Easter treats for the dogs

Get the whole family involved in the Easter fun by making these puppy pampering bath bombs!

The Easter break is a great time to rest up, recharge and spend some time with loved ones. There are lots of ways the whole family can have a happy and healthy Easter – including the fur babies.

Along with some extra cuddles and walks, you can spoil your pooch with some special treats made especially for them (since we know they can’t enjoy the chocolate!) 

Here is a super easy recipe for bath bombs for dogs. The therapeutic salts and aromatherapy oils are just what achy doggy joints need after running around a campsite or doing extra laps around the block over the long weekend. I’ve also added oatmeal, which relieves itchy skin, to make their soak even more luxurious and relaxing.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Mixing time: 5 minutes + 25 shaping into moulds 
Setting time: 30 minutes+
Makes: 6

See what moulds you have available in the kitchen. I’ve used a combination of plastic egg shell mould, mini pie tins and paper patty pans.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1  drop of desired natural food coloring (optional)
  • 10 drops of 100% essential lavender oil – or oil of choice that’s safe for pets. Other pet-safe oils are: spearmint, rosemary, bergamot, orange, peppermint, chamomile, cinnamon, citronella, peppermint
  • 300g baking soda
  • 110g Epsom salts
  • 75g citric acid (optional)
  • 35g oatmeal flour (if omitting the citric acid, add a further 35g of oatmeal flour)

Method:

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine all the wet ingredients with a small whisk until blended and color is incorporated evenly.
  2. Add in the dry ingredients, mixing well using a wooden spoon. The mixture will be quite stiff and will need plenty of firm mixing for a couple of minutes. You’re after ‘wet sand’ consistency. If you’re using citric acid, add slowly in three stages as the last ingredient.
  3. Spoon the mixture into your mould. If using a plastic egg mould or any other symmetrical mould, make sure you over fill the mixture and press down firmly to compact it so the two halves join to become one ball/egg etc.

Tips

  • Citric acid gives the ‘bomb/fizz’ effect. The reason for adding it slowly is so it doesn’t react before it has the opportunity to fizz in the bath.
  • Another option is to store the mixture in an airtight glass container (instead of using moulds) and scoop a spoonful into the bath as needed.

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