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Aromatherapy for dogs & safe use of essential oils.

Do you have a couple of essential oils at home? Or maybe even a full box, and you’ve been wondering what oils you can use and how? You read about aromatherapy for dogs, and you about to buy some essential oils, but you’re overwhelmed by the online choice as well as all the information?

There are lots of different things essential oils can do with their small but mighty aromatic compounds. For instance, some of them can even calm you and your dog down while others can cheer you both up. They can also improve your focus, enhance your beauty regime, heal your skin and much more.

Safety considerations are so important when it comes to using essential oils with our canine friends because, without a doubt, dogs are more sensitive to them than we are.

Here are some basic guidelines to follow when using essential oils for dogs:

1) Always use high quality essential oils from a reputable and trusted supplier. If you need any help to choose one, comment below.

2) Dilute. Always. This is so so important! Use a dilution of 1 – 2 %, meaning 10 drops of essential oil in 15ml of a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, olive oil, etc.

3) Dilute your essential oils in natural ingredient such as carrier oil, for example sweet almond il, olive oil or jojoba oil. When diluting in shampoo, choose one that is as natural as possible.

4) Do not use essential oils in or close to the eyes, directly on the nose, or in the anal or genital areas.

5) Don’t use essential oils on puppies younger than eight weeks or with toy breeds younger than ten weeks. The safest way to use aromatherapy with puppies is to use hydrosols.

6) Always introduce essential oil blends gradually  and in small amounts. Let your dog sniff your blend and watch carefully for any adverse reaction. Like whining, panting, drooling or rubbing his/her face on the carpet. These are not common reactions but they could be indications that your dog doesn’t like them.

7) Use less diluted essential oils with small dogs than with large dogs.

8) Use essential oils in moderation with all dogs. But especially with very old dogs or dogs that are pregnant or ill. Be cautious with dogs that you have any special concerns about as well as epileptic dogs. It’s believed that certain essential oils, particularly Rosemary, can set off seizures in humans.

9) Don’t give essentials to your dog internally. Only if they are chosen by self-selection or recommended and/or supervised by a zoopharmacognosy practitioner.

10) If you choose to make your own blend don’t rely on a single essential oil. Blending 3 – 5 essential oils or hydrosols creates powerful synergy and increases the therapeutic benefits.

I hope these 10 tips have helped clarify a few things when it comes to using essential oils with your dog.

In my next blog I’ll be sharing a list of essential oils to avoid with dogs.

Keep calm, stay safe & keep aromatherapying!

Keeping your dog calm during stress or anxiety like fireworks.

Do you understand the difference between stress and anxiety? Would you like to know one of the fastest ways to calm your dog during fireworks?

It’s important to know that our dog’s behaviour depends on three key factors:

1) His/her genetic predisposition
2) Learned behaviour from previous experiences

3) The particular environment he/she is in at the time

None of these factors acts in isolation so all three need to be taken into consideration when trying to understand stress and anxiety. We must have a good understanding of it all so that we know how to help our dogs as best as possible.

Stress.

We’re all talking about stress and stressing about stress, but what is it actually?
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 and some stress is actually necessary for personal growth and the development of successful coping tactics. From this one can see that stress is a response to a specific stressor. This could be a car journey, a vet visit, a loud noise or fireworks. Stress typically goes away when the stressor disappears.

Stressed dogs, like stressed people, may have:

1) Dilated pupils and blink rapidly.

2) They may open their eyes really wide and show more sclera (white) than usual, giving them a startled appearance.

3) Ears that are usually relaxed or alert are pinned back against the head. Changes in body posture.

4) Growling, barking, and pacing are all signs that something may be stressing your dog out.

Anxiety.

When it comes to anxiety, however, there is no identifiable root and sometimes we have to dig deep to find the cause (which is not always successful). Anxiety also tends to stick around for longer than stress and it’s more difficult to treat. I’m sure you know that 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 stress, disaster or bad luck. The problem comes in for some people who are constantly anxious to the point where it’s abnormal and interferes with their life.

