Cleaning hacks for dog moms are a must to save time and keep your home clean and smelling fresh. Dogs are part of the family but they can be super messy and smelly. I constantly find socks, dog toys, and dog hair all over my home! As much as I love Chuy, I don’t love the mess that comes with being a dog mom! I’ve put together a list of cleaning hacks for dog moms that you’ll want to pin and save.
1. You Need A Lint Roller
Every dog mom needs a good lint roller for dog hair. The hack is that you can use your lint roller on more than just clothes. You can also use it on your sofa, pillows, furniture, and even in the car! I keep one lint roller in the house and a mini lint roller like this in my purse for when Chuy and I are on the go.
2. Fur on the Couch? Get This Cleaning Hack!
If you have dogs, I recommend leather sofas that you can easily wipe down. Plus, they don’t collect hair like fabric upholstered couches do. Not everyone can just run right out and purchase a new couch so here’s a hack you need to know. All you need is a pair of rubber gloves! Simply dampen the gloves and rub your hands over the couch. The damp glove will lift the fur right off the couch. Just rinse and repeat. Literally!
3. Wash Dog Linens Once a Week
Dog odors really linger inside of your dog’s bed, blankets, and even on your pillows and throw blankets. To keep the dog odor to a minimum, plan on washing all of your dog’s linens at least once a week. If they use a metal crate, make sure to wash ans scrub that too. I also recommend having a stain and odor spray for sanitizing and cleaning in a pinch!
4. Clean Those Baseboards!
Dog hair loves to accumulate on the baseboards. The easiest way to clean them in a pinch is to use baby wipes or Clorox wipes. I personally prefer the Clorox wipes because they get the hair off and disinfect everything.
5. Brush Your Dog Regularly
This might seem too simple to be a hack. You’d be surprised how many people don’t regularly groom and clean their dog. Regular brushing does a couple of different tings. One, brushing takes away the coat of fur that’s already loose and going to shed all over your house. Two, getting rid of this fur before it falls out gets the dog smell out. Plus, your dog will love all the special attention. I absolutely love and recommend the Furminator for brushing your dog.
6. Set Up an Amazon Subscribe & Save Order
I don’t like wasting time shopping at the store for the necessities we need. I put things like dog food, cleaning supplies, dog pads, and paper goods on a monthly subscription with Amazon Subscribe & Save. This is a huge time saver and you save a bunch of money when you subscribe for regular orders for all your cleaning and pet supplies.
7. Wipe Those Paws!
I love me some cute doggie paws but they can track in lots of dirt. Put door mats at each door entry that your dog uses. I have a huge one leading out to our backyard that says “Wipe Your Paws” and it’s so cute. But, it also serves a double purpose b/c it helps to remove dirt from Chuy’s feet. Another hack is to wipe your dog’s paws with baby wipes or dog grooming wipes if they are super dirty. My personal favorite are these Multipurpose Grooming Wipes from Burt’s Bees.
8. Wash Those Dog Toys
I’m all about saving time. Did you know that you can wash plastic dog toys in the dishwasher? Make sure to put them on the top rack and don’t use the heat drying setting. For the stuffed/soft toys, pop them into a garment bag and throw them in the washer machine. Don’t mix dog toys with your regular dishes and clothes!
9. Get a Dog Food Mat
We have a mat in the kitchen where Chuy’s food and water bowls go. That way, when he slobbers water or spills his food, it’s all in one place and I don’t have to constantly scrub the floor. You can just throw the mat in the wash and be done with it. This silicon dog food mat is convenient because you can wipe it down or even throw it into the dishwasher.
10. Deodorize the Air
All the cleaning hacks in the world don’t always get rid of 100% of the dog smell. Here are some suggestions to help with that:
Open the windows a few days a week to air out your home.
Get an air purifier to help with the dander and smell in the air. My personal favorite is the Febreeze Air Purfier.
