|This dog is the inspiration for my other|
blog, The Pointy Eared Beast.
I wash my hair with baking soda and condition it with apple cider vinegar, but did you know this is also a great way to wash dogs? Especially those with skin conditions.
I have a dog that for years suffered from folliculitis, which would result in horrible, small red bumps on his back that caused him incredible itching and pain. I had been stressed for so long trying to help relieve his discomfort with medication, various diets and gentle shampoos.
Then it struck me that if I'm benefiting by using only natural bath products, perhaps it would work on my dog too. After researching and confirming that neither baking soda nor apple cider vinegar would harm him (you should always check to make sure new things you try with your pets will not hurt them), I decided to give him a mild bath with baking soda, followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse.
- baking soda
- apple cider vinegar
- warm water
1. Bathe your dog with a solution of about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in every 1.5 cups of warm water you use.
2. Let it soak into its fur for about a minute, during which I like to run a rubber brush through my dog's fur to remove dead skin and hair.
3. Thoroughly rinse out the baking soda solution.
4. Follow up with a rinse of diluted apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per cup of warm water).
5. Let that sit for 1-2 minutes. My dog finds this extremely unpleasant since he isn't a fan of the smell.
6. Rinse out your dog's coat thoroughly, then dry him off completely, preferably with a hair dryer.
Make sure that if you choose to bathe your dog this way to keep the solutions away from his face. Both baking soda and apple cider vinegar are extremely painful if they get into a dog's eyes or nose. Also, be gentle if your dog has any skin conditions, as there may be a stinging sensation if any open wounds come in contact with the apple cider vinegar.
I stuck with this bath once every week, and was amazed at how much my dog's skin improved. By the second month he was completely free of painful red bumps and itching. I suspect his previous condition was due to clogged hair follicles caused by sensitivities to even the gentlest of dog shampoos. But the baking soda cleared that right up and even neutralized any unpleasant doggy smells, and the apple cider vinegar restored the pH balance of his skin. Speaking of which, apple cider vinegar and white vinegar are also great natural deterrents against fleas and ticks.
I highly recommend this method to anyone with a dog who may be suffering from the same condition. I was so glad to have thought of it for my dog, and he's been a much happier and more comfortable canine ever since.