Posted in Homemade, Hygiene

DIY Paw Balm

Dogs paws are just like our hands, they get dry and crack and can cause some great pain. Also just like our hands they tend to soak up just a little bit of everything they touch. During the summer its not so bad but during the winter with all the chemicals that are put on the ground to melt the ice can be very dangerous for our pups. What can you do about it you ask, well just like our hands, if we keep them well moisturized  they don’t soak up what they touch. So you use this Paw Balm on your pups feet every day or so to keep their paws from cracking and from soaking up all the chemicals outside.

 

DIY Paw Balm

2 T. olive oil
2 T. coconut oil
1.5 T shea butter
2 T. beeswax (small pellets work best for melting and measuring)

In a microwave safe small container, combine the 4 ingredients.
Heat in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted.

Once it is melted and mixed thoroughly put in a container for easy application to your pups paws. ChapStick tube works, or an old deodorant container. You can also use a mason jar lid or a smaller Tupperware container.

Use as you feel necessary for your pups feet. During the Winter months with all that snow on the ground put it on about 5-10 minutes before them going outside to protect their paws, this will also help with the micro snow balls that build up on the little hair between pads.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you have any questions feel free to email me at germanshepherddogs@doglover.com

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Posted in Homemade

Dog Shampoo

Do you ever wonder what exactly is in your dogs shampoo?? I do, as you know from my earlier posts I like to use all natural stuff on my dog, I like to know exactly what is in the stuff I am using on them.

Below is a Dog Shampoo that works great for my dogs and you make it your self. Check it out.

Ingredients
1 cup dish soap – a clean or organic dish soap is best – follow the link to amazon –
2 cups water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2tablespoon of organic coconut oil – this may need to be adjusted depending on the size of your dog
Optional – a few drops of essential oils – I am a huge believer of essential oils. They can do so many things. They have stopped my husband from snoring and fixed several of my headaches. Lavender is great to help relax dogs, and peppermint is great for any pains.

Add all the ingredients together in a jar or container, put the lid on tight, and shake it up good to mix together. Dogs have different skin just like us, so try using it once to ensure it doesn’t dry your dog’s skin out, then you can edit the recipe to fit your dog’s needs. I have a 90 lbs GSD and a 40 lbs Pit bull and it works great for both. My Pit bull will not let me put coconut oil on her skin so this is the perfect way for me to get some on her.

Well yall I hope you love this recipe and if you have any questions feel free to email me germanshepherddogs@doglover.com

Posted in Health, Homemade, Information

Home Remedy

If your like me you hate taking your dog to the vet, heck I hate going to the doctor. For me it is a 3 hour drive there and a 3 hour drive home to a good AKC vet so I only go when it is needed. I do all of my own home remedies and deworm by my self and take care of ear infections and all that.

Below is a few home remedies that will help keep your dog in less pain until you can get to a vet. Also check out these other post. Dry Skin CPR for dogs Basic First Aid For Pets In Case of Emergency Heat Stroke & Hyperthermia Emergency Vet Advice Cuts and Scrapes Cancer in dogs Dog safe human Medication

 

home-remedy

 

I hope this helps some of yall that are in the same position I am. I have several more home remedies that I love so feel free to email me anytime at germanshepherddogs@doglover.com

Posted in Homemade

NO Flea Treats

Do you live in an area affected by fleas?? Yes, well here is an all natural grain free ways to help keep the fleas off. Also check out my other post of fleas, and coconut oil.

Ingredients:

Instructions

Combine melted coconut oil and brewers yeast together in your blender. Bend for roughly 10 seconds until smooth

Transfer blended mixture into a plastic condiment bottle (trim tip to 1/4 inch opening) and use to fill small silicone pans.

Chill in refrigerator or freezer until set and solid

Remove from the pan the sore in refrigerator or freezer for up to 6 months

 

I hope this helps you all. If you have any questions feel free to email me anytime. Germanshepherddogs@doglover.com

 

Posted in Homemade

Minty Fresh Breath

Do you wish your dogs have minty fresh breath when all the family comes over this weekend?? Here is a treat that will do just that!!

Check it out!

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Oat Flour
  • 1 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley (leafs only)
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Mint (leafs only)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

Instructions

  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine oat flour and coconut flour in large bowl
  • Add finely chopped parsley and finely chopped mint
  • Add coconut oil, water, and beaten eggs
  • Combine all the ingredients together
  • Knead with your hands until you are able to shape in to a solid dough ball. If it is too crumbly, add a tiny bit of water.
  • Roll the dough ball out to approximately 1/4 inch
  • Use cookie cutter to cut out your shapes
  • Place onto your lined baking sheet
  • Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
  • Turn off oven and let them cool in the oven so they continue to dry out
  • store in airtight container in refrigeration for up to two weeks or in the freezer up to 3 months

 

This should help with that dog breath when greeting all the family members.

Hope you all enjoy and as always if you ever have any questions feel free to email me at germanshepherddogs@doglover.com

 

Posted in Homemade

Homemade Chicken Jerky

You know those Milo Chicken Jerky strips, well this is the homemade version, they are so simple to make and the dogs love them!!

I hope your dogs love them too

What you need

  • 1 pound Boneless Chicken Breast, or other lean meat.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • Trim the chicken of all visible fat
  • Rinse and pat dry
  • Using a cookie sheet with sides, line it with parchment paper
  • Place a wire rack onto the cookie sheet (this will allow the air to circulate as the chicken is dehydrating
  • Slice the chicken 1/8th inch to 1/4 inch thick
  • Place the chicken slices on a rack and cook for 2 hours *(check them after an hour and then every thirty minutes or so. Everyone’s oven can vary a little, so after you make them once you can adjust the time as necessary)
  • Flip them over after 2 hours
  • Continue to cook another 30 – 45 minutes
  • Turn oven off and let them cool in the oven with the door open a little.

 

I hope all of your dogs love this!!

If you ever have any questions feel free to email me at germanshepheddogs@doglover.com

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Homemade Chews 2

Sweet Potato & Zucchini Chews

My post yesterday  was a sweet potato Chew that was baked this one is dehydrated check out the recipe below.

First of all you need to pick what fruit or vegetable you want to use. Sweet Potato or Zucchini or any other dog safe fruit or vegetable (Pumpkin, Apple, Banana, Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Melon, papaya, pears, pineapple, raspberries, Squash, and strawberries to name a few) Check out Dog Safe Human Food for more ideas

Thinly slice with mandolin or knife
about 1/8th inch.

Place thinly sliced fruit and vegetables on dehydrators trays.

Turn on the dehydrator, if you have the fancy one with different settings, use the manufactures settings for vegetables and fruits.

Decide what consistency you want, does your dog like chewing on hard bones if so I would let them get harder, does your like a little softer items like stuffed animals and ropes if so remove them from the tray when you think is best.

Check the consistency of the vegetables and fruits often to ensure they don’t over cook. Remove them as they finish.

Store in brown paper sack in refrigerator for optimal shelf life.

I hope you all enjoy this. There are links above that lead you to amazon to purchase items. I do make a very small profit from amazon if you make a purchase. It helps me keep this blog going.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at germanshepheddogs@doglover.com