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3 Secret Recipes For Homemade Dog Cleaning Solution

3 Secret Recipes For Homemade Dog Cleaning Solution

Dog GroomingWe brush our hair daily, clean our face, ears and body for purpose of good hygiene and good health. Like us, our canine friends love to keep themselves clean and smelling fresh everyday too.

Without having to go to the professional groomers, dog grooming can be made quick, easy and affordable at home too. Not only can these simple dog grooming at home keeps our dogs clean, more importantly, they can contribute to a good overall health to our best friend.

Today, we will show you how you can care for your dog’s eyes, teeth and ears…

Cleaning Your Dog’s Eyes

Similar to us, dogs do get eye mucus. By making sure the corners of our dog’s eyes are mucus-free, you may be able to prevent infections. Bacteria often feed on mucus which can migrate into the eye.

For regular eye cleaning, you do not have to spend too much on purchasing expensive eye cleaning solutions. Moreover, it’s a quick and easy routine which everyone can do too!

Recipe For Homemade Eye Cleaning Solution

  • Water
  • 2 pieces of cotton pads/ tissue

1. Start by gently wiping the edge of the eye with a damp cotton pad or tissue. Remember to wipe around the eye, never directly on the eye’s surface.

2. Repeat for the other eye.

Eye cleaning is one of the simplest dog grooming processes and there is no fix schedule when it should be done. For me, I do clean my dog’s eyes daily. It is a short bonding session for the both of us and it allows me to observe any tell-tale signs of him feeling unwell. If he does, his eyes will look dull and dry.

For dogs that are experiencing excessive tear stains, you may like to try adding apple cider vinegar to his bowl of water to adjust his body pH levels. By altering his pH levels, we are making it a hostile environment for the yeast to grow as it doesn’t grow well in acidic condition.

Start with adding ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for every 500ml of water and gradually work up to 1 teaspoon.

Excessive eye mucus and tear staining can be linked back to ear infections, so it is essential to make sure our dogs’ ears are clean and dry as possible. If you notice that your dog is getting an ear infection which also coincides with excessive tearing, the two are probably related. Here’s we see the importance of basic dog grooming again.

Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears

Olive oilHow many times have you tried using the ear cleaning solution bought from the local pet stores on your dog but it doesn’t seem to work very well?

I have had my fair share of experience with a few different brands of ear cleaning solution and none helped to solve the problem much.My dog’s ears still smell bad and he was still scratching them and shaking his head then.

It was then I decided to try using olive oil to clean my dog’s ears. The effects were almost instant and his condition improved by the days and it was not longer a problem by the end of 2 weeks. Since then on, I swear by using olive oil to be part of our basic dog grooming session at home.

Olive oil is cheap and easily available in pharmacies and from the beauty section in the groceries store. I got mine from a local pharmacy for less than $8 a bottle.

Can’t we leave ear grooming to the dog grooming sessions at the dog groomers? The answer is a strict no.

Do you clean your ears only when you go to the salon or do you clean your ears regularly with a cotton bud after your shower? Regular ear cleaning is essential for keeping your dog healthy and smelling good.

Moisture and excessive wax can accumulate in the ear, creating ideal conditions for the striving growth of bacterial which can lead to severe infection of the ear, especially if there is also a prevalence of dog ear mites.

You will see your dog scratching his head very often, foul stench coming out of the infected ear and no, it is not going to be pleasant for both your dog and you. Visiting the vet or a professional groomer for a dog grooming session to get rid of the nasty infection would then cost a bomb.

You can avoid such a problem by following these five simple steps below to keep your dog’s ears clean and healthy. Again, you do not need to buy expensive ear cleaning solution for your dog and with regular ear cleaning, your dog can grow to love this process.

Basic dog grooming can be made fun and a good bonding session for both your dog and you.

Recipe For Homemade Ear Cleaning Solution

  • Olive oil
  • 4 pieces of cotton pads/ balls

1. Dampen a piece of cotton pad with the olive oil, roll it up into a ball or just simply fold it twice to make it smaller and place it in your dog’s ear.

2. With the cotton pad in his ear, gently give your dog a good 30 seconds ear massage.

3. Remove the cotton pad and let him shake out any excess debris from his ear.

4. Take another piece of cotton pad and wipe his ear clean gently, making sure not to probe into his ear canal.

5. Repeat the same process with the other ear.

Ear cleaning like the above will take no more than another 5 minutes. In addition, do check if the fur inside the ears is getting too long, if it is, you may trim it down using a pair of good scissors before cleaning his ears.