Use an air diffuser with essential oils.
Burn scented candles or use a wax burner. (Just keep them out of your dog’s reach!)
Apples are healthy for humans but are apples good for dogs? The short answer is yes. We love apples for making homemade dog treat recipes like our popular frozen apple dog treat. However, there are some precautions you need to be aware of when feeding apples to your dog.
Are Apples Good for Dogs?
Yes, absolutely! Apples are good for dogs. They’re a healthy, natural, low calorie treat chock-full of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and fiber. Apples are great as a healthy snack or for a training reward.
Apples contain lots of health benefits for dogs. They are rich in antioxidants which may help with reducing symptoms of joint disease. Eating apples helps to clean off the residue on your dog’s teeth which makes them good for dental health and good breath. Since they are high in fiber, apples are good for digestive health too.
Are Apples Bad for Dogs?
Apples are good for dogs but there are some dangers that you should be aware of as a responsible pet parent. Even though apples are healthy for dogs, you should check with your veterinarian before giving them to your dog. Some health conditions may not mix well with apples.
The seeds, stem, and the core are off limits for dogs. Apple seeds contain small amounts of cyanide, which is highly toxic. Please, remove the seeds before feeding apples to your dog! While it would take quite a few seeds to harm your dog, you don’t want to risk it…especially if you have a small dog.
The apple core is a choking hazard because it’s almost impossible to chew. A gastrointestinal blockage can happen if your dog swallows the core.
Apples are a fruit which means they contain sugar. Only feed them in moderation as too much sugar can cause problems. Too much of even a good thing can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.
How To Serve Apples to Your Dog
Always wash apples before serving them. Apple contain chemical substances that make them look appealing and shiny in the grocery store… plus herbicides and pesticides. This is why you should always thoroughly wash your fruit! If possible, organic apples are best.
Then, peel the apple, core it, remove the stem, and take all of the seeds out.
There are lots of different ways to serve apples to your dog. You can cut apples slices, apple cubes, bake apple slices, grate apples over your dog’s food, freeze them into treats, and blend them for homemade apple sauce.
I was searching for 25 simple dog treat recipes to create this list. I skipped right over the ones that had a huge list of ingredients and a ton of directions. I like to to keep it simple. I don’t have time to spend in the kitchen for hours.
I hate cooking. I especially hate baking. But, I love giving Chuy homemade dog treats because I know exactly what ingredients are included. The #dogmom struggle is real.
I have a super easy DIY Washi Tape Easter Bunny Frame that you can make for Easter or for any time of year if you have a pet bunny. You can literally create this in just a few minutes for a few dollars and it adds a super cute touch to your Easter decor! Actually you probably have most of the supplies already.
1. Print the bunny silhouette on a piece of cardstock paper. The cardstock is more sturdy and easier to work with than regular printer paper. Once it’s printed, cut out the shape of the bunny in the center.
2. Take a second piece of cardstock and tape pieces of washi tape in a diagonal line along the paper. You want to get creative and by using different colors and patterns to create the style you want. You could even do this in a solid color, monochromatic, or ombre!
3. Once you’ve covered the paper with the washi tape, place the bunny silhouette that you cut out on top of the taped paper. You’ll want to gently secure this with a little bit of glue.
4. Now to give it a cute 3D effect, glue a cotton ball on the bunny tail.
5. Now, it’s time to put your completed bunny in the frame and put it on display in your home or office.
I love this idea for Easter decorating but it’s also a year round item for those of you that have bunny rabbits! Are you giving this DIY a try?! Let us know!
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out our other Easter for Dogs posts and ideas for pet friendly recipes, crafts, and more.
Are grapes toxic to Chihuahuas? Yes! They are highly toxic and even just one can cause kidney failure. I want to share my story with you that serves as a cautionary tale in case your Chihuahua ever eats grapes.
