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Ask Your Vet

Susan from St. Vital asks: “Why does my dog drag his butt across the floor”?

Veterinarian Dr. Zheng answers: “There are several reasons why your dog may be “scooting” as it is commonly known:

  1. Anal Sac Issues; sometimes these sacs become abscessed, blocked, or inflamed and ways to remedy can include; expressing the sacs, giving antibiotics to treat an infection, increasing dietary fiber, lancing or flushing the sacs.
  2. Worms; Tapeworms are another, though less common, reason dogs may start scooting, Tapeworms are easy to treat with a dose of oral or injectable medication from your veterinarian.
  3. Rectal Prolapse; a rectal prolapse can happen to your dog after severe diarrhea or from straining with constipation. Treatment for rectal prolapse varies.

If your dog is scooting or persistently licking at the anal area, or in any way appears to be uncomfortable, you should talk to your vet. Treatment is often quick and easy and can make your dog and you a lot happier!”

Animal Hospital of Manitoba

Giving Back: Mary Jane’s Cooking School

Mary Jane’s Cooking School, a not-for profit organization and registered charity was founded over 20 years ago, by a group of women concerned about the loss of basic life skills, and an over reliance on commercial foods. Recognizing food as the foundation to physical and mental health, the organization was created to reinforce the values of nutritional home-cooking and to re-educate people in the slow and simple art of cooking whole foods.

The origins of the school began with volunteer drop-in cooking classes in the inner city. A pioneer in the field of whole food education, Mary Jane’s Cooking School is a resource for non-corporate nutrition information and offers a wide range of classes. Some examples are: Cooking for diabetes, Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking, Bread Making and Soup Making. Environmental information is interwoven in the classes.

Volunteer services for technical support and help in preparing for classes and cleanup would be appreciated.

Book Club: Super Brain

By Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD.

Learn the Super Brain dietary supplement – Ayurvedic Brain Support. Unleashing the Explosive Power of your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-being. A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain shows you how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth.

Super Brain explains by combining cutting-edge research and spiritual insights, demolishing the five most widespread myths about the brain that limit your potential, and then showing you methods to:

  • Use your brain instead of letting it use you
  • Create the ideal lifestyle for a healthy brain
  • Reduce the risks of aging
  • Promote happiness and well-being through the mind-body connection
  • Access the enlightened brain, the gateway to freedom and bliss
  • Overcome the most common challenges, such as memory loss, depression, anxiety, and obesity

The brain is not just the greatest gift that Nature has given us. It’s the gateway to an unlimited future that you can begin to live today.

Early Winter Masala

A masala is any combination of spices blended and ground together.


2 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seed
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder


Roast the cumin, caraway and yellow mustard seed to a small pan and roast till the mustard seeds start to pop. Turn the heat off then add the spice powders to the blend. Put the blend into your mortar and pestle or spice grinder and grind the mixture. *Does not have to be ground into a fine powder.

Use on steamed vegetables, in stir fries, any soup or stew, in rice for added flavours or on popcorn! So yummy! Enjoy!

Kalee Mund is an Ayurvedic Counsellor, who teaches Ayurvedic Cooking Classes and other Ayurvedic Workshops.

Ever Wanted To Be a Hero?

My dad is 65 years old and on peritoneal dialysis. He was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in his mid 50’s, a genetic disease that attacks both kidneys until kidney failure. When you reach kidney failure, dialysis can only buy you so much time before your only option is to find a kidney donor. Unfortunately his chance of getting a deceased donor kidney is so low that a living donor is our only hope. No one in our family is capable of donating, either because we have been diagnosed with the disease ourselves or our health leaves us incapable of donating. We are now looking for a volunteer living kidney donor outside of our family. My dad needs a hero now so that he can be around to watch his five grandsons grow up.

For more information please visit our website at:

Remote Workouts – The Next Big Thing

Online Coaching program just might be for you!

A growing number of individuals are turning to online classes as a convenient and interactive home-exercise option. It’s like having a trainer in your own home. An incredibly in depth assessment that tells your coach what they need to know about you before they develop your program. A complete individualized program that will take you from wherever you are to wherever you want to be.

Program includes:

  • Nutritional plan to compliment your workouts and training goals
  • Full access to a coach and mentor via email, phone calls or skype calls to get you the best results
  • All backed with a 100% money back guarantee

The reality of online training really comes down to understanding the needs of those looking for an easier way to change their lifestyle. While, many people still love training in a studio, it’s not always best suited for everyone.


Health Spotlight: Yoga Hikes

Yoga Hikes connect you to health, nature and community. They take place year-round in different locations throughout Winnipeg and surrounding areas, such as The Forks, Kildonan Park, Silver Springs Park in Birds Hill and more.You will be guided on a hike through city streets and parks and practice yoga at scenic stops along the way.

These 1 hour (3 km) outdoor yoga classes are suitable for all levels.
No yoga mats needed – just dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Your teacher will share interesting facts about Winnipeg and surrounding areas while leading you through yoga poses. Practice Eagle before a big Manitoba sky!

Visit us for our weekly schedule, for locations, and to sign up for Yoga Hikes!

Feeding Hungry Minds

Imagine starting every day hungry, unable to focus on what your teacher is saying over your growling stomach and pounding headache.

Unfortunately, for too many Canadian children, this is a reality. When a child is hungry it is hard to learn, and yet 1 million Canadian children, that’s 1 in 6, face hunger every year. Undernourished children have difficulty focusing on tasks, have lower self-esteem and are absent from school more often.

Breakfast for Learning is one of the largest national charities committed to ensuring students attend school well-nourished and ready to learn. Working to support communities in every province and territory, Breakfast for Learning helps schools start and sustain breakfast, lunch and snack programs each year. Since 1992, Breakfast for Learning has helped 3.6 million children and youth enjoy over 554 million healthy meals and snacks.

Keep Your Pets Warm

Keep your pets inside as much as possible during winter months!

Cats will curl up against almost anything to stay warm, including car engines. Cats caught in moving engine parts can be seriously hurt or killed. If you light a fire or plug in a space heater, remember that the warmth may be just as inviting to your pets. Keep an eye out to make sure that no tails or paws come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces. Pets can either burn themselves or knock a heat source over and put the entire household in danger. Pets that go outside can pick up snow, ice, and ice melting chemicals in their footpads. To keep your pet’s pads from getting chapped and raw, wipe their feet with a washcloth when they come inside.

Remember … if you are cold outside, they probably are too!

Book Club: A Candle at Both Ends

Thoughts of Inspiration for the Beginning and End of the Day, by Tiffany Prochera

A Candle at Both Ends by Winnipeg author, Tiffany Prochera, is an inspiring, thought-provoking and humorous collection of prose and poetry to help you wake up in the morning with enthusiasm and focus, and go to sleep at night resolved and peaceful.

With morning cheers, tips on how you can get the most out of life and be the person you truly to want to be and musings on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. A Candle at Both Ends allow you to take a moment to breathe, dream and create your life.