For dogs with long droopy ears, it is also advisable to clip up his ears for good air circulation when he’s indoors.

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

We brush our teeth at least once a day to keep our teeth and gums healthy. How about our canine friends?

Like us, they do need regular teeth brushing to prevent tartar build up, tooth decay, bad breathe and gum infection too but at a less frequent basis. This is an essential part of basic dog grooming for our canine friends.

Brushing their teeth regularly helps to avoid expensive dental treatment which could run up to a couple of hundred bucks. We can buy canine toothpaste at our local pet store.

However, we can also make our own dog toothpaste which is easy and much less inexpensive.

Regardless, NEVER use human toothpaste. Toothpaste made for humans contains fluoride. Ingestion of excessive fluoride (your dog can’t spit, so he’ll swallow it) can cause poisoning.

The following recipe calls for a few basic ingredients that are easily found at home for your very own homemade dog toothpaste. 🙂

Recipe For Homemade Dog Toothpaste

  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of water
  • ½ teaspoon of olive oil or other glycerin

In a container, mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda, ¼ teaspoon of water and ½ teaspoon of olive oil. If you like, you may also add ½ to 1 teaspoon of chicken or beef broth to give the toothpaste a flavor your dog likes. If ¼ teaspoon of water is not enough, add more water slowly to get to the desired toothpaste thickness.

Combine until all ingredients are well mixed and the mixture is the consistency of toothpaste. Usually, I would quadrangle this recipe to store the homemade dog toothpaste for up to 3 weeks in an air tight container.

Brush your dog’s teeth every day. If you have a tight schedule, it is advisable to do it at least once a week. I try to brush my dog’s teeth twice a week.

Dog toothbrushes come in many different shapes and sizes.Some look very much like the toothbrush you use; others fit over your finger to give you a bit more control. For a start, if your dog is not used to a toothbrush, try rubbing his teeth with your finger or handkerchief first, or try a pet finger toothbrush.

You may put the toothpaste on the brush or your finger, or smear it on a few teeth at a time and then brush; whatever works best. Allow your dog to lick a bit of it off your finger before starting. Your dog may resist a bit at first, which is why the chicken or beef broth will help, as most dogs like the flavor. Or you might want to try using bacon oil and I am sure no dog would be able to resist the temptation!

The key to getting your dog used to teeth brushing is really brushing it regularly to get him familiarized with the process. Remember: the more often you brush his teeth, the less resistance you will meet in the future.

1. To brush your dog’s teeth, start at the molars in the back. In a circling motion carefully brush each tooth from the gum line down.

2. Move these small, gentle circles slowly to the front of the mouth. Make sure you don’t skip the backside of the teeth and that you give the upper and lower jaw the same amount of attention.

3. Praise your dog constantly during the process, encouraging him to cooperate with you.

4. After brushing, it may help to reward him his favorite treat.

So there you have it – our 3 little secret recipes for homemade dog cleaning solution. Dog grooming has just become an affordable and easy thing to do. Start these simple dog grooming steps for your best friend today!

Image Credit (Top): Photo: Lulu with a brush, by Brief Gasp, Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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What Do You Know About Dog Coats?

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Dog coatsDogs have some of the most amazing dog coats, ranging from curly to straight, puffy to wiry, bald to long. Their fur comes in short coats, long coats, and every variation in between. Some dog coats even come equipped with dreadlocks!

It’s truly hard to believe that the wolf produced descendants with such wide varieties of dog coats, but it did, and that means you’re going to have to evaluate the type of coat your dog has and Continue reading What Do You Know About Dog Coats?

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How To Keep Your Dog’s Doat Shiny And Healthy

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Dogs are truly beautiful creatures that crave attention and want you to spoil them. One of the best ways that you could show affection is by petting them. Nevertheless, not all dogs have the softest fur. Let’s see some ways in which you can make your dog’s coat healthier, softer and shinier.

shiny dog coat


Having a proper diet is the most important aspect of your dog’s health and appearance.

If he gets all the nutrients that he needs, his beautiful and shiny cloak will be the proof of it. If you truly care about your dog, then skip on the cheap food and go for something more trustworthy.

