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Give Your Pet the Royal Treatment While Adhering to Your Budget with These Three DIY Ideas

It’s difficult to deny your pet of the top-notch care, food, and treats they need and deserve. After all, who doesn’t want what is best for their furry family member? That’s why making your pet supplies, where and when you are able, will help cut down on some of the more costly facets of pet ownership. With these helpful tips, you, too, can learn how to create a deodorizing dog wash, freshen up your kitty’s litter better than upscale brands, and treat your dog to a natural, wheat-free chicken and rice meal. Here is how to get started:

For dogs: Deodorizing dog wash.

When your dog rolls in something smelly, use this minty dog wash to rid your four-legged friend of dirt and odors. Simply grab a tube of toothpaste and rub the paste into the dog's fur from head to tail. Stick with traditional-formula white toothpaste, as colored or gel pastes can discolor your dog's fur. Allow the toothpaste to air-dry for 20 minutes. Then wet the dog and apply dog shampoo, working up a full lather. In a large bucket, combine a quarter-cup of vinegar with one gallon of warm water. Rinse the dog with this solution and dry as usual.

For cats: Fresh-smelling litter.

The most effective way to prevent cat litter odor is also a money-saver. Instead of filling the litter box to the top, pour in a shallow layer, enough to cover the bottom of the box. Use only two to three inches so that the litter can air-dry rapidly. Then, sprinkle a third of a cup of baby powder over the top of the litter and stir to blend. For best results, change the litter at least once a week. If needed, sprinkle the extra baby powder into the litter box between changes. Trust us – this DIY project will be worth it in the long run. All you need is a bit of time and some motivation to get started. 

For dogs: Healthy chicken and rice dinner.

If you’re interested in changing your dog’s diet or want to provide him or her with a one-time, non-inflammatory meal, try this nutritious, beef-and-wheat-free dish. Poach or bake one pound of chicken until well done. Cool it and cut it into cubes. Mix the cubed chicken with a half cup of cooked oatmeal or brown rice. Crumble one doggie vitamin and stir it in; then fold in a pint of drained cottage cheese. A small dog should eat a half-pound of the mixture daily, though dietary needs differ. Be sure to adjust this recipe according to your dog’s size and dietary restrictions. 

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