Complimentary medicine, including animal acupressure, works side by side with the work of a veterinarian. This was one of the first things Deanna S. Smith, the author of ‘Animal Acupressure – The Cat’ told us when Mum met up with her, just before the BlogPaws conference in Phoenix, Az., earlier this year. Deanna is an online friend of ours from Twitter and we could not believe that she lives not far from Chandler where BlogPaws was hosting the conference in June – what an opportunity. We wish more people could have met her!
When Deanna offered to demonstrate a few basic acupressure techniques this was an opportunity Mum could not turn down so we invited her for a visit us at the Wild Horse Pass resort. As we also needed a demonstration model for the acupressure techniques, blogging colleague Bunny, and her dog Carma Poodale, offered to be our model – thank you Carma!
Animal Acupressure Illustrated – The Cat
The book is subtitled, ‘an acupressure guide for common ailments of the cat’ and is divided into clear sections for study by ordinary pet loving people. A foreword explains how Deanna used acupressure to benefit one particular cat, a brief history of acupressure and its place in Chinese Traditional Medicine, then goes on to give a quick overview of the books and its contents.
The chapters include an explanation of what animal acupressure is; provides clear anatomy charts, and explanations of pressure points you use for each ailment. There are explanations of ‘meridians’, and their importance. There are also easy to read lists of symptoms for common ailments.
Animal Acupressure Overview
This book is inspiring, friendly, and well written. Nothing is too technical, and everything can be absorbed with quiet study. This is a book for pet parents at home not a practising expert, so symptoms are simply written to allow you to decide what kind of issue you are facing and how to use your acupressure skills.
The intention is to benefit animals by the use of acupressure through clear explanations and helpful charts. You can see, and locate, the acupoints for many specific ailments on the charts including asthma/breathing disorders, constipation, swelling, and muscle weakness. We love the clear information on how and where to apply acupressure to an animal. We are learning about different points as we read more and quickly realised that this will take a period of sustained study to do properly, but, that it’s worth the effort if this will benefit our family.
One important thing that struck us was Deanna’s advice ‘learn it now, not when you need to know it’. In other words – learn while you are not under stress and have time, so you can become familiar with your cat (or other animal) and make the best use of the techniques available when you need them.
Deanna is available on Facebook here and happy to answer questions about the acupressure books, and her comprehensive website is here. There are also some great stories aboout how acupressure has helped animals here.
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