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So many ways to use our products29th March 2018
As you know, all Vita Canis products are 100% natural and I am very proud of it! Over the years I’m finding out how people use the products and what are their other uses?
So here are some interesting findings by Vita Canis products users:
Chloe Lofthouse and Hand Butter:
Chloe lives and works on the Isle of Lundy and she fell on rocks. This is what she wrote to me in August 2017:
“It’s healing really well! I had some really deep cuts that needed those sticky stitches. The Coastguard team said I’d have scars for sure but are surprised at how well it’s healed in such a short time!”
Chloe was using the Hand butter and her arm healed really nicely. I met her at Crufts this year and she showed me her shoulder. There was no sign of the scars.
Jade Borrow, Disney and Comfort Blend:
“My Bichon, Disney, has recently been diagnosed with doggie dementia so has been really unsettled, hysterically barking and not wanting to be away from me. In January I spoke to Jitka and she recommended that the Comfort Blend may work but couldn’t guarantee it as it is new and hadn’t tried it on a dog with what Disney has. I bought a bottle and although I know nothing will cure it, it has most definitely settled him down a lot, he’ll go and relax by himself in a cage and I can now leave a room without him panicking on my whereabouts.”
There are many behavioural changes in older dogs that can be signs of canine cognitive dysfunction or doggie Alzheimer’s:
· Getting lost in familiar places
· Sleeping more during the day and less at night
· Getting generally more fearful and anxious
· Performing repetitive behaviour
· Barking for no apparent reason
· Lost and confused
· Walking into corners
There’s no cure for dementia but the synergetic blend of essential oils in the Comfort Blend can help to alleviate the symptoms.
I also use the Comfort Blend with puppies when they start weening from their mum. I use it in my boarding kennels when I see a dog has a problem with adjustment, and I know people using it for restless puppies and adult dogs after a surgery, and many more.
Aromatic Dog Spray Citrus
I use this spray not only on my dogs, but I also spray the window sill to stop flies flying in. We are surrounded by two farms, so we get loads in summer. Last year when I did a talk for the Scottish Terrier Club of England, one attendee told me afterwards that she had started to spray her Scottie with the Insect Repelling Citrus Spray and the ants had stopped coming into her house! The citrus spray is insect repelling so it makes sense because ants are insects (did you know there are more 12,000 species of ants all over the world?)
This calming spray is not only used on nervous dogs at home, but also in many dog grooming salons, dog grooming schools and you can also find it in many tag boxes at dog shows. The Calming Floral Spray has a natural calming and balancing quality and provides the ultimate relaxation for a dog.
Lucia & Lucka and Aromatic Dog Spray Floral:
“I used Vita Canis Floral Spray on my 7-year old Airedale Terrier, and after only a few minutes of my spraying, she had visibly calmed down, and stayed relaxed for a while. In fact, I’ve never seen her that calm on a Bonfire night before! Thank you, Vita Canis!”
Kristy Worsell from Elite Grooming:
“As a groomer I want my dogs to feel relaxed and happy in the salon. Baxter, a rescue Fox Terrier is an adorable little boy, but so nervous, spraying the Calming Floral Spray in his environment really helps this little guy to calm down and enjoy his groom.”
Cathy Hicklin, pet stylist at Vita Canis
“While studying my ICMG dog grooming course I came across Vita Canis Calming Floral Spray. I love this product! During stressful moments by the grooming table our teacher used to come over with the Floral Spray and ‘ spray around the dog’ and also without us realising around us too! Both dogs and students became less anxious and felt more able to carry on. It was towards the end of the course that our teacher admitted that she was really spraying us rather then the dogs. Even now when I am stressing over a timing or over a dog that I am finding difficult, I give the air around both me and the dog a good spray. This product definitely works for me!”
Is this the end of complementary treatments? I hope not!!25th March 2018
We all want the best for our furry friends, and we are bombarded all the time with information on what to do and what not to do, and it can be very overwhelming…
For myself and my dogs, I always choose a holistic view on any health problems. I know if I have a headache it means I could be dehydrated, so I reach for a glass of water first instead of a tablet. I know when my old Rosie is nibbling her feet, it doesn’t mean she has skin problems but it could be arthritis bothering her? (Well, she is almost 13.)
