A Great Recipe For All-Natural Dog Shampoo

Using all-natural pet shampoos is the best option for your pet, your family and the environment. There are many recipes for making natural pet shampoos that will help pets with all types of ailments including allergies, dry skin and fleas. At the end of this article I will give you the recipe to a simple all-natural oatmeal shampoo that you can make at home for pennies on the dollar of the store bought brands. But first I want to tell you why using an all-natural shampoo is better for everyone.

First off, making these products yourself can be very cost effective while giving you peace of mind concerning the chemicals you are using on your pet and around your family.

A lot of pet owners simply do not realize the dangers of some of the chemicals found in many common pet products. Many common pet shampoos contain toxins such as petroleum, parabens, artificial fragrances and dyes, harsh soaps and tons of words I can’t even pronounce.

Our skin is the largest organ of the body and can absorb harmful toxins into the bloodstream very easily. The same is true for our pets skin. Therefore, if you are using toxic chemicals on your pet then a percentage of those toxins will end up in your pets bloodstream and over time this exposure could shorten the life of your pet.

Of course when you are bathing your pet without gloves or some other protection to keep your skin from coming in contact with the shampoo then you too are absorbing those chemicals.

Traces of these chemicals will remain in your pets coat and could be transferred to your family when coming in contact with your pet. That may not be a huge deal for a regular puppy shampoo but when dealing with heavily toxic chemical based shampoos such as flea shampoos this can pose some serious threats. Especially for young children or those with sensitive skin and allergies. There are many toxins used in pet shampoos today for which we do not yet fully understand the possible implications that could arise pro longed exposure. Is that something that your willing to risk with your family? I think not.

Just as some of these chemicals can be toxic for us and our pets they can also be toxic to the environment. If you are bathing your dog out side the rinse water that goes on to the ground could be carrying chemical toxins into our soil. Where they could remain for very long periods of time contaminating local water sources such as lakes and rivers.

Luckily, there are some great all-natural alternatives to your standard chemical based pet shampoos. Here is a recipes to one of the easiest and cheapest alternatives. This oatmeal shampoo recipe is great for dogs with allergies to other shampoos. This recipe is also wonderful for dogs with severely dry and irritated skin. The oatmeal has many healing and soothing properties for the skin.

Most likely you already have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen pantry. This is a very simple recipe which you could easily build on for customization.

You will need:

1 Cup of Colloidal (“ground”) Oatmeal
1 Cup of Baking Soda
1 Quart of Warm (Distilled) Water (The distilled water is optional, but I prefer it for quality. You can use regular tap water if you desire.)

If need be you can grind some oatmeal in a blender, or coffee grinder. You want it to be as powder-like as possible.

Mix all these ingredients together. If you prefer more lather to your pets shampoo you can add a few drops of a mild castile soap. Although, this shampoo will clean just fine without the lather.

Instructions for use. Wet your dog entirely and apply the shampoo mixture generously to your pets body. Massage the shampoo into your pets coat. For best results allow the shampoo to set for 5 minuets before rinsing with lukewarm water. Pat your pet dry with a towel and enjoy a clean and happy puppy. This is a very basic recipes and there are many ways in which you could build off of this to make it even better. Enjoy!

Calling All Pet Groomers

What would you say if I told you there was a simple way for you to cut your overhead, while adding extra income to your shop, without grooming more dogs? I bet you would say show me the way!

Well, good news I know a way you can do just that and it is simple and easy to start. How much are you spending on pet shampoos and other products? If you are anything like I was it is your biggest expense aside from rent and utilities.

Why not start making your own pet product line? It isn’t as hard as you might think and the quality is unparalleled to anything you are using now.

There is very little investment to get started and you can do it right in your own kitchen. You would be able to eliminate the middle man, and could more then cut your cost on pet shampoos and conditioners in half!

Not to mention you could package and sale your products to clients in your shop. Imagine having your own all natural high quality product line for pets branded with your shops logo available for sale to your customers.

Many of these products cost as little as $2 to make and can retail for $15 to $20! That is money in your pocket without grooming any more dogs then you already do. Your customers will love the products. You could even get really fancy and mix custom aromatherapy products for clientele.

Aveda Salons used to offer a service similar to this for their human clients. Why not have it for pets? We all know they can benefit from it just as much as humans do.

There are many different directions you could go in to market your products. You could even contact pet shops and vets to retail for you. Just think every bottle is an advertisement for your salon. The sky is truly the limit.

Creating great selling all natural pet shampoos and other products isn’t rocket science but it will take some research on your part to get started. Although, you will soon find out how easy it actually can be. You will only need a few readily available supplies, a clean kitchen and some great recipes to get started.

This is just one super easy approach to generating more income for your shop. You should always strive to work smarter not harder in your business. So what are you waiting for? Get creative and start adding more income to your businesses today!

Dog and Cat Shampoos

Shampoos that are designed to be used on pets can do more than just clean your pet’s coat or skin. Shampoos for pets may be used to treat skin conditions, allergies or parasite infestations such as fleas. Human shampoos are not an option for use on pets. We have more acidic skin and the shampoos we use are too harsh for pet skin. Such shampoos can harm their skin and strip it from essential oils.

Pet shampoos can remove dirt and odors from our pets’ skin. Oatmeal, aloe vera, fatty acids and Vitamin E are used in soothing shampoos for pets. Other ingredients can be substances that have antiseborrheic and antibacterial properties. Emollient shampoos can add oils to the skin and relieve the symptoms of dry or itchy skin. There are solid shampoos or bars and gels. Powdered shampoos can work without water.

Pet shampoos are usually full of chemicals, just like shampoos for people. Ingredients such as sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol are approved by FDA but there are growing concerns about the potential risk of such substances. Skin irritation and hair loss may be associated with products that contain such chemicals.

Pyrethrins are substances that were used in pet shampoos for flea control. Unfortunately, it seems that these substances were associated with increased risk for autism disorders in children. A Californian case control study on household pesticide use revealed that mothers and children who have been exposed to products containing pyrethrin showed in increased risk for autism spectrum disorders.

While pyrethrin has a very short half-life outdoors, in pet hairs it lives longer, thus causing people to be more exposed. Pregnant mothers who were exposed to pesticides posed an increased risk to give birth to a child with autistic disorder.

There are alternatives to such shampoos that contain non-toxic ingredients derived from plants. Some of them are organic and biodegradable. And flea prevention cannot be achieved by using only shampoo.

While cats that live indoors are easier to keep clean, they do need to be washed from time to time. There are dry shampoos that can be used on water-phobic cats. They contain lavender essence that can calm the cat.

Dogs can be easier to wash than cats, but as they age they may be affected by joint pain and it becomes more difficult to get them into a tub. Cleansers in towelette form may be the solution for such pets.

There are natural products that act as flea repellents. Cedar, mint, rosemary or lavender are some such examples. An essential oil that is effective in repelling fleas is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial properties and oils that can moisturize the skin.

Some shampoos contain conditioners that keep the coat smooth and smell nice. Natural dog conditioners include Aloe or Shea butter.

Allergy induced skin problems are present in 12 to 20% of our dogs and cats. This means they need frequent bathing and hypoallergenic shampoos. Shampoo therapy has become a component of treatment for most skin disorders in our pets.