DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo

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.

What Is A Safe Pet Shampoo?

Effectiveness is what makes a safe pet shampoo. In other words a safe pet shampoo must not contain dangerous and harmful ingredients that will harm your dog rather than treating him. However, the following are some safe pet shampoos you can rely upon for the treatment of your dog’s ailments.

The Advanced Moisturizing Therapy Shampoo

Organic Advanced Moisturizing Therapy Shampoo is an all natural detergent, sulfate, phthalate and paraben shampoo. This product will provide your dogs coat with instantaneous conditioning and brings finest moisture balance straight to the hair fiber.

It contains Aloe Vera (100%), Vera Leave Juice, Emu Oil, Saponified Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Chamoomile Extract, Silk Amino Acids, Omega Oils, Chia extract, Botanical Extracts, Sage extract, Rose Bud extract, Rosemary extract, Geranium extract, Vitamin B5, Avocado Oil, Lavender Oil, Citric Acid, Eucalyptus Oil and essential oils. These natural ingredients will seal and smooth the coat surface for painless detangling. It is enormous for all dog coats.

To use the product, wet dog thoroughly with warm water and apply the shampoo from the tail to the head after shaking the container very well. Gently massage this product into a thick and repeat if need be. However, be careful of the eyes of the dog when applying the shampoo. Apply the shampoo once every fortnight for the best results.

Advanced Moisturizing Therapy Dog Spray
This product is a spray that can be used for preparing dogs’ in the middle of baths. It is enhanced with beneficial botanicals that will condition the coats and restore the skin back to health. It also creates a beautiful and healthy coat with a long lasting fresh scent.

The Advanced Moisturizing Therapy Dog Spray works well in juxtaposition with other organic dog pet products and it contains ingredients like; Purified Water, 100 percent Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Emu Oil, Amino Acids, Rose Bud extract, Chamomile extract, Rosemary extract, Geranium extract, Sage extract, Aqua EM, Vitamin B5, Lavender Oil and Eucalyptus Oil.

Shake the product very well before use. Squirt onto dogs coat by using your fingers to rub it into skin as much as required but not more than every other day. Keep away the product from having contact with the nose, eyes and mouth. Also keep away from spraying onto any open sores or skin irritations.

Fresh Odor Control Dog Shampoo
Fresh odor Control Dog Shampoo was formulated to get rid of offensive odors in dogs and leave him with a pleasing scent. It offers everlasting and permanent relief from smelly dog odors.

Rub lightly into a chunky soap suds douse and repeat if needed. Take adequate care so that the shampoo will not affect the dog’s eyes. Use shampoo once every two weeks for best results. The Fresh shampoo functions well in union with other Organic dog pet products. The ingredients used to make this product are; Silk Amino Acid Complex, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Citrus Oli, Saponified Coconut Oil, Lime Juice, Enzyme Complex Blend, Grapefruit Essential oil, Ordenone, Zinc-PCA, Vitamin B5, Lavender, Jojoba Oil and Burdock Extract

Shake well before using and use after wetting the dog very well with warm water. Use the shampoo to rub the dog from tail to head. Use shampoo fortnightly for best results. The Fresh shampoo functions well like other Organic dog pet products.

Fresh Odor Control Dog Spray
Fresh odor control dog spray is produced to remove stinking odors from dogs for fresh scent. It contains Purified Water, Jojoba, Organic Aloe Vera leaf Juice, Citrus Oil, Silk Amino Acid complex, Grapefruit Essential Oil, Zince PCA, Enzyme Complex Blend, Ordernon, Vitamin B5, Jojoba Oil, Lavender, Burdock Extract

Remember to shake well before you use it on your dog. Spray onto dogs coat and use your fingers to rub it down the coat of the dog. Dry well with towel if the dog is dirty and re-apply again and leave it without drying. Spray as needed, no more than every other day. Keep the product away from having contact with the mouth, nose and eyes. It works well with other organic dog products.

Brilliant Shine Pet Shampoo
Brilliant shine provides additional protection to your dog’s coat with deep moisturizing and conditioning effects that will make your dog’s coat silky soft and shine. This product is a great choice for all products. Apply the shampoo from the tail of the dog to the head after shaking it very well and massage gently into the thick lather rinse. Nevertheless, be vigilant not to allow the shampoo to enter the eyes of the dog. Its usage is once in two weeks.

Brilliant Shine Pet Shampoo contains natural ingredients like Saponified Coconut Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Honey Quat, Silk Amino Acid Complex, Camellia Oil, Vitamin B5, Silk Proteins, Natural Optical Enhancers, Shea Butter, Calendula Extract and Jojoba Oil.

All these Organic products are so effective and safe for dogs because they contain natural ingredients that will not have adverse effect on your dogs. Also, they will target the causes of the problems affecting your dogs and deal with them permanently.