How To Remove Dog Smells
Every dog is smelly at one time or another – there’s just no getting away from it. Anyone who has a dog also knows that they can empty a room on occasion, and knowing how to identify the source, and how to remove dog smells is critical.
Some dog smells can linger, depending on the reason for the smell. But rest assured, there are solutions for at least 99% of the smells you and your dog will encounter.
If you don’t have any idea why your dog smells, you should take your dog to your veterinarian for a complete examination, including checking the teeth, skin, and ears. Your vet will be able to determine if the smell is because your dog is sick or if it is a hygiene problem that can be managed through bathing, diet, or another way.
Some of the more common and easily remedied causes for a smelly dog include:
* Your dog may need to be bathed on a more regular basis, especially if he or she tends to produce a lot of oil. Water dogs are a good example of dogs that have excess oiliness.
* You may need to wash the dog bedding and crate more often than you normally do. Keeping them clean will reduce some of the dog smells in your home.
* Anal glands could also be a cause for dog smells – make sure that your groomer or your veterinarian checks to see if this is the problem. If they need to be expressed, do not attempt to do this on your own unless you know exactly what you are doing; a groomer and/or a vet will be able to determine if there is infection that needs to be attended to. It can be very tricky and dangerous to your dog if you don’t know how to express the anal glands properly. Also, be aware that expressing anal glands is very smelly in itself.
* It could be the dog food that you are feeding your dog that is the cause of the dog smells. If the food doesn’t agree with your dog’s system, the result will be gas which can be mild or monstrous. Try changing the food or switching to a homemade diet that contains natural foods suitable for your dog’s nutritional needs. This may be a trial and error thing until you find what works.
* Don’t feed your dog food like grapes, nuts, raisins, and avocados. These will not agree with your dog’s system and they can be dangerous to his or her overall health.
* Accidents will happen – urinating, pooping, and vomiting will occur, especially if your dog has not been potty trained properly. If this happens, make sure that you thoroughly clean the area with something that will get rid of the stain as well as the odor. If you only get rid of the stain, your dog (and any other dog that comes into your home) will be able to smell the residue and will be tempted to make a mess in the same area again. It is the smell that will attract them back to the same place each time so it is important to get rid of all evidence of an accident. There are a number of products on the market that should be able to help you with the clean-up – just make sure that you buy a product that is not harmful to your dog.
* If your dog isn’t trained properly yet, you could choose to crate him or her while you are gone and during the night. Dogs usually will not “mess” inside their crate.
* You could also choose to buy a training pad to place inside your home, however this is not the best option, as your dog will then associate going potty with eliminating on this pad instead of outdoors. In other words, it’ll be more difficult to train your dog to understand that outside is the only place that he or she should be going potty.
* If your dog has rolled in something smelly outside or been sprayed by a skunk, in most cases a bath using the most appropriate cleaning product will eliminate the odor. Always use bathing products that are specifically made for dogs so that you don’t cause skin problems.
There really is no getting away from having some accidents in your home. After all, a dog is a dog and they will have the occasional accident. The key is to be prepared with a solution to rid your home of the dog smells.
“How To Remove Dog Smells : Solutions for a Happier Nose”
Guest Writer: Julie Page first grew to love writing about pets and the pet industry in 2012 while penning a blog for a Canadian-based company. She then discovered a lack of informative dog name websites when researching popular girl dog names, which fueled her passion even more. When Julie isn’t writing, she is on an adventure, or at the very least plotting her next one.
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