animal acupressure

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

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.

We include our affiliate link to the cat volume – this link will take you to the full range of acupressure books. 

Phoebe Kitten
Animal Acupressure Book Reviewer

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21 Comments

  1. Lola The Rescued Cat

    July 30, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Somebody told Mommy about this book at BlogPaws! She learned Shiatsu massage for humans and wants to check this out for us kitties.

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  2. Cathy Armato

    July 29, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Sounds like a great guide, good idea to learn acupressure just in case you need it in the future.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  3. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    July 29, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Learn it now, not when you need it. VERY GOOD ADVICE, indeed.

    Purrs,
    Seville

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  4. Valerie

    July 29, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I have never heard about acupuncture for cats before! You see, you learn something new every day! Thank you for this informative post!! Love, Valerie

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  5. meowmeowmans

    July 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    That is so cool! Our humans have had accupressure before, but we never knew it was available for cat ailments!

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  6. Ruth Epstein

    July 28, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing, really interesting post and great to know

    Reply

  7. Tenacious Little Terrier

    July 28, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve had human acupressure but I didn’t know it was also a thing for pets!

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  8. the Daily pIP

    July 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I have wanted to try accu-pressure for my own back pain. Ruby also might benefit from it.

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  9. Sweet Purrfections

    July 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Great information. Mom Paula has considered acupuncture for herself with her pain, but hasn’t tried it yet.

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  10. Brian Frum

    July 28, 2016 at 11:16 am

    That’s really most interesting but it might scare me a bit!

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  11. The Island Cats

    July 28, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Ernie has had accupuncture and benefited from it. I’m sure accupressure could be just as beneficial for him…as well as my other cats. I will check out Deanna’s book. ~Island Cat Mom

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  12. Kelly

    July 28, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Always a great idea to learn something before you actually need to know it. I’ve not had acupressure myself but would be interested in learning more about it.

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  13. Talent Hounds

    July 28, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Didn’t love acupuncture but I am a big believer in pressure points for humans so I am sure would work well for animals too. How cool that you got a demo. The book sounds interesting

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  14. Nichole

    July 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Sounds like great info to know!

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  15. Robin

    July 28, 2016 at 9:27 am

    This book sounds great! I like natural therapies. Sometimes they are just what you (or your kitty) need to feel better. 🙂

    Reply

  16. Jean Dion

    July 28, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Wonderful! We have an acupressure practitioner in my community who is kind enough to donate her services in my local animal shelter. Watching her work with the cats is simply amazing. You can just see them relax under her touch.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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  17. Cathy Keisha

    July 28, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Whoa! Is she working on Carma Poodale?? I think we need to read the chapter on asthma cos just last night TW was reminding her to look up alternative treatments.

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  18. Erin the cat Princess

    July 27, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Phoebe, I’ve just started to read this book, and do think it is going to be fun to learn from and great resource for any future ails. I just hope peep can remember where all the points are…. mind you there are handy diagrams so as long as peep remembers which end bites I think we’ll get through it! purrs ERin

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  19. Charles Huss

    July 27, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    That could be a handy thing to know.

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  20. Athena

    July 27, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Sounds interesting! Will check that book out 🙂

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

    Reply

  21. Summer

    July 27, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    This sounds REALLY good to know!

    Reply

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