This is also true for our dogs. We might not always know the route cause of the anxiety but we can see how they play their anxiety out and it can manifest in any of these ways:

  • Barking or howling when the owner isn’t home – separation anxiety
  • Panting and pacing
  • Shivering
  • Running away and/or cowering in the corner of a house
  • Digging
  • Escaping the yard
  • Destroying furniture
  • Self-harm, like excessive licking or chewing
  • Not eating
  • Urinating more frequently
  • A general inability to settle.

Aromatherapy for dogs.

Essential oils can help to calm your dog during fireworks.

Over the years, two products have proven to be very helpful when it comes to stress and anxiety namely, Calming Floral Spray and Comfort Blend.

Calming Floral Spray helps dogs naturally cope with stress. Stressors in your dog’s life can be visits to the vets or groomers or firework nights such as 4th of July and New Year’s Eve – these are especially difficult for any dogs who are stressed by loud noises and bangs.

When it comes to anxiety Comfort Blend has been specifically designed to help dogs who are suffering from anxiety but is also great with helping grieving dogs and older doggies suffering from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (also known as canine dementia)

Both of these blends of organic aromatherapy solutions have natural calming and balancing qualities and they provide ultimate relaxation for dogs who are suffering from stress or anxiety! You can even use them on your large animals like horses or donkeys, to keep them calm during fireworks.

Spray yourself with Calming Floral Spray and stay calm!

How to keep your dog calm on fireworks night 2020 – four tips

Here are my four tips how to keep your dog calm this fireworks season.

Bonfire night and new year’s eve are just around the corner which can be a particularly stressful season for dogs everywhere.

Many dogs are scared of fireworks. Those unexpected loud bangs and wheezing sounds tell them that something terrible is happening and their fearful response is only them acting on instinct.

Switch your own mindset.

Before we get to the tips I want you to first start by switching your own mindset around.  Instead of approaching this as a stress limiting exercise and worrying that your dog will be upset and scared, I want you to think of this as a special night in with your dog/dogs whom you love.

There’s nothing better than to see your dog relaxed, especially during firework season. So here are my 4 tips on how you can help your dog deal with stressful situations like fireworks, create a safe zone at home and keep your dog calm.

1/ Keep the noise and flashing lights away.

You need to try and keep the noise and flashing lights of fireworks as far away as possible from where your dog is sleeping or resting. Do this by simply making sure all windows, vents and doors are kept closed but also close the curtains as soon as the time starts to approach.  If you have blinds and curtains close them all. Every layer of noise insulation helps.

2/ Reduce the noise.

So now that we’ve done what we can to reduce the noise coming into our home. Next we want to try and disguise any bangs, whistles from fireworks. Do this by putting the television or radio on. Or anything that’s going to make the impact of a loud unexpected noise less obvious. This could mean having the volume a little higher than you usually would.

3/ Distract your dog.

Again on the distracting path, play games with your dog or give him some toys. Perhaps have a new one ready to go when the time comes?

4/ Aromatherapy can help to keep your dog calm.

Aromatherapy can help to keep your dog calm.

There are products on the market that you can buy to help calm your dog. But many of these contain chemicals while others aren’t really effective. As a Vita Canis subscriber and supporter, you’re aware of how aromatherapy can help you as well as your dog. Natural aromatherapy helps to calm and balance the nervous system and restores peace.

Over the years, two products have proven to be very helpful when it comes to the fear of fireworks. Calming Floral Spray and Comfort Blend both have natural calming and balancing qualities providing ultimate relaxation for stressed dogs. 

Calming Floral Spray can be gently sprayed around your dog’s head. In the case of anxiety, you can put a few drops of Comfort Blend on your dog’s chest or her/his bed. Olfactory or sensory cells in the nasal passages are directly connected to the brain. This connection between the nose and brain enables essential oils to work really quickly and effectively. 

