Acu-Dog – A Guide To Canine Acupressure

Today’s post is a long overdue review of the latest book by Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute founders Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis. Acu-Dog – A Guide to Canine Acupressure is essentially a new and revised edition of The Well-Connected Dog (which I reviewed here a few years ago), and this version is printed in color on glossy pages, has lots of photos and illustrations, and most important, thorough explanations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and canine acupressure.

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Got Chi?

By Amy Snow, BA, MS, Acupressure Diplomat, Nancy Zidonis, BS,  Veterinary Homeopathy Diplomat

Chi, (also seen as Qi or Ki), is defined as “vital life-force energy” or “life-promoting energy” that circulates throughout the body. When chi is balanced and flowing harmoniously throughout the body we all enjoy good health and mental acuity. If chi is impeded in any way the body becomes compromised and can experience ill-health. This is the basic concept underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Continue reading “Got Chi?”

Coping with canine seizures

By Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis

Discover how acupressure and ice can work together to help reduce the severity and duration of seizures in dogs.

Seizures in dogs are scary, especially when they happen for the first time. A seizuring dog gets a glassy look in his eyes, then falls on his side and begins to paddle uncontrollably. If your dog ever has a seizure, the first step is a prompt trip to the veterinarian to determine the cause. Once he’s been diagnosed and a treatment or management plan has been put in place, a simple acupressure technique you can do at home may help reduce the severity and length of your dog’s seizure episodes, should they occur again. Continue reading “Coping with canine seizures”

Canine Stress Indicators

We’re fully aware when our own stress barometers are rising. Dogs are even more “creative” about how they signal their stress. It’s up to us to be conscious of what these signals are so we can help reduce their stress. These signals can be subtle at first, but if they’re not recognized and addressed immediately, the dog’s stress can escalate to scary heights.

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