It is tax day…probably everyones least favorite day of the year. But some interesting things you may not know that might help you get a few extra tax write-offs.
There are some ways you can use your pet as a tax write off. Do you own your own business? If you have a cat that takes care of the mice around your office then your cat, the food and vet bill can all be considered a tax write off.
Do you have a dog guarding your business property? Then he is preforming a job and can be written off! Of course if you are claiming that your dog is a guard dog the IRS will want to know what the breed is. So that little playful Chihuahua won’t count. It will need to be a big breed such as a German Shepherd or Doberman.
If you have a dog for medical reasons, ie. seeing eye dog. You can write off their expenses and this includes, vaccinations, kennel fees and pet supplies. The only part you can’t write off is buying the dog itself, go figure.
Do you like to foster animals? Being a foster pet owner is also a tax deduction. There are so many animals that need homes and helping out non-profits by fostering animals can give you an extra help on your taxes this year!
So if you have a pet that you think you might be able to use as a write-off go ask a tax professional.
Every cat gets hairballs. This is a common problem. Though not entirely avoidable there are things you can do to reduce the frequency of hacking hairball attacks your cat may have.
- Grooming: The best way to help your cat is to remove some of the excess hair. Getting a good grooming brush to remove the loose hair will help reduce the amount of hair your cat ingests.
- Hairball Remedy: A gel that you can feed your cat to help reduce their hairballs. It basically gives them some nutrition supplements to help their digestion move better.
- Hairball Food: If your cat has a chronic problem with hariballs, feeding them a hairball food might help. It is food high in fiber and natural oils to help prevent indigestion and to help them pass the hair rather than throw it up.
- Obsessive Grooming: Some cats will obsessively groom themselves. This is caused by boredom or anxiety. To relieve this, give your cat some toys and/or a scratching post. If they have something to do they will be less likely to boredom groom.
- Anxiety Grooming: If your cat is grooming due to anxiety, try giving them toys to help alleviate their anxiety. You can also give them a calming space of their own to retreat to. If the anxiety is persistant, you can give them a natural anti-anxiety remedy that may help take the edge off.
Hairballs are a part of having cats. But by taking these steps you can help reduce the number of hairballs your cat has.
My dog went down to the lake to play with my kids. When they came back his fur was covered in some strange sticky stuff. I think it may be sap. He is a shorthair Mastiff. How can I get the sticky out of his fur without shaving him?
Sticky and Concerned
Looks like he had a little too much fun down at the lake. Don’t worry you don’t have to shave your poor pup bald. The easiest way to get the stick out is to use either peanut butter or cooking oil.
Get to the sap as soon as you can. Once it is hardened it will be more uncomfortable for your dog, and it may even adhere to their skin which can be quite painful.
- Use your hair dryer on the sap. The heat from the hair dryer will soften up the sap and allow for a much easier and less painful removal. Be careful not to burn your dog with the air from the dryer. You can use your fingers to check the temperature of the hair dryer air and to check how soft the sap is.
- Rub peanut butter or oil all over the sap. Apply liberally. This is not the time to be stingy. The oils will help the sap to keep from sticking to the fur and skin. They will also cause the sap to start breaking down, which will make it easier to remove. Make sure to let the oil or peanut butter sit for about 15 minutes to give it a good amount of time to soak in and do its work. The longer you let it set to do its work, the less work you have to do.
- Run a comb through your dogs fur. Start at the tips and work the sap out. If you start as the base of their fur, you will be more likely to rip out their fur rather than comb out the sap. Starting as the tip of their hair will work the sap our more easily. ..and even if your dog has short fur, you can still work it through with a comb.
- Add more oil or peanut butter as needed until you can comb out all the sap.
- Once all the sap is removed, give your dog a bath! He is likely covered in oil or peanut butter and if you leave it on him he may just lick it all off and make himself sick.
The good thing about applying a lot of oil or peanut butter to your dogs coat is that it is very good for the fur. His coat will likely be nicely conditioned after everything is said and done.
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