Thursday, October 2, 2014

Benefits of Essential Oils and Canine Massage after Trauma-Caring For Critters


We are participating in the Caring for Critters Round Robin hosted by Heart Like a Dog. Several pet bloggers are sharing their experiences with health issues their pets have faced and how they dealt with them. Yesterday Leah at Let's Go Dog wrote about Hip Dysplasia and tomorrow Rebekah at My Rotten Dogs will be writing about Canine Yeast Infections in the Ears. Today, I'm sharing my experience with helping my dog Nicky recover from a dog attack using massage and essential oils. For this post, I'll be focusing primarily on the use of lavender essential oil.

My Nicky had sensitive skin and had allergic reactions to shampoos and topical flea and tick treatments. I've never been comfortable putting harsh chemicals on my dogs' skin to kill parasites or giving them pills that can be as deadly as the parasites they're made to kill. Of course, I'm not a fan of fleas and ticks or heart worms either, so I followed conventional pest control practices to protect my dogs against any pests.

Our veterinarian at the time recommended an oatmeal bath after topical chemical application to soothe his skin. That never worked for Nicky. I knew there had to be better options. When he was attacked in our backyard and badly injured, he suffered an allergic reaction to medications given to alleviate pain. I searched for safe, natural ways to help him heal. I wanted to protect him and Niño from as many chemicals as I safely could.

The attack Nicky suffered resulted in severe trauma physically and emotionally. My sweet little free-spirited boy was now scared and in pain. I was willing to do all I could to heal his spirit and ease his pain. I began studying canine massage, aromatherapy, and essential oil uses. Massage relaxed him, helped his circulation, and helped to break up scar tissue that was forming around his wounds. He loved his massages. It was a great bonding time for us. He would stretch out over my lap any time he wanted a massage. His massages calmed and comforted us both.

As Nicky responded well to massage, and after talking with his veterinarian, I decided to incorporate essential oils and aromatherapy into his recovery. I'll admit I was a bit of a skeptic at first, but once I learned more about the oils and experienced the benefits, I was hooked. As I researched and sampled different essential oils I learned not all oils are pure or therapeutic-grade. It is important that essential oils are pure and not processed with chemicals or diluted. I found Young Living Essential Oils and had great results. I diffused lavender oil during his massages and times of stress and before grooming and vet visits. I also incorporated lavender oil into his massages by spreading a couple of drops on my hands before the massage.

After Nicky passed away two years later, I put the oils away. As much as I enjoyed and benefited from them, they reminded me of my sweet boy and my heart was too broken to enjoy them. That was a poor decision and not fair to Niño, which I truly regret.

Three years later when I adopted Delia I was once again drawn to essential oils. Delia also has sensitive skin and had allergy issues in the past, so I didn't want to use harsh chemicals in her care.

Once again, I turned to essential oils and I am glad I did. Not only have the oils benefited Delia, but also family members, friends, and myself.

I will be sharing our experiences, information and tips about essential oils and canine massage in upcoming posts, but will leave you with a few important points for now:

  • Purity of essential oils is imperative for safety. All essential oils are not the same. Look for pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that are NOT diluted with other oils, chemicals or synthetic fragrance.
  • A little bit of oil goes a LONG way. Introduce oils slowly and sparingly. Just one or two drops of lavender should suffice for a massage. Keep oils away from eyes and inner ears.
  • ALWAYS talk to your veterinarian before starting any new therapies with your pets. 

I'll be sharing more about essential oils and blends we have used with good results, what to look for in essential oil quality, tips and tricks we've learned, and more about benefits of massage. I hope you'll join us in our journey!


Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor/veterinarian. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician and/or your pet's veterinarian before using these products. Information found on this site is meant for educational and informational purposes only.



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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: 2014 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Finals Preview

Wordless Wednesday: 2014 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Finals Preview! 
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday Mr. Henson







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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Glamor, Fundraising and Dogs: Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof!

