Mind and Body
Things I Would Keep
There is a strong link between physical and mental health in our companion animals.
My hope is that this short article will get you thinking that your pet (or your patients) may not just be being 'naughty' or 'difficult'. They may have a great reason for their behaviour, and since our pets can't tell us what is going on, it's our job to do the work, and find out what the underlying issues is so we can help them.
Safire is now a week out from surgery. She is doing well and getting her spunk back. This is rather stressful for me since she is still supposed to be resting, but she really wants to not be resting.
Body Condition Scoring - What is right for your pet?
Once again I am writing about one of my own puppies.
Last Friday night, Safire was involved in a traumatic incident (for her and the humans) that resulted in her being unable to put her right hind leg on the ground. It was swinging under her body and poking out to the left side. She was still trying to beg and walk though. My gut knew what was wrong although I my brain was madly denying it.
Pain Should Never Be Used as a Restraint
One of the biggest challenges many owners face when talking about the weight of their pet, is working out what is the 'right' weight for your pet is. There is so much variation based on breeds and even lines and types within those breeds. So instead of focusing on an ideal 'weight' we aim for your pet to have a body condition score of 4 to 5 which you can see in the charts below. This is particularly important for animals that are predisposed to arthritis and young pups to keep them healthy and comfortable throughout life.
Is My Dog too Skinny
In no circumstances should we be refraining from using pain medication because we fear that the dog will feel TOO GOOD and re-injure themselves.
It is unethical and cruel to leave an animal suffering when we have the option to provide pain relief. It is our responsibility, as their carer to take steps to contain an animal that has injured themselves either physically or through the use of chemical restraint, if required.
CCRT is Official
Finding a happy medium when it comes to weight can be stressful for responsible owners. They know they don’t want their dog to be overweight to take care of their dog's health (link to weight article) but it is hard when you are constantly told that your dog is too skinny when you take them for a walk or even at the local dog club.
At all Life Stages
This is my public service announcement to say that the "I"s are dotted and the "T"s are crossed and I have passed all the requirements for my Certificate in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy.
I am only the third Australian to meet these requirements
But My Dog Doesn't Have Any Problems
My last article showing how subtle the signs of future problems can be,was VERY popular. Since I am just like a dog, when I get rewarded by lots of hits on my web page and shares on Facebook, I quickly sit down to try and get my reward again, by writing another blog!!
In the same theme I hope that this blog shows people that you don’t even need a subtle sign to indicate that your pet could benefit from rehabilitation and conditioning. We can add something to the life of every dog to make it happier, empower you and strengthen your relationship.
At Primal Paws we want to see healthy dogs and to keep them that way!
It was during my trip in America that I realised people most often come to see a rehabilitation orconditioning professional because their dog is showing symptoms of a problem. While that is great, we want to see dogs that are not performing optimally so they have the best chance at returning to full function, the best time to treat an injury or impairment is before the dog is showing clinical signs. This means we have to aim for more subtle indications that the system isn't quite functioning at 100%. So here is a list of super early warning signs that should have you thinking about a rehab/ conditioning consult.
Finding time for a second trip to america this year wasn’t easy, but it turned out to be super worthwhile. This time I spent three more weeks visiting rehabilitation clinics and studying with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.