Try these little hacks to make your life easier when caring for your furry, scaly or feathered friends.
1. File claws with sandpaper
Most dogs don’t like having their claws filed, but doing so will keep them in good condition and avoid splitting in cold weather.
To ease your dog’s stress about the nail-filing devices used by groomers, cut a small round of medium-grit sandpaper, wrap it around your index finger and rub gently.
Stop frequently to give praise and reinforce good behaviour with a treat.
2. Shrink an old jumper
Keep a dog warm during winter walks by shrinking an old item of woollen knitwear.
Choose a jumper that’s at least three times too big for the animal.
Put it into the washing machine with 60ml mild detergent and set the temperature to hot on a full load, even though it’s just one item.
Reshape the jumper while it’s damp so that the neck is wide enough to fit over your dog’s head.
The arms should fit over the dog’s two front legs and the body of the jumper should reach about halfway down the back.
3. Cook up an eggy treat
A weekly scrambled egg added to your cat’s or dog’s food will keep its coat shiny, and it’s a healthy treat most pets love.
Raw eggs are off limits, because of the risk of salmonella contamination.