth decay, estrus and fertility issues and low energy. On the emotional side, fear and anxiety can rule the dog’s behavior. Another issue that may develop is a bladder infection. Your dog may not want to go out to potty because it’s cold out there! So he’s reluctant to relieve himself when he should causing him to hold his urine. Try to get your dog outside every few hours to take the necessary potty breaks.

Spring is just around the corner! Hang in there! If your dog needs a pick-me-up, Acupressure can address those Winter Blues by keeping his Chi moving in a harmonious cycle. During this time of year it can help with giving the Kidney and extra boost, strengthening the immune system to keep those environmental influences at bay, and by giving arthritic bones some relief.

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Begin the Fall Transition

Need to take a break from the busy summer activities? Your pets may feel the same way! Think about it…schedules are not the same and your pets like continuity. You’ve had guests over, gone on vacation, lots of day trips, extra activities, pool parties, BBQ’s…

The Fall transition may seem to force us into settling down and ‘in’ for the season. Your pets know it’s here. Yesterday, my dogs were seemingly reluctant to go for their first walk in the onset of the seasonal rain. They drug their feet. It’s as if they don’t want the warm weather to end. Fall marks a season of letting go.  But their bodies are ready to accept a more subdued schedule. I think we humans are too! We may require some rest after all of the physical activity and our dogs are listening to their little aches and pains of the strenuous hikes they accompanied you on.

The Fall Transition is one marked by a deep gratifying sigh of an abundant growth and maturity stage and the contented relief of an upcoming set schedule. Dogs and Cats are preparing for the cold, damp winter ahead. They have ‘harvested’ their energies during the summer to store them for winter reserves. It is interesting to note that the Fall season follows the Late Summer season of Maturity…as if to say the summer escapades have allowed us to grow and now we are ready to move forward having learned from those experiences.

During this period of winding down and settling in, the abrupt change in climate can irritate skin and bring on some respiritory issues. Also you may notice some joint restriction as the weather turns cooler. These ailments involve an imbalance in the Lung (Yin) and Large (Yang) Intestine Meridians. The pure, fresh external Chi, a life-giving energy and fluid, brought in by the Lungs to replace the exhausted Chi energy eliminated by the Large Intestines may be stuck somewhere along either Meridian.

Acupressure can help put these Meridians back in harmony and create a balance within your dog’s body. By using a select set of Acupoints along these pathways that carry Chi, energy can be released to allow an unimpeded flow to circulate throughout the body. With my fingertips, I stimulate or sedate certain acupoints along the Meridian to keep Chi moving so the body can return to a more balanced state. It is safe and painless for the animal. Dogs and Cats are excellent recipients of this alternative method of treatment because they are so in-tune with their bodies. They know what they need!

Have a wonderful Fall Season!


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