Owning a pet can bring feelings of joy and fulfillment into your life. While pet ownership can be exciting, it's important to remember that caring for a pet is a great responsibility as well. Being able to rely on some simple household products to help care for your pet can be beneficial when it comes to maintaining your animal's health and well-being in the future.
Here are three household products you can use to provide the type of care your pet might need.
1. Olive oil for ear mites.
Many pets are plagued by ear mites at some point during their lifetime. If you notice your pet begin to shake his or her head more frequently or display more scratching behavior directed toward his or her ears, it's likely that your furry friend has ear mites. Fortunately, you can use olive oil to help clear up this condition.
Combine a tablespoon of olive oil with the contents of one vitamin E capsule in a syringe, then spray the mixture into your pet's ears. Let the mixture sit in your pet's ears for about five minutes, then gently massage the ears and wipe clean with a cotton ball. Repeat this process for seven days, and you should clear up any ear mites pestering your pet.
2. Liquid dish soap to kill fleas.
Fleas can take a serious toll on your pet's health, so regular grooming is important in order to prevent a flea infestation from plaguing your furry friend. If you do notice some fleas on your pet, you can reach for the liquid dish soap to get rid of these unwanted pests.
Soak your pet in a bathtub filled with warm water, then lather thoroughly with the dish soap. You should see dead fleas start falling into the bath water. When this occurs, rinse your pet, empty the tub, and repeat the bathing process. Repeat this process as many times as necessary to kill off all the fleas on your pet.
3. Dryer sheets for wet-animal smell.
Pets enjoy frolicking in the rain, but the resulting wet-animal smell can be enough to turn your delicate stomach. If your pet manages to get wet on a rainy day, you can easily get rid of unwanted wet-animal smell by reaching for this common laundry product.
Rubbing your wet pet all over with a few dryer sheets will help eliminate any obnoxious odors caused by exposure to the rain, leaving your furry friend smelling fresh and clean.
When you are able to identify some simple ways to use household items to help you care for your pet, you are better able to provide for the health and well-being of your animal.
For more ideas, talk to a professional such as Apple Valley Animal Hospital.