How To Keep Your Dog Safe from Summer Toxins

I don’t know about where you live, but in Ohio it has been a tough winter and rather unseasonable spring. I have read that it is going to be a brutal year for all those little annoying bugs that aggravate our four-legged friends. And it’s not only the bugs, but also the weeds? How do we keep our pets safe? If I cannot pronounce an ingredient, I pretty much figure it is not the safest for me, for the environment, or for my pets. I have done some research and below is a list of recipes to help with some of these annoying summer problems.

First on my list is a pet safe weed killer. Trust me, this will kill anything and everything green so be careful when you use it.

1lb salt
1gal vinegar
2 squirts of dish-washing liquid
4tbs Lemon Juice
1 spray bottle

Stir salt in just enough hot water to dissolve completely. Add the rest of the ingredients. The dish-washing liquid will enable the mixture to stick to the vegetation. This will kill any plant it touches so be careful. Don’t let it drain or reach your good grasses or plants.

Got Flees or Ticks? No more, try this.

8 oz apple cider vinegar
4 oz warm water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix dry ingredients first then slowly add to wet as the vinegar and baking soda will react slightly. Put into spray bottle and spray pets down. Be careful not to get in pets eyes.

Worried about flees and ticks in your house? Try this.

Use Borax throughout the house, sprinkle it on the carpets and let sit for a few hours, then vacuum. This should kill all the fleas and ticks in your home and on your pets.

Sunscreen? Yes, your dog can get sunburned so be careful and only use pet-approved sun screens. Remember dogs lick and many sunscreens contain fragrances and products that our dogs love to ingest.

And one last trick for keeping you pet comfortable in the summer. Refrigerate their collars and scarves. When it is really hot, put one of these cooled items around their neck. It doesn’t last a long time, but it is helpful and refreshing!

Have a safe summer. Keep your dog cool and safe!

Jenet Mullins is a retired sales executive from the media industry. As a Poodle Parent she shares her experiences and true life situations as a rescue adopter. Find her at Mediagal on Twitter or Jenet Mullins on Facebook.

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