HEALING AND DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURES FOR ANIMALS
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© August 2021, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
II. THE PROCEDURES
The same healing and development procedures we strongly recommend for human beings can often be used with animals. They are enjoyable and powerful healing and development methods.
Please do them on your dogs, cats, and all other animals including larger farm animals.
II. THE PROCEDURES
This is simple to do, effective for relaxation, health maintenance and is a powerful healing method, as well. Also, animals love it and will love you for doing it on them daily!
Reflexology is excellent for small animals such as dogs and cats, and on larger farm animals, as well.
The procedure is simply to rub firmly on certain areas of the body.
Ear reflexology. This is one of the best. The bottom part of the ear reflexes to the lower organs such as the liver, kidneys and genitals.
Procedure: Rub for up to 15 minutes per ear each day. Do the entire ear and do both ears. This technique is excellent for general health and can be extremely helpful if an animal is ill.
Any areas of the ears that are hard or feel unusual often means they need more attention. An animal may also indicate with a sound or other movement that he or she likes or wants more therapy in a particular area.
Paw reflexology. This procedure is more for small animals. It won’t work on larger farm animals because their hoofs are too hard. The front or leading part of the paw of foot reflexes to the head. The back of the paw reflexes to the lower body.
Many small animals such as dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and others do this themselves on their front legs or paws. You may notice your dog apparently “chewing” on his or her front paws.
This is not chewing or even cleaning. It is often reflexology. The dog feels some pain in the paw and instinctively bites the area with his teeth, and this removes the pain.
Problems animals have doing their own paw reflexology therapy is their teeth are very sharp and can break through the skin of the paw. You can help a lot!
Procedure: Press and firmly rub the paw, especially if you see your dog or cat or other animal trying to do it, or even just do it daily. Feel around and you might feel hard spots that need more attention, but rub and press on the entire paw – top, bottom and sides. Watch your animal for reactions, since pressing on certain spots may cause a little pain, just as it does on human beings.
Press and rub both the front and the back paws. Always do both left and right paws. This is an excellent way to spend time with an animal.
Also, if your dog or cat or other small animal is ill, you can use paw reflexology for healing. It works! The basic “map” or layout of the reflex points for the human hand and foot is the same for the paws of an animal. We do not know if someone has published a “paw reflexology chart”.
Tail reflexology. This is very effective and animals love it. The only problem is that on some animals, it is not clean. The tip of the tail reflexes to the brain and head area. The part of the tail nearest the animal’s body reflexes to the lower body organs such as the liver, kidneys and genitals.
Procedure: Wash off the tail with a wet towel that has some soap on it. Then begin rubbing at the tip of the tail. Press hard. If the animal objects, do it a little more gently.
Rub all around the tip of the tail – top, bottom and sides. Then move your hand a little inward toward the animal’s body. Rub here all around – top, bottom and sides.
Keep moving inward along the tail toward the body, rubbing all around each time. Do this along the entire length of the tail. This can be very helpful for healing, health maintenance and development.
Spinal reflexology. All animals love to have their spines rubbed. This is effective for health maintenance and for healing and development.
When doing this procedure you may feel a vertebrae out of alignment. This can indicate that an animal has chiropractic problems. These can occur due to injuries, accidents or fights with other animals.
Procedure. Begin at the neck or a little higher on the head. An additional procedure is to press all along the dog’s spine. Dogs love this and it is healing, too. Put some pressure on either side of each vertebra and do the entire spine.
This is wonderful for animals. Ways to use it are:
1. Add a small amount of standard hydrogen peroxide (3%) from the drug store to an animal’s water bowl.
2. Put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and spray it on the animal’s fur once or twice daily. Most animals just adore this. They would like to keep their fur clean, but it is quite difficult. Be sure to avoid the eyes.
3. For any injury or wound, you can spray the area with hydrogen peroxide or dip the affected area in a bowl of 3% peroxide. This will prevent or heal infections, and it will assist healing.
4. You can spray a little hydrogen peroxide on an animal’s food. This is another excellent procedure. It is especially good if the food is contaminated with bacteria. This is common with some animal feed that is simply not that clean. Animals, just like humans, like cleanliness and clean food. They simply cannot achieve it easily on their own, so they appreciate your help.
RED HEAT LAMP THERAPY
This is excellent for all animals.
Procedure: The secret is to arrange the red heat lamps, also called chicken brooder lamps, in such a way that they shine on the animal but are not in a position where they can break if the animal moves around.
Also, animals like to be able to decide how long they want to be under the lamp. So another secret is to position the lamp (or lamps, for a larger animal) so that the animal can either be under the lamp or not.
We once talked with a veterinarian and mentioned that we like red heat lamps. The veterinarian said he always shines a red heat lamp on every animal after every surgical operation or procedure.
This is similar to red heat lamp therapy except that one uses an enclosure so that the area heats up. This is very good for some animals such as cats, especially if they are ill.
