All Natural Dog Care: Flea and Tick Control

This all natural dog care review has been compensated by Only Natural Pets. All opinions are mine alone.
All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

Copper on the path in our backyard. 

Welcome to my backyard! I love our backyard – and so do our dogs. We live on a heavily wooded hillside where 80% of the yard is left “wild.”

While I love the low maintenance aspect of our wooded lot, the dogs love that it attracts all types of wildlife.

Unfortunately, that wildlife includes all manner of creepy and crawly insects.

While fleas aren’t a huge concern in my part of Colorado, we definitely have ticks. And ticks love heavily wooded areas. Areas just like my backyard.

I fear ticks. While most people know about Lyme disease, did you know ticks can also carry Colorado tick fever?

Finding an all natural solution to flea and tick control is important to my pets and my family.

Any time I sit down in the house, I end up with Nina on my lap.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

Having the constant contact between Nina and myself means I’m very aware that any little creepy crawlies that attach themselves to her feathery fur can easily get transferred to me.

I recently was able to try Only Natural Pets Flea and Tick Control products. With their all natural dog care line, I learned you can effectively fight fleas and ticks without pesticides.

The products I instantly fell in love with use essential oils. Their Easy Defense Herbal Oil Blend  contains neem, citronella, lavender, cedar, and other essential oils. It’s easy to apply using a dropper then rubbing it in.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

I love the smell of this herbal oil blend. Copper thinks it smells great too!

Having animals that smell nice is a plus in my book.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

While the dropper is great on Copper’s short coat, I love the Easy Defense Herbal Spray for Nina’s long hair.

The smell is definitely stronger. However, since Nina can start to stink in between groomings, it has the added benefit of being like a doggie perfume on her. 🙂

I’d definitely recommend spraying it on outside because it is potent.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

I could still smell the herbal spray on her 7 days after applying it. It is that potent.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

The other product that is a huge hit in our house is the Only Natural Pets Barrier Bites. These bites contain both brewer’s yeast and garlic. The dogs love them but they have no idea that ingesting them makes them less appetizing to biting insects.

All natural dog care flea and tick control using essential oils that are safe for pets.

It’s an easy way to get your dogs natural protection. I would definitely recommend adding these treats to your natural dog care routine. If you are going to give your dogs treats anyway, they may as well have some added benefits, am I right?

If you are like me, and you look for non-toxic but effective all natural dog care solutions, I’d love for you to give any of the Only Natural Pet Products a try. They have an entire line of products designed to prevent, control and repel fleas and ticks. By using Code AFGREEN at checkout, you can save 25% + get FREE Shipping on all Flea & Tick products at Only Natural Pet now through August 31st.

DIY Healthy Whole Wheat Dog Treats Recipe

A fun recipe for Whole Wheat Dog Treats.

An easy DIY: Homemade Whole Wheat Dog Treats Recipe. Only three ingredients.

I have a confession to make. I do not enjoy rolling out dough.

My mom always made roll out sugar cookies with my girls because I just didn’t think they were worth the hassle. (Thank goodness for moms with patience, yes?)

So I’ll admit it is a wee bit odd that the time I decide to make cut out “cookies” it’s for my dogs!

You see, I’ve had a dog bone shaped cookie cutter in my drawer for forever.

It was time.

I either needed to use that cookie cutter, or it needed to find a new home.

After a recipe for homemade dog treats came up in my Pinterest stream (oh Pinterest!), I pulled out the cookie cutter and decided to bake for my dogs.

It helped that the recipe only has three ingredients.

To make the treats healthier, I used whole wheat flour. Gotta spread the healthy whole wheat flour love to all my kids – two and four legged.

whole wheat dog treats

PEOPLE! This dough is AWESOME for rolling.

I used two pieces of parchment paper and rolled it out between them. I’d say I rolled the dough to about 1/4 inch thick.

Then I cut out the bones AND THEY DIDN’T STICK OR TEAR! Cue the heavenly angels singing.

Check out how easy this recipe is to make. And oh by the way, these treats cost a fraction of what purchasing dog treats at the store does!

Whole Wheat Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 4 ounce jar organic carrot baby food
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine flour, carrot puree, and eggs in mixer bowl. Mix on medium speed until a crumbly mixture forms.
  3. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time or until the mixture becomes soft and sticky.
  4. Roll dough between two sheets parchment paper. Cut out with small cookie cutter.
  5. Transfer cookie cut outs to a greased baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool before serving.
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Dogs getting treats

My dogs didn’t even know these whole wheat dog treats were healthy. They loved them.

Since publishing this post, we’ve expanded our family. Meet Wilson! You can follow this blue eyed blonde on Instagram!

