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“Like Father, Like Fido”

Ever wonder why your dog has the same issues that you do? Arthritis, anxiety, strained muscles, intestinal issues, skin problems…the list goes on.

You may be surprised to find out that the “apple” (man’s best friend) does not fall far from the proverbial tree. Our canine companions are more similar to humans than previously imagined. For example, did you know that dogs and humans share a 94% correlation of genetic characteristics?

One Medicine is a term that acknowledges the fundamental similarities between species as they relate to the practice of medicine. U.C. Davis is one of the many medical centers currently conducting research in the field of human and canine physiology, pathology, and environment.

Veterinary Neurologists have recently discovered important neurological similarities between dogs and humans leading to an observation made by George Lees, DVM, MS, DACVIM, a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Lees was recently quoted as follows:

On the outside, humans and canines may seem like complete opposites, but science is proving the two are more alike than different.

These similarities between canine and human physiology enable our pets to receive the same nervous system balancing and health enhancing benefits that humans do.

Because the nervous system plays such an important role in the proper function of all of the body’s vital systems, researchers and medical professionals, alike, have long recognized a relationship between the nervous system and the function of the body’s health and disease.

The nervous system controls, balances, and regulates virtually ALL of our bodily functions, such as: pain response, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration, digestion, immune system function, stress response, hormone regulation, and nearly every other glandular function of the body.

Because this delicate balance can be disrupted by illness, injury, and prolonged physical or mental stress, it is imperative that we do all that we can to assure proper function of this “control center” for ourselves, as well as for our best friends.

There are several holistic therapies that have been scientifically documented to positively affect the balance of the nervous system, both in people and in animals. Three of these therapies are: Acupoint Therapy, Bowen Therapy, and Massage Therapy.

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