Dogs / Pets

DOG FENCE WINDOW

These simple windows allow your furry friends to check out what's going on around them.  Simply mark where you'd like the window to be located on the wood fence and cut out the hole.  This kit comes with the round lookout window and trim piece which is held together by nuts and bolts.

For an extra special touch grab some scrap wood and cut to size (mine are approximately 3" tall x 12" wide), paint your favorite color, and add your pet's name or something fun like shown here - Spoiled (and) Rotten.

HEALTHY HABITS

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DOG GROOMING 

My sweet boy is good as gold but has struggled with allergies and hot spots for years.  While we have had our fair share of vet visits when it gets really bad, I have found a few homemade solutions that work really well.

FLEA AND TICK SHAMPOO ALTERNATIVE

Heat up half a cup of white vinegar in the microwave and then mix with half a cup of Dawn dishwashing detergent.  I pour mine into a condiment squeeze bottle to make it each to apply during bath time.  It kills any pesky travelers on your pet and is a good first washing.

SHAMPOO FOR SENSITIVE DOG SKIN

A couple of years ago I found this shampoo recipe for sensitive skin and it has made all the difference!  Not only does it help to soothe his typically itchy skin, it also leaves him clean as can be and smelling even better.

3/4 cup of water

1/2 cup of Castile Soap (I use the liquid Rose from Dr Bronner's.  Note: Do not use Peppermint unless you want your dog running around acting crazy.)

1/4 cup of coconut oil (I melt in the microwave and mix into the other ingredients)

5-7 drops of lavender essential oil

HOT SPOT TREATMENT

While I've just discovered this homemade mixture to treat hot spots on my sweet boy, it's like a miracle spray.  As soon as you see your dog licking or biting the same area, simply mix water and apple cider vinegar and spray on the hot spots. I did read it's best not to spray on really raw spots but I went ahead and other than a little whimper he was fine.  Within 24 hours the spots healed completely.  Game changer!

1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

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