This product is especially made for dogs and cats and other furry pets, and for the owners who love them enough to care about their welfare.
Tender Pet Dog Soap
Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Anise, Neem Extract
68 grams, 7.7 x 2 x 4.7 cm
Yes, even our pets need to stay away from chemicals. We may not have realized it, but our pets suffer just about the same health problems that we do. Overweight pets get hypertension and diabetes, and pets that are loaded with toxins can develop hair and skin problems and even cancer. And remember that our pets are exposed to the same toxis that we are. It is therefore important that we begin to take note of the products that we use on our pets.
And don’t forget: since we are the ones bathing our pets most of the time, we actually come in contact with whatever product we use on them. Hence, the healthier the products we use on our pets are, the healthier for them and for us.
The direct benefit of using this product therefore, is that because it is all-natural and does not contain chemicals that can cause irritation or allergies, it is both healthy for our pets and for us owners. It is also earth-friendly at the same time.
Poison in Dog (and Pet) Shampoo
Think about it. If manfuacturers put hazardous chemicals in HUMAN shampoo, what keeps them from putting hazardous chemicals in shampoos intended for pets?
Yes, there are hazardous things in dog shampoo. One of them are surfractants.
The key cleaning action in shampoos is done by surfactants. Surfactants, or surface active agents, can be of synthetic origin, an example being sodium lauryl sulfate; animal origin, such as tallow; or natural plant origin, like coconut oil or palm kernel oil. Shampoos may contain a blend of surfactants to create various properties such as lathering and cleansing. xxx Many of the chemical surfactants in dog shampoos are petroleum based and are known carcinogens, substances known to cause cancer. (taken from this website)
One particularly dangerous substance is found in “tick and flea shampoos”. One website article points out that what these “tick and flea shampoo” actually have are insecticides. The article says:
Dog shampoo for fleas makes me shudder. These shampoos are SO toxic. They contain insecticides. Please don’t subject your dog to those poisons. If the chemicals in those dog shampoo products are strong enough to kill the fleas and prevent flea bites… think about what they might actually be doing to the health of your dog.
Insecticides rank as # 2, on the list of Top 10 Dog Poisons according to the ASPCA. It is extremely important these days, to protect ourselves, our pets and the earth, by using products that are environmentally friendly and free of chemicals. (taken from this website)
Even artificial colors in the dog shampoo are bad. One website article says:
Often dog shampoos that claim to be herbal come with a lovely green tint. Puree of leaf? Um, no. Try artificial colors. Artificial colors have been associated with many forms of cancer and should be at the top of your yuck list of ingredients to be avoided. A few examples of these colors are D&C, FD&C, or Yellow 5. (taken from this website)
And on fragrances, the same article says:
“Gee your hair smells terrific” was a slogan for a shampoo when I was a child. A good aroma can bring our senses alive and cause us to purchase a product based on smell alone. Unfortunately, if the aroma of a shampoo does not come from essential oils or plants, the smell is a derivative of an unhealthy substance. When picking a dog shampoo, we need to pay extra attention to scent because our canine friend’s sense of smell is thousands of times more sensitive than ours. The word “fragrance” can be covering up chemicals that companies do not want you to know about. Artificial fragrances can lead to compromised immune function, allergic reactions and neurotoxicity. (taken from this website)
We created Tender Pet because we love our dogs. Period. They are our “kids with fur”, and we care about them just about as much as we do our human kids. The last thing we want to do to them is to poison them with sweet-smelling poisons and insecticides. That is why Tender Pet was born.
You know anise is used for cooking. What you do not know is that there is a whole lot more to anise than just being spice.
Anise has an essential oil called anethole. Anethone is responsible for anise’s fragrance.
The seeds feature delicately sweet and aromatic bouquet with a distinctive liquorice flavor. The special fragrance is due to essential oil, anethole in them. (taken from this website)
Anise is also rich in anti-oxidants and has a lot of medicinal uses. Another website article says:
The health benefits of Anise Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-epileptic, anti-hysteric, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aperient, carminative, cordial, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, sedative, stimulant and vermifuge substance. (taken from this website)
But the more important property of anise in relation to our pets is that it has insecticide properties.
