As if the random drugs and money thrown in our yard, shootings up the street and untimely power outages weren't enough, the near constant fireworks from June 1- July 5th rage in our city.
When you take away favored holiday celebration, Bostonians take matters into their own hands.
Typically my children are fast asleep and none the wiser. My fur babies, not so much.
The agitation is palpable for Penny and Mandy, even my precious Roman, who is typically super chill no matter what.
We diffuse near constantly in our home, as one with all these people and all these critters would do.
But during this season, we are very specific with what we chose.
Remember the Stress Reduction blend I share? That has made a marked difference in the pets. A couple of our dogs require more power than lavender.
Here are a few ideas that we have done and will continue for the duration of the celebrations:
Diffuse morning, noon and night, with two diffusers in the rooms the dogs spend most of the evening when the bombs' red glare begins.
Apply one drop of Stress Away, Lavender and/or Trauma Life to their ears. (Be sure if you're trying this your fur baby enjoys the aroma first)
Play quiet high frequency music, just low enough that a human can barely hear it. The high frequency will soothe a pups mental state and keep them calm while the sounds are raging outside.
We keep a sharp eye on them when they head out back to make sure they don't jump a fence or escape. Likely our dogs wouldn't, they have it too good here, but some dogs bolt when terrified and suddenly their world is too loud.
As with our own children when stress levels are high in the home, we are extra vigilant to be aware of any mood changes in the dogs.
If you do not have your dog microchipped, this would be a good time to have them wear a collar just in case they run off unexpectedly. We do not keep collars on our pets for obvious reasons, but they are microchipped. Which, by the way, came in handy when Dwight decided to go for a stroll last Summer.
Keep your entire family safe and peaceful this time of year, especially the furrier ones.
Caring For Pets on the 4th
SKUNK VS DOG
If the dog didn't win, which it usually does not, I'm sure the aroma in your world right now is... well, not amazing.
If you can, it's an age old tip to bathe the dog in tomato juice first. Be sure to wear rubber gloves to keep the odor from transferring to your hands. The acid in the tomato juice will help break down the constituents in the skunk's spray. Apple cider vinegar, or vinegar can also work but it may be quite drying to your pet's skin. Next step, I suggest replenishing the vitality of their coat with a follow up wash. Personally I love animal scents shampoo, and don't forget finish with a purification spray to continue to help balance the odor. If you don't have the shampoo, you can use castile soap with a bit of sweet almond oil added. To that, I would consider adding purification, lavender or geranium to the castile soap mix.
*When using castile soap, it is ideal to follow up with a hydrating conditioner. I personally love Young Living Vanilla Copaiba conditioner.
DOG GROOMING WITH OILS
Tear stain removal
We all want two things when it comes to dog grooming:
1. for them to love it
2. for them to not have tear stains after all that hard work, is that too much to ask for?
I think not.
Essential oils play a huge role in his grooming.
TEAR STAIN SERUM
In a 1 ounce dropper vial, combine the following:
• Hydrogen Peroxide
• Vegetable Glycerin
1/8 tsp coarse salt (such as Kosher salt or Sea Salt)
2 drops Thieves Liquid Dish Soap
5 drops Lavender essential oil
1 drop Roman Chamomile essential oil
1 drop Tea Tree essential oil
Shake well and apply and wipe gently with a dry soft cloth or seedling wipes.
PETS and OILS
I know, it's the middle of July, and right now you're looking at this picture thinking, how on earth will it ever be cool enough for this type of attire, let alone the need to soothe paws and hands? I can assure you, my friend, the dryness of Winter will be here before we blink.
Animal Scents Ointment is truly a gift to both humans and animals containing over eight essential oils. It acts as a sealer when applied with other essential oils. Remember the days of using a goopy ointment over a cut, scrape or wound? Yes, like that. It is a protective and soothing salve formulated for external use on animals but extremely beneficial for humans.
You should know~ There is zero regulation on conventional pet products, therefore most of the ingredients are never listed on the container! But people say essential oils can harm pets. Oy vey...
Animal Scents salve, however, contains no synthetic compounds or harmful chemicals and Young Living shares what is in it.
Because we have exceptional standards for ingredients, supply constraints can be a challenge come Winter. Therefore, I advise you add this to your collection by the end of Summer.
Note in 2018, Animal Scents Ointment was reformulated to NOT include animal products such as mink oil, lanolin and bees wax. And wheat germ oil, sesame seed oil and lecithin. The base ingredients were replaced with:
Apricot Kernel Oil Sunflower Seed Oil and Wax, Coconut Oil , Mango Seed Butter ,Castor Seed Oil, Avocado Seed Oil , Tamanu Seed Oil ,Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Glycerine