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These Three DIY Ideas Will Spoil Your Pet to the Bone and Ultimately Give Them a Better Way-of-Life

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It’s always fun to learn something new! At Vail Village Club Apartments in Dallas TX, we love to provide you with fun, thought-provoking tidbits that will make you reflect on different aspects of life.  

One aspect of life that you most likely reflect on quite a bit as a pet owner is how to properly care for your cat, dog, or other animal. It can get rough trying to scrape together the money needed to afford top-notch care, food, and treats. In other words, these expenses can add up quickly, particularly vet bills. That’s why you need to save where you can, and one place you can start is with making certain products at home.

In this blog, you will learn how to make a deodorizing dog wash kitty litter, and natural, wheat-free chicken and rice meal. Check out the following DIY projects below, courtesy of your favorite apartments near UT Dallas.

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 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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