That’s not to say that all cheap brands aren’t good for your dog, but they are most likely made of cheap ingredients and lots of them are unhealthy.

Essential Fatty Acids

Healthy fatty acids play a key role in the health of your dog’s fur.

Proper nutrition is vital and, more than often, the effects of nutritional deficiencies are first seen on the skin and fur.

Usually, typical dog food has enough nutrients and fatty acids to meet his nutritional needs. Some chicken-based foods are best avoided because they don’t carry all the essential nutrients that your dog needs in order to stay healthy.

Diets that are low in fatty acids are very risky for dogs. Thus, dogs that don’t get enough fatty acids in their body exhibit dry fur and dandruff.

In more extreme cases, the dog might start having skin lesions which are very susceptible to infections.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Most dog food is rich in omega 6 fatty acids and pet shops generally have Omega 6 supplements as well. Also, it’s good to add a tablespoon of quality vegetable oil to your dog’s food.

Additionally, it’s best to check the quality of the food that you’re giving your dog. Be mindful of oily foods because it can lose its nutritional value if stored unproperly.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 is a very important part of a dog’s diet and, if your dog is deficient, you might see some symptoms: prolonged healing of wounds, hair loss, ear infections, hot spots, excessive itching and excessive licking are all signs that your dog might be deficient of omega 3.

These fatty acids are especially beneficial for the skin and for dogs that suffer from allergies or other inflammatory skin conditions.

You can find lots of omega 3 fatty acids, which come in the form of capsules and liquid.

The source of the omega-3 is very important.

One of the most common omega-3 fatty acid you’ll see are the ones that come from salmon. While salmon is high in omega-3, it can also be high in toxins such as lead and mercury.

In general, the bigger the fish, the worst the fatty acid is going to be. Large fish like salmon consume smaller fish and all the time they are alive, they are building their reserves of toxins.

Therefore, the best solution to this problem is to buy omega-3 fatty acids that come from the lowest fish on the food chain.

Anchovies, for example, are one of the lowest fish on the food chain and have one of the highest content of omega-3. Also, anchovies are low in toxins.

When you give your dog supplements like these, it’s best to not exaggerate. Your dog might end up with nausea and stomach aches.

Omega-3 is a very important part of a dog’s diet and, if your dog is deficient, you might see some symptoms: prolonged healing of wounds, hair loss, ear infections, hot spots, excessive itching and excessive licking are all signs that your dog might be deficient of omega 3.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be a sign that you need to include more omega-3s in your dog’s diet. Usually, a dog’s fur becomes better looking after six weeks of taking omega-3 fatty acids daily.

Brush and De-shed Your Dog

Brushing your dog should be a daily task in your dog’s grooming schedule, but you might not have time for that, so try and not go below 3-4 times a week.

Brushing is not only great for your dog’s hygiene, it’s also great for your dog’s circulatory system and it removes dead cells and impurities. Make sure you brush both in the direction in which the hair grows and in the opposite side.

Check Your Dog’s Bathing Routine

The frequency of baths is important for the health and appearance of your dog’s fur. Some breeds need to be bathed only once every few months while others might need weekly showers.

Bathing a dog can be difficult but can also be fun once it becomes a habit.

Use a sink if your dog is small and a bathtub if he’s big. You can also bathe him outside.

Make sure he’s as wet as he can be and apply dog shampoo, being careful not to get any in his eyes or ears. Rinse thoroughly so as to not leave any leftover soap suds on your doggy’s skin. Soap suds can irritate the skin and your doggy might end up licking the soap off his skin, which would then be a concern worthy of a trip to the vet

Use The Right Shampoo

For dogs with dry skin, shampoos that contain aloe vera or oatmeal are recommended. Again, different breeds have distinct types of fur. There is no one-size-fits-all type of shampoo when it comes to dogs.

Check what goes well with his type of fur and your dog will thank you for it. Under no circumstance should you use shampoo for human hair on your dog because it will irritate his skin.

Oatmeal Baths And Sprays

Oatmeal has a moisturizing and soothing effect on the skin. You will find lots of types of shampoos with oatmeal that you can use while bathing. Also, oatmeal sprays are good to use right after bathing, clipping or after going outside.

