Dog Shampoo – Daily Dog Care Series

Posted on November 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

There are hundreds of dog shampoos available in the market nowadays. However, it is not easy to pick out a good one. Similar to human skin, dogs also have different skin types. So, we should choose the most suitable shampoo for our dogs. The right shampoo can soothe the dog’s skin and make the coat shine, while the unsuitable shampoo can make the skin irritated and itchy. Here I will give you some tips on pet shampoos.

Never ever use human shampoos
I think most people have the experience of using a human shampoo on a dog. Some people may think that human shampoo is also suitable for dogs. That is absolutely wrong. If we use it on a dog, his or her skin will be irritated. It is not good for dog health.

Dog shampoos for dry skin
First we should learn how to determine a dog’s skin type. We can gently touch the pet skin to see if there is any skin flaking. If we can find some, then the dog most likely has dry skin. In this case, we should choose oatmeal-based or jojoba-based shampoos. Shampoos made from oatmeal or jojoba can help moisturize dry skin gently.

Dog shampoos for oily skin
If we feel oily when we touch the pet skin, then the dog most likely has oily skin. We can use some refreshing shampoos to deep clean the dog skin. Do not use some conditioning shampoos, for they can make the skin oilier.

In the next article I will give you some tips on dog shampoos for sensitive skin and other warnings.

DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo

Posted on November 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

Once I learned about the health benefits of essential oils, I started changing my world immediately. Not only are all the products we use for ourselves and our families riddled with hazardous chemicals but so are most all of the products available for your pet! After all if something will harm us humans after 10-15 years of continuous use, who cares about whether or not it will harm your dog? Most dogs have a life span that doesn’t last much longer than 10 years or so anyway, right? Well, in my opinion, NO, that’s WRONG and it is NO reason to subject our pets to harmful chemical products. Shampoos, skin and coat care products and flea and tick repellents are among the worst. And yet it is very easy to make your own natural and safe products that can clean your pet and offer protection from bugs and critters.

My dogs travel between Arizona and Wyoming. Since both climates are dry, skin issues are common. Although fleas are not a real problem, I prefer not to take risks with a flea infestation. Ticks, flies and mosquitoes on the other hand can be problematic. The use of essential oils in a DIY Pet Shampoo safeguards my guys from these pests. In addition the use of the proper oils in the shampoo can be good for the coat.

The shampoo recipe I use for my dogs is:

3 tbls All Natural Castile Soap
3 tbls Coconut Milk
2 tbls Aloe Vera
6 oz Distilled Water
1 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
2 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
2 drops of Citronella Essential Oil
2 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
2 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Place all this in a clean bottle, shake well before each use. Apply enough for a good lather. If possible let set on the coat for a few minutes before rinsing off. Make this in small batches as the coconut milk is perishable. You can also leave out the coconut milk. As well take it easy with the Peppermint. I know everyone loves the smell but… Peppermint is a deterrent for bugs, spiders especially are driven away by the smell. You don’t want the smell on your dog’s coat so strong it bothers him or her. It is also known to help with constipation. Too strong a scent could produce undesirable bowel movements!

If you have trouble rinsing out the shampoo or it leaves the coat a little too oily, use this clear rinse formula:

1 cup distilled water
3 tbls apple cider vinegar
1 drop Cedarwood
1 drop Citronella
1 drop Eucalyptus
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Peppermint
1 drop Rosemary

For real dry or itchy skin problems you can also add Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil). Be certain to avoid getting either product in the eyes or in the ears. If you get this in the eyes, rinse with a good vegetable oil such as olive or grapeseed. Do NOT rinse the eyes with water. Water will drive the oils deeper in to the tissue causing more discomfort.

Since one method of application for essential oils with pets is through topical application, you can also add other beneficial oils to your shampoo mixture. For instance, when dealing with emotional problems besides diffusing the appropriate oils for your pet’s condition, you can add them to your shampoo. I have one Chihuahua with a collapsing trachea. For him I diffuse Copaiba and an essential oil blend known as RC. He also receives an oral diluted dose twice daily of the Copaiba and I have added it to his shampoo.

For our other Chihuahua who doesn’t like being alone, I move my bedroom diffuser close to their pen we keep them in when we are out of the house for extended periods of time (4+ hours). I use a variety of combinations such as the common blends of Acceptance, Peace & Calming, Stress Away, even Valor. Single oils I use in combination with the blends are Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender and Ylang Ylang. This seems to keep his stress level down while were gone which in turn makes are arrival back home a bit less exciting and hectic as well! For him I add Stress Away to his shampoo blend as an extra boost.

There are so many ways essential oils can help you help your pet in a natural and safe manner. Change your life, and change your pet’s life, for the better! Remember, the market for adulterated oils is large and encompasses most all oils since everyone wants to make a buck. Find a company who can detail for the consumer the process from seed to seal that is used to ensure the highest quality products. A little goes a LONG WAYS. Spend the money up front for high quality oils and they will last much longer and provide a safe and happy experience.

I am not a trained animal husbandry professional. These opinions and recipes are suggestions from my own experience or from suggestions I found and tried from the Animal Desk Reference by Melissa Shelton, DVM. Consult your own Veterinarian before starting any treatment.

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Finding Dog Shampoos – Tips You Should Know

Posted on November 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

There are many dog shampoos that are on the market these days.It is not easy to pick the right one. Pet skin is similar to skins of humans but they have very different skin types. That being said we should choose a shampoo that is suitable for your pet. Choosing the right shampoo can make your dog’s coat shine as well as soothe your dog’s skin, getting a shampoo that is not suitable for you dog can make your dog’s skin itchy and cause it to irritate. Here are some tips about some pet shampoos.

Never use human shampoos on pets
Most people use human shampoos on or have experience of using it on one. Some people may also think that human shampoos are suitable for dogs. It is very wrong. If you use it on you pet, her or his skin will in fact be irritated. it is bad for a dog’s health.

Shampoos for Dogs with dry skin
You should first learn how to tell what type of skin your dog has. Touch your pet gently and if there is any flaking. If there is, your pet has dry skin. Using jojoba-based or oatmeal-based shampoos ere good for treated dry skin on dogs. Shampoos that are made of jojoba and oatmeal can help moisturize your dog’s dry skin.

Shampoos for Dogs with oily skin
If you touched your pet and it has an oily feeling to it, then your dog has oily skin. Using refreshing shampoos can deep clean your dog’s skin. Do not use conditioning shampoos, some can make you dog’s skin oily.

There are many stores online to find these pet shampoos. Local stores can carry them as well just ask if they have pet shampoos for dry skin.

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