I am a big fan and supporter of complementary therapies. Homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, tuning fork therapy, and many more, so I was therefore saddened by the recent statement from the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) stating that we should now not use homeopathy or complementary medicine before first using conventional medicine.
How sad is that?!
But it isn’t too late to act. The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, and the supporters of homeopathy and complementary medicine, are meeting on the 16th of April to show their evidence and support to the Royal College, and to tell them how animals have benefited enormously from CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) and to fight to save our choice.
The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons was formed in 1982, to advance the understanding, knowledge and practice of veterinary homeopathy. It aims to stimulate professional awareness of homeopathy and to encourage and provide for the training of veterinary surgeons in the practice of homeopathy. It is an open forum for the various differing approaches to the subject of veterinary homeopathy and its application, allowing for constructive interchanges of ideas. The Association has a written constitution, adopted in 1988, and members follow a Code of Practice, adopted in 1998, which is regularly reviewed.
I am supporting this event and planning to attend the meeting. If you can join that would be great! If you can’t please visit the website http://www.bahvs.com/ to see other ways to help support this cause.
Vita Canis Style to Rescue – From Pawr-pers to Princes18th March 2018
I am one of these crazy dog ladies … I have always loved dogs and always wanted to have my own one from a very early age. Pretty much all of my dogs I received as puppies or youngsters, or were given to me in different stages of their lives. Back in Slovakia I had two dogs that I found on the street: Boba was a miniature smooth haired dachshund and Prco was a small hairy cross, that looked just like a bigger, hairier chihuahua. Both were very sweet and very challenging at the same time!
During my career as a dog groomer I’ve worked with hundreds of rescue dogs and always admired those people who adopted them. I always felt a need to do something or to help somehow, and for a number of years now I have been a sponsor of the Ashbourne Animal Welfare Fun Dog Show, it’s always great fun!
A few years ago I heard about a dog grooming competition in the USA, called Rescue Rodeo, where the groomers were using rescue dogs to compete with, and almost all of the dogs found a new home on the day. That was so incredibly touching to me, and since then the idea of a rescue dog competition has always remained in the back of my mind.
And so, at the end of the last year I finally decided that I was going to organise something like this! I approached the organiser of the event in the USA and a very helpful lady, Judy, helped me with all of the details I needed to know.
With a massive helping hand from my friends, Nicci and Sam, and huge support from fellow dog groomers, we started to organize this unique event … and Style to Rescue was born!
Style to Rescue is all about beneﬁting the rescue dogs and their rescuers.
Professional, experienced groomers will compete against each other in grooming the dogs. Speciﬁc attention will be paid to the groomers’ ability to deal with dogs they’ve only just met, keeping them calm with kindness and compassion, as well as, of course, grooming them in a manner that enhances their natural features, whilst remaining appropriate for the breed. It is the hope of the organisers that ALL of the attending dogs ﬁnd their forever homes as a result of the event.
The winning groomers and the rescue dogs’ charities will share a ﬁnancial reward as well as prizes donated by sponsors. In total, 10 groomers and the rescue organisations that bring the winning dogs, will beneﬁt from monetary awards, starting with £500 each for the 1st prize and ranging down to £20 each for 10th place. Every dog that is entered receives a donation to their rescue of £10.
World-class judges Philip Langdon and Mike Wildman will decide on the winning entrant.
We’re currently contacting rescue organisations all over the country and have been happy to receive positive responses from so many!
The following organisations will be bringing dogs – assuming they have suitable candidates for grooming in May:
Many Tears Animal Rescue – www.manytearsrescue.org
Forest Dog Rescue – www.forest-dog-rescue.org.uk
Dog Watch UK – www.dogwatchuk.com
Poodles in Need – www.poodlesinneed.co.uk
Cairn Terrier Relief – http://www.cairn-rescue.co.uk/
And more coming soon…
The show promises to be a big draw for the general public who can observe the grooming competition and attend seminars being held throughout the day on topics such as Canine Coat Care (Sue Oliver), Pet First Aid (Jan Gallier), Dog Training Tips (Craig Flint, aka. The Dog Man) as well as a grooming demonstration by talented Lisa Hart. The public can also meet a real canine celebrity in the form of Mojo the Poodle who’s appeared in ﬁlms and even on Britain’s Got Talent!
