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Complementary Therapies

Contents

Aloe Vera the Wonder Worker: Tammy's Story
Many people will remember Tammy, the German Shorthaired Pointer, who delighted everyone at Olympia with her natural energy and exuberance on the agility course. Then everything went wrong. Tammy was at death's door. Here her owner, Ann Parker tells, in her own words, how she treated Tammy.
Animal Communication
It's not unusual to talk TO your dog but have you ever wondered what it would be like to talk WITH your dog? What sort of conversation would you have with them? Be honest. Is the communication you have with your dog one sided? You do all the talking. Most dogs are only too happy for a chance to be heard, according to Julia Meads, an accomplished dog trainer and behaviour advisor. In this article she explains what Animal Communication is and how it can improve your relationship with your dog and your agility results.
Bach Flower Remedies
Dr. Edward Bach first discovered the Bach Flower Remedies in the 1930s. The remedies work on the emotions, gently restoring well-being. Any member of your family (including your dog) who is in need of emotional support can use them. The Remedies work extremely well on animals especially dogs. Chris Drinkhall describes a few that could of help to anybody involved in the sport of agility.
Herbal Medicine in a Modern Vet Practice
Until quite recently many vets would perhaps have said that herbal medicine has no place in a modern practice. The veterinary profession has always tended to approach herbal medicines with scepticism and distrust. There is certainly more than one reason for this and it is worth considering some of these in relation to the place of modern herbal medicine, in an age when more and more people are using alternative therapies for themselves and demanding the same for their pets. Mary Boughton of Dorwest Herbs explains.
Tarragon, Dill, Basil Herbs for Health
The subject of herbal medicine, particularly that used for animals, is a very complex one. There are no veterinary surgeons in the UK who use herbal medicines exclusively, although many homeopathic veterinary surgeons also use herbal treatments. The following general information supplied by Mary Boughton of Dorwest Herbs may be helpful to you in treating your dogs naturally.
Lady Dog Whisperer
Is your dog in balance on an emotional and soul level as well as a physical one? Do you really understand your dog? asks Julia Meads, the Lady Dog Whisperer and Animal Communicator. Are you listening?
Polypharmacy
Polypharmacy is the use of more than one ingredient in a medicine. Modern medicine does not in the main use polypharmacy as most drugs contain a single active ingredient. Herbalists will maintain that it is this single element philosophy which is responsible for many of the side effects and adverse reactions common in modern medicine. Polypharmacy by contrast is the very essence of herbal medicine philosophy where combinations of plants are used, each having different compounds as well as individual properties. It is this combination of complex compounds within each plant which complement and balance the effects of another. Mary Boughton of Dorwest Herbs explains.
Sports Massage
When was the last time you had your dog checked over by a massage therapist, chiropractor, osteopath or other? And now, when was the last time YOU were treated or checked over? Tamzin Grimes is now offering a sports massage service for agility handlers at shows.
Tellington TTouch for Agility
TTouch is a forward thinking approach to training, handling and rehabilitation for all animals. Toni Shelbourne, one of the UK's top practitioners, explains how it can help agility dogs.  (07/07/08)

TTouch for Agility
Touch your way to success with TTouch, a method of working with animals to calm, focus and aid recovery. Jeanette Atkinson, TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner and agility instructor explains why TTouch and agility make such great partners. (25/02/02)
Vet Physio for the Agility Dog
Chartered Physiotherapist Barbara Houlding sent us this case study of Nicola Vince's first agility dog, Jess.
Warm Up & Cool Down
Agility dogs are often confined in the car or crate, and may go straight into the ringwith little or no advanced preparation. This inevitably increases the risk of injury and also prevents dogs from performing at their best. Animal therapist Liz Harris explains how you can prepare your dog for agility work and how to tell if your dog needs to see a therapist.
Warming Up for Agility
Paula Kingswood found Canine Massage & Stretching while surfing the Net, hoping to find a way to prevent the same injury problems her terrier incurred last year. She reports on the results which were not what she expected but were nevertheless welcome. (16/05/05)