We all love to jump into the pool during a hot summer day, but what about the pets in our lives? Dogs cool off by panting and sweating through their feet, and some of them have heavy fur that doesn’t give them a chance to cool off.
Use a small pool to give them a chance to soak in cool water. The water evaporating off them will cool them down just like it does for us (that’s why we sweat – the evaporating sucks heat away). You don’t even need a big one – even a metal tub will be a big boon.
Make Cleaning up Pet Urine Easier
Sadly, some pets just can't understand the need to go outside when they feel the call of nature. Or, there might be a new puppy in the family that is still working on being house-trained. For any reason, sometimes you need to take care of a puddle on the floor. You might think you're in for a dirty job, but here's a way to make it easier.
Pour baking soda over the puddle and let it sit for twenty minutes. The baking soda will not only absorb the moisture but will also help neutralize the smell. Once the twenty minutes are up, hit it with the vacuum.
Consider Two Cats
Cats can be solitary creatures, but there are plenty of them that wouldn't mind having a friend around. In fact, most cats crave at least some companionship.
If you're out of the house during the day, consider another cat that will keep your first from being too bored. Since they have a playmate, they're going to be less destructive than they would be on their own. If you have a full-grown cat, consider adding a kitten. If you don't have any pets yet, pick up a pair of siblings from the same litter, since they're already used to each other.
No Need for Special Shampoos
There are a lot of people out there that tell you dogs or other pets require special shampoos. That's usually because they sell the shampoos, but for the most part, they're off the mark.
If your pet has a flea infestation or some kind of skin condition, you should go with the specialty washes, but simple dirt and grime don't need anything you wouldn't use on yourself. It's recommended you mix the shampoo with water (one part shampoo to four parts water is usually best), and then you can get great results without shelling out extra for special soaps.
Reduce Spillage During Thirsty Trips
We've all spilled a few times, but if your dog can't control its licker, it can be a big problem no matter where the water bowl is. If you travel long distances and don't want the inside of your vehicle to get soaked, pick up a spill-proof bowl to keep the water in and keep your pet refreshed.
There's less worry about the mess, but we recommend putting down newspaper or plastic just in case. Any dog owner is aware that it doesn't matter how much work you do to stop it – dogs will always find a way to make a mess.