Like almost everything else, owing a pet does come with a few downsides. Whether it is that they chew on your furniture of moult on your carpet we get it, they are just animals doing what they feel they need to do. Not because it happens does it mean that you have to just live with it as you and your pet can both be kept happy.
The struggles we face as pet owners range from preventing sore paws to eliminating odours, keeping a home fur-free, removing claw marks from furniture and stopping your dog from barking. Check out these 20 easy hacks to keep you and your pet happy.
1. Calming Your Dog During A Storm
A storm can cause your dog to have built up static electricity in their fur to bother them. You can solve this by wrapping them up in a dryer sheet.
2. Storing Your Pets Food
To save up on space taken up by dog food, you can try storing it in air tight containers that can fit in spaces that the huge bag feeds can’t fit.
3. Preventing Sore Paws
Extreme weather conditions can cause your dog’s paws to become sore but you can prevent this by applying a coat of Vaseline on them before heading outside. It will prevent cracking and chaffing.
4. Helping Older Pets Eat
Old age brings tooth decay and many other pains which can hinder their ability to eat the biscuits you would usually feed them so you can add a bit of water to the food and place it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it for them.
5. Curing Bad Breath
Add parsley to your food once or twice a week to treat bad breath in animals. Ensure that you do not give them too much as large quantities can sometimes be damaging to their health.
6. Keep Your Pet Cool
To help your pet to keep cool, using fruit in ice cubes can help provide a refreshing treat which helps control their body heat.
7. DIY Pet Bed
You can turn any abandoned furniture such as an old TV unit into a small sanctuary for your pet by placing a cushion or mat inside the base.
8. DIY Shampoo
You can lessen your dog shampoo expenses by making a mixture that includes two cups of warm water, half a cup of white vinegar, a quarter cup of white vinegar and a quarter cup of dish detergent, scented with a fragrance of your choice.
9. DIY Scratching Post
Instead of going out to buy an expensive scratching post, you can just buy some rope or string and tie it around the legs of a table or stand.
10. DIY Pill Pockets
When trying to get your pet to take a pill medication, you can create a tasty pill pocket by mixing together one tablespoon of milk, one tablespoon of peanut butter and two tablespoons of flour.
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