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National Veterinary Technician Week

CanEVA Health Corp salutes the thousands of Veterinarian Technicians who work alongside Veterinarians to keep our pet’s healthy and happy.  Vet Techs are the first impression of any veterinarian clinic, they deal with the intake, the history, the safety and the concerns of both the owner and the pet.  Techs follow-up with patients, ensure medications are taken, recovery stays on track and vital signs are current and accurate.  Many things go on behind the scene when a pet enters a clinic and the Vet Technician is responsible to ensure that the clinic is safe and clean and the veterinarian is supported.  So a big shoutout to say Thank You to all Veterinarian Technicians.

Aquafit? Who knew?

This summer we tried Aquafit for the first time and had a blast!  Getting into a bathing suit first thing in the morning and dipping into a swimming pool before coffee was never on the radar but opportunity presented itself and we took advantage of it!  Aquafit helps to balance out muscle groups that may become uneven through repetitive actions and brought attention to the difference between my left and right side for balance, stretch and dexterity. 

I became more conscious of how one side of my body was stronger than the other and spent the summer trying to even things out. Working out in water is different then working on the floor or a weight machine as water provides equal resistance through your full range of motion, a phenomenon known as double concentric muscle action. Who knew?  Water also supports the body, putting less stress on your joints and muscles, helping to build strength with less strain on your heart.  Because there is less impact of gravity in the water, you can expand your range of motion beyond what you would normally be able to do.  Who knew?  Aqua aerobics can be a full body workout that does burn off calories, but there are many factors in how many calories you can burn.  Who knew that water temperature, volume of water (how deep you are emersed), level of cardio versus stretching and buoyancy all play a factor.  Depending on our teacher, the level of difficulty in the routine we were burning between 300 – 450 calories a session.  Give it a try.  If you are like us…you may just love it!

Making Walking Fun

Getting out and walking has always been touted as an easy, healthy, inexpensive activity.  All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and you are good to go!  Walking helps lower cholesterol, lose weight, increase heart health and respiration rate.  Did you know that a 180 pound person burns off 100 calories a mile and a 120 pound person burns around 65 calories per mile?

Your walking speed matters, but it is not a huge factor, just maintaining forward motion is a bonus! There are many ways you can make a walk, more than just a walk.  With today’s technology you can listen to your favourite podcast, enriching your mind and body simultaneously.  (Just make sure you stay attentive to your surroundings).  Group walks are also a good idea in the current pandemic environment, just stay outside at a safe social distance. Change up your walking by altering your route, your speed, and even your stride! Try moving between heel-toe, to toe-heel for a few steps, giving your calf muscles a nice stretch.  Make a portion of your walk a ‘silly’ step and wave your arms around, move your head back and forth and make pinwheels with your arms. “Walk like nobody is watching”!

 World Rabies Day – Vaccinate or not?

The debate around vaccination, whether for our companion animals, our children or our elderly family members is in the forefront once again during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As countries work diligently to find a possible vaccine for this virus the media is alive with both positive and negative proponents for vaccinating in general.  Today is World Rabies Day and the opportunity to look at a vaccine for humans that was first discovered in 1885.www.thescientist.com.   The vaccine has almost obliterated the incidences of rabies around the world as the rabies vaccine is considered a ‘core’ vaccine for dogs and cats.  Advancement in vaccinations have made it possible to only vaccinate an animal every 2 -3 years.  So why vaccinate at all?  Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the saliva or nervous system tissues of an infected mammal to another mammal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and causes severely distressing neurological symptoms, disease in the brain, and, ultimately, death. 

Similar to the Covid-19 virus, rabies is a zoonotic disease, which means that it can pass from other animals to humans. Rabies is the deadliest disease on earth with a 99.9% fatality rate because there is no effective treatment once clinical symptoms appear.  However, if proper medical treatment (post-exposure prophylaxis, PEP) is received immediately after exposure to the bite or scratch of a rabid animal, rabies infection can be halted before symptoms of the disease are present, and the disease can be prevented.  Ensuring that animals continue to follow a vaccination program help to maintain the status of countries that do not have any reported cases of rabies.

Countries generally recognised as rabies-free countries because of the stringent measures in place to control the spread and infection of rabies are: American Samoa, Antigua, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, England, Fiji, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Guam, Hawaii, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Malta, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Saint Lucia, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom and the Vatican. Countries that still have rabid infection and spread of rabies, because animals are not vaccinated see a high fatality rate from merely a scratch from a domestic dog, or nip from an infected cat. 