These products can also be used to help with motion sickness. And adjusting to new environments or visits to vets and dog groomers. Any time that your dog might need some calming stress reduction.

Try new approach and keep calm.

I hope you’ve found these tips useful and that you’re feeling less stressed about the approaching firework season. Even if you’ve heard about them before sometimes taking a new approach in how you execute them might make all the difference.

Remember… stay calm and keep aromatherapying 🙂 

What the essential oils in Comfort Blend can do for your anxious dog.

Each ingredient found inside Comfort Blend was handpicked by me to give your dog a little something extra to keep calm. These 100% genuine essential oils and aim to relax your dog as well as strengthen his nervous system.

Every drop of Comfort Blend holds:

Petitgrain essential oil.

Petitgrain essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the bitter orange tree – an evergreen tree with very fragrant flowers and native to southern China. Pale-yellow or amber in colour, it has a very pleasant sweet, floral aroma. Petitgrain essential oil is an antidepressant, a deodorant and a sedative and has a stabilizing effect on the nervous system. It’s uplifting, relaxing and great for nervous exhaustion.

Basil essential oil.

There are many varieties of Basil and each of them produces their own unique essential oil. The essential oil obtained from Sweet Basil, also known as European or Common Basil (Ocimum basilicum), is generally regarded as safe because of its chemical composition.

Basil essential oils are distilled from the leaves and flowers of Sweet Basil. In the Middle Ages, Basil was recommended for melancholy and depression and in the 16th century, in fact, herbalist John Gerad actually wrote: “The smell of basil… taketh away sorrowfulness and maketh a man merry and glad (Tisserand, R. The art of aromatherapy, 1979”).

Basil is also used as an antiseptic, an antispasmodic and a nervine and is considered to be one of the finest remedies for the brain and cephalic by many well-known and reputable aromatherapists. It’s relaxing, it clears the head, relieves intellectual fatigue and is uplifting and stimulating.

Neroli essential oil.

Neroli, a pale-yellow, light and refreshing oil with a powerful aroma is obtained from the freshly picked flowers of the bitter orange tree. This oil is often difficult to obtain and is therefore expensive. Known for its antidepressant, antiseptic, deodorant and bactericidal properties, it’s also nervine, meaning it strengthens nerves and the nervous system.

Neroli is one of the most effective sedative and antidepressant oils and is recommended for insomnia, anxiety and depression. P. Holmes mentioned in the International Journal of Aromatherapy, that, “Neroli relaxes the nerves and uplifts the spirits.”

Ylang Ylang essential oil.

Also known as Cananga oil, Ylang Ylang is obtained through distillation of the freshly picked flowers from the evergreen Cananga odorata tree. It’s a pale-yellow essential oil with a very powerful sweet aroma and is used as an antidepressant, antiseptic and sedative.

Ylang Ylang has the ability to slow down a rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing which are the symptoms usually associated with anxiety, anger and even shock, thereby creating the feeling of peace and banishing anger.

Plus few more…

Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety and have you tried Comfort Blend?

Be mindful like a dog.

It’s dark and raining outside while I write this blog. Some people like this weather but it’s pretty miserable to me. The dogs weren’t impressed either when they had to go outside for their morning wee. My terriers aren’t as tough as they look like.

Saying that though, there’s still something lovely about Autumn, isn’t there?

I love the colours, I love my thick cosy jumpers and the lid fire when it gets even colder. Sometimes I feel like I could cuddle with my dogs, sip my turmeric latte or ginger tea and chill (sometimes even dose off) for days. Maybe even a month 😂. I’d hibernate like a little hedgehog or a bear. Do you feel that way too?

