A Well-Circulated Body Is The Key
Where I live, summer seems to have extended a little into fall this year, and for someone who feels cold all the time due to bad circulation, I am thoroughly enjoying it!
However, as we approach the colder seasons, I would like to suggest adding heat therapy for your dogs (and for you as well :)).
Because good circulation is the foundation of a healthy body. This goes for people and all animals.
A Vicious Cycle
Blood/lymphatic circulation is slowed or interrupted⬇
Nutrients necessary for maintaining healthy muscles will not be carried throughout the body
Because the muscles are not receiving enough nutrients, motor power of body decreases
Because the joints are not moved correctly due to less power created by muscles, joints will be stiff (pain)
Untreated stiff joints will eventually result in less or no range of motion (pain)
Because joints are not mobile, circulation will be further slowed and body waste and toxins will remain in the body longer (Long-term negative effect on the body)
Your Dog May Have Bad Circulation Anytime, Even In Summer
It is certainly easier to manage arthritic or any other geriatric pain in warmer weather, but don’t assume your dog is well-circulated just because it’s hot, especially if your dog is:
- a senior or less-active or
- a small/toy breed that spends long hours in an air-conditioned room
Making A Heat Pad For Your Dog
Now that you see the importance of a well-circulated body, here is a DIY project for you: A hand-made heat pad for your dog.
There are so many different kinds of heat pads online or in stores, but here is a really simple way to make your own.
What You Will Need:
- Any type of grain (i.e., rice, oats, or even beans) Try and see the difference between the sizes and shapes of the grain.
- Cotton cloth of your choice
Simply sew up 2 pieces of cloth (rectangular or any shape you would like) in 3 directions, and then flip them over. Put in the grain of your choice and sew the opening to make a little pillow.
- Add some herbs in the heat pad
Make sure you pick a scent that your dog likes regardless of what the herb is known to be good for.
- Make a pocket that you can slip your heat pad into [Shown in the photos]
This way, the heat pad stays clean and you can easily wash the pocket as necessary
How To Use It
- Throw the heat pad in a microwave (for proably less than a minute. Please adjust according to the power of your microwave.)
- Gently apply it on your dog’s back, leg, tummy or wherever your dog allows. It is best to do this when you are relaxed in the evening, while you’re just hanging out petting your dog.
- If you know how and if your dog allows, massage.
Other Ways To Help Circulate Your Dog’s Body
Here is a video instruction for using a heat pad for the hind legs. (The content was intended for a detox program in the past)
You can see my Chuckie who departed last year at age 17. He still looked great then :)