Treat HOT SPOTS Naturally!

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I’ve had a lot of people asking me what to do about their dogs’ hot spots lately…

First… what is a hot spot?
According to PetMD it is “anything that irritates the skin and causes a dog to scratch or lick himself can start a hot spot. Hot spots can be caused by allergic reactions, insect, mite or flea bites, poor grooming, underlying ear or skin infections and constant licking and chewing prompted by stress or boredom.”

Did you know they can even get them from the toxic chemicals we use in our homes? (Laundry detergent, especially dryer sheets, all-purpose cleaner, air fresheners, etc.)

Ace gets mild ones on his stomach from some unknown allergy and Lemongrass products have worked great to clear them up!

Here’s what I do…

1. Clean the area (I love our Citrus & Tea Tree Prebiotic Soap for this)

2. Spray with Prebiotic Facial Mist to improve and restore skin and create an environment where the good bacteria eliminate the bad, disease producing, bacteria

3. Apply Organic Skin & Nail Balm. This stuff is very soothing and will help protect as the skin heals. It’s scent free so they’re not as likely to lick it off and it’s chemical free so it won’t harm them if they do!

All of these products are available through the links, on my website at www.OurLemongrassSpa.com/8604, or just contact me, I can have them shipped to your door!

Lemongrass Spa products are made for humans but have too many uses to count. Since there are no chemicals they’re safe for dogs too!

Give the natural approach a try for your dog’s health!

BTW… the picture below is Ace’s latest hot spot healing (day 3) with this treatment! He doesn’t get them nearly as frequently now and I don’t have to give him Benadryl!

 

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New Service!!! Aromatherapy coming soon!

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Why offer aromatherapy?
I’ve always thought essentials oils smelled good and had a calming effect. As I researched a little more, I found that essential oils can help purify the air.
In a home with four dogs and two kids with asthma the air quality and smell is something I have to keep control of! They really have an unlimited amount of health benefits. I’m not a fan of using any more toxic chemicals than I have to so I decided to give it a try. I’ve been experimenting with oils for everything from preventing pet odors to allergy relief and even weight loss!
So we know essential oils can be good for our health, but why use them at Well-Pup? Aromatherapy is also great for dogs! Natural plant based medicine is a great addition to canine massage and Well-Pup’s mission of optimizing your pup’s wellness potential.
I use essential oils to help my dogs with skin conditions, allergies, separation anxiety, nervousness, and much more.
Here’s a tip to get you started… try putting a few drops of eucalyptus, geranuim, or even grapefruit oil on a cotton ball. Add it to your vacuum bag. Vacuum the floor. Notice the fresh scent and lack of pet odor?
How many of you would consider  the use of essential oils for your dogs?
 
Have you used them already?
 
What was your experience?
Please share in the comments and ask about aromatherapy with your next appointment!

Columbia SC Rescues in Need!!!

To all of the overwhelmed rescues out there in Columbia, SC…

My prayers go out to all of those in need! I can’t help financially but I’m offering my manual labor if it would help. With the amount of new dogs being brought in, and the storm weather. the dogs could use some calming therapy. Please let me know if I can be of assistance!

I’ll also be taking up a collection to help support the rescues and shelters who were impacted by the flooding here in the Columbia area. So many people are still completely flooded or have severe damage. Please contact me if you can make a financial donation or donate supplies:

  • food
  • water
  • blankets
  • kennels/crates
  • toys

Dogs Have Arthritis Too

Fall is here, and with it comes cooler weather and plenty of rain (especially if you’re in Columbia, SC where we are)! This can be a great time of year, perfect for outdoor walks and hikes with your canine companions. It’s also the time of year that many of us start having problems with arthritis. Your pups share in this pain too!

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Canine arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, doesn’t just affect senior dogs. Take it from me, my Ace has suffered from it since he was less than a year old. Canine arthritis most commonly occurs from overuse, genetic issues, or age. Think about how active our pups are. They run, jump, swim, and play… hard!!! All of this activity can cause the cartilage in the joints to wear down, eventually exposing bone and causing pain and inflammation.

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How will you know if your dog is suffering from conditions such as arthritis?

