There are few things worse than a stinky dog. Whether it’s a wet dog, a skunked dog or just a plain smelly dog there must be some way to alleviate the stench.
The good news is that there are remedies that can help this situation.
Dogs carry odors naturally. They have scent glands that produce body odor, though humans can’t usually detect this scent. If your dog is not groomed properly or they are prone to infection, smells can become a problem.
Other smells may be a product of perspiration if your dog produces too much oil from their skin.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of these nasty smells and keep them from getting in your carpets and furniture, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re discussing home dog odor remedies you can count on.
Keep reading to learn more.
Dog Odor Remedies
Some home treatments can make you and your dog feel better with little to no effort. Others are a little more involved but worth the patience for results that last.
Here are 5 dog odor remedies that work.
Water & Vinegar
Vinegar is great for removing odors from fabrics and carpets so why not use it on your dog? It’s not harmful and it can eliminate odors almost immediately.
Simply mix about a third of vinegar in a misting spray bottle with water. Shake it well and spray it on your dog.
If your dog is super smelly you can add essential oils to your vinegar water mix.
Add about five to ten drops of your choice of essential oils such as lemon, lavender or vanilla. You can also use this mixture to spray on your carpets and other places where your dog lays.
Instead of using vinegar, you can also use baking soda in your spray bottle mix.
You can mix about a quarter cup of baking soda with water and spray liberally on your dog and areas that he or she sleeps and lays.
Dishwashing Liquid & Peroxide
What if your dog got skunked? That’s some really smelly stuff! But have no fear, there are dog odor remedies for this situation, too.
Mix hydrogen peroxide with about a quarter cup of baking soda and add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. You can apply the mixture to your dog using gloves if you prefer to prevent the smell from getting on you and your clothes.
Let it sit for about twenty minutes (or less – peroxide will bleach your dog’s fur if you don’t remove the mixture in time).
Rinse the mixture out with pet shampoo and rinse again. You can also try this remedy for other smelly situations.
There are many varieties of pet shampoo available. You can search online or your favorite pet store to find the one that works best for you and your dog. Some pet shampoos are specifically designed for removing different smells on your dog.
Pet odors can be extremely frustrating to deal with. But once you know how to manage the situation you can rest easy. If you’re struggling to remove pet odors from your home, try using an odor eliminating pet spray. You can also use baking soda on your carpets and furniture.