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DIY Dog Spa: 10 Easy Steps

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We all love to spoil our pets and nothing says love like a DIY Dog Spa. Grooming your pet is not only good for them, it’s a great way to save money, bond with your pet, and lower your own stress levels. Pets are natural mood enhancers and it’s been scientifically shown that grooming your pet can lower your heart rate as well as lower your own stress levels.

Remember that you don't need to bathe your pet often. Unless your dog has gotten into something smelly or dirty, they will only need to be bathed only every two to four months. Bathing too frequently will dry out their skin and strip the natural oils from their coat. This is just one more reason why you should make bath day extra special for your pet. Here is a little DIY Dog Spa Day Primer that we put together.

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Feline Design - DIY for Cat Homes

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The Cats RoomThinking of creating a special room or perfect pet project for your favorite feline? You’re not alone. From custom cat enclosures to homemade cat condos, design is going to the cats. Whether you have one cat or ten, every cat should have a room of their own, and the furnishings to go along with it.

Advantages of DIY cat furniture, rooms, enclosures and furnishings are numerous; the most obvious being cost savings.

But there are other reasons as well. Items from other countries have been under scrutiny in recent years, with quality often being sacrificed for quantity. When you create your own products, you know what you’re getting.

The good news is that this doesn't have to be an expensive ordeal.  A little sweat equity and some basic supplies is all it takes to create unique furniture, a complete room or even an outdoor enclosure like this...

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Make Your Own Sweet Potato Treats

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There are more recalls and warnings coming out of China these days. Not only are we being warned off of food (see all pet food-related recalls here) and chicken jerky treats, but we’re now being warned about sweet potato treats.

According to Poisoned Pets, vets are reporting health problems with sweet potato treats that are similar to those related to chicken jerky treats also made in China (see list of manufacturersat end of article). Initial testing is showing the existence of phorate, a highly toxic pesticide. Fortunately, sweet potato treats are easily made at home and the end result is something that you know will be safe.  Here are a few easy recipes that are cost-effective, nutritional and your dogs will love them.

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Pumpkin Pretzels for Hungry Pups

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We're always on the hunt for new dog and cat treat recipes. These delicious pumpkin flavored pretzels are a must-make for the Fall holidays.

Tip: If your dog is sensitive to rice flour, you can use wheat or white flour. There are also other types of flour, such as tapioca and potato flours!

Ingredients

1 package active dry yeast
1 C warm water
1 T honey
4 C rice flour
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup plain canned pumpkin (we recommend using Fruitables Pumpkin Dog Digestive Supplement with vitamin, fiber and ginger)

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Wafer Pet Treats

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If you're looking for a great pet treat for the Halloween season, be sure to try these healthy peanut butter pumpkin wafer treats.

Pumpkin is good for both cats and dogs. It is filled with healthy vitamins and minerals, and it acts as a binding agent for pets, so if your pet has loose stools, you can add a little freshly pureed pumpkin in their diet. You can also use it to decrease constipation - because pumpkin is just that perfect of a food!

Here's how you can preparing pumpkin puree for pets. You can also used canned pumpkin, but we always prefer the real stuff (and pumpkin puree freezes incredibly well if you put it into plastic bags)!

We love pumpkin so much that we started exploring some recipes for dogs and cats that involves pumpkin - like these delish Pumpkin Peanut Butter Wafer Treats (also see Pumpkin Pretzels for Hungry Pups and Three Healthy, Homemade Cat Treats Your Feline Will Adore).

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