Acupet Acupuncture News

Mosman Pet's Day Out 2016

Rae Hennessy - Monday, August 22, 2016

It's that time of year again! Time to grab the family (two legged and four) and head to the Mosman Pets Day Out on Sunday 28th of August.

It will be at Mosman Square and Village Green from 10:00am until 2:00pm and there will be lots of fun for animals and animal lovers of all shapes and sizes.

For more details check out the official web page

Look for us at stall number 22 if you want to have a chat about what acupuncture can do for your pet.

Mention that you liked us on Facebook and get a free bag of healthy treats!

See you there! 

Sydney Dog Lovers Show 2016

Rae Hennessy - Sunday, July 10, 2016

It's that time again when we start getting ourselves ready for our stall at the Dog Lovers Show. We will be in the Hordern Pavilion at stall number H126 (not far from where we were last time) It's on the 6th and 7th of August from 9:30 to 5:00 So come along and see us if you would like to have a chat about how acupuncture could improve your pet's life.  If you mention you liked us on FaceBook we might even give you a discount on some scrummy (but healthy) dog treats!

Fair Day 2016

Rae Hennessy - Sunday, February 21, 2016

Want an opportunity to chat to me about how I can help your fur baby?

Or simply fancy a very colourful day out with (or without) your favourite pooch?

Well then, you’re in luck because it’s that time of the year again when you can pop along and see me at Fair Day.

Sunday 21st Feb at Victoria Park Camperdown from about 10a.m.

You should find me most of the day at stall D22, which should be pretty much second on your right if you come in the top City Rd. entrance.

See you there!

Mosman Pets Day Out 2015

Rae Hennessy - Saturday, September 12, 2015

If you are looking for a fun day out for the family (two legged or four) Why not check out the Mosman Pets Day Out on Sunday 13th September

It will be at Mosman Square and Village Green from 10:00am until 2:00pm and there will be lots of fun for animals and animal lovers of all shapes and sizes.

For more details check out the official web page

Look for us at stall number 24 if you want to have a chat about what acupuncture can do for your pet.

Mention that you liked us on Facebook and get 10% off a packet of healthy treats!

See you there 

Twenty One Today!

Rae Hennessy - Tuesday, September 08, 2015

I received a lovely text today that I want to share with you.

"Thank you Rae for helping me reach 21. I had a mashed potato and good-o cake. Not so pleased with the bowtie or hat though. Love Billy."

I've been an animal acupuncturist for just a little longer than Bill has been on the planet and it isn't every day one of my patients gets to 21 years old. Apart from a touch of arthritis and not being quite so sharp eyed and steady on his paws as he used to be, Billy is in remarkable condition ( even for a dog half his age). Just goes to show what can happen when you have good genes and fabulous humans that love and care for you. Regular visits from your favourite animal acupuncturist don't go astray either ;-)

Happy Birthday Bill

For more photos check out the birthday boy's party photo album on facebook.

Sydney Dog Lovers Show 2015

Rae Hennessy - Saturday, August 15, 2015

Would you like to speak to me about what acupuncture can do for your dog’s arthritis? Or would you like to have a chat about how acupuncture can improve mobility and quality of life in your aging cat? Maybe you have some other question you would like to ask about what acupuncture can do for your beloved pet. Well come along and see me this weekend at the Dog Lovers Show. I’ll be in the Hordern Pavilion at stall number H126. So stop by and say Hi! If you mention you heard my radio ad (and can tell me the station it was played on) I’ll give you a 10% discount off a bag of Healthy Skin and Joint Treats!

To Supplement or not to Supplement?

Rae Hennessy - Sunday, August 02, 2015

Many of us use vitamins, minerals and other supplements routinely as a part of a modern busy life to make up for what we might be missing out on. However, if your dog is skipping meals, drinking too much coffee and ordering pizza three nights a week because they can’t be bothered cooking, then shame on you!

Our pets rely on us to provide them with all the nutrients they need for a healthy life and although that may sound daunting it is usually easier than it seems. It is certainly easier than feeding ourselves and even our (non-fur) kids. Mercifully, our pets can’t use the phone, don’t understand fast food ads and don’t usually have access to pocket money or a credit card. They also don’t know that Fluffy next door’s Mum lets him eat dessert even if he hasn’t cleaned his plate.

So, when it come to our pets, what they eat is (mostly) under our control. Therefore, my attitude to supplements generally is, if your pet is not on a restricted diet for any reason and you think it is lacking in something, look for a natural way of putting it in the diet before you reach for the pills and powders. If you think they need calcium try adding bones and/or dairy food to the diet. If you think he or she needs more omega 3, try adding eggs, fish or green lipped mussels. If you want to be sure you are feeding enough of the building blocks necessary to develop healthy joints, try feeding chicken wings or feet, or beef knuckles, pig’s trotters etc. They are all great natural sources of glucosamine, chondroitin and many other important nutrients. If your dog can’t eat bones for any reason, or even if they can and you want to give them a special treat, check out this great recipe for healthy bone soup.