All in all, these are the most common solutions to preventing unhealthy fur and skin and improving appearance in already healthy dogs. If your dog exhibits flaky fur or irritated skin, then the best solution would be an immediate trip to the vet to properly determine the exact cause of the issue.


This article is contributed by Troy. Troy works for PremierPups, a dog adoption service that helps small breed pups find an owner. He has a Pomsky, which he loves very much. He also enjoys researching and writing about dog’s health.

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How To Choose The Right Dog Door For Your Pet

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dog doorDogs are amusing and fun to be with.

They are intelligent, playful and can socially interact with humans like no other animals can do.

Aside from their needs that we tend to every day, there’s one thing they will be more than happy to have, a Dog Door.

Who doesn’t love freedom?

I am sure your dogs do.

A dog door allows your dogs to roam around freely in and out of the house.

Installing one of this in your house would definitely lighten your load, without having to open the doors for your dogs to let them in or out of the house.

Before you buy a dog door, let me show you the guidelines and consideration on how to choose the best door for your dog.

A Buyer’s Guide To Getting The Best Dog Door

Choosing the best door for your dog is easy considering that there is a wide variety of products available in the market today. To find the best, we have to consider these factors.

1. Evaluate your Dog:

 a) Dog Size: Your dog must fit the door. You have to measure your dog’s height and width to establish the dimension or size of the dog door you’re looking for.

  • Instead from the head make the measurement from your dog’s shoulder to its chest with 2” allowance to cover the height. Dogs usually duck their heads and lift their feet when entering the narrow opening. Measure their shoulder width, so you can get a dog door that they can pass through without touching the sides.
  • You also need to consider growth if you have a pup. They will continue to grow so you need to cater for his/her adult size.

  b) Dog Type: 

  • Each dog differs from one another, especially in strength. You have to take into account if your dog is able to push heavier flaps.

3. Entrance Options:

  • Your dog door can be installed on the walls, storm door, sliding glass doors or garage doors. Usually, the location depends on your house design. Ensure that the door is installed in a location that provides safe access upon entry and exit. Avoid installing your dog door where the exit is directly onto the driveway in front of your garage.
  • Decide where in your house you will be installing the dog door. Measure the dimensions on the spot where you would be placing the dog door, to make sure that the dog door you will be getting fits nicely at that chosen spot.

4. Dog Door Material: Durability and energy efficiency are the 2 main factors that you have to consider in choosing the right dog material.

  • Durability: Evaluate your dog’s behavior. Some dogs love to chew and scratch. Make sure that your door is durable enough to withstand stress and abuse from your naughty pet.
  • Energy Efficient: This is a very important because you don’t want your bills skyrocketed after installing the wrong one. Dog door with weather stripping is a fine choice. The strip’s sole purpose is to seal the gaps between the panel and door. This helps to maintain warmth in the house and keep the cold out.

5. The Mode Of Operation:

  • Manual: This is the most common of dog door type wherein the installation is on the wall or door while using a flap to act as a barrier between dog’s entrance and exit. With proper training, your dog can easily go in and out of the house through the dog door. If you choose this kind of dog door, make sure that you have a dog fence around your house to keep your dog within your property.
  • Automatic/ Electronic:  This type of door offers the pet owner the control over which pet can go in and out of the house. Automatic door is more sophisticated and advanced than manual. It uses sensor, microchip and transmitter to allow access through the door. An electronic device is embedded on the collar of you dog, so only your dog is allowed to get through the door.  This helps to keep stray animals and pests from entering the house. Automatic doors are more expensive, but give you the control and security.


Having a dog seems like having a child of your own. We have to take care of them in so many ways just to make them comfortable and happy when they are with us.

But let’s face it, we can’t be there for them all the time.

Providing a dog door is one of the most beneficial way to keep them healthy all the time. This access will allow them to play and run outside whenever they want.

In choosing the best dog door, it is advised to concentrate on what type of door you and your dog need. Choose wisely and within budget.

Do you have any tips and ideas about the best dog doors? You can tell us about it in the comments section below.


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Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds Ever

Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds Ever

Dogs come in different breeds, which have different characteristics from each other. This is the reason why it is hard to identify the healthiest breeds. Although it is nearly impossible to predict which of the breeds are the healthiest, there are certain breeds that seem to have lower cases of genetic diseases, injuries, and other health conditions. Continue reading Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds Ever