ACUPUNCTURE FOR PETS VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE
Despite the fact many of its practices are thousands of years old, Eastern, or non-traditional, medicine is becoming more popular today than ever. Acupuncture is one specialized facet of non-traditional medicine that not only entered the mainstream; it's become a treatment option for our pets. The specific origin of acupuncture is uncertain, said Rodney Bagley, a veterinary neurosurgeon. “No one knows if it originally came from China, Korea, or India but it's widely held that the Chinese perfected it. Dr. Bagley recently completed a three-week certification course learning veterinary acupuncture techniques. The specific mechanism of how acupuncture works is uncertain. Theories include stimulation of the release of natural chemicals with in the body or stimulation of neuromechanical mechanisms that diminish pain and promote healing. Local micro-trauma from the needle itself may also play a role. There are more than 150 acupuncture points on a dog's body There are more than 150 acupuncture points on a dog's body with 50-100 of those points being most commonly used. Overall, acupuncture is based on a principle of restoring balance with in the body. Veterinary ailments acupuncture is most commonly used for are pain management and diseases of the liver, kidney, and skin. Generally, acupuncture treatments are combined with traditional approaches to healing such as physical therapy or the use of medications. Just as with any medical treatment, acupuncture has innate risks associated with it. According to Dr. Bagley There is always potential for site infection, but that's rare because the needles used are small. Acupuncture's effect on animals is usually positive or none at all. There have been some studies that showed it increased the growth of certain forms of cancer so it shouldn't be used in those circumstances. Veterinary acupuncture isn't widely available yet. If you think it could benefit your pet ask your veterinarian for more information or a referral. Acupuncture isn't a panacea, but it's another tool to treat ailments and enhance the quality of our pet's lives. Despite the amazing scientific advances in veterinary medicine, one of the most exciting new treatments may be thousands of years old.
beagle puppy abnormal eye
I'm a little concerned about my beagle's eye. He is 4 months old and since we bought him from a breeder, we noticed that one of his eyes looked different from the other. It seems that his eyeball tends to bulge out a bit and the white of his eye is visible in the corner. After inspecting it closer, it seems that his iris is an irregular shape, slightly oval. Sometimes the white of his eye looks slightly red (in the corner). It does not seem to cause him discomfort, although he does get slight tear stains which are clear. He does not have these issues with his other eye.
high quality cat food
Here is a good composite for your cat’s food: Protein 32%, Fat 18%, Fiber 3%. Sound good right? Well what if you were told that this in the composite from a pair of old leather boots, used motor oil, and a scoop of sawdust? Wow. Not that appealing after all. Especially for our cats.So what makes a good quality cat food? Well for starters, cats (unlike humans and dogs) are carnivores. They absolutely need meat and better cat foods will have real meat as the first ingredient. You want muscle meat rather than by-products, little to no grains, and WATER. Due to this water requirement (ESPECIALLY important during a cat’s senior years) a high quality canned food is better for cats because it has considerably more water.Beware of starches as some companies will use them to substitute for the grain.There are some great brands out there that offer high quality cat food – the trick is to research these brands, or simply refer to this forum link for great information onquality pet food for your cat.
Sudden change in behavior
Our two cats are siblings that we have had since they were kittens. Maud had to go to the vet for dental work and was gone all day. When I brought her home and let her out of the carrier, her sister Molly began hissing and growling at her, as if she did not recognize her. I thought she might be reacting to the smell of the vet office, but two days later and she still hisses menacingly. I am at a loss about how to fix the problem. Any help is welcome.
6 Things by Veterinarians that is most annoying for Pet Owners
Sometimes pet owners does something that irritate their veterinarians, what about the stuffs that vet does makes pet owners go crazy???
My scottie barks when I leave him. I have never had this problem with any of my other dogs and I do not know what to do about it. I do know that citronella collars have worked for others.
Cat HATES other people (aggressive)
My partner and I have a cat who will be a year old in April. A friend found her in a warehouse at work when she was about 10 days old and we had to bottle feed her. She sucks on my shirt at night which I know is common for bottle fed cats but not on my boyfriend (maybe thinks I'm her mom?) anyways, she was friendly as a younger cat but now she hates anyone who is not me or my boyfriend. Our friends don't believe us that she's the biggest sweetheart anymore. With us she lets us hold her and she snuggles all the time. I'm not sure if started happening after she was spayed or when we got our dog (they like each other) but now she'll hiss and bite anyone else who tries to touch her and even attacked our friend out of the blue. We moved her food and litter box to a separate part of the house away from where guests mingle and also put a pheromone diffuser in the living room. She has only lived in our house since we got her. Is she being territorial? Help!
Fearful of People (in some situations)
My partner and I adopted an American Pitbull terrier mix at 6 months old. She'll be a year old in April. She is the sweetest dog in the world. She LOVES other dogs but has some trouble with people. When we're at the dog park she'll go up to greet people and if you have a dog with you she is fine but she'll back away and bark and quietly growl when people come in our house, no matter how many times she's met you. She'll also do this in public places but is pickier and sometimes it's people who approach her incorrectly, reach for the top of her head, stare her in the eyes or are generally sketchy looking people.
Are there any ragamuffin owners here?
I'm smitten with the ragamuffin breed!! I hope to get one soon, but my they are expensive!!!.. anyone else here have one?
Cat using Dog's Litter Box!
Hello everyone,I have had a small dog that has been using a litter box (specially made for dogs) for almost 10 years. The litter is made of recycled newspaper (like "Yesterday's News", but a little bigger).A few months ago I started fostering a cat (she is almost 2 years old now), and she had been very good using her little box. I clean it several times a day, and the litter is very good quality (Nature's Miracle clumping litter).Lately, though, the cat has been using the dog's litter box. It is a problem because it does not have a dome, filter, etc, and the smell goes all over the apartment (I live in a studio). Besides, now the dog does not want to use his own box, which is a problem, since he is not used to "holding it" until I am back from work.I would like to have the cat using her box again. Any suggestions?Thanks!Eliana
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