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  • #19799
    imported_AnnieHowe
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      :-/My beloved pup gets his bath once per week, but if his fur needs to be freshened between baths, what is a good method of doing this?  He has long hair.  Any tried and true safe methods of doing this of which you’re aware?  By the way, HI, my name is Annie! ;D

      #20626
      imported_Shelly
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        It might help to brush some baking soda through his fur. :)

        #20629
        imported_AnnieHowe
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          That’s a good idea, Shelly!  I bet that would work better than baby powder, too!  Thanks!!  Baking soda can do just about anything!

          #20633
          imported_admin
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            We have had several clients tell us that when they put chlorophyll in their dogs water their smell improves greatly.  We give it to our cats all the time and they have no smell.

            More information can be found at http://www.theherbsplace.com/chloro.html

            Hope that helps.

            Randal – Editor of The Frugal Life News

            #20635
            imported_AnnieHowe
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              :)Thanks, Randal!  I’ll check that out!  I can’t get them to use the chew treats with chlorophyl, but maybe putting some in the the water will work!  Thanks, I’ll check it out! :)

              #20636
              imported_kivatar
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                hi annie! Ý

                i’m just curious why your doggie gets a bath once a week??? Ýi’m wondering if the reason his fur needs to be refreshed/freshened during the week is the result of too many baths?

                i have 7 dogs/10 ferrets/2 cats (all indoor), most of which haven’t had baths in over a year, and none of which carry an odor (long-hair and short alike). Ýthey get baths when they get dirty or roll in something in the yard. Ý :P  the last 2 ferrets we got from someone who bathed them weekly, and we read that bathing them too frequently stimulates their oils and glands and actually causes more odor.

                just a thought…

                zoomama Ý ;D

                #20641
                imported_AnnieHowe
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                  My pup is my companion and sleeps in my bed.  He doesn’t have any more odor on his skin after a week than you or I would if we went a week without bathing.  I don’t believe any of the negative things that some think about bathing  or the school of thought that bathing cannot be done frequently.  So long as you do not dry their skin out and most importantly, rinse thoroughly, there are NO problems associated with bathing once per week.  Those who own Maltese and other similar fur babies tend to keep their pup as clean and as well cared for as most do their child.  Clean, well moisturized, well rinsed skin is always going to be healthier than skin that is not cleaned regularly.  I use baby shampoo on Spanky’s head and face and a mild, moisturizing shampoo on his body and rinse very well.  You can bury your face in his fur and give him a kiss and he smells as fresh as a clean baby (most of the time).  His skin is healthy, too!  Let’s say you normally shampoo your hair every day, but one week you’re sick and go 3 days without shampooing.  By that 3rd day, there is a definite odor forming about your scalp, and if you can’t shampoo, you might temporarily freshen with baby powder, baking soda, or some such product.  This is the type of freshning I’m referring to.  The chlorophil thread probably sounded like I meant something else.  Spanky is my baby!

                  #20643
                  imported_kivatar
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                    Annie,

                    i hope you don’t think i was criticizing your bathing procedures… i was really just curious.  everyone has their own opinions and i’m always interested in what works for others.

                    fyi, though, i have a chihuahua (6) and minpin (3) who sleep with me, and neither of them have had a bath their entire lives (except for the rolling-in-the-stinky-thing-in-the-yard episodes).  and my bigger dogs (2 akitas, a lab, a dobe mix, and a brittany spaniel mix) are house dogs, too, who rarely, if ever, have been bathed.  i think our beloved pets have the natural ability to clean themselves (i can bury my face in my akita’s fur and she smells fresh as a daisy, too)  :D

                    i don’t say this to argue your bathing routine, but to point out to others that frequent bathing *may not* be necessary.  as i mentioned about my ferrets, i can attest to the fact that bathing them more frequently actually increases the odor produced by their glands, and i’m convinced from my 25+ years of pet ownership (and rare bathing) that bathing is not always necessary.

                    again, please understand i’m not arguing with what works for you… in keeping with the topic of being “frugal” however, i have one bottle of pet shampoo in my cupboard that has lasted me for years, not to mention the savings in my water bill!  ;)

                    please give your baby a hug for me!

