Dog paw care is extremely important because a dog’s paws take the impact of their entire body weight. Making sure that they stay healthy is a must.
How do we do this?
1) Keep their nails short
2) Trim the hair between the pads
3) Check regularly for any irritations, dryness and cracks
It helps to have Calming Floral Spray and treats on hand so that their paw care is a positive experience for both you and your pet.
If your dog has particularly dry paws why not give this sea salt and coconut oil scrub a try!
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
Simply mix them together well and use!
1/ Wash your dog’s feet really well
2/ Apply the scrub with gentle circulatory movements and massage in
3/ Rinse with warm water
If you’re using the scrub on your dog, wash your dog well before so that the skin and coat are squeaky clean. Apply the scrub with gentle circulatory movements and massage all over the body, avoiding the eyes and nose. Rinse with warm water and wash with your favourite shampoo.
I like to use Hawaiian Black Lava Sea Salt. Made from Sea Salt harvested from the Pacific Ocean, the salt is infused with activated charcoal (derived from coconut shells) to give it the distinctive black colour. The salt is known to have detoxifying and purifying qualities.
Please Note: The salt can leave a black ring on your sink and bath when used due to the charcoal in the salt.
The most obvious benefit of using a scrub is for exfoliation. Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. Exfoliation can be mechanical or chemical. Granulated particles of sea salt in your handmade scrub will slough off dead surface skin cells and smooth the rough patches of skin.
More benefits of the sea salt & coconut oil scrub
A sea salt scrub is not only beneficial because of its exfoliating properties but also the benefits of the sea salt and coconut oil themselves. Sea salt helps remove toxins from the skin and also contains many skin nourishing minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iodine, and calcium. Virgin coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which is antibacterial or to be more precise, bactericidal as it kills bacteria. Lauric acid is capable of damaging the lipid cover of some viruses, so we can say it’s antiviral as well.
And you know what? If you made too much of the scrub just use it on yourself … I’m sure your dog won’t mind!
Stay safe, Jitka xx