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Caring for Your Dog’s Mental Health

Caring for Your Dog’s Mental Health

As a dog owner, it’s important to be aware of your dog’s health. For most of us, we first think of our dog’s joint health and pay attention to how our dog is moving and playing. When we notice joint discomfort, we’re quick to respond with a visit to the vet and taking the steps to ensure this joint discomfort does not become chronic.

Have you ever thought about your dog’s mental health? Your dog’s mental health is equally as important as having healthy and flexible joints. Often the biggest mental health struggle dogs have is with boredom.

Unexpected changes in behavior such as chewing furniture, excessive barking, nervousness around children or new people, extreme energy bursts, or reluctance to play with a favorite toy can all point to boredom. Read more

Staying Healthy While Travelling

Staying Healthy While Travelling

By: Dr. Melissa Carr

If there’s one passion I share with Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s travelling. Packing my bags and venturing into the unknown is always exciting. Whether I’m heading out on a long overseas trip or a quick weekend getaway, nothing gives me a bigger rush than exploring somewhere new.

Sure, travelling is amazing, but it can also be detrimental to your health. If you are one of the lucky few who can jet-set across the globe and never get sick or hurt, count your blessings. For the rest of us, staying healthy during our travels can be challenging. Here are 5 tips to help keep you healthy while on the road.   Read more

Your Dog Doesn’t Need to Suffer from Joint Discomfort

Your Dog Doesn’t Need to Suffer from Joint Discomfort

You love your dog and want to see your dog living a full and active life. Regardless of age, breed, or size – your dog needs and wants to move. You might have a dog who loves to run all day or maybe your dog is content with a twice daily walk around the block. The key is in making sure that your dog is happy, healthy, and able to move freely without joint discomfort.

There is nothing worse than seeing your dog walk with drooping hind legs or not being able to walk up and down the stairs. Sadly, the same joint discomfort that can impact our lives, also impacts the lives of our beloved pets. Read more

How to Use a Tennis Ball for Myofascial Release

How to Use a Tennis Ball for Myofascial Release

BY: Melanie Trepanier

A tennis ball is the perfect size tool to offer deep self-massage to just about any sore and tight muscle. Learning some of these exercises will mimic acupressure, reflexology and massage combined, saving you hundreds of dollars a year on treatment. What’s more is that they’re available to you anytime with something small enough to fit in a pocket and cheaper than your morning coffee (even the home brew kind!). So head to the dollar store if you don’t already have a tennis ball at home, preferably one that isn’t covered in dog slobber, and set aside 15 minutes a day for some myofascial release.

What’s commonly referred to as a “knot” is really a muscle spasm that can be willed into relaxation with the proper technique. Something that can make the tennis ball massage more effective is to start with a heat treatment before you begin rolling, put a hot water bottle on the area you plan to massage for 5-10 minutes, breathe deeply and intentionally into the areas that are tight and let any stress melt away. Next comes the “fun” part! The idea with any massage is to essential trap the tight muscle between your body and another spot which will apply pressure to trigger the release. The pressure should be enough to illicit a strong sensation but not so strong that you’d be gritting your teeth or wincing, keep it fun yeah?! Below are 6 exercises to target the most common areas of myofascial tension. Read more

Here are 9 workout activities to try this summer with your dog:

9 Fun Ways to Workout with Your Dog

Dogs are owner’s best friend and make the best workout buddies. They’re always eager to get outdoors and play with their companion. One of the perks of having a dog, besides the unconditional love and greetings at the door, is that they keep you moving. Three times a day, if not more, you get up, play fetch and take a walk in the park.

However, having the same routine day in and day out can become mundane. With warmer days, this is a great opportunity to shake things up and try a new workout with your dog. There are many activities you can take part in and bring your dog along for the ride. This will allow you and your dog to stay active and strengthen your bond. Read more

Keeping your dog healthy with SierraSil

Keeping Our Dogs Healthy

By: Dr. Melissa Carr

What’s better than coming home to a bundle of furry joy, running to the door to cover you in sloppy kisses? Maybe two bundles of furry joy—I have two dogs, so I do believe this to be true. That’s why, when it comes to good health, we should consider more than human well-being.

If you’re like me, you love your dog, and you’d do just about anything under the sun to make sure your waggly-tailed buddy is healthy and happy. But with so much pet health information out there, it can be a real challenge to find the best advice. To guide you in the right direction, here are 5 basic tips to keep your lovable pooch on the path to wellness. Read more

Easing Aches and Stiffness, Naturally!

Easing Aches and Stiffness, Naturally!

Helping ease aches and stiffness is an important and growing subject to millions of North Americans according to Vitamin Retailer Magazine. Writer Hilary Daninhirsch took a deep dive into the myriad of natural joint health product options with input from many industry experts, including Michael Bentley of SierraSil, who was recently named one of Canada’s top 100 health influencers. There is growing opportunity from an industry perspective, and supplements aimed to reduce aches and stiffness and calm inflammation are the fastest growing segment in the specialty supplement category which has more than doubled in the last 5 years. The demand is driven not just by aches and stiffness from an aging populations from those on the better side of 50, but also those with sport or exercise related injury are increasingly looking for natural joint health care products to support their healing and prevent further damage. Read more

Dog Joint Health

3 simple steps to treating your dog’s joint aches, naturally.

By: Melanie Trepanier

Just like humans, dogs can be plagued by achy, swollen joints. They may not be able to tell you they’re sore, but the signs and symptoms are all too common. The joints could be warm to the touch, you may observe their difficulty going up and down stairs, no longer wanting to get in and out of the car, not wanting to go on those once loved and never long enough, long walks etc. The point is you know your dog best and when they start showing signs of ageing, the physical discomfort is palpable to you as an owner and you would do anything to stop the suffering for them. The good news is, it can be done and without the use of harmful NSAIDS. Read more

Behind the Scenes with SierraSil’s Customer Service Associate

Behind the Scenes with SierraSil’s Customer Service Associate

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at SierraSil, Canada’s top selling natural joint health care product*? Curious what customers are really saying about SierraSil on our customer service line?

My name is Justyna and I’ve been with SierraSil for a year and half. I’m the one who greets you when you call, answers any questions you may have and puts through your orders so you don’t have to go through another day with aches and stiffness.

Throughout my time with SierraSil, I’ve spoken with people from all walks of life and heard many stories of how mobility issues have impacted lives – from the individual with fibromyalgia to the 67 year old who hopes to delay knee surgery. The shared experience between them all is that they were suffering through the aches and stiffness that limited their ability to move and live life to the fullest. Read more

5 Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

5 Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

By: Dr. Melissa Carr, B.Sc., Registered Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine

With the official start of summer just around the corner, many are ditching the gym and heading outdoors to exercise. After all, who wants to be inside surrounded by blank walls and stale air when you can take your workouts outside on a gorgeous day? Now that the warm weather is here, it’s the perfect time to swap the fitness centre for a dose of Mother Nature. Check out these 5 reasons why the great outdoors really is the perfect training ground. Plus, an extra tip on how to get rid of joint aches that might be stopping you from getting out to exercise.  Read more