Let us just say that one of our dogs needed a good doggie shampoo.
This super sweet Siberian Husky mix was dropped off by her original owners (or possibly mistreated and ran away). We took her in through a series of events when she had kennel cough and something else. Everyone missed the brown tick disease.
When I took her in to the vet she was underweight and had a bladder or urinary tract infection. She was diagnosed with brown tick disease and given the antibiotic to cure it.
But, we have struggled with the urinary issues. Then, she developed urinary incontinence and was again diagnosed with brown tick disease. She smelled horrible and I could not get her groomed because she has brown tick disease.
But, she has to have a bath!
Store-bought doggie shampoo has toxic chemicals which my dog does not need when she is already so sick. So, I searched for my some doggie shampoo recipes for a super stinky, and sick dog who needs extra special care. I added lavender essential oil to help calm her down with all of the poking and prodding, plus tea tree oil to keep the ticks away.
Sanitizing Doggie Shampoo Recipe
In a gallon-sized jar or container add the following:
1 cup of raw apple cider vinegar
1 cup of dish soap (preferrably organic vegetable-based)
Add 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice
Drop in 1/2 tsp of lavender essential oil
Measure out 1/2 tsp of tea tree essential oil
Add 4 cups of water
Stir the ingredients together gently, and add to a squeeze bottle for application. Store the remainder in an air-tight container for later use. Apply the shampoo directly to the dog’s fur and work up a good lather. Rinse and repeat until all stinkiness is removed!
Towel dry your dog and blow dry if necessary.
Dog washing tips
- Choose an area to bathe your dog to keep it contained. Tie her up or place him in a bathtub for bathing.
- If the weather is cooler, bathe indoors and towel dry.
- Blow dry your dog’s fur if the weather is cool (as long as it doesn’t stress her out).
- Try not to let your dog run outside until you have him adequately toweled off, or else he will run out and roll in the dirt.
- Comb any grass burr stickers (we have tons of them!) while the dog’s fur is wet and they will come out easier.
- Do a rinse of vinegar to help detangle fur on breeds with longer hair.