Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Supporting A Healthy Vagus Nerve In Dogs

I like to take the collar off my dog's neck when at home, to keep the pressure off her medulla oblongata/vagus nerve connection.  I also give her a gentle massage of the area, similar to NAT we do for people.  

The importance of the vagus nerve can't be overemphasized, as "The vagus nerve (/ˈvɡəs/ vay-gəs), historically cited as the pneumogastric nerve, is the tenth cranial nerve orCN X, and interfaces with parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs and digestive tract
(from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vagus_nerve)

medulla oblongata

bulbous continuation of the spinal cord just above the foramen magnum and separated from the pons by a horizontalgroove. It is one of three parts of the brainstem and mainly contains white substance with some mixture of graysubstance. The medulla contains the cardiac, vasomotor, and respiratory centers of the brain. Medullary injury ordisease often proves fatal. Compare mesencephalon, ponsAlso called, (informal) medulla.
Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.

medulla oblongata

 The lower half of the brain stem, which is located between the spinal cord and the pons.

• Cardiac centre—Sympathetic, parasympathetic systems. 
• Respiration centre—Contains chemoreceptors.
• Vasomotor centre—Contains baroreceptors.
• Reflex centres—For vomiting, coughing, sneezing, swallowing.

Autonomic and involuntary functions, including breathing, maintaining the heart rate and blood pressure."
(from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/medulla+oblongata)

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