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10 Ways to Use Baking Soda to Care for Your Pets


Baking soda is safe for your pets. It’s nontoxic and safe for dogs, cats and other critters. You can use it to control odors, clean accidents, and help maintain healthy teeth.

10 Ways to Use Baking Soda to Care for Your Pets

  1. Use baking soda as a dry wash for your dogs. Sprinkle on, rub in and brush out. This is an easy way to control odor between bathing.
  2. Maintain healthy teeth by dipping a damp, soft toothbrush in baking soda and brush gently. To help with bad breath try using the following solution mixed in a spray bottle. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of water. Spray your pet’s mouth regularly.
  3. Eliminate odors from a kitty litter box, sprinkle in 1/2 cup of baking soda with the litter.
  4. Make your own kitty litter — mix 1 small box of baking soda and 2 -3 inches of dry, sandy clay.
  5. Clean the litter box by removing the old litter and pour in 1/2 inch of vinegar. Let this stand for 10 – 15 minutes. Then pour out and dry. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of baking soda on the bottom before adding fresh kitty litter.
  6. Clean up after an accident by scrubbing the area with club soda and let dry. Then sprinkle with baking soda, let stand for 20 minutes and vacuum.
  7. Deodorize bedding with a sprinkling of baking soda, let stand and vacuum.
  8. For cleaning the bottom of your bird cage, sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub. Then wipe clean and dry.
  9. Reduce the odors in a ferret cage sprinkle and layer of baking soda at the bottom before you apply the new bedding. 
  10. To maintain the proper pH in your saltwater aquarium, mix 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup dechlorinated water. Add to the tank slowly, over a couple hours, to attain the appropriate pH for your fish.

~ Do It Yourself Naturally

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Garlic is Good for Your Dogs Too

Garlic isn’t only good for you but good for your dog as well.

Garlic strengthens your dog’s immune system and helps them fight harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Garlic also helps their cardiovascular system and some people find that it helps keep fleas at bay.

  • Add a quarter clove of finely minced garlic per 10 pounds of dog weight to your dog’s daily diet.

Garlic Dog Treats

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Mystery Goo Leads To a Discovery Your Dogs Will Love

Meet Duke, my 4 year old red blood hound 

Meet Duke. He’s my 4 year old red blood hound and he is prone to getting food, water, dirt, mud, anything at all really all over his ears and face. It’s a regular routine around here to be wiping him down with a wet rag. But today I discovered something about Duke that your dogs may love.  

When I got home today his face and ears were covered in a white-ish sticky goo. I think it’s safe to say that he had a lot of fun while I was at work. Even though it was a mystery to me what the goo was, I had to clean him up before he was set free inside my house. So I walked him in and had him lay down in his spot while I got a wet rag.

Even here in sunny Phoenix, AZ the tap water is cold during the winter and when I tried to clean his gooy face the goo wouldn’t come off. So, I thought about it for a second knowing I didn’t want to resort to soap because that would turn into a bigger mess than I wanted to deal with at the time. I decided to just try warm borderline hot water. And the goo came off but that’s not the discovery.

While I was cleaning Duke’s face and ears he began to act odd, like nothing I’ve seen him do. His eyes rolled back, his body went limp, I had to prop his head up with my knee so I could get into the wrinkles; he was in heaven. It had to be the warm water, I thought. So I went back into the kitchen and got a bowl of hot-ish water, sat on the floor with him and wiped his face and ears down with the warm water. He loved every minute of it and his 85 pounds of dog weight had turned into goo in my lap.

Duke isn’t the only one.

I tried the warm water on Harley, my 8 year old border collie/basset hound mix and also Oliver, my 5 year old beagle/basset hound mix. They loved it as well and my bet is so will your dog(s).

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Bring Your Pets with You

Green pets? I must be joking right?

No, not really and here’s why…

What we domesticate is our responsibility for life.

We bring home the cutest, the cuddliest, the warmest and the most loving little critters and because of our choices, they are now completely dependent upon us for just about everything. For starters, they need a healthy and nutritious diet so let’s start here.

Let’s get smart about our pets

Dogs – a man’s best friend and so true this is. But would you give your best friend a plate of food chuck full of pesticides, nitrates, lead, synthetic preservatives, artificial flavorings and colors and say, “Eat up Buddy, I love you.”??? Same goes for all the cat lovers out there. Dry cat food has been linked to kidney problems, especially if they don’t drink enough water.

What you can do.

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