It looks like I’m keeping the dog bone cookie cutter! 

Natural Dog Eye Drops

Natural Dog Eye Drops can be easily made and administered at home.
Natural Dog Eye Drops

Do you have a dog that loves to hang it’s head out the window while riding in the car? ME TOO!

What about a dog with long fur around it’s face where hair gets stuck on their eye and you can see it floating? ME TOO!

These are only two instances where you made need to use natural dog eye drops to flush irritants and debris out of your dog’s eyes.

Of course, it is important to always exercise extra care when treating your dog at home. If you don’t feel confident that using eye drops is the solution to your dog’s problem, be sure to seek the guidance of your vet.

However, if you can see that what is upsetting your dog is something floating in it’s eye, give these drops a try. It could save you hundreds (literally!) on vet bills.

Natural Dog Eye Drops Recipe

  • Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon sea salt in 1 cup purified water.
  • Keep this mixture at room temperature.
  • Use a saturated cotton ball to squeeze liquid into the eye, or use an eye dropper.
  • Use enough liquid to properly flush eye.

I never have an eye dropper at home. I just don’t keep one in my cabinet. (Maybe I should???)

So I’ve found soaking a cotton ball and squeezing it over the eye to be effective.

Please make sure you don’t actually touch the eye. You want to keep the drops sterile.

As an alternative to making your own at home, I can recommend Only Natural Pet’s Eye Care.

Natural Pet Eye Drops

However, if you take a look at the ingredients, you’ll find it is basically the same ingredients as the homemade solution.

20 Safe and Eco-Friendly Dog Supplies

20 Safe and Eco-Friendly Dog Supplies When Only the Best for Your Dog Will Do

This list of 20 Safe and Eco-Friendly Dog Supplies is made up of the things I’d recommend based on my experience with my two dogs.

One dog we rescued 12 years ago, the other we inherited 6 months ago.

My dogs are my constant companions, and they enrich my life greatly.

As such, I want them to have long, full, and happy lives.

To me, that means applying the same standard for products I buy them that I do for the rest of my family. Therefore, I choose to invest in non-toxic products that are also eco-friendly.

What’s the big deal about eco-friendly dog supplies?

Did you know the country’s 73 million dogs produce about 10 million tons of poo each year?

Or did you know a shredded rubber or plastic toys can take close to forever to biodegrade?

That’s right. Our pets are some of our worst eco-offenders.

Fortunately, there is a great selection of eco-friendly dog supplies currently available.

20 Eco-Friendly Dog Supplies when you want the best for your dog

 

Interactive Dog Toys

  • Zoloflex TuxThis is my dog’s favorite treat stuffer. I like it because it is a non-toxic, dishwasher safe alternative to the popular Kong. Stuff it with organic treats or simply play toss. It is built tough, but if your dog does destroy it, they will replace it one time. At the end of it’s life, it’s actually recyclable.
  • Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Snoop Toy – Think your dog is smart? Give this snoop toy a try. This toy is intended as a mental challenge, not for use as a chew toy. It conceals your dog’s treats, so he’ll have to work to get it out.
  • Kyjen Treat Triad Puzzle – Take your dog’s intelligence to the next level. This challenging puzzle toy has several layers that need to be uncovered in order for your dog to get to the treats you tuck inside.

Balls and Discs

  • JW Pet Giggler Ball – This ball giggles when moved or bounced. My dogs just look at this curiously. I think it freaks them out a bit. But then it becomes a game of chase and kill the giggler. Happy day. I love that it is made from non-toxic, durable rubber.
  • Zogoflex Jive – This BPA-Free ball is also recycleable. It comes in a small size that is nice for smaller breeds. I’m just a fan of all West Paw products.
  • Zogoflex Zisc – Engage in a fun game of fetch with this pliable, non-toxic and recyclable disc. It also floats if you have a dog that loves water. I can definitely throw a disc further than I can a ball, so this really wears my pups out.

Plush Dog Toys

  • Simply Fido Organic Plushes – Doesn’t your dog deserve to snuggle up with a lovey made out of organic fabrics, all-natural dyes and recycled polyester filler? Choose from a rabbit, monkey, lion, alligator, lamb, or bear.

Eco-Friendly Dog Supplies at The Natural Green Mom

Tug and Rope Toys

  • Harry Barker Ball and Rope – Perfect for any dog that loves to play fetch and tug-o-war. My dogs bring me the ball but don’t want to drop it. They want me to tug. This toy is perfect.
  • Tug-a-Hemp – This rope is made entirely from hemp, which is chemical-free, non-toxic and entirely biodegradable. It’s also a sustainably grown crop. It’s a great eco-friendly dog toy.

