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Essential Oils Allergy Bombs

Environmental allergies… what are they?

In my previous blog, I explained what allergies are and gave you a few tips on how to look after your dog’s home environment. At this time of the year, we are surrounded by allergens from grasses and grains. In the autumn there’s a strong wave of allergens from weed pollen and mould spores.

Apart from dogs and other pets you have in your house, there are some, much smaller creatures, that we hardly know about unless we or our dogs are allergic to them – mites

Mites are a common part of households. They not only feed on dead skin cells but they also munch on bacteria and mould. The most common places where you find them are on carpets and beddings – ours and the dogs.

The allergic reaction is caused by the enzymes in mites excrements. These then spread into the air, attach to dust particles and settle on the floor. Unfortunately, we also find mould in dust particles. They not only exist in a damp environment but you find it outside too. From there they get into your house during a wet summer or autumn. Can you imagine in one gram of dust that we can find up to one million mould spores? 😱

Pollen is also found in dust that blows in through open windows. This can be a bit of a vicious cycle, as you can see. The good news is that mites are killed by fresh air when opening windows or by putting bedding into the sun. Dry air and sunlight are able to kill mites after a few hours (much the same as frost). FANTASTIC!

Yes, that’s good news but if you or your dogs suffer from dust and pollen allergies, this way you get more dust and pollen into the fabrics and then into your house 🤦‍♀️.
❤︎ Mites are killed by Eucalyptus essential oil. You can add a few drops in the rinse cycle of your washing.

❤︎ Lemon is not only universal food but also ideal for floor cleaning. You can use fresh fruit or essential oil. You can also make a refreshing smelling air freshener. Just mix 2 parts of freshly squeezed lemon juice to one part water.

❤︎ Lavender is great for cleaning brushes and combs but remember less is more. A few drops can be also added to your washing.

❤︎ Eucalyptus does a good job of cleaning the air. Just add a few drops into water in your oil burner. You can also add a few drops into alcohol and spray curtains or bedding as the eucalyptus kills mites.

I hope your allergies aren’t spoiling this beautiful time of the year for you!

Any other tricks up your sleeve?  Let me know 🤞
Jitka xx
 

Allergies: Nip Them in the Bud

In my blog last year March, I wrote how Skin Relief, Paw Butter, coconut oil, honey & raw feeding can help your dog combat allergies.

Let’s remind ourselves what allergies are and how they’re demonstrated in dogs… 

An allergy is an abnormal response to something in the environment. It’s very common in humans and it’s much the same for 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 an allergen to cause the reaction and the symptoms.

Skin problems in dogs are commonly caused by an 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 just get itchy which causes them to lick, chew and scratch.

When your dog suffers from 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 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 moulds can travel 30 miles in the wind … that’s then pretty impossible to avoid them.
 
Allergic reactions these days are not limited to a certain season of the year anymore, for example, spring and spring pollen. We are seeing more and more all year round allergens.
  If your dog suffers from environmental allergies here are few tips on how you can look after his/ her home environment:
 🐶 Choose dog beds that are easily washable – in between washing you can use bicarbonate soda, lavender and orange essential oils to fight the mites.

Mix 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate soda with 3 drops of lavender and 3 drops of sweet orange essential oils. Sprinkle on your dog’s bed, leave for few minutes and then thoroughly hoover. 
 
Bicarbonate soda is a great cleaning product for all surfaces and as a bonus, it absorbs smells.
 
🐶 Wash the toys – fabric toys can be washed with the beds. Instead of using common chemical cleaning products to clean rubber balls, Kongs, and squeaky rubber or plastic toys… why not try diluted bicarbonate soda or vinegar?

🐶 For cleaning and disinfecting – dilute vinegar with water 1:1 and wipe the toys. This mixture is also very good for cleaning windows.

HAPPY GREEN CLEANING!!
Jitka xx

Puppy talk…

The last two weeks have pretty much revolved around Martha’s puppies. A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to them as they are two weeks old today! 😊

When puppies are born they are functionally blind and deaf. Have you ever wondered why? I have, and here’s the answer. It’s actually a part of the evolutionary trade-off.

Because pregnancy could affect carnivores ability to hunt, dogs evolved to have short gestation periods. This meant that dog moms wouldn’t need to take very long breaks from hunting. However, because the embryo spends such a short time in the womb (57 – 70 days), puppies are not fully developed and neither are their eyes and ears.

New-born puppies must consume colostrum, the first thick milk produced by their mom, within their first 24 hours. Colostrum is full of antibodies for protection against disease and the protein concentration in colostrum is substantially higher than in milk.

Newborn’s, and not only puppies have very immature and small digestive system and colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated yet low-volume form.

For the first week or so Martha’s puppies were feeding about every hour but we’re now on every two hours and overnight the stretches are even longer. New-born puppies are quiet, and if they cry you know they are either hungry, too cold, too warm or ill. Fortunately, we didn’t have any ill puppies.
 
Martha’s pups will start opening their eyes pretty soon. During the first days of opening, they aren’t yet capable of seeing too well and their vision is fuzzy or blurry but by 4 weeks the puppies should be able to see clearly.

Even though they don’t do much at this age, it’s fascinating to watch how they crawl to look for their mom and siblings. They move in circular movements, as they know they’ll eventually find their mom and the food. They can also be surprisingly strong when it comes to pushing each other away from a nipple and getting their fair chance at food! 😂

We only have one girl, who is slightly smaller, so we have to make sure no one pushes her away from her milk supply. We always try to place her on the back nipples as those have more milk. She’s catching up really quickly and when they’re lying down we can hardly recognise her.

We decided to try and put puppy collars on, as they’re all black, but Martha wasn’t happy and took them all off 🙈. She did it with her first litter too. We recognise some of the puppies, which have small marks of white hair on their chins or toes, but when they are older they will be easily recognisable by their mannerisms.

I can’t wait for it! 😊 

  Jitka xx

Martha is a Mom Again

It’s been a bit crazy since Martha’s little babies arrived!
 
She had a c-section on Thursday morning and after that, she struggled to bond with her puppies. In some cases, mother dogs may not be accepting of their puppies after a c-section. Because the mother dog is prevented from naturally delivering the pups, the normal olfactory, visual and tactile stimuli that lead to bonding are thwarted and failure for an early bond between mom and pups can have consequences.

She woke up from a c-section and was suddenly a mom! Shock to the system, isn’t it? Not surprisingly, in some cases, dogs who undergo c-sections may have a hard time accepting her pups. We were lucky she was cleaning the puppies from day one.
New-born puppies have digestive systems that are still getting used to being used so they aren’t able to urinate or defecate without a bit of help. Martha was on the ball when it came to taking care of the needs of her little ones (I’m talking about when it came to peeing and pooping). She licked their private areas to stimulate the actions and then she also licks them again later to clean up her puppies so they aren’t rolling around in their business.

We’re still helping her feed them every hour though. She goes to their pen, then we roll her on her side where she relaxes and they feed on her. Sometimes we have to hold them as they can’t reach the top row. The first few days we also gave them a bit of extra ‘energy drink’, recommended by our friend Sue, who breeds Alaskan Malamutes. It’s called Magic Mixture… here’s the recipe just in case you need it one day!
Magic Mixture

❤︎ 4 oz boiling water
❤︎ 4 oz evaporated milk
❤︎ The yolk of an egg
❤︎ 1 large teaspoon of glucose powder – we didn’t have this powder so I used local organic honey.

Essential oils also came to the rescue… AGAIN! I’ve been using rose essential oil for Martha to inhale. The rose has been traditionally called the “Queen of flowers” and in aromatherapy, rose essential oil is called the “Queen of Oils”. Many essential oils have an affinity with particular organs, and rose, thanks to its feminine qualities, has a powerful effect on the uterus. It’s therefore helpful with emotional disturbances that are linked to the reproductive cycle. 

I’ve been using tuning forks as well. To be honest, together with essential oils I use tuning forks for everything. C 256 Hz + G 384 Hz tuners are one of the strongest combinations of therapy tuning forks. It opens the way to greater awareness. By perceiving these two vibrations, we balance the nervous system and connect the body with the mind. Within thirty seconds we enter into a state of deep relaxation equating to a 30 – 45 minute meditation.
 
