22
Oct
17

Benefits of Canine Massage!

Just like humans, dogs can benefit from massage in a lot of the same ways! The massage techniques are just as effective; and the results are just as astonishing! And take it from us – your dog will thank you! 🙂
Reasons to seek massage for your pet could include:

  1. pain reduction/management
  2. rehabilitation after injury or surgery
  3. improvement of joint mobility and ease of movement
  4. reduction of emotional problems caused by trauma, anxiety, or fear
  5. ease or comfort to the effects of aging
  6. pure relaxation!

The main benefits of massage for your dog fall into the categories of physical benefits, emotional benefits, communication benefits, and bonding benefits!

First off, physical touch in a calm, loving, and welcoming way promotes our dogs to relax and reap the benefits. It’s so important for our pet’s to be able to relax in a safe and protected environment, especially after experiencing trauma. Even for nervous and aggressive dogs, massage can provide comfort being around people, touched by people, slowly reducing anxiety or defense mechanisms.

Canine massage is also a great way to do a weekly wellness check to assess any changes in your dogs health. And by detecting new lumps and bumps, or areas sensitive to your pet, you’re able to detect real problems earlier, with the ability to treat and relieve the symptoms and/or problem your pet is having as quickly as possible.

Other physical benefits include the improvement of the flow of all body systems, clearing out disease or infection, promoting a faster healing time and a stronger immune system, better flowing circulation and elimination processes throughout the body; increasing your pet’s energy while reducing muscle or joint aches and/or weakness – and overall giving your dog a longer, healthier, and happier life!

Aside from all the physical benefits that relate similarly to those of humans; the emotional, connection and/or bonding types of benefits are unique for a dog massage. Your dog gets to feel understood, valued, and accepted. Your dog recognizes that you’re providing him/her with something they can’t provide themselves. And we all know how our dogs love attention!! The time spent during the dog massage, is solely focused on your pet’s comfort and well-being. Your pet will appreciate this and you!

Because a silent communication is exchanged during canine massage, this actually aids in the process of training your canine! You will learn how to communicate to your dog through physical touch alone — or through movements and actions; terms they can actually understand! A new level of bonding and understanding comes through this very special interaction.

And ultimately, dog massage gives your dog love! Your dog will not be able to mistake this act of greatness as anything but a great attempt to give and show them love, just increasing the bond you two share!

22
Oct
17

Benefits of Chlorophyll for Dogs!

Are your fur babies eating grass??

Whether your four-legged friend knows it or not, the chlorophyll found in grass is your dog’s subtle attempt to obtain what his/her body naturally craves in order to improve acute digestive problems!

The problem with eating grass however, a dogs digestive system cannot digest the grass well enough to benefit from it’s beneficial chlorophyll!

Providing your dog natural foods containing a good healthy source of chlorophyll ultimately leads to a healthier and happier life for your pet!

There are a number of ways to start adding this vital ingredient to your pet’s diet, whether you choose to supply them with supplements, natural human foods, or dog treats ~ each of these ways is proven SAFE for your dog!

If you really think about it, what wouldn’t you do to strengthen your pet’s energy levels and immune system? What wouldn’t you do to add years to your dogs life and save them the trouble of throwing back that unpleasant grass every day!

Well we’ve made it easy for you! We’ve designed a list of well known food sources containing the perfect amount of chlorophyll for your pet’s diet. All you have to do is  provide them with this essential ingredient and watch their lives become so much more enjoyable!

Any of these items can be chopped up and lightly sauteed, just before adding it to your dogs regular dinner portion!

  1. one cup spinach
  2. one cup parsley
  3. one cup green beans
  4. one cup sugar peas
  5. one cup chinese cabbage

And if you find that your dog isn’t crazy about how some of these greens taste, fret not!

We’ve also formulated a way for you to sneak these veggies into your pet’s diet, combined with something sweeter!

Just combine one or more of the veggies listed above with any of the following!

  1. Banana
  2. Yogurt
  3. Pumpkin
  4. Apple peices
  5. Kefir

After combining one or more green veggies with a much sweeter treat, place the mixture in hollowed marrow bones, toys, or even ice cube trays for a yummy frozen treat!! 🙂

So, what is Chlorophyll?

How does it work in the body?

Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in just about all plants. It is critical in the process of photosynthesis, aiding plants in absorbing energy through the light!

When our dogs eat chlorophyll (or attempt to by eating grass), they’re actually attempting to help build the health of their blood. This is exactly what chlorophyll does for the body! – I bet you never knew your dog was so in tune with his own health! 🙂 –

The health of the body’s blood is built by replenishing red blood cells. In fact, the molecular structure of chlorophyll is almost completely identical to Hemoglobin -that of which is responsible for carrying oxygen to all organs and cells!

