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Fox Terrier Expo 5th – 6th August 201724th July 2017
Look forward to having a stand at Fox Terrier Expo this year! Come along to our stand to try our products, get special offers & spoil your dog & yourself 🙂
The magic behind the Tick Off and Ear Cleaner14th July 2017
Tick Off & Ear Cleaner on special offer again!
These popular products are 100% natural as are all Vita Canis products. Let me briefly explain how they work.
The Ear Cleaner contains some powerful anti-bacterial, anti–fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti–viral ingredients: Aloe Vera, Geranium, Witch Hazel and Lavender hydrosols, also called flower waters; and also two powerful essential oils: niaouli and lemon. Niaouli essential oil is a gentle relative of the very popular Tea Tree oil. It is gentle and well-tolerated, a perfect oil for allergies manifesting themselves in the ear. It has powerful anti-histaminic and anti-bacterial properties. Lemon essential oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal as well as being an immunostimulant, meaning it helps to strengthen the body’s immune system.
As you can see, the word anti-bacterial is mentioned a few times. The biggest difference between natural and synthetic anti–bacterial products is that bacteria can build up a resistance to synthetic products but not to natural ones. “Why?” You ask. The simplest way to explain is that the synthetic product is always the same, each and every time, forever… So when bacteria come into contact with a synthetic anti-bacterial product for the first time, or the first few times, it gets killed. However, with a few more contacts the bacteria realise, actually we know how this works, we’re not scared of this one any more, it comes here all the time, acts the same way, nothing new – so we’ll just build our shield and protect ourselves… And become resistant.
On the other hand, natural products, like essential oils or flower waters, are slightly different every time. Essential oils are made up of different molecules. These molecules and their exact concentration in a particular oil are influenced by outside factors like sunlight, rain, temperature, altitude, etc. Because these factors are constantly changing, the concentration of molecules changes too. This is the reason why two batches of essential oils can never be exactly the same; very, very similar, but not exactly the same. And this is why bacteria can’t build up resistance to essential oils… Each time the bacteria come into contact with the “same” essential oil, or natural product, it’s teeny tiny bit different from the last one… and the bacteria says something like “Holy sh…” and there it is… dead.
Ticks operate mainly by using their sense of smell. Ticks don’t jump or fall from trees; instead, they do something called “questing.” That is, they climb to the top of a blade of grass or plant and stick their front legs up in the air, waiting for the scent of a victim walking by. If you find one on your head, then it crawled there (ticks don’t jump) . Their front pair of legs have what are called Haller’s organs, which detect smell, temperature, movement and carbon dioxide. This is how they know you’re coming. They love warmth and moisture and are just waiting for a warm, moist environment to call home, such as your dog, you… The great discovery is that, for some reason, they are not attracted to the scent of some essential oils. Yippee!!
Certain essential oils smell soooo disgusting to ticks (it’s like the smells of food you don’t like or something even worse… cooked tripe… blah), that they would rather go hungry than come any closer to your dog! These include geranium, grapefruit, cedarwood, rosewood, lemongrass… all of these are in Vita Canis Tick Off, of course.
So if you want to keep your dog’s ears clean and infection-free and protect your furry friend from ticks, Vita Canis has the answer, naturally!
Ear troubles4th July 2017
Nicci and I (and our dogs) spent two weekends in June at dog shows, Dog Fest, at Arley Hall in Cheshire, and Dogs Unleashed, at Bakewell in Derbyshire.
We had a great time, meeting our customers, introducing Vita Canis products to new people, cuddling dogs, and enjoying the weather. The new banner for our latest product, Vita Canis Ear Cleaner, drew lots of attention! People were coming to our stand and telling us all about their dog’s ear problems. I couldn’t believe how many! Actually, I could because as a dog groomer, I see ear problems on a daily basis… but still, it was surprising just how many.
After Dog Fest Nicci suggested we should bring some cotton wool to the next show, Dogs Unleashed, and show people how to use our product, the Ear Cleaner. What a great idea!! So I made a sign offering free ear cleaning and got loads of cotton wool. Over the weekend at Dogs Unleashed I cleaned hundreds of ears… small, big, flappy, hairy, stinky, pinky… you name it, I cleaned it! To my surprise, some people didn’t know they should check their dog’s ears; and often, if they did know, they didn’t know exactly what to do or were frightened to do it.
“What should we be looking for?” “I am scared to do it…” “He won’t let me do it…” “Help!!”
Here are some facts about a dog’s ear, what are we looking for when we check the ear and how to clean it:
Ear infections in dogs are most commonly caused by a range of factors, including bacteria, yeast, ear mites, excessive hair, moisture or wax, foreign bodies and allergies. Because the ear canal in dogs is mostly vertical (unlike the human ear canal, which is horizontal), it is easy for debris and moisture to be retained in the canal itself leading to problems.
If your dog shows sudden signs of:
inflammation of the ear flap (redness)
continual head shaking
or drooping of the ear,
please have your veterinarian check it out. There may be an infection or it could even be that a foreign body is present causing the infection.
Methods of transmission of infection include direct penetration from the external environment, overgrowth of microflora in the ear itself, perhaps due to stress, hot weather or other factors: immunosuppression or injury, for example.
If there is no foreign body present in the ear and you wish to use a totally natural treatment, time to try Vita Canis Ear Cleaner
The best preventative care is regular checking and cleansing of the ear. It’s very good to start from an early age so your puppy gets used to it. While playing, gently hold the ear, massage, turn over the ear flap…
If your dog has a lot of hair coming from the ear canal, this hair may need to be plucked, or at least some of it, to help free flow of air to the ear. You can do this quite easily with your fingers. Gently but firmly hold a little bit of the hair growing inside the ear and pull. Do just a little bit at the time to avoid discomfort. There are also special ear powders that may help you in gripping the hair.
It is important to bring your dog along slowly so that he/she associates ear cleaning with something positive. Always have treats ready to offer each time your dog is well-behaved during the process.
Just like with human ears, you never want to use cotton buds because they can hurt your dog’s ears, instead use cotton wool or cotton pads.
Shake the product well. Wet a cotton ball with Vita Canis Ear Cleaner and wipe the part of the ear that you can easily see, the inside of the outer flap. Then wet a new cotton ball to clean a little further into the inner ear. Make sure you use a new piece of cotton wool for each ear. Ideally, you want to do this about once a week to keep your dog’s ears free from infection and smelling sweet.
Happy ear cleaning!
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