We love our dogs but sometimes they can bring some pretty nasty odors into our homes. To remove the odor we need to start with the dog. Just attacking the odors is like spinning your wheels.
- First you need to find the root cause of your dog’s odor. Did they roll in feces or some other decaying material to mask their own smell. It is natural behavior for dogs to try and mask their smell (think camouflage for smell).
- Wash your dog with dog shampoo (conditioner if dog’s coat demands). Search for a shampoo formulated to remove dog odors rather than simply trying perfume them up. If your dog has a skin condition, try a vet approved medicated shampoo.
- Now check the ears. Infected ears can be a cause of poor smell. Take a few minutes and clean the ears. You can purchase ear cleaning solutions at any pet store.
- Bad breath. Oral hygiene is very important to reduce dog odor. Bad teeth = Bad breath. Just think what your mouth would smell like if you did not brush your teeth for months (ugh). Make sure to brush at least once every two weeks (minimum).
- Take a look to your dog’s diet. If your is eating unhealthy foods it is only natural that they might smell as well. Try switching to a natural/organic brand of dog food. They will smell better and in all likelihood feel better as well.
- Time to tackle that bedding. Toss everything that can survive a washing machine into the wash. Wash on cold water and try to reduce the use of fabric softeners, as they may irritate your dog’s skin. If you need a little extra punch try adding some apple cider vinegar (1/2 added to wash).
- Now sprinkle baking soda thoroughly on your dog’s fur after a bath (when dry). Baking soda is great for absorbing odors and does not add any additional smells to your home or their bedding. Lightly brush off the excess or your will find a trail of baking soda everywhere your dog wanders in your home.