I hate to admit this, but we don’t give our dogs a bath very often. Which means that they are stinky. Their crates are stinky. Their bedding is stinky. Their breath? Oh, don’t even get me started.
Gus and Woodrow, our two 100 pounder Labrador Retrievers, have been outdoor dogs their entire lives. Don’t feel too bad for them. They have it made in the shade, quite literally. They come inside the garage to their crates at night, but the rest of their days are spent lounging pool-side on piles of cushion-y dog beds and being hand-fed snacks by a certain six year old. They are low-maintenance redneck dogs, but the one area where they are lacking the most?
I’ve been complaining about how stinky my dogs are for years.
It was pitiful.
Anyone who has ever owned an outdoor dog knows that it doesn’t take long for them to begin to smell like a goat with a buzzard scented albatross hanging around it’s neck. I’ve tried taking them to the groomer by myself, but transporting these two in a car alone is not an activity for the faint of heart.
I decided it was time to take action and put my essential oils to a major test. I used Purification oil, since that came inside my Young Living Kit and I already had it on-hand. I added 10 drops of Purification oil to an 8 ounce water bottle with a spray nozzle on top, shook it up and spritzed their coats, then allowed them to dry.
After spritzing their coats with the essential oil/water mixture they smell like puppies again! I am able to bury my face in their fur and it smells so good! Their stink has been completely erased, and I did nothing more than give them a spritz of water and essential oils. It is AMAZING the difference it made. It makes me want to curl up with them and take a nap like we used to do when they were little baby puppies.
There is another product from the Animal Scents™ Oil Collection called RepelAroma™. You can apply 2-4 drops in your hands and pet it onto the animal’s coat, add to a 1 oz spray bottle of either water or witch haze and spritz it on or diffuse it in the air. I have also used this product and it does work well, but it sometimes goes out of stock since it’s such a popular item.
Young Living even has a great smelling animal shampoo that I definitely will use more often than once a year, I promise.
Taking these two to the groomer would have cost me MUCH more than the essential oils cost me, and I only used 10 drops out of a big bottle of oil for this recipe, with plenty of stinky dog spray left to spare. I also saved myself the hassle of bathing two hundred pounds of lovey-dovey Labradors in the middle of winter. Cuz as much as I hate to admit it… they aren’t quite this sweet anymore.
I love my oils! In case you are wondering where to get a bottle of the essential oil blend, I can sell it to you! I am a distributor for Young Living essential oils. If you’re interested in buying any Animal Scents for your pets, you can click here to sign up to be a retail customer, or become a distributor and get wholesale prices!
A few notes about safety concerns:
If they didn’t weigh close to 100 lbs each I would adjust the number of drops and use WAY less for a smaller dog. Essential oils are incredible powerful and potent, so just one drop can go a very long way. Be sure to take that into consideration if you use these on your animals. Also, I have no experience with cats, so I cannot speak for how essential oils work on them. I’ve read that tea tree oil can be toxic to cats so please do your research before using essential oils on any of your animals.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions about essential oils around your home and family.
I’m happy to help with any questions you may have!