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Vita Canis Blog

Can dog groomers express the anal glands, plug the ears, etc.?

October 10th, 2018

A friend of mine, Joanne Angus, a very well-known and respected person in the dog grooming industry, approached RCVS for some clarification on whether dog groomers can express the anal glands, plug the ears, etc. This was their response. ———————————————— Dear Ms. Angus Thank you for your recent email regarding whether professional dog groomers can… Read More »

Do we have time for other hobbies?

October 3rd, 2018

  Life is happening so fast … we have our work, our families, our dogs, and not always time for hobbies and other activities. If you’re lucky like me your work is your hobby as well and sometimes you don’t even realise you’re working overtime, and you don’t mind starting early and finishing late …… Read More »

Dog walkies.

September 26th, 2018

  Even though I love summer, and warmth, and sun, and flip flops! … I find autumn magical. The red, orange and dark green colours, the crisp (preferably dry and sunny) mornings, a warm scarf … it’s all, somehow, wonderfully calming. We are very fortunate where we live. There’s a beautiful footpath around the quarry… Read More »

Very short & very sad blog

September 19th, 2018

  There are times in all our lives when we experience loss and have to deal with grief. It is so hard when we lose a family member or close friend, and we can never be prepared for it. People who read my blogs will understand when I say, losing a dog, your friend, your… Read More »

Orgonites – positive energy for the mind, body & spirit.

September 12th, 2018

  You’ve probably seen these colourful, shiny, half dome objects on my website and wondered what they are? When I had a stand some curious folks even tried to smell it … but thank goodness no one tried to taste it! The word ‘orgonite’ comes from ‘Orgone’ – the name given by Dr. Wilhelm Reich… Read More »

Essential oils – Small but mighty aromatic compounds.

September 5th, 2018

There are lots of different things essential oils can do with their small but mighty aromatic compounds. Some of them can improve your focus, enhance your beauty regime, calm you down, cheer you up, heal your skin, and much more. Infusing essential oils in your home and salon will not only make the room smell… Read More »

Utterly butterly for your dog & you

August 29th, 2018

  Paw Butter & Hand Butter … both silky smooth and a tiny bit goes a long way. In general, butters are oil-based products, which means they don’t contain water. There are also different types of butters like whipped (Hand & Paw Butter), with bees wax or even the bar type. Butters with bees wax… Read More »

Homemade spa idea’s for your dog.

August 23rd, 2018

I’m a big fan of spas and spa treatments … the warmth, light relaxing music, bubbling jacuzzi where I could easily fall asleep, hot sauna followed by a cold shower that makes me want to scream and wakes up all my senses … and of course massages, facials, and if a delicious lunch is included… Read More »

How to help your dog cope with stress & trauma.

August 15th, 2018

We all experience some kind of trauma in our lives at some point; personal, emotional, and/or physical. Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience; emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury, which may lead to long-term neurosis. In medical terms, trauma is also a physical injury. I’m not going to talk… Read More »

Dog and Owner Etiquette

August 8th, 2018

Dogs also follow certain ‘guidelines’, or social etiquette, to greet each other, to be with each other, and to live with each other. Us as the owners need to understand and respect this ‘doggie etiquette’ and combine with our etiquette. 1. Dog walking etiquette on streets, beaches, in parks etc. Pick up the poo! Seriously,… Read More »