For more information you can visit our website www.style2rescue.co.uk
I hope you will find the time to come and see us on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, nr Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
How to combat seasonal allergies12th March 2018
An allergy is an abnormal response to something in the environment. It is very common in people and is the same in dogs. A substance capable of causing an allergy is called an allergen. People, dogs and other animals that are allergic need only come into contact with very small amounts of allergen to cause the reaction, the symptoms.
Skin problems in dogs are commonly caused by allergic inhalant dermatitis (hay fever, atopy). While humans have mast cells in the respiratory passages that become inflamed and cause sneezing, dogs inhale the pollen but develop atopy in the skin. Dogs don’t usually sneeze with atopy; most are itchy which causes them to lick, chew and scratch.*
When your dog suffers with inhalant allergies it’s impossible to avoid the allergens as the pollen is pretty much everywhere, even though surprisingly, only about 1% of the total weight of a pollen contains the allergic portion! This doesn’t sound too bad, however when you consider that the ragweed plant can produce 1 billion pollen grains and most pollens and molds can travel 30 miles in the wind … that’s pretty impossible to avoid them.*
There are a few ways we can minimize the effects of the inhalant allergies, the natural way.
- Apply Paw Butter – if your dog gets irritated paws (redness, excessive licking after a walk) and redness or rash on the skin on his belly, you can apply the Paw Butter on these areas before the walkies. Because the Paw Butter is oil-based, not water-based like creams, it stays on the skin longer and makes a film, a protective layer on the skin. The butter will not only protect the skin from the allergens but it will also moisturise the skin, and it’s both antipruritic and anti-inflammatory.
- Use Apple cider vinegar mixed with water to rinse for your dog’s feet. You can make a 50/50 mixture in a spray bottle and apply directly onto your dog’s paws. Don’t use it on open wounds!
- If your dog already has an allergic reaction on his skin you can use Skin Relief. It is specially designed for dogs suffering from allergies. The cooling and anti-inflammatory properties of Skin Relief will reduce the redness very quickly, it will also reduce the itchiness, and the peppermint oil in the spray helps with the pain relief.
- What are you feeding your dog? I am a big advocate of raw feeding, because I can see the benefits in my dogs. Well balanced raw food is easier for the body to digest and the nutrients are absorbed more efficiently. A raw food diet also strengthens your dog’s immune system, and helps fight the allergens. I even tried this on me. Of course I don’t eat raw meat, bones & offal … but a few years ago I switched to a plant based diet. My summer hay fever is minimal, and I haven’t had an antihistamine for about 3 years.
- Add coconut oil to your dog’s diet. Coconut oil has many benefits including:
Reduces allergic reactions
Boosts the immune system
Aids the digestion system
6. Honey contains small amounts of bee pollen, beeswax and propolis, and they have the ability to help with pollen allergies. As we already know, an allergy is caused by certain pollen which you will also find in your local raw honey. By consuming your local raw honey, you or your dog, will naturally develop immunity to the pollen and the adverse effects will be reduced.
* Ackerman, L., D.V.M. ; Skin and haircoat problems in dogs ; Alpine Publications, 1994
What People Say...
When we got home from the hospital with our new arrival it was clear that Perri, one of our miniature poodles, maternal instincts kicked in and went into overdrive. She was immediately acting like a mother separated from her pups and just wanted to care for the ‘naked puppy’. She has a history of being so motherly, even to the point that she has produced milk for puppies that aren’t hers even before she had a litter and has mothered every type of animal she could. She was panting, pacing and unable to relax for long at all. She could whine for England!
We tried other herbal remedies we had at hand for a previous anxious dog and nothing worked at all. She stopped eating and stressed herself into overheating too. Her stress was starting to impact the other dogs and she just couldn’t unwind. No matter if we worked off her energy with a walk and she wasn’t even interested in her usual mind games or call games. We also couldn’t offer long-lasting treats and chews too often as they gave her an upset stomach.
As soon as the Calming Floral Spray arrived I gave the bed a spritz and put some on her coat and the change was instant. She just got on her bed and fell asleep. She stopped panting and barely whines now, started eating again and she only does a bit of whining if the baby cries. We have now been able to positively reinforce her calm behaviour. I honestly can’t recommend this enough to people.