Hi all you animal lovers, it’s the roving, sniffing reporter here to give you a few tips and solutions to some of mine and your pet problems. At one time or another all pet owners have to take their family pet for a car ride. It could be a trip to the vet or a family vacation. We dogs might get yappy and jumpy; and cats start to meow, whine, and in general get agitated and tense. Try spraying the seat, cover, or crate with a mixture of water and three drops of Roman chamomile essential oil before we get in the car. The aroma of the oil will help keep us calm (saving you from distraction). The bonus is the scent will help you feel at ease too, and your car will smell fantastic.
Does your pooch slobber all over your furniture and floors just when you’ve finished cleaning? I know I sometimes slobber, especially when I see food. A simple solution is to tie a bandana around your dog’s neck. The cloth accessory will catch any slobber before it hits the floor and furniture, plus the bandana is easy to wash and reuse. I look so smart in a bandana and so will your pet.
Just as your hands get chapped and cracked so do our paw pads (especially in the winter months). The help remedy: once a week wash and dry our paws, microwave 2 teaspoons of grape seed oil for 15 seconds, and massage the oil into our paw pads. The oil’s skin-repairing antioxidants and linoleic acid will heal and protect so we can walk pain-free.
Everyone gets red, itchy, and irritated skin in winter because we have to stay indoors. Well we pets are no different and you might see us itching and licking ourselves more than usual, but chamomile tea can help. Simply brew a cup of chamomile tea and chill it in the refrigerator, then pour it into a spray bottle and mist our dry skin three or four times a day (your cats are going to just hate this). Chamomile contains natural ant-inflammatory compounds that will calm irritated skin and leaves our fur soft and shiny.
Tune in for more ideas and solutions for your pets!