Dog massage for chronic pain.
Lady, a 13 year old terrier came to me after being sick for some time. She had been tested at the vets and the Specialist Hospital with no definitive diagnosis found.
She had been treated with a number of different antibiotics, had been scanned and x-rayed and the plan was to do a spinal tap when her owners decided to stop the tests and come to me with Lady.
I will never forget Lady coming into my clinic carried in her owners’ arms, and when she was placed on the massage bed she just flopped over onto her side, shaking uncontrollably. She was unable to walk more than a couple of steps and could not sit up or stand up without help. She was off her food and was losing a lot of weight. I have to say that I looked at Lady and thought to myself that this was going to be a huge challenge.
Chronic skin problems in dogs
I found out that Lady had suffered from skin problems on and off since she was 6 months, she had 3 lumps removed from her chest which had been benign and her liver enzymes were markedly elevated in her blood.
The specialist had detected from the blood tests that she had an infection and fever of unknown origin which had not responded to any of the antibiotics that had been tried.
Fever + pain was making Lady very sick
Her muscles had severely wasted as she had been unable to exercise for a number of weeks and I felt that the shaking was due to both a fever but also pain. We decided to get working on her immune system with Transfer Factor, and also start to sort out the inflammation with a natural anti-inflammatory. She was also started on a Probiotic to re-establish her gut flora from all the antibiotic treatment she had been given, we also started her on some supplements for her arthritis and muscle weakness so her pain was reduced.
A raw food diet and photonic dog acupuncture treatments
We wanted to get her eating a good raw food diet to get her nutrient levels up and make sure she had a balanced diet that was easy for her to digest. She also had a photonic treatment to treat her acupuncture points. It was a slow road but she started to eat a day after her first visit and her shaking was dramatically reduced after her first treatment. She continued to make good progress over the next few weeks.
With regular weekly massages and photonic treatments and I am happy to report that Lady is now barking with the other dogs when people come to the house, is eating well, has gained weight and is back to walking normally around her yard at home. I have done a couple of home visits to give her a massage and photonic treatment and it is so exciting to see her run over to great me, barking with the other dogs, give me a number of licks during the massage and be such a cheeky girl again. We have to give her variety in her food or she gets bored easily, and her dad tells me she has so much more energy now she is eating a raw food diet.
Pet Naturopath Australia. Cat and Dog Natural Remedies.
Healthy Pets Naturally was established by Patty Walcott in 2010. Patty, a pet naturopath, specialises in treating cats and dogs with natural remedies and is a recognised practitioner in NSW of the Small Animal and Equine Natural Therapy Association.
Patty’s unique background in the pharmaceutical industry, coupled with her qualifications as a biochemist, Reconnective healer and small animal naturopath, means that pet owners can receive the care of their vet for acute conditions along with Patty’s guidance regarding alternative pet remedies to achieve a healthy, balanced natural diet, herbs and homeopathy for all conditions.
Natural pet treatments also cover physical therapies for rehabilitative care such as cat and dog massage (Equissage & CMT), underwater dog treadmill, Photonic Therapy (acupuncture), and animal reconnective healing.
In 2021, Patty closed her clinic on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and moved to the Sapphire Coast (South Coast, NSW).
Update: At the end of 2022, Patty closed her books and is not offering consultations with new clients. This may change in the future and we apologise for any inconvenience. Patty is still working with existing clients.