The Dog & I Product FAQ's
Coconut oil has some fabulous properties. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, moisturising and more. What’s not to love.
Can I use it on cats? Most essential oils are toxic to cats so you can use the unperfumed variety with oatmeal as above but not any of the others.
Can I use it on horses? Yes yes yes! All varieties are fabulous for horses and are awesome for scrubbing manes and tails, bringing socks up bright and white and generally scrubbing those mud stains off.
Can I use it on myself? You can if you want to, I do! However, it does not have the necessary safety assessments for me to sell it for human use - that does not mean it is not safe - I can give away as much as I would like - and I do to friends, family, and neighbours! Realistically though there are different soap recipes out there that I much prefer for human soaps that are far more luxurious on our skin.
How long does it last? As a guide 1 small 50g bar will bath 10 westie sized dogs.
How do I use it? I send out a handy leaflet with every purchase, but a very wet coat is key, rub directly on to the coat and use the bar itself to scrub. It will lather up quickly. Rinse well - and you are done!
How do I keep it between baths? Allow it to dry out between baths, keep spare bars in a cool, dry place. Other than that soap is low maintenance!
What is the shelf life? Unlike us, your soap will get better and better with age, the longer you keep it the harder it will get and the longer it lasts. Because I use natural essential oils the outer scent will fade over time but as the bar is used the oils within are released. I have used soap that is well over 12 months old and it foams as beautifully as when it was first made, coconut oil has a lengthy shelf life.
Which soap is best for my dog’s coat type? All the soaps have the same base recipe, so the answer is any or all. whichever scent is your personal preference will be fabulous. For very sensitive skins I would suggest the unperfumed with oatmeal. It is not as boring as it sounds, leaves a lovely 'soap' smell and nothing more.
Can I use it on different dogs? Yes, you can - give it a good rinse between dogs for hygiene. You can also put it in a UV steriliser if you are a dog groomer and have one. If you have any concerns, then cut your soap up - one bit for bums. One bit for faces - you get the picture.
Can I use it on cockerpoos? Generally, no - unless they are kept short. Cockerpoos and other poo crosses have quite specific coat care needs, they really do need a little more tlc and a conditioning product which sadly is not possible in soap bar. But check out the beautiful conditioning shampoo.
Is it good for sensitive skin? Yes brilliant, I have had so much feedback regarding success stories with sensitive, itchy, and problem skins.Is it suitable for dog groomers to use? Yes, I have lots of groomers who use it. Not exclusively but as an extra tool in their kit as it were. It is fabulous for problem skins, fox poo, beards, bums, short hairs, smooth hairs, terriers (brings westies up beautifully) and more.