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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!

Ticks – There’s more to them than just Lyme Disease.

It seems that ticks and fleas are just here to annoy us and our dogs… am I right? This is especially true when it comes to ticks because of the diseases they carry. Yes, there are more than one. It’s not only the well-known Lyme disease that we need to worry about but tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) too. There are a few others, however, these are the two most prevalent in Europe.

With all the negative associations it’s easy to forget that ticks are also an important source of food for some reptiles, amphibians and birds. Perhaps even for some other woodland creatures too 🤷🏻‍♀️. This fact though doesn’t change my mind when it comes to them and try as I might, I just can’t find any positive feelings that I might have towards them.

Ticks were always very common in Slovakia but here in the UK ticks have become more abundant and have extended their distribution in Europe during the last two to three decades. Changes in farming, global warming, more animals moving around and across the borders, all contribute to this.

Years ago, you might have only come across ticks in rural and wood areas but these days we’re at risk of tick bites when spending time in public areas like parks, beer gardens, picnic spots, gardens, while camping, cycling, running, or doing any outdoor activities.

During our holiday in Slovakia, I heard on the news that the numbers of tick-borne encephalitis have risen. From the end of April till the end of June they reported 26 cases of TBE. Most of them being in the central Slovakia where we were staying. Yay! NOT!

According to the CDC TBE occurs in some forested areas in Europe and Asia, from eastern France to northern Japan and from northern Russia to Albania. TBE is caused by the TBE virus, a flavivirus that is closely related to Powassan virus. The TBE virus has three subtypes: European, Siberian, and Far Eastern and is primarily transmitted to humans by infected Ixodes species ticks. It can also be acquired by ingesting unpasteurized dairy products (such as milk and cheese) from infected goats, sheep, or cows.

We’ve all been very concerned about our dogs catching ticks but we need to protect ourselves as well. When walking in woodlands, the perfect habitat for ticks, make sure you keep to the middle of the path and try to avoid overhanging vegetation. 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.

Wearing pale long trousers, tucked into your socks will help when it comes to prevention. Why pale? Well, if a tick is crawling on your leg, you can see it better and you can brush it off. I always spray my clothes with Tick Off, to provide extra protection.

After a nice walk in the woodlands be sure to always check not only your dog but yourself as well.  If you find any ticks feeding, remove the tick promptly and clean the bite site with an antiseptic such as Soothing Antiseptic Spray. Keep an eye on the area, watch for any symptoms of Lyme disease  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/ and if you feel unwell contact your GP immediately.

How likely is it that you’ll get Lyme disease from a tick?

According to the NHS website, the chance of catching Lyme disease from an individual tick ranges from roughly zero to 50 per cent. The risk of contracting Lyme disease from a tick bite depends on three factors: the tick species, where the tick came from, and how long it was biting you for.

How long does a tick need to be attached to transmit Lyme disease?

In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours. Or even more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. Most humans are infected through the bites of immature ticks called nymphs. Nymphs are tiny (less than 2 mm) and are difficult to see. They also feed during the spring and summer months.

How long does a tick stay attached on you or your dog?

The length of time a tick stays attached depends on the tick species, tick life stage and the host immunity. It also depends on whether you do a daily tick check. Generally, if undisturbed, larvae remain attached and feeding for about 3 days. Nymphs for 3-4 days, and adult females for 7-10 days.

What happens if a tick isn’t removed?

If you don’t find the tick and remove it first, it will fall off on its own once it’s full. This usually happens after a few days but it can sometimes take up to two weeks. Just the same as a mosquito bite, your skin will usually become red and itchy near the tick bite.

I hope this doesn’t spoil your woodland walks.

Protect your dog, protect yourself and enjoy 😊

Holidays – Where should you leave your dog?

Are you planning on going on holiday? Is it with your four-legged friend or without? I know that he’d rather be with you, but that’s not always possible. Reality is that there are times when you have to leave him behind. Holiday or no holiday.

If there’s no other option and you have to leave your dog behind, you have to make the right choice for him. Here are a few options…

Family Members.

If your kids are old enough (or your parents young enough) to take care of your dog then that’s a bonus! Your dog knows them and they can carry on with the same daily routine, PLUS… you usually don’t have to pay them. Bingo! 😂

Boarding your dog.

Boarding your dog at a kennel is a good choice (especially when you choose mine lol) if your dog is friendly and sociable. Dogs can adapt to staying at a kennel really well and quickly especially if they were introduced to this environment from an early age.

When we’re expecting a new dog that’s never been to a kennel before I always recommend bringing him for a short period of time before he comes to stay. Easing them into it for a day or weekend before leaving them for a longer period makes a big difference.

Finding a suitable kennel.

Ask other dog owners, your groomer or your vet for recommendations. Sometimes your breeder may even have facilities for boarding dogs. Once you’ve got a list together call them, visit them and ask questions. Examples of some questions are:

·      How many dogs are there per assistant?

·      How often will your dog be exercised and for how long?

·      Will he get individual attention?

·      Will your feeding instructions be followed?

·      Can you leave your dog with a favourite toy, his bed, or a piece of clothing with your scent? (although this one has changed, because of the current situation. Please note: LEAVE BELONGINGS AT HOME)

One of the precautions that we at Vita Canis have in place is to reduce any transfer of the virus onto belongings which is why we won’t accept any personal dog bedding, toys or items. We’ll provide all of these items ourselves. You may still bring your dog’s own food if you prefer.

