All-Natural Dog Shampoo
Fleas and dirt can play havoc on your furry friend. Regular bathing can help keep your dog feeling comfortable and avoid sores due to itching and scratching.
This DIY all-natural dog shampoo is easy to make, effective and costs only pennies. Commercial brands are commonly made with harmful pesticides. Chemicals that put your pet and family at risk. Dog shampoos can make your fur babies sick and are potentially lethal. Dog shampoo often contains toxic pesticides which should not be used on animals or people.
What’s So Bad in Popular Dog Shampoo?
A LOT. Many of the ingredients in dog shampoo are also in human shampoo. Why? We’ll get to that in a minute…
Dog shampoo labels are as confusing and replete with the same toxic chemicals as human shampoo widely advertised as safe, effective, etc.
Harmful ingredients poison your pet, family members (who pet them) and the environment. Like your dog’s pet parents, their skin is their largest organ and anything you use on her skin and coat is most likely absorbed into the bloodstream.
Toxic Ingredients in Commercial Dog Shampoo (might be in yours, too!)
Mineral oil – Crude oil product that keeps the skin from releasing its own natural oils and eliminating toxins…
Remember the popular “Baby Oil,” made by Johnson & Johnson? It’s main ingredient? Mineral oil. This toxic chemical should never be on your human baby or fur baby. The other ingredient is fragrance. There are 3,000 fragrances used in the chemical industry. All synthetic and harmful to human and fur babies.
Pthalates – may be listed as “fragrance” on the label. Pthalates are hormone disruptors which can lead to cancers and others hormone disorders.
Artificial Colors – Petroleum derived toxins and linked to cancer, birth defects, organ damage, and allergic reactions. They’re commonly found in commercial/processed pet and people food.
And lots more…
Why Bathe Your Fuzzy Friend?
Some dogs need to bathe on occasion. Others, like our little Dapple Dachshund, Scampy, gets bathed every week. (When the sheets get changed, it’s bath time!)
He has sensitive skin and after days of trout sniffing at the park and digging for critters in the back yard, he’s anxious to get clean. The ring around the bath tub and his wagging tail, say it all.
“Bathe your dog frequently to remove itchy or inflamed skin; wash away dirt, allergens and pollutants and pests; as well as wash away bacteria and yeast overgrowth.” -Dr. Becker, D.V.M.
Dr. Becker says that some dogs rarely need a bath. I’ve never met one myself. No one likes a stinky dog. And it’s not their fault if they’re not socially acceptable.
Factors that Affect Your Dog’s Bath Needs:
First & Foremost is Diet
If you’re feeding your dog commercial pet food, chances are your dog’s coat is not healthy looking. She’s probably has skin issues from the toxic ingredients in her food caused in part from the nutritional wasting due to a poor, imbalanced diet. (Similar to the malnutrition & toxicity pet guardians experience when processed foods are dominant in their diet.)
Dog’s Coat – Long hair attracts a lot of dirt when exposed to “earthy environments.”
Your pet’s lifestyle and environment – Pampered pets who rarely touch the ground will stay cleaner than “backyard” dogs.
Exposure to environmental toxins -homes & yards that use toxic chemicals are poisonous to your dog, too. It’s easy to replace harmful chemicals with natural products. Natural (and natural DIY) products are a lot less expensive, safe for you, the environment, and every member of your family. No need to poison to protect and clean.
Recurring itchy or dry skin – some dogs are yeast prone. Regular bathing helps your dog’s sensitive skin feel better.
Is Your Dog Allergic?
In today’s world of overly processed foods, dogs are getting many of the health issues that also plague people. Imbalanced foods create malnutrition that leads to “dis-eases” common to people; cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Dogs need a species appropriate diet. They were never meant to eat corn, grain, chemical preservatives, flavor additives, artificial colorings, etc.
Like people, dogs often suffer with allergies. Feeding your dog, a high-quality species appropriate diet can minimize and possibly eliminate allergic reactions to foods.
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Holistic veterinarians, including Dr. Karen Becker speaks of the inner workings inside the commercial pet food industry in the YouTube video, Pet Fooled.
For decades we’ve been taught to believe commercial advertising to be truthful and accurate. In most cases, it is not.
All-Natural Dog Shampoo
Dear Pet Guardians: Please learn the proper way to bathe your dog. Dogs can become traumatized if they should get water in their ears or soap in their eyes. Understanding how to bathe your dog will ensure a pleasant experience for everyone.
½ c. filtered water
1 t. organic neem oil– anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, insecticide. Safe for humans, pets, bees, birds, etc.
Empty bath-proof container
Using a small funnel, pour each ingredient into a pint jar or other convenient container. We reuse our empty
Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap containers.
Shake well before each use. Label, date and store for about 6 months.
Tip: Make small amounts at a time, to ensure your natural dog shampoo remains fresh.
Warnings and Precautions for DIY Products
1. Never reuse chemical product bottles. Ingredients may pick up traces of chemicals from the old bottle.
2. Always label your bottle. Use a marker or label to clearly mark what is in the bottle. Add the date so you’ll know if your product is fresh. Old DIY mixtures can lose effectiveness over time.
3. Store out of reach of children and pets.
Why Essential Oils and not Fragrance Oils?
Essential oils- the essence of the real plant or herb- are organic compounds extracted from plants. Their healing powers of aromatherapy can improve mental, physical and emotional health.
Fragrance oils are chemically derived and toxic to people, pets, and the environment. And according to the National Academy of Sciences, about 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum, and other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, allergies, and central nervous system disorders. They’re in everything from shampoos, lotions, laundry detergents, air fresheners, cleaning products, and often listed as “fragrance.” (There are over 3,000 different chemical fragrances in commercial products.) For an in-depth look into the serious side effects of synthetic scents see Dr. Axe’s informative and revealing article.
Why Are U.S. Companies Allowed to Sell Toxic Products to Consumers?
The U. S. Chemical Industry has a lot of buying (bribing) power in Washington. $800 billion- annual sales in 2016 supports lobbyists and the politicians that allow the 80,000 + unregulated chemicals to poison Americans and others around the globe.
The media- chiefly funded and owned by various chemical industries- uses psychological persuasion; consistent and repetitious advertising to manipulate and influence the public.
With virtually no regulation of the 80,000+ chemicals used in food, cleaning, home & yard & personal care products, consumers risk their health and the health of the planet every time they purchase an item that is not organic or ethically sourced (certified organic, green or EWG verified).
Unscrupulous corporations are banking on the public’s innocence and naivete. Understanding the “herd instinct” will not only give you an understanding behind the current subliminal conditioning affecting Americans and many others around the world, but also empower you to protect yourself and your family.
Why pay for expensive advertising that sells you toxic, cancer-causing chemicals? (Sorry about that, I hate to be the bearer of bad news.) See how your current toothpaste rates on the toxicity scale here.
HINT: If it’s advertised on television, don’t buy it,
and certainly don’t believe it. That includes the “news” also.
For those of you that don’t have the time to make your own DIY product, yet want a product that is safe and effective, we’ve carefully chosen these Amazon-sourced products for you.
Whether you decide to make your own DIY natural dog shampoo or purchase a safe alternative that we have carefully researched for you (companies with integrity), you can feel good knowing you’re making your home and the earth a safer place to live.
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