Energy is essential in performing how we move, think, breath, function and live. With no energy we die.
Stillness. It is referred to in all cultures and religions; some call it Qi or Chi (pronounced Chee), also spelled Ki, or Prana, a spiritual force that is held to emanate from or give animation to living beings. The ability to breathe comfortably is relatable to us all, and some of our flat nosed species (also called Brachycephalic breeds such as Persian cats, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Bull Dogs etc.) may need some surgical help opening up their airways with some plastic surgery.
Here is a link to some videos explaining this BOAS or Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome
Keeping their weight under control, can also help them maintain a less clogged up throat area. Good Breathing helps conserve Qi. We often see a syndrome where stress seems to cause poor breathing and “Choo choo train” panting in some dogs. This is a sign of Qi stasis, where the tongue may show a lavender or darker colour. The breath will be shallow and fast. Helping these dogs to learn to be calm and adding in calming foods and herbal medicine, may slow or halt the course of dis-ease.
Over many years of practice, veterinarians start to see patterns of illnesses, there is some distinct genetic predispositions such as separation anxiety and behaviour problems in little white fluffy dogs- who also seem to have an increased rate of vaccine reactions (another good reason to NOT over vaccinate dogs!) This mind-body-spirit connection of living in a stressful environment with poor nutrition and a worried attitude, can lead to adrenal fatigue. Little wonder that we often see Cushing’s disease in these breeds!
The body needs good nutrition, trace minerals, vitamins, and rest to physiologically function at its optimum. However the mind can do amazing things with the physiological structure! If one is feeling loved, protected and at peace, the body will produce entirely different chemicals and hormones than if one is stressed, worried or angry. This is the basis for developing good energy and good Qi in spite of any nutritional inadequacies. It’s said that some Yogis can exist on good breath alone for some time. Genetics may also play into it, but I have been astounded that some animals seem to do okay on what I would consider to be not the best food. Some of the healthiest dogs come from families with calm owners who provide exercise, bush walks, and play games within a caring family atmosphere.
Breath control and inner Qi work may be considered to be some type of hibernation, not using up the body’s store of nutrients. We can also assist you to teach your dog to relax using our calming essential oil sprays and some massage techniques.
The best thing you can do for your pets is to truly love them, teach them manners, tricks and boundaries.