DIY Dog Paw Balm & Perfect Pet Gifts for Pets and Pet Owners (Sponsored by UncommonGoods)

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If you’re like me, then your pet is a part of your family. And as such you probably spoil him or her a lot more than yourself. So not only have I created a simple recipe for making a DIY dog paw balm to pamper your pooch, but I also found some pretty sweet pet care products from UncommonGoods that my dog and I can both enjoy! In particular, I’m crushing on this dog bowl water bottle that’s perfect for long walks and hikes. (Hello, Fall!)

This dog bowl water bottle is perfect for long walks and hikes with your pet! A quality best seller with rave reviews, you can find this amazing product at UncommonGoods.

The thing I really love about UncommonGoods, other than the quality and uniqueness of the products they offer, is the value they place on their own employees to earn a livable wage, their commitment to sustainability & the environment, and their contributions to nonprofit organizations. In addition to the great gift ideas for pets (and pet owners) UncommonGoods also has great gift ideas for co-workersunique housewarming gifts and fun home accessories for customizing your favorite spaces.

This turntable inspired cat scratching pad makes a unique gift for cat lovers who love their music! Find this and other fantastic pet gifts at UncommonGoods!

Once you’re down drooling and window shopping – isn’t this turntable inspired cat scratching pad AMAZING? – be sure to pop back over so you can make my DIY dog paw balm. This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog’s irritated paws! It’s also great for dry little noses.

As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it’s free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and simply add .5% of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

DIY Dog Paw Balm! This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog's irritated paws! It's also great for dry and irritated noses. As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it's free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

DIY Dog Paw Balm

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.5 oz. white cosmetic beeswax
.5 oz. refined kokum butter
.5 oz. refined shea butter
.4 oz. olive oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the ingredients and combine is a double boiler. Heat over medium to medium-low heat (or in the microwave at 50% power) until melted.

DIY Dog Paw Balm! This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from some of the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog's irritated paws! It's also great for dry and irritated noses. As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it's free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

Stir to combine, then pour into a paw shaped silicone mold. Allow your DIY dog paw balm to harden, then gently remove from the mold. Wrap tightly in foodservice film or package individually in tins.

DIY Dog Paw Balm! This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog's irritated paws! It's also great for dry and irritated noses. As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it's free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

To use simply apply to your pet’s paws and massage in.

My dog paw balm yields approximately five paw shaped solid lotion bars. So you can keep some and gift some!

If you like my DIY dog paw balm then you may also like natural flea repellent dry dog shampoo recipe. Made with all natural ingredients, this dry shampoo deodorizes your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas. The natural clays and botanicals in this dry shampoo recipe gently deodorize your dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt. Find the recipe to make your own dry dog shampoo here.

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Natural Flea Repelling Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe

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This dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog's coat while also helping to repel fleas.

This homemade dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas. Natural clays and botanicals gently deodorize dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt while neem oil works to repel fleas. This natural dry dog shampoo recipe is super effective and super easy to make!

This homemade dry dog shampoo recipe is made with all natural ingredients that deodorize your dog's coat while also helping to repel fleas. Natural clays and botanicals gently deodorize dog's coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt while neem and tree oil work to repel fleas. This natural dry dog shampoo recipe is super effective and super easy to make!

Natural Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. arrowroot powder
.5 oz. pure neem oil
.5 oz. colloidal oatmeal
.75 oz. bentonite clay
.25 oz. calendula flower powder
3 ml rosemary essential oil
1 ml peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the arrowroot powder, neem oil, colloidal oatmeal, bentonite clay and calendula flower powder for this dry dog shampoo recipe and combine in a food processor or coffee grinder.

Using graduated transfer pipettes then measure out the essential oils and add them to the other ingredients.

Mix well using your food processor or grinder until thoroughly combined then transfer into a sifter bottle or other container.

To use apply a generous amount of dry dog shampoo to your dog’s coat and massage in with your hands. Then brush out using a dog brush.

Like this homemade dry dog shampoo recipe? Then also be sure to try my DIY Natural Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs also with neem oil! Or click here for even more recipes that use neem oil including homemade soap recipes, salve recipes and cream recipes. Alternately you can also purchase pre-made dry shampoo for both cats and dogs at Mountain Rose Herbs here. Made from botanical ingredients they’re dry shampoo contains no harmful chemicals, no essential oils, and no artificial fragrances.

