Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Barking Wednesday

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post.  Each week I will be posting stuff about my favorite guy...Kingers and his friends.  All kinds of stuff....products - homemade treat recipes - info I have learned over the years, etc.  Info I think is helpful in making sure that every dog lives a fantastic life.
Today I wanted to share with you a way that I helped to relieve Kingers terrible Ragweed allergy.  Each year in August King starts scratching terribly.  So bad that he needs to be placed on medicine.  I HATE having to give him medicine. This year I tried using natural shampoo to help relieve his itching.  IT WORKED!

Every other day I gave him a massage bath using natural shampoo I made.  I was amazed at how much it helped him not itch.

I would hose him down then massage the shampoo into his fur ...massaging all of his body for about 10 minutes.  I used a soft massage not to scratch or rub hard.

Then I rinsed him very very good until all the shampoo was gone.

Did it totally make the itching go away..NO.  But it did make life much easier for him. He was much more at ease. I also was able to reduce his medicine in half!  I think that is HUGE!

There are many Organic Natural Dog Shampoos on the market.  I made my own shampoo and it worked well for Kingers.

Liquid Dog Shampoo
3 tablespoons of liquid unscented Castile Soap 
1 cup of Baking Soda
1 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
4 Cups of warm water
Mix well then pour into a recycled dish soap bottle.
Re- Label the bottle

When I starting making his shampoo ~ I spoke to my vet. He recommend that I keep a good balance  A shampoo too acidic can harm your dogs skin.  Baking Soda is high in alkaline 8.3 and Vinegar is 2.2 acid.  The water is a good base not acidic or alkaline.

Now that Kingers Ragweed season is over..I will not be bathing him every other day....but he will be getting a massage once a month using the homemade shampoo.


  1. That is great that you were able to help him like that!

  2. I am going to have to try this on our dog! He gets so itchy sometimes! Thank you!