How To Help Your Dog With Acupressure

Have you tried Acupressure with your dog?

If not, this is a natural therapy that maybe useful to you.

Did you know… It has similar principles to acupuncture? In that different points of the dog's body have acupressure applied. And these all impact on various aspects of health. But whereas acupuncture uses needles. Acupressure doesn't and is non-invasive.

Acupressure originates from ancient Chinese medicine. With pressure applied at specific meridians around the body helping restore energy flow.

A difference too is that a qualified veterinary surgeon trained in veterinary acupuncture. Must always perform veterinary acupuncture. This is because acupuncture is invasive, and powerful. And it means an expert knowledge of anatomy and veterinary science is necessary. In the wrong (or untrained) hands it can be dangerous!

Whereas although it's possible to complete professional animal acupressure training. And you can become a qualified animal acupressurist. It's also possible for you as a canine (or equine) owner to learn some basic techniques to use at home yourself.

Why Use Acupressure With Your Dog?

  • If your dog is older, and doesn't move about as much. You can use to help increase circulation.
  • Relieve discomfort from arthritis
  • Ease muscular discomfort
  • Increase feeling of wellbeing

There are many qualified professional animal acupressure practitioners around the world.

But you can find advice on using acupressure at home with your dog online.

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Lastly, remember if you're concerned about your dog's health, then get proper qualified veterinary surgeon advice before trying any complementary therapy or supplement.

Find out more about dozens of natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore how complementary therapies can help your animal!

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at And also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals. Plus sells a large range of aloe vera healthcare for people and animals.

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How To Care For Your Older Dog

What Can You Do To Care For Your Older Dog?

Your dog's breed will determine his or her expected lifespan. And of course, overall health. Some breeds are more likely to get certain ailments than others. Although nothing is inevitable!

But no matter what age your dog is. There's several ways you can help ensure his or her older years are full of love and life. Here's 4 top tips.

Tip 1 - Your Dog's Hearing

You may have noticed your dog's behaviours and attitudes change as the years go on. Watch out to see if your dog's hearing has changed. Like with people, some dogs go deaf. Or their hearing is affected in some way. This will mean that you need to be careful out on walks. Or when the doorbell goes. Or just in life generally. Does your dog know what's going on?

Don't assume because he or she did or didn't do things before that'll stay the same. If the hearing's affected it will make a difference to behaviours and attitudes.

Natural Care Tip: If your dog gets stressed or anxious because he can't hear as well as he used to. Then try aromatherapy, like Lavender. This is calming. Or Bach Flower Remedies can help with emotions.

Tip 2 - Your Dog's Eyesight

Likewise, eyesight can be affected as a dog gets older. Dog's can get cataracts and other eye conditions too. A dog can't wear glasses though! But if you're concerned that his or her eye's aren't as bright as they should be. Or perhaps your dog is walking into doors, tables or gets scared by certain sudden movements (like balls being thrown).

It's possible to have veterinary surgery if required to help with eye complaints. Your vet can advise.

Natural Care Tip: You'll find some herbal remedies like "Eyebright" can help with soothing eye conditions. Bilberries are reputed to help with eye health too. Homeopathy can also be used to help with eye health.

Tip 3 - Your Dog's Kidneys

As your dog gets older, his or her kidneys may need some extra support to keep healthy. Kidney disease affects dogs. Once they have it it can't be reversed. But it can be managed. Let your dog drink as much as possible.

Your dog tastes may change as he or she ages. So whereas a bowl of water lasted all day before. Now it doesn't. And your dog now wants fresh water throughout the day. So after a couple of hours throw out the water and give him or her new fresh water.

This may seem hard work to some. But to me, if it helps keep my dog happy and healthy i'll do it. Why not??!

Note, your dog may want or need to go to the toilet more often. If he or she is drinking more this is normal. And helps the kidneys function. So be prepared for extra trips to the door to let him/her out.

Natural Care Tip: Cranberries are renowned for helping with urinary issues. So together with other herbs, can be used to support urinary and kidney health.

