Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and is great for dogs who get bumps and scrapes.
What you need
4 oz melt and pour base or soap flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons of herbal shampoo
10-15 drops of tea-tree essential oil
Melt your Melt and Pour Soap base. down using a double boiler method.
Once your soap is melted add the shampoo andessential oil
Make sure you don’t stir too vigorously or the shampoo will become frothy.
Keep stirring until completely mixed and then pour into your soap molds.
You can use some dog shaped molds or bone shaped molds for these soaps.
There are a number of reasons why a dog would have dry skin. Dry skin on a dog is not necessarily the sign of a health problem, but can be due to the dog not having his nutritional requirements met sufficiently.
Dry skin dog can be related to shedding. Profuse shedding dogs, like Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies will often have dry skin during their malting.
Some causes of dry skin can be fleas, mites, stress, allergies or a lack of correct oils in their diet. Mites, allergies and fleas can be ruled out either by a veterinarian or just checking over the dog yourself.
But before you cure the symptom, you need to find out what is causing the dry skin.
Note: Some dogs aged from 9 months to 18 months suffer from dry skin as they make the change from puppy coat to adult coat.
The most common cause of dry, and often flaky, skin is that the dog is not getting enough natural oils in his diet. This can be easily rectified by doing a few simple things.
Many mass produced canned dog foods have a certain amount of oils in them. However, if your dog does not absorb enough of those nutrients, he may need to be supplemented with base oils or other products.
Raw fresh eggs are best. One added to your dogs normal diet twice a week can go a long way to clearing up dry skin issues.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
One tablespoon (for large dogs) or one teaspoon for small dogs, of extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil added to your dogs daily meal (once per day) can improve skin and coat quality.
All dogs love to chew, and giving them a nice, meaty (and somewhat fatty) beef marrow bone to chew on will not only help their skin, but also their teeth, gums and overall body condition.*
Tea-tree oil shampoo.
Adding Tea-tree oil shampoo to your normal pet shampoo can help to improve the condition of your dogs skin. Rather than using a conditioner, just add one tablespoon of tea tree oil shampoo to his normal dog shampoo and wash thoroughly. Leave on for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Bathing your dog in wool wash will do wonders for his coat, and will help to soften, and sooth, dry and flaky skin.
Some dogs just love to stand in front of the blow-dryer, soaking up the warmth. Others will try to get as far away as possible. In using a dryer, you are not only drying the fur, but you are prematurely drying to skin as well.
A dogs skin needs to be healthy in order for the fur to be in good condition. Because dry, itchy skin is usually diet related, before introducing new things into your dogs diet, try different food varieties to see if they better meet your dogs nutritional requirements and consult your veterinarian for advice..
*Caution: Do not feed cooked bones to any dog. Also make sure that the bone is too big to fit in the dogs mouth, and that it will not splinter easily. Remove and replace each day, or every second day with a fresh bone.