Pet accidents: To clean up after a pet's "accident," scrub the area with club soda, and let the area dry. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda, and let it stand. Afterwards, vacuum the baking soda.

Healthy teeth and gums: You can brush your pet's teeth by dipping a damp, soft brush in baking soda and brushing gently.

Maintain your pet's dental hygiene by rinsing its mouth regularly with a solution of 1/2 teaspoon salt teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup warm water.

More Tips and Tricks

Pets run into a number of problems without even trying. Baking soda can bring some relief.

Skunks:

If your pet has a run-in with a skunk, wash the pet in a bath containing 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid soap. Rinse your pet well, and then dry them. Discard the unused cleaner.

Bee sting relief: After making sure the stinger is removed, cover a bee sting on your pet with a baking-soda paste.

Deodorize bedding: Sprinkle the bedding area with baking soda, let the baking soda stand, wait 15 minutes, and vacuum it up.

Toenail trimming tip:

If you trim your pet's toenails yourself, you may accidentally draw blood by cutting too close. Dip the affected nail in baking soda, and then apply pressure to stop bleeding.

Other Critters

While baking soda can help dogs and cats, don't leave out the other animals in your house. Baking soda can help them, too.

Birdcage: Clean the bottom of your bird's cage by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge and scrubbing. Wipe the cage clean until it's dry.

Ferret cage deodorizer: To reduce odors in a ferret cage, sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the bottom of the cage after cleaning. Then cover with the appropriate bedding.

Saltwater aquarium maintenance:

To maintain the proper pH level in your saltwater aquarium, mix 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup dechlorinated water. Add this to the tank slowly, over a couple hours, to attain the appropriate pH level for your fish.

Clearly, you can use baking soda to take care of your pets in a variety of ways. Your animal friends will thank you.

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