Time to slow down…

We are so busy running around that we don’t have time to stop, pause and notice what’s around us
 – there’s no time to slow down. Yes, it can be hard to slow down on a physical level but wherever possible we should make a point of slowing our mind down too and finding some space to breathe. It definitely takes the internal pressure off and can bring about a feeling of peace. For example, when you’re in a queue, instead of getting your phone out and mindlessly scrolling Instagram or Facebook (guilty!), take a few deep breaths, be mindful and be aware of what you’re feeling in the moment. No interpretation, no judgment, just what you’re feeling.

Our dogs are masters of mindfulness.

They are aware of only the present. They don’t overanalyse their past, they don’t feel shame or regret and they don’t anxiously think about the future. Isn’t this a nice way to walk through life? This is even more obvious when you watch a dog that’s perhaps lost his sight, hearing or even a leg.

Toby

I have a lurcher kind of dog, named Toby, that comes to me for boarding. He’s so sweet and lovable and is always happy even though he only has three legs. One of his back legs was amputated and it’s fascinating to watch the way he walks and runs. He is so happy! I sometimes giggle at the way he poos and the way he positions his three legs so he doesn’t fall when he is doing his number two. He just gets on with it! He doesn’t lament or mourn over his lost leg. My Rosie used to make me smile because when she lost her hearing she couldn’t hear me calling the dogs when I gave them treats. I’d take a treat to her and she was always nicely surprised. You could see how her little face lit up. She wasn’t sitting there overthinking her loss of hearing and perhaps missing out on treats.

Meditation and walking with your dog.

Meditation is a nice mindful practice and so is walking a dog. We can also immerse ourselves in nature, even if it’s only a town park. Leave the other business and just walk and walk and walk. That’s my advice 😉.

How to switch to natural pet care products?

Have you decided to switch to natural pet care products?

Are you having a slight panic attack?

The skin is a dog’s (and our) largest organ. It protects our dogs from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat and cold. It also provides a natural way for the body to shed toxins. Skin rashes and breakouts are signs from the body telling us that something isn’t right.

Diet is the biggest contributor to wellbeing and feeding a dog healthy dog food is really important. By avoiding processed food in our dog’s diet and feeding them nourishing, species-appropriate food instead is, in my opinion, the best thing we can do for them.

100% natural pet care products from Vita Canis
Some of the 100% natural pet care products from Vita Canis.

Saying this though, it’s equally important what we put on their skin. The choice of shampoos, conditioners, flea and ticks treatments (and even perfumes) need to be carefully considered. Knowing this, perhaps you’ve decided to switch to a natural pet care routine. And you’re now having a slight panic attack on what to throw away and what to get instead.

When going green in your pet care it’s important to know where to start.

1) Check what you’ve got already.

There’s no need to throw away your shampoos, conditioners and other pet care products all at once. You can start by replacing them slowly once you start to run out. Replacing all the products at the same time can be a bit pricey.

2) Check the ingredient label on the insecticides you have.

When I decided to develop insect, flea and tick repelling products I wanted them to be safe. Not only for our dogs and us but also for the environment. Commercial repellents contain synthetic ingredients that repel insect, fleas, and/or ticks. Many of them have been linked to skin irritation, negative respiratory effects and rashes. Not only this but they are known to have a negative effect on bees, fish, birds and the environment in general. Find out here what to avoid.

3)  Don’t rely on the front label.

Many manufactures and marketers rely on the fact that people don’t read labels. One will find flashy bold prints on the front of the bottle claiming to be “vegan” or “sustainable”. But it’s often not the case.

A vegan product is a product without the addition of any animal products or by-products. It’s important to remember that vegan doesn’t necessarily mean natural. Some of the animal-derived ingredients are not always replaced by botanical, plant-based ingredients. They are instead often substituted with synthetic ingredients made in laboratories.

Sustainability is the ability to exist constantly. Sustainable products are those products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. While protecting public health and the environment over their whole life cycle. From the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal (Wikipedia). When products are labelled as sustainable is it just the content or is the packaging sustainable as well?

