I rarely use anything other than a holistic approach when it comes to my pet’s health needs. Its natural remedies and holistic approaches as much as possible for my pets and my family. Pet wellness isn't just making sure they get regular exercise and healthy food to eat, it also means keeping them on as much of natures path as possible and this means using natural remedies and holistic medicine for their happiness and well being.
Pet owners really do not need to use the harsh chemicals found in flea shampoos to get rid of fleas. In fact as powerful as those chemicals are, often times a dog needs to be flea dipped more than once for the treatment to be effective. Ouch! Not only do these harsh chemicals damage your dog’s skin, causing itchiness and often hot spots, but it is unhealthy for you, your dog, and your children to inhale the fumes, even if it's not directly from the bottle. And, yes, these chemicals are
known to seep through your dog’s skin and into his blood stream, which is one of the reasons these harsh flea shampoos cannot be used on dogs under one year, and that is really cutting it close.
Pet wellness observers have high hopes that the world will come to its senses and begin using holistic approaches to their pet's health and well being. One good place to start is
with at home recipes whether it is flea shampoo, dry skin splashes, or homemade
dog food and treats. Of course holistic pet medicine projects into many more
areas than just these.
Here is a Do It Yourself Holistic Flea Shampoo that will do the job gently, naturally, healthfully, and
- 2 cups distilled water - boiled
It is important to use distilled water for its better ability to clean over
- 1 1/2 Tbls dried Soapwort rootIf using a whole soapwort then
- 20 drops organic essential oil of the following: cedar, citronella, citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, mint or rosemary.
These particular scents have natural flea fighting qualities so these are the
ones you want to use. You can use just one or combine them all into 20 drops.
- Muslin Cloth
1. Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil.
2. Add the soapwort.
3. Turn down the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Remove pot from the stove and allow to cool completely. About one hour in a cool place.
5. Once cooled place muslin over a jar or bowl and slowly pour the soapwort mixture into the jar or bowl. Discard the soapwort. You want to use a jar that has a tight fitting lid for
storage and no spilling.
6. Add the essential oil to the soapwort liquid, close the jar tightly and shake to combine the ingredients.
7. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
This shampoo will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
It is important for pet owners and pet wellness observers to note that if your dog is heavily infested with
fleas it may require more than one flea dip. The same remains true if you use
the chemical approach. However, it is massively safer and more protective to
your dog’s skin to use a holistic flea dip as opposed to a chemical one. The
other plus point of using a holistic flea dip is that you can leave it on your
pet longer than you can a chemical dip, which gives you very clear instructions
to leave the dip on no more than a certain time frame and to be sure to rinse
it completely off your dog. Another important point is that many dogs will have
a bad reaction to chemical flea dip, in turn causing you much discomfort and a
vet bill and your pet a lot of discomfort and illness.
If you have a dog or cat with dry, irritated skin or hot spots try this homemade
herbal rinse to help cool the skin and help with itching. I have a
Saluki and they are very prone to dry skin. My poor puppy was itching terribly
when I brought him home from the sanctuary and the above herbal rinse was a
real light at the end of puppy's itching tunnel. Not to mention he seemed to
really enjoy the cool rinse being poured over him.
When it comes to an all around healthy, happy pet - pet wellness
is the way to go, using natural holistic ingredients for cures, illnesses and
help with getting pests on your pet.