These two together keep me in a calm and awake state even if I don’t get much sleep these days. It’s a sound that can psychically bring us to a state of joy, pleasure and harmony and through which we can align our chakras and balance our energy.
 
On a physical level, they are known to…

❤︎ Promote oxygenation and cell growth 
❤︎ Nourish tissues
❤︎ Increase haemoglobin
❤︎ Relieve a cough
❤︎ Relive rhinitis
❤︎ Stabilize the menstrual cycle
❤︎ Alleviate climacteric manifestations
❤︎ Adjust blood pressure
❤︎ Relieve muscle tension and fever

Therapy with these tuners is very useful in children and adults with the following diagnoses too: depression, stress, addiction, nervousness. ADHD, ADD, autism, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well as many more.

BUT… now I am off to feed the puppies… again🙈

Jitka xx

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.

What an amazing Sunday we had!

I think the whole Universe conspired and supported our 2nd Vita Canis Style to Rescue. After a rainy and very windy Saturday, the sky calmed down and we had a dry, warm and beautiful day.

I think everyone who came would agree with me that this year’s charity dog grooming competition for rescue dogs was AMAZING!! I knew it would be better than last year, we knew what we were doing as we had learned from our mistakes!

The atmosphere of the day was friendly and relaxed, with lots of smiling faces all around. It was so nice to see some old friends as well as new groomers who had never competed before, but wanted to have a go and wanted to do it for a good cause; not just for sake of competing. I think this competition is brilliant for groomers who’ve never competed as it is more relaxing, they have more time and less pressure, and they were also allowed to have a helper. All the dogs were amazing, even though most of them had never been to an environment like this. We had all different breeds and crosses, Bichons, Poodles, Westies, Scotties, and Collies… disabled dogs, and even a few paralysed four-legged friends … and they all coped really well.

Last year we raised almost £4,500 and this year we are gifting the rescue centres with £7,548. How brilliant is that!!

In the next few days, I will find out if any of the dogs looking for a new home found one, that would be even more awesome!

And we are already planning next year 🙂

Next year’s event will be held on the 26th April at the Kennel Club Building in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire – SAVE THE DATE NOW! 

We have some amazing speakers lined up already, so if you are a dog groomer you will definitely be interested in demos by Louisa Tandy, Mike Wildman, Lisa Hart, Alison Rogers … to name a few!

But we have something for the ‘non-groomers’ too, in fact, for all dog people who are interested in a holistic and natural way of living with dogs.

One of our speakers will be Carolina Griffiths, the founder of Canine Flow, a pioneering Dog Training and Behaviour method, highlighting Emotional Energy Flow in all creatures as the true motivation behind behavioural choices and how we influence it. All behaviour is an expression of emotional energy!

Guided by the energetic and electromagnetic influences surrounding the dog. Your dog is a reflection of your own emotional energies as well as the energy which makes it up at any given moment in time. Using Canine Flow methods you can ensure your dog is always Happy, Calm, and Flexible physically and emotionally, and a strong peaceful teacher for your own spiritual growth.

By becoming the best that we can be through the emotional reflections and understanding of energy our dogs have for us – we can create deep change, wake up and transform planet earth into a greater state.

We will also have Dr. Isla Fishburn founder of Kachina Canine Wellness join us next yearl!

Dr. Isla Fishburn brings science and indigenous wisdom together for canine wellness. Using a wellness approach she teaches you how your dog’s innate character, diet, natural healing, calm environment, trauma and surrounding family dynamics can influence the behaviour of your dog and how to recognise and interpret behaviour and improve wellness.

We are delighted to welcome back Adam Dunn and Rob Fellows who will also join us again next year. Adam is a dog behaviourist and Rob is a Reiki practitioner, both of their talks were very popular this year!

We are also hoping to get a holistic vet on board, so fingers crossed.

And there is still more to come…

I am already excited about next year. Are you?

Jitka xx

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