Saturday Sept 20, 2014 100 dog lovers and their four-legged best friends will gather at Olde Towne Pet Resort in Sterling, Va to fund-raise for Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue and share their love of wigglebutts at SOLD OUT Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof, a red carpet, pet-friendly fundraiser for OBG Cocker Spaniel Rescue.





Carol Bryant, creator of Fidose of Reality, formed Wigglebutt Warriors along with her spouse, Darlene Bryant, to help dogs in need. After a hugely successful "Wigglebutt Wedding" fundraiser in 2013, Carol and Darlene were inspired to form Wigglebutt Warriors with a focus on fundraising for 501(C)3 organizations to support homeless dogs.

Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof is sure to be the dog lover's event of the year with Hollywood glamor, the first annual "Wiggy" awards, music, a red carpet, paw-parazzi...and it is all for the good of dogs!

Delia and I aren't able join the fun at the glamorous gala, but we are proud to be a blogger sponsor of Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof to support the Wigglebutt Warriors mission. Delia is disappointed she won't get to meet Dexter Bryant and all of the wonderful pet bloggers also supporting Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof. She is also disappointed that she's missing out on the SMARTCOOKEE treats and Brandy's Bark Bar sponsored by The Honest Kitchen, but she sends her best wishes to all of the Wigglebutts in attendance and those the event will benefit.

As an Independent Handler with For Tails Only, and for the month of September I will be donating 15% of my sales to OBG Cocker Rescue. When you shop www.fortailsonly.com/heartprintspets, please choose OBG Cocker Rescue under PLACE A PAWTY ORDER and Sponsor ID #1014001 to be sure OBG Cocker Rescue gets proper credit. 

Also, Aimeroo  and 4 The Love of Animals blogger and Younique Presenter Aimee Gertsch is donating 10% of her September sales to OBG. Be sure to use this link https://www.youniqueproducts.com/AimeeG/products#.VAOkaWN_Rne when you shop to make sure OBG gets the donation. 

Follow the hashtag #WigglebuttsGoHollywoof on social media to follow the event updates from attendees!

For more information about Wigglebutt Warriors visit http://fidoseofreality.com/.



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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Frozen Blueberry Pro Bloom Instant Goat's Milk Treats


During the hot summer months Delia loves her frozen treats. We have had high temps in the upper 90's and a few 100 degree days, so cool treats were in order.

Her favorite is blueberries mixed with Pro Bloom Instant Goat's Milk from The Honest Kitchen. The Honest Kitchen Pro Bloom is a shelf-stable instant goat’s milk with digestive enzymes and probiotics. Delia's a big fan of the flavor and I'm a fan of the fact that it is human-grade and made in the USA, and naturally free of pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones and antibiotics. Blueberries are tasty, low in fat, high in vitamin C and fiber, and contain healthy antioxidants and phytochemicals.


Here is our simple recipe for Frozen Blueberry Pro Bloom Instant Goat's Milk Treats:

Ingredients

1 Cup The Honest Kitchen Pro Bloom Instant Goat's Milk

16 Frozen Blueberries


Instructions


Mix Pro Bloom per package instructions

Chop 8 Blueberries in food processor/chopper

Mix chopped blueberries and Pro Bloom mixture

Poor into ice trays

Place 1 of the 8 remaining blueberries in each well in ice tray. (The trays I used had 8 wells each. You may want to modify the amount of berries to fit your trays.)

Freeze

Serve! The treats can be messy as they melt, so you may want to serve them on a plate. 

We hope your dogs enjoy the treats! We would love to hear if you try them and if they like them!

TASTY TUESDAY - a blog hop celebrating good food!
Hosted by Kol's Notes & Sugar the Golden Retriever.



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Disclaimer: We received a box of Pro Bloom Instant Goat's Milk from The Honest Kitchen for our honest review of The Honest Kitchen's Pro Bloom Instant Goat's Milk. 
 
*This information provided on this blog is intended for informational purposes. I am not a veterinary professional and the information contained on this blog should not be used to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease or health illness. Please consult with a qualified veterinary health care professional before acting on any information provided here.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sepia Saturday: Joey

This is our super cute cousin Joey. He's a chihuahua/yorkie mix and just an all around adorable guy



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