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Natural Flea and Tick Treatments for Dogs.

Let me help you to choose the right natural flea and tick treatment for your dog.

We’re on lockdown while I’m writing this blog but we’re still allowed to walk our dogs. I hope that you agree with me that it’s the best therapy and hopefully, with warmer months coming, we’ll spend even more time outdoors. It’s all lovely until the insects and ticks starting joining us though. They don’t respect social isolation at all, do they?

Essential Oils – Natural Insect Repellents

If you’re like me and don’t want to expose your dog, yourself and the environment to more unnecessary chemicals, you reach for essential oils. They not only smell nice but are also effective against insects, fleas and ticks.

When we use natural flea and tick treatments for on our dogs, they need to be reapplied more often but why? The active ingredients in essential oils tend to be highly volatile so they may only be effective for shorter periods of time. Frequent reapplication is often necessary.

Insect Repelling Citrus Spray.

That’s what I experienced in India with Insect Repelling Citrus Spray. I sprayed myself just before we left our hut but took the bottle with me and then sprayed myself a few times during the evening. I even sprayed the table cover in the restaurant to keep the mosquitos away and to be honest, I didn’t mind as it smells nice like a citrusy perfume or air freshener.

Ticks and Fleas.

When it comes to protecting our dogs it’s mainly fleas and ticks that we worry about.

Both fleas and ticks have different strategies on how to land on their host. As soon as a young flea hatches she looks for a host. Fleas notice vibration and body heat and as soon as the potential host approaches they’ll jump straight on, bite and then feed on the blood whilst being hidden in warm fur.
 
Ticks don’t jump like fleas they have a different approach. They wait patiently in the grass or bushes or other vegetation and when their target approaches they just drop themselves on. They’ll then suck on the blood for weeks until we find them, or if not, once they’re full, they’ll just let go and then lay their eggs in a nearby suitable area.

100% Natural Flea Repellent

Insect Repelling Citrus Spray is 100% natural and has a refreshing, bright and fresh aroma. The high-quality essential oils used in this spray are intolerable to fleas, mosquitos, horse flies, wasps and even ants. It’s suitable not only for dogs but also for large animals and humans.

🍃 Lemon essential oil is one of the best essential oils for fleas. Its strong smell and powerful active ingredients can repel not only fleas but also flies, midges, mosquitos and ants.

🍃 Grapefruit essential oil smells delightful and repels insects, particularly fleas.

🍃 The bright and sunny, spirit-lifting aroma of sweet orange essential oil is not pleasant to insects at all.

Tick Off

Vita Canis Tick Off contains high-quality essential oils and hydrosols which naturally repel ticks. This 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free formula is safe for dogs, horses and other large animals as well as humans but intolerable to ticks, fleas and harvest mites. Tick Off also contains non-synthetic chemicals and fragrances.

Ticks and Essential Oils

Ticks operate mainly by using their sense of smell. They 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 and 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 or you.

The great discovery is that, for some reason, they aren’t attracted to the scent of some essential oils. The smell of certain essential oils is so disgusting to ticks that they would rather go hungry than come any closer to your dog, your horse or yourself! These include geranium, grapefruit, cedarwood, rosewood and lemongrass all of which are in Vita Canis Tick Off, of course 🙂. For example, the cedarwood oil kills ticks in 6 different ways: death by dehydration, neutralization of bodily fluids, encapsulation and/or emulsification of bodily fats, prevention of breathing, pheromonal interference that interrupts processes necessary to metabolism, movement, reproduction and feeding, and dissolving insect larvae.


The active ingredients found in lemongrass essential oil are also very unpleasant for fleas. It won’t kill fleas but it can convince them to leave a pet host and stay away from your house.

How do you choose between Tick Off and Insect Repelling Citrus Spray?

