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Post by JSAN_911 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:34 pm

Dry Skin
A simple way to treat dry skin is to add a complete oil to your pet's diet. Corn, safflower, peanut, and sunflower are examples of oils that contain all the essential fatty acids. Your cat can take about one-half teaspoon with each meal. Dogs can be given one to three teaspoons with each meal, depending on size. But remember that more is not better since oils are quite fattening.

Dry Skin Shampoo
Several people have reported using this with great success on dogs with dry, scratchy skin and for other skin problems that required frequent baths.
1/3 Cup Glycerin
1 Cup Lemon Liquid Joy
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Quart of Water
Mix in a bottle or an old large shampoo bottle. If you make up the solution in advance, be sure to shake it up before use to make sure the glycerin is mixed thoroughly.

Ear Mites
An oil and vitamin E mixture can help to smother the little buggers that have taken up residence in your pet's ears. Blend one-half ounce of almond or olive oil and 400 I.U. of vitamin E (from a capsule) in a dropper bottle and then warm the mixture to body temperature by immersing it in hot water.
To administer the drops, hold your pet's ear flap up and put about half a dropperful in the ear. Then massage the ear canal well enough so that you hear a fluid sound. Once you've massaged the area for about a minute, you can let your pet shake her head. After she's finished, gently clean out just the opening of the ear with a cotton swab to remove any extra oil or debris. You should apply the oil in three treatments, once every other day during a six-day period. Make sure to store the mixture at room temperature with the lid tightly capped.

Ear Scratching
Keep dogs from scratching their ears - with a clean, soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar wipe around the area that is being scratched.

Easy Clean Up
Try zippered plastic sandwich bags to clean up after your dog. Turn inside out, pick up waste, turn outside out, zip shut and dispose.

Eliminate Ear Mites
All it takes is a few drops of wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Fetching exercise
If your dog loves retrieving a ball but you find it hard to throw it far enough because of age, stiff joints or whatever, use an old tennis racquet to hit the ball. It goes much further than you could throw it and your dog gets plenty of exercise.

Flea control in pet beds
Cut up a new flea collar into four pieces and place under pet's bed or under furniture cushions. This will keep the fleas away from your pet's bed and your furniture. Replace flea collar pieces when expired.

Flea repellents
Try mixing some garlic into their food beginning early in the season.
Make a simple lemon mixture by slicing a lemon into boiling water and letting it stand for a day. Spray the liquid onto the coat two or three times a week.
Avon Skin-So-Soft works well mixed with water and used as a spray.

Fleas and mange
Add a little vinegar to your pet's drinking water to fight fleas and mange.

Fleas and Teas
Fleas HATE Stash Earl Grey. Tear open a few bags, scatter the tea about on your carpet and vacuum up in a few days. Fleas will flee. Other folks have noticed that their pets love to roll in Stash-perhaps that's why!

Fleas in the home
For your house: be inhospitable.
Try this recipe if your house has already been overrun with fleas. Mix 1-1/2 pounds of diatomaceous earth, 1-1/2 pounds of natural borax, and 1 cup of salt. Put some of this mixture in your vacuum cleaner bag and vacuum all carpets thoroughly. If needed, you can also sprinkle a little of the mix into any confined areas that your pet can't get at, such as closets or small crevices behind furniture. It may take weeks or even months of weekly treatments to get rid of all adult fleas, larvae, and eggs.
Make sure to purchase the diatomaceous earth and natural borax at a garden store, not at a pool store. The type of diatomaceous earth sold at pool stores has a high crystalline silica content that is dangerous to humans and pets. Buy only diatomaceous earth with a crystalline silica content that is less than 3 percent.

Fly Repellent
2 cups vinegar, 1 cup Avon Skin So Soft, 1 cup water, 1 tbsp. Eucalyptus oil, 1 tbsp citronella oil - Put in a spray bottle and spray dog's coat.

Furniture
To discourage a dog from jumping on bed or couch when you are not home, put a few pennies in an empty soda can and place near edge of the furniture. Went Fido jumps up, can falls and the noise startles him. Be consistent and it won't take long to change behaviour.

Goodbye to ants
Banish ants from your pet's food dish by wiping the floor under and around it with a cloth dipped in kerosene. Then stand the food dish in a larger dish containing water.

Got fleas? Get rid of them!
If you have pets, salt your carpets. At the end of winter, salt your carpets liberally, let stand about 10 minutes and then vacuum up. You just might get the jump on fleas before they get the jump on you. Also, try crumbling dried peppermint over your carpets before vacuuming, smell great and most critters don't like it.

