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Mobility issues in our four-pawed friends.

Your dog could show signs of decreased mobility as they age, if they have suffered an injury or in serious pain.  Pet owners should watch for a change in their dogs’ behaviour, such as unwillingness to walk too far, shying away from petting or touching and difficulty going up or down stairs.  Pet owners need to rely on their observation of any change in their dog’s mobility to help their vet identify what may be going on physiologically with their dog.  A vet may order radiographs or clinical blood tests, such as a complete blood count, urinalysis, and a biochemistry profile to help diagnose the origin of the mobility issues and the proper path to healing. 

Physical exercises can be used to increase the range of motion of joints.  Massage can reduce muscle fatigue and restrictions.  As your dog ages, joint and cartilage problems can be difficult to treat; however, owners can work to ease or even delay the onset of these mobility diseases through diet and supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and green lipped mussel—which have been proven to reduce inflammation and pain, improve function, and slow progression of joint damage and arthritis in both humans and animals—diets that are protein rich and include omega-3 fatty acids, such as those derived from fish, can also support increased mobility.

Although a dog’s mobility naturally declines as they age, their quality of life doesn’t have to. Managing your dog’s weight and incorporating a flexible, low-impact exercise routine into a comprehensive support program can allow our furry friends to enjoy their golden years.  CanEVA Pet supplement includes: Glucosamine Sulfate ▪ Chondroitin Sulfate ▪ Hyaluronic Acid ▪ Collagen Omegas 3 and 6 ▪ Calcium ▪ Magnesium ▪ IGF ▪ EGF ▪ Amino Acids ▪

Does your dog need a BFF?

Friends are defined as individuals who by choice spend a lot time near each other and frequently engage in friendly behaviours.  These ‘behaviours’ vary greatly between species.  Baboons friends groom each other, dolphin friends touch fins while swimming, human friends enjoy meals and time together and dog friends play with one another.  It may seem anthropomorphic to describe dogs playing together as a ‘friendship’ but studies have identified that dogs do become friendly or play more often with certain dogs.  Canine friendships can start at a dog park, a neighbourhood walking group or at a training class.  My very social toy poodle has more friends than I do, and she wags her tail on greeting all dogs, whether large or small and will happily play with anyone who will play with her.  My Chinese Crested on the other hand, does not care for 4-legged friends and is overly selective on those she choses.  Fellow Cresteds are preferred and any dog that tries to sniff her butt is immediately disregarded and not accepted in the pack.  Both dogs have been raised in the same home and the same training, but one loves to be social and the other is aloof.  Like people, sometimes dogs click and others times they don’t.

Camping with your dog!

Looking for the perfect summer vacation for you and your dog? Camping is the original dog-friendly option to escape the everyday.  The great outdoors has always provided a respite for people and their pets giving you the opportunity to pitch your tent, start a fire and lie side by side with your best friend under the milky way.  Before you get the car packed, the cooler full and the flea and tick spray applied make sure you know the campsites policy on dogs.  Some campsites require dogs to be on a leash at all times, so if you have it in your mind that your dog will be free to jump off the dock, swim in lake and chase balls on the beach check with the campground on rules regarding your pet.  Also, it would be wise to ensure you have copies of all your pet’s vaccination certificates with you.  Often this request may not be mentioned when booking your site, but it is always best to be prepared.  Make sure you still pick up after your pet, even while in the woods.  The rule on when to pick up poop and when you don’t have to is if you are expected to use a toilet, so is your dog.  As you take this opportunity to detach from the phone, the internet and the office take the time to commune with nature and your dog.  Check out www.seesawyerrun.com for great outdoor dog gear. A few books we recommend to take with you this summer! Marcus of Umbria by Justine van Der Leun.  This great novel follows a city slicker searching for her perfect dog companion while totally out of her element in the quaint Italian village.  Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson is a fascinating memoir of the adventures of a Search and Rescue puppy and how her and her trainer make it through the graduation course.  Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt is a courtroom drama which includes a dog, or two, as lead characters and is fast paced and dead on for pooch lovers.  As always, Carol Lee Benjamin always delights as a dog trainer, turned PI who along with her 4-legged side kick solves mysteries with every volume.

