Posts Written On May 20, 2020

How to Make Your Pet Feel Secure and Safe During the Up’s and Down’s of Anxious Times

Times of transition and change can have a detrimental impact on an animal’s physical and emotional well-being if progressing stress is left unaddressed. But, thankfully, there are ways to settle and soothe stressed out dogs and cats and provide increased security during seasons of change (or, to continually protect and promote canine and feline well-being no matter what season you’re in).

Thanks to technology there are now a number of ways to track your pet’s behavior from anywhere / to determine if there are warning signs that your animal is experiencing stress and/or a health problem. Today’s animal behavior monitors can detect problems with sleep, excess barking, and itching and shaking. All of these being signs that something may be wrong with your pet. Most trackers can simply be worn on your pet’s collar and offer insightful data via a downloadable application.

Here are some ways to help soothe detected stress and anxiety in your pets.

By Certified Dog Trainer Mikkel Becker in collaboration
with Sure Petcare Technology Products

Security boosting scents:

Soothing scents can be incorporated into the animal’s environment to provide calming reassurance. Lavender and chamomile are better known scents for their ability to soothe animals when stressed. But, other scents have also shown potential to calm anxious dogs; including valerian, vanilla, coconut and ginger.

Calming Acoustics:

The acoustical environment has a direct impact upon an animal’s emotional state.Minimize the outside noise and offer calming acoustical elements in your home environment by adding in both white noise and calming acoustical options for your pet.

Certain sounds offer calming reassurance to animal hearers. Calming music options can include species specific music (set to the beat of the species’ resting heart rate), reggae, soft rock, and classical music.

The white noise in and of itself can lessen the surprise of sudden noises and help to dampen other noises that may seep into your pet’s environment and be cause for concern. Common white noise options include a quiet fan, a fountain, or a white noise machine. And, when used in combination with calming music or audiobooks, they can help to further minimize outside audio input and offer a calming element during any lulls in the audiobook or music.


Synthetic versions of dog and cat, species specific pheromones send signals of well-being to the canine or feline recipients. Spritzing and regularly refreshing pheromone sprays in areas where the dog or cat rests, or placing pheromone diffusers in rooms where the animal regularly resides, provides calming, noninvasive reassurance to the dog or cat.

Setup a Safe Space:

Just as you may have a special area where you go to getaway and relax (like your recliner, the porch swing, your bedroom or the bathtub), so too do dogs and cats benefit from having a designated space to go to when they want to retreat and relax. Animals also need their own space and time, especially if they’re overwhelmed by surrounding situations, like an overly rambunctious animal housemate or overly eager child.

Offering cats high spaces to get up and out of the way and seek a high vantage point from which to survey their surroundings and to escape when wanting to retreat and rest. And, the more cats, the more high spaces and resources should be offered throughout the home (more litter boxes, feeding areas, water bowls or pet fountains, additional toys and resting areas) to reduce need for competition and offer each pet their own sanctuary space.

Other happy hideaway locations for the pet to get away when needed may include a crate, a certain piece of furniture or a gated off area or room. Ideally, allow the animal free access in and out of the area when possible to allow for easy entry and exit and provide the important element of choice.

In a multi-pet home, use of feeders that are specific to each pet and ideally located in their safe space manages mealtime chaos and furthers positive familiarity and comfort associated with the animal’s happy hideaway retreat space.

Create a calming routine:

Consistency for what the dog or cat can expect out of their day by establishing given schedules and routines is key to calming the dog or cat. And, even during unstructured times, such as the COVID-19 crisis or during holiday or school breaks, keeping consistency in interactions and daily care is essential for the dog or cat’s wellbeing. Cats in particular are especially sensitive to shifts in daily routines and rely upon regularity in what to predict out of their day in order to better keep calm. So, even when lacking a normal schedule, incorporating a regular routine into each day offers calming reassurance about what the animal can generally expect.

Monitor progress:

Note that anytime a dog or cat has a concerning change in behavior, it’s important to address the change with ongoing oversight from your pet’s vet. The difference in behavior or seeming distress a dog or cat is experiencing may be related to their health, as underlying illness, pain and other imbalances manifest first as a change in behavior.

One way to keep tabs on your dog or cat’s normal behavior, and attending to any change that may indicate concern, is to have a general baseline for the activity and behavior of your dog or cat. Animal activity monitors are one such way to track your pet’s behavior and have a physical record you can refer back to, as well as use for comparison and reference by your pet’s vet.

For instance, activity trackers that monitor important indicators like ‘barking bouts’ and ‘shaking’, which both are indicators related to underlying anxiety, are important ways to monitor the level of stress the dog may be experiencing. Such information can be invaluable in pointing out a problem and providing a baseline to go from when addressing an issue to see what treatments are providing positive progress and helping the pet.

Consider what you’re communicating to your pet:

Lastly, remember that concern is contagious. And, by taking care of your own emotional well-being, you are by extension better able to provide calm reassurance to your dog or cat.

Just because our dogs and cats don’t fully comprehend what we say verbally about what we’re going through, it doesn’t mean they’re disconnected to what we’re feeling. Instead, it’s quite opposite. Many dogs and cats are so intimately connected and emotionally attuned to their humans, that they’re able to pickup on even subtle signs of stress or changes in behavior that fellow human family members may miss.

Dogs and cats understand the unspoken messages; perceiving emotional signals we likely aren’t even aware that we’re giving off. Indicators animals clue in on for emotional meaning include human facial expressions, body language, the pitch, tone and delivery of verbal messages, and chemical messaging and body odors produced by the human body when under stress.