I use Tick Off when walking my dogs in the woods, fields and parks and during the high season, I spray myself as well. The midges are bothering me already on our daily walks but not so much my dogs. I then use Insect repelling spray to spray my hair and coat to repel them. I spray my dogs with Insect repelling spray if we go socialising with other dogs, which is very rare to be honest, apart from the pups.

Which one of the natural flea and tick repelling treatments have you tried?

Jitka xx

Calming Floral Spray or Comfort Blend?

I’m often asked if people should rather buy Calming Floral Spray or Comfort Blend and my standard reply is to ask what the problem or issue is. Both products are calming and relaxing but they aren’t the same. Some of the essential oils I’ve used are the same but most of them are different and have different therapeutic properties and benefits. Basically, one size doesn’t fit all. 

So which product should you use – Calming Floral Spray or Comfort Blend?

My brief explanation of both products comes down to this. Calming Floral Spray is calming and uplifting and Comfort Blend is calming, relaxing and more sedating. In stressful situations, I’d recommend that we use Calming Spray

Stress.

We’re all talking about stress and stressing about stress. What actually is stress? Stress is defined as a negative differential between a series of demands and the ability to cope with them. Simply said, if we, or our dog, are put out of our comfort zone, stress will quickly appear. Not all stress is bad. Some stress is necessary for personal growth, development of successful coping tactics.

Demands & stressors.

Calming Floral Spray aids in coping with these demands in a natural way. Let’s use if you want your puppy to get used to the car, as an example. If you just put the puppy in a crate or on the back seat, shut the door and then drive for half an hour. Your puppy will more than likely cry, drool, shake and even get sick or maybe pee and poo. Don’t you think that there’s too many demands, too much pressure, noise and motion perhaps? A bit much, isn’t it? After an experience like this, how would the puppy feel when approaching the car next time? Stressed, right? Other stressors in your dog’s life can be visits to the vets, groomers, fireworks.

Stress is a response to a specific stressor, in this case, the car journey, and stress typically goes away when the stressor disappears. The opposite should now happen when you train your puppy to be relaxed in the car and eventually he/she will enjoy the journeys, especially when something special is waiting for him, like a walk on the beach, in the woods or treats at grandma’s house 😊

Essential oils that are useful when it comes to stress (and that are safe for dogs too) are:

Petitgrain
Roman chamomile
Lavender
Sweet orange and
Ylang-ylang

And guess what?! You can find them all in Calming Floral Spray.

Why not just one oil then?

Not because more is better, but because well-chosen essential oils work together in harmony and synergy. They interact together and the combined effect is greater than the sum of their separate effects.   

Anxiety.

I designed the Comfort Blend specifically for separation anxiety, however, it also works for doggie dementia and grief, etc. Anxiety has no identifiable root and sometimes we have to dig deep to find the cause (which is not always successful). It tends to stick around for longer than stress, and it’s more difficult to treat. It’s an uncomfortable inner feeling of fear, worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. We’ve all experienced anxiety at some point in our lives… it’s a normal human reaction to some stress, disaster or bad luck, however, some people are constantly anxious to the point where it’s abnormal and interferes with their life.

Now, what about dogs?

A reaction to a short-term, active stressor like an unexpected bang is normal but when those behaviours become routine, they may become… you guessed it… anxiety.

Signs of anxiety in dogs are:

Dilated pupils 
Panting and trembling
Pacing and fidgeting
Whining
Avoidance of eye contact
Hiding, shutting down and avoiding interaction


Comfort Blend, with useful oils for anxiety such as neroli, bergamot, basil, and ylang-ylang, helps in many of these cases and can bring dogs like this peace and help them to relax.

Work on your dog’s coping skills.

Can you see why it’s important to work on a dog’s coping skills from an early age? Perhaps leave her alone for a short period of time, play a bit of loud music here and there, drop something on the floor, take your puppy to as many different places as you can and expose them to as many different situations as you can. 

