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Arts and crafts are always a blast, but they're even more fun when you involve your beloved pets. Creating homemade goodies for your furry friends is a great way to pass the time, as well as an easy way to ensure their health and happiness.

 

Natural Shampoo

Create a homemade shampoo that doesn't contain any pesticide or unfamiliar chemicals. My Frugal Adventures has a simple recipe to keep your pet's skin refreshed and moisturized. It only requires a few ingredients that you have around the house, as well as moisturizing tea tree oil.

When you're ready to give your pup a bath, pour all the ingredients into a jar or container, and give it a shake. When it's mixed, lather up your dog (making sure not to get any in their face), wash it out, and admire his shiny coat. Remember to always speak with your vet if you're unsure about using a certain product on your animal's skin, especially if you're using topical flea or tick products. Also avoid using harsh dish soaps (most familiar brand names), as they'll dry out your dog's skin.

 
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Repurposed Toys

When you're shopping for that next baby shower, keep your kitty in mind! Baby toys can also be used for your cat to play with. Many of them are perfect for your feline friends because they don't have small parts or pieces that come off easily. Small stuffed animals that rattle, finger puppets, and clear plastic balls with spinners inside can keep your cat busy for hours.

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Homemade Dog Treats

Make a batch of homemade dog treats for your furry friend. Come On, Ilene mixed up a great recipe you make yourself. It only takes about an hour to make using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. With cute cookie cutters and fun DIY wrapping, you can even make treats to give your dog neighbors on special occasions and holidays!

 

Repurposed Electronics

When you replace your laptop accessories, don't be too quick to toss the old equipment that's no longer useful to you. Use old laptop skins (protectors) to cover a frozen water bottle to help your teething puppy, or build your cat a climbing tower with the cardboard boxes your gadgets came in. You can even make a cat cove out of an old computer monitor!

 

DIY pet projects are a fantastic way to save money and recycle knickknacks and tools found in any room in your home. From the kitchen to the home office, The Lakeside Collection has ideas and fun products to entertain every member of your family, even the furry ones!

 
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