What does the USDA Organic Seal mean on grooming products? You'll be surprised!

Recently we were asked: “earthbath is all-natural, so why doesn’t earthbath have the USDA Organic Seal?” It’s a question that occasionally comes across our desk, and it’s a great one that we’re only too happy to answer! Even though we love to buy and eat organic produce, and we use the most natural ingredients we can find in our products, we don’t want the USDA Organic Seal (as it stands now) for our grooming products and neither should you. Huh? How can this be, you ask? Well, it’s a bit counter-intuitive but to the best of our knowledge, in order for a grooming product to have the USDA Organic Seal, the grooming solution must contain 100% organic SOAP.

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Does waterless grooming really work?

earthbath waterless grooming foam

earthbath Totally Natural Grooming Foams contain all natural ingredients that are paraben-free, phosphate free, biodegradable and pH-balanced for sensitive skin. They contain gentle cleansers that whisk away dander and dirt, without the need for water, simply leaving the coat with a plush, show-quality shine. Just rub in, and towel off! Good stuff like shea butter, colloidal oatmeal, meadow foam seed oil and aloe vera condition and nourish both coats and skin. Another extra benefit is that the waterless nature of our grooming foams means that the natural oils in the skin are retained, making this a great product for dogs with sensitive skin!

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Stress-busters for dogs

Destructive stress based behavior in dogs

In a recent post, we wrote about the most commonly observed symptoms of stress in dogs, to which you might rightly be thinking: “Yeah… thanks for leaving me hanging. So now that I’ve identified that my dog is a bona fide stress-case, what do I do about it?!” And right on cue, we’ve got a follow-up to answer this very question, in order to address the more important issue here: how you can help soothe the anxiety in your little furry worrywart! Read on for the most common stress-inducers, and how to relieve them!

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Do you really have to brush your dog's teeth?

dog dental health

It’s that time of year again… February is here and that means it’s another month to talk about the importance of your pet’s dental health! I think just about every dog owner would be lying if they said they were truly diligent about brushing and flossing their own teeth regularly, let alone brushing their dog’s teeth. As if there wasn’t already enough to do in the day, right?!

But there are some pretty important reasons why you shouldn’t ignore that “doggy” breath. It doesn’t have to be the norm that dogs have terrible breath; in fact, bad breath is usually a sign of a more serious health problem, ranging from rotting teeth and periodontal disease, to potentially life-threatening diseases in the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.

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Natural Remedies: Acupuncture For Your Pet?

Pain, arthritis, digestive problems, kidney failure, allergies, anxiety: these are just some of the ailments and illnesses that acupuncture can effectively treat.
…in animals. As holistic therapies become more and more common for people in the West, so too are they becoming accepted forms of treatment for pets here too (though according to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, acupuncture has been used on animals for at least 3000 years!). Read on to find out how this ancient form of medical treatment can help your pet!

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Why is my dog itching? — Identifying and Preventing Pet Allergies

Your dog is scratching constantly, rolling around in the dirt more than usual, licking its paws, and/or sitting abruptly and turning to bite itself. It’s clear he’s uncomfortable and itchy, but why? It’s probably dog allergies. But is it due to pollen, food, dust mites … or your other pets? There are nearly endless possibilities. We help you narrow it down to the likeliest ones. Once you know what’s causing your dog to itch, you can take action to provide your dog with some much-needed relief. Also: have you noticed an increase in allergies this summer? How do you deal with them? Share your tips with us! If you leave a comment below and post it to Facebook, you may receive a little earthbath surprise from us!

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Summer Coat Care for Dog Paddlers!

If your dog loves jumping in the lake, cavorting on the beach, or even diving into the pool, that summer splash factor can wreak havoc on your dog’s shiny coat and itch-free skin unless you take some simple grooming precautions. Read on for more coat care for Pool Pooches, Beach Dogs, and Freshwater Fidos!

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Preventing Doggy Swimmer's Ear!

Summertime brings with it longer days, sun-drenched vacations, and necessary escapes to the nearest body of water to cool down. For dogs who like to hit the lake, beach, or pool with you, this increased time in the water also increases the risk of painful ear infections. When water enters the ear canal, the perfect environment – dark and wet – is created for bacterial and yeast to grow in. Read on for more tips on preventing ear infections in your summertime swimmers!

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Top six (preventable!) pet health problems

The importance of this is confirmed in the 2011 “State of Pet Health” Report, a 40 page comprehensive summary of research conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital, a nationwide network of veterinary hospitals. Compiled from medical data from more than 2.1 million dogs and 450,000 cats, the report lists the most common diagnoses in dogs and cats, and details six specific and preventable health conditions that are increasingly affecting our pets:

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Downward Dog with a "Dogi" of Yoga!

Yoga WITH YOUR DOG? I needed to do some research on this new form of yoga, called [natch] “doga” before going any further. I immediately called Anne Appleby, Yoga Teacher and Founder of YogaForce (and of course, friend of earthbath), who also happens to be a Doga pioneer, for more information.

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