The article below was shared with me and I wanted to share with you. Originally posted on littlethings.com and written by Phil Mutz. I have created a poster (below) which can be printed on 8 1/2×14 paper.
The Unbelievable Health Benefits Of Puppy Massage
As a responsible pet owner, I know that I constantly have to be looking out for my dog’s health and overall well-being. However, I never realized that I might actually have quite a large degree of control over their physical health.
According to Heal Animal Massage Therapy, “Along with regular veterinary visits, massage is a proactive therapy that addresses future health issues and also helps with certain problems your pet may already have.”
Just as there are reflexology points that a person can massage to maintain a healthy body, there are just as many points on your dog’s body that can be enormously beneficial to their health.
Massaging specific areas of your dog can be good for very specific organs, systems, and parts of the body.
Scroll through below for an exclusive look at the benefits of puppy massage, and to see exactly where you should massage them in order to achieve the specifichealth benefits you are looking for.
And while this should never take the place of a vet’s medical advice, I will definitely be trying out these massages on my canine companion. He may not know I’m doing it for his health, but I’m sure he will absolutely love the physical attention and bonding time!
Click the image below or click here to download a printable pdf massage poster.
Ten Things Not To Feed Your Dog Or Cat
I got this list from our pet sitting insurance company and thought I’d share it…
Nellie Playing with a Stick
10 things not to feed your dog:
- Chocolate, tea, coffee, caffeine – these foods and drinks contain substances that can cause severe or even fatal heart or nervous system problems and should never be given.
- Grapes, raisins or currants – contain an unknown toxin that can cause kidney failure.
- Xylitol containing gum or candy – can cause severe low blood sugar or liver failure.
- Garlic, onion, or chives – contain a substance that can cause anemia. This includes garlic and onion powder in prepared foods.
- Corn on the cob – pieces of the cob can be swallowed and cause a bowel obstruction.
- Bones that splinter or can be swallowed – certain bones can cause lacerations to the mouth or digestive tract or cause obstruction.
- Raw eggs – contain an enzyme in the egg white called Avidin, which prevents the absorption of a B-Vitamin called biotin which can lead to skin and hair coat problems.
- Avocado – contain a substance called Persin, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Liver – when fed in large quantities causes Vitamin A toxicity causing bone and muscle problems.
- Fish – raw, canned or cooked when fed exclusively or in large quantities a Thiamine deficiency leading to anorexia, seizures, an in severe cases death.
10 things not to feed your cat:
- Chocolate, coffee, tea or caffeine -for the same reason as dogs.
- Canned tuna for human consumption and raw fish – when fed exclusively or in high amounts can cause thiamine deficiency similar to dogs.
- Grapes, raisins, or currants – same as dogs
- Nuts – some nuts like macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin causing intestinal, nervous system or muscle problems. Also if swallowed can cause a bowel obstruction.
- Xylitol gum or candy - same as dogs
- Baby food – many times contain onion powder, which can cause anemia when fed exclusively for in large quantities. Also is not completely balanced for a cat.
- Onions and Garlic raw, cooked or powder – contain sulfoxides and disulfides which cause anemia. Cats are more sensitive than dogs, and onion is more toxic than garlic.
- Dog food - if fed repeatedly causes taurine deficiency, which can cause malnutrition and heart disease.
- Bones – can cause obstruction or lacerations of the digestive system.
- Raw meat - may contain ecoli or salmonella causing diarrhea or vomiting.
Many of the foods listed can be used occasionally or as part of a balanced diet, but if not using a commercially prepared diet consult your veterinarian or an animal nutritionist.