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4 Natural Ways to Keep Your Pooch Happy

To Get Stickers and Burs Out of Fur: Try organic all-vegetable shortening. To remove burs from your dog’s coat, wear work gloves (to avoid getting pricked by the burs), work a dab of shortening into the affected areas, and pry the burs loose. Shampoo your dog to remove the vegetable shortening.

To Eliminate Fleas: Try dishwashing liquid. To kill fleas on dogs without using toxic chemicals, add a small amount of non-toxic dishwashing liquid under running water to fill a sink or bathtub and give your dog a bath in the soapy solution. Work the lather into your pet’s coat and let it soak for more than five minutes. The soap penetrates the exoskeletons of fleas, killing them, and works more effectively than some prescribed flea shampoos.

To Keep Your Dog Hydrated: Try Pedialyte. If your dog suffers from mild dehydration—signs include a dry mouth, panting, and a loss of skin elasticity—pour Pedialyte into his water bowl to quickly replace electrolytes. Drinking water will replace most electrolytes, but drinking this solution, formulated for babies, quickly replaces minerals like potassium and sodium too.

To Discourage Digging: Try hot sauce and ground (cayenne) red pepper. To stop your dog from digging up your yard, mix 4 tablespoons of hot sauce and 4 tablespoons of cayenne pepper in 1 quart of water. Sprinkle the spicy solution over the area where your dog digs.

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