All Natural Grooming Products
|All Natural Grooming Products
Bathing your healthy dog more then once or twice a year is not necessary and in fact can ruin the natural balance of natural oils your dog's body produces that keep a good coat.
Should your dog roll in the mud or in something that smells horrid to you then bathing is surely in order. However, you can just rinse the dog off with warm water in most cases of being in the mud.
Regular brushing is much healthier for your dog's skin and coat as it removes old dead hair and skin while keeping the pores open and helping to spread the natural oils through the coat. Brushing your dog is also healthy and beneficial in that it is relaxing and stress reducing for your dog. Dogs love to be brushed, especially when started early on and done regularly. It massages the skin and feels wonderful. Most dogs experience a real relaxation from it. If you combine your brushing with the diffusion of therapeutic grade essential oils or home made grooming sprays formulated from essential oils like lavender or chamomile, the aroma has relaxing properties for both you and your dog!
Another benefit of regular brushing is the time spent gives you the opportunity to get to know what your dog's body is normally like. In dogs with an under-coat or longer hair, make sure you spread the hair apart to look at his skin and feel for any bumps, lumps, or abrasions while grooming. Brushing also is important to keep his or her hair mat free. Mats form when you allow your dog's hair to tangle. . Mats will form tightly to the skin in a short time, making them painful. They can become smelly, harbor insects or debris, and create numerous skin problems. Mats should always be carefully removed with a mat breaking grooming tool or carefully cut out with a pair of scissors.
When bathing your dog is necessary, make sure you bathe with a 100% natural shampoo base enriched with herbs, pure essential oils and vegetable proteins. This is the best way to help clean the coat and nourish the skin instead of drying it out and clogging the pores with chemicals. Most commercial shampoos contain phosphates and sodium based detergents that not only dry out and irritate the skin but are actually carcinogenic . They also strip the skin of natural oils that help protect it, throwing off the skin's natural balance. Chemical ingredients to stay away from are sodium lauryl sulfates, cocomide DEA, cocomide MEA, and TEA lauryl sulfate, and propylene glycol, just to name a few!
When bathing, make sure you use warm water and make bath time special and fun! Lather up the coat and give a gentle massage with your finger tips to help relax your doggie buddy. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to get all the shampoo out of the coat, soap residue can cause your dog to be very itchy. After the bath is a great time to trim or dremmel your dog's nails. They will be very soft and a lot easier to cut.
After shampooing you can follow with a final rinse to help balance the skin. An apple cider vinegar rinse helps restore the skins natural Ph balance and rinses away any leftover soap residue
Below are some all natural, safe and soothing grooming products we recommend.
Natural Grooming Products
Revitalizing Shampoo for Dogs & Cats
Another important aspect of good grooming is ear care, particular the drop or floppy eared breeds, need regular attention.
The dog's ears provide a natural sanctuary for bacteria and yeast, which thrive in the warm, moist environment of their ear canals. Dogs that swim or are bathed regularly need a gentle ear cleansing and drying used after the swim or bath. Regular ear cleaning can help reduce the buildup of wax, which when it accumulates, further enhances the likelihood that a yeast infection may develop.
The dog's ear canals are L-shaped to protect their sharp hearing capabilities. This unusual shape is nature’s way of protecting the ear drum. This shape is also the one of the reasons why ear infections are not uncommon in dogs. This is mainly due to the fact that the structure allows the moisture, ear wax and debris to accumulate.
When moisture and excessive wax accumulates in the ear, it can lead to severe infection of the ear, especially if the diet is not correct. Conventional medications that include antibiotics and antifungal drugs tend to weaken the immune system. On the other hand, natural remedies attempt to focus on the underlying cause without harming other functions of the body:
A yeast infection is indicated by an accumulation of brownish wax and a musty or yeasty odor. Often, the dog will shake its head and or rub its ears on the carpet or ground.
To gently clean the ears, you can dilute white or apple cider vinegar in an equal quantity of water and drip a few drops in the dog’s ears. Massage the area gently and then remove the loosened wax with a cotton ball. Do not use this remedy if there is an open sore in the ear. Vinegar is likely to irritate or cause a burning sensation the ear. In this case, use a small amount of almond or olive oil with Vitamin C to loosen the wax so that it can be cleaned.
Here are two great, all natural products that I have personally found to be safe and effective for helping with ear health:
This is a remedy that can be used in the ear for cleaning and healing.
LoveMyPet Stinky Ear Oil Dog & Cat Herbal Remedy
This product can be given orally in your pet's water, food or treat and is also a great healing cleanser used in the ears.