Great Points; ST 25, Acupoint for your Pet's Digestion

ST 25 (Stomach 25) is wonderful for your pet any time there is a digestive issue – acute or chronic! It can help your dog, cat or rodent with any digestive symptom - from abdominal bloat to vomiting. It can improve both chronic and acute conditions. It is a great point to have in your acupressure toolbox.

ST 25 is also a Test Point for the large intestine. This means that when gentle pressure on the point makes your animal flinch in pain, it is possible that the guts are not quite right.

Common Sense Caution: Because some digestive issues are life threatening, if this point triggers a strong reaction like growling, scratching or going to bite, take a closer look at your animal. Are there signs of serious digestive trouble? Call the vet before you continue! There is a LOT you can do to ease digestive conditions, especially if you catch the situation early.

Where: (see photo below) ST 25 lies on the belly, to either side of the belly button. On a full sized dog the point lies about 2 finger widths from the center line. Adjust the distance according to your animal’s size. ST 25 lies about 1 finger width to either side of the midline for small dogs or most cats, up to 3 fingers or more for super large dogs.

How: First you have to find (or estimate) the location of the belly button on your animal. Not sure where it lies? It tends to lie at the level of the back edge of the rib cage. Lie your animal on her side. Gently palpate her side to find the back corner of the rib cage. From there, trace a line directly to the midline of the belly. On many small animals there is not much to feel at the belly button so you will have to trust your point location.
Now, gently and slowly stimulate ST 25 to either side of the midline with your fingertips using the guidelines described above. If the point is reactive, release your pressure and simply hold your palm over the point. For a chronic digestive issue, press for 30 to 60 seconds, 1-4 times per week. For an animal with an acute digestive issue, first CALL THE VET and consult about whether or not you need to drive to the clinic. If you can stay at home for the moment, ask if you can use the point. If the vet gives the go ahead, gently stimulate the point for 45 to 60 seconds, every 15 to 30 minutes or as tolerated by your animal. Continue for a day or two after an acute attack has passed to help the belly recover.
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