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Holistic Grooming for Pets

Some simple techniques to keep Fido clean... naturally

by Kyla Sims of

Holistic grooming is a safe and natural way to take care of your dogs skin and coat. Regular grooming with the use of natural products helps to keep Fido clean, healthy, and happy! You may think grooming is a chore but it can be a rewarding experience for you and your pet.

Maintaining a holistic grooming regiment is simple. All you need is a 100% natural shampoo, a good quality natural bristle brush (we love George?s natural brushes), some common household items, and of course a little of your time and some TLC.

Many skin problems such as a dry dull coat, oily coat, or dandruff are all signs of nutritional imbalances and poor skin health. You need to take care of the skin from the inside out and feed your dog a high quality all natural dog food or you can choose the ever popular raw food diet. If your dog has dry skin and a brittle coat you can try supplementing with some fish, flax, or hemp oils. These all contain high amounts of essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 which we all know can add moisture and sheen to the skin and coat.

Bath Time

Bathing your dog with a 100% natural shampoo base enriched with herbs, vegetable proteins and pure essential oils is the best way to help clean the coat and nourish the skin. Many commercial shampoos contain phosphates and sodium based detergents that can dry out and irritate the skin. They can also strip the skin of natural oils that help protect it, throwing off the skin’s natural balance. Chemical ingredients to stay away from are sodium lauryl sulfates, cocomide DEA, cocomide MEA, and TEA lauryl sulfate, and propylene glycol, just to name a few!

When bathing you want to use warm water and make sure you make bath time fun! Lather up the coat and give a gentle massage with your finger tips to help relax your pooch. Be sure to rinse all the shampoo out of the coat, soap residue can cause your dog to be very itchy. After the bath is a great time to cut your dog?s nails. They will be very soft and a lot easier to cut.

After shampooing you should follow with a final rinse to help balance the skin. An apple cider vinegar rinse helps restore the skins natural Ph balance and rinses away any leftover soap residue.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

1 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar
1 pint warm water

Mix together. Pour over coat and massage in.

If your dog has some skin problems consider rinsing with an herbal tea. Cyber Canine has pre made bath teas for dog’s that work great! You can easily make these at home using your own tea bags or dried herbs. Chamomile tea soothes irritated or sensitive skin and it also helps brighten light colored hair! Rosemary has been praised for centuries as an all over great hair tonic. Here is a simple recipe you can make yourself at home:

Rosemary Rinse

1 tsp. of dried rosemary
1 pint of boiling water

Steep 10 min. Strain and cool. Pour over coat and massage in.

Daily Care

Brushing your canine’s coat daily will help distribute the skins natural oils through the coat, remove dirt and debris that may have accumulated during the day, and also help improve circulation. Shampooing your dog once a month or even once a week with a natural shampoo will also help improve the condition of your canine?s coat. A regular deep tissue massage session after brushing helps to release any lactic acid buildup in the muscles and lets you examine the skin for any lumps, ticks, cuts, or wounds you might not have seen otherwise.

Oral Hygiene

Maintaining those pearly whites is also very important for overall health. Periodontal disease is a very serious and possibly life threatening disease, which can be prevented with regular teeth cleaning.

To maintain canine oral health brushing the teeth once a week is a good starting point. You may need to brush more often or less frequently depending on the individual dog. I love to use a little bit of baking soda on a moist gauze pad to help scrub away any plaque and make them shine! This method is much easier and more precise than using a toothbrush and the baking soda is all natural and totally safe to use. (just don’t use too much)

Starting a regular holistic grooming regiment is quite simple and rewarding for both you and your dog. Your dog will be clean, healthy and happy, and by using natural ingredients from the earth you know you are helping to nourish your dog?s body, mind, and soul! With natural grooming products on the rise you can now easily find natural shampoos and grooming products on the web or in your favorite pet shop.

Kyla Sims is the owner of Spot Organics. You can find out more about Spot Organics from their web site at

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