*Always consult your veterinarian prior to self-medicating your dog. I am not a veterinarian or medical professional so use the Purple Stuff and the Anti-Itch Spray at your own risk. I am sharing these recipes based on my personal experience and those of my colleagues.
It is the time of year when dogs everywhere are raising a united hind leg and scratching their annoying itch. I would be afraid to know how much money we have sent to combat the misery of itching over the years of being pet parents. We have bought sprays, ointments, shampoos, powders, you name it and we’ve tried it. Our vets have given steroid shots and pills. Most of them work for a time but at what cost both monetarily and health wise for your dog?
I try very hard not to put chemicals in or on Bentley and Pierre. *The exceptions are their heartworm preventative and required immunizations. For allergies, we tried the new Apoquel® and it was incredible. Bentley’s itching stopped within hours and we were all so happy! Then, I read one too many reports on how dangerous it can be to use long term.
What is the pet parent of an itchy dog supposed to do? I found this DIY recipe on Planet Paws Facebook page from Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Becker. It was super simple to mix and spray. It does need to be kept in the refrigerator but that makes it feel even better to Bentley.
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup brewed green tea
1 cup distilled water
5 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Mix together in a two cup container. Pour liquid into a clean spray bottle. Shake well before spraying your dog and never spray near their face. I spray some in my hand to rub under Bentley’s neck.
This mixture only smells while it is wet but I spray Bentley outside. It keeps him from itching for several hours. He usually gets sprayed in the morning and again in the afternoon. It would be nice to have it keep the itch away longer, but for a chemical-free solution that works, I don’t mind.
Our second problem that we have conquered thanks to a DIY recipe is ear infections. Six months ago I began using The Purple Stuff in Bentley’s ears according to a recipe from my friend, Emma from MY GBGV Life. I am incredibly proud to announce that Bentley has been ear infection free this entire time. We have spent the last 8 years treating an infection about every 3 months.
It has gotten to the point that I tell total strangers about this magical mixture. Just think of me as The Purple Stuff Paul Revere of ear infections. I even sent the link to my last post on the subject to my doctor for his pup.
*Always make sure that your dog DOES NOT have an infection when starting this treatment.
The Purple Stuff
16 oz. isopropyl alcohol
4 tbsp. Boric Acid Powder
16 drops Gentian Violet (1% solution)
Mix ingredients in the alcohol bottle and shake well. It is important to shake solution every time you use it to mix the Boric Acid Powder. You can use a baby ear syringe or a plastic squirt bottle to put the solution into your dog’s ears. Refer to my post; Combating Ear Infections for complete instructions.
I hope these two easy DIY recipes puts a smile on your face and wag in your dog's tail.
RT ~ 2 fantastic DIY #Dog Allergy Hacks on Barking from the Bayou #Itching #EarProblems https://t.co/tQT2ZWGGo7 pic.twitter.com/YdExiLn8KQ— M. K.Clinton (@mk_clinton) June 3, 2016
We are joining this week’s Pet Parade a few days late but that just shows how easy it is to hop on all week. Enjoy the Pet Parade Blog Hop! Join the fun with Rascal and Rocco, Bionic Basil’s Blog, Love is being owned by a Husky, and me.