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Xyra and Kata

PON von Regensdorf  - Switzerland




Frugal PON Care


Make an inexpensive dog toy instead of replacing pricey toys:  Drill a hole through a tennis ball, which is large enough to put a rope through.  Thread a 6-8 foot rope through the two holes, and tie knots as close to the ball as possible.  Then make a loop with the remaining rope, and tie a knot. PONS love to play tug and toss !

Tip: Did you know that adding a little sage to your PON's diet may help keep fleas off him?  (fleas hate the scent of sage)

All natural, homemade flea dip: Boil a quart of water; remove from heat and add 2 cups fresh rosemary and/or mint and let it steep for about 30 minutes.  After straining the herbs, dilute with 4 quarts of warm water.  Pour it over your PON, working it into his coat and skin. This is extremely refreshing !


Dry skin relief:  A low cost home remedy  for your PON's dry skin is chamomile tea.  Just brew a few cups, allow it to cool, and pour it over your PON, working it gently into his skin.  Not only is it soothing, but it won't leave any oily residue. 


Low-Cost Herbal Dog Shampoo: You can make an excellent and inexpensive herbal dog shampoo from ingredients that you probably already have around the house.  Simply dilute a handful of Aloe Vera gel with water and work it into your PON's coat (it's best if your PON's coat is dry!), then rinse well with water.  If you like a little more foaming action, add a touch of baby shampoo to the recipe.  This shampoo is very mild on your PON's skin and will leave his coat gleaming!


 Dry Pet Shampoo Rub the powder deep into your PON's fur. The granules binds to the dirt, oil and odor which can then be easily brushed out. Dry Shampoo does not leave behind any sticky residue and thus prevents quick re-soiling.

Dry Pet Shampoo

1/2 to 1 cup bran
1/2 to 1 cup oatmeal or cornmeal

Combine ingredients in a container with tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously to blend. Brush your dog thoroughly with a natural bristle brush to remove any loose dirt. 

Sprinkle Dry pet shampoo uniformly on a small area of your pet.  Rub it in with a clean dry brush, warm towel or your fingers in slow, circular movements. Then proceed to the next area.

Leave for 20 minutes.  Allow 50 minutes in the case of heavy odor.  It is possible to tread on the carpet during this time.

Then brush your PON thoroughly with a natural bristle brush to remove powder with the dirt and dander is has collected.

Tip: Test a small area for reactions.  Use contents within a short time. 

Dry Shampoo For Pets

1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup rice flour
3-4 drops essential oils of choice (try the flea repellent blend below)

Flea repellant essential oil blend
5 drops citronella
3 drops lemon
3 drops rosemary
3 drops thyme

Combine ingredients in a container with tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously to blend scent into powder.  Follow above directions.

Rabies and other vaccinations:  In some areas, local vets get together once a month or so to offer a vaccination clinic, and charge substantially less than an office visit!  Check with your local pet supply store or vet to see if there's one in your area.

Additional Frugal tips:

  • Donít disregard pet insurance. For some owners, pet insurance will save them money when an emergency comes up. The best thing to do is look at the individual insurance policies and do the math. Eight dollars a month may be worth it.
  • Search for vaccine clinics in your area. A local animal shelter offers rabies (and microchip) clinics several times a year. Local vets donate their time for these events and the rabies vaccines are given at a reduced price.
  • If your community requires a dog license, see if they offer a life-time license. Pennsylvania offers a lifetime license. For neutered dogs, the cost is $31. Compare this to the yearly cost of $6. The lifetime license does require your dog be tattooed or microchipped (an additional cost). A local shelter has held microchip clinics to encourage people to license their dogs

We would love to hear back about your own PON frugal tips. Just send us an e-mail and we will upload your advice on upcoming issues of PON Digest !