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Pet Supplies Can Add Up Cost-Wise – But These Three DIY Ideas Will Help You Save Some Cash

At South Pointe Apartments in Dallas, Texas, our goal is to help you maintain a balanced life. The first step? We promise to keep you up-to-speed on activities, arts and crafts projects, and recipes that you and your family are sure to love. 

If you want your crafts projects to have more meaning, consider these three thoughtful DIYs that will ultimately benefit your pet in the long run. Since we all want is best for our pet or pets, it’s difficult to turn down the costly price of care, food, and treats. However, all of these items add up quickly in the grand scheme of things. The DIY solutions below are your ticket to adhering to your budget in a more realistic way, while still providing your pet with the best treatment possible.

Below, learn how to create a deodorizing dog wash, freshen up your kitty’s litter better than upscale brands, and treat your dog to a natural, wheat-free chicken and rice meal. Take a look and let us know what you think!

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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