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Stop the Stink! Getting Rid of That ‘Doggie Smell’


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Paws up, mutt lovers – would someone be able to tell if a dog lived in your home, simply by smell alone? We all may love our best doggie friends, but sometimes we don’t realize just how smelly they can be, and although we’re used to a hair or two (or maybe more), most of us would prefer that ‘scent of wet dog’ isn’t the first thing that visitors smell when they walk through our door. In spite of our best efforts and the use of air fresheners, though, sometimes that distinctive odor just won’t leave. What next? Let’s look at a few ways that you can decrease that unappealing ‘unseen presence’.

To start with, you want to be quick about cleaning up any messes right away. Young puppies and senior dogs are going to be the biggest culprits when it comes to accidents, so stockpile supplies like old towels, bags, and an enzymatic pet cleaner (that part is important!) with these types of furry friends in the house. If a mess does happen to, well, happen, pick up solid parts of the mess immediately, bag them and take them outside. Next, blot the area with an absorbent cloth or paper towel to soak up any liquid portion that could spread into carpet under padding or furniture stuffing. Spray the area thoroughly with the enzymatic pet cleaner – stay away from vinegar, baking soda or peroxide, since they’re not only ineffective, but could ruin fabric too! The enzymes in the pet cleaner will actually break down the stinky, organic components in your dog’s poop, pee or vomit. After the cleaner sits for 5-10 minutes, blot again and repeat the whole process as needed.

Next, it never hurts to do a weekly ‘sweep and sniff’. Pick up stinky, half-chewed treats and either bag them or throw them away. Make a point of washing out your dog’s dishes with soap and water every few days, or even popping them in the dishwasher for a really good scrub! Use a dog bed with a cover that can be removed and tossed in the washer every few days to get rid of bacteria and funky smells, and don’t forget to include your pup’s favorite stuffies, too. You can also use a quick mop to spot clean the areas where your happy hound likes to relax, which removes skin oils and hair that your dog leaves behind.

A little preventive pampering for your dog goes a long way towards keeping your domain smelling sweet as well! Dogs who have extremely oily coats (or those who gravitate towards mud, muck and other messes) can benefit from a bath every few weeks. Regular brushing and grooming also helps to distribute those oils evenly through your dog’s coat and removes dead hair that can trap smells.

Finally, please keep in mind that a persistent or particularly pungent odor emanating from your dog might be a sign that something isn’t quite right with your furry friend ; ear infections, dental disease, anal gland impaction and hot spots can often make your pup smell stinky, for instance. If you just can’t seem to get rid of that doggie smell, it’s worth checking in with your veterinarian to rule out any medical issues.

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