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The warm water compress is:

  • Cheap (free)
  • Easy
  • Effective

Compressing is a great way to administer supportive care at home. We use it to decrease swelling and promote relief from discomfort. All you need is a bowl, warm water and a cloth towel.

Add warm water (not hot water) to the bowl. Use water that is not so hot it is not tolerable to the touch. But warm enough to achieve our desired effect. Once the towel is moistened and applied to our patient the water will quickly cool. Re-moisten and use multiple applications.

Apply pressure to the affected area for 5 – 10 minutes. Three times a day is good medicine.

Cory says: Take this time to embrace the fact that you are the caregiver. Your pet takes care of you everyday with their unconditional love. Of course you do the same, but this is an opportunity to take it to the next level. The warm compress feels good on your pet’s skin and it feels good on your hand. Let the warmth travel from the hand, up your arm and to the rest of your body. Be cognizant of your breathing. Feel the air fill your lungs, feel it leave when you exhale. Recognize that you are in exactly the right place right now. You are living in the moment.

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