Two weeks ago, I was in the middle of a course launch for my brand, Irresistible YOUniversity. I was prepping for a webinar and had been locked in my office for most of the day. It was about an hour and a half before go time, so I thought I’d take a break and have dinner with my family downstairs for a little bit.
Except that never happened!
I was eating grapes and gave some to my daughter to try. I should have known better.
It was in that moment that she threw one and it landed on the floor. Chuy being the opportunist that he is scarfed it down without blinking.
In that moment I remembered that grapes are toxic to dogs. Highly toxic. Especially to small dogs like Chuy.
I called the after hours ER vet. They said yes to bringing him in because they needed to get him to vomit ASAP. They told me that doing hydrogen peroxide at home isn’t always effective.
But my webinar?! I have to cancel it! I’ve never NOT gone with Chuy to any vet appointments…especially the ER! So long story short, my husband took Chuy so that I could stay home and do my webinar…which also meant getting the human child to bed quickly. In other words, it was a hot mess!
What if My Chihuahua Eats Grapes?
If your Chihuahua has eaten grapes (or raisins), call your vet immediately. Yes, even just one grape. At this time, veterinarian science doesn’t know which part of the grape causes the toxicity. According to Pet MD, “Grapes and raisins are bad for dogs because one of the most serious complications of grape/raisin toxicity is they can cause severe kidney damage leading to acute (sudden) kidney failure with lack of urine production (anuria). However, kidney failure is not seen in all dogs after ingestion of grapes or raisins, and again, the reason why some dogs are affected excessively, while others are not, is still being studied.”
Upon getting to the ER, they immediately took Chuy to the back to induce vomiting with an Apomorphine injection. The vet said they could see that he threw up the skin of the grape. He appeared to be just fine but they did also give us an option to keep him overnight for observation and IV. The vet couldn’t directly say this but didn’t feel that was necessary but of course they have to give you options. If he had ingested more than one grape, keeping him overnight would have been a good protocol.
What are the Symptoms of Grape Toxicity?
I was able to chat with the vet on the phone and she told us what symptoms to keep an eye out for:
Urinating a small amount despite drinking more
Completely stopping any urination
Loss of appetite
These symptoms can occur 1-5 days after ingestion!
Thank God, Chuy was fine and not affected by ingesting any of the grapes. This gave us a quite a scare and grapes are no longer allowed in our house! I’m not taking a chance. Here’s Chuy the next day looking healthy and ready for Valentine’s Day!
If you have a Chihuahua or a dog, you may want to do the same. This is especially scary with a smaller dog as it only takes one grape for them to experience kidney failure. The most critical thing in this situation is time. You need to get your dog to the vet immediately before the grapes fully absorb into their system.
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Happy New Year! Chuy and I hope your new year is off to a great start. Do you set New Year’s resolutions? Even if you don’t have any for yourself, this is a great time to set some new year’s resolutions for your dog! We’ve put together a list to get you started. Here are ten new year’s resolutions for dog moms.
10 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Moms
1. Schedule a Vet Exam
Regular vet exams are critical to the health of your dog to detect problems and keep them healthy. I visit the vet every six months for Chuy’s wellness checkups. Dogs age faster than humans so it’s actually recommended to go every six months if possible. If you don’t have anything on the calendar, call your vet and schedule an appointment!
2. Organize Preventative Care
Outside of your routine vet visits, there is preventative care that your dog needs. Preventative care includes flea/tick medications, heart worm medication, dental cleanings, grooming, and more. I like to set reminders on my calendar for Chuy’s heart worm medication and other important appointments.
3. Get Active Together
Dogs crave exercise! You should be spending at least 30 minutes a day exercising your dog. Walking is good for you too! Make activities exciting and something that both of you look forward to. Find a new park or trail to visit. Just get outdoors and exercise with your dog! Going out in the cold? Check out these winter safety tips for dogs.
4. Update Tags and IDs
Have you moved? Changed phone numbers? Now is a great time to check your dog’s ID tags and microchip to make sure they have your most current information.
