Favorite Products: Caroline’s Doggie Sudz

dogshampooNot long after adopting our 7 year old Yorkie last summer, I noticed he was scratching at himself almost constantly.  When I looked at his skin, I was dismayed to see he had scratched his skin raw.  Although I didn’t take him to the vet, I suspect this issue was an allergy that was causing very dry, irritated skin.  I looked around for a natural dog shampoo that was hydrating.  I found Caroline’s Doggie Sudz and haven’t used anything else.

This dog shampoo is thick and concentrated and lathers very well.  The scent we have is Mango & Neem and it smells amazing.  After his bath, our little guy smells so nice, and his coat looks so pretty and healthy.  Within a few weeks of using this, his dry skin completely healed.  I don’t know if this shampoo was the only factor in his skin getting healed, but it definitely helped.

For the price and quality, I really like this dog shampoo. It retails for around $11, which is fine with me considering how long a bottle will last for us.  Our dog has no issues with sensitivity to it and I really like how well it works.  I’ve been using our first bottle for about 5 months and it is still over half way full.  We bathe our dog about 3 times a month.  Most likely, I will repurchase this whenever we run out.

Ingredients: ORGANIC Biodegradable COCONUT Derived Surfactants, OATMEAL, NEEM oil, VITAMIN E, ALOE VERA, WHEAT GERM oil, JOJOBA oil, YUCCA extract, CHAMOMILE & CUCUMBER extract, MANGO essence, and potassium sorbate (preservative). *

* Contains no SLS, SLES, DEA, TEA, Alcohol, Pesticides, Phosphates, Detergents or Dyes.

 

What natural shampoo do you love for your pets?

 

Why a Pet’s Diet is Important

doggyIn July we adopted our adult Yorkie from an animal rescue and loved him from the start.  He loves to cozy up beside us wherever we are and has the sweetest little face.  It has been a long time since I’ve had a pet, so in a sense, I’m really staring over when it comes to knowing what to do and how best to take care of a pet, so I’ve been reading and doing research the past three months.

Since we adopted him, he has been on an wholesome diet of good quality dog foods.  Currently, we are trying Blue Wilderness for small breeds – the verdict is still out on whether or not it will be a keeper.  But our dog does not get greasy or processed table foods like many pets are given.

We recently went out of town and had a dog-sitter for the night.  Upon returning home, our poor dog was very sick – he had diarrhea and vomiting that we have concluded was a result of a greasy diet at the dog-sitter’s, where he was fed table food for about a 24-hour period.

This was proof positive to me that an animal can have as sensitive a stomach as a human being.  It is also an example of how processed, greasy, unhealthy foods can wreak havoc on the digestive system of both man and animal. Pet diets high in unhealthy fats and sodium can lead to health problems, just as it can lead to problems in humans.

I have also recently learned that high-quality dry dog foods have a much better protein content than wet dog food.  Additionally, the natural crunchy texture of dry dog food aids in helping to clean the dog’s teeth.

Our poor doggy has also been dealing with dry skin.  One way I am trying to treat this is through diet, and I’ve experimented with giving him very small amounts of organic hemp seeds (high in omega 3s and 6) with his meals and it has not given him any trouble.  I’ve also been using an all-natural dog wash that is supposed to be good for irritated, dry skin and dandruff.  I will review that in the near future.

I continue to research dog foods and diets, but one thing I know for sure is that our dog’s diet is just as important as ours.  When we adopted him, we committed to give him a good life, and healthy food is a part of that.

What type of all-natural food works best for your dog?