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Canine Spa Beauty Recipes

With all of the great new green, organic, and natural spa type products available, there are still a few simple recipes that you can prepare yourself with totally natural ingredients and no hidden additives!  These additions to your salon menu as a la cart services or as part of a spa upgrade package will use minimal time and create maximum profit all while you are benefiting your clients by offering special touches that they can't get anywhere else!
Gorgeous Nails! 
Do you have clients that want care for their dog's nails but want to avoid nail polish?  Give your canine clients a natural buff instead!  Using a nail brush (human type), clean the dog's feet and nails with a combination of white vinegar and baking soda.  Remember to clean well into the pads and clefts of the foot to remove any odor (dogs do carry a certain scent in the glands of their feet!).  Rinse, pat dry, and trim the dog's nails and file the tips round and soft.  Buff the surface of the nails with a fine nail buffer (human type).  Mix a few tablespoons of olive oil with the contents of a vitamin E capsule.  Rub the mixture into the nails and wipe away any excess.  Now finish this treatment with a final sweep with the nail buffer to create a nice shine. 
--You can finish this package with a clear coat of nail polish for a high gloss, but be sure that the client wants this addition.
Arrange the tools for this service in a pretty bowl, with a sprig of flowering silk plant tucked inside, a softly rolled up washcloth and other items to make it visually appealing.  Display it on your counter for referring to and allowing your clients to view it.  Often they will ask about the display, and having tools that are used by us for our hands and nails makes it identifiable to them.
Natural Ear Cleaner
1 part white or apple cider vinegar
2 parts water
It is that simple!

Natural Paw Balm
1 part beeswax
1 part olive oil or avocado oil
1 pinch borax
Purchase cosmetic grade beeswax and follow the manufacturer's instructions for melting (this is often sold at craft stores for making homemade lip balm).  Once the wax is melted, slowly add the olive oil or other edible oil, mix this until it is of a whipped consistency and add the pinch of borax.  Remember that the dog will lick its feet after the balm is applied, so all of the ingredients must be edible and of current non-spoilage date.  Store the balm in an airtight container to avoid spoilage or discoloration.  Just a few smudges of this on each pad will go a long way.  Rub it is well, and be sure not to make a mess of the hair around the pads.  Remember, too, that there is nothing that says you can't package this in a pretty jar with a nice personalized label, and offer it as part of a gift basket, or as part of a spa retail display!
Easing Motion Sickness from a Car Ride
Bofore travelling with your dog, feed them a small handful of bland saltine crackers.
Also, you can stick a few sprigs of fresh peppermint in the airvents of the dash and turn the air on to circulate the aroma.  This has helped me many times with my dogs and with client dogs that get pick up and delivery services!
Quickly Easing Anxiety
If you work in a salon and want to help certain clients that have overwhelming separation anxiety, or if you own a dog that experiences severe thunderphobia or vet phobia, keep on hand a bottle of Bach'sRescue Remedy.  This is a mixture that contains Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plums, Clematis, Rock Rose, and Impatiens, and it is a tried and true favorite of mine for quickly calming panicked pets.
Oily Coat Rinse
To treat oily, flaky coat naturally, mix:
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (30ml)
or lemon juice
1 quart warm water
Crack in a raw egg (do not allow them to lick this mixture!)
Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil
Mix well to beat softly the egg and mix ingredients,
Pour this mixture over the dog's coat, massage it in well,
Rinse very well- until water runs clear
Towel dry and dry as usual


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