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New Chiropractic Technique

As an experienced chiropractor who has worked with dogs in the past, I'm always glad to see a positive and accurate portrayal of the benefits of alternative health care for animals.

There is an alternative adjusting method to manual technique taught by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association that is being used by about 10 times as many chiropractors and veterinarians around the country. That technique is called VOM (veterinary orthopedic manipulation) and was developed by and is being taught by a veterinarian by the name of Dr. Bill Inman, based in Seattle, Wash. It is a safe, non-surgical means of treating spinal disorders and lameness in animals. In addition, while inexperienced or sloppy manual adjusters can and have injured (and even killed) some animals, there has not been a single reported case of injury to an animal using the VOM technique. You can see why this would be the case if you observe a VOM adjustment versus a manual adjustment. You can learn more about the VOM technique or find a certified practitioner near you by visiting the Web site at www. vomtech.com or contacting Dr. Inman at (206) 523-9917 or e-mail at drbill42@aol.com

The technique cured my own dog, a young Lhasa Apso, of her urinary incontinence problem, and I know it's helped and can help countless others overcome many other problems.

Kim Makoi, DC, VCP Los Alamitos, Calif.
As printed in DogFancy

LEND ME A PUP

I will lend to you for awhile a pup, God said,
For you to love him while he lives and mourn for him when he's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three.
But will you, 'til I call him back, take care of him for me.

He'll bring his charms to gladden you and (should his stay be brief)
you'll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return
But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.

I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd's life's land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take my Pup back again.

I fancied that I heard them say "Dear Lord Thy Will be Done,"
For all the joys this Pup will bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness we'll love him while we may
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.

But should you call him back much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love, we've managed, your wishes to achieve
In memory of him we loved, to help us while we grieve,

When our faithful bundle departs this world of strife
We'll have yet another Pup and love him all his life

-author unknown

Home Remedies for Dogs With Itchy Skin

Many messages have been posted on the Canine Message Board regarding dogs with itchy skin. Now that warm weather is approaching many dogs will be experiencing dry skin and excessive itchiness.

The first thing to do is to check the dog for fleas. If fleas are not the problem one of the best ways to alleviate itching is to:

Provide additional fat in your dog's food. The additional fat will give your dog's coat a soft, shiny look and will help alleviate dry skin and itching. You can put this additional fat into the food by sprinkling approximately 2 tablespoons of either vegetable oil or canola oil on the food.

Something else you might try is spraying your dog's coat with lemon juice. Slice a couple of lemons in a quart of water and boil it. Let it cool down for a day then you can spray it on.


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