Hair Brushes:
A refreshing bath for hair brushes consisting of a basin full of warm water, 1 tablespoon of soap or detergent and ½ cup of Borax will clean brushes and leave them smelling sweet and fresh. Swish brushes in the sudsy water, rinse and let dry.

Healing oil
Anoint small cuts and abrasions on your pets with tea-tree oil - they will leave the wound alone while it heals.

Hitting the bottle
When puppies are feeling the heat of summer, freeze small bottles of water and put them in the pet enclosure. The pups drape themselves over the bottles and seem much relieved by the coolness.

Homemade Topical Treatment
(use it when you go out once a day or if in the woods, more often).
Use a glycerine base and to it add, lemongrass oil, grape seed oil, eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, and a capsule or two of Vit E for preservation. All the ingredients can be obtained at the Health Food Store locally. Works on fleas, ticks, chiggers and black flies.

Hot dog, cool cap
To satisfy a thirsty dog when travelling or walking, carry a plastic shower cap in your pocket so you can fill it from any handy tap and give him a drink when he needs it.

Hot Spots
Hot spots can lead to serious illness in dogs. They can be caused by allergies to chemicals, food, fleas and other substances, but fleas seem to be a primary source. This recipe has proven effective for many dogs suffering from Hot Spots.
3 capsules Sage
¼ teaspoon Epsom Salts
2 cups of Water
Combine all ingredients and bring this all to a boil.
Cool to room temperature and then strain out the powdered Sage.
Store in a 2-cup spray bottle or jar in the refrigerator to keep fresh.
Spray or wipe on hot spots, insect bites, or any other skin abrasions as many times a day as possible.
It heals in about 3 days, and you should begin to see some hair regrowth in a little over a week.

Houseflies
1/ Sprinkle dry soap into garbage cans after they have been washed and allowed to dry; it acts as a repellent.
2/ Place tansy near your kitchen door or where flies tend to cluster. Other repellents include oil of cloves and mint springs.
3/ Set a sponge in a saucer and soak it with oil of lavender to repel flies.
4/ A pot of basil set on a window sill or table will help reduce the number of flies in the room.

Insect bites
Mix water with cornstarch into a paste and apply. This is effective in drawing out the poisons of most insect bites and is also an effective remedy for diaper rash.

Irritated Skin
500 ml Sorbolene, add 100 ml tea tree oil, mix well and apply as often as required.

Keep carpets flea-free
To get ready for flea season, use borax spread thinly on carpets and let stand for one day and vacuum. The borax suffocates and kills fleas and eggs, leaving carpets flea free. It really works!

Kill fleas inside the vacuum
Cut up excess pieces of your cat's flea collar and vacuum them up so they will kill fleas in the vacuum bag.

Kills fleas instantly
Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.

Lint
Get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Marching millipedes
Keep millipedes out of your house this spring with a line of talcum power - they hate to cross it!

Meat juices
As with blood, they are harder to move when dry, so rinse or sponge with cold water quickly. Soak washable items in biological detergent, working the powder into the stain. If it's still visible, use white spirit or dry-cleaning fluid, rinse, then wash in lukewarm water. Non-washables: Use a dry-cleaning solvent.

Mice
Mice seem to prefer peanut butter, bacon, and nuts, and chocolate to cheese in mouse traps.
A pumpkin seed is a good cheap and effective bait for a mouse trap. Mice love seeds and the smell and the pumpkin seed will not be easily removed by the mouse if you put it on firmly. If you want to make the pumpkin seed even more alluring, rub a small amount of cheese over the upper surface of the seed before, setting the trigger on the trap. Make certain a pet cannot access the trap!!

Mint Border
Something for spring! Mint herbs are very prolific and grow just about anywhere. Separate mint herbs and plant them around dog kennels/ fences. Can be planted along edges of dog yards, as well. These not only smell good when brushed, but also act as an insect repellent.

Mobile home
Put your dog's kennel on wheels; it won't kill the grass and can be rolled under cover in wet weather.

Mosquito Bites
Apply lime juice diluted with water on bites with cotton ball.

Mosquito Control
1/ Dispose of unwanted tin cans and tires.
2/ Clean clogged roof gutters and drain flat roofs.
3/ Flush sump-pump pits weekly.
4/ Stock ornamental pools with fish.
5/ Change water in birdbaths, fountains, and troughs twice a week.
6/ Clean and chlorinate swimming pools; when not regularly used, they should be emptied.
7/ Turn over unused wading pools and other containers that tend to collect rainwater.
8/ Cover containers tightly with window screen or plastic when storing rainwater for garden use during drought periods.

