Older dogs are prone to developing arthritis. However, young dogs can develop arthritis due to trauma to the joint, hereditary malformations, breeding issues, unstable joints, poor diet, and infection. Early detection is key to slowing the degenerative process and managing the dog’s level of pain.
Indicators of canine arthritis include:
-Reluctance to play, walk, run, climb, jump -Swelling and heat at the site -Favoring a limb (limping) -Difficulty getting up or standing -Moving stiffly -Protecting a limb -Avoiding being touched -Change in attitude / personality -Weight gain -Less alert -Sleeping more, and, -Crunching sound when the joint is flexed.
Your holistic veterinarian, acupressure practitioner, and canine nutritionist are good resources for your dog to be as comfortable as possible for as long as possible. Because there are many different types of canine arthritis, consulting professionals who can help zero-in on the exact joint problem is the best strategy for your dog’s comfort.
You can begin to offer your dog comfort care by working with the acupressure points given below on the chart. The points need to be stimulated on both sides of the dog’s body – first one side then the next. You can use the soft tip of your thumb gently on each peach point while your other hand rests on the dog as well. Count to 30 very slowly and remember to breathe evenly and deeply while working with your dog.
Nancy Zidonis and Amy Snow are the authors of: Acu-Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure, Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure, and Equine Acupressure: A Working Manual. They founded Tallgrass offering books, manuals, DVDs, Apps, and meridian charts. Tallgrass also provides hands-on and online training courses worldwide including a 330-hour Practitioner Certification Program. Tallgrass is an approved school for the Dept. of Higher Education through the State of Colorado and an approved provider of NCBTMB CE’s.
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