Here are a couple of things that at some time may come in useful if you have a pet.  These are tips that I have picked up over time and can be used for any animal, not just yorkies.


Got a dog that has been Skunked?  Try this.


You would think that if you discovered the best way to deal with a pet that has tangled with a skunk you would end up making a bundle from it, right?  Not if the formula can't be combined and bottled to sell.  Even though the ingredients, when mixed and used immediately, work wonders to rid your pet from the perfume of the skunk, they can not be mixed and bottled.  They have to be combined and used every time you need the product.

Take 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (available from any drugstore), 

1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate for you science types)

1 teaspoon of liquid soap, such as Dawn. 

Mix and immediately apply to the stinky pet, make sure that you work it into the coat and down to the skin.   Rinse thoroughly with tap water.

The result is astonishing.

Unfortunately, so will be the explosion if you made up the solution and then tried to bottle it. The merging of the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda creates lots of oxygen in a big hurry. This chemical reaction is key to how the solution works, but it's also fierce enough to explode in a closed container.

Which is why Paul Krebaum hasn't capitalized on his discovery. There's just no way to sell something you can't put in a bottle.

Since Paul Krebaum published his findings in a trade journal in 1993, his magic formula has spread far and wide, offered up by agriculture officials and hunting magazines, and touted by folks on the Internet. The Chicago Tribune gave him a good write-up in 1994 that got picked up by newspapers all over the country. In it, he called his mix "free-gift-to
humanity type deal."

(From the Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook)


Dog or Cat swallow small sharp objects?  Try this.


In case your pup ever swallows broken glass or some other sharp objects you can try the procedure listed here, providing that you have some cotton balls, not the "cosmetic puffs" that are made from man-made fibers, and half-and-half or cream.

Should your dog eat glass, pour some of the half-and-half in a bowl. Dip cotton balls into the cream and feed them to your dog.  Dogs under 10 lbs should eat 2 balls which you have first torn into smaller pieces. Dogs 10-50 lbs should eat 3-5 balls and larger dogs should eat 5-7. You may feed larger dogs an entire cotton ball at once. Dogs seem to really like these strange treats"and eat them readily. As the cotton works its way through the digestive tract it will find all the glass pieces and wrap itself around them. Even the teeniest shards of glass will be caught and wrapped in the cotton fibers, and the cotton will protect the intestines from damage by the glass. Your dog's stools will be really weird for a few days and you will have to be careful to check for fresh blood or a tar like appearance to the stool. If either of the latter symptoms appear you should rush your dog to the vet for a checkup but, in most cases, the dogs will be just fine.

Hair Mats

If  your dogs coat is matted, try rubbing a little cornstarch into the matt and letting it set for a few minutes.  If the matt is caused by chemicals the cornstarch will absorb them and the mats will be easier to brush out.  If you don't have cornstarch try baby powder.  This will only work on chemical based mats, and not ones caused by scratching or licking.  Chemicals can build up from the oils used on your dogs coat to make it shine, and from the oils that are used in some of the pet shampoos and conditioners.




Tar and Paint

When feasible, trim away any hair containing tar, oil or paint.  To remove residual substances, saturate the effected parts in vegetable oil.  Leave alone for 24 hours, then was the coat with soap and water or give the dog a complete bath.  DO NOT use petroleum solvents such as gasoline, kerosene or turpentine to remove any substance from a dog's coat.  These products are extremely harmful to the skin and are highly toxic if absorbed.

(From the Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook)

Gum in hair

There are a couple of different things to try for this.  Nail Polish remover has worked wonders for me, but other's swear by using peanut butter, or even ice cubes. Whichever you chose to try, make sure that after you remove the gum you wash that area and rinse well.