BONUS Tip: Program your phone contacts with your dog’s regular vet, the emergency vet, and animal poison control. That way you’re not scrambling for the phone number when there’s an emergency.
5. Go on More Adventures
I love going on adventures with Chuy. I make it a point to find dog friendly places, hotels, and restaurants. Make this the year that you go on more adventures with your dog.
Chuy has such short hair that he doesn’t require visits to the groomers. That said, I do all of his grooming at home. He still needs regular baths, brushes, ear cleanings, etc. In the new year, set up a regular grooming routine for your dog. Learn how to make a DIY Pet Grooming Kit.
7. Take More Pics of Your Dog
More pics? Is that even possible in my world?! I take so many pics and videos of Chuy. I love having so many memories of him. I use Google Photos to store all of my pics. Then I print some of these out to frame, make canvases, and photo books. My favorite service to create photo books is with Shutterfly. They have amazing deals and sales all the time! Plus, they now have a dedicated section just for pets.
Clear the clutter and get your house organized by organizing and cleaning all of your dog’s toys. While you’re at it, through in their bed, blankets, towels, etc. Go through their toys and toss anything that’s broken or worn out.
9. Exercise Your Dog’s Mind
Boredom leads to behavior issues and depression. Playing puzzle games is a great way to exercise your dog’s mind. This is a great confidence boost and it’s another fun way to bond with your pup. Games are also great for rainy/cold days when the last thing you want to do is be outdoors!
10. Spend Quality Time Together
The best way to show your dog love is to spend more quality time together. I spend more time with Chuy than my husband or daughter! He is always next to me while I’m working, eating, and even sleeping! Some of our fav activities are walks, going to the beach, kayaking, and just snuggling on the couch with a good movie.
So, what are your new year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments!
The weather outside is frightful! It seems like everywhere on the east coast is covered in snow…except for us here in Virginia Beach! Although, it’s been freezing cold and raining so there’s that. I thought it was a good time to remind you of these winter dog safety tips. The weather is only going to get colder as we slide into Christmas and the New Year.
1. Limit Outdoor Activities
This one is a no brainer when you have a small dog like a Chihuahua. We don’t spend a ton of time outdoors this time of year because well…Chuy just isn’t cut out for it. I thought all people kept their dogs indoors with them but the longer I write this blog, I sadly discover this isn’t true. Your pets should be indoors when the weather is this cold..especially during freezing temps! Make those bathroom breaks fast!
2. Get Your Dog a Coat!
Whenever we go outdoors during the winter, we make sure to put a coat or a hoodie on Chuy. Some dogs may not need this but smaller dogs and those with shorter fur definitely will feel more comfortable in a dog jacket or coat.
Just running out for a quick potty break can be dangerous in the frigid temps. Balls of ice and snow can clump up on their paws and their stomach area. You want to make sure to wipe down your dog to remove any snow or ice. Also, as a responsible pet parent, you need to know the signs of frostbite. This includes checking their ears, paws, and tail for sign.
According to VCA Hospitals, here are some of the clinical signs of frostbite:
Discoloration of the affected area of skin that is often pale, gray or bluish
Coldness and/or brittleness of the area when touched
Pain when you touch the affected body part
Blisters or skin ulcers
Areas of blackened or dead skin
4. Wipe Down and Wipe Again!
It’s not just about wiping away any ice or snow from their paws. Lots of ice-melting chemicals that are used on sidewalks and driveways can be dangerous and in some cases lethal if ingested. Don’t forget to wipe their belly too! Since Chuy is so short, his belly always gets soaking wet. Check out Safe Paw which is a non-toxic snow melter safe for pets and kids.
5. Beware of Antifreeze
Another winter danger is antifreeze. It’s highly toxic and dogs love the taste because it’s sweet. Even a small amount can be deadly. There are “safe” nontoxic antifreeze options. Look for products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Regardless, all spills need to be cleaned up immediately and thoroughly. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pets have ingested any antifreeze!
