BS Day

Well guess what today is?  December 30 – AND it’s National Bicarbonate of Soda Day!!! Which is also known as Baking  Soda! I wonder if you are as excited as I am! 

OK.  I’m being a bit sarcastic.  BUT there are a NUMBER of uses for baking soda if you are owned by a dog. Now it’s NOT something we should eat.  In raw form.  But it can be helpful in other ways. For example, if you sprinkle some on carpets, on our bedding or even in thevcar, and you let it sit for 15-30 minutes and then vacuum – voila- ode de canine aromas are gone! 
You can also use baking soda to give us a “dry” bath.  Sprinkle some on our coat, brush it out and we will smell all better.  Unless we have been christened by a skunk.  Then baking soda on its own will not help.  But- a recipe of 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, and a teaspoon of liquid soap is supposed to work at getting out skunk smell.  I think you’ll still probably stink every time you get wet for a month or so – but this stuff is supposed to help.
If your human it cutting your nails and accidentally cuts too short (yow!) , you can use baking soda to stop the bleeding.  In a crunch my human has even used plain old flour, too.
I’ve also read that you can dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of water, make a paste and apply it to clean our dog toys. Scrub with a brush and they are again clean!  That’s not for stuffed toys though.  Not that we know much about them in this household – because we don’t OWN any.  At least not ones that are left out to play with.  As you know, we are stuffed toy surgeons.  But for those who are not interested in surgery- you can just sprinkle baking soda on your toys (like on carpet), let it sit and then brush or vacuum them clean.
So baking soda has a host of uses for us dogs.  You can probably also use it in baking treats for us – but since we haven’t seen any Christmas baking for us yet, I’m not holding my breath for that particular use.  In this house anyway.
Well – time for our morning constitutional. Here’s hoping it’s not icy like the past few days.  Our walks have been relegated to the backyard because my human is fearful of breaking bones on the luge run driveway.  Probably a wise idea.
Have a good one. Peace and paws up.
Seizure free days: 21

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