Coming home after a long day and nearly having your nose hair singed off is not a pleasant feeling. You might wish your sense of smell stops working, so you never have to smell this awful odor again. Believe it or not, that’s worse.
Even if you don’t notice it, others will. There is nothing more embarrassing than a guest wrinkling their nose when they enter your house. The question then is who is responsible for this vomit-inducing stench in your home? If you are a dog owner, your precious pooch of course.
What Causes Dog Smell?
All dogs give off a natural odor; however, the problem arises when this odor increases. Many things can cause bad odor. These include:
- Oily skin: some dogs have naturally oily hair while others may produce excess oil due to allergies
- Your dog sheds a lot, and you have not been cleaning all the hair up
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Yeast Infections
- Impacted anal glands: These are two smell-producing sacs near the anus. If they do not empty properly, they can cause a repulsive smell.
- Bad breath: Apart from poor dental hygiene, oral diseases such as mouth ulcers and kidney problems can also cause bad breath
How to Remove Dog Odor?
Now that you know why your dog smells, you must be wondering what to do about it. Fortunately, you do not have to resign yourself to this smell.
Wash Your Dog Properly
The most obvious reason your dog is smelly is that he is dirty. Most people do not bathe their dogs frequently enough. Lather them up well and be careful to wash neglected and hard to reach areas. Make sure to rinse the soap out entirely otherwise; it will cause irritation.
Dry Them Thoroughly
Wet fur is a breeding ground for bacteria. Not drying your dog thoroughly will allow bacteria to grow over time. First, dry them with a towel and then use a hairdryer on the lowest setting.
Change Your Dog’s Diet
A poor diet can lead to yeast infections, which cause bad odor. Research about various dog food brands or consult with a vet what is the best diet for your dog.
Take Care of Your Dog’s Oral Hygiene
Inspect your dog’s mouth regularly for signs of an ulcer, tumor, or other abnormality. Start a dedicated oral hygiene regimen and brush your dog’s teeth at least once a day. There are also special dog treats for good breath.
Wash Furnishings Regularly
Wash bedsheets, dog bedding, pillow covers, cushion covers, etc. regularly to remove any lingering dog odor. Mop the floor regularly and vacuum carpets to remove any dog hair.
Use Baking Soda to Remove Odor
Baking soda is a very effective odor remover. To remove odor from any surfaces that cannot be washed; sprinkle some baking soda, leave it overnight, and vacuum in the morning.
Consult the Vet
If all else fails consult a vet. Only a vet can treat some conditions such as impacted anal glands or kidney diseases.