A well-adjusted dog finds his home safe and usually a stress-free environment. Just like many other animals dogs will scan the environment for potential threats and if there aren’t any, he’ll relax. If you find that your dog is doing this excessively or seems to be alert all the time, anxiety might be the cause.

An anxious dog might be unable to sit still or relax and it’s really hard to watch. The relaxing and sedating properties of the blend helps those who are emotionally intense and even agitated. Ylang-ylang, which is found in the blend, is known for its ability to slow rapid heartbeat and breathing down which are symptoms associated with anxiety.

Feedback about Comfort Blend.

I received some great feedback about Comfort Blend from Alexa Page this week. This is what she had to say…

“I have fibromyalgia and anxiety and I use Comfort Blend to ease my muscle pain and it works miracles as well as keeping my new rescue girl calm and settled. Thank you!”

So I asked her if she inhales it or rubs it on her skin, to which she replied…

“I rub it on my skin but obviously the scent is so beautiful so that’s soothing too. I can’t believe how much better it makes me feel and Lexi absolutely loves it.”

I’m so happy that I could have helped Alexa and her dog!

Was it helpful?

I hope this has given you some insight into the two different products. If I’m asked which one of these products I’d recommend for your dog I’ll always try to get as much information as I can and do my best to choose the best suitable product.

What’s your experience with our calming products?

Jitka xx

Keep Calm with Calming Floral Spray.

Keep calm with Calming Floral Spray even when the most famous dog show is over.

Crufts is over now! And our life is pretty much back to normal. We had an amazing time!! However the show was considerably quieter this year because of the virus. I really enjoyed talking to people about my products and listening to their experiences, feedbacks and suggestions.

Keep calm with Calming Floral Spray.

The best seller? You guessed right… Calming Floral Spray.

I launched the 30ml ‘pocket-size’ bottle on Thursday which is perfect for handlers and dog trainers, or anyone for that matter, who needs to keep Calming Floral Spray handy. It comes in use especially at shows like Crufts which are busy, buzzing, and noisy. Calming Floral Spray is almost a necessity in situations like these, especially for young dogs like our Preston.

Preston the Airedale Terrier

Preston is a 17-month-old Airedale terrier, who won Best of Breed on Sunday. Bless his little heart, he performed really well, considering it was only his 3rd show. John got to the show really early so that he could find a good spot and also give the dogs a chance to get used to the environment (all four of them having been sprayed with Calming Floral Spray to help them to adjust 😉).

The Airedales started as the first breed in the ring so Preston was in pretty early at about 9:30. Before he went to the ring he spent about 20 min on the grooming table getting ready and soaking up the atmosphere. While on the table, John sprayed him, once again, with Calming Floral Sprays and he walked into the show ring happily and confidently which is just what we wanted. It was so lovely to see him on the green carpet, showing his head off and after winning Best of Breed, he had a well-deserved rest in his crate.

Best of Breed… what’s next?

As a breed winner, he had to wait all day for the group judging and we made our move towards the collecting ring just after 17:00 as the group judging was planned to start at 18:00. The collecting ring at Crufts is so busy! It’s packed with handlers and their helpers, show staff, dogs, trolleys, photographers and I don’t know who else. The preparation area is also so small so when we were getting the dogs ready we kept bumping into each other all the time.

As soon as we took Preston out of the crate I sprayed him with Calming Floral Spray straight away because the expression on his face was “where the hell am I… and what the hell am I doing here?! 😂”. Shame it had been a very long day for him and he was tired but a few sprays of Calming Spray helped him to deal with the noise, the lights and the crowd. And Calming Floral Spray is not only calming but also uplifting, so it helped in more ways than one. In fact, after I spayed him, other handlers were actually turning towards us asking what that nice smell was! I think they could all do with a small bottle of calmness as even pros get excited and nervous.

The arena is waiting.

