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Beauty Therapies for Your Dog

Beauty Therapies for Your Dog

Beauty therapy is no longer the domain of the rich and famous, and facials and hair treatments are no longer exclusive to humans. Pampered pooches have gotten in on the act, and now the most picky Pomeranians and spoiled Spaniels around are demanding five-star luxury treatments for their face and fur. These are not all the kinds of treatments you will want to do at home - some of them are quite messy - but ask your grooming salon if they can carry them out for you.

Seaweed wrap

This is a cooling and exfoliating algae mask that covers your dog's entire body, without restricting it too much. First, your dog's coat will be cleaned then exfoliated with a seaweed gel. Finally, the warm seaweed wrap will be applied.


One benefit is exfoliation, which is good for dogs that are suffering from dry, flaky skin, eczema, psoriasis or even the aftereffects of fleas. The treatment also remineralizes the skin and fur, leaving the coat looking and feeling healthy. The seaweed contains many purifying and enriching minerals, which are excellent for leaving your dog feeling rejuvenated. The coat should be left looking glossy and healthy, ideally with a pleasant residual smell that should last until your dog takes his next dip in a pond.

Medicinal water bath

It you have some spare money and a large bath this could be the most luxurious and beneficial treat you could give your dog. Mineralized medicinal baths are an exceptionally effective natural rejuvenation remedy. Thermal spas and springs are excellent sources for this sort of treatment, but preparations for home use can be bought in health shops and online.


The main benefit to be derived from a warm medicinal bath is the relaxation for the dog. Old dogs in particular can gain enormous benefit from this sort of treatment because the minerals in the bath can help with rheumatism and arthritis. The dog's coat will benefit too from being soaked in the water.

Rosemary hot oil treatment

This is a healthy and invigorating solution to unhealthy or damaged fur. Put a handful of rosemary leaves and half a cup of olive oil in a small saucepan and warm them gently over a low heat. Massage this into the fur, wrap your dog in a warm towel and leave for up to 15 minutes. Remove the towel and rinse away the oil with warm water.


This treatment is ideal for dogs with dry or damaged fur. The nutrients in the oil solution nourish and replenish the natural moisture in the fur, leaving the coat looking and feeling much healthier.

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