Recent studies have shown us that chlorophyll blocks pro-carcinogens such as aflatoxins that damage DNA! This blockage results in strong cancer protection for your beloved pet!! And miraculously enough, studies have also shown that chlorophyll can bind to toxic heavy metals in the body, serving as quite the impressive elimination process! Having this important benefit can prevent organ damage such as kidney failure! Chlorophyll works like magic inside the body, working hard to increase oxygen utilization throughout the body. This also helps cleanse all the cells of the body, providing other enormous benefits for your pet!

Major benefits of chlorophyll for your dog include:

  1. Stronger fight against infection and disease
  2. Faster and better healing wounds
  3. Stronger and healthier immune system
  4. Stronger and more effective detoxification of the immune system, liver, and digestive system
  5. Supreme promotion of health and clean working body systems all around, eliminating waste and toxins from the blood and body like never before through the  break down of calcium oxalate stones in the bladder
  6. Protects against cancer
  7. Regenerates red blood cells
  8. Increases energy levels
  9. Cleans digestive tract
  10. Cleans & detoxifies bloodstream
  11. Eliminates free radicals
  12. Helps with colon health and stool problems
  13. Cuts out grazing and grass eating
  14. helps improve oral health & prevention of gum disease

The changes to make for your dog’s life are simple. And the results are fast acting and long lasting! Just by adding a good healthy source of chlorophyll to your pet’s diet, you are safely promoting a healthy digestive system, (which is EXTREMELY important for those dogs eating grass –  suffering from an acute digestive problem).

The benefits are endless, and the results are well worth it. Aside from all serious health benefits, you may also notice a large improvement in your dogs horrible breath! 🙂

Chlorophyll is known to have outstanding benefits on your pet’s overall oral health. Working to eliminate odors in the mouth, and severely reducing the chances of gum disease. So there you have it! Fixing that bad breath is just the cherry on top of all the highly important health benefits now available to your precious fur baby!

 

 

20
Jun
17

A Holistic Approach to Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitoes

Natural Insect Repellent: Essential Oils
We can’t wait for the summer months to roll around, unfortunately when they do so do pests to our pets. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are very prevalent for dogs in warm weather months. Many pet owners turn to chemical mixtures to fight off these pests not knowing there is a holistic approach not only as beneficial but even more so. Essential oils can be used against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes as a natural insect repellent. These blood-sucking pests won’t have a choice but to stay away!

There is an added bonus to using essential oils!

Not only will essential oils repel bugs, but they also help improve the overall well being of your dog’s health! Chemical treatments don’t have this feature, and in fact, many times they actually can cause harm. Chemical treatments, along with some vaccines, a poor diet, and high stress level, can all contribute to lowering your canine’s immune system. This then makes it easier for illness, irritation, and infestation to occur. A fresh whole food diet fed to your dog can also aid in making them less susceptible to pests. A fresh whole food diet No matter how healthy your dog may be their is always that chance of them falling victim to fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.

Effective Oils

When purchasing oils make sure they come from a company that sells to aromatherapists. Only high quality essential oils should be used. Store bought oils are generally poor quality and may cause an allergic reaction .

Cedarwood- Keeps ticks and fleas away as well as calms and grounds.

Eucalyptus- Very good against flying bugs, especially mosquitoes.

Geranium- Great in repelling ticks, lice and fleas. It also is relaxing and cooling.

Lavender- Great for fleas and other crawling insects. Also soothes irritation from flea bites. Great for dogs who are nervous or overly excitable.

Lemongrass- Very effective bug repellent. Also good for digestive problems and arthritis.

Essential oils aren’t the only other avenue

Not all dogs like essential oils. If for some reason your canine runs away when you bring out an oil bottle, there are some other protective measures you can try.

  • Buy or create your own repellent lotion that uses essential oils.
  • Instead of rubbing the essential oils on your canine’s coat, add a few drops into their water bowl. Lemongrass is great to do this with. If you wish to do this technique with other oils be sure to check if they are edible. Lemongrass in the bowl will inhibit mosquitoes and fleas.
  • Buy or create your own conditioning/flea repellent wash. Wet your dog first and after apply the conditioner to their coat, leaving it to air dry.
  • If your dogs outside in a bug infested area, you can use a kerchief. Spray the kerchief with diluted bug repellent lotion before tying it to your dog’s neck and then remove it once your home.

Less is more

When you’re using essential oils, it is important to remember that less is more. Always use the minimum amount of drops that is recommended for each oil and to only apply it when needed. If the oils are not diluted or used too often they can overwhelm a dogs system. When used correctly your canine’s immune system will be in its best shape and be ready to repel ticks, fleas and mosquitoes!