Dog Beds

  • OrganicPedic Dog Beds – These are expensive but the beds are made from an organic cotton cover and are filled with organic cotton and organically grown buckwheat hulls.
  • Big Shrimpy Catalina Plush Beds– A big “must” for me in a dog bed is it has to be washable. These are not only washable, but they are stuffed with SmartFill, a polyester fiber made from recycled plastics. When the bed wears out, you can send it back to Big Shrimpy to have it recycled.
  • Harry Barker Striped Hemp Pet Bed – These highly rated dog beds are also quite cute. Made by a company committed to green products, these beds are made from a hemp fabric and filled with post consumer recycled material.

Dog Collars

  • Eton Collar – These remind me of the preppy ’80s! Made from recycled plastics, these are also machine washable. I don’t know about your dog’s collars, but mine gets coated with hair and can be become really dirty.
  • Newport Collar – Again, darling preppy look in tons of colors. Same recycled material as the Eton.
  • Top Rope Collar – If you have a dog with thick fur, consider a top rope collar.

Dog Leashes

  • Hemp Dog Leash – Although these leashes are biodegradable, they are durable.
  • Flat Out Leash – This leash gets high marks. This leash has a three in one design: it comes with a padded handle for handheld outings; a waist-worn option for a good run, and a securing option for errands where your dog waits outside.
  • Ruff Wear Beacon Safety Light – Do you walk your dog at night? Consider getting one of these for your dog’s leash or collar. There are no streetlights on our street, so I really appreciate dog owners who have these.

Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags

  • BioBags – Picking up after your dog is never a fun chore, but it is a pet owner’s responsibility. These bags are made from plants, vegetable oils and compostable polymers. Personally, I like that they are black. As if that can somehow disguise a poop bag. Still. It’s something.

Grooming

With grooming, I really like to make my own products. They are inexpensive and I know exactly what ingredients are in them. For your grooming needs, check out the Best DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo and Non-Toxic Pet Odor Eliminator.

Do you look for eco-friendly dog supplies? Do you have any favorites you would recommend?

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets made with just 5 ingredients. No baking required.

Copper is our 12 year old Vizsla, and he is our true fur baby. We adopted him from a rescue organization when he was 2 and to be perfectly honest, he’s run our household ever since. (Can you say spoiled????)

About 6 months ago he went to get up out of his dog bed and couldn’t. It was like his entire rear end wouldn’t work. My heart broke into pieces.

At the vet’s office they did x-rays that revealed painful inflammation from arthritis. They prescribed a capsule pill twice a day.

Copper HATES these pills.

This is quite unusual because Copper eats everything.

The only way we could get him to take the pill was to purchase pill pockets and tuck his pills into them.

Then he learned to eat the pill pockets and spit out the pill.

Grrrrrrrrr.

So I took to the Internet and did some research on homemade dog treats. Most treats I found were baked and hard and would not work to tuck a treat into.

I needed to find a soft treat but I also wanted to integrate some ingredients I knew would benefit his joints and his dandruffy butt.

Homemade dog pill pockets made with coconut oil
Be prepared to have an audience while you make these homemade dog pill pockets.

This recipe has vet approved ingredients including beef gelatin for his joints (This is the beef gelatin I order) and coconut oil for his coat. (This is the coconut oil I order).  If you have a natural grocery store nearby, you should be able to pick up these ingredients there.

To make oat flour, simply grind oatmeal in your blender.  It’s that easy.

To make sure these aren’t full of sodium, try making your own organic chicken stock.

These homemade pill pockets don’t require any baking, so I can easily whip up a batch in minutes.

Since they are perishable, I put a week’s worth into the refrigerator and freeze the rest. Line your pill pockets on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Freeze them for about an hour before transferring them to a freezer safe container.

Be sure to label your pill pockets before putting them in the fridge so no one mistakes them for energy balls.

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup gelatin powder
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
  2. With wet hands, roll dough into small balls. Line up on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Use a chopstick to poke a hole into the center of each ball big enough to hold a pill.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Balls can also be frozen.
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Copper loves these homemade dog pill pockets. I can make them large enough to completely tuck a treat into, which keeps him from spitting them out. Every batch I also make just a few small balls to give to our other dog, Nina. No one likes getting left out when it comes to treats.

homemade dog pill pockets

UPDATE: I’m sad to report that our family lost our beloved Copper – the taste tester for these pill pockets. Since his death, we’ve welcomed a new member of our family. Meet Wilson! We’re so in love with this blue eyed blonde, we’ve started his own Instagram page!