Household Hints Index - Pets

Burrs
Crush burrs with pliers before combing out of your pet's hair. This makes removal much easier.

Collars
An old belt, cut down and new holes punched in it, makes a wonderful pet collar.

Feet
Spray the bottoms of your dog's feet with nonstick vegetable spray, and the snow won't get packed between the pads. The vegetable spray won't track onto the floor, either.

Fleas
To fight fleas indoors, mix a several drops of oil of rosemary, pennyroyal or citronella to baking soda and sprinkle on carpet, then vacuum up.

Food
Sprinkle baking soda around the outside of pet dishes to keep insects away from the pet food.

A teaspoon of olive oil on your pet's food every day will give your pet a glossy coat of fur and help to stop dry skin itching.

If your small pet knocks over an outside water dish, use an angel food cake pan instead and drive a stake through the center hole.

Hair
To remove pet hair from upholstery, use a damp sponge.

Paint Remover
Use cooking oil to remove fresh paint from a pet's fur.

Puppy Urine
To remove it, sop up as much moisture as possible with paper towels. Blot (don't rub) the spot with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of non-alkaline detergent per half pint of lukewarm water, working from the outside to the inside of the area. Rinse with clear tap water. To remove odor, blot the spot with a mixture of 1/3 cup white vinegar in 2/3 cup warm water, and sprinkle with baking soda. Cover with 1/2 inch layer of paper towels weighted down by a heavy book and leave to dry.

Mineral Supplements
Dry eggshells and crush them very finely. Add them to cat and dog food.

Repellent
If you want to keep pets off the furniture (and you have no small children), tuck mothballs under the seat cushions.

Upset Stomach
If your dog has an upset stomach, boil some rice and add it to his or her food.

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