4) Don’t assume that anything “natural” is also safe.

Natural and safe are not synonymous and a lot of people mistakenly think that natural ingredients are safe ingredients. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Many natural substances are irritating and some even highly toxic. For example, citrus oils are phototoxic. When applied on the skin undiluted or not diluted properly and then exposed to UV light, they can cause damage to the skin that can look like a rash or even sunburn.

“The more information we have, the better choices we can make”

Raw Feeding with Moddie Lambert.

A friend told me about Moddie Lambert and I was instantly fascinated by her knowledge about raw feeding. So naturally, what did I do? I invited her to give a talk at my salon… not once, but twice.

Moddie Lambert BCCSDip. HthNut is a qualified Canine Nutritionist with over 7 years experience of tailoring enhanced raw feeding solutions for dogs of all breeds.  Moddie is also on the committee for The Raw Feeding Veterinary Society.

Moddie’s ethos is very much based on what a dog would have eaten in the wild.  She says, “The very basics of animal husbandry dictate that dogs are more healthy when fed a fresh, species-appropriate diet, evolved over countless millennia to eat. In the case of dogs, this is a diet of raw meat, bone and offal. When would you have seen a dog scavenge for a wheat-based carbohydrate diet? Never and sadly this is adding to the many problems dogs have with skin and digestive issues”.

Are you thinking about changing your dog’s diet to raw?

I asked Moddie to answer these three very common questions about raw feeding…

1/ Why is raw better for dogs?

Raw food is considerably better for dogs as it is not processed. It improves coat, skin and dental health very quickly, plus it does not swell in the gut like dry kibble which encourages dogs to drink more which can cause kidney problems. Raw food does not stick to teeth like kibble and if fed the correct raw diet allows your dog to thrive and have energy and good health.

I have seen so many dogs recently with poor dental health, pancreatitis, kidney and liver disease plus awful skin conditions. A raw diet can change this as it is what a dog is designed to eat! You will notice much smaller poop and a dog that smells completely different! The high carbohydrates in dry and processed diets are unnecessary and are just a cheap filler to bulk out an incomplete diet. Also, synthetic vitamins are added which can cause a lack of vitamin D in the diet amongst many other things.

2/ How can you go about changing the diet? Gradually or cold turkey?

Depending on the problem, changing diet instantly is no problem. Just give the new raw diet first thing in the morning and wait to see the difference. If your dog is a fussy eater, add small amounts of dry fish skin, dry liver or even a small amount of cooked chicken can be added to tempt them. Most dogs completely love their new food and occasionally they may be suspicious – if this is the case you can mix in a little of the previous diet (as long as it is not dry food as it digests differently and this should always be avoided). If the dog is unwell it may be advisable to change the diet over a few days.

3/  What to avoid when feeding raw?

Try to avoid intensively farmed meats, ring the company who make the food and ask lots of questions! Even though raw is the best food for our four-legged friends, there are many companies who use intensively farmed animals, halal meat and a great deal of barn reared animals. These animals have never seen the light of day, are fed large amounts of grain and antibiotics. This may be reflected in the quality and nutritional value of the food.  Also, look for compostable packaging and avoid polystyrene boxes as they are unsustainable, unnecessary and are damaging our planet.

It is also really important to look at the bone content of the food. Too much bone or offal in a raw fed diet can be harmful. Look at around 10% bone 10% offal and 80% meat. Some companies add vegetables to the diet. Which is good, but it may be worth avoiding root vegetables to start with. These vegetables are high in sugar. And any dog who has a yeast problem should definitely avoid diets with vegetables to start with. But you can add leafy green. Above-ground vegetables imitates nature. And a dog would probably choose to eat the contents of the stomach of its prey – hence leafy greens.

If you want to learn more about raw feeding, visit Moddie’s website here . She offers canine consultancy services by telephone or email, and recently she started her online shop. Find her here .

