Make Room for Natural Grooming
Last, don’t forget to stock a few items for pet hygiene and grooming. One place to start is with a couple of high-quality natural pet shampoos. According to Larry Plesent, founder of Vermont Soap, Middlebury, VT, “Aloe vera has real anti-inflammatory properties in soap products, and so do many herbs and botanicals. Some essential oils have strong antifungal effects.”
And, Alison Lewey, President of EcoBlends, Eatonton, GA, suggests that wheatgerm can benefit animals facing skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, prematurely aged skin, scar tissue and stretch marks.
Your clientele may also be interested in natural pest repellents, especially because traditional products have so many dangerous ingredients like pyrethroids. These chemicals may cause respiratory and skin problems and be toxic to cats. Lewey says her company’s natural pest repellent (Protect-22), “has been proven to be more effective than pyrethroids and has no repercussions to their health.” Lewey also addresses questions of price by using her natural repellent as an example: “The cost per use is one-quarter the cost of pyrethroid-based products.”
Natural ingredients that help ward off pests, according to Lewey, include wheatgerm, vitamin E and various soybean oils. She also explains that peppermint oil can deter ticks.