As a part of a healthy lifestyle, we often choose more natural products for ourselves, but what about our four legged friends?
If you’ve follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you would have seen plenty of snaps of Pippa. We adopted her from PAWS animal shelter in Fielding 2 years ago and she’s my number one side kick and running buddy. She often ends up filthy when we’re out and about running, especially because she has long wiry hair that attracts dirt. So that means plenty of showers. Many commercial products can strip the coat of natural oils and cause dry itchy skin, and because Pippa needs quite regular washing I really need to use a product that is gentle. Thanks to WashBar, I’ve found a fantastic natural range of products that make washing Pippa a little more pleasant, especially as she hates getting wet!! The shampoo is great for her, and my skin too.
I like to use natural skin care myself and it was great to find a product for Pippa that uses natural ingredients, many sourced directly from organic or spray free growers, and is made right here in New Zealand.
Pippa has a coarse medium/long coat and her skin is fairly normal, except in Spring/Summer when she occasionally has issues with an itchy face.
Itchy skin is can be a common problem with dogs. Pippa is normally ok with this, but tends to get more itchy in allergy season. Once she has had a hot spot on her face which was pretty nasty and needed a vet trip. WashBar have just released a new product for itchy skin which is really different from anything that’s currently on the market. It combines a blend of botanical extracts which contain quercertin, a natural antihistamine and vitamin C to help with healing. Both these ingredients can help calm and soothe the skin to reduce scratching, chewing, biting and licking that can make the skin sore and inflamed.
They’ve also got a Manuka + Kakadu Itch Soothe Topical Spray which when sprayed on the irritated area helps calm and soothe itchiness and has been shown to dramatically reduce itchiness in field trials.
I’m giving away a shampoo and topical spray, keep reading for how to win!
At the moment, I’ve been using the WashBar Natural Lavender and Primrose Shampoo which contains spray free lavender which smells amazing! The other product I’ve tried is the Horse and Hound Shampoo bar which I find easy to use as I can just rub it on her skin. The Horse and Hound Shampoo bar is packed with natural goodness, including manuka essential oil, kanuka essential oil, lemon myrtle and Neem oil and has a lovely lemon sent. The other great thing about this shampoo is it repels fleas and is antibacterial, antiseptic and is anti-inflammatory.
Pippa actually hates being bathed. I have to shower her rather than bath her otherwise she jumps out of the bath and makes a huge muddy mess all through the bathroom. I’ve been working on making bathing a more pleasant experience for her so here’s some tips if you have a dog who isn’t a fan of getting clean!
- Treats, treats, treats
When I first started showering Pippa she used to tap at the door and try and get out all the time. So I started just getting in the shower box with her and giving her treats for sitting nicely. Now she’ll actually get in the shower without too much coaxing. I also give her treats afterwards.
- Gentle products
Making the experience nicer with less harsh products is also a nice way to improve the experience. If your dog is itchy, then using the Itch Soothe range will make your dog feel better which will help get them used to the bathing experience
- Dry them as well as you can
I think half the reason Pippa doesn’t like getting wet is she hates a wet face. She’ll rub and rub for ages afterwards, so I try and dry her off as well as I can and leave some towels on the bathroom floor so she can rub herself on these (instead of all over the carpet in the lounge!).
Do you have any great skin or bathing tips for your dog? Does your dog like a bath or hate it? I’d love to know.
WIN! I’m giving away the following:
*Lavender & Primrose Natural Shampoo valued at $24.70
*Lavender and Primrose Daily Spritzer valued at $25.50
*Natural Flea Repellent valued at $21.80
To win, just comment below. Winner will published here and also notified by email. Draw closes 23rd December 2015 at 7pm.
Sarah Hastie was the winner of the earlier giveaway.