We gave Preston one last spritz just after Clare Balding shortly interviewed John. Keep calm, boys! And then off they went into the arena. I didn’t have a chance to actually watch him in the arena and only caught it live on the TV in the collecting ring but I was so impressed with his performance! He made us all proud! When John got out of the ring, Preston started pulling toward his crate, ready for a nap.

After Crufts I received this lovely feedback from Natalie Griffiths ❤︎:

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’. Perri 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!

Perri’s stress impacted other dogs.

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 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.

Here’s a link to a video which was pretty much how she was the first few days, she got worse and even more amped. The pictures are how chilled she’s been after I sprayed her..

Click here 👇https://www.facebook.com/NatalieJAGriffiths/posts/10156691309161493?comment_id=10156691347496493&reply_comment_id=10156691349036493&notif_id=1583844400073997&notif_t=mentions_comment

I absolutely love getting feedback like this! Thank you for sharing Natalie and I’m so glad that we could help!

What is your experience with Calming Floral Spray?

Jitka xx

Vita Canis – We Are Here For You Too.

As loving, committed dog owners and animal lovers, we all try to do our best to look after our pets the best we can, with the knowledge we have. We feed them specific diets using natural products for their skin, coat, and general wellbeing and we apply the same principles to our own self-care.

100% natural aromatherapy products for you.

I started Vita Canis from the simplest desire to produce 100% natural aromatherapy products which have a useful purpose for both dogs and their owners. I wanted to make products that are 100% natural, highly effective, with no synthetic chemicals, no parabens, no steroids, and no synthetic fragrances. Why? because I knew all the positive benefits that essential oils and other natural products bring to myself and my dogs and I wanted to share this with likeminded dog lovers.

Not tested on animals, just on us.

Even though I created these natural products for dogs, mainly, I’ve been using them on myself from day one too. I would spray myself with Tick Off before going for a walk in the woods or when stress started to creep in while grooming, I would spray myself (not just the dog) with Calming Floral Spray.

A friend of mine also told me how she’d use Skin Relief during her hay fever by gently rubbing it on her nose. I thought it sounded like a good idea so I started doing it as well. Not only did it help with the itchy feeling on my nose but it also helped to keep the skin moisturised and soft. If you have hay fever you know how irritating the constant redness, continual itching and dry skin is.

Recently I even used Skin Relief on my holiday in India. Even though I spent most of the time in the shade and covered myself from top to toe with high SPF cream, my skin still got red. Using the cool Skin Relief, straight from the fridge, was so nice and the constant cooling effect was so refreshing! This was then followed by Hand Butter (which I could easily call body butter) which left my skin feeling great and renewed!

Soothing Antiseptic Spray is my first aider! Whether it’s Minor cuts, skin abrasions or a quick clean and sanitisation of my hands at shows when water and soap are not available, you name it, but this soothing spray comes to the rescue! It stops bleeding really quickly and as a bonus… it doesn’t stink.

And more testing…

To make sure that we are safe, our products have been microbiologically tested to ensure that bacteria, yeast, and mould won’t start growing inside. They’ve also been tested for stability which means that the products will maintain their intended physical, chemical and microbiological quality as well as functionality.

REMEMBER THAT FOLLOWING THE STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE STABILITY OF PRODUCTS!

Jenni wrote to me.

Hi Jitka, I contacted you about your Skin Relief Spray and your Hand Butter about a week ago as my 89-year-old mum suffers from terribly itchy skin. We’ve tried almost every skin product from the usual chemists and have resorted to antihistamines after checking they are okay with mums other atrial fibrillation tabs.

Unfortunately, these can cause nose bleeds so a new remedy was required. We’ve been using the Vita Canis Soothing Antiseptic Spray for thee days and her back is no longer driving her mad with itching. The Hand Butter has been applied to her feet with the same excellent results. We will continue using the spray and butter and I will give you another update next week but things are looking promising.

Thank you very much! We are going to try the spray on her arthritic neck as well to see if it also alleviates pain!


Have you been using our products on yourself ? What do you think?

Jitka xx

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