6. Keep Water Readily Available
This is often overlooked in the winter months because it’s so cold. People forget that dogs and pets need fresh, clean water to drink often. Take along a portable water bottle dispenser when traveling or on walks.
7. Clear a Path in the Snow
If you live somewhere that often has snow on the ground, it’s smart to clear out a path for your dog. This way they have a safe and clear place to use the bathroom.
8. Create a Warm Snuggle Place Indoors
I know I love to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket during the cold, winter months. Dogs do too! Chuy usually just climbs under my blanket and hangs out as close to me as possible. He also has a warm dog bed of his own…in each room of our house. Yes, even in the baby’s room!
9. Don’t Leave Your Dog in a Cold Car
This is another one we tend to associate only with the summer time. It’s just as dangerous to leave your pets in a cold car. In fact, dogs can freeze to death even when left in a car for a short period of time. Don’t do it!
10. Play Indoor Games
Just like humans, dogs can get depressed in the colder months when they are in the house more often. Keep their minds stimulated by playing some dog games. You can also play fetch or hide and seek inside the house to keep them active.
I hope that these winter dog safety tips help you keep your dog safe. Do you have any other tips you want to share? Leave them in the comments down below.
As a Chihuahua mom, I know there are lots of myths and stereotypes when it comes to Chihuahuas. Chihuahuas are ugly, they’re ankle biters, mean, and Chihuahuas are yappy are just some of the common myths. In this post, I’m going to debunk these myths and spill some truths about the beloved Chihuahua breed with you. Make sure to also check out our Ultimate Guide to Chihuahua Tips.
Chihuahuas are Ugly
Myth. Obviously. Chihuahuas are clearly the cutest, most irresistible dog on the planet. How could anyone call these little bundles of cuteness ugly? I’ve never had anyone call Chuy ugly but we’ve heard some ridiculous things while on walks.
Look a flying squirrel!
It’s a cat on a leash!
Yo quiero Taco Bell.
A giant rat!
Oh and there’s the grown men that liked to make barking noises at us…but only when my husband isn’t there. Ugh.
You can take all of your insults and suck on a dog bone. Chihuahuas are NOT ugly! I mean just look at that little face!
Chihuahuas are Always Yappy
Myth! Chuy never barks unless he hears someone or something outside. That’s it. Well, ok the occasional bark at a strange man that tries to approach him. Although, in that case I don’t blame him for having stranger danger. There are plenty of times on walks where other dogs bark at him and he just minds his own business. Chihuahuas that haven’t had proper training and socialization can become yappy…but it’s more of a defense mechanism because they are scared. That is fear that simply needs more training and socialization.
True. It’s believed that a common trait of Chihuahuas is that they shake all the time. While it’s true that they do shake more than other breeds, there is a reason it’s happening and you need to address it. It’s usually either due to fear/stress or feeling cold. In my personal experience, Chuy only shakes when we are at the vet because he’s nervous and when he’s really cold. Since this breed is so small, they have a hard time regulating their body temperature. Make sure that you provide them with a warm snuggly bed and blanket and a dog jacket when out for walks.
Chihuahuas Don’t Like Kids
Myth! Saying that Chihuahuas don’t like kids is a broad sweeping assumption that just isn’t true for the entire breed. We had Chuy all to ourselves for seven years before Catalina (my daughter) was born. I was so nervous that it was going to rock his world in a negative way. But, I did my homework and made sure that we were prepared to introduce our dog to a newborn baby. Now? They are BFFs! She is ridiculously obsessed with him and Chuy is such a good sport with her. Even when that means she’s putting stickers on him or trying to dress him up in doll clothes. It comes down to training, setting boundaries, and teaching your kids how to treat pets.