Rock Snake on the Georgian Trail

CanEVA salutes Cleighton Carbert, a local Meafordite, was inspired to begin the Rock Snake after reading Emma’s Gems during school, and hearing about another town that had a Rock Snake going. It began with four rocks and now has over one thousand. Daily, people are adding to the long line of painted rocks, inspired by the call to action. It has so entranced the community that someone began the snake’s ‘tail’ in Thornbury and they’re working backwards to reach Meaford.

On Thursday, July 22, Cleighton is being awarded the ‘Youth Spirit Award’ from Meaford Connections for “Contributions that have connected and involved residents of the Municipality of Meaford and surrounding areas in meaningful, positive and uplifting ways. That has inspired connections, new friendships, and lasting memories.”  Get yourself and family motivated to paint some rocks and stroll along the Georgian Trail to add to the ‘snake”.  It is a great way to spend an afternoon and appreciate the creative imagination of all the artists who have contributed.  There are way too many amazing rocks to share with you here, but we could not resist giving you a sneak peak.  Let’s help Cleighton finish the project before the snow falls!

8 Ways to Beat the Heat with your dog

#1 Freeze blueberries and sliced up bananas for a cool, low fat dog treat

#2 Fill the Kool Collar with ice.  The melting action stimulates sweat to keep your canine cool on hot days www.coolcollars.com

#3 Use zap straps to fasten a battery powered hand fan to your dog’s kennel on the outside facing in

#4 Fill a kiddy pool with a few inches of fresh, cool water for your do to romp lung in or lap up

#5 Try a thermo-regulating cooling bed, perfect for dogs affected by the heat

#6 Make sure your yard provides shade spots under trees, umbrellas or an awning for a break from the direct sunlight

#7 Fill a spray bottle with fresh cool water and mist your dogs’ fur at regular intervals to cool down his inner temp.  Spray yourself too!!

#8 Fill a kong or other stuffable toy with food and freeze for a chilly summer treat that will keep your pet busy

Lyme disease – How to protect yourself

Lyme Disease (Lyme borreliosis) is an illness that affects both animals and humans – what is known as a zoonotic disease – and is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Transmitted through tick bites, the disease can be difficult to detect and can cause serious and recurring health problems. Therefore, it is best to prevent infection by taking appropriate measures to prevent tick bites and, for dogs, possibly vaccinating against the disease.

The bacterium that causes Lyme disease – a worm-like, spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi  – is carried and transmitted primarily by the tiny black-legged tick known as the deer tick. Deer ticks are found in forests or grassy, wooded, marshy areas near rivers, lakes or oceans. People or animals may be bitten by deer ticks during outdoor activities such as hiking or camping, or even while spending time in their back yards.

Within the U.S., it appears primarily in specific areas including the southern New England states; eastern Mid-Atlantic states; the upper Midwest, particularly Wisconsin and Minnesota; and on the West Coast, particularly northern California.www.lymedisease.us.  The number of Lyme disease cases reported by all Canadian provinces increased from 144 in 2009 to 992 in 2016 (representing an increase from 0.4 to 2.7 per 100,000 population over this time period). In 2016, over 88% of the cases reported were from Ontario, Québec and Nova Scotia. Surveillance in these three provinces indicates that populations of blacklegged ticks have been established for years, with an increase in the abundance of ticks being found in previously identified risk areas. In addition to this, the percentage of the blacklegged tick infected with the Lyme disease pathogen has increased. Nova Scotia reported the highest incidence in Canada in 2016 at 34.4 per 100,000 population, which is 12.7 times the national average.  www.Canada.ca/lyme disease.  The CDC maintains a map detailing confirmed cases of Lyme disease throughout the years.

Lyme disease (like the current zoonotic disease Covid) is a reportable disease – which means that health care providers and laboratories that diagnose cases of laboratory-confirmed Lyme disease are required to report those cases to their local or state health departments, which in turn report the cases to the CDC.

The best way to protect pets from Lyme disease is to take preventive measures to reduce the chance of contracting the disease. Even during the last weeks of summer, it’s important to remember that pets and people are at greater risk of being infected with Lyme disease.