                    zoomama  

                    #20644
                    imported_AnnieHowe
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                      ;DNo offense taken, Zoomama!  Wow, that’s quite a family you have there!!  I bet you need to find ways to save a buck here and there!  I got a 2nd pup 5 days ago, a Heinz 57 little girl, only 3 months old.  Spanky, my large Maltese (15 pounds) is a rescue and this new pup, to keep him company while I work is a pound puppy.  I’m getting too old to raise a puppy.  It would be okay if I could be here to train her, but having to be at work makes it tough.  I think she’s going to eat me out of house and home, too!  I’ve always had just one, but took this giant step and hope it works out okay.  I really love my pup, Spanky (4 years old) and will one day love Lucy too! haha  Another controversial subject that people tend to feel strongly about is what they feed their dogs.  I feel that doing some cooking for your dogs, if that’s what you want to do, doesn’t hurt anything.  I know many who thing if it isn’t “dog food” then it isn’t good for them.  I feed “dog food” and supplement with boiled chicken breast.  Also, I tend to share bites of what I’m eating, too.  I’m a softie!  Not CHOCOLATE though, as just 3 oz. of bakers chocolate can kill a pup 20 pounds or less.  I moderate a pets board on another site and know that folks have strong opinions about caring for their pets–as do I.  But the main thing for sure is that we give them good care and proper nutrition and lots and lots of love!!! ;)

                      #20649
                      imported_kivatar
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                        Annie,

                        congrats on the latest addition to your family, and i’m glad that spanky will have lucy for company while you’re away.    

                        i’m away at work 12 hours a day myself, so i know what you mean about not being home to train a dog.  i’ve found, though, that dogs can train each other, so spanky may very well teach lucy the ropes while you are away from home!  3 of my dogs are in the basement together while i’m away, and the alpha in the group keeps the other two in line.  so funny!  

                        you are so right about the controversy in feeding opinions!  and it’s even more difficult when you try to combine frugality with feeding your dog(s) the best.  

                        if i only had the little dogs, i’d make my own dog food.  it’s hard to feel good about feeding your precious babies commercial food when there is NO regulation on dog food companies… and that means *anything* and *everything* yukky can be and *is* in your dog food.  bleah!  the old adage that “people food” is bad for your dog is not one i buy into.  cooked processed scraps are one thing, but fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc., are healthy for our four-footed babies!  

                        i’ve done a lot of research, and feed my dogs, cats, and ferrets INNOVA brand, which is pricey, but, frugally speaking, i’ve saved tons of buckage on vet bills (haven’t been in years) and other health-related costs.  (they eat less in the long run because they get less useless filler).  (i don’t immunize either, which is a whole ‘nother can of worms.)  

                        i also give my dogs raw turkey necks to clean their teeth, and when chicken backs are available, my big dogs get them in the back yard.  yes, raw.  controversial, yes.  frugal, yes.  anyone interested in studying up on the pros and cons of feeding raw should do a web search for “barf” (bones and raw food) and check out the pros and cons.

                        best of luck to you and your babies, annie!  :)

                        zoomama

                        #20650
                        imported_AnnieHowe
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                          You sound like a wonderful Moma to me, Zoomama!  I’ve heard some good debates on the feeding issues, and also on the immunization issues.  I still immunize, but definitely have some reservations about it, and know that many dogs have been made sick or even killed with immunizations!  I’ve heard good arguments on all these issues.  The ones who come out sounding the least informed about anything though are the ones who think you have to feed your dog dogfood only.  
                          I went shopping tonight.  Disaster shopping–preps.  I am also prepping for my pups, but wonder how we would manage.  Very scary times.

                          #20755
                          Anonymous

                            Getting back to the refresh between baths. I have a long haired sheperd mix who can get a little funky. I use a store brand spray on detangler for children on his fur, and he smells like he just got a bath. It lasts for about a week. I think the brand name is Johnsons and Johnsons no tears detangler, but the Equate brand at walmart works just as well.
                            Katie

                            #20756
                            imported_AnnieHowe
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                              Hi, Katie!  That was the EXACT sort of idea I was looking for!! :)
                              Sounds like a great idea.  I’ll be trying it for sure!  Thanks a bunch!

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