Chihuahuas Aren’t Good Watch Dogs
Myth! Remember how I said that Chuy only barks when he hears someone outside of our house? He is super alert and hears things that I never do. Sure enough, I’ll look outside and there is someone walking on the sidewalk or coming up the driveway. When we order food, I have to put him in the other room because he is NOT happy about strangers standing in our doorway. Now, if something bad actually happened, my faith in Chuy’s ability to fight off an intruder isn’t so great. LOL.
Chihuahuas are Not Outdoor Dogs
Myth! Chihuahuas may be small but they are mighty and determined little creatures. Yes, Chuy is spoiled beyond belief at home. He literally has a dog bed in every single room of our house but at night he sleeps in our king size bed. He is taken care of just like a child and is not just a dog…he is a family member. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love to go outdoors on adventures. I LOVE taking Chuy with us to go on walks, hikes, road trips, and even kayaking. Chihuahuas might be small but they are still dogs! They need exercise, stimulation, and fun!
These are just a few of the most common myths about Chihuahuas. What other myths have you heard? Let us know in the comments section.
More Information About Chihuahuas
If you enjoyed this post, check out these other Chihuahua articles from our blog. I also highly recommend the book, “Chihuahuas for Dummies” for any new or current Chihuahua parents. We bought this book when we got Chuy and it was a life saver!
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We love to celebrate the holidays with Chuy, our Chihuahua. Dogs are part of the family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanksgiving for dogs can be really tricky if you don’t know what NOT to feed your dog on Thanksgiving. There are lots of Thanksgiving foods that can be dangerous to your dog…and a bunch that are healthy and delicious!
What Not To Feed Your Dog on Thanksgiving
In this post, we are going to spill the beans on what not to feed your dog on Thanksgiving. Chuy is known to go after literally ANYTHING that is on the floor. That’s really scary especially with a small dog like a Chihuahua. My best advice to you during Thanksgiving meal prep and dinner time is to put your dog in another room or inside of their crate. It gets hectic with all the guests, food, etc. Plus with Chuy if you don’t push in all of the dining room chairs, you guessed it…he will jump on the table. The last thing you want on Thanksgiving is a sick dog and an all night trip to the ER vet.
Before we even dive into this list, do me a favor, ok? Put the Pet Poison Helpline in your phone contacts ASAP. Every single pet parent should have this. Trust me. You don’t want to have to go looking for it when you are panicking.
Pet Poison Helpline: 855-764-7661
1. Cooked Bones
Cooked bones can be a total nightmare causing severe digestive issues. They can splinter and get lodged in the throat or intestinal tract. PLEASE keep bones away from your dog!
Stuffing, really? Yes! Stuffing is full of yummy seasonings that can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and even shortness of breath. Everyone makes their stuffing different so you never know what could be in there. These dangerous ingredients include things like onions, garlic, scallions, mushrooms, grapes, raisins, and chives. Just say no to stuffing, Fido.
Mostly for the same reasons above in stuffing. It’s also super fatty which is a big no-no.
4. Pies and Sweets
Now, dessert is my favorite part of any meal, especially Thanksgiving. All of the sweet treats are totally off limits. Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in many baked goods. It’s extremely toxic and even a small amount can be deadly. This is also found in a lot of gum, mints, and other candies. Oh and all dog parents know that chocolate is totally off limits, right?
5. The Fatty Side Dishes
You know the ones that are full of butter and fat. I’m talking about mashed potatoes, candied yams, and mac n cheese to name a few. Foods that are high in fat can cause pancreatitis.
Here is a fun graphic with a list of what not to feed your dog on Thanksgiving. Pin this on Pinterest!
My rule of thumb? Just stick to dog food. Maybe throw in a few pieces of boneless/well cooked turkey, some PLAIN pumpkin, carrots, and a green bean or two. Your dog will give you those begging eyes but there’s no reason to give in. It’s better to be safe than sorry and end up in the vet or worse.
Have a happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!
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