It is not possible to do easily on large farm animals unless you have a fully enclosed space that you can heat up. Dogs can overheat, so be sure they can leave when they wish.
Procedure: You will need to set up a properly sized enclosure for your animal or animals. The red heat lamps should be about 12-24 inches from the animal and the animal should be able to sit under the lamp or lamps or not.
The animal should also be able to enter and leave the sauna when they wish. A simple way to do this is with a plastic door that either swings open easily or a door that the animal can push aside with its nose. A bowl of water inside the sauna is also helpful and appreciated.
These are very good and can save a life. They are easy to do on some animals such as dogs – easier than on a human being. It is helpful for a fussy dog to have an assistant to keep the dog calm and to distract the dog by petting and gently holding the dog.
Cats usually won’t allow this procedure and we don’t have experience with larger animals at this time.
- Prepare the coffee exactly the same way as you would for a human being. You will need about 1 cup of coffee solution for a dog, depending on its size. Make twice as much as you will need in case you spill some.
- Make sure the coffee is about at body temperature. Put your finger in it and it should be warm, and not boiling hot or cold.
- Put the coffee in an enema bag or bucket. A bag is easier because you can close it tightly and it won’t leak out.
- Lubricate the enema tip with lots of Vaseline or KY Jelly. Don’t use soap, oil or other lubricants because they don’t work quite as well.
- Washrag. You will also need a clean washrag to put over the dog’s buttocks to keep the coffee inside.
- Bring the enema bag, the washrag and the dog outside on a lawn or other surface where it does not matter if it becomes soiled.
- Have the dog lie down and explain to your dog what you are going to do. Pet or gently scratch the dog to calm him or her down.
- Sit behind and to one side of the dog. Don’t sit directly behind the dog in case the coffee squirts out and might splash you.
- Gently lift the tail and very slowly insert the enema tip. Twist it back and forth a little as you move it straight in, parallel with the dog’s spine. Don’t go in at an angle.
- VERY IMPORTANT. The plastic enema tip must go all the way inside the dog or the enema won’t work and will just spill the coffee!
- If you have an assistant, he or she can hold the tip in place.
- Now lift up the enema bag at least 1 foot or about 7 centimeters above your dog’s body and slowly open the clamp so the coffee will flow in. If the dog flinches, close the clamp and help the dog calm down. However, most often, dogs handle the enema very well and can hardly feel it.
- Let ALL the coffee flow in. You can tell when it is all in by shaking the bag and listening for any sloshing around of the coffee.
- Then close the clamp, grab the washrag, and quickly and at the same time, remove the enema tip and hold the washrag over the dog’s butt. This is usually easy and some dogs will understand that you want them to hold the enema. Try to keep the dog lying still with the washrag holding the coffee in. You can gently pet the dog and talk to the dog to keep him or her calm. Try to keep the dog lying down.
Some dogs will still hold the enema when they get up, but they may not.
- Ideally, the dog should hold the enema for at least 5 minutes or longer. 15 minutes is ideal. Eventually, the dog will just release the coffee onto the ground or grass, and you’re done.
All animals are prone to spinal misalignments, also called subluxations of the spine. They can occur due to birth injuries, accidents, falls, tripping while running, fights with other animals, and occasionally for other reasons such as their posture. Large animals may have spinal problems due to carrying too much weight. This includes donkeys, horses and other pack animals.
Some people also put weight on the back of their dog – such as letting a child sit on the dog. Do not do this!
Veterinarians usually do not check for spinal misalignments, but they should. Animals would be much healthier if their owners paid attention and checked for spinal problems on all their animals.
Procedure: Feel all along your animal’s spine, looking for bumps indicating a vertebrae out of alignment. The bump may stick out or may be off to one side. Another possibility is lack of the normal bump of the vertebrae, or a slight depression in one spot. This can also be a spinal misalignment.
To correct the problem, one idea is to ask around if a chiropractor or perhaps a veterinarian in your area works on animals.
You may be able to twist the spine properly to relieve the misalignment yourself. This takes a little practice and it is important to have the animal as relaxed as possible when you do it. You may be able to learn the technique by watching a chiropractor do it.
For a small animal, one technique is to hold the animal by the neck to relax and open the spine and then twist it gently. This might require two people. There are also gentle chiropractic techniques that may work such as using an activator. We will research this and report in this article in the future.
Animals love massage, as many people know. Do not hesitate to rub, brush, or comb your animals in this way.
Procedure: You can use your bare hands, or wear thin gloves if you prefer. There are different massage techniques used for different purposes. For example, deep muscle massage is helpful for relaxation and certain problems.
Lymphatic massage is excellent. Shiatsu is also very good. This is massage of the major energy meridians.
This is a large area and an area of research. Many animals enjoy certain music. Often, classical music is best and it should be soothing music, in most instances.
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