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Homeopathics, in pack order

The Telegraph has reported this week that Queen Elizabeth II feeds her dogs in ‘order of seniority’  and that the dogs consume a range of herbal and homeopathic remedies.

Queen with Corgi

The Queen of England couldn’t be more Establishment and yet – there she is – open-minded enough to recognise that herbals and homeopathics may help keep her Corgis in good health, for longer.

I respect her for that.

It’s long been reported and known that the Queen is an animal-lover.  Dr Mugford, an animal psychologist who has worked with the Queen’s dogs says “The Queen has definite views about how dogs should be cared for: she doesn’t tolerate unkindness, and I remember she took a very dim view of President Lyndon B Johnson picking his dogs up by their ears.”

Queen Elizabeth has made the decision fairly recently not to replace her Corgis when they pass away, which has been a long-standing tradition in her household.  This is surely a sign that the Queen is feeling the pressures of time and old age.  She doesn’t want to bring dogs into the household when it’s highly likely they will out-live her.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand



Spinal cord research benefits dogs

Last week, the University of California San Francisco issued a press release about the promising research of Dr Linda J Noble-Haeusslein and her collaborators at Texas A&M  University.

The US Department of Defense has granted $750,000 over three years to develop a drug that helps to mitigate the secondary damage associated with spinal cord injury.  When an injury occurs, there is a cascading chemical reaction that damages nearby cells and that means – essentially – that more damage happens than that caused by the immediate injury.

It is thought that the drug, a protein-blocking agent, will successfully interfere with that cascading process and preserve sensitive neurological pathways.

Other neurological researchers have shown that movement in the spine can be preserved if as little as 18-20 percent of nerve fibre tracts remain intact.

Dogs such as Dachshunds, Corgis and Beagles (dogs with a long torso) are known to be susceptible to disc ruptures.   When a dog presents with a disc rupture at the Small Animal Hospital at Texas A&M University, their owner will be asked to consent to the experimental treatment.

And why is the funding coming from the Department of Defence?  Well, sadly, there are many wounded soldiers returning from overseas war zones with spinal injuries.

Source:  University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) (2012, January 18). Saving dogs with spinal cord injuries. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 25, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2012/01/120118155338.htm

The Corgi

Since I’m on line just hours before the big Royal Wedding, I’ve decided to write about the Corgi, a breed of dog that is often associated with Queen Elizabeth II (and the now deceased  Queen Mother as well).  Queen Elizabeth has 16 corgis!

The Corgi goes by other names:  Pembroke Welsh Corgi or Welsh Corgi for short  (however a Cardigan Welsh Corgi can also be called a Welsh Corgi).  It is a naturally active little dog who has short legs and a long back (often having a back that is twice as long as its legs).  Being a massage therapist, I see corgis that are prone to back problems because of this anatomical structure which can be exacerbated by weight gain (something they do easily).

The dogs are known for their intelligence, devotion and eagerness to please.  The Corgi was bred to herd cattle and is the oldest breed of herding dog.  As a herding breed, however, they can develop problems such as nipping at people’s heels and so they do need training.  The nipping tendency means that they may not be as suitable for homes with smaller children.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Royal Wedding goes to the dogs

It is less than a week to go before Kate Middleton marries Prince William.  There is lots of merchandise out there to buy to commemorate the Royal Wedding.    Now your dog can get in on the action too, since dogs can’t go to the Royal Wedding but the Royal Wedding can go to the dogs!

How about the  Royal Wedding t-shirt for dogs?   A ribbed cotton t-shirt for dogs of all sizes which proclaims “Official Royal Wedding Corgi”  Price = $35.30  This shirt is available in traditional white as well as mint, lilac, pink, heather and light blue.

The Urban Pup is offering a range of 100% cotton t-shirts for dogs for NZ$34.29 each.  Their designs include a shirt to let your dog proclaim its love for Prince William!

Bonnie Dogs offers a bride and groom dog t-shirt for £18.99.

And not to be outdone, French Horse and Country offer a Crown Jewels collar for £36.20 – £46.00

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand