If you’re familiar with Burt’s Bees natural personal-care products, you might be as stoked as I was to learn that the company is now producing a collection of natural, cruelty-free grooming and care products for dogs. Like Burt’s Bees’ products for humans, each item in the line contains a minimum of 95% natural ingredients, and there are no parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances to be found, which is good, because dogs do not like that stuff. (Right?) I’m impressed at how extensive the line is, including shampoos, dental-care sprays, eye wash, skin cream, tear-stain remover, and an itch-soothing spray. Burt’s Bees for Dogs is available at Petco and other pet specialty stores.
I started using a new oil for my dog’s dry skin and allergy problems: Aunt Jeni’s Enhance Fish Oil. Previously, I was using Nature’s Logic North Atlantic Sardine Oil, which worked just fine, but we decided to try a new brand.
This Aunt Jeni’s stuff is hard to find but it is AMAZING. Beans’ coat feels like BUTTAH. I have noticed a decrease in dry skin flakes, too. The dogs are still a little itchy, but it’s allergy season so it’s expected. I am definitely buying this stuff again.
The new Molly Mutt Clean products are designed to help you clean your dog and your dog’s bed!
The first three products in the Clean line include:
Fresh Dog Bed Freshener: You probably already know how stinky your dog’s bed can get after a while. If you don’t have time to wash it, you can spritz it with this freshener to remove — not cover — the odors. Geranium essential oils naturally repel flea and ticks, and lavender essential oils help calm dogs while adding a fresh bedding scent.
Wash Dog Shampoo: Wash Dog Shampoo safely cleanses your dog?s coat and naturally deodorizes without drying skin. Rosemary and peppermint create a clean, fresh scent, and the essential oils are naturally anti-bacterial.
Soft Dog Coat Conditioner: Soft Dog Coat Conditioner detangles and conditions your pup?s coat for a healthy looking shine and soothed skin. Soft uses naturally anti-bacterial rosemary and peppermint essential oils for a clean, fresh scent.
Molly Mutt Clean meet the standards of natural as set by the Natural Products Association (NPA) and are free of sulfates, parabens, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. All products from the Clean line are pH-balanced to be gentle on dogs? sensitive skin ? even puppies. Molly Mutt Clean products are made locally in California and are sustainably made and packaged in bottles made of PET with a recycle code of 1, which is the most readily recycled bottle material and has the highest conversion rate.
For over 25 years, family-owned business SallyeAnder has been creating handmade soaps and skin care products. The brand was originally developed when Gary and Karen Austin needed to find a solution for their son’s allergies to bath products, but soon expanded to sensitive skin and acne products, bug bite soothing products, and even grass stain removers. Now, they’ve moved into pet products. As you all know, my dogs have crazy allergies from bumps to flakes to hot spots to just about everything.
I am sure you have heard me many times already talk about my dog’s frustrating allergy and dry skin problems. Well, about 2 months ago, we bought Nature’s Logic North Atlantic Sardine Oil, which has been a great addition to our dogs’ food. They love it, and even thought Beans still has some dry skin, I think adding the oil has made their coats a lot softer and smoother. The only thing is you’re supposed to keep it refrigerated, which makes it harder to remember it every day!
I recently bought some Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe shampoo for our dogs because, as you now, their skin is very sensitive and Beans has very dry skin too. We purchased this because the ingredients are all natural and we didn’t want to irritate our pets’ skin in any way. We’ve only used it once so far, and noticed that Lulu broke out in hives a few days later. This could, of course, be a coincidence, but now I’m terrified to use it (or any shampoo) again! She’s only had these hives two times and I can’t remember if the first time she had them she had been recently bathed. This last time was really bad and we had to put her on antibiotics and steroids. Am I crazy to think that it could be related to the shampoo? Edit: Lulu’s bumpy allergy problem is likely due to shampooing, but we have not yet determined what specific ingredient causes her to break out.
Here are the ingredients: Purified water, renewable coconut-based cleansers, colloidal oatmeal (3%), aloe vera, almond and vanilla essences, olive oil squalene (natural preservative).
Could there be something in this shampoo and other shampoos we’ve used that she has a reaction to?
On another note, I’ve noticed that Beans had less dandruff afterward, so it seems to have worked well for him, along with the sardine oil we have been giving the dogs each day.