The essential oil of anise is toxic to insects and smaller animals, therefore its smell keeps insects away. For this reason, this oil can be employed to drive away insects by using it in fumigants, vaporizers, and sprays. (taken from this website)
Sam, our German Spitz. He uses Tender Pet.
Neem as Natural Insecticide
Neem extract is very facinating. It has been said to be an insecticide, but many have questioned this because they do not see neem killing the insect after being sprayed on them. Why? I found the answer in one website article that I read:
Some gardeners question the usefulness of neem insecticide.
They sprayed neem oil, and did not see an immediate effect. They probably did not understand how neem oil affects insects.
Neem oil does work, but the way it works is different from other insecticides. Neem is not an instant, knock down, kill everything pesticide.
Neem oil affects insects in many different, ingenious and subtle ways.
How neem oil messes with the insects’ brains and bodies. Neem oil has many complex active ingredients. Rather than being simple poisons, those ingredients are similar to the hormones that insects produce. Insects take up the neem oil ingredients just like natural hormones.
Neem enters the [insects’] system and blocks the real hormones from working properly. Insects “forget” to eat, to mate, or they stop laying eggs. Some forget that they can fly. If eggs are produced they don’t hatch, or the larvae don’t moult.
Obviously insects that are too confused to eat or breed will not survive. The population eventually plummets, and they disappear. The cycle is broken.
How precisely it works is difficult for scientists to find out. There are too many different active substances in neem oil, and every insect species reacts differently to neem insecticide.
Neem oil does not hurt beneficial insects. Only chewing and sucking insects are affected. It is certainly fascinating.
Like real hormones, neem oil insecticide works at very low concentrations, in the parts per million range. A little neem oil goes a long way.
But this is not something that happens over night. People spray neem oil as insecticide, and expect everything to die instantly, because that’s what they are used to from chemical poisons. When that does not happen they conclude neem insecticide does not work.
It does work! Give it time to work. It’s a much smarter way to deal with insect pests than to just kill everything. (taken from this website)
This article does answer a lot of questions on the matter. And it is very reassuring to know that neem does work as an insecticide.
What You Can Expect From Tender Pet
You can definitely expect Tender Pet to be tender, and we are not kidding. It is tender on your pet, and it is tender on the hands that wash them. It is gentle enough to be used everyday ~ if only it was not too time consuming to wash our pets every day.
Am I really advocating washing pets more than once a week? Yes, I am. We discovered that washing pets more often than once a week effectively keeps ticks and fleas at bay. And with Tender Pet, you need not be afraid of stripping your dog’s coat of its natural oils. Tender Pet is not only very gentle, it is made with coconut oil and olive oil that actually keep your pet’s coat shiny.
Tender Pet has zero chemicals. What it has for fragrance is anise. And what it has against ticks and fleas are anise and neem. Both of these ingredients have insecticide properties that either drive away the ticks, or kill their brood in subtle ways. Chemicals are unnecessary.
How To Use
Be sure to soap your dog well. Lather the coat well and scratch your dog all over to remove all dirt, ticks and fleas that may be sticking to his skin. Rinse well. If your dog has tick problems, repeat and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing off. Or you can repeat twice a week.
Definitely safe both for the dog and the owner. Even kids can use this soap when bathing their dogs without danger of getting in contact with harmful chemicals.
Caution on Neem
All negative reactions to neem that we have read about are caused by neem ingestion. So, while many internet sites say that neem is edible, and even recommend that neem be ingested for medicinal purposes, we emphasize that we DO NOT recommend neem ingestion. This soap has neem, and while soap is normally not ingested, we nevertheless emphasize the obvious: DO NOT SWALLOW THIS SOAP.
The All-Natural Guarantee
Like our other ONO products, this does not contain artificial fragrances, artificial colours, hardeners, or any other artificial additives. It is completely all-natural and is entirely handmade.