Dog with allergies – Kiwi

Dog with allergies: last chance for Kiwi who had tried everything except reflexology

Kiwi is a 7-year-old labrador who has had severe house dust mite and storage mite allergies for the past 6 years. She has been through a vaccination program without effect, and subsequently received the highest dose of allergy medicine (Atopica) daily for several years. She is washed with allergy shampoo against allergies every week, has her ears rinsed several times a week and her anal glands emptied regularly to avoid problems with inflammatory conditions. Still, she has been biting, scratching and licking herself a lot every day. There were large bare spots on her paws and chin and recurring ear and anal gland problems.

Kiwi´s paw before reflexology – note the hairless areas:

Kiwis pote før

Kiwi´s paw after reflexology – note the hairless areas are gone:

Kiwis pote efter

Another problem was that Kiwi couldn’t control her hind legs after a couple of eye operations, but dragged them behind her when she ran and braked, as well as when going down stairs or walking on slippery floors.

Kiwi had also become less active and very tired over the last year. Rarely played with her toys and she looked sad.

KIWI had reflexology for her allergies

Kiwi received professional reflexology from me once. I also gave Kiwi’s owner good advice and instructed her in how she herself could subsequently give Kiwi reflexology. She was shown some good points from the book “Dog reflexology and acupressure for owners”.

In addition to reflexology, Kiwi’s owner was also advised to switch to BARF feeding (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) due to the storage mite allergy.

It has now been almost 2 months since the 1st time with professional reflexology and starting with BARF feeding, and Kiwi has felt so much better. She basically doesn’t scratch and bite herself anymore, so her paws and chin have got fine hair again. Her legs are feeling much better too. In addition, Kiwi has started to play with her toy every day and seems significantly healthier.

Kiwi´s chin before reflexology – note the hairless areas:

Kiwis hage før

Kiwi´s chin after reflexology – note the hairless areas are gone:

Kiwis hage efter

Kiwi’s owner still gives Kiwi reflexology regularly, otherwise she starts scratching and biting herself again and has problems with her legs. It has been extremely stressful and burdensome for Kiwi’s owner Heidi, who therefore wants to help others in the same situation.

If you have an allergic dog and want to get in touch with Heidi and hear about her experience, you can contact Sano Canis, who will forward the contact:

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Vivian Birlie

Vivian Birlie is a reflexologist, acupuncturist and author. Since 1997 she has treated both humans and dogs. She has been teaching reflexology and acupuncture since 2000.

During her long-time as an educator, Vivian Birlie has authored a great deal of teaching material. This background, along with 16 years of experience in journalism and technical computer knowledge at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, has made Vivian’s  books possible.

Her 2 books about dog reflexology and acupressure in English are:

  1. “Dog reflexology and acupressure” , a textbook. The Danish edition was released in August 2016 in Denmark and the English version was published in January 2017
  2.  "Dog reflexology and acupressure for owners" (Gyldendal 2019). The Danish edition was published in January 2018. It descibes how you as a dogowner can help your dog (and as a matter of fact cats as well) with pain, discomfort and problems – including behavioral problems

Education and courses:

She teaches at her Sano Canis Institute, which offers a one-year veterinarian certified dog reflexologist education. It takes place in Denmark and England - Read more abot dog reflexology.  Vivian also gives lectures and teaches courses in human acupuncture and reflexology. On her facebook page, you can get good advice on how to relieve the most common disorders in dogs and cats.

Vivian also gives good advice on the Danish Kennel Club's website and Facebook page.

Vivian also gives lectures - contact her to hear more.