To learn more visit www.rabiesalliance.com

National Deaf Pet Awareness Week – Ask the trainer – how to train a deaf dog

Question: We just discovered that our 4 month old Dalmatian puppy is deaf.  Can she still be trained? Response: Yes! A deaf dog can respond to commands, actions and walk and play like a dog that can hear.  The difference is in the training technique.  A deaf dog cannot be trained using the clicker method or voice commands, but instead must respond to physical, arm and hand commands.  Use positive reinforcement to teach your dog how to sit, lie down, come, take it leave it and a bevy of other commands.  The major issue with a deaf dog is the long distance ‘come’, as your dog will not hear you and if there is a fair distance between you and your dog getting their attention with a hand command is difficult.  Until you get your dog to focus on you, with distractions and at a distance, it is best to use a 30 foot cord training leash when in a dog park or practising off-leash commands.  Every time your dog looks at you and maintains eye contact, reward them.  It is vital to establish the human animal bond without language and only relying on your body quickly.  Use a thumbs up sign, treat, treat and treat.  A large wave of your arm, will also signal your dog to return to you.  We suggest you take a look at sheep herding dog videos, where a shepherd can control the actions and movements of the herding dog, from a distance and often silently.  It is also a good idea, when training a hearing dog, with hand commands as dogs age they lose their hearing and establishing that sign-language bond could be invaluable.

Animal Pain Awareness Month – 8 Signs that your Dog may be in Pain

Dogs and owners don’t always speak the same language but your dog will tell you if they are in pain if you know how to read the signs.  When a dog is in pain they change their behaviour in ways that should be recognizable to their owner.

  • A dog will be verbal and cry out, yelp or growl when experiencing pain.
  • You may notice that your dog is sensitive to your touch or will resent normal handling.
  • A dog in severe physical pain may snap at you, without intent to hurt you but as a warning that they are hurting
  • Be quiet, less active, or hide.
  • If pain is a joint, muscle or tendon your dog may limp or be reluctant to walk.
  • If the pain is related to an organ or so severe that a dog cannot stand or sit comfortably, they may stop eating.
  • Pain affects a dog’s breathing and heart rate.  Rapid, shallow breathing could be a sign of pain.
  • Because your dog does not understand why or where the pain is coming from, they may excessively lick or groom the area, hoping to relieve the pain by ‘licking’ away the problem.

Visit www.caneva.ca to investigate the science behind CanEVA Pets and how a supplement may help with joint, tendon issues and rehabilitation.

Dog Friendly Restaurants – Time to Dine with Fido

Dog friendly restaurants are nothing new but many have stepped up their game lately with menu selection and catering capabilities.  The UK and France has always led the pack in welcoming dogs and their owners to their establishments.  Wherever you travel, it is possible to find an eatery that will invite both you and your dog.  If you find yourself in Otley, West Yorkshire, pop into Salami & Co. a dog friendly coffee house where human and hound can sit back, relax and watch the world go by together.  The husband and wife team serve up a selection of freshly brewed coffees, homemade cakes and brunch inspired dishes and with Salami and Bagel (their dachshunds) always near by to bark about a range of handmade pupcakes and biscuit bones.  Their Hound menu includes venison sausage, puppacinos, and pupcakes.

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Statistics show that cat owners take their cat to the vet in their first year and then don’t return for regular check ups until the cat gets sick.  The Association of American Felines designated August 22nd as a reminder to all cat owners that their pets require regular check-ups for monitoring their health.  An annual check up will keep a record of your cats’ weight, condition of coat, teeth, claws as well as track urine and blood work and identify any change in health that you should be aware of. 

 National Tell a Joke Day (Laughter really is good medicine.)

Wherever and whoever we are, we all love a good joke. When we tell a funny anecdote or witticism, we show off our verbal athleticism. Clever puns display our ability to manipulate language and entertain our companions.  The internet has made it easy to share a joke in cartoon format to all the people on your mailing list, forward funny tik toks, and share homemade videos, however the art of telling a joke is still a talent and hearing someone’s laughter when you verbally share a joke often makes you smile and laugh in return.  Can you remember the last time you laughed uncontrollably? What makes something really, truly funny? Here are some of the nuts and bolts that hold jokes together:

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