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14
Jun
17

Tails on the Trail- 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk

Healing Hands Therapy Center

Healing Hands Therapy Center along with Healing Hands and Paws are proud to be supporting Lynne Luckow and her scardy dog, Jockomo, as they participate in this event! Please consider sponsoring their walk, as well as visiting all of us at our Healing Hands and Paws booth, our spot in the VIP tent, and the finish-line of the 5k run! We will be offering massage for both people and their canines! Be sure to visit our fundraising page to check out more information about Lynne and Jockomo! By donating, together we can help them, help the Wisconsin Humane Society provide care to more than 35,000 animals! Donations also aid in keeping the Humane Society’s’ promise of giving every animal in the adoption program as long as it takes to find a forever home. Join us in helping in this beautiful mission, and thank you in advance!

Event Details

Come out Saturday June 24th, 2017 to Tails on the Trail-5K Run and 1 Mile Walk for the Wisconsin Humane Society! Join Healing Hands and Paws for a fun filled day at Veteran’s Park on Milwaukee’s Lakefront! The event starts at 8:00 a.m. and goes until 1:00 p.m. Bring your family, friends, and canine to support the Wisconsin Humane Society in this fundraising event. Come enjoy different vendors, grab a bite to eat, dog activities, and so much more! Whether you have a canine or not, this event is for everyone! If you do bring your dog, be sure to stop at Healing Hands Therapy Center booth for a special canine treat, and a massage for yourself!

Click here to visit Lynne and Jockomo’s Page and find more information on the event!

More Event Information

  • Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
  • Location: Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront (1300 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53202) 
  • Starts: 8:00 a.m.
  • Race Start Time: 9:30 a.m. run starts, 10:00 a.m walk follows
  • 9:30 a.m.: 5K starts
  • 10:00 a.m.: 1-mile walk starts!
  • 11:00 a.m.: Our post run/walk festival begins!
  • 11:30 a.m.: Tails on the Trail Doggie Fashion Show 
  • Ends: 1:00 p.m.

 

02
Jun
17

AromaTouch: Not Just for You

AromaTouch Therapy at Healing Hands and Paws

Soothe Your Four Legged Friend with Us!  

Essential oils can work wonders on the human body but they don’t just stop there. Healing Hands and Paws now offers their remarkable AromaTouch therapy to canines!  AromaTouch Therapy combines both essential oils and holistic modalities to bring both balance and harmony to your canine.

Some Benefits Are:

  • Easing muscle discomfort- especially before or after a show
  • Supporting mental and emotional well being
  • Easing muscle discomfort in combination with a massage
  • Supporting a healthy immune system and other body systems
  • Complimenting acupuncture, chiropractic and laser light

This technique is performed through specialized placement of essential oils onto the dog’s body. The oils harmonize energy of the physical, emotional, and mental body. How many drops you apply depends on the size of the dog. The oils are applied from the spine all the way to the base of the sacrum and then to the shoulders. Feathering and Vita Flex techniques are then used along the spine to penetrate the oils deeper, as well as to harmonize energies.

Typical Oils Used:

  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Wintergreen
  • Marjoram
  • Aroma Siez

Book your canines appointment here today!

13
Apr
17

30% off select FitPAWs Canine Agility Products!!!

FitPAWs supports dog fitness, stands behind their products and most importantly, this company produces all their products with safety in mind. FitPAWs equipment can be utilized on a daily basis and improves numerous areas in your canine’s life! Working with your canine and the products also, as a bonus, further enhances the relationship between you and your furry best friend. The equipment improves strength, balance, stamina, mental focus, flexibility, and coordination. Best of all, this is a holistic approach to improving your dog’s health and confidence.

areas FitPAWs products aid in:

  • recovering from surgery
  • show ring posture
  • performance dog techniques
  • injury prevention
  • conditioning
  • weight loss
  • behavioral changes
  • body awareness

Not only is this new relationship of Healing Hands and FitPAWS great, but it gets even better yet! April is NATIONAL CANINE FITNESS Month! It could not be a better month than now to start acquiring products that further advance your canine in such an array of areas, especially because SELECT PRODUCTS ARE 30% OFF IN APRIL!! This news is so exciting because it is the perfect Segway into bettering your best friends health and maintaining it. This months discounted products include: select FUNctional canine fitness apparel, Balance Discs, Donuts, Donut Holders, Paw Pods, Targets, Wobble Board and a Hurdle Set.