How dogs keep you in good health.

Dogs, our loyal companions, are just waiting to put a smile on our face at any given moment.  Even without any research, we know that dogs make us happier, more resilient when facing stress and keep us physically healthier.

In fact, they support our well-being in so many ways:

❤️Lower cholesterol and triglycerides
❤️Decrease blood pressure and stress
❤️Increase physical activity
❤️Increase feelings of well-being
❤️Lower rates of depression by elevating the levels of serotonin and dopamine  
❤️Help us to feel less lonely
❤️ Help promote social interaction with other people
❤️ May reduce the demand for medical care for non-serious health issues
❤️Pets have been shown to build self-esteem, increase mental alertness and lift the spirits of people with Alzheimer’s disease
❤️ Seniors also tend to care for themselves better when they own a pet.

Once a dog joins our life it changes our lifestyle in many ways.

The most prominent being physical activity. Once you have a dog, you have to walk him. Period.

A study from Glasgow Caledonian University, here in the UK, found that adults aged 60 and over enjoy better health thanks to the “enforced” exercise they get by walking their dogs. According to Philippa Dall from Glasgow Caledonian University, over the course of a week, the additional time spent walking your dog may in itself be sufficient to meet The World Health Organization’s recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Little Chihuahua, Cherry, joined my mum and dad just over a year ago and she has definitely enriched their life on so many levels.

Dogs are great therapy animals.

A dog’s ability to boost our well-being makes them great therapy animals. They can enrich lives and provide necessary assistance as well as unwavering love and support. Emotional support dogs (other animals as well) are beneficial to people who suffer from severe mental health disorders. They are companion animals that provide therapeutic support, unconditional love, and comfort to those in need. These animals are not required to receive specialized training or perform certain tasks for a disability, however, they do need to be house trained and well behaved around other people and animals… obviously.

Meet Darcy.

Darcy is registered with Pets As Therapy and with her very gentle nature, Darcy helps people with a fear of dogs to overcome the fear by gentle introduction. In addition, she has visited a number of primary schools to engage with pupils who are reluctant readers. The children bring a book of their choice and read to her. She loves the children and particularly the treats they give her. Darcy has also helped children enduring a period of bereavement to manage their grief by being available for 1:1 time. She is very intuitive and responds to children in such a loving manner. Finally, she has visited special schools and has had a remarkable impact on autistic children. She is a very special dog and turned 10 this year. Her visits have reduced but she is available when needed.

5 unexpected autumn dangers dog owners should know.

Meteorological autumn already started and we can feel it in the air. Cooler mornings, changing leaves, darker evening…

What to look for this time of the year and how to keep your dog happy and healthy?

1/ Allergies

Allergies are not associated only with spring and summer. Autumn air is full of allergens that can trigger nasty reactions. For example mould, grass, dust.

Autumnal allergens can trigger a few nasty reactions in our dogs, just as they can with us. Mould, ragweed, grass and dust are just a few of the common culprits that can make our dog’s lives unbearable.

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.

If your dog suffers from environmental allergies here are few tips on how you can look after his/ her home environment: https://www.vitacanis.co.uk/allergies-nip-them-in-the-bud/

2/ Visitors

Long evening in autumn are great for socializing , and having family and friends around.

If you get your puppy during the lockdown, people coming in the house can trigger different reactions. Some pups will be excited to see new people, but some can be unsure and even scared. Especially those who are already nervous and even anxious.

Calming floral Spray and Comfort Blend can help your pup to deal with the new situation. 

If your doggo is just a bit stressed form the visitors, but not showing signs on an anxiety ( https://www.vitacanis.co.uk/calming-floral-spray-or-comfort-blend/) , use the Calming Floral Spray to calm him down. You can even use it prior the visit and while the guests are in your house. . If you use it as an air freshener it will keep you all calm and uplifted 😊

If your dog isn’t easy going, doesn’t like too many people, and is anxious  you can place him in a crate or in a separate room. Keep him away from the crowd and place a few drops of Comfort Blend on his/her blanket and give him some chews and toys. A soft bed will also help to make your dog feel safe and relaxed. Secondly if you’re planning a particularly big and loud family get together, you can even ask your neighbour, a dog walker, or pet sitter etc to look after your dog for the evening.

