Homemade Organic Dog Toothpaste

I was always a big fan of using enzymatic toothpaste until I looked at the ingredients. Unable to find a brand offering a better option, I decided to bite the bullet and make my own. I still use a dietary kelp supplement and organic spray additionally but because I brush my dogs teeth daily, I just couldn’t keep using all the chemicals. I’ll admit I was even shocked by the results! After only one weeks I saw a noticeable difference! Using simple household items her teeth looked better than they did after 2+ years of using the expensive enzymatic brands! (For occasional brushing these are probably just fine.) I may still experiment and come up with new formulas but due to the positive results I wanted to share this one right away!

1/4 c organic coconut oil

A pinch (or 1/4 tsp) organic Turmeric

” organic kelp

” baking soda

” organic dried crushed parsley

> 1/4 tsp organic cinnamon

Mix them together and store in the fridge. I have no problem using it solid but you can let it soften to help get it onto the toothbrush if you like.

Another tip is trying gauze in place of a toothbrush to target certain areas or if your dog doesn’t like the toothbrush.

I haven’t added mint leaves or peppermint oil but they can help freshen.

I also haven’t had to add flavor but I’ve seen a lot of recipes with added chicken or beef bouillon or human Grade flavoring such as this one by Basics (pictured below)

Another recipe that is even simpler is:

2 tbs baking soda

2 tbs coconut oil

For a stronger version or gingivitis you can add:

10 drops of colloidal silver

1 tsp colostrum

1/2 tsp turmeric

(I haven’t tried this one yet)

Dealing with Anxiety, essential oil recipes for calming and relaxation

If you have a dog that suffers from anxiety you are probably well aware of the multitude of treatment options on the market today. Just like people, treating the anxiety is highly individual and trial and error is most likely the best way to find out what works best. Some dogs respond to multiple forms of treatments and others prefer just one, it all just depends on the dog. Thunder shirts, rescue remedy and essential oils are great non evasive options to start with. One thing I like about essential oils in particular is that you can make any blend in a variety of delivery methods, alter the ingredients and strength relatively easily and enjoy them right along with your dog and use them yourself! Here I’m going to share just one simple blend of easily acquired oils. I try to always buy the highest grade oils I can afford but sometimes if I can’t find a particular oil in a brand I trust, I just make sure not to use it for direct skin contact purposes. They have oils now labeled as being “kid safe” and I’m not sure how dependable that is but it’s a place to start if you just want to experiment.

Also dimming the lights and adding a massage can never hurt!

The following combination can be used to make a coat spray, room spray or massage oil.

5 drops lavender oil

5 drops roman chamomile

5 drops rosemary oil (OR 5 drops lime oil for a spray)

For a light coat or room spray mix with 1 cup distilled or purified water.

For a roller oil or massage blend add 2-4 oz of a carrier oil such as jojoba (this affects the scent the least) sweet almond oil, olive oil or fractionated coconut oil. Suggested placement for the oils can be behind the ears, and thigh but if your worried about licking a little on their back or a secured diffuser charm for the collar is a safe bet. I got one of these made for necklaces that attached with no problem. It’s also good to test your dog’s reaction to the oil both aromatically and on the skin just to be sure there’s no bad reaction before using too much. These oils are considered safe but you just never know and they may not enjoy them all. You can also do a scent test before actually making a full batch by mixing one drop of each on a paper towel.

Two other oils that I have just recently worked with and loved are petitgrain and neroli. They are not as common but are great when combined with lavender!

There are literally hundreds of recipes out there so I’ll try to keep posting the ones I have tried and include new ones when I do.

Seeing a dog go through stress is very difficult because we just want to help them. I’ve been told that staying calm is the best support for them however this is not always possible so finding things that help can really make a difference!

Aromatherapy for dogs

When I first heard about this, I was very skeptical. I think about the things my dog likes the aroma of and doubt we’d like the same things lol plus with the intensity of her smelling ability I worry that it would just be too much. That being said, I still try to have an open mind. I love scents (from essential oils exclusively) and I love to make my own beeswax (air purifying) candles so I thought it was a subject worth investigating.

I was right because I was actually blown away at the number of issues that essential oils can actually solve. In a future post about essential oils specifically I’ll talk about some of the medical issues that can be addressed in this way, along with simple massage therapies. For now I’ll stick to aromatherapy because I’ve really only seen it clinically related to stress management. There are a lot of these oil mixes pre-made, diluted properly and available on the market today in sprays, roll-ons, collar diffuser charms, etc but because I’m a DIY kinda gal I’ll start posting recipes for more specific categories tomorrow. I can say I’ve tried a few however I can’t say I’ve tried them all because I have an extremely non-reactive dog. She really never gets upset outside of the vets office but I’ve heard testimonies about these mixes from other dog parents. Just like humans, every dog is different so if one doesn’t seem to help there are others that might. I know at least with these I can enjoy them also!

The pros and cons of paw butter

Paw butter has gotten extremely popular as of late. Because of that it often gets over used so I thought it was important to discuss as this could be very detrimental.

When paw butter is good:

-In cold weather when there is snow, ice and rock salt on the ground

-To nourish dried or cracked paws as needed only after exposure to hot or rough terrain with the excess being wiped off and gently cleansed with a moist cloth

When paw butter is dangerous:

-In warm weather climates

-When too much is used and left unabsorbed on the surface of the paws

This is because dogs have only two ways to cool down. One is panting and the other is through sweat glands. Unlike humans however, dogs only have sweat glands on a few very small portions of there bodies (two that I know of) and the majority of these glands exist on the paws. When too much paw butter clogs these pores they are unable to cool down properly and are at risk of overheating.

My dog is super active so I try to keep an eye on her sometimes very rough paws but because we live in Florida I have to be very careful not to over-do it. This past year I think I only used “real” paw butter once. Fortunately there are a lot of great options on the market that are organic and even helpful in treating other wounds like a healing balm. In the past I’ve tried to make my own version that is a little more easily absorbed and came up with a very good healing salve but as for just regular paw butter I think a dab of coconut oil does just fine! It’s relatively light and as long as you wipe the paws down afterwards it should provide all of the conditioners necessary to help soften dry paws without clogging pores. In climates where more protection is required I would still wipe them down once the dog was indoors, this way they can more efficiently cool down after their exercise outside.

At some point I’ll post some of my paw butter, healing and sunscreen recipes because I actually love to use them myself!!

Healthy homemade toothpaste

It was driving me crazy that every “organic” and enzymatic dog toothpaste I found had added hidden dangers. Because I brush her teeth daily, Jersey eats a LOT of toothpaste! I finally decided just to make my own so I’ve been doing a lot of homework and collecting ingredients. Tomorrow I’ll be making my first batch and including my first working recipe!!

UPDATE

I’m still playing with different ingredients so I’m holding off on posting a final recipe but so far we’re trying a mix with:

1/4 c organic coconut oil

A pinch (or 1/4 tsp) organic Turmeric

” organic kelp

” baking soda

” organic parsley

> 1/4 tsp organic cinnamon

I haven’t added mint leaves but they can help freshen

I also haven’t had to add flavor but I’ve seen a lot of recipes with added chicken or beef bouillon or this human Grade flavoring additive: