Better living through nature
A year and a half ago my boyfriend and I fell in love with Addi, a 1-year-old Queensland Heeler, from the pound. The first month was a little strange as I had never owned a dog before and my pet resume was limited to cats. Fortunately, my boyfriend grew up around dogs, specifically Australian Heelers. Since reading articles about herbal pet care written by Randy Kidd, D.V.M. on The Herb Companion website, we have tried to treat Addi with natural, herbal remedies.
Addi already knew basic dog tricks when we got her—sit, stay, etc.—but we decided to teach her a few more, like how to high five and how to play dead. Rather than buy dog treats, I decided to bake them knowing I would have control over which ingredients would go in and more importantly, which ingredients stayed out. I used Janice Cox’s recipe for Basic Doggie Biscuits from the September 2008 article Body & Soul: Pet Treats.
Basic Doggie Biscuits
Makes about 2 dozen biscuits
• 1¾ cup whole wheat flour
• 1¼ cup oatmeal
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together, then pour in oil and water.
2. Mix well until dough is firm. Roll dough out on a floured board and cut into shapes.
3. Grease a cookie sheet. Use a spatula to carefully transfer biscuits to cookie sheet. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown.
4. Cool. Store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place.
Clearly Addi hates baths. Although we live where fleas and ticks are rare, we treat Addi with an herbal flea repellent rinse after her much-dreaded bath. Some flea collars contain tetrachlorvinphos or propoxur. Both are harmful chemicals that can damage a dog’s immune system, nervous system and brain. Luckily there is another option. Kidd's herbal flea remedy works great on Addi and isn't harmful to her health. We combine lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) to make this herbal remedy.
Do you have a great dog or cat? Have you tried any herbal pet remedies? Drop me (or Addi!) a comment and lets chat about it.