Tip 4 - Walking Your Dog

When your dog was younger, chances are you had long walks. With lots of runs. Games and generally a lot of time outdoors moving about. As he gets older, then your dog may want shorter walks. But walking is still important. It not only provides good exercise, but a chance for mental stimulation as seeing/hearing and sniffing different things is great.

But be sure why your dog wants shorter walks. Don't assume it's inevitable. Make sure that there are no corns in the feet. Or there's not another health issue like arthritis. These things can be treated and managed!

Get your veterinary surgeon to check your dog, if he struggles to walk too far. If there is a reason such as arthritis then you can help with natural therapies. Or if your dog is just needing to take longer to warm up and get going. Then therapies can help too, as part of maintaining healthy muscles.

Natural Care Tip: Physiotherapy and massage are two great complementary therapies to help keep your dog mobile. These maybe useful as a regular (monthly or so) treatment to keep muscles and joints moving. And if there is arthritis then they can help too. Herbal remedies such as Aloe Vera and Devil's Claw can also help with arthritis.

You can also try holistic approaches, like buying a suitably sized "stroller" to take your dog out. These aren't a good idea for a whole walk, as your dog needs to get out and exercise his muscles/joints, and go to the toilet and sniff about. BUT they can help you manage to access the beach or "off road" where your dog can have better surface or more enjoyable walks.

Lastly, remember if you're concerned about your dog's health, then get proper qualified veterinary surgeon advice before trying any complementary therapy or supplement.

Find out more about dozens of natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore how complementary therapies can help your animal!

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at And also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals. Plus sells a large range of aloe vera healthcare for people and animals.

If you've any questions please email info at

Is Devils Claw Worth Trying For Your Horse?

Does This Natural Arthritis Remedy Help Horse's?

As a horse owner, you know what it's like. Someone on your livery yard will know about a remedy for different ailments. With horses often having a variety of health conditions. There can be lots of ailments. I remember when a yard manager suggested Devil's Claw as being a way to ease stiffness. I thought if it's herbal then yes I'm interested. But what a name, what is it?!

Sure enough when I went to the tack shop, I found some there. I bought some, thinking it's worth a try. Tara had arthritis diagnosed in her neck, so I was keen to try lots of things to keep her supple. The labelling on the liquid supplement said it would help relieve stiffness. So the yard manager may be on to something, when she suggested it to me. I mentioned it to my Veterinary Surgeon. Who also said it might be useful to try. But of course couldn't say it would help.

So what is Devil’s Claw?

It’s a plant native to some desert areas of Africa. It's understood that people in these areas have had Devil’s Claw as a “tea” for hundreds of years. Mainly to help with arthritic ailments.

Animals also can have it. Usually as a liquid supplement or as a dried herb. Horses are the animals most likely to have it as a supplement.

Does it work with helping arthritis?

Yes! Research into its effects for humans. Shows that Devil’s Claw does have an anti-inflammatory effect. Get more research information here. There's limited veterinary research into its use. But 2018 research shows (click here to see), that it's safe for use with horses. And that it's used a lot with horses.

Remember though that quality is essential! Harvesting and production varies a lot. This can make a difference to the effectiveness of the herb when it reaches your animal. Use a high quality brand. Many leading animal health supplement companies supply Devil’s Claw. And should be able to confirm the quality of their product.

Is Devil's Claw safe to use?

There are possible side effects with Devil’s Claw. But this is the same as with many other supplements. So before using, it’s always advised to check with your Veterinary Surgeon first. Especially if your horse is on other medication. Or taking any other supplements. It's usually advised NOT to use with pregnant mares.

If you compete your horse and need to worry about complying with anti-doping policies. Then DO check with your Veterinary Surgeon for clarity about withdrawal times.

Lastly……did it help Tara?

Yes I think so! Tara had it as a supplement for several months, and it seemed to help….

Find out more about dozens of natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore how complementary therapies can help your animal!

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.

Your Horse Through Rose(hip)-tinted Glasses

Give Your Horse's Diet A Natural Boost With Rosehips

I guess we should have been tipped off by the way our horses seek out these pretty red and tangy fruits by the side of the road. Who knew? They did. Obviously.

