PET TRENDS

From sooth­ing balms to doggy breath fresh­en­ing desserts, these DIY pet projects are fun, whole­some, and will make your furkid one very happy cam­per.

Pets (Singapore) - - Contents - BY Justina Tan

Get creative with these whole­some DIY pet projects.

SUM­MER SALVE

Fre­quent con­tact with hot sand or rough pave­ment may cause Fido’s paw pads to be­come dry and crackly. Made with just four in­gre­di­ents, this multi-pur­pose balm not only keeps your pup’s paws and snout soothed and sup­ple, it also pro­vides calm­ing ben­e­fits and is com­pletely safe even if he licks it off.

Make it:

2 tbsp or­ganic cold pressed vir­gin co­conut oil

2 tbsp beeswax

1 tbsp sweet al­mond oil

8 drops pure laven­der es­sen­tial oil

1 glass jar or heat-proof con­tainer with a 118ml ca­pac­ity

• In a bain-marie, heat the co­conut oil and beeswax. As the lat­ter melts, stir con­tin­u­ously to en­sure the in­gre­di­ents are thor­oughly in­cor­po­rated.

• Re­move from heat and add in the sweet al­mond oil and laven­der es­sen­tial oil. Stir well.

• Pour into the con­tainer. Let it so­lid­ify and cool com­pletely be­fore ap­ply­ing to your pooch’s paws and nose.

• Store the balm in a cool, dry place.

PAW-SOME PARFAIT

Paws up if you would like a cold one on a sunny day! There’s no booze in this glass, but your pooch will be beg­ging for more of this re­fresh­ing dessert. Loaded with healthy in­gre­di­ents like berries, mint, oats and yo­ghurt, this parfait also doubles as a breath fresh­ener.

Make it:

1 tall glass

227g plain yo­ghurt

½ cup berries (straw­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, black­ber­ries and rasp­ber­ries), coarsely chopped (keep one or two whole for gar­nish­ing)

1 ba­nana, peeled and sliced

½ cup rolled oats

4 mint leaves

2 bone-shaped dental treats

• Scoop a dol­lop of yo­ghurt into the glass.

• Top with a layer of berries.

• Scoop an­other dol­lop of yo­ghurt into the glass.

• Layer with sliced ba­nanas.

• Add an­other layer of yo­ghurt and fin­ish the fi­nal layer with a hand­ful of rolled oats.

• Gar­nish with whole berries, mint leaves, and dental treats.

• Serve to your pooch im­me­di­ately.

SKIN SPA

If your pup­per is prone to hotspots, con­stantly scratches or has a lot of dan­der, it’s worth con­coct­ing a wash that you know doesn’t con­tain any po­ten­tial skin ir­ri­tants and is packed with nour­ish­ing, sooth­ing nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. It smells so good, we might just pinch some for our next shower!

Make it:

2 cups wa­ter

1 sprig rose­mary

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup bak­ing soda

3 ta­ble­spoons pure liq­uid castile soap 5 drops pure laven­der es­sen­tial oil 5 drops pure lemon es­sen­tial oil

• Bring 2 cups of wa­ter to a boil in a saucepan. Add the sprig of rose­mary and let it steep for a cou­ple of min­utes.

• Re­move the rose­mary-in­fused wa­ter from the heat and let it cool to warm. Set aside.

• Blitz the rolled oats in a food pro­ces­sor un­til it has the tex­ture of slightly coarse flour.

• Trans­fer the blended oats to a mix­ing bowl and add the bak­ing soda. In­cor­po­rate thor­oughly. • Add the rose­mary-in­fused wa­ter and stir un­til well-blended.

• Add the pure liq­uid castile soap and es­sen­tial oils. Stir or shake to mix well.

• Use on your pooch as you would a reg­u­lar sham­poo.

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