Mosquitos: Plant to Keep Mosquitos Away!
The castor bean plant. Seeds available from any nursery. Plant in pots within the house; replant outdoors. Decorative and they grow like weeds!

Mosquitos Won't Bite
Four parts glycerine, 4 parts alcohol, 1 part eucalyptus oil. Or make a solution of equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and methyl phthalate.

No more tangles
For dogs whose hair tangles easily, try using a gentle conditioning rinse at bath time. This should help to make grooming less troublesome.

Out, damned spot
Treat spots on carpets with half a cup of white vinegar mixed with one-and-a-half cups of lukewarm water. Squeeze on spot, let stand a few minutes and blot with a damp cloth. Apply clear water and blot with a clean, dry cloth. Repeat till clean.

Paint in Fur
Water soluble paints like latex should be washed out of the fur immediately using warm, soapy water. Do NOT use turpentine or varsol, and do not allow your dog to chew it out.

Paw solution
If your dog has to wear a bandage on a paw and keeps chewing the fabric off, spread soap on it and he'll leave it alone.

Pests - Snail cemetery
Keep snail pellets away from dogs, lizards and children by putting them in an old ice-cream container and taping the lid down. Cut two small "snail doors" in either side. The snails will shelter inside, eat the pellets - and die tidily in the container.

Pet bed odours
Eliminate odours from pets beds by liberally sprinkling with Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda), wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odours), then vacuum up. Baking Soda is non-toxic and safe to use around pets.

Pet hair removal solution
To remove pet hair from carpet or furniture: mix 1 part fabric softener to 3 parts water in spray bottle and spray on carpets and furniture. Wait 2 or more hours, then vacuum. Hair will pick up much easier.

Pet Urine & Sour Spilled Milk Odors:
Neutralize urine and sour spilled milk odors from mattresses and mattress covers by dampening the spot and sprinkling 20 Mule Team® Borax over it. Rub the 20 Mule Team® Borax into the areas and let dry. Brush or vacuum to remove the dry Borax.

Pet Urine on Carpet
First, blot up what you can with paper towels. Mix one teaspoon mild dish-washing detergent in one cup warm water, dip a clean towel in the liquid and, working from outside in, dab at stain. Do not overwet. Rinse with fresh water and blot dry. Next, add on-third cup white vinegar with two-thirds cup water and dab on stain. Rinse with water; blot until dry. Once area is totally dry (after at least 24 hours), sprinkle entire carpet with baking soda or rug deodorizer. Vacuum after a few hours.

Poop Eating
A definite solution to this problem, and in order to break the habit, is to sprinkle a teaspoon of MSG over their food. They will not touch !any droppings and it doesn't hurt the dog

Puppy chewing no more
Puppies don't like the smell of oil of cloves, so dab a little onto legs of precious furniture you don't want chewed.

Rainy day cure for dog odour
Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Removing Pet Hair from Clothing
Just put the item in the dryer with a damp towel and run it for about 20 minutes. The dryer will pull the fur off and the lint trap will catch the pet fur for you.

Save some money
Cheap cleaning solution to take care of pet odours from accident, mix baking soda in water and saturate the area messed by pet urine. Let sit for a few minute and then blot dry and allow to air dry. The odour is gone!

Scorched Skin
If skin is slightly scorched by burning water or hot stove, try to rinse with cold water and apply soap. This will prevent blisters from developing.

Shaving cream to remove stains
On pet stains try foaming shave cream. Spray on, rub in gently, let dry, vacuum.

Sifting out smells
Bicarbonate of soda is a cheap deodorant for carpets and upholstery and works especially well on pet smells. Sprinkle it on with a flour sifter, then vacuum it off after 15 minutes or so.

Silverfish
If you are troubled with silverfish try placing whole cloves in the closets and drawers

Skunk Smell Removal
Go to our Skunk page

Slugs and Snails - Home Remedy
Stale beer placed about 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep in pie pans or similar containers is very attractive to slugs. They will apparently fall into the container and drown. Pans should be placed about 10 feet apart throughout the garden and emptied and refilled as slugs accumulate, as rain dilutes or as evaporation removes the beer.

Smelly carpet
To deodorise the carpet, mix two parts of cornflour with one part borax. Sprinkle liberally on carpet, leave one hour, then vacuum.
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