In a healthy dog on a normal diet I always look for the food option first. However, there are many times when this is not possible. If your dog is overweight or on a restricted diet for health reasons, or if your dog can’t or won’t eat bones or is intolerant or allergic to a particular food then obviously you may need to find other ways to give them the nutrients they may be missing out on. The first thing to remember in this situation is, please check with your vet. The supplement you plan to use may be derived from the very food your pet is meant to be avoiding. The next thing to always keep in mind is MORE IS NOT BETTER. Always check the dose for your pet and stick to it. Some vitamins that are beneficial in the correct dose can be deadly in larger doses. Too much calcium can lead to a variety of serious health problems including kidney disease and urinary stones. Many herbs are safe in low doses but toxic if overdone. If you are using supplements designed for humans rather than dogs then please check with your vet or animal health professional and make sure it is safe and that you know the dosage for your pet. It is NOT safe to assume that if it is okay for people it is okay for pets. Also, avoid using multiple supplements unless expressly recommended by your animal health professional. I have seen numerous cases where a pet has been on one supplement from the vet and one from the health food shop and one from the pet shop and when we check the labels they are getting three times the recommended dose of some of the ingredients.

Another instance where using a supplement is necessary is when you are trying to achieve an outcome that would require your pet to consume far more of the food that it safely or sensibly could. Such as in the case of using fish or krill oil to achieve an anti-inflammatory action in pets with arthritis. In these cases in never hurts to add some natural food sources to the diet and then top up with supplements where necessary.

In short, if you stick to natural where possible, remember more is not better and know what you are giving, as well as how much and why, you can’t go too far wrong.

Polly the Cattle dog’s mountain rescue!

Rae Hennessy - Monday, May 25, 2015

Earlier this month, Polly the cattle dog was walking in the Blue Mountains with her family when she took a tumble… a twenty metre tumble down a cliff. The Blue Mountains police rescue had to be called in to get her up from where she landed. Check out the story and the rescue pics on the police rescue Facebook page.

Polly

It truly warms my heart to know we live in a nation where our pets and companion animals can get this sort of help. Big thanks to the police rescue!!

By some lucky dog miracle Polly had not broken any bones and had no internal bleeding but she was struggling to stand and fell over when she tried to walk.

Polly’s owners called me and I went up to give her some acupuncture the next day.

 When I first saw Polly she had some swelling, soreness and was struggling to stand up but was bright, friendly and in remarkably good spirits   for a dog that had recently had such a serious fall.

polly the dog

 She was a fabulous patient from the outset and relaxed well into her first acupuncture treatment beautifully, despite being very sore.  By her second acupuncture treatment she was improving well, her swelling was greatly reduced and she could stand and walk without falling and after our third treatment, I’m am very pleased to say that Polly is walking pretty well and keen to chase the ball, if she can get anybody to throw it. She is still a bit unsteady and the accident may have aggravated some pre-existing spinal arthritis, which may pose an ongoing challenge, but at the current rate of improvement I am envisaging a full enough recovery for her to return to a happily active life.

Will keep you posted!!

Will your dog be warm enough this winter?

Iain Ross - Monday, May 25, 2015

It is true that Mother Nature has very cleverly given dogs self-adjusting fur coats that can adapt to the natural changes of season. However, this does not mean that we can curl up in our nice warm beds at night and just assume that Fido and Fluffy won’t feel the cold. We, the ever clever human race, have long since taken dogs into our hearts and caves, selectively bred them for different coat types and lengths and made them very dependent upon us for most of their daily requirements.

So in my, possibly not so humble, opinion it behoves us, the humans, to at least give some thoughtful consideration to your own dog’s specific requirements at this chilly time of the year.

If your dog lives and sleeps outside it is quite true that their coat will thicken in the winter, but is it enough? If your dog is a fit young Malamute and you live in an area where the temperature doesn’t get too far down into single figures then a good raised bed under the carport or on the verandah might be warm enough. But if your canine companion is an older whippet and you live in the frosty highlands then obviously a nice warm coat and a snug kennel inside the garage or laundry would be more appropriate.

But what if my dog sleeps in the house? I hear you ask. Well, in that situation, as long as your pooch has a bed up off the cold floor, all is well... until it is time to go outside for a walk or a piddle. If Sooty or Snoopy lives and sleeps in the house, their coats will adjust to that environment. So think about it, if their coat is adapted to the warmth of your lounge room or bedroom and you take them out for a piddle in the middle of the night or for an early morning walk, they are likely to feel the cold. Imagine climbing out of your warm bed and going to squat on the icy lawn in just your pyjamas. So if your furry friend is an indoor dog, the general rule is, if you need a jumper or dressing gown on to go out… so do they. Obviously this would be truer for a sixteen year old newly clipped toy poodle than it would be for a three year old longhaired German Shepard but the point is you need to think about it.

So give it some thought, consider the age and general health of your dog, the climate you are in, the type of coat your dog has and the type of bedding or shelter you are providing and then sleep soundly knowing that your much loved doggie is just as warm and snug as they deserve to be.


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