3/ Dark walks

The morning and nights are getting darker every day… To keep your dog, and yourself safe, it is a good idea to get reflective lead, collar or harness. It will help drivers to see you better in the dark. Alternatively you can get clip on lights t help you to see your dog when of the lead.

4/ Fallen fruits

If your dog is as greedy as mine you have to watch this one!!

Unpicked fruit can easily become mouldy and fermented on the ground. Mouldy food can contain tremorgenic mycotoxins which can be deadly for your dog if eaten, causing muscle tremors and convulsions.

Also fallen fruits that ferment become naturally alcoholic while sitting on the ground…  If your dog eats fruit like this, he can have a toxic reaction to this natural alcohol.  And you don’t want to carry home drunken dog, do you?

5/ Heating in the house

Temperatures are dropping and we are reaching for the thermostat. You turn it up and your partner turns it down… does it sound familiar?

Once the fireplace is on, it bring the cosy feeling, and you just ant to snuggle with your dog even deeper into the sofa.

If your pup never experienced fire in the fireplace, he can be very curious… so be careful, keep your dog at a safe distance from the fireplace. A special guard is very helpful around the fireplace. And also around electric space heaters. Never leave your dog unsupervised when they’re in the same room.

It’s still magic even when you know how it works.

Author Terry Pratchett once said, “it’s still magic even when you know how it’s done”.

I’d change it a bit to say, “it’s still magic even when you know how it works”. This is especially applicable when it comes to essential oils. The potential benefits that can be gained by using essential oils are pure awesomeness!

Essential oils can be there for you no matter the situation. There are oils that can help you relax, oils that help with depression and insomnia and there are even oils that will help you with a common cold or sore and tired muscles. Don’t we get these so often? The bonus is that they also help when it comes to looking after our doggies the natural way. Let’s have a closer look at Vita Canis Ear Cleaner and Tick Off to see how they work.

Vita Canis Ear Cleaner

Our Ear Cleaner contains powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral ingredients. Aloe Vera, Geranium, Witch Hazel and Lavender hydrosols, also called flower waters, are found in it as well as two powerful essential oils namely niaouli and lemon.

Niaouli essential oil is a mild relative of the very popular Tea Tree oil. It’s gentle and well-tolerated and is a perfect oil for allergies manifesting themselves in the ear while having powerful anti-histaminic and anti-bacterial properties. Lemon essential oil is an anti-bacterial and 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. But why? The simplest way to explain it is that the synthetic product is always the same, each and every time, forever. What happens is this. When bacteria come into contact with a synthetic anti-bacterial product for the first time or the first few times, it gets killed, however, after continual contact, the bacteria eventually realises this and builds a shield to protect itself thereby becoming resistant. Kind of like it saying, “I see you, I know how you work and you aren’t going to fool me”.


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 and 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. They might be very, very similar, but not exactly the same. This, my friends, 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 there’s a teeny tiny difference to the last one. The bacteria, obviously, don’t see this coming and then… well there is it dead.

Tick Off

Ticks operate by mainly 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, it would have crawled there because 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 or even you. The great discovery is that, for some reason, they are not attracted to the scent of some essential oils. Yippee!!


The smell of certain essential oils is soooo disgusting to ticks (like the smell of food that you don’t like or perhaps something even worse like cooked tripe BLEGH!). They would rather go hungry than come any closer to your dog! These include geranium, grapefruit, cedarwood, rosewood and lemongrass and yes, you guessed it, they’re all found in Vita Canis Tick Off, of course.

As you can see, 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!

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