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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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

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!