Around two-thirds of American households have pets and spend over $50 billion every year on their well-being. How can you NOT want to love and care for a face like that? :-) OK, I might be a little prejudiced because that is my grandpuppy Milo, but scientific studies have actually proven that the human-pet bond is comparable to that of the maternal-child bond. We. Love. Our. Pets. So it stands to reason we would want to care for them the best way possible. Today we are sharing some great ways to do so.
I have a confession to make – I’m totally one of those dog people. You know the ones that treat their pups like their children? My husband Erik and I don’t have human children yet so our Boxer, Milo, is currently our very spoiled only child. Since I work from home he keeps me company all day long and pretty much follows me wherever I go.
He gets to sleep in our bed multiple times a week, rides in the car with me just about everywhere I go and is constantly showered with love and kisses. As I sit here typing this Milo is sitting on my husband’s lap licking his face to death ;-)
From the time he was a puppy Erik and I have been pretty picky about the food and treats he eats and the treatments we give him for any ailment. We generally like to stick to high quality, natural products. I’m always joking that Milo eats better than we do. So today I wanted to share a great warming salve for pets that I just discovered along with 20 other natural pet remedies.
Winter here in Utah is rough for Milo! Poor little guy just doesn’t have a big thick coat and has to trudge through the snow every time he goes to the bathroom. The other night, after he had come in from going potty I noticed how red and raw his paws looked. He didn’t seem to be in any pain, but his feet looked so sad. I searched OGT as well as Jillee’s sister Rebecca’s blog, Camp Wander, to see if I could find anything to put on Milo’s paws. After a bit of investigating (and texting with Becky) I decided to combine this Animal Friendly Pet Salve with Warming Salve for the perfect winter treatment for cold pet feet.
The key ingredients in this salve are lavender, frankincense and black pepper essential oils. Lavender is great for its anti-microbial and restoration benefits. Frankincense is anti-inflammatory and also has regenerative properties. Finally, black pepper adds the warming benefit that is great for winter time.
Warming Salve For Pets
Makes (4) 4-ounce glass jars
Per 4 ounce jar:
- 12 drops lavender essential oil
- 12 drops frankincense essential oil
- 40 drops black pepper essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil (optional)
Put the coconut, olive oil, and beeswax in a wide mouth mason jar or a 4 cup glass measuring bowl. Set glass container in a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until the beeswax melts and all the ingredients are combined.
Add the essential oils to each 4 ounce jar. Next, pour melted oils into the jars over the essential oils, you can stir the oils in but they should mix nicely without stirring. Fill to ¼ inch from the top. Cover with a paper towel and cool on counter for at least 8 hours before sealing with lid. Shelf life without the vitamin e oil is approximately 4 to 5 months.
Use your fingers to rub a bit onto your pets’ feet after they come in from the cold.
Remember to only use pure essential oils on your pets. This salve is safe for use on dogs and cats. If you don’t feel like making the salve be sure to check out the Camp Wander store! You can purchase the Pet Friendly Salve here in a 2 ounce jar. For the warming benefit, just melt the salve in the microwave for a few seconds and add 20 drops of black pepper essential oil.
What natural remedies have you found to be helpful for your pets??