Once you’ve made your choice, book your dog’s stay well in advance of your holiday or work trip. Kennels normally fill up during holidays and peak vacation periods (everything’s different at the moment, however). It’s always good to think and plan ahead… even if your plans change last minute.

Professional Dog sitters.

Another option is to arrange a dog sitter. If you choose this option you’ll have to decide whether you’d prefer that your dog stays at home or stays in the sitter’s home. You know your dog best so you know where he will be the most comfortable.

The advantages of keeping your dog at home with a dog sitter are that he will remain in familiar surroundings and the dog sitter can also bring in post, water your plants, and watch over your home. The only disadvantage is that your dog will be alone a lot of the time if the sitter doesn’t stay in your house.

If you’re looking for a dog sitter, ask for references beforehand. You need to be sure that the person is reliable because you’re leaving them with your dog, in your house. You have to be able to trust them. It’s also a good idea for him/her to take some time to get to know your dog before you go away.

On another note… are you getting anxious about leaving your dog? Try our Calming Floral Spray or put a drop of Comfort Blend on your wrist. It works wonders!

5 Amazing Dog Facts.

As dog owners, we know that our dogs are our most loyal companions. We usually know a lot about the breed we own and we’re also curious about anything dog related. Here are 5 interesting dog facts that I recently found and some of them are actually quite hard to believe!

1) A dog’s nose is wet to help absorb scent chemicals.

We don’t really know why is our dog’s nose is wet but we worry when it’s dry. Healthy dogs have a wet nose, not? We’ll chat about this another time but for now, we’ll focus on why a dog’s nose is wet.

A dog’s nose is wet because it enhances the absorption of scent chemicals. The moisture on their noses is not just water but is, in fact, a special mucus that helps to absorb the chemicals of a scent. Dogs then lick their nose to “read” the message which helps them understand what’s going on around them.

Wet noses are also one of the ways that dogs can regulate their body temperature and cool down because they don’t have normal sweat glands like we do. Dogs also sweat from their pads and use panting as a means to lower body temperature.

2) Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic.

I never knew about this one and found it fascinating. According to Vetstreet, there were dozens of dogs on board the sinking ship and three of them made it. These lucky three survivors ravelled in first class. They were all small and kept in their owners’ cabins instead of in the onboard kennel. Lady, a Pomeranian puppy, was saved by her owner, Margaret Hays, who wrapped the dog in a blanket and sneaked her onto a lifeboat (apparently, people assumed she was carrying a baby.) The other dogs who made it to land were a Pekingnese named Sun Yat-sen, owned by Henry and Myra Harper, and another Pomeranian, owned by Elizabeth Rothschild.

Unfortunately, the rest of the stories don’t have such happy endings… for dogs as well as people.

3)  A greyhound could beat a cheetah in a long distance race.

Most of us already know that the fastest land animal is the cheetah which can reach a speed of 70 mph (113 km per hour). Even though the cheetah is an amazingly fast runner she can only maintain that incredible speed for about 200 to 300 yards (274 meters).

The really fast dogs are greyhounds, whippets, salukis, and afghan hounds. They are called sighthounds since their job is to spot their quarry by sight and run it down. They have a characteristic shape: a huge chest to accommodate large lungs to gulp oxygen and their oversized heart as well as a narrow waist that allows them to bend their body so that every stride carries them more than a body length.

The greyhounds’ ability to reach top speed quickly is amazing! At maximum acceleration, a greyhound can reach a speed of 45 mph (72km/h) within its first six strides from a standing start. No other land animal (except the cheetah) has that degree of acceleration.

Did you know that a greyhound would actually beat a cheetah in a long distance race! According to Psychology Today, greyhounds are excellent long distance runners. They can keep their speed up to 35 mph for up to 7 miles. Although Cheetahs are incredibly fast, they can only keep the speed up for about 200-30 yards.

4) The saluki is the oldest dog breed.

Did you know this? I thought it would be one of the hounds like the Pharaoh hound (only maybe because of the name lol), or another hunting breed. I guess I I wasn’t that far of.

According to The Guinness World Records, the world’s oldest known breed of domesticated dog is the saluki. It is believed to have emerged in 329 BC. Saluki dogs were revered in ancient Egypt, being kept as royal pets and being mummified after death. There are carvings found in Sumer (present-day southern Iraq) which represent a dog, closely resembling a saluki, which dates back to 7000 BC.

5) A Bloodhound’s sense of smell can be used as evidence in court.

According to PBS, a Bloodhounds sense of smell is so accurate that it can be used as evidence in a courtroom. The Bloodhound has an outstanding ability to read terrain with its nose. It is primarily due to a large, ultrasensitive set of scent membranes.

Researchers have estimated that a bloodhound’s nose consists of approximately 230 million olfactory cells – scent receptors. 40 times the number in humans. Our olfactory centre is about the size of a postage stamp. And a dogs can be as large as a handkerchief! How cool is that!!

Here’s another amazing fact about Bloodhounds…. they can follow tracks that are over 300 hours (12.5 days… so you don’t have to count) old and can stay on a trail for over 130 miles! Amazing!!

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