Bathing Sissy the Great Dane

Mia_bathing_SissyThis week I want to share a little bit about bathing our dogs. The dog in the photo is a SisCo Dane just like my Meshach. Her name is Reese or better known as Sissy 🙂 She is being bathed with Young Living Animal Scents Shampoo by her human, Adam and his little girl Mia – my friend Kim is the one taking the photo. Mia is applying the shampoo as you can see 🙂 – it is a very gentle and safe shampoo.

First it’s important to note that dogs don’t necessarily need to be bathed as often as we think they do. If they are naturally reared (raw fed, no vaccines, no pesticides, etc.,) then they won’t have the normal “body odor” that we’ve come to accept as “normal” in our canines when it is anything but normal though it is common. Just remember that common doesn’t equate to normal.

Also a dog needs the natural oils in the coat as a protective layer for good healthy skin and coat. Brushing on a regular basis can be much more beneficial as that stimulates the skin to produce the natural oils as well as coat the fur with these natural oils. In addition, brushing is good for moving the lymph system (by the way so is exercise!).

There are times though when we will want to bathe our dogs – like if they got into mud, vomited, urinated or defecated on themselves, or rolled in something really stinky as dogs are want to do. Meshach gets a LOT of sand in his coat since we live in a very sandy, desert area. I brush him on a regular basis but once in a while he needs a bath.

The one shampoo I really trust is by Young Living Animal Scents Shampoo. It is gentle and has the added benefits of the Young Living Essential Oils in the shampoo that also can support the skin and coat*.

And then for a coat conditioner I just use a little dab of the Animal Scents Ointment rubbed into the coat. I also use the ointment to support the skin in humans*! This product is a staple in our home.

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is an animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online.