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This weekend, my girlfriend and I are at the Washington State Convention Center having a blast at the Seattle Pet Expo.  We decided to leave the boyfriend (me) and husband (her) at home with the dogs and cats so that we can spend a day relishing three things we love: dogs, raw feeding, and essential oils.

What is the Seattle Pet Expo?

Amazing Expos hosts these events around the country each year.  The Seattle Pet Expo is a free event that was first at the Seattle Center and moved to the larger venue of the Washington State Convention Center last year.  Admission is free and you're welcome to bring your dogs along.

Attendees will be introduced to local and national businesses in the pet industry, view and participate in demonstrations in dog training, dog massage, nail trimming, and more.

Plus there are tons of freebies!

Turkey Raw Meal for Dogs with veggie mix, bone broth, and organ meat

Turkey Raw Meal for Dogs with veggie mix, bone broth, and organ meat

Keep the Tail Wagging and Raw Feeding!

I will be speaking on Saturday about my experience feeding my dogs a raw food diet.  My talk will be 15 minutes long and you can join me at our booth – #236 – to ask questions and learn more.

And remember, I have two e-books (electronic books) available about raw feeding:

  • Raw Feeding from A to Z – a compilation of 2015 blog posts sharing my experience as a raw feeder, from A to Z.  UPDATE: This book was replaced in 2017 with a paper back with a lot more information.  CLICK HERE to order your copy of A Novice's Guide to Raw Feeding for Dogs.

I'll share about Rodrigo's history with food and environmental allergies, his digestive issues, and give you an update on how he's doing today. Spoiler Alert – he's doing amazing!

DIY Paw Balm with Essential Oils by Keep the Tail Wagging

DIY Paw Balm with Essential Oils

 

Keep the Tail Wagging and Essential Oils

Recently, I realized that I need to save money.  Having four dogs can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be.  I started by cutting back on raw feeding costs.  I now order most of my dogs' food, treats, supplements, and other supplies through the local raw food co-op.  This allows me to buy at wholesale prices instead of retail.

I have also started making my own products.

Pet bloggers get a lot of products for free; however, once I switched to writing about raw feeding and started being picky about products, the Freebie Train announced that it no longer made stops at my house.  Now I make my own products using minimal ingredients and essential oils.

Below are five products I created for the Seattle Pet Expo.  Before making these for your dog, make sure he or she is okay with the oils.  Zoey, for example, isn't a fan of essential oils so I dilute anything I use with her.

Dog Coat Refresher

This recipe was inspired by an article on Dogs Naturally Magazine; it's for an 8-ounce sized spray bottle.  If you have a dog that is sensitive to the scent of essential oils, divide the recommended amounts in half.

  • Spray bottle
  • Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water

After making my spray, I learned that citrus oils aren't great for plastic containers, so use glass spray bottles for your spray if you plan to store it for a while or give it as a gift.

Dog Shampoo

This recipe was inspired by an article on Dogs Naturally Magazine:

I didn't have rosemary when I made it, so I did without and added rosemary oil to my Essential Rewards order (a way to earn points towards future purchases, get free oils, and discounted shipping). If you have a dog that is sensitive to the scent of essential oils, divide the recommended amounts in half.

  • 1 tbsp Castile soap
  • 12-ounce bottle

When choosing a bottle, I recommend one with a pump.  It's easier to use with this shampoo, which is watery and comes out of the bottle quickly, leading to waste.

Dog Paw Balm

This recipe was inspired by research I did on what went into a paw balm; mostly, I made it up as I went along; please forgive the vague measurements.

  • a small glass (I used a shot glass that is shaped like a drinking glass)
  • pot for heating up water
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax

I added the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax to the glass and sat the glass in the pot (surrounded by water).  I heated the water on low and kept an eye on it.  Once the shea butter and coconut oil melted (happens quickly), I stirred the contents until the beeswax melted.

I used pliers to lift the glass out of the pot and I sat it on a towel the glass cooled (cools quickly).  I added two drops each of the essential oils.  Once I could handle the glass with my hand (a couple minutes later), I poured everything into the containers (I used the travel size containers you can pick up at Target).

I set aside to cool and I had paw balm a short time later.

 

Calming Mist

This recipe was inspired by an article on Dogs Naturally Magazine and changed based on the oils I have:

  • Water
  • 8-ounce spray bottle

This one is easy.  I mix the ingredients, fill the bottle with water, and add the lid.  I mostly use these oils when our dogs are going to the vet or when someone visits.  Spraying the palm of my hands and massaging their neck, back, and chest helps our dogs relax.

Flea Repellent

This recipe was inspired by what I know about repelling fleas naturally.  I know which scents they don't like so I used those in this product.

  • 3 drops lemongrass (this is what I will be using going forward)
  • 10-12 ounce spray bottle

Although I've sprayed it on the dogs, I don't know if it works, because our dogs don't get fleas in our area.  I'm going to continue working on this recipe.  There are several other essential oils that repel fleas that I'd like to try.

The more oils I use, the fewer drops I'll add to prevent the scent from becoming overwhelming.

BONUS RECIPE: Itchy Dog Spray

BONUS! I came back and updated this post with a SIXTH recipe that was inspired by an article on Dogs Naturally Magazine:

Rodrigo's paws give him trouble after he plays in wet grass or when the dog yard's grass is too long (time to mow again) so I created this spray to give him some comfort.

  • Water
  • 8-ounce spray bottle

I chose these oils because they are both said to be calming and soothing to the skin.  This is another easy one.  I mix the ingredients, fill the bottle with water, and add the lid.  I spray the mixture on my hands or on my dog's paws, then massage the paws.  Before bedtime, I rub Rodrigo's paws with the paw balm (recipe above) I create for him.

This is another easy one.  I mix the ingredients, fill the bottle with water, and add the lid.  I spray the mixture on my hands or on my dog's paws, then massage the paws.  Before bedtime, I rub Rodrigo's paws with the paw balm (recipe above) I create for him.

BONUS TIP: Easy Tick Removal

BONUS! I came back and updated this post with a tip that I learned about in an essential oils group.  I haven't tried this tip because I haven't encountered ticks with our dogs, but I think others will find it useful.

  • 2-3 drops Palo Santo – put oil on the tick to encourage detachment (or easy removal), the tick should be dead within 15 minutes according to my readings
  • 1 drop of Rosemary – after the tick is removed; Rosemary works as an anti-bacterial and antiseptic

Citronella and lemongrass also serve as antibacterials; clove and tea tree (which I avoid due to Cosmo, our cat) both serve as an antiseptic.

 

 

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