Being aware of our own emotional state and engaging in well-being practices, like exercise, adequate rest, deep breathing and meditation, can help to keep our own bodies in a state of calm, and by extension, offer reassurance to our dogs and cats.


Down Dog Mat by Corc Yoga

Corc Yoga is already well-known by chaturanga champions and yoga novices alike for their line of 100% plastic & chemical free yoga mats and accessories made with cork harvested in Portugal, a renewable resource that simultaneously revitalizes the practice and supports an environmentally viable future.
And in honor of National Pet Day this Saturday, now our canine and feline companions can join in – introducing the Down Dog Mat by Corc Yoga!
Fun fact: cork is a naturally antimicrobial material, meaning that the mats stay germ free (for real) no matter how many spills or muddy paw prints. At a high-alert time like this when we’re compulsively washing our hands, it’s nice to know that at least one thing is keeping us and our pets healthy in more ways than one.
Down Dog Mats by Corc Yoga retail for $45.00 and are available for wholesale as well as retail on Corc’s site. For every mat purchased, Corc Yoga will donate $5.00 to Much Love Animal Rescue in Los Angeles.

KRISTINA KITSOS Aesthetic Injector , Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret!

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Kristina Kitsos is a world-renowned Aesthetic Injector and plastic surgery nurse sought after for her eye for detail and vast knowledge of aesthetic procedures. Specializing in injectables, minimally invasive anti-aging procedures, dermal fillers, laser and more. Kristina’s 15-years of hands-on experience makes her one of Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret.

Results-oriented, Kristina is committed to providing patients with the most innovative procedures, advanced devices and non-surgical techniques such as the use of Mesoinjectikns for ‘glass skin’, Exosome Stem Cell Microneedling with PRP and PRF, and Thread Lifts. She is a trusted holistic skin expert known for her gentle approach that produces dramatic results.

Kristina provides her patients with a 360 degree treatment approach, not only catering to what’s on the outside but treating any ailments on the inside with suggested supplements and helping them trace back any lifestyle choices that may be causing their issues. By creating this rapport Kristina is viewed by her patients as an approachable and trusted guide, an expert, and a friend, solidifying their relationship and keeping them as patients for life.

Placing extreme emphasis on customization, Kristina notes that beauty is all about balance and proportion, the architecture of the face as her father, a well-respected plastic surgeon, would say.

“I don’t just inject someone’s cheeks, I look at their whole aesthetic, I look at the balance and proportion of the face, I look at the quality of the skin, their diet and lifestyle. Through my years of training, education and knowledge I am able to provide a curated aesthetic medicine experience for the patient.” 

Her philosophy:

“I believe in nourishing the skin topically as well as from within. I recommend my patients use skin supplements paired with healthy eating, exercise and meditation, to create glowing, radiant skin without the need of makeup.” 

A graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Kitsos went on to earn both her MBA and RN degrees. Kristina is constantly pushing boundaries and is always seeking advanced education and training in both the U.S. and Europe to stay on top of the newest developments and improvements in her field. Kitsos is also responsible for educating countless medical providers in aesthetic medicine.




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A quick-absorbing and ultra hydrating lotion that now boasts a boosted concentration of nourishing organic superfood oils and an added dose of soothing colloidal oatmeal. Deeply replenishes and comforts.

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Niko’s skin loves moisture and really soak it up! The wash suds up nicely and the lotion is just a dream. I love the massage oil as well to really give him the sunkissed look and a relaxing bedtime. The soft touch packaging is just beautiful and we had great fun testing out these products. The ingredients are natural, easy to pronounce and ‘real’. The perfect gift for any baby or toddler in your life.

Baby skincare equals baby skin health. Ever Eden reformulated these favorites to be even more nourishing and soothing—and even more effective. Because babies deserve the very best.



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Travel essentials for people who’ve thought of everything

Travel essentials for people who’ve thought of everything


No matter how well prepared you think you are to hit the open road and travel in the footsteps of those who’ve been and seen and left positive reviews online, there’s always something that you forgot. You won’t know it until you arrive, of course. But it will happen. Nine times out of ten it’s a phone charger or adaptor. Sometimes it’s your favourite hat. Every now and again it’s your toothbrush. Whatever it is, you’ll kick yourself. We’re going to take a look at a couple of items you can take along that experienced travellers know to take on trips to help save money and space. Whatever you do, add these items to your list, and don’t forget them (famous last words!).


Treat yourself to lightweight travel glasses


Style comes in all shapes and sizes. If you’re the kind of person who prefers thicker frames when it comes to eyeglasses, you could run into issues when travelling. Why? Thick frames are bulky and prone to breaking. You need thin and lightweight frames (see EyeBuyDirect for ideas). Lightweight frames not only suit a more dynamic and on the move look, but by their very nature of being lightweight will survive the potential falls and scrapes that are ever more likely while moving around between A and B (and C and D and E and F, depending on the length of your trip). Lightweight glasses also place less pressure on the bridge of the nose – which is a small but very welcome benefit when you’re planning to wear your glasses for extended periods of time. The same can be said for the weight of the glasses on the ears. The lightweight option is certainly the preferred option by travellers who know all too well the annoyance and pain of indents on the nose after a long day of glasses wearing. 


Printed maps. Seriously.


The first time I went travelling, I took printed maps and a dumb phone (as opposed to a smartphone – dumb phones do not connect to the internet, they can call and text and that’s about it). Phones and over devices are easily lost or stolen. They also depend on batteries, and using them in adverse weather conditions isn’t advised. Printed maps in a plastic cover mean that you will always have access to directions. The other bonus here is that tourist maps feature standout landmarks that aren’t always visible or highlighted on a digital screen.