  • Balance Dics are great because they turn any flat surface into an active one. It is a great item for beginner balance training, rehabilitation, and general fitness.Balance-Disks-Dogs
  • Donut increases performance, mobility, and even aids in preventing injuries! The Dog Donut Ball will improve your canine’s flexibility, focus attention, core and muscle strength, body awareness, and confidence as well as enhancing your bond with your furry friend.
  • Donut Holder works in conjunction to help stabilize the FitPAWS Donut and other products such as the FitPAWS Wobble Board. This is the perfect training tool to build confidence in balance exercises.
  • Paw Pods aid in improving dynamic balance, independent limb awareness and coordination. The Paw Pods also have a great function in enhancing stack training coordination.

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  • Targets is a fun training game that is an engaging way to teach your canine. Teach them limb awareness by having them step on the target, use the target to have them stay in a particular place, further body awareness, conformation stacking, and target training of course. The possibilities are endless with this product and you’ll enjoy all the creative fun training games that are possible!

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  • Wobble Board comes in two sizes, 36” and 20”. It is a great tool for dynamic balance training. It adds to cross-training as the product rotates a full 360degrees. It also helps in increasing range of motion, multi-directional balance, body awareness, and with conditioning and strengthening.
  • WobbleBoard_Action-104x97The Hurdle Set is very multi-functional and has great value. It aids in cardio, agility, body awareness, and gait training.

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There are so many fun, functional products Healing Hands now offers to maintain your canine’s fitness! This moth is the perfect time to take advantage of the 30% off discount on select items and strongly embrace National Canine Fitness Month!

To place an order, please visit: http://w.mawebcenters.com/rctcclickertraining1/ecommerce/

27
Feb
17

Winter Pet Safety Tips

Winter Pet Safety Tips

With the winter season well under way, we’re expecting snowfall any minute. Despite the beautiful Wisconsin scenery, snow angels and men, there are many risks that come along with increasingly cold temperatures. To ensure your pet’s safety, please consider taking precautionary measures to keep your pet at optimal health and prepare yourself for “health emergencies” that may present themselves this season. Here are some risks to consider:

Hypothermia
Hypothermia is defined by dangerously low body temperature that occurs when our body begins to lose heat faster than our body produces heat. Hypothermia affects the internal body of animals and can occur if your dog spends too much time outside or gets wet during very cold conditions. The symptoms to be aware of include shivering, cold ears, paws and tail, lethargy and weakness. With time, the symptoms can potentially worsen and lead to stiff muscles, slowed breathing, decreased heart rate, and a change in response to stimuli (i.e. not responding to verbal cues such as “sit” or “come”.)

Frostbite
Frostbite occurs as an injury caused by freezing of the skin and underlying body tissues. Frostbite is a medical emergency that affects the external body of an animal and is literally defined as “freezing” of the outermost layers of our physical body. Symptoms to look out for in your dog include a discoloration of skin (i.e. pale or grey paws), an appearance of ice crystals on the area, skin that feels cold or frozen to touch, blisters, skin ulcers and areas of blackened or dead skin.

What to do in case of emergency:

Take your dog to a warm and dry area immediately
Wrap your dog in warm towels or blankets (i.e. wool)
In case of hypothermia, use warm water to increase body temperature. Thoroughly dry your dog promptly after.
In case of frostbite, Please DO NOT use hot water, heating pads, hair dryers or space heaters because there is risk that these forms or direct heat may cause burns on numb skin.
If you observe life-threatening symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite in your dog:

Keep your dog wrapped in warm towels/blankets indoors while your heat your car
Take your dog to a local 24-hour emergency pet care clinic
Remember the five P’s: PROPER PLANNING PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE~ set aside some time to find 24-hour emergency pet care clinics in your area and keep this information in an accessible place. In times of emergency, we often become frantic and it is better to be prepared than panicking.

PREVENTION TIPS AND TRICKS:

Pay extra close attention to your dog’s behavior this winter. If your dog is acting out of the ordinary, take a closer look at what might be going on.
Visit your local pet supply store to check out dog coats/jackets as well as dog boots that are lined with rubber to provide safety from ice, snow and toxic melting salt.
Do not leave your dog unattended in the car or in the yard, and be mindful to not allow your dog to ingest antifreeze as it is VERY toxic to their health.
Take your dog outside to play during times of increased sunlight.
Once your dog comes into the house after playtime, use a warm towel to dry wetness and increase body heat.
Use safe grooming products to bathe your pets and apply moisturizer to dry and flaky paws. We recommend Life’s Abundance dog products because they are safe, natural and formulated by veterinary experts. You can learn more about this brand here or by visiting us in-person at Healing Hands Therapy Center.
Feed your dog a raw meat based diet and add essential vitamins and nutrients to keep them extra healthy and heighten their performance. For more information on nutrition and diet, please click here.
Wishing you and your family a happy and safe winter season.