Anyone living in a region that has 4 seasons and owns a dog or cat knows that the onset of Spring means flea and tick season is right behind the blooming of tulips. The big question always seems to be.”does my pet need treatment for fleas and ticks and what one is best?” The answer to the first question is a resounding yes! Fleas can be a nightmare, not only to the discomfort and irritation to your dog or cat, but a anyone who has a flea infestation in their home knows how pesky these microscopic bugs can be! Ticks are even worse for your pet and can lead to a wide range of health problems, from skin infections to Lyme disease. Prevention is best done with one of the many veterinary-approved flea (and tick) preparations available on the market. There are topicals, collars, and shampoos, each made for specific needs. Always read the label on the product! Spend time to inspect your dogs and yourself for ticks after walks through the woods or grassy settings. On dogs, look especially on the feet (and between toes), on lips, around eyes, ears (and inside ears), near the anus, and under the tail. The quicker you remove a tick, the less likely your dog will contract a secondary illness related to tick bites. There is a proper method to remove a tick and you can’t leave a piece of the bug behind. If you suspect your dog has a tick, and you are not confident enough to remove it… consult with a veterinarian. Lastly, keep your grass cut low and try to avoid walking in wooded areas or tall grasses. If you own multiple dogs, treat them all at the SAME time. This will help prevent cross infestation.
It wasn’t me…it was the dog! How often do you use that line when an odd aroma penetrates a room? Dogs definitely pass, regardless of their age, size, or breed. Often dogs get gas from swallowing too much air, which often happens when dogs eat too quickly. Any respiratory disease that increases the breathing rate may also cause the swallowing of air, as will feeding a dog directly after exercise, before their breathing rate has slowed down. Other culprits causing dog gas include having a sedentary lifestyle and eating difficult to digest food such as soybeans, beans, spoiled food, high-fat food, high-fiber food, milk products, and spices. If the increase in gas is also accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite and weight let your Vet know about it!
Weirdly enough the more hydrogen sulfide, the smellier it is. There isn’t much you can do for a dog’s smelly gas except manage what they eat and avoid some of the ingredients listed above. If you are trying the CanEVA supplement with your dog, we would love to hear if you have seen any changes in your dog’s gas! In the meantime, “blaming it on the dog” is always acceptable.
Did you know service animals are not just dogs? Dogs, cats, dolphins, miniature horses, monkeys, ducks, ferrets, and parrots have all been trained to perform specific duties of a service animal, though the type of animal that may be registered as a “service animal” may vary depending on legal definitions.
In the USA, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists hosts an annual event to support the service dogs by donating their time to provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada during the month of May. To find out how to register your service dog for an appointment visit https://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/press-room/press-releases/article/penn-vet-ophthalmologists-offer-free-eye-exams-for-service-dogs . A hand-in-paw partnership focusing on the importance of vision…for both man and dog!
For over 34 years, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides has been a vital national fundraiser in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. On June 9, 2019, approximately 300 communities across Canada will participate in The Walk which raises funds to provide life-changing Dog Guides to Canadians with physical and medical disabilities at no cost to them. A family and dog-friendly event that welcomes participants of all ages and abilities, The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides relies on the generous support of volunteers, donors, and partners to meet its goal of giving Canadians a new “leash” on life.
The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides provides specially trained Dog Guides through seven distinct programs meeting a wide range of needs, Dog Guides increase the independence, mobility, and safety of their handlers.
This is a great way for you, your dog and all your friends to give back to the community and get walking! Please visit the official website for the Pet Valu Walk for Dogs to find the details for your own community. CanEVA will be walking in Fergus, Ontario with our toy poodle Mouffett and crazy Chinese crested Scarlett O’Hara. This is a cause worth getting behind and once again a great example of the bond between man and dog.
National Dog Mobility Awareness Week, runs from May 27 to June 2 in the U.K and we at CanEVA recognize that this week should be celebrated internationally! CanEVA is a dietary supplement that helps relieve joint pain and increase mobility for dogs who are getting older or recovering from injury. Dogs tend to suffer in silence when injured or not feeling well due to pain in their muscles or joints. We would like to share a few signs you can watch for and pick up on the non-verbal cues that your dog may be having mobility issues. If your dog paces for no reason around the house, or circles repeatedly before lying down, it may indicate he is having trouble with his hips or knees insp lowering himself to the ground. If your dog stops jumping up on things he normally would, like the couch or the bed, take special notice he may be having pain in his spine or hind legs. When your dog decides he wants to cut a walk short, or even doesn’t want to go for as long, or as far, as usual, sometimes it is joint or muscle pain, and not just age that is slowing him down. If your male dog, stops lifting his leg to pee, or your female dog has trouble getting into a squat, watch for knee or cartilage damage.
Dogs may not speak our language but their physical signs are easy to see if you know what you are looking for! Take a moment to look at the science behind the CanEVA product to increase your dogs mobility, send us a note and we can answer any questions you may have. If your dogs mobility is ever in question…let your vet know.
May is National Pet Month in the U.S. and a great reminder of the many reasons we, as guardians of our companion animals, should give thanks for all they do for us. Whether you find pleasure in the methodical purring of a warm cat on your lap, or the smile you get on your face when your beloved dog looks up at you, tail wagging, in anticipation of a walk. It’s a great moment to just realize the pleasure your four-footed best friend adds to your life. The physiological benefit of pets in our lives has been well documented. They manage to make you smile with just an innocent act of mischief or tiny paw reaching out for some loving. They lower your blood pressure, without even trying, just by being at your side. They encourage you to get out and get active, just going for a walk or throwing a ball.
But most of all, in National Pet Month, we just need to stroke the top of the head, that loves without condition and strives only to make us happy!
We’d like to think that we know our pets pretty well, but it’s not always easy to tell if you have a sick pet on your hands. As much as we wish that they could tell us how they’re feeling, they have no clear way of communicating it to us. Luckily, if you know some of the signs to watch for, you’ll be able to help your pet get healthy again in no time!
It’s no secret that the amount of health information on the internet is overwhelming. Worse again, so much of it is out-of-date and incorrect. With these problems, eating a healthier diet can feel nearly impossible.
So how do you keep healthy with all this mixed information around?
Through all the clutter, there are some tips that remain tried-and-true. One thing you should never do is chase fad The basis of The Mediterranean Diet has been a consistently well-rounded and healthy recommendation for those looking to improve their eating habits.
Earlier this week, we shared with you some tips for holiday safety. Today, we’re sharing safety tips for your pets! Holiday pet safety is incredibly important, especially since most adorable little fluffs are good at sneaking. So you want to be sure everything is safe, in case they slip your watchful eye.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from CanEVA! ‘Tis the season for joy and fun, but that doesn’t mean that health and safety take a back seat! Holiday safety is a very important thing to keep in mind this time of year. With the cold weather, extra lights, and a number of other factors, the possibility of an accident is ever-present. With these tips, CanEVA can help make your holiday safe and healthy!