The thought of organic chemistry can be daunting, but some knowledge of the basic chemical groups of which essential oils are composed is necessary in order to understand which oils are safe and gentle, and which are stronger or irritating. Since the chemistry of essential oils is a more advanced topic, I am keeping this as simple as possible. Further reading on the subject can be found in the books of Kurt Schnaubelt and Marcel Lavabre. Every essential oil is represented by dominant chemical groups that determine its effects.
Dogs and cats can suffer neck pain from staining muscles of developing disk problems in the spine. This kind of neck pain is more common in dogs than in cats, with mastiffs, Doberman pinschers, and other large-breed dogs affected most often. They’ll hold their heads stiffly and won’t want to lift their faces-they may look like they’re shy or depressed and cry out with pain when they move the wrong way. Neck pain often will make pets stop eating because it hurts to reach the food bowl.
There are serious diseases that can cause neck pain. An animal who has neck pain lasting more lasting more than a few hours should be taken to the veterinarian the same day. If the pain is accompanied by a fever, get it the vet right away. Neck pain from disk problems usually isn’t an emergency, but it won’t bet better without medical attention, and it could pet much worse, even causing paralysis.
You can make a good guess about what’s causing eye infections by looking to see if one of both eyes are infected. If just one eye is swollen of has a green or yellow discharge, it’s probably a result of an injury from a poke with a stick, a fight with another animal, or even an embedded grass seed. If both eyes are infected, it’s probably because of a virus. Eye infections are easy to treat, but they can cause blindness if they aren’t treated quickly and correctly. See a veterinarian as soon as you notice symptoms.
Dogs and cats are often stung on the face, head, or inside the mouth when they try to play with bees and wasps. Fur protects most of their bodies, but pets can be bitten or stung on their sparsely furred stomachs or flanks when they blunder into a hive or a fire-ant nest. Most of the time, the sting or bite causes minor swelling and redness that can be hard to see under the fur and is itchy or painful. First aid is usually all you’ll need to relieve your pet’s discomfort. Some pets, however, can have serious allergic reactions to otherwise harmless insects. it may take only one sting for a pet’s muzzle to swell up like a cantaloupe, even if he has been stung on the tail. And in rare instances, the reaction happens on the inside, too, so that a pet’s throat swells and shuts off his air. Usually, this happens suddenly, and symptoms include fever or low body temperature, wheezing, trembling, weakness, pale gums, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, and collapse. This is a medical emergency called anaphylactic shock that requires immediate veterinary attention. First aid can buy you time until you reach medical help.
On the surface, massage may seem like a frivolous idea, but the fact is that massage has so many physical and psychological benefits for your cat that you could almost call it an essential of health care, like grooming, feeding, exercise, etc. In fact, I might go so far as to say that, for certain reasons (which I will go into later), pets benefit more from massage than human beings do.