With Ace I first noticed that he sat very slowly during training. This got progressively worse. For a while I thought he was just being a stubborn pittie, then I noticed an occasional small limp. I wondered if it hurt him to sit so I started watching closer. He began to develop a funny walk (or gait). I was afraid that he may have been developing hip dysplasia. He couldn’t get up on my bed like he used to. It got so bad that he fell trying to make it up the three stairs to my back door. I had to lift his back end to help him in. That’s when I panicked and got him in to the vet! His hips are fine but his knees are in bad shape.

I recommend taking your dog to the vet if you see signs such as stiffness, swelling, lack of energy or willingness to play, trouble jumping or climbing stairs, and more. They can do X-rays and other tests to rule out other health issues and properly diagnose the problems.

What can you do to help? 

You’ll want to carefully manage your dog’s weight and nutritional intake. Follow your vet’s advice on the amount of exercise that’s appropriate. In severe cases they may need some rest and then gradually work back in regular walks. And of course, there are plenty of expensive pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs that you can give your dog.

Personally, I don’t want my pup on long term pain meds. I know how harmful they can be. Instead, I take the natural approach with Ace. Regular massage, acupressure, and supplements can help manage your pup’s pain. At Well-Pup, we’ll work together with you, the owner, and even your vet to design a treatment plan to meet your dog’s individual needs.  Canine massage treatments are often cheaper and more effective than pain meds alone.

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Take it from Ace… Canine Massage Therapy treatments from Well-Pup can get your dog moving and loving life again!

Contact us today to book your appointment!

Check out our website for more info… www.wellpup.com.

Natural Supplement “Wonder Drugs”

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The Wonder “Drugs” I use the most for myself and my dogs:
Turmeric, Fish Oil, and Ginger

I use a combination of the three to treat Ace’s joint problems. He’s a picky eater when it comes to meds so it’s great to have something I can easily sprinkle over his food. They have great anti-inflammatory properties as well as a number of other health benefits. They’re a great inexpensive supplemental therapy. The best part is that they have little to no side effects!

Turmeric works by blocking enzymes in the body that cause pain and swelling. Accompanied by fish oil (which improves cardiovascular health and helps flush pain-causing toxins from the body), it can be as powerful as prescription pain killers. With fish oil, be sure to look for a higher concentration of Omega 3’s as opposed to Omega 6’s.

A few tips:
– Use Turmeric to help with diarrhea
– Use Ginger’s anti-nausea power to treat motion sickness

What natural supplements do you use for your dogs and why? Post in the comments to share your stories.

Your feedback is appreciated!!!

Since this blog is new I’d like to find out what you want to read.

Afraid of the Storm?

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Did you know that massage therapy can help fearful dogs adjust to loud noises?

Calming massage techniques plus the use of aromatherapy will put your dog at ease. With regular treatments noises and distractions can be introduced slowly in a controlled environment. This will help condition the dog to remain calm when loud noises, such as thunder or those pesky fireworks, occur. It may take some time but it’s well worth it for the mental and overall health of the dog. Remember, the mind and body are connected!

Love, Patience, and Healing Touch!!!!

Here are some great before/after pics.

This is a totally scared Bailey hiding in the crate after we brought her home.

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A week and a half (and regular massage treatments) later look how much better she’s doing!

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I started gaining her trust with a very light touch. Every muscle in her body was tense and in knots. I began working very slowly, mostly on her neck and shoulders. I think that as she realized I could help with the pain from years of anxiety she decided she’d be willing to let me touch her hips and back legs.

I hope to work with more rescue dogs like Bailey so that they are more likely to transition well into foster and forever homes!

Ace’s Story

This business was founded to help dogs like Ace (seen here taking a cool dip in the river). About the time Ace turned a year old he was diagnosed with Degenerative Joint Disease in his knee, or stifle, and probably has some Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) as well. He can’t handle aggressive surgeries, even if I could afford it, because he has problems with not just one, but both knees.

I had noticed him having trouble sitting and favoring his back end for a while. Then one day he got so bad that he fell trying to get up the three steps leading to our back door. I rushed him to the vet the same day.

We’ve been treating him with supplements and carefully regulating his diet and exercise. As a former Clinical Manual/Medical Massage Therapist I also knew how beneficial massage would be for his chronic pain. I began to research and started a certification program for Canine Massage Therapy. Ace responds wonderfully to massage! He is treated regularly as a part of my certification practice and to help his legs. He now “asks” for his treatment if I haven’t worked on him in a day or two and he’s quite insistent!

Ace is now somewhat of a mascot for Well-Pup. He’s living proof of the effectiveness of massage and alternative therapies!