Dogs sometimes have ear wax that becomes smelly and very offensive. This foul smelling material needs removing and the ear needs deodorizing and disinfecting. Lavender is one of the best essential oils to use for this purpose. Dilute 3 drops lavender in a teaspoon of witch hazel and insert 4 drops into each of your pet’s ears. You can do this with a dropper or by soaking a cotton ball and squeezing drops into the ear. Massage the whole ear gently and continue this procedure daily to soften the wax. Once the wax is softened, it can be removed with a cotton ball.
If your dog has bad breath and dribbles a lot, he probably has dental problems. Have your dog’s teeth checked regularly and cleaned. Sodium bicarbonate or common baking soda and essential oils are a great way to keep your pet’s teeth clean and fresh as well as a natural way to remove tartar. Adding dried pet food to your dog’s diet also helps remove tartar.
You can make a toothpaste and breath deodorizer for your dog by mixing 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 drop clove and 1 drop aniseed. Make and use this as needed. Apply the paste to your dog’s teeth by dampening a cotton ball, dipping it into the mixture and rubbing it on the teeth. When you finish, give your pet a drink of water. If this doesn’t freshen your dog’s breath, he probably has a stomach problem. Use peppermint essential oil in this case because it is an intestinal cleanser and helps digestion. Rub one drop neat peppermint in a line from beneath the ears and into the shoulders.