To protect yourself and your pets it is important to use reliable tick-preventive products. Speak with your veterinarian about what tick preventive product is right for your pet.  Vaccinations for Lyme disease are available and is important to work with your vet to decide to vaccinate based on where you live, your pet’s lifestyle and overall health.  When possible, avoid areas where ticks might be found. These include tall grasses, marshes and wooded areas and check for ticks on you and your dog once you have come inside.  Keeping your shrubs and lawns well maintained. Lyme disease may not show up in your dog for 2 – 5 months after being bitten.  If you dog develops a fever, loss of appetite, has a change in mobility either from lameness or inflamed joints it is important to contact your vet and test for Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is not communicable from one animal to another, except through tick bites. However, if you have more than one pet and one is diagnosed with Lyme disease, your veterinarian might recommend testing for any other pets who may have been exposed to ticks at the same time. In fact, because people and their pets often can be found together outdoors as well as indoors, a Lyme disease diagnosis in any family member – whether human or non-human – should serve as a flag that all family members might consult their physicians and veterinarians, who can advise about further evaluation or testing.

Thousands of cases of Lyme disease have been reported in humans and animals across the United States and around the world. By knowing about Lyme disease and how to prevent it, you can help keep all members of your family — human and animal — safe.

Lyme disease in people

In humans, often the earliest indication of infection is a “bullseye” rash at the site of the tick bite – so named because it resembles a target. As the infection develops, symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain. The disease can progress to cause chronic joint problems as well as heart and neurological problems. As with pets, Lyme disease is not contagious from one person to another.  Protect yourself by avoiding areas where ticks are found, cover arms, legs and feet when outdoors, check for ticks when you come in for a hike or walk and use insecticides to protect yourself.

It’s not the heat..it’s the humidity – signs of dehydration

Summer is finally here and the wonderful weather we have been waiting for if upon us!  Along with the sunshine, green grass and blooming gardens the summer brings with it heat and the dreaded humidity.  July and August temperatures seem to always be accompanied with the temperature on the thermometer and the ‘humidity makes it feel like…” weatherperson caveat.   It is important to keep an eye on your health during the heat of summer.  Dehydration is often overlooked as a trigger in not feeling well during the summer.  Heat exposure if too much time is spent in hot or humid conditions can lead to increased fluid loss through excessive sweating.  Diabetes or kidney disease can cause a higher degree in loss of fluids and leading to dehydration.  A side effect of some medications may increase urination which leads to fluid loss. 

Being aware of signs of dehydration, like headaches, difficulty breathing, dry mouth or lips, dark yellow and strong-smelling pee, having to pee less then 4 times a day or lightheaded and dizzy.

Elk Velvet Antler – Nail Growth

Did you know that one of the secondary benefits of CanEVA People is to help with nail and hair growth? 

Although this cosmetic claim is not included in the NPN for Elk Velvet Antler anecdotal observations from our clients have led us to investigate the possibility of EVA strengthening nails and hair.  Many of our customers commented that as well as increasing joint health, and helping to increase mobility their nails and hair seemed to grow faster and stronger.  Why would this be?  Nail and hair health is often a reflection of how healthy our bodies are, or what we are missing in our diets.  Biotin, a B Vitamin complex, is one of the leading supplements for nail health.  When we looked at how the B Vitamins converted to amino acids to increase nail health, we found the possible answer for nail growth and strength to be attributed to EVA.  One capsule of CanEVA PEOPLE contains both active amino acids and inactive triggering molecules to allow the body to absorb the IGF, EGF and amino acids for uptake to build muscle, and perhaps increase nail and hair growth and strength.  Nails, hair and skin are made of keratin, and to increase keratin supply in the body, the body requires protein.  CanEVA People provides the core supplement to convert to protein and increase nail growth. Please let us know if you have been a long-time user of CanEVA PEOPLE and have benefited from this secondary off-label claim.  We would love to see if there is yet another use of Elk Velvet Antler  nail health.

10 Fun things to do with your Dog this summer

#1 Take a hike on a new trail or path! Discover the many parks and trails in your area

#2 Find a new dog park and let your pet take a run and make new friends

#3 Make a customized paint by number picture of your pet at www.canvasbynumbers.com.  Use your favourite photo to make a piece of art

#4 Explore the pet friendly festivals in your area

#5 Offer to walk your neighbours dog or a pet of an elderly friend.  Socializing your pet is great for you and him!

#6 Hold an old fashioned dog wash event! Get the buckets and hoses out and take donations for a local animal shelter

#7 Volunteer at an animal shelter, learn about the therapy dog program in your area and visit a nursing home or hospital

#8 Start a blog about your summer adventures with your pet and chronical your journey

#9 Take a pet first aid course and learn how to help your dog with any emergency that may may come up

#10 Do a spa day for you and your pet!

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