July 7, 2006, Newsletter Issue #142: Stress, Anxiety, and Grooming

Tip of the Week

Dog grooming can be a stressful time for a dog, so do what you can to help him through it. There are soap free natural dog shampoos that also use specific ingredients to alleviate stress through aromatherapy. You can also use these products at home to make bath time less stressful for everyone. Here's a quick guide to aromatic pet soaps:

Peppermint and spearmint can be used to treat stress and promote relaxation. These soaps can also contain honey, which helps the skin retain moisture, and oatmeal, when ground fine nourishes the skin and helps with any itchy skin conditions.
Vanilla is known to reduce frustration and when paired with lavender, which promotes healing, you have a great aromatic soap.
Cinnamon leaf is great for antiseptic and cleansing. And it's also a natural antibiotic.
Citronella and eucalyptus are both terrific as a natural insect repellents and deodorizers for to freshen up your dog.

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