Dog Mom Essentials

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The day we adopted Gronk!  Our first family photo.

Josh and I adopted our dog, Gronk, in October 2016 from Last Hope K9 Rescue in Boston, MA.  He is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix with either French Bulldog or Chihuahua, according to his DNA swab results.  We love our little furbaby!

Dog ownership can be overwhelming!  There are so many products out there that we’re told are good for our dog, but after we read recall after recall on dog related items it can make you question every decision you’re making for your dog.  Thankfully we have found some solutions that have worked for us.  Here are the Pure Haven Essential products that help us with puppy parenting.

Master Blaster

Master Blaster + Shampooer = stain free couch!

Gronk is the couch king!  He loves snuggling up with us while we watch television.  Unfortunately, that means our couch gets a little dirty.  We have a personal rug and upholstery shampooer, but I wasn’t about to use the little bottle of toxins that came with the machine.  Instead, I mixed a bit of Master Blaster and water in our machine and takes all the stains right out.

Surface Cleaner

Accidents happen.  A month or so after I became a Pure Haven Essentials consultant, Gronk came down with a terrible stomach bug that made him the poster dog for our Surface Cleaner!  Let’s just say our poor pup had us grabbing the Surface Cleaner multiple times over those two days.  Our hardwood floors were clean, protected, and the room smelled like lovely lemongrass instead of the…alternative.

I also love cleaning the floors knowing I don’t have to worry about him walking through it and licking his paws after.  I don’t have to completely close him out of the room while it dries.

Baby Wash and Shampoo

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Gronk with his favorite products.

When Gronk first came home with us, he had some skin issues.  His fur was patchy in places and his skin was dry and flakey.

I thought I was using a “natural” dog shampoo, until I looked at the ingredients: fragrance and sodium laurel sulfate!  I switched to our baby wash and shampoo for Mr. Gronk.  His fur is so soft and his skin has improved dramatically.  The lavender essential oils calm him.  He loves laying in the sun and drifting off to sleep after tub time.

**UPDATE August 2017**

We now have Pet Shampoo and Paw Balm!  Our Pet Shampoo is AMAZING!  A little goes a long way with this shampoo.  Josh and I just run a line across his back and it spreads to cover all over him.  It smells WONDERFUL with lavender and oatmeal.  Our Paw Balm is also great for our New England winters and takes good care of Gronk’s paws (and I’ve put it on my feet too!)

Laundry Detergent

Gronk is not just a couch king, but he is a blanket hog!  The minute you pull out a fleece blanket to curl up on the couch, his eyes get wide and he jumps up to snuggle you (and slowly pull the blanket off of you and wrap himself in it).  *sigh*  It’s a good thing he’s cute!

I am so in love with our new laundry detergent.  When I sniff and think, “This smells like dog” on a blanket, I throw it in the wash with a scoop of our detergent.  I know it will come back clean and toxic free.  We wash his bed and his blankets and it comes back clean and refreshed.

Essential Oils

Before using essential oils on your dog, please remember the following:

  • Always dilute the oils with a carrier oil.  Do not apply essential oils directly to skin.
  • Avoid eyes, nose, anal area, and genital areas.
  • Use cautiously with puppies under 10 weeks of age, very old dogs or pregnant dogs.
  • Oils should be applied topically with a rollerball or sprayed or diffused.  Again, do not put the oil directly onto the dog.

Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint Essential Oil Tick Spray:

  • 1 part water
  • 2 parts white vinegar
  • 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops of peppermint essential oil.

Mix together in a spray bottle.

Lemon Oil for Fleas

Fleas can be so frustrating!  We love our pets, but there’s just something unsettling knowing that your home is infested with little bugs.  Then you get the sensation that they’re biting you–whether they really are or not!  They get stuck in fabrics.  They lay eggs.  It just takes so much time to get rid of those things!

Lemon essential oil and water to the rescue!  Mix in a spray bottle and spray wherever you need to.  Dog bed, couch,

Cedarwood:

Gronk was an anxious little pup when we brought him home for the first few months.  Someone recommended I diffuse cedarwood oil to help calm him.  Sure enough, it helped calm his nerves.

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Chrissy Lives Toxic Free and Pure Haven Essentials do not claim to cure common dog illnesses and problems.  These are just the results we have had in our home.  Please consult your veterinarian for your dog’s health concerns.

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