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DIY Natural Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs

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This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

Does your dog’s breath kill trees from a hundred paces? Then perhaps consider this DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs.

Let me begin by stating I have a miniature dachshund. His name is Jasper. And like most dachshunds he has some of the worst breath ever. No, seriously. Ever. That said I’ve tried all kinds of things to freshen his breathe including all those silly tooth brushing bones and minty dog treats. And while they might help keep tarter and plaque at bay, they seem to do absolutely nothing for the state of his breath.

Over Christmas my brother told me about a tarter control and fresh breath gel for dogs that he had been using. Not only did it work great on his dogs, but it also had neem oil as one of the ingredients. As neem oil was one of my favorite discoveries of the past year I decided I had to try this out. But instead of buying a gel tarter control and breath freshener I decided to try making something similar with ingredients I already have in my stash of soapmaking ingredients.

I looked at two popular products when trying to decide which natural ingredients to use. Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Clean Teeth Gel is one such popular product. It’s made with Purified Water, Natural Derived Alcohol, Natural Mint, Glycerin, Natural Cleanser, Carbopol, Chlorophyllin, and Green Tea Leaf Extract. The other is Nutri-Vet’s Tartar-Defense Spray for Dogs which is made with Water, Grain Alcohol, Peppermint Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rosemary Oil, Thyme Oil, and Neem Oil.

This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

For my DIY fresh breath gel for dogs I sort of combined select ingredients from both of these products. I was leery about using grain alcohol – aka moonshine – and water in my recipe as this was basically an “edible” product and I wasn’t entirely sure what to use an emulsifier to keep the oil and glycerin mixed with the alcohol without using propylene glycol. (I also wasn’t entirely sure about rubbing alcohol on my dog’s teeth.) So instead I simply used natural vegetable glycerin as the main base. This still encourages dogs to lick their teeth like the commercial brands to help prevent tarter. But as my main concern was fresh breath and getting my dog not to run and hide when I went to rub it on his teeth, I chose to use glycerin which makes for a sweet alcohol free base that can be easily administered.

I also used neem oil for it’s awesome anti-bacterial properties and essential oils for their anti-bacterial and breath freshening properties. Additionally my DIY fresh breath gel for dogs also incorporates liquid grapefruit seed extract for its anti-oxidant properties – an ingredient that Nutri-Vet states on their product helps to reduce inflammation – and grapeseed oil. There are a few easy substitutions you can make, however, if you don’t have a product on hand or for specific properties you’re after. For example, you could easily sub the grape seed oil – an edible oil which I chose for the pleasant flavor – with coconut oil which is used in the oil pulling method to remineralize and strengthen teeth. (I used refined coconut oil as it has a lower melt point than unrefined coconut oil.) You could also easily play around with the essential oils to see which ones work best for your dog’s breath and/or his taste buds.

This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.8 oz. vegetable glycerin
.1 oz. liquid grapefruit seed extract
.1 oz. grapeseed oil (or refined coconut oil, melted)
6 drops 100% pure neem oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops spearmint (or peppermint) essential oil

Instructions:

If you don’t have grapefruit seed extract you can substitute it with more of the grape seed oil or with refined coconut oil. You can also try using 4 drops rosemary eo, 4 drops peppermint eo and 2 drops thyme eo in lieu of 6 drops each of the rosemary and spearmint essential oils.

Using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the glycerin, grapefruit seed extract and grape seed oil into a small glass jar or bowl. Use a plastic transfer pipette or glass dropper to add the drops of neem oil and essential oils. (If your neem oil has solidified due to cold temperatures simply place the bottle into a bowl of hot water until it liquifies.) Mix with a utensil to combine.

Now use a funnel to combine in a 1 oz. amber glass bottle with a dropper. Shake well once more for final measure.

To use add a few drops of this fresh breath gel for dogs to your finger or a toothbrush and rub onto your dog’s teeth.

Click here for more recipes that use neem oil including homemade soaps, salves and creams. Or, for more home remedies and DIY ideas like this one be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also keep up with all of my new posts and recipes by following on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and G+.


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