Four-Legged Rejuvenation: The Benefits of Tui Na for Pets

Who among us can deny the pleasure and benefits of a good massage? Whether you have sore muscles, are recovering from an injury, or simply enjoy a little bit of stress relief from time to time, a good massage can certainly hit the spot. It probably comes as no surprise that massage can have many of the same benefits for pets as it does for people, and more and more pet owners are turning to massage as a way to help ease pain and promote healing in their fur babies.

If you’ve ever considered booking a massage for Fido or Fluffy, we invite you to consider Tui-Na, a form of traditional Chinese massage therapy. Tui-Na for pets is growing in popularity as a non-invasive, drug-free way to speed healing and increase well-being (and the pets seem to enjoy it as well).

Tui-Na 101

Tui-Na, pronounced “twee na”, is a form of manipulative bodywork based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). By performing Tui-Na, which can be roughly translated as “pinch and pull”, the practitioner is attempting to removing any blockages or other disruptions to the natural flow of the body’s energy along the meridians and muscles, thus bringing the energy back into proper alignment.

This popular TCM modality is not generally used for relaxation purposes, but rather as a treatment for pain, injury, and a variety of musculoskeletal concerns. Tui-Na is often used in conjunction with other TCM therapies, such as acupuncture, herbalism, t’ai chi, and fire cupping. 

Tui Na for Pets

Pets, like people, can be negatively affected by blockages to the continuous flow of energy and blood throughout their bodies. According to the principles of TCM, when the body of a human or animal becomes unbalanced, their health is more likely to become compromised. Tui-Na is a highly effective technique that can address a variety of health issues in pets, including:

  • Muscle, tendon, and ligament conditions
  • Aging and mobility issues such as arthritis, joint stiffness, and overall weakness
  • Respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, and immune disorders

Tui-Na can also improve a pet’s overall well-being and speed healing by helping to increase blood and lymph circulation, maintain balance, and by promoting a better appetite and sound sleeping.

Know the Risks

Tui-Na is not recommended for pets that are frail, pregnant, or suffering from any open sores, bleeding, or infectious disease. It is not meant to be a replacement for mainstream veterinary medicine, and should always be performed under the guidance of an experienced and licensed professional.

At The Bluffs Pet Clinic, we believe that all pets deserve a gentle, balanced approach to medicine, and we are proud to provide exceptional quality care to each and every one of our patients. If you have any further questions about Tui-Na for pets or other TCM treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Protecting Your Pal From Common Tick Diseases in Pets

ticksWhat’s small, has eight legs, and feeds off the blood of humans and animals?

You got it, ticks. These tiny parasites are not only gross, but they can also spread disease to both people and pets. Thanks to an increase in the geographical distribution of ticks throughout the country, tick diseases in pets are being diagnosed with greater frequency in recent years.

Tick-borne illnesses in pets can cause big problems, and may even be life-threatening in some cases, making knowledge of these illnesses an important part of responsible pet ownership.

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The Link Between Pet Obesity and Exercise

With pet obesity numbers skyrocketing (over half of all cats and dogs!), it’s critical to not only measure precise meal portions, but to keep a daily exercise routine, as well.

pet obesityAnimals love to eat as much as we do. Some like to snack throughout the day – and relish every bite – while others enjoy scarfing down their meals in a single gulp (only to beg for more). Free-feeding doesn’t always result in an overweight pet, but when pets consume more calories than they need on a daily basis, weight gain is guaranteed. With pet obesity numbers skyrocketing (over half of all cats and dogs!), it’s critical to not only measure precise meal portions, but to keep a daily exercise routine, as well.

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So You Adopted a New Pet…Now What?

Adopted a New PetSharing your life with an animal is such a worthwhile experience, but bringing home a new pet is not without its challenges. First and foremost, pet owners must be able to responsibly provide for their new addition in every possible way. But don’t worry – preparing for and meeting the needs of your new pet can be fun!

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A Gentle Approach to Pet Care: Announcing Our Fear Free Certification

Recently, our entire staff at The Bluffs Pet Clinic acquired our Fear Free certification, and we’re proud to tell you more about what this means and how it can help your pet!

There’s something about taking your pet to the vet (especially the family cat) that evokes trepidation. You may have lucked out with the most friendly, fearless dog or cat around, but for many pets, change – coupled with a new environment – can be scary.

Gone are the days when we just had to “grin and bear” the experience with our furry pals. Modern veterinary medicine is outpacing the ways we approach physical health and is now ahead of the curve when it comes to the emotional wellbeing of animals.

Recently, our entire staff at The Bluffs Pet Clinic acquired our Fear Free certification, and we’re proud to tell you more about what this means and how it can help your pet!

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Solving Your Pet Food Dilemma

Did you know that genetics, nutrition and care are the three factors that most impact your pet’s longevity? This and upcoming blogs will discuss those factors in detail. Today’s blog addresses nutrition.

Ever feel overwhelmed when you go to your grocer or pet store to buy food for Fido? It’s no wonder. Pet food brands and types have mushroomed as more people become pet owners. In fact, research shows that US pet ownership has grown by nine million in the past decade. Some 67 million households now include a pet. So it’s no surprise that more and more businesses want a piece of the pet-food pie. The question is, which foods are fad, and which foods are legitimate, and how do you know what to buy for your pet? Here are thoughts on how to best choose the right food for your pet.

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Celebrating a Year of Pet Health and Wellness with Our Top 5 Blogs

What a wonderful year it has been, but how did it go by so quickly?! Here at The Bluffs Pet Clinic, we had a great year of providing compassionate and comprehensive veterinary care to so many of our furry friends. We hope it has been an equally amazing year for all of our pet patients and their adoring families.

When we created our blog, our goal was to educate, enlighten, and entertain readers with information related to pet health and wellness. We understand that the measure of your pet’s optimal health relies on excellent at-home care, which is done through empowering pet owners like you!

Whether about enjoying the wonders of the great outdoors with your pet or more serious issues like heartworm, we have you covered right here in our very own blogs.

On that note, here are our top 5 blogs of 2017!

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Your Guide To The Purrr-fect Holiday Gifts For Pets

holiday giftsIt’s hard to imagine a holiday season without at least one or two gifts for the four-legged friends in your life! Whether you completed your holiday shopping back in August or are still struggling to figure out what to buy, our ideas for holiday gifts for pets can round out your list.

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The Weather is Frightful, So is the Food: Preventing a Pet Poisoning This Holiday Season

The holidays are all about families celebrating together. Tables overflowing with savory, decadent food, champagne glasses clinking, and abundant greenery adorning every surface and walkway. All of this sounds lovely, but when you add your pet to the mix, your sparkling holiday scene could turn into a disaster rather quickly. While there’s definitely room for concern, pet poisoning around the holidays can be prevented when you learn to recognize the common culprits.
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Hiking and Hunting with Pets

Before you pack a bag for the day and head out to the trail, be sure to brush up on these tips for hunting and hiking with pets.

hunting with petsThe weather is cooling down and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with your favorite furry friend. Before you pack a bag for the day and head out to the trail, be sure to brush up on these tips for hunting and hiking with pets.
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