Updated: Aug 26, 2020
Border collies, not content with being amongst the smartest, fastest and most agile dogs around, are pretty up there when it comes to being tough too but a little TLC can really go a long way towards a happy, healthy dog.
As full time adventure dogs, our Collieflowers are out on the trails of southern Scotland every day. The paths and riverbeds out here in the hills can be rough on their pads and the unpredictable Scottish weather we get that seems to alternate, often without warning, between temperatures that wouldn't raise eyebrows in the artic to positively Mediterranean sunshine can result in the occasional bumps and scrapes to their feet.
As any dog owner who's had to wear in their new dog walking wellies will tell you, having sore feet is grim and it sucks the fun out of adventures when all you can think about is how to avoid the inevitable jab of pain you know is coming with every step as the stiff new rubber rubs against your heel! The same applies for our dogs when their paws are cracked and dry. Sore feet make for miserable dogs!
I recently stumbled across a tip from natural pet health advocate, author, and former practicing veterinarian Dr Andrew Jones in his Youtube series Veterinary Secrets about using Coconut Oil and I can categorically say, I've been blown away by just how good it is!
It's simple to use, you probably already have some around the house and if not it's easy to get hold of in most supermarkets or health food stores and IT ACTUALLY WORKS to repair cracks and calluses on paws naturally without overly moisturising them and making them vulnerable to even more scrapes. Best of all, a little goes a long way so one jar will last for ages!
Whilst the jury is still out on feeding coconut oil to your dog, you can safely use it on both skin and pads for topical relief. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties so if your dog is suffering from cracked pads or even other bumps, scrapes or allergic reactions to every day allergens such as grass, it can be safely used as a natural topical antibiotic to help naturally soothe wounds and speed up recovery. Most importantly, it’s lick proof as I can absolutely guarantee the minute I put anything near my dog's feet, they'll have a go at licking it off :-D
To make a super powered natural healing skin cream that can be used to soothe itchy spots, bites, stings or allergic reactions, simply take 2 tablespoons of organic, virgin coconut oil, add 1 teaspoon of honey and 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix it all together and rub it in to your dog’s skin well.
Properly-prepared, lavender oil is generally considered safe for use topically on dogs. The most common uses of lavender oil for dogs are to soothe itching, relieve irritation, and reduce inflammation but it’s also used to ease anxiety and stress!
Give it a go! Mix up a batch and let us know if it works for your dog too!