Helpful Pet Tips for Dog Problems

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One quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
¼ cup of baking soda
1 – 2 teaspoons of liquid soap.

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bucket and thoroughly work the mixture into the pet’s fur.  Let it sit on the pet’s fur for five minutes or so.  Keep away from the pet’s eyes and don’t let the dog or cat lick itself while the solution is on.  Use a washcloth dipped into this mixture near the face.  Rinse the animal thoroughly to remove all of the solution.  You may have to repeat this until the smell disappears totally.   Note:  Don’t store this solution in a container with a top as it will explode. Discard unused cleaner.
If your dog has had a tussle with a skunk, minimize the odor by rinsing his coat with undiluted vinegar.  Be sure to keep vinegar out of the dog’s eyes during this process.  Some skunk smell may remain, but it will be kept under control as it gradually wears off.

Gas
While some people like to blame the dog, real gas passed by dogs can get
smelly.  If your dog has a gas issue, try giving him or her organic yogurt with probiotics.  Mix the yogurt with the food daily, about 4 teaspoons a day to see if that takes care of the problem.

Raw Skin
Think chamomile tea.  Chamomile teas have a calming effect that helps skin irritations. Make a strong tea, pour it into a spray bottle, and then place it in the refrigerator.  Once completely cool, spray on red and raw skin.

Gum in Your Pet’s Hair
Saturate the gum with olive oil. Then rub with your fingers to soften and comb it out.  To remove olive oil, shampoo the dog as you normally would.

Burrs
Reach for the vegetable shortening.  Apply a dab of shortening to the affected areas and pry the burrs and stickers loose.  You may want to wear gloves to avoid getting pricked.

Pet Accidents
Stop Accidents from Happening Again!  Dogs have a great sense of smell
And therefore tend to have accidents in the same place.  To keep your pet off this area, try cutting open a plastic garbage bag and covering the spot with plastic.   Many say dogs don’t like the feel of plastic on their feet.
To clean up after a pet’s “accident,” scrub the area with club soda, and let dry.  Then sprinkle with baking soda, and let stand.  Vacuum.

Pets and Animals

Salt
Salt can combat a flea infestation in your home or help remove deposits in your fishbowl.

Cats and Dogs: Sprinkle carpet or rugs with salt to help kill any flea eggs.  Let stand a few  Hours, then vacuum.  Repeat weekly for six [6] weeks.
Put salt in your vacuum cleaner bag to help kill flea eggs that may have been vacuumed.

Gold-FishFish
Rub the inside glass of a fish tank with plain, non iodized salt.
Use a plastic pot scrubber to remove hard-water deposits or other buildup.
Rinse well before returning fish to tank.

Baking Soda
is nontoxic and therefore safe for use around dogs, cats, and other petsIt makes it easy to   control odors and clean up accidents that are a natural part of having pets in the family. You   can also use baking soda as a dry wash, to tend bee stings, and to help maintain healthy teeth.

Washing and Cleanup

Bathing
Give your dog a dry bath by sprinkling it with baking soda.  Rub in, then brush out.
For a wet wash, combine 3 tablespoons baking soda with 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 teaspoon baby oil in a spray bottle.  Spritz your pet, then wipe dry.

Kitty Litter
To eliminate odors from kitty litter boxes, sprinkle in ½ cup baking soda.
Make your own natural litter by mixing a small box of baking soda with 2 or 3 inches of dry, sandy clay. Clean the kitty litter pan by removing litter and pouring in ½ inch vinegar.  Let stand, then Pour out, and dry. Sprinkle baking soda over the bottom before adding fresh kitty litter.

Healthy Teeth and Gums
You can brush your pet’s teeth by dipping a damp, soft brush in baking soda and brushing Gently.  Maintain your pet’s dental hygiene by rinsing its mouth regularly with a solution of ½ Teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup warm water.

More Tips and Tricks

Bee Sting Relief
After making sure the stinger is removed, cover a bee sting on your pet with a baking-soda Paste.

Deodorize Bedding
Sprinkle the bedding area with baking soda, let stand 15 minutes, and vacuum.

Toenail Trimming Tip
If you trim your pet’s toenails yourself, you may accidentally draw blood by cutting too close to the quick.  Dip the affected nail in baking soda, and apply pressure to stop bleeding.

Other Critters

Birdcage
Clean the bottom of your bird’s cage by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge and scrubbing.  Wipe clean to dry.

Ferret Cage Deodorizer
To reduce odors in a ferret cage, sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the bottom of the cage after cleaning.  Cover with appropriate bedding.

Saltwater Aquarium Maintenance
To maintain the proper PH level in your saltwater aquarium, mix 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup dechlorinated water.  Add this to the tank slowly, over a couple hours.  The PH balance should be around 8.2

Pet and Animal Care
You might be surprised to learn that vinegar is a horse’s best friend [it controls flies].
The following are suggestions for caring for cat’s dogs, rabbits, parrots, and fish.

Household Pets

Cats
To discourage your cats from walking on, sleeping on, or scratching certain items in your home, lightly sprinkle items with vinegar. The smell will keep cats away.
Control general scratching by regularly wiping your cat or dog’s ear area with a cloth dipped in vinegar.

Pet and Animal Care

Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to your cat or dog’s water bowl to improve overall health and digestion.

Clean up urinary accidents from cats or dogs in your home by drying soiled area and them applying undiluted vinegar.  The vinegar will help control odor and keep your pet from visiting the area again.

Dogs
Minimize soap residue after a dog’s shampoo by adding vinegar to rinsewater. Rinse again with plain water.

After a therapeutic shampoo to treat a skin infection, rinse dog with a solution of 1 part apply cinder vinegar to 3 parts water.

Floppy-eared dogs can be prone to yeast infections in their ears, especially after bathing or grooming.  To avoid getting water in your dog’s ears, plug ears with cotton balls moistened with apple cider vinegar.

Another ear-cleaning remedy is to mix 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide, 1 tablespoon yucca root tea [available at health food stores],1 drop lavender oil, and ½ cup aloe vera gel.  Gently apply to a dog or cat’s ear with cotton swabs to clean.

If your dog comes home with a swollen nose, most likely he’s been stung by a wasp or bee.  Make him feel better by bathing the affected area in vinegar.

Rabbits
Use vinegar to clean out rabbit litter boxes and to control buildup of dried urine.

Parrots
Some birdcages are made with galvanized hardware cloth [a type of wire], which can lead to zinc poisoning. This is very harmful to parrots.  Decrease the chance of poisoning by wiping the entire cage with vinegar on a cloth before use.

In the Barnyard

Chickens
Use white or apple cider vinegar to clean a chicken’s water container.  Pour vinegar directly onto a rag and wipe containers, then rinse with water.

Pet and Animal Care

Horses

Spruce up a horse’s coat by adding ½ cup vinegar to 1 quart water.  Use this mixture in a spray bottle to apply to the horse’s coat before showing.

Pour ¼ cup apple cider vinegar onto a horse’s regular grain feed once a day to deter pesky flies.

Dogs sometimes like to eat horse droppings in the barn.  Some dog and horse owners claim that adding ½ cup vinegar to the horse’s feed 2 times a day will discourage dogs from doing this.

Treat White Line Disease
Some horse owners claim that White Line Disease, a fungus that infiltrates a horse’s hoof, can be treated with ½ cup white vinegar mixed with 8 cups water and 1 cup copper sulfate.  The horse’s hooves should be soaked in this solution for 15 minutes for each hoof.  Do this at least five times a week until the fungus clears.


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