As many of you may have already realised, I have a little fur baby golden retriever named Annabelle. It’s funny how quickly an animal can become your baby!! When we got Annabelle, I was a nervous new dog mama. She was so tiny, and I wanted to make sure everything she ate or I put on her was safe! This meant reading EVERYTHING. I researched dog foods, shampoos, allergies, etc. I looked into which essential oils and herbs were toxic to dogs and which were safe. What I realised through all this was that a lot of trusted, popular brands were filled with chemicals!
Here’s the thing, Annabelle is a white golden retriever. Her favourite thing is the world is getting really dirty! She loves sitting in puddles, rolling around in seaweed or dirt (she doesn’t discriminate), or mud wrestling with her Uncle Wyatt (my dad’s German shepherd puppy)! This meant I had to find a non-toxic doggie shampoo that worked. I spent hours researching, and although I did find one that worked and was not filled with chemicals, it was expensive!
I looked at the ingredients and realised I had most of these in my house. I thought about the research I had already done on oils and herbs for dogs. DUH, I could just make my own, and that’s exactly what I did. I did a lot of trials before finding the right balance of ingredients (and a lot of pinteresting), but this is the doggie shampoo that works best for our family!
LoCali Nourished Dog Shampoo
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup Castile soap
1/2 cup Aloe Vera
2tbs of coconut oil
1 cup warm water
3-4 drops of rosemary
1-2 drops of peppermint
1-2 drops of lavender
I like to put all my ingredients in a glass bottle, cap it, and then shake, shake, shake! Shake that botttle!
All of these ingredients are very cleansing and antibacterial. They are also very moisturising and don’t dry out the skin. This essential oil blend is great for skin irritations because the lavender and rosemary helps to soothe the skin. Annabelle is a little nervous about baths, and the lavender also helps to relax her! Lavender is fantastic for a nervous dog, in baths and in general! Lastly, the peppermint can help prevent fleas and ticks. It makes me so happy to share this recipe, and I hope you enjoy it! Animals are such blessings to a home and a life, and I love spreading a message for their health too! They don’t get to choose, so as responsible mommy’s and daddy’s, we must choose wisely and advocate for them. Feel free to reach out, and let me know how it worked for your fur baby! Pictures are ALWAYS welcome!