Rosehip has been used as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for hundreds of years. However, it is only in recent times that its value in the treatment of animals has been explored by us humans.

Rosehip has been shown helpful in very practical ways in the lives of horses:

  • swelling and heat in limbs
  • clicky joints
  • hoof abscesses and sensitivity
  • unhealthy gut
  • dull coats and manes

and more. To understand why, we have to dig a bit into the actual mechanics of action of this magical fruit.

Rosehip As An Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is a natural response to trauma or infection in the body and is needed for healing to take place. However, often times the inflammatory response overreacts and actually harms the healthy tissue in the surrounding areas. That is where anti-inflammatories have a role to play.

Rosehip contains an active agent, galactolipids, that calms down this inflammatory response by attaching itself to the rescue-type inflammation cells rushing to the situation. In way of illustration, you may say that this extra baggage makes the inflammation carriers too big to pass through the window of the burning building, thereby effectively controlling the inflammatory response.

Not only do these galactolipids fight inflammation, they also actively offer cartilage protection, which is of course even more valuable as our horses grow older and start to show signs of arthritis. This study by researchers in Switzerland can shed more light on this phenomenon.

Rosehip As An Antioxidant For Your Horse

Every day your horse’s body comes under attack from potentially dangerous molecules called ‘free radicals’. There is no foul play here. Free radicals are created in the normal bodily processes of producing energy and fighting infection. This being said, these little rascals multiply exponentially whenever the body needs more energy, i.e. during exercise, or after injury. They can also increase when your horse gets ill, are exposed to molds and pollens, pollutants or even excess radiation from the sun.

Which is exactly when rosehip’s antioxidative properties saves the day!

Being high in vitamin C, rosehip acts as free radical scavengers, neutralizing these molecules to prevent them from causing oxidative stress and damage to the body.

To read more on the effects of oxidative stress on your horse, this paper by Drs David Marlin and Cath Dunnett may prove extremely insightful.

The Story Behind Our Elite Equine Rosehip

Our 100% organically certified rosehip is picked by hand high in the mountains of Lesotho, southern Africa, by more than 3,500 from the indigenous Basotho tribes in the area, small entrepreneurs in their own right.

The rosehip fruit is collected and bought from them at a fair price, which our Rainforest Alliance and UZT Certification can attest to.

The seed is extracted from the fruit to cold press the organic rosehip oil used in cosmetics, while the rest of the fruit is dried and then cut up into teabag size for human consumption, or in a powdered form to make up our Elite Equine 100% Organic Rosehip Supplement.

To meet our extended rosehip family, visit for a short media clip on the difference rosehip has made in the lives of our harvesters.

Elite Equine 100% Organic Rosehip Supplement

Understanding the anti-inflammatory and antioxidative value of rosehip makes Elite Equine’s application wide and extremely valuable.

  • Inflamed joints in sport horses
  • Coughing horses
  • Addressing leg deformities in young foals
  • Using rosehip as a poultice

This is only a few of the instances in which the powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties of Elite Equine may make a difference. To read even more, please visit our website at Elite Equine and look out for the FRIDAY FEATURE page.

Dosing Guidelines

When starting out on Elite Equine, a loading month is recommended.

  • For the first month, add 10g per 100kg of horse weight, once daily, to their food.
  • Thereafter, only add 5g per 100kg of horse weight, once daily, to their food.

For an average sized horse of 500kg, 1 x 1kg tub of Elite Equine should then last just over a month and currently retails at £38.

For a handy guide on how to weigh your horse without a horse-sized scale, visit the FREE DOWNLOADS page at

Horses love the tangy taste of our Elite Equine and you should not have any problems – even your picky-eaters will most probably jump in!

However, please stick to the dosing guide. If left to their own resources, your ponies will finish it all in one go. And too much vitamin C is never good for horse tummies!

Contact Elite Equine

We pride ourselves on our personal service. To support this, we have now started to personalize our Elite Equine tubs with your horse’s name, which you can supply upon ordering.
Delivery to Mainland UK is still FREE.

Touches like these and the accessibility to our team, make us proud to be a small business.

You are welcome to contact me at if you have any further questions or queries.

About The Author
This is a guest post by Maxie Heppell, Head of Business Development: Europe at Elite Equine

What About Using CBD As A Natural Remedy for Horses?

Naturally Healthy CBD For Your Horse

CBD has come to the forefront in recent years as an amazing natural healer for both humans and animals.

More and more people are giving CBD to their horses to help with a host of symptoms such as chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, chronic stress, digestive health, immune system bolstering and the list goes on.

Just like we humans, horses have an endocannabinoid system in their bodies. It is the master communication system that regulates the body's systems and it's ability to gain homeostasis or balance. The surge in interest and popularity of CBD has to do with cannabidiol (CBD) which is a potent compound found in the hemp plant.

How Are CBD Products Different?

There are many qualities of CBD to be found around the marketplace, so you want to first and foremost consider the quality and source of the CBD. CBD oils have been found to be very useful yet there is a newcomer to the market - CBD fluid. The difference is in the type of cannibis plant it is extracted from, the way it is extracted, the dosing and the cost.

As CBD oils are extracted, the buik of the plant is destroyed during the process by the use of heat, chemicals, butane, critical Co2 or alcohol. Many of the oils are extracted from industrial hemp which is also used to make clothing, rope, etc. Look for a product that is NOT from industrial hemp.

As the extraction process moves forward, only a very small amount of CBD is able to be obtained and it is normally an isolate, or a single component of the entire host of medicinal properties available in the plant. Terpines and other flavonoids are then added to that small amount of extracted CBD, as well as carrier oils to be able to fill the bottle. The bulk of the medicinal properties is found in the flower of the plant. The majority of CBD in oils come from the leaves and stems due to the extraction process killing the flower.

What's Your Horse Made Of?

Another thing to ask yourself - is your body or your horse's body mostly made of oil or water? The answer is obvious, it's water. Water and oil do not mix. So using a CBD oil, though beneficial, is not as bioavailable to the body and requires a much higher dose than does using a fluid. Many CBD oils are labeled as water soluble, even though when dropped in a glass of water, they clearly are not. They are however allowed to be labeled that because at least one of the added ingredients in the bottle is water soluble. If you drop the CBD fluid in a glass of water you will be able to watch it disperse throughout the water as opposed to balling up and floating to the top.

With CBD fluid, a patented and proprietary extraction process is used that does not require the use of heat or chemicals, thereby preserving the whole host of CBDs, terpenes and flavonoids available from the flower. It is called the entourage effect and could be compared to a team. With the oils, you get a single star player, but with the fluid, you get the whole team, which provides the endocannabinoid system (ECS) everything it needs to be the most beneficial at addressing the health concerns.

Dosage of CBD For Your Horse?

Now, what about dosing. With humans, a normal dose of CBD oils is 1-2 dropperfuls, which you hold under your tongue for a long as you can before swallowing it With the CBD Fluid, the dose is 2 drops! The reason for the difference is again because in that fluid you have the whole team and not just the star player.

Many veterinarians and horse owners have seen substantial improvements in their horse's health and emotional concerns. Interestingly enough, even though a horse is very large, it's metabolism is very slow so they need lower doses and less frequent doses than other animals. You would start with a low dose and gradually increase the amount and frequency. It is important to consult with your veterinarian as to how much and how often to give it to your horse.

There are many wonderful articles regarding CBD and horses online. My hope is that this information will have been useful to you as you consider using this amazing natural alternative for your horse's care.

Where Can CBD Fluid Be Purchased?

Currently the CBD Fluid which is called Süthe, is currently available for purchase in the United States and Puerto Rico. However it has been used all over the world, prior to it becoming legal in the United States in December of 2018.

This particular product contains no additives to cause harm or toxicity.

For more information about the Süthe CBD fluid, please feel free